Pearce children to benefit from $54 million diabetes announcement

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has welcomed the announcement that a re-elected Coalition Government will invest $54 million to help young people with Type 1 diabetes.

“This is wonderful news for up to 35 families across Pearce to assist with the cost of continuous glucose monitoring technology for their child,” Mr Porter said.

“Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) will help local children (up to 21 years old) monitor their blood sugar levels around the clock, through a small, wearable device which instantly warns if their glucose level is getting too low.

“CGM can help prevent or reduce the serious impact of dangerously low blood glucose levels and the fear and anxiety associated with this.

“Australia wide, this commitment is estimated to benefit as many as 4000 children and young adults, and could also save the average family up to $4000 per year off the cost of managing their child’s Type 1 diabetes.

While the finger-prick method is a very effective and accurate monitoring tool, drawing blood at regular intervals day and night can be very difficult, stressful and upsetting task for children and their parents.”

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease attacking a person’s ability to produce insulin, for which there is no cure.  It is not attributed to modifiable lifestyle factors such as obesity and diet like Type 2 diabetes.

The CGM commitment follows the Coalition delivering on its promise to develop a National Diabetes Strategy within our first term back in Government, leveraging a new technology to support people with diabetes.