Eighteen months ago, Diabetes Queensland told the story of a
Super Star toddler, Kingston
Shooter, his mum Natasha Elliott and their terrifying encounter
with type 1 diabetes, Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said
in a statement this week.
"Kingston became the Queensland face of a national campaign to
win Government-funded access to Continuous Glucose Monitoring, a
wonderful new technology that greatly improves the lives of people
with type 1 diabetes and reduces the daily dangers it can pose.
Through Natasha's eyes, we told the world about the experiences of so many
mums and young kids when type 1 arrives unannounced.
With their valuable help, the combined efforts of Diabetes
Queensland and many other diabetes support organisations - the
JDRF, DANII foundation, as well as diabetes educators and health
practitioners - were successful. Thanks to these efforts, for the
first time a Federal Government subsidy is now providing Continuous
Glucose Monitoring to 4,000 children and young people.
Type 1 is an autoimmune condition. It cannot be predicted or
prevented and for the parents of young children with type 1, the
heavy burden of responsibility can mean years of sleepless nights
and worry over insulin dosing and the constant danger of deadly
Most people know that all types of diabetes require constant
attention to monitor blood glucose levels. Traditionally, this
involves finger prick tests, with glucose levels read off a meter.
All those living with type 1 require these levels to be balanced
with insulin, injected from a needle or an infusion pump.
CGM uses an implant to provide users - or for very young
children, their mums and dads - with a never-ending read out of
current glucose levels, as well as trends and forecasts.
What may have seemed in the past to be a guessing game with
dangerous consequences is replaced with a window into diabetes that
enables users to be truly confident about their insulin
The CGM program is a tremendous example to Diabetes Queensland
and our members about our capacity to make real improvements for
people with diabetes. We will continue to work for our members and
raise the collective voice of the diabetes community to anyone who
Already we are on the case to further extend access to CGM. We
must fight to be able to offer this access to everyone with
diabetes who might benefit. Our job isn't done, but this example
shows that governments will listen!
In the coming months Diabetes Queensland will be conducting
weekly webinars to advise you about eligibility for CGM and other
aspects of this scheme."