Diabetes training needed for kids

DIABETES Queensland has called on the State Government to introduce compulsory guidelines to protect the health and safety of school children with all types of diabetes.

Launching a new, specially designed web portal to help schools and parents manage diabetes in the school community, Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute has warned more needs to be done before a tragedy occurs.

"It is great Diabetes Queensland was successful in developing voluntary guidelines to protect the wellbeing of students with diabetes, and I sincerely thank the government, particularly Education Queensland, who helped make it happen," Ms Trute said.

"The guidelines were a positive step forward and this new DiabetesBasics website, providing school staff and parents with everything they need to know about managing diabetes in the school environment, is a great second step.

"However, as we are now in the grips of a diabetes epidemic. It is time to look into compulsory diabetes education for teachers and school staff, and the need for all schools to comply with developing personal and emergency health plans for those students who need them."

Ms Trute said Australia had one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes.

There are about 2000 Queensland youth between the age of five and 18 with type 1 diabetes and, with type 2 cases now spiralling, it is expected more children will be diagnosed with type 2.

Overall, 62 Queenslanders are diagnosed with diabetes every day.

"Diabetes is a major health issue on the increase and it is already impacting on the classroom," Ms Trute said.

Details of DiabetesBasics are at www.diabetesqld.org.au.