The following section provides best-practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes that have been developed for health professionals by medical experts and researchers.


ADIPS Consensus Guidelines for the Testing and Diagnosis of GDM in Australia:

The new Consensus Guidelines released by the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) mark a significant shift from the previous recommendations formulated in 1991. The 2012 ADIPS Consensus Guidelines endorsed by various national organisations dramatically change GDM diagnosis. More information is available from their website


Global Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes 2012

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has revised the 2005 global guidelines. The revision extends the evidence base by including new studies and treatments that have emerged since the original guidelines were produced in 2005. The guidelines are available from the IDF.  


Type 1 Guidelines

For the first time, evidence-based clinical care guidelines covering the lifespan of Australians living with type 1 diabetes have been released. The guidelines were previously developed by Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) and focused on the clinical care of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. The new document, developed collaboratively with the Australian Diabetes Society, also addresses the needs of adults with type 1 diabetes, and complications in pregnancy. This is a welcome development, with the extended scope to ensure adults and pregnant women receive thorough, modern clinical care. You can access a copy of the guidelines at the APEG website.


Guidelines for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes

These Guidelines comprise a suite of Type 2 Diabetes Guidelines developed in 2012/13 under a funding agreement between the Department of Health and Ageing and the Diabetes Australia Guideline Development Consortium. The five Guidelines in the series, when combined, present a comprehensive set of evidence-based guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of Type 2 Diabetes.  The Guidelines can be downloaded here.  


Guidelines on Foot Complications in Diabetes

Approved by the NHMRC, the full guideline, clinical guide, consumer guides and technical report can be downloaded here.


ADEA Clinical Guiding Principles for Sick Day Management of Adults

with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes 2014

These guidelines will promote best practice in diabetes education for all health professionals including Eendocrinologists, General Practitioners, Primary Health Care Nurses, Dibetes Educators, diatitians, pharmacists and exercise physiologists.


The clinical guiding principles will: 

  • Improve the lives of adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes when they experience an intercurrent illness
  • Articulate the roles and responsibilities of health care professionals, people with diabetes and their carers
  • Reduce the risk of acute deterioration of glucose control resulting from ineffective management of illness. 


For these guidelines please access the ADEA website.  


American Diabetes Association - Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2016

Supplied by Diabetes Care - The journal of clinical and applied research and education. 

PDF: Standards of medical care in diabetes 2016