[IPu] Duty of Care for Students with T1
Hi Helen and All,
It has taken me a day or so to follow this up with a few people.
I spoke with Angie Middlehurst (today), she is a Diabetes Educator at DA in
Sydney who mostly deals with TI children. If the family live in Wollongong
she suggests the family contact Jenny Mathews (Diabetes Educator) at
Wollongong Hospital. Alternately if they live closer to Nowra, then contact
Tammie Makin (a DA Educator outposted to the South Coast). Either of these
Educators can do a "School Visit" and explain the issues about Diabetes and
care of this young person. They will advise school responsibilities, issues
of Diabetes care PARTICULARLY HYPOS and the severe consequences of them not
being addressed properly. They will provide documentaion and check lists
about issues of concern.
Angie was out of the office when I spoke with her, so she didn't have contact
numbers handy, though DA can provide them.
DA NSW (at Glebe) ph: 02 95529900
On Tuesday I spoke to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunites Commission
(HEROC - the Federal Govt Body wich deals with Discrimination in relation to
Race, Gender, Age and Disability) the staff member I spoke with was a
specialist in Disability issues. She suggested that the family lodge a
complaint in writing (either letter or email), setting out the problems being
experienced with the school not meeting this young persons health needs. She
advised that HEOC would most likely take 1-2 weeks to allocate a case like
this and arrange a "Mediation". They advise that results in such Mediations
are very good. Often just a matter of ensuring that Teachers/ Principals
understand their obligations so that correct procedures are put in place.
Web address for emailing a complaint is : www.heroc.gov.au/disability_rights
or ph : 1300 369 711
Sadly, whether through ignorance; lack of education or lack of concern this
lack of care amounts to discrimination.
Good Luck and let us know how things proceed.
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