$100m boost to diabetes aid

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Greenbushes residents Jess Nock and daughter Ruby, who has type one diabetes, with Federal member for O'Connor Rick Wilson.
Camera IconGreenbushes residents Jess Nock and daughter Ruby, who has type one diabetes, with Federal member for O'Connor Rick Wilson. Credit: Supplied

People in O’Connor with type 1 diabetes will now be able to save up to $7000 a year after the Federal Government announced $100 million to expand free access to glucose monitoring devices around the country.

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the announcement and said the investment guaranteed certainty for people living with type 1 diabetes.

“This additional funding over the next four years will ensure free glucose monitoring devices will be available to over 37,000 eligible people with type 1 diabetes across Australia,” he said.

“I’ve been contacted by people in O’Connor with concerns about the cost of consumables so it’s great news that this cost will now be subsidised.”

From March 1 2019, eligibility for fully subsidised glucose monitoring devices will expand under the National Diabetes Services Scheme.

It will include pregnant women, children and young people with conditions similar to type 1 diabetes such as cystic fibrosis and anyone aged over 21 who has a concessional status and high clinical needs.

The government plans to add the new FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system to the scheme.

This monitoring system utilises a sensor on the arm to monitor glucose levels and has the ability to send readings to a mobile phone or diabetes management device.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would work with Diabetes Australia and diabetes experts to implement the new scheme.

“Expanding access to these glucose monitoring devices helps reduce stress and anxiety as well as emergency visits to the hospital,” he said.

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