Managing type 1
At the Family Centre, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing type 1. Instead, we know that it is important to work out what fits each child and each family specifically. We call this approach 'adaptive management', and encourage families to seek answers from both their health practitioners and the type 1 community in order to find management strategies that suit family dynamics.
In Western Australia, children and adolescents with type 1 are seen by the Diabetes Team at Princess Margaret Hospital. The PMH diabetes team consists of endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dietitians, psychologists and social workers, who work together for the best possible outcomes. Kids with type 1 are required to visit the clinic four times per year, where they receive a health-check up and have the opportunity to discuss management strategies with the team.
Type 1 can be unpredictable, complicated, frustrating, and occasionally distressing. Having a child with type 1 can fundamentally change family dynamics.
At the Family Centre, we recognise that managing type 1 is more that getting the technical things right - it's also about staying emotionally well. Thinking positively, connecting with peers, employing healthy coping strategies, and being able to recognise the symptoms of diabetes distress or burnout are all important aspects of staying emotionally well with type 1.
It's not all about the patient, either. Type 1 affects every member of a family differently, and families need support too.
That's where the Family Centre comes in. Our programs and services aim to support every member of a family affected by type 1 to cope with the challenges of type 1 in healthy, positive ways. See the Programs and Events page to explore what we can offer you.