Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005 September 2020
Submission to Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005:
The Australian Paediatric Society (APS) represents regional Australian child health. Regional paediatricians are very familiar with the issues of disability and schools. Regional paediatricians coordinate management of children with disability and their learning needs. Hence, they are frequently in contact with school staff, school support services and associated medical services. Managing this issue is a daily occurrence for almost all regional paediatricians. The gold standard is individualised management and the solutions may be specific to that specific region.
The prototype disability that the APS has focussed upon in the last 6 years is Type 1 Diabetes. There are 62 regional centres and over 150 general paediatricians in regional Australia providing diabetes care to over 3500 children with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in Australia.
APS has been a very active in advocating to address deficiencies and inequities in the issue of management of Type 1 Diabetes in schools. Accordingly, the APS Diabetes Committee has developed significant expertise in this area.