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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.


It is critical that school staff receive the necessary education and assistance to be able to support students with diabetes and keep them safe at school.


For students with type 1 diabetes, daily injections, constant blood glucose monitoring and counting carbohydrates are a way of life. As students spend almost 40 per cent of their waking time at school, it is essential that schools provide safe, healthy and supportive environments. 


Importantly, students need an appropriate place to effectively manage their diabetes and inject insulin if needed, they should be free from intimidation or shame about having type 1 diabetes, and they should feel confident they can fully participate in everything school has to offer.