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Welcome to the diabetes website of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. This site is an internet resource provided by the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes.
Being diagnosed with diabetes is something that can affect the whole family and there are many uncertainties and fears that can emerge with this. Here at RCH, we have a large team of professionals that are here to help you. We care for infants, children and adolescents with all types of
Our team is dedicated to helping you and your family manage your diabetes effectively so that you can lead a fulfilling and healthy life. For the patients
and families of the Royal Children's Hospital, this website provides guidelines for managing your diabetes at home. The purpose of these resources is to help you be independent with everyday management of diabetes such as dose adjustment, managing sick days and pump management.
If your child has type 1 diabetes and is unwell please see sick days
If you need advice on adjusting your child's insulin doses please see dose adjustment
If you require a school management plan for your child please click here
If you would like any further information, please call our diabetes office on 9345 6661 between 8.00am and 4.30pm, Monday-Friday.
All young people with type 1 diabetes require injected insulin. Having type 1 diabetes means you or your child cannot make enough insulin. Insulin doses are determined by blood glucose testing.
As a patient of the RCH, you will meet with a diabetes dietitian, a diabetes social worker and a diabetes nurse educator who will teach you how to care for you or your child’s diabetes. It is very important that the adults who live and care for your child on a daily basis are available
for these education sessions.
If you have been admitted outside usual business hours (after 4pm Monday to Friday or the weekend) the diabetes educator will come and see you as soon as possible the next working day. In the meantime the ward nurses will support you with your child’s diabetes care.
At diagnosis you will have specific diabetes self-care skills to learn:
Once home you will be in contact with a diabetes nurse educator for BGL reviews and adjustment of insulin. Your calls will reduce in frequency as you gain confidence in day to day diabetes management and you begin to alter the insulin based on the record book yourself. We will support you in this process.
You may return for further outpatient appointments with the Diabetes Allied Health team in the days/weeks to follow to complete initial education. Your first doctor’s appointment should be booked about 1-2 months after diagnosis; you will also see a diabetes nurse and dietitian. Thereafter an appointment will
occur every 3-4 months until your child transitions to an adult diabetes service.
If you would like any further information, please call our diabetes office on 9345 6661 between 8.00am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday.
April 1 the Federal Government announced that continuous glucose monitoring
(CGM) would be fully subsidised for many children and young adults up to 21
years of age (Press Release). There is specific criteria for the subsidy to apply (Criteria), however we anticipate that many of our patients will
The RCH has received a lot of interest in CGM from our
families. In order to accommodate requests for CGM we have been able to employ
an extra nurse to assist with the CGM starts. This nurse will start in August.
Until then we have been commencing the CGM starts where we can in our current
We know this is a slow process and we understand your
desire to have a clearer time frame for your child’s CGM start. Come August we
will be able to increase the frequency of CGM starts, but until then we ask for
your ongoing patience. If you are unsure about what CGM is or does, please
review the information here, and look at the Webinars regarding CGM here.
Dale Weightman (former Richmond FC captain) was
diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 23, he has played over 250 AFL games
for Richmond whilst managing his condition. Dale enjoys educating children (and their parents) who have Type
1 Diabetes to achieve their life goals
whilst sharing his experience living with the condition. These sessions are held once a year with
numbers restricted to patients of the Royal Children’s Hospital with Type 1
Diabetes. This is a wonderful opportunity for children and parents to gain
insight into the condition and get inspiration from Dale!
Guided tour of the Richmond Footy Club included!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
are keen to attend this session, or alternatively you
can call 03 8341 6224
Please join us for our next webinar
Diabetes: Sick Day Management
Do you know what to do when a child with type 1
diabetes becomes unwell? Need a glucagon refresher? Learn how to manage your
child's illnesses whilst controlling diabetes with these handy tips and extra
knowledge to ensure sick day management is a lot less stressful for everyone.
Date: Tuesday 25th July
To Register please click here