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Preserving Mental Health in Children and Adolescents living with chronic illness through a Type 1 Diabetes lens

Event Details
Date: 1 March 2023
Time: 10.00am-11.30am AEDT 
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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(03) 9320 1000

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A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (diabetes) has the potential to turn a family’s world upside down, it is a destabilising event that challenges parenting confidence and invariably affects family functioning. Not only is diabetes a chronic, lifelong condition, but often its arrival is quite shocking and unannounced.

Children and adolescents, along with their families, work tirelessly to ensure that diabetes fits into their life, not the other way around. They are living with a dynamic chronic illness that is demanding, unpredictable and psychologically disruptive, and is often, for the most part, unseen. The impact of managing a chronic illness like diabetes in childhood and adolescence can seem invisible, as our children move through life, just like their peers, with their focus being on everything but diabetes.

This session will offer participants an introduction into the key factors impacting the wellbeing of young people living with chronic illness, with particular focus on the relationship between diabetes and mental health. Participants will have an opportunity to gain knowledge in working with families who manage a chronic illness and develop skills in maximising the protective factor that is’ family’.

Who should attend? This webinar is suitable for clinicians of any level of experience, along with anyone supporting children and young people living with a chronic illness. The webinar will be particularly relevant to those supporting families where a child or young person is living with Type 1 Diabetes.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; School (coming soon)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between chronic illness and mental health
  • Consider the protective factor of family in reducing the impact of chronic illness
  • Understand the role of social work within the context of working with families impacted by chronic illness
  • Identify key skills and interventions essential in supporting chronic illness in childhood


Simone Collins

Simone has practiced social work for over 20 years, working with children and families across several government and non-government services. Simone has spent the last decade specialising in the psychosocial impacts of diabetes diagnoses, adjustment, and management, on children, youth, and families, drawing on her experience in the fields of family therapy, child protection, group facilitation and individual therapy.

Simone has contributed her expert knowledge on numerous diabetes resources, both published and online, focusing on child and parental wellbeing. Simone speaks nationally and internationally at conferences and summits designed to explore and maximise individual and collective strengths used to build capacity and confidence in families faced with the management of type 1 diabetes.

Simone’s current role has afforded her the opportunity to work alongside countless families, at various stages of their diabetes journey. Simone provides clinical services to the Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Service within Canberra Health Services.

Location and date

Live online: a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the webinar
Wednesday, 1 March 2023
10.00am-11.30am AEDT

A recording of the webinar will be sent to registrants via email after the event and available to watch for 2 weeks.


Members: $65.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $40.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $85.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $75.00 (including GST)


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*Please note: registrations close 1 March 2023 at 9.00am AEDT

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers