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.