The NDSS is administered by Diabetes Australia

Information for parents

Starting out with type 1 diabetes: for parents, carers, families and friends​

While a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes can be challenging for your child, you and your family or friends. You are not expected to do it all on your own.

These five short videos take you through the initial steps you can take with your child to set out on your diabetes journey and to support them in returning to their usual activities.

What the videos will cover

Managing Diabetes

Support services, additional resources, and a final wrap up

Diabetes basics

Glucose levels: getting the balance right and returning to your routine

Understanding the transition process

Navigating the transition to adulthood is crucial for the ongoing wellness of young adults managing a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes. 

This transition from paediatric to adult diabetes care often coincides with other significant milestones in their lives, such as leaving home or starting university or vocational training. It’s just one part of their broader journey into adulthood.

The teenage years are full of new experiences for both parents and young people living with diabetes. Parents play a crucial role in the journey to become confident self-managers of diabetes. Teenagers with type 1 diabetes will eventually move into the adult healthcare system. 

This process, known as transition, isn’t a one-time event but an ongoing process that takes time and careful planning. Everyone is different and moves through the transition phase at their own pace. As a parent, you can encourage and support them. This will help them become confident, competent, and ready to manage their own healthcare as they grow and mature. 

The shifting responsibility of management may seem daunting for you and your child. But understanding the transition journey can make the change feel less daunting. Let’s take a closer look at this journey that usually involves three key phases: introduction and planning, preparation, and transfer.

A successful transition to adult care should result in the gradual development of skills and confidence to manage their diabetes at a pace that suits them. Your young person should be able to communicate effectively with their diabetes health professionals, make appointments, organise their diabetes supplies and medical information and make informed decisions about their health.

Throughout this process, remember to take care of your wellbeing. Your teenager’s transition to adult healthcare is a significant step for them and you as a parent. Throughout this transition and beyond, we’re here to support your and your young adult every step of the way. We’re just a phone call away.

Call the NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700 and ask to speak to a diabetes health professional.

JDRF has a free parent wellbeing guide: “If you’re okay, they’re okay” to download
They also have private online facebook gruops for all parents and carers of children and teens living with type 1 diabetes.

Transition readiness

Is your young person ready to transition to the adult care system?

This information is intended as a guide only. It should not replace individual medical advice. If you have any concerns about your health, or further questions, you should contact your health professional.

Transition readiness

Parent resource library

Welcome to the Parent resource library — your comprehensive guide to support your as your child grows and transitions into adult care. Our informative range of fact sheets covers a wide-range of diabetes-related topics, including; diabetes and driving, alcohol, blood glucose monitoring and diabetes distress.