A Message to the Diabetes Community

Australia’s leading national diabetes organisations are standing together to support people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are unprecedented times. However, Australia’s diabetes community is strong and resilient – and working together we are stronger.

We are united and focused on one thing – supporting and advocating for the health and wellbeing of all Australians with diabetes, and their families and support networks, and diabetes health professionals during this pandemic.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) planning for people with diabetes

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic threat is being addressed by all Australian Governments and health services.

People with diabetes may be concerned about their risk, and also the availability of insulin and other essential medicines and their National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) products and supplies.

The Department of Health has advised Diabetes Australia that there are no current shortages or supply issues with insulin, diabetes medicines or NDSS products. People with diabetes are advised to order and obtain your diabetes medicines and supplies as usual. There is no need to stockpile.

58,000 people with diabetes to access free diabetes monitoring technology

58,000 Australians with type 1 diabetes will be able to access the Freestyle Libre Flash glucose monitoring system, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced today.

The Government also announced it will streamline eligibility for the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative, part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme, making it easier for more people to access life-changing diabetes monitoring technology.

From 1 March 2020 the clinical criteria for the CGM initiative will be simplified allowing people with type 1 diabetes aged over 21 who have a valid concession card to access free, life changing glucose monitoring devices.

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