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91976 - Diabetic Retinopathy: using retinal photography in screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR)

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Retinal photography with a non-mydriatic retinal camera: two new items, 12325 and 12326 have been listed on the MBS to enable general practitioners and specialists managing patient’s diabetic care to test for diabetic retinopathy with a non-mydriatic retinal camera. Non- Indigenous patients are eligible for the test once every two years and Indigenous Australians once every year. This Active Learning Module (ALM) is a combination of structured learning activities for individual GPs and practice teams to install, train in and use retinal cameras on site. The ALM is a combination of GP led practice team meetings, individual online training and assessment on interpreting retinal images, peer to peer training between ophthalmologists and GPs, mini auditing of patients with diabetes using retinal photography and reporting on system changes.

Relevance to General Practice

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a serious chronic disease worldwide, resulting in significant personal, social and economic costs. Approximately 850 000 Australians have T2DM, and based on results from four major Australian epidemiological studies, it is estimated that 25–35% of these have diabetic retinopathy (DR). Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable blindness in adults. Early detection and appropriate treatment can prevent nearly all severe vision loss and blindness from DR. Screening for diabetic retinopathy is a crucial component of preventive care, with early identification of change and timely treatment likely to prevent most blindness. Despite this, a quarter of Australians with diabetes are not appropriately screened. General practitioners can take a key role in initiating, delivering and monitoring their patient’s diabetic retinopathy screening to reduce preventable blindness from diabetes mellitus.

Learning outcomes
  • Recognise the benefits and risks of providing routine diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening to patients with diabetes
  • Use retinal photography and interpret images accurately for the detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and other pathologies and conditions
  • Incorporate routine DR screening into the annual cycle of care for diabetes management *
  • Establish and maintain referral pathways between GPs and ophthalmologists and/or eye care specialists
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    91976 - Diabetic Retinopathy: using retinal photography in screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR)
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    7.5 hours
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    7.5 hours
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