Joint Media Release with Minister For Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Free access to glucose monitoring devices will save pregnant women, children and more adults in the Northern Territory living with type 1 diabetes up to $7,000 a year from the start of March, thanks to an investment by the Coalition Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Coalition Government’s investment over the next five years will assist 37,000 eligible people, including many Territorians 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,” Senator Scullion said.
From 1 March 2019, eligibility for fully subsidised CGM products will be expanded 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.
Health Minister Greg Hunt 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 mange this difficult disease better, as well as further support their families and carers,” Minister Hunt 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 the entire life.”
“A continuous glucose monitoring device will continually monitor a person’s glucose levels and provides 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.”
Senator Scullion said that this investment builds on our 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,” Senator Scullion said.
“$25 million will also be dedicated to broader diabetes research under the $125 million MRFF 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 Coalition Government’s ability to deliver a stronger economy can we 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