Lifesaving technology – free glucose monitoring devices

April 19, 2017

The Turnbull Government is providing free continuous glucose monitoring devices to eligible children and people under the age of 21 years with type 1 diabetes.

This new lifesaving technology which alerts users to low glucose levels will reduce the hassle of the daily finger-prick for people with diabetes who use this new product. 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this is life-changing support for children, young people and their families who need to manage blood glucose levels.

“Whilst the finger-prick method is effective and accurate, it can be stressful and difficult for some children and their parents, with up to 10 tests needed every day – interrupting sleep and school days,” he 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 will help young people self-manage their diabetes, identify symptoms of hypoglycaemia, reduce visits to emergency departments and missed school days.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s ability to produce insulin.

The Turnbull Government has worked collaboratively with expert endocrinologists and paediatricians and diabetes educators, as well as Diabetes Australia, the DANII Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

To access continuous glucose monitors products children and young adults will need to consult with an authorised health professional, who will assess the patient’s suitability against specific eligibility criteria, as part of an overall management plan for diabetes.

From today, eligibility assessment forms will be available to download at

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