UPDATE - MAY 15, 2016
Great news - the Coalition have finally promised to subsidise glucose monitoring devices for Australians... but only if you are under the age of 21!
This is a huge victory for thousands of children, young adults and their families BUT IT STILL LEAVES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AUSTRALIANS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES - WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF 21 - AT RISK!
Type 1 Diabetes does not go away on your 21st birthday AND hypo-unawareness does not only occur in diabetics under the age of 21.
Type 1 diabetics of all ages can experience dangerously low bloody sugars with no alarm or warning and every time this happens their lives are SERIOUSLY at risk.
CGM devices can cost up to $5,000 a year, and are not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. This in addition to the cost of insulin pumps/insulin and other diabetes related medicines and devices means it is out of reach for many Australians.
We want to congratulate the Government on their decision to subsidise CGM devices for Australians under 21 but also highlight that there are still tens of thousands of Australians who need access to this machine.
WHY I STARTED THIS PETITION...
Every day around 140,000 Australians live with Type 1 Diabetes - an auto immune disease that has no cure. We don't the cause; in fact, 80% of people with Type 1 diabetes have no family history of the disease at all!!!!!!!
Every day 140,000 Australians run the serious risk of passing away in their sleep.
THIS CAN BE STOPPED!
This petition is designed to lobby both the Australian Government and pharmaceutical companies to subsidise continuous blood glucose monitoring devices for ALL Type 1 Diabetics - children and adults.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is NOT something that is bought on by bad diet and/or health. It is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, and its causes are not yet entirely understood.
Continuous blood glucose monitors automatically check glucose levels throughout the day and night, sounding an alarm if the glucose level is changing rapidly.
The devices cost around $1,200 but a further $480 a month is needed to pay for the censors used to monitor glucose levels. It currently costs taxpayers $16,000 per patient per year to manage Type 1 diabetes including hospital costs, insulin and test strips. This $5,000 device has shown to reduce hospital admissions and complications in Type 1 Diabetics.
The onset of type 1 diabetes typically occurs in people under 30 years, but can occur at any age. Every year around 2,300 Australians are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which equates to about 6 cases per day. Currently Type 1 diabetes affects over 140 000 children and adults in Australia (Garvan Institute - http://www.garvan.org.au/research/diseases-we-research/diabetes-type-1
SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY, SHARE IT AMONGST YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ENSURE 140,000 AUSTRALIAN FAMILIES DO NOT GO TO BED AT NIGHT WORRYING IF THEIR LOVED ONES WILL BE ALIVE IN THE MORNING.
- Shadow Minister for Health
I am signing this petition to the Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley, as we the voters, are asking the Australian Government to subsidise continuous blood glucose monitors for all type 1 diabetics and help ensure 140,000 Australian families don't wake up to tragedy tomorrow morning.
I am also asking Dexcom Australia, one of the leading suppliers of these life saving machines, to support this petition and take action to have their continuous blood glucose testing devices added to the PBS so everyone can afford them.
Joanne Tremonti started this petition with a single signature, and now has 28,069 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.