Diabetes in Schools is an information and training program designed to support families and school staff to help students with type 1 diabetes thrive at school
The program provides 3 levels of training for schools:
- Level 1 Introductory training is designed for all school staff and provides basic information about students living with type 1 diabetes. The training includes three short online modules.
- Level 2 Intermediate training is 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 is 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 health professional.
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.
The Diabetes in Schools resource hub provides fact sheets, checklists, how-to guides and expert insights to help guide and inform parents or carers, school staff, principals and health professionals.
Tell a school
A parent or a health professional can tell a school about the Diabetes in Schools program by submitting an online referral form. Once the form has been submitted, a member of the Diabetes in Schools team will follow up with the principal to offer them any further support they need register their school and take full advantage of the training program.
Submit this form to tell your child’s school about the Diabetes in Schools Program