Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved
the use of the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System
Sensor for children as young as four years old.
Previously the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System
was only available for Australians aged 18 and older who
require insulin to manage their diabetes.
The approval was given on 24 August, with the condition that
children aged between 4 and 17 using the FreeStyle Libre
Flash must be supervised by a caregiver who is at least 18
years of age.
The change does not provide financial support for the product,
although the Government is now considering including FreeStyle
Libre Flash on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
Submissions from the public on the possible inclusion of
FreeStyle Libre Flash on the NDSS's subsidised list of CGMs closed
monitoring - from Diabetes Australia
What is flash glucose sensor technology?
Flash glucose monitoring is sensor technology that enables you
to test your glucose levels without pricking your finger. This
technology is currently available in the Freestyle Libre system.
The system has two parts. A small white disc (about the size of a
twenty cent coin) is positioned on the back of the upper arm. This
holds the 'sensor', which is worn just under the skin. And, a
'reader' which when held over the sensor, gives a glucose
How does it help me manage my diabetes?
The flash glucose monitoring device is useful for detecting
glucose level trends and tracking patterns. This device is suitable
for people living with diabetes who require insulin to manage their
Each scan provides the last eight hours of glucose data and a
trend arrow showing if glucose levels are going up, down or
changing slowly. This data can be downloaded from the Freestyle
Libre Software to give you and your Credentialled Healthcare
Professional a deeper understanding of glucose patterns and
What devices are available to me?
Libre is the only flash glucose monitoring device
currently available on the Australian market.