Di­a­betes mon­i­tor

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tay­lar Amonini

Life­sav­ing tech­nol­ogy will soon be avail­able for Pil­bara youth with type 1 di­a­betes.

Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing free con­tin­u­ous glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing de­vices to el­i­gi­ble chil­dren and peo­ple un­der 21.

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

“El­i­gi­ble young Aus­tralians will now be able to ac­cess these de­vices for free through the Na­tional Di­a­betes Ser­vices Scheme — sav­ing around $4000 per year.”

The $54 mil­lion ini­tia­tive aims at as­sist­ing fam­i­lies to bet­ter self­man­age di­a­betes and re­duce visits to emer­gency de­part­ments and missed school days. Peo­ple with the dis­ease have to mon­i­tor their glu­cose lev­els around the clock.

Ms Price said while the fin­ger­prick method is ef­fec­tive and ac­cu­rate, it can be quite a dif­fi­cult and up­set­ting process for some chil­dren and their par­ents.

To ac­cess the mon­i­tor­ing de­vices chil­dren and young adults will need to con­sult with an au­tho­rised health pro­fes­sional, who will as­sess the pa­tient’s suit­abil­ity against spe­cific el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria.

El­i­gi­bil­ity as­sess­ment forms can be down­loaded from ndss.com.au.

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