Courses for 2023 now available.

The Type 1 Diabetes at School Learning Centre was launched in 2017 to provide  a no-cost training aid for those managing students with Type 1 Diabetes at school to assist safety and optimal management while the student is in the school's custody.  We base information on the  International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) 2018 and 2023 Position Statement on Diabetes Management in schools.  The courses are  aimed to provide ready  access for school staff, including school nurses,  to best practice international (ISPAD) standard education about Type 1 to appropriately discharge their duty of care obligations to the student with Type 1. 

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. The courses are designed using  the world-first application of the Moodle Platform in education and training of complex Type 1 management at school and were awarded the ISPAD international prize for diabetes innovation. 

Lou Richards

APS and ISPAD and Type1 Foundation, Geelong Community Foundation and Magpies CommunityThe 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  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). 

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.

The courses available are consistent with the ISPAD Position Statement on Management of Type 1 Diabetes in school.

  • Level 1 Educational Resource - Basic  Care of all students with Type 1 Diabetes at School - for all school staff.
  • Level 2 Educational Resource - Foundation Care of the individual student with Type 1 Diabetes at School – for school staff with direct responsibility for the student with Type 1.
  • Level 3 Educational Resource - Complex care of the individual student with Type 1 Diabetes at School. 

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    Available courses

    Level 1 - Essential care of all students with Type 1 Diabetes 2023

    Level 1 Educational Resource – Basic Type 1 in schoolFor all school staff.

    The T1D Level 1 course is aimed at staff employed by a school with a student living with Type 1 Diabetes. All such school personnel require essential foundation education on the immediate needs of the student with Type 1, including the need to act immediately and escalate to a person with adequate training/accreditation to manage appropriately. 

    The course also outlines how Type 1 impacts the student and family and the important role of the school in optimizing safety, learning and emotional health outcomes for the student. 

    The course may take 20-30 minutes to complete. 
    Released: 30 January 2023

    Level 2 - Essential Care of the individual student with Type 1 Diabetes 2023

    Level 2 Course

    For school staff with direct responsibility for the student with Type 1.

    The T1D Level 2 course assists school staff to fulfill their obligations and duties when they have direct responsibility for a student with Type 1 Diabetes. This level is based upon the recommendations of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) Position Statement for Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Schools.

    School staff have duty of care obligations to keep students free from foreseeable harm when under their care.  To do so,  those staff with direct responsibilities (classroom teacher, special subject teacher, bus driver etc)  require education and training on emergency management of high and low blood glucose levels. 

    The course may take 20-30 minutes to complete.

    Released: 30 January 2023

    Level 3 - Complex Care of the individual student with Type 1 Diabetes 2023

    Level 3 - Complex Care of the individual student with Type 1 Diabetes 2023For designated school staff to complete recommended modules. 

    Schools/education authorities have a legal obligation to provide complex care, including insulin administration, at school. Successful completion of the T1D Level 3 course will provide a certificate which will assist, but not accredit, the school staff member to undertake complex care of the student with Type 1 at school.

    The parent and medical team recommend which modules to complete for the individual student. Additional education (module completion) and training may be required in special circumstances (e.g. remote camp).

    The course may take 20-30 minutes to complete.

    Released: 30 January 2023

    Level 1 - Basic Type 1 in school 2022

    Level 1 Educational Resource – Basic Type 1 in schoolThis 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.

    Available: 12 February 2022 

    Superseded: 30 January 2023

    Level 2 - Advanced Type 1 in School 2022

    Level 2 CourseThis level is aimed at all school staff who have a direct responsibility for a child with Type 1 and hence empower the school staff with the clinical training to make them feel confident about managing the child with Type 1 under their care. This module is based upon the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) guidelines and includes sections on management of high and low blood glucose levels, exercise, food, camps, glucagon and Continuous Glucose Monitoring. Hence this modules will assist the school staff keep the child with Type 1 safe and enable them to fulfil their Duty of Care obligations.

    Available: 12 February 2022 

    Superseded: 30 January 2023

    Level 3 - Insulin administration in school 2022

    Diabetes Management itemsThis 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).

    Available: 12 February 2022

    Superseded: 30 January 2023