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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

This online and practice implementation module provides a comprehensive guide for general practitioners and health care professionals working in general practice and primary health care to establish a functional diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening service in their practice.

The module is based on the findings of an NHMRC trial which identified that general practices, with appropriate camera and in-practice training, achieved mean effective DR screening rates of 99% (NHMRC estimates our national rate at 50%). 

It also includes perspectives of patients and practitioners regarding optimal screening and is suitable for urban, rural and Aboriginal Medical Service settings.

During the program you will learn about:

  • the new DR MBS item numbers: 12325 and 12326: and 
  • requirements for a safe and effective DR service, including;
    • the necessary practice infrastructure, including choice of camera
    • information for practice nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers to maximise quality images using a non-mydriatic camera
    • online training for GPs to be confident in the accurate interpretation of retinal images and appropriate referral
    • a self-test to benchmark screening accuracy
    • strategies to develop a process for DR screening which suits your practice and community.

Course structure

This is a six hour online and practice implementation module. The module can be undertaken as a practice or GP-only training.

It includes a self-test that allows GPs to be confident in the accuracy of their post-training image interpretation.

Who should complete this program?

  • General practitioners
  • Aboriginal health workers
  • Practice nurses


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 2017-19 triennium: 40 category 1 CPD points

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Module cost: $350