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 at School Learning Centre has been created to facilitate convenient consumer access and make management of Type 1 Diabetes clearer for everyone. We base information on the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) 2018 Clinical Consensus Guidelines. The aim is to promote best practice care standards through accessible, no-cost education and to 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 Diabetes at School Education Resources are the first internationally consistent training aide accessible to teachers & school staff at schools who have students with Type 1. They are aimed to provide ready access for school staff, including school nurses, to international (ISPAD) standard education about Type 1. The resources are designed to address the various skill requirements according to 2018 ISPAD clinical guidelines and the 2018 ISPAD Position Statement on Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Schools (see resources menu). This includes assisting skill development (but not accrediting) insulin administration at school.
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 ISPAD mission is to promote education, advocacy and science. This website has been endorsed and co-branded by ISPAD because it encompasses all aspects of the ISPAD ethos and promotes ISPAD Clinical Guidelines. It not-for-profit and the clinical content is governed by an International Advisory Committee. This is the world-first application of the Moodle Platform in education and training of complex Type 1 management at school. The website 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 consistent with the 2018 ISPAD Position Statement on Management of Type 1 Diabetes in school:
- Level 1 Educational Resource - Basic Type 1 Diabetes at School - for all school staff.
- Level 2 Educational Resource - Advanced Type 1 Diabetes at School – for
school staff with direct responsibility for the student with Type 1.
- Level 3 Educational Resource - Insulin administration in Diabetes at 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).