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Diabetes and school

There is often confusion about diabetes. People get the types mixed up, don't know the symptoms or how to provide practical support to someone they know or who is in their care.

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  • Diabetes in the school environment

    There are currently over 2000 school-aged children with type 1 diabetes in Queensland. The reality is that if you are a teacher, or work at a school, there will most likely be one or more students at the school who have type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is also on the rise among school students, though it is still rare to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at this young age.

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  • Roles and responsibilities

    Good planning and strong communication between the parents, teachers and Principal are important to ensure that a child with diabetes receives the support they need whilst at school. With planning and support from family and school staff, students can be supported to participate alongside their peers in all school activities.

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  • Considerations for school staff

    Diabetes can impact on all aspects of a person's life, and similarly, all aspects of a student's school experience. However with appropriate planning and preparation, students with diabetes should be able to participate fully in all school activities. Below is a list of things that teachers need to be aware of to ensure that a student with diabetes has a safe and enjoyable school experience.

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