Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia. There are almost 2,500 young people aged 15 and under with type 1 diabetes in NSW and the ACT, with the number of children with this life-threatening condition continuing to grow each year.
As parents of children with type 1 diabetes struggle to balance life commitments with regular demands associated with managing their child's condition, they often call upon an informal carer, such as a relative, friend or babysitter, to care for their child in their absence.
The erratic and unpredictable nature of type 1 diabetes can be unfamiliar to these carers who may have little to no knowledge in the area, presenting an opportunity to upskill a community of care around children with diabetes.
As the rate of diabetes continues to grow, so does the importance of equipping carers with the relevant training and knowledge to be able to appropriately care for a person with diabetes.
Diabetes NSW & ACT is the largest diabetes support organisation in Australia, running in excess of 800 education and community events each year. Established in 1938, their mission is to achieve a life without the complications of diabetes.
Diabetes NSW & ACT will deliver five Carer Training Workshops specifically designed for informal carers of children with type 1 diabetes. Professional carers are also encouraged to attend.
The workshops will facilitate access to reliable, current and targeted health information and education for carers of children with type 1 diabetes. Workshops will be run by a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
The course will also provide short consultations with individual attendees to provide personalised advice on the needs of individual children, as well as, the provision of published take-home resources, and the option for follow-up contact with health professionals.
About 150 carers will have access to the training workshop, in particular, relatives, friends, babysitters, or a partner of a single parent. This training will provide participants with the necessary skills, knowledge and education for children with type 1 diabetes, giving them the confidence to undertake their role effectively.
The training will also help to alleviate some of the physical, financial and emotional pressures faced by families delivering 24/7 diabetes care and management. By having additional trained, confident, and trusted carers available these families are more likely to access respite opportunities for social and work commitments. The child with type 1 diabetes will also benefit from a wider circle of care.
To find out more about the program visit Diabetes NSW & ACT.