There are more than 11,000 school age kids living with type 1 diabetes in Australia. Managing type 1 diabetes is a 24/7 job. It impacts everything a child does from what they eat, to the sport they play, to sleep overs and even play time.
Type 1 diabetes can place families under significant stress as they do everything they can to keep their child safe and healthy - especially when they go to school.
It can also be challenging for teachers and school staff to know how they can best support a student with type 1 diabetes and their family.
"That’s why the new Diabetes in Schools Program has been established to better support families and schools to help kids with type 1 diabetes thrive at school".
In early 2020 a new web portal will be available for parents, principals, school staff and health professionals. The web portal will provide access to a range tools, resources, information and support to help parents and schools better understand how to support students with type 1 diabetes while at school. A dedicated online training program for all schools and their staff will be available.
Importantly, face-to-face training for designated school staff and individualised for the student will be provided at schools by qualified healthcare professionals. The training will begin to be rolled out in 2020.
Diabetes NSW & ACT