Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 Diabetes - TEAM T1 is a 5-day type 1 diabetes education program for teenagers aged 14 – 18 years .
TEAM T1 was adapted for teenagers from the Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) program, which teaches adults with type 1 the skills needed to adjust insulin to suit their lifestyle and what they are eating. It provides teenagers with the skills to calculate how much insulin they need for the foods they are eating, and to manage the day-to-day ups and downs of diabetes more effectively.The program includes:
• A flexible approach that encourages self-management, problem solving, and building confidence
• Carbohydrate counting and insulin doses to match meals and snacks
• Correction doses, managing hypos, sick days and exercise
• Hands-on learning with a small group of 6-8 teens with type 1 diabetes.
• Managing at school, going out / parties, alcohol
• Future health and transition to adult services
• Communication with parents and health professionals
• Mental health and resilience
• Daily discussion of blood glucose results, food estimations and insulin doses.
The course involves active participation, using snack and lunch times to practice carbohydrate counting, calculating insulin doses and managing exercise. Through group discussion and problem solving, participants learn from each other’s’ experiences throughout the week.
Participants receive a course handbook, carbohydrate counting booklet, and blood glucose diary. An activity (such as indoor rock climbing or a game of sport) gives participants the chance to practice managing exercise, have a bit of fun and socialise.
Programs are conducted during school holidays and are led by a TEAM T1-trained diabetes nurse educator and dietitian.
Parents attend a separate 2-day program held in the same week as the teen course.
Recently, the TEAM T1 program featured on WIN News. To view the report and hear what participants have to say, click here.
For more information about the TEAM T1 program, program dates and centre locations please go to the TEAM T1 website
The TEAM T1 Project is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund.