All school staff should have a basic awareness of type 1 diabetes and how to recognise the signs of emergencies such as hypoglycemic episodes (first aid).
Additional training for designated staff is available face-to-face or online. This training has been developed to equip schools and school staff with the education, knowledge, skills and understanding, that is necessary to support students with type 1 diabetes in the school environment.
The program provides three levels of training for schools.
Level 1 Introductory training
Designed for all school staff and provides basic information about supporting students with type 1 diabetes while at school. The training includes three short online modules. It’s recommended all staff undertake level 1 training.
Level 2 Intermediate training
Designed for designated school staff who volunteer to be directly involved in supporting students with type 1 diabetes. Training is available via nine online modules (for all schools) or via group education workshops (in some states). Training covers type 1 diabetes and food, monitoring glucose levels, insulin, managing lows and highs, physical activity, school camps and planning for changes. Training is general and is not specific to the needs of individual students.
Level 3 Individualised Skills training
Designed for designated school staff and focuses on the individual student’s type 1 diabetes management. This practical face-to-face training is delivered in the school by a qualified healthcare professional (where possible this will be a member of the student’s diabetes treating team). This will be available in some states from March 2020 and will be prioritised for schools with students who are newly diagnosed or who are unable to self administer insulin.