Training to support students with type 1 diabetes occurs in the following ways:
- School staff who volunteer, and who have specific responsibility to support blood glucose testing and/or the administration of insulin and insulin pump management, should be appropriately trained in these procedures. Schools should train enough staff to allow for eventualities such as staff taking leave and staff turnover as well as consideration of the type of activities the student will be involved in, particularly overnight excursions.
- Any staff in supervisory roles of a student with type 1 diabetes must have an awareness of the health condition and special considerations in the school setting, be able to recognise the signs of a hypoglycaemia, and know how to respond in an emergency.
Arrangements for training are made at the local school level using local service providers. A diabetes educator from the child's treating hospital or Diabetes NSW & ACT can be contacted on the Infoline 1300 136 588 for advice on how to access training locally. Advice in relation to determining a suitable provider of training can also be sought from the prescribing doctor and the parent. There should be a register at the school identifying trained staff.