Find reliable independent health and treatment information about diabetes tests written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals.
About tests for diabetes
Diabetes can be diagnosed using a blood glucose test that measures the amount of glucose in your blood at the time of the test. Find out more about tests used to diagnose diabetes.
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For health professionals
Population screening with blood glucose measurements is not generally recommended, but healthy 40 year olds (or 18-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) should have a risk assessment using the AUSDRISK calculator. Almost 900,000 Australians report living with diabetes but the actual prevalence of diabetes in the population is double this with half the cases being undiagnosed.1,2
Our CPD activities
Consolidate your knowledge on type 2 diabetes, brush-up on current guidelines and practices and earn CPD points through our learning activities.
- Interactive online case study: Type 2 diabetes — tailoring ongoing treatment. Meet a 75-year-old retired mechanical engineer whose glucose control has declined despite sticking to his medicines and a healthy lifestyle.
- Clinical e-Audit: Type 2 diabetes — priorities and targets . GPs can review their current practice against best practice guidelines, get individualised feedback and compare with their peers when managing their patients with type 2 diabetes.
- National Prescribing Curriculum module: Improving glycaemic control in long-established diabetes
- National Prescribing Curriculum module: Long term management of type 2 diabetes — part 1
- National Prescribing Curriculum module: Long term management of type 2 diabetes — part 2
- Online Course: The medicinewise practitioner — Bill
- Participatory Study: MedicineInsight visit on diabetes
- Pharmacy Practice Review: Type 2 diabetes — enhancing patient care. Pharmacists can reflect on and improve their management and counselling of their patients with type 2 diabetes.
The information below is intended for health professionals. It uses the latest guidelines and evidence to help health professionals and patients further understand the diagnosis and risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian health survey: first results, 2011–12. 2012. [Online](accessed 28 January 2013).
- Colagiuri R, Girgis S, Gomez M, et al. National evidence based guideline for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes. Canberra: Diabetes Australia and the NHMRC, 2009.