Labor recognises the life-saving importance of CGMs and welcomes the Government’s commitment for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes. But like you, we understand that this technology is also crucial for people aged 21 and over.
Over the past twenty years working as a pharmacist and at Wyong Hospital I have seen the effects of this condition first hand, and am aware of how crucial these technologies are to people of all ages living with Type 1 diabetes.
That’s why at the last election, Labor committed $79.7 million to make CGMs available to the people that need them most, regardless of their age. As well as children and young people, Labor would have provided CGMs to pregnant women, as well as adults with severe hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) and limited awareness of their condition.
Based on analysis by Diabetes Australia, more than 6,000 Australians with Type 1 diabetes would have benefitted from this commitment. It also made economic sense, with research showing that a single severe hypoglycaemic event can cost more than $18,000 in health care and productivity costs.
We will continue to call on the Government to follow our lead and expand CGM access to adults as well as young people. Your advocacy will help us make this case.