Parents and families of 11,000 Australian children with type 1
diabetes are being urged to register their interest in the new
Diabetes in Schools program set to commence in early 2020.
On World Diabetes Day, 14
November, Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson
announced that Diabetes Australia would begin contacting all
families and promoting the program to parents, schools and
"This year's theme for World Diabetes Day is 'My diabetes, my
family' and there is no doubt managing diabetes at schools can
be a strain for many families," Professor Johnson said.
"In the past year more than 1000 school age children have been
newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and for these students
and their families, as well as those who have lived with type
1 diabetes for longer, going to school can be overwhelming
"Other important times and when students with type 1 diabetes are
changing schools, going from primary to secondary school, and
of course students and schools in rural and remote areas can
face particular challenges.
"It is critical that principals and school staff are well equipped
to support students with type 1 diabetes and that these
children don't experience stigma, discrimination or adverse
impacts as a result of their diabetes.
"This is why we have developed the new Diabetes in Schools
program, funded by the Australian Government through the
National Diabetes Service Scheme, to provide an integrated
package of information, training and support for parents
and families, schools and staff, and health professional to
better support students with type 1 diabetes.
"From early 2020, a new web portal will be available for parents,
principals, school staff and health professionals. The portal
will provide access to a range of tools, resources,
information and support to help schools better understand how to
support students with type 1 diabetes while at school.
"It will also include a detailed online training program for
schools and their staff. Face-to-face practical training
provided by qualified healthcare professionals, will also
begin during 2020.
"The face-to-face school training will be individualised for the
student and will cover all key aspects of support including
glucose monitoring, insulin administration and glucagon
administration. This training will be targeted at schools that have
students who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and
require support to administer insulin.
"From today we'll be writing to parents to invite them to register
their interest in the Diabetes in Schools program - this will
also help ensure families receive all the latest information
about the program, including resources, as it becomes
Prof Johnson acknowledged the support of all the leading diabetes
organisations in Australia including Australian Diabetes Educators
Association, Australian Paediatric Endocrine Group and
Australian Diabetes Society, and JDRF Australia who have
all partnered together in developing this new program.
Diabetes Australia acknowledged the Australian Government funding
program through the National Diabetes Services Scheme.