TEAM T1 program for teens with T1 diabetes
*Please note: there are currently no centres in Australia running TEAM T1*
What is TEAM T1?
TEAM T1 stands for Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 Diabetes.
TEAM T1 was designed for teenagers aged 14 to 18 years old, and was based on the adult DAFNE program. The program was run over 5 days (10am to 3pm) in a small group of 6 to 8 people. It was run by a diabetes educator and dietitian trained in type 1 diabetes management.
TEAM T1 taught young people the skills to work out how much insulin they needed for the amount of carbohydrate in the food they wanted to eat. It also taught them how to manage hypos, how to manage above-target blood glucose levels, and how to adjust food and insulin for exercise.
The emphasis of the program was on self-management, problem-solving, and building confidence to help prepare young people to manage their diabetes as they leave school and move to work, study, and adult diabetes care.
There was also a two day parent support program for parents of young people who were participating in a TEAM T1 program, which was held on the Monday and Friday of the TEAM T1 program. The parent program included information about insulin adjustment, carbohydrate counting, hypoglycaemia, exercise and sick day management and how to support their teenager with diabetes as they transitioned to adulthood.
The future of TEAM T1
The TEAM T1 program was originally funded by the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund. The initial TEAM T1 project funding lasted for 5 years.
Unfortunately the project funding has now expired and there are currently no centres in Australia running the TEAM T1 program.