The National Needs Assessment of Children and Adolescents with Diabetes in 1999 highlighted parental fears for their children with type 1 diabetes, and the issues they encounter during their child’s schooling. Sixty three percent (63%) reported problems including treatment of hypoglycaemia, blood glucose testing, isolation from pears, managing exercise, food and injection issues.
To assist with meeting the needs of these families, Australian Diabetes Council introduced the Schools Care Line in January 2001. From April 2006, the name changed to the DIABETES kidsandteens CARELINE. The Paediatric Educator runs the telephone service from Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm. Parents, teachers and students in NSW may call to discuss issues regarding diabetes management arising at school.
Aims of the DIABETES kidsandteens CARELINE
For New South Wales call 1300 136 588 and ask for the Paediatric Educator 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
CONTACT DIABETES AUSTRALIA IN YOUR STATE OR TERRITORY FOR ADVICE REGARDING MANAGEMENT OF TYPE 1 DIABETES IN THE SCHOOL.