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Type 1 diabetes does not impair school performance

Primary school aged children with type 1 diabetes have educational outcomes similar to their peers without diabetes, according to a South Australian study that was reported in a recent edition of The Limbic. The findings should alleviate concerns about blood glucose variability, impaired cognitive function and diabetes-related school absences having an adverse effect on academic ability,...


New Diabetes in Schools program launched today

A new national program is set to ease the strain of type 1 diabetes on families by helping to ensure that principals, teachers and school staff have the support, training and tools they need to support students with type 1 diabetes at school. According to the findings of a recent survey one in every four parents of a child with type 1 diabetes attends the school at least once a week to...


Pre-school

You will probably be very reluctant to let your child out of your sight, but preschool is an opportunity for your child to spread their wings and learn independence (and give you a chance to spread yours). To take this huge step you must feel comfortable that your child will be safe as well as happy. Provide your preschool with options for education on diabetes. This might include a school...


At school

Some children do not want anyone outside the family to know that they have diabetes. However, it may be helpful for your child to tell their close friends what to do, especially if a hypo occurs when they are at school. Your child will need the help of their peers and may need a guiding hand to deal with classmates and friends. Some children may be happy to ‘show and tell’ about having...


Hypos at school and sports

Carrying easily absorbed carbohydrate (e.g. fruit juice popper or glucose gel) at all times is another task to be learned and increase a child's sense of independence. Exercise and sport may become more active, prolonged and routine, especially if played after school. Insulin doses may need to be adjusted and you may need to experiment with the amount and types of food to learn what suits your...


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Going to school

Going back to school after you're told you have diabetes might freak you out. You might be worried about what your friends think, will everyone notice, will they think you're different? What will your teachers say? When you first go back to school, here's some things you can do to make it a bit easier: Get someone to talk to the teachers at the school about diabetes and what they have to...


New national Diabetes in Schools program to start in 2020

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...


Be part of a national conversation about managing type 1 diabetes in schools

We are inviting you to be part of a national conversation to inform the future of diabetes education, training and support to schools across Australia. The Australian Government has asked Diabetes Australia to develop a new nationally consistent training and education program to support type 1 diabetes management in schools. Diabetes NSW & ACT already delivers diabetes education and...


Schools across Australia get help to support children with type 1 diabetes

A new diabetes in schools education and training program will make it easier for teachers and staff to support children with type 1 diabetes, and give parents confidence that their children will be safe and supported at school. Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, at Mornington Park Primary School in Melbourne announced funding of $6 million over two years to develop and deliver the...


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