What you get by completing this session

  • 40 mins of CPD

    A 30 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. 10 minute quiz is included.

  • Certificate of Completion

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Diabetic retinopathy is a common but often very manageable complication of diabetes, provided it is detected early.

More than 60% of people with Type 2 Diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy, says endocrinologist A/Prof Richard O'Brien, and yet up to half of these diabetic patients are not getting eye checks as frequently as the guidelines recommend. In this presentation, Prof O'Brien will highlight the key features of this condition and what can and should be done at the primary care level to prevent retinopathy complications including blindness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the risk factors for diabetic retinopathy (DR)
  • Discuss the stages in the progression of diabetic retinopathy
  • Plan for routine DR eye screening tests for all patients with diabetes
  • Outline the preventative measures and pharmacotherapy for diabetic retinopathy

About the Expert

Prof Richard O'Brien

Prof Richard O’Brien is Clinical Dean of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Austin Clinical School and Director of Graduate Programs, Melbourne Medical School. He is also a Senior Endocrinologist and Director of the Lipid Service, Austin Health. After completing undergraduate training at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Richard O'Brien undertook further studies in diabetic renal disease with Prof George Jerums, completing a PhD entitled “Diabetic Nephropathy: Early Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Intervention”. He continued his research at the Austin Hospital until 1991 when he moved to Monash Medical Centre. Prof O’Brien spent 15 years as Head of Diabetes at Monash Medical Centre and moved back to the Austin Hospital in 2007 to take up his current position.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Prevention and Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video lecture (30 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

  • 4


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