NDSS CGM Subsidy
The Australian Government has recently announced that it will now provide access, through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), to fully subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products. This includes CGM sensors and transmitters, which is available to children and young people aged under 21 years, living with type 1 diabetes, who meet a specific criteria.
CGMs have been shown to assist children and young people, and their families, to better manage blood sugar levels. Benefits of using a CGM can include reduce stress, anxiety and emergency visits to the hospital.
If you are interested in learning more about CGM and whether it might be right for you or your child, we encourage you to speak with Isabel at InRange Diabetes to see if this could help you and your family in managing your child’s diabetes.
InRange can also assist in assessing eligibility, preparing NDSS CGM application forms, CGM training, CGM readouts and calibrations.
With a GP management plan from your doctor, up to five CGM related appointments can be bulk billed, so you don’t have to worry about any additional costs to get up and running.
As a supporter of the DANII foundation, InRange will ensure that your appointment is a priority and the assessment & application is fast tracked, as we want to ensure that you are always InRange.
Eligibility - Children 10 years of age or younger
Children 10 years of age and younger with type 1 diabetes will be eligible for subsidised access to CGM if they fulfill ALL of the following criteria:
- the child is aged up to ten (10) years of age with type 1 diabetes, and
- the child is expected to benefit clinically from the use of CGM, and
- the family/carer has the willingness and capability to use CGM, and
- the family/carer has the commitment to actively participate in a diabetes management plan which incorporates CGM.
Eligibility - Children and young people aged 11 to less than 21 years
Children and young people with type 1 diabetes aged from 11 years to less than 21 years will be eligible for subsidised access to CGM sensors and transmitters if they fulfil ALL of the following criteria:
- the individual is expected to benefit clinically from the use of CGM, and
- the individual or family/carer has the willingness and capability to use CGM, and
- the individual or family/carer has the commitment to actively participate in a diabetes management plan which incorporates CGM.
AND they fulfil ONE OR MORE of the following criteria:
- requent significant hypoglycaemia—more than one episode a year of significant hypoglycaemia requiring external, third party assistance, and/or
- impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia, and/or
- inability to recognise, or communicate about, symptoms of hypoglycaemia, and/or
- significant fear of hypoglycaemia for the child/young person or a family member/carer which is seriously affecting the health and wellbeing of the child or young person or contributing to hyperglycaemia as a reaction to this fear.
For young people in either category, subsidised access to CGM sensors and transmitters will cease once they reach 21 years of age.
You can find more information from the Department of Health by clicking here.
The Department of Health will also be sending direct communications out to people with diabetes who may be eligible, authorised health professionals, and NDSS Access Points. You can the Department of Health’s brochure on the CGM initiative here.
Further information related to NDSS and the CGM subsidy can be found here.
The DANII Foundation has been lobbying the Australian Government for some time to have the CGM subsidised by the NDSS, show your support by supporting the foundation in their ongoing efforts.