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

Page last updated: 05 September 2017

The Australian Government is providing access to fully subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Subsidised access to these products is open to children and young people aged under 21 years, living with type 1 diabetes, who face significant challenges in managing their blood glucose levels.

Providing access to subsidised CGM products may assist families, children and young people to better manage their diabetes, and may reduce stress, anxiety and unscheduled visits to the hospital.

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.

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).

Monitoring, evaluation and future expansion of the CGM initiative

This initiative is currently being monitored and evaluated to determine if CGM products are clinically and cost effective, compared to existing technology, including blood glucose test strips.

Clinical information, such as patients’ HbA1C levels while using CGM, will be gathered as part of the evaluation.

The outcomes of the evaluation will help inform any future consideration by the Government regarding the expansion of the CGM initiative.

The timeframe for completion of the evaluation is not yet known, and will depend on how quickly sufficient clinical data from participants can be collected for assessment.

Any decision to expand the initiative would need to be considered against other competing Budget priorities.

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

Media release on the announcement by the Minister for Health Minister, Greg Hunt.