This level is aimed at all school staff who are employed at a school attended by a child with Type 1. The aim of this module is to empower the school staff member with a basic understanding of Type 1 and how it impacts the child and family. Even such basic understanding may assist establishment of the most positive school environment and optimal physical and emotional health outcomes for the child.
The Type 1 Diabetes Learning Centre is dedicated to providing equitable access to 2018 international Type 1 Diabetes standards and guidelines (International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes - ISPAD) for implementation into everyday life. The aim is to promote best practice care standards through education and learning and assist in the training of those caring for young people living with Type 1 Diabetes ("Type 1") in every-day situations.
The website was initially funded by public contributions honoring legendary Australian Rules footballer and media personality, the late Lou Richards. "Lou's Legacy" will live on through the t1d learning centre, allowing people from all backgrounds to assist young people to tackle Type 1 with "a red hot go!" and enable them to achieve and succeed.
The Education Resources are free e-learning courses aimed to provide ready access for school staff throughout Australia, including school nurses, to international standard education about Type 1 using ISPAD guidelines and assist skill development (but not accredit) of insulin administration at school. Others, including extended family members and/ or friends who may be responsible for care of a child with Type 1 will also benefit from the information within the e-learning courses.
The promotion of international standards of Type 1 care through this webiste is endorsed by ISPAD and is an initiative of the Australian Paediatric Society (APS) (www.auspaediatrics.com.au) the peak Australian professional body for regional paediatric diabetes care. The establishment of the website was supported by the grass roots family support organisation, the Type 1 Foundation. (www.type1foundation.com.au). The updating and expansion of the learning programs has been supported by a grant from the Geelong Community Foundation via the Type 1 Foundation.
The courses available are:
- Level 1 Educational Resource - Basic Type 1 in school - for all school staff.
- Level 2 Educational Resource – Advanced Type 1 in school – for
school staff with direct responsibility for the student with Type 1.
- Level 3 Educational Resource - Insulin administration in school.
This online module is part of the support offered to school staff and others who have volunteered to seek training and competency for safe insulin administration in schools to children with Type 1. Insulin administration during school hours must only be done by a registered nurse or an “Agent” appointed by the parent. Successful completion of the Level 3 module will provide a certificate which will assist, but not guarantee, the required authorization of Agency and consent by the parent. This level includes insulin adjustments required for effective Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM).