Free continuous glucose monitoring devices for young Australians

From 1 April, the Federal Government is providing free continuous glucose monitoring devices to eligible children and people under the age of 21 years with type 1 diabetes

Eligible young Australians will now be able to access these devices for free through the National Diabetes Services Scheme, which the government says will lead to savings of around $4000 per year.

Continuous glucose monitors alert users or their parents if glucose levels are getting too low without the need for continuous finger prick tests.

“This new lifesaving technology will reduce the hassle of the daily finger-prick for people with diabetics who use this new product,” says Health Minister Greg Hunt in a statement.

“It will also provide much-needed support for the difficult challenge of managing blood glucose levels, particularly in identifying symptoms of hypoglycaemia.”

Minister Hunt says the 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, in order to launch the $54 million initiative.

To access continuous glucose monitoring 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.

From today, eligibility assessment forms will be available to download online.

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  1. Emma

    I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2016, I started the ADA diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin, At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research, Then I found Lisa’s diabetes story (google ” HOW EVER I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ), I read that article from end to end because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 100 and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s, My doctor took me off the metformin, after just three week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 30 pounds and 6+ inches around my waist in a month. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods。

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