Children and Adolescents
Schools, parents and students
Diabetes Basics is an online information centre providing
practical advice and guidelines for Queensland schools, including
emergency health plans for students, diabetes care plans and the
guidelines for Queensland schools for students with
The school guidelines and this website contain important
information about diabetes management for students living with
diabetes and more detailed recommendations for students with type 1
diabetes. This website also contains information specifically for
Go to the Diabetes Basics website to find out
Sam's diabetes story
Sam Webb was 11 years old when he
was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Three years after his diagnosis Sam wrote "Sam's Diabetes
Story" to help other kids learn about his condition, and the
every day struggles he faces.
Download Sam's Diabetes Story here.
Transitioning from child to adult
Many young people living with type 1 diabetes find adolescence
challenging, as its the time they start to learn to manage their
condition independently of their parents or guardians. Adolescence
also signifies the move from child to adult diabetes clinics. This
move generally begins at fifteen years and can for some, be a
smooth sail from the supportive care they received from their
paediatric specialist team to a more self-motivated and independent
experience with their new healthcare professional. However, this
positive transition is not experienced by all.
The transition can often leave the young person feeling lost,
confused and alone - as the care they begin to receive can be in
contrast to the personal and supportive experience they had with
their childhood diabetes specialist. This can often lead to the
young person "dropping out" of the healthcare system - managing
their condition independent of medical professionals at the risk of
developing long-term irreversible complications from their type 1
More about young people living with
Youth Transition Survey
The Youth Transition Survey was undertaken in response to the
negative experiences young people are having in their transition
from child to adult diabetes care.
1, 436 young Australians living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
were surveyed about their transition experience and found young
people with diabetes were being overlooked by the Australian
It was found that most young people were concerned about
changing doctors and were anxious about the level of care they
would receive in the new adult clinic.
The survey asked respondents what they thought of a transition
liaison coordinator - to provide support, guidance and information
during their transition. 91 per cent of respondents were positive
about this idea.
the full results from the survey.