From 1 March 2020, people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older, who have concessional status, will no longer need to demonstrate “high clinical need” in order to access free continuous glucose monitoring devices through the NDSS. Additionally, the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system has been added to the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative. These two changes to the NDSS program will enable an estimated 21,000 more Australians living with diabetes to access diabetes monitoring technology.
The Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitor is a sensor, worn on the back of the arm, with a reader or a mobile device application. The reader records blood glucose levels (BGL) to help the wearer better manage their condition and avoid episodes of hypoglycaemia. By accessing the Freestyle Libre system through the CGM Initiative, people with type 1 diabetes can save $92.50 a fortnight ($2,400 per year).
From 1 March 2020, the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative will provide fully subsidised CGM products, including the Freestyle Libre to:
- Children and young people, under 21 years of age, with type 1 diabetes.
- 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 planning for pregnancy, pregnant, or immediately post-pregnancy.
- People with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older and who have concessional status.
Diabetes WA welcomes the additions to the CGM Initiative, although there is still a long way to go.
“Managing type 1 diabetes is a tough gig, you never get a break,” says Deborah Schofield, General Manager of Health Services at Diabetes WA. “Diabetes WA will continue to advocate for and support all people living with type 1 diabetes, ensuring they have the necessary tools and education to manage their condition.”
Diabetes WA will support the people who decide to take up continuous glucose monitoring or flash monitoring, by providing help and advice and by providing the subsidised products via our online shop to people who can’t get to a pharmacy.
To talk to someone about the changes, you can call the Diabetes WA Helpline on 1300 001 880.Our helpline is open Monday – Friday, 8:3pm – 4:30pm
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