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Belridge Secondary College Education Support Centre prepare to support students living with type 1 diabetes confidently in 2019.

During the school holidays, on Thursday 24 January 2019, staff from Belridge Secondary College ESC attended the Diabetes Awareness in Schools professional development at Diabetes WA.

The training session, which was developed with input from Perth Children’s Hospital, was led by credentialled diabetes educator, Carly Luff, in Subiaco.

The staff currently support a student to manage their type 1 diabetes throughout the school day. They found that this was becoming overwhelming as the student needs to test their blood glucose levels regularly and to administer insulin before eating.

During the session they learnt:

  • The different types of diabetes and what they are
  • The signs, symptoms and management of low blood glucose (hypoglyceamia)
  • The signs, symptoms and management of high blood glucose (hyperglyceamia)
  • The impact of type 1 diabetes on the student and their families each day
  • How to work with parents to create and use school management and action plans
  • How insulin pens and pumps can be used to manage type 1 diabetes
  • How to check blood glucose levels
  • How to use language to create a supportive environment for the student

“Children living with type 1 diabetes can do anything that children living without diabetes can” says Carly Luff, “It is important that parents and schools work together to support children living with diabetes.”

After the session, the staff from Belridge Secondary College ESC felt more confident about assisting their student if he felt low and had more clarity on working with the student’s parent to ensure his classroom time wasn’t disrupted.

A recent survey conducted by Diabetes WA found that after the training:

  • 97% of participants are aware of the signs and symptoms of hypoglyceamia.
  • 95% of participants are aware of the signs and symptoms of hyperglyceamia.
  • 95% of participants understand how different types of foods may impact the blood glucose levels of a child living with type.
  • 96% of participants understand how exercise can impact the blood glucose levels of a child living with type 1.

To download the 2019 diabetes action and management plans, click here.

Organising a school camp?

We are also have school camp training sessions. This training is for individual teachers, education assistants, school nurses and outdoor education staff and outlines use of the checklists and management plans for families and school staff to use in preparation for school camp. The next training date for Individual School Camp Training is on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from 4pm – 6pm in Subiaco.

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