Free Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices for Young Australians

10 Apr 17

Free continuous glucose monitoring devices are now available for eligible children and people under the age of 21 years with type 1 diabetes.

Nationals Member for Cowper said this new lifesaving technology will reduce the hassle of the daily finger-prick for people with diabetes who use this new product.

“This will be life-changing for children, young people and their families,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Eligible young Australians will now be able to access these devices for free through the National Diabetes Services Scheme – saving around $4,000 per year.

“This was a commitment made by the Government before the 2016 election, and I am delighted to be delivering for the people of Cowper.

“The $54 million initiative will help families and children to better self-manage their diabetes, reducing visits to emergency departments and missed school days.

“The finger-prick method for blood glucose testing is effective and accurate, but it can be a difficult and upsetting process for some children and their parents, with up to 10 tests needed every day – including several times every night.

“I’ve been contacted by one mother who said a continuous glucose monitoring device would mean the end of 2am wake-up calls for blood glucose tests.

“Continuous glucose monitors will automatically alert users or their parents if glucose levels are getting too low without the need for continuous finger prick tests. This helps to reduce stress and anxiety for everyone involved.”

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s ability to produce insulin. Children and young people with the disease have to monitor their glucose levels around the clock.

The Turnbull Government has worked collaboratively with expert endocrinologists and paediatricians and diabetes educators, as well as Diabetes Australia, the DANII Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

To access continuous glucose monitors products children and young adults will need to consult with an authorised health professional, who will assess the patient’s suitability against specific eligibility criteria, as part of an overall management plan for diabetes. Eligibility assessment forms will be available to download at www.ndss.com.au.

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