Access to subsidised continuous glucose monitoring products through the National Diabetes Services Scheme

Page last updated: 30 November 2018

On 25 November 2018, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced that the Liberal National Government would commit more than $100 million in additional funding to expand the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative.

Since 1 April 2017, the CGM Initiative has provided fully subsidised CGM products to children and young people with type 1 diabetes, under 21 years of age. From 1 March 2019, the eligibility for this program will expand to provide fully subsidised CGM products to the following groups of people:

  • children and young people with conditions very similar to type 1 diabetes who require insulin;
  • women with type 1 diabetes who are pregnant, breastfeeding or actively planning pregnancy; and
  • people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older who have concessional status, and have a high clinical need to access CGM products.
In addition, from 1 March 2019, the Government will include the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system on the list of available CGM products subsidised under the scheme, subject to price negotiations with the product sponsor. This will provide greater choice for people with diabetes in managing their health.

As a result of the Government’s additional funding for this program, over 37,000 Australians will be eligible to receive fully subsidised CGM products.

To be eligible, the person with diabetes will need to be assessed by an authorised health professional to determine if they meet specific criteria, and submit a completed and signed Continuous Glucose Monitoring Eligibility Assessment form to their local state and territory NDSS Agent.

The Continuous Glucose Monitoring Eligibility Assessment form is available from the NDSS website. This form will be updated and available in early 2019 to include the extended groups.

Any decision to further expand the CGM Initiative would need to be considered against competing priorities in the Health Budget.

Authorised health professionals

The authorised health professionals for CGM assessment are endocrinologists, credentialled diabetes educators, and other health professionals specialising in diabetes (physicians, paediatricians or nurse practitioners).

More information

Further information about access to CGM products subsidised through the NDSS can be found on the NDSS website or by calling the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.

Resources

Children or young people with type 1 diabetes

Information brochure for children and young people (Word 33 KB)
Information brochure for children and young people (PDF 144 KB)
FAQs for children and young people (Word 35 KB)
FAQs for children and young people (PDF 183 KB)

Authorised health professionals

Fact sheet for health professionals (Word 31 KB)
Fact sheet for health professionals (PDF 174 KB)
FAQs for health professionals (Word 36 KB)
FAQs for health professionals (PDF 108 KB)

NDSS Access Points/pharmacies

Fact sheet for NDSS Access Points/pharmacies (Word 31 KB)
Fact sheet for NDSS Access Points/pharmacies (PDF 144 KB)
FAQs for NDSS Access Points/pharmacies (Word 39 KB)
FAQs for NDSS Access Points/pharmacies (PDF 121 KB)

Media release

25 November 2018 – Media release – expansion of the CGM initiative
1 April 2017 – Media release – commencement of the CGM initiative