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.
website has been established by the Australian Paediatric Society (APS) (www.auspaediatrics.com.au) the peak Australian
professional body for regional paediatric diabetes care with the support of family support group, the Type 1 Foundation. (www.type1foundation.com.au) and endorsed by the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD).
The website has been funded by public contributions honoring legendary Australian Rules footballer and media personality, the late Lou Richards. The e-learning courses aim to provide ready and free access for school staff, including school nurses, to international standard education about Type 1 Diabetes (“Type 1”) and assist skill development (but not accredit) of insulin administration throughout Australia. Others, including extended family members and/ or friends who may be responsible for care of a child with Type 1 may also benefit from the information within the e-learning courses.
The APS represents over 400 consultant paediatricians, of whom at least 100 directly manage over 3000 young Australians with Type 1 Diabetes, mainly but not exclusively in regional Australia. The APS therefore is responsible for diabetes management of over twice the number of children managed by the largest Australian metropolitan specialist child diabetes centres. The diversity of practice location and resources has led to innovative solutions to delivery of equitable services to children with diabetes in regional Australia. APS has been active in advocating for better services for children with Type 1 Diabetes over the past 5 years with Federal, Senate and State Government submissions. The APS was the first Australian professional organisation to develop a position statement on children with diabetes in schools. For the past ten years, the APS has facilitated annual clinical diabetes workshops for Health Care Professionals in conjunction with ISPAD. The workshop is the largest Australian child diabetes clinical meeting attracting over 200 delegates from all parts of Australia and New Zealand. Presenters include both international and local ISPAD members to bring international standard diabetes care to all regions of Australia.
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).