Diabetes Management in Community Pharmacy: Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Media Release

Date: 27 March 2018

Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic illness in teenagers, behind asthma,1 and in June 2017 there were 7,497 people in Australia with type 1 diabetes who were aged 15 years or younger.2

Managing type 1 diabetes in young children comes with its own challenges.

These include the physiological differences in children as well as differences in cognitive, behavioural and social development.3

Achieving glycaemic targets in young children often falls to the parent or carer, which can compound stress on those already strained by non-diabetes related childhood challenges.3

Glucose monitoring is crucial to achieving glycaemic targets. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is an alternative to blood glucose monitoring.

Unlike blood glucose monitoring, CGM provides non-stop monitoring of glucose levels in interstitial fluid and can offer insight into trends in glucose levels. This can reduce the number of blood glucose tests required and minimise the distress caused by a finger prick.

Guild Learning and Development is partnering with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and Diabetes Australia in an online course titled Diabetes Management in Community Pharmacy: Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM).

This course examines the principles of CGM and discuss the role and professional responsibilities of pharmacists involved in the provision of CGM.

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credit), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

To enrol in this course please visit www.myCPD.org.au

Please contact Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email learninganddevelopment@guild.org.au for more information.

Guild Learning and Development thanks the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and Diabetes Australia for its financial support and assistance in the development of this course. The NDSS is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.

1. Borus JS, Laffel L. Adherence challenges in the management of type 1 diabetes in adolescents: prevention and intervention. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010;22(4):405-11.
2. NDSS. Data Snapshot – Type 1 Diabetes (June 2017) [Online]. Available from: https://static.diabetesaustralia.com.au/s/fileassets/diabetes-australia/a24dc420-0065-41bb-b0b9-42d566876a5d.pdf
3. Streisand R. Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes: Challenges, Research and Future Directions. Curr Diab Rep. 2014 [Cited Aug 2017]. 14(9):520

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