In Queensland approximately 45% of children present with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. DKA is the major cause of mortality in children with Type 1 Diabetes. DKA is a metabolic emergency requiring intensive care that can be avoided by recognising the signs of high blood glucose and prompt commencement of insulin therapy. Increasing community awareness and GP education for early diagnosis and prompt insulin treatment for Type 1 diabetes is vital to prevent Paediatric emergencies.
The project will prepare an awareness campaign to reduce preventable Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in Queensland children under 16.
Consumers, clinicians and other relevant stakeholders will be consulted to co-design campaign messaging and material. Resources and campaign messaging will be developed ready for the next stage of the project which is the delivery of a state wide awareness campaign.