Diabetes at school

Guidelines for Queensland schools, parents and teachers

There are currently over 2000 school students with type 1 diabetes in Queensland.

For students with type 1 diabetes, daily diabetes management strategies include taking insulin, blood glucose monitoring and counting carbohydrates. It is critical that school staff receive the necessary education and assistance to be able to keep students with diabetes safe at school and support full participation in everything school has to offer.


For comprehensive information about diabetes in the school environment, refer to Students with diabetes – Guidelines for Queensland schools.

Diabetes in Schools program

The national Diabetes in Schools program, funded by the Australian Government through the National Diabetes Service Scheme, has been established to give families and schools the education and support they need to support students living with type 1 diabetes in the school setting.

The program aims to provide nationally consistent information and training for school staff to ensure students with type 1 diabetes can be supported to manage their condition at school.

Practical Diabetes for Childcare Workers

Practical Diabetes for Childcare Workers is an online course for early childhood teachers and support staff who are responsible for caring for a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The course explains what diabetes is, how it is managed and how to support and supervise young children (aged 0 to 6) in a childcare setting.

Topics include monitoring glucose levels, insulin delivery devices, diabetes highs and lows, and eating to manage diabetes. The short two-hour course is available on the Diabetes Qualified website free of charge – enrol anytime and start straight away.

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Please also see our school plans and resources.

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