Webinar for beginners

Diabetes Australia – Vic (DA–Vic) held its first webinar last Tuesday night for parents of children aged between 5-15 years old with type 1 diabetes.

For the uninitiated, a webinar is a great way to run an information seminar without asking too much from participants.

The first of its kind, our webinar was a success with some great questions, exchange and interaction from parents. The forum gave parents the chance to stay in the comfort of their own home, with no travel required, while being able to contribute and discuss topics that matter to them.

DA–Vic’s Diabetes Nurse Educator, Karen Crawford, co-ordinator of the diabetes in schools seminars for teachers’ spoke of ways parents can work with their kids’ school to help manage their diabetes.

Karen also gave a snapshot of the importance of planning ahead, communication paths between the school and the parent, and referred to the school’s seminars run for teachers in Melbourne and 11 other regional towns.

Parents had the option to just listen to the presentation and speaker, participate more actively in the session by asking questions and making comments all while maintaining a certain level of privacy.

DA–Vic received some positive feedback from the webinar. One common observation with most “first-time” participants was that they hadn’t realised how easy it was to participate in a webinar, and were impressed that participating didn’t require a fancy microphone or headset, although these can be used (if you have them).

Taking part in a webinar is as easy as having your computer speakers (or phone) on, and listening to the session while using your keyboard to reply to questions.

DA–Vic will host more webinars throughout 2013, with the next one scheduled for April.

Comment below with your suggestions for future webinar topics or email Portia.

Portia Lombardi is the Type 1 Diabetes Program Events Officer at DA–Vic. She organises all DA–Vic events for people with type 1 diabetes, including information seminars and expeditions in both rural Victoria and Melbourne CBD.

This webinar was developed with the support of the Joe White bequest.

About Diabetes Australia – Vic

DA–Vic is the leading charity and peak consumer body working to reduce the impact of diabetes.
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