Helping children with diabetes

Children with Type 1 diabetes will be at the forefront of a new project which is set to begin in the next school year.

Diabetes in Schools is funded by the Federal Government through the National Diabetes Service Scheme and will be available to parents, school staff and health professionals.

Diabetes Australia chief executive Professor Greg Johnson said the program provided access to a range of tools and resources.

"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," he said.

"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.

Professor Johnson said face-to-face school training will be individualised for the student and would cover all key aspects of support including glucose monitoring, insulin administration and glucagon administration.

"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 available," he said.

For more information visit www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

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