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Free access to glucose monitoring now available for people with type 1 diabetes in Pearce

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Free access to glucose monitoring devices will save pregnant women, children and adults in Pearce living with type 1 diabetes up to $7,000 a year thanks to an investment by the Liberal Government.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Government’s investment over the next five years will assist 37,000 eligible people, including many in Pearce with type 1 diabetes through the expansion of the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative.

“Since April 2017, the Government as a result of our stronger economy has provided fully subsidised CGM products to children and young people, under 21 years of age, with type 1 diabetes,” Mr Porter said.

Eligibility for fully subsidised CGM products has been expanded since 1 March 2019 to include:

  • children and young people with conditions very similar to type 1 diabetes, such as cystic fibrosis related diabetes and neonatal diabetes, who require insulin;

  • women with type 1 diabetes who are pregnant, actively planning pregnancy, or immediately post-pregnancy; and

  • people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older who have concessional status and have a high clinical need to access CGM products.

Mr Porter said there are more than 9,700 young Australians under the age of 21 years currently benefitting from the CGM Initiative that was a key 2016 election commitment.

“Increasing access to CGM products will help more people with type 1 diabetes manage this difficult disease better, as well as further support their families and carers,” Mr Porter said.

“Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s ability to produce insulin. People with this condition must be able to monitor their glucose levels day and night for their entire life.

“A continuous glucose monitoring device will continually monitor a person’s glucose levels and provide alerts if glucose levels become unsafe.

“The devices will assist a person with diabetes with the management of their condition, reduce emergency visits to the hospital, and improve their quality of life now and into the future.”

Mr Porter said that this investment builds on the Liberal Government’s recent announcement of $54.5 million for research into type 1 diabetes.

“As part of that announcement the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia will receive $25 million to advance its Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network.

“$25 million will also be dedicated to broader diabetes research under the $125 million Medical Research Future Fund Targeted Translation Research Accelerator initiative, to help progress early stage health and medical research discoveries to reach proof-of-concept and progress to clinical trials.

“It’s only as a result of the Liberal Government’s ability to deliver a stronger economy that we can make these critical investments into CGM and type 1 diabetes research”.

Eligibility criteria and additional information for the expanded CGM Initiative is available on the NDSS website at www.ndss.com.au.