Diabetes in schools

The National Child and Youth Clinical Diabetes Network, in consultation and collaboration with consumer representatives, has undertaken significant work looking at available school diabetes health resources across New Zealand, identifying educational gaps and determining specific resources required to support the safe care of children and youth with diabetes in schools.

One of the primary outcomes of this work is the development of a collection of diabetes action and management plans. This collection of documents is intended to provide a formal guide for the consistent care and management of children and young people with diabetes in schools and early childcare organisations.

In addition the Clinical Diabetes Network have created NZQA medical certificate templates for both type 1 diabetes mellitus and type 2 diabetes mellitus treated with insulin, to be used to support 'special assessment condition' applications for students with diabetes. 

Diabetes action and management plans

The diabetes action and management plans below are the original work of collaboration between Diabetes Victoria, The Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. They have been adapted in consultation with the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and the National Clinical Diabetes Network for use in New Zealand. They are based on current best practice evidence for diabetes care for young people with type 1 diabetes (ISPAD 2014, APEG 2011).

These diabetes action and management plans are provided for use in secure PDF format only. The expectation is that they are printed and then personalised by hand (filling in name and other details, ticking relevant boxes where indicated) by the diabetes treating team, in consultation with the young person and their family. The plans are reviewed and updated regularly to reflect any changes in clinical best practice diabetes care.

Download or view a pdf of the following diabetes action and management plans for kindergarten or early childhood settings:

Download or view a pdf of the following diabetes action and management plans for primary and secondary schools:

Questions or comments about the plans are welcome and should be directed to Gilli Lewis at Gilli.Lewis@ccdhb.org.nz

Exams and Diabetes

Download or view a pdf of the information sheet for young people with diabetes and exams.

For medical certificate templates to be used to support   'special assessment condition' applications for students with diabetes, choose Type 1 Diabetes, or Type 2 Diabetes

For further information on PSNZ / MoH Clinical Network development, please contact PSNZ CEO, Mollie Wilson, mollie@healthnetworks.co.nz or PSNZ Secretariat Denise Tringham, denise@paediatrics.org.nz