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183461 - Diabetic Retinopathy Assessment: A Training Course

  • : Online

This course has been developed as part of the national Provision of Eye Health Equipment and Training program. It is an online, self-guided, interactive course which aims to enhance the ability of GPs to accurately detect diabetic retinopathy, interpret retinal photos and appropriately refer patients with diabetic retinopathy detected through retinal photography. In addition, the course will update GPs on non-retinal complications of diabetic retinopathy and other ocular diseases that may be encountered in retinal photographs.

Relevance to General Practice

GPs providing primary glycaemic management for a patient with diabetes must interpret retinal images, or arrange for an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist to review the images with a report, in order to claim MBS item numbers 12325 and 12326. The items descriptors require assessment of visual acuity and non-mydriatic retinal photography, including analysis and reporting of the images for presence or absence of diabetic retinopathy. This online course has been developed to enhance the ability of GPs to accurately detect diabetic retinopathy, interpret retinal photos and appropriately refer patients with diabetic retinopathy detected through retinal photography.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe when to utilise MBS item numbers 12325 and 12326
  • Explain how diabetes causes vision loss and accurately identify the lesions of diabetic retinopathy from a retinal photo
  • Accurately classify the level of diabetic retinopathy present, using evidence based guidelines and use this to determine the urgency of referral to an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist
  • Identify common diabetic and non-diabetic ocular co-morbidities
  • Determine the cause of sub-optimal retinal photographs, recommend appropriate strategies to rectify common issues and know the limitations of retinal photography
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
    • Rural health
    • Adult health
    • Children and young people health
    • Men's health
    • Women's health
    • Eye medicine
    • Integrative medicine
    Delivery
    Title
    183461 - Diabetic Retinopathy Assessment: A Training Course
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    3 HOURS
    CPD Points
    6 CPD
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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