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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives

Course Overview

Health professionals are required to demonstrate competence in caring for patients who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This Ausmed Course will discuss predisposing factors for GDM, changes to treatment and diagnostic criteria, and how a diagnosis of GDM impacts subsequent pregnancies and ongoing health for patients.


  • Overview and risk factors of gestational diabetes;

  • Treatment options;

  • Education and future implications.


In 2016-17 gestational diabetes mellitus affected 15% of all women from 15 to 49 years of age who gave birth in hospital (AIHW 2019). Due to this high prevalence of diabetes in Australia, health professionals are likely to encounter this condition and require the knowledge to appropriately educate, care for and identify at-risk women. Through appropriate evidence guided actions, nurses and other health professionals can reduce maternal and foetal risks associated with gestational diabetes mellitus.


To provide health professionals with current, evidence-based information concerning gestational diabetes mellitus, in order to reduce both maternal and foetal risks.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhanced evidence-based knowledge of the pathophysiology of gestational diabetes.

  • Identify patients at high risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus.

  • Able to initiate appropriate assessment, education, treatment and referral for a person with gestational diabetes mellitus.

Target Audience

This Course is most relevant to registered midwives, nurses and other health professionals currently or intending to work with pregnant women with or at risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.



Michelle Robins

Michelle Robins is a credentialed diabetes educator with 23 years of experience in many aspects of diabetes care and education. She is currently employed as a Nurse Practitioner by Northern Health. Her past employment, as a diabetes educator, has included major tertiary hospital settings, including St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Melbourne Division of General Practice, Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service, and, in Queensland, Logan/Beaudesert Health Service. Michelle has served on more than 40 diabetes-related committees, written book chapters, and is consistently highly evaluated in her teaching role. 

Peer Reviewer

Jenny Gowan

Jenny is a practicing pharmacist, a Teaching Associate at Monash University and Clinical Associate at RMIT university . She is a current member of the PSA Branch committee, Editorial Board Member of AUS-DI (Drug information), Guidelines

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Diabetes, Maternal-child, Neonatal, Reproductive health, Women's health
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points
1 hour 4 minutes of CPD
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