monitors are small wearable devices that measure interstitial blood
glucose level continuously.
It can sound alarms and send warnings if glucose levels are
getting too low or too high. The devices reduce the number of daily
finger prick checks. CGM is a life changing technology that can
reduce the number of events of dangerously low blood glucose level.
Also, it is great for people with needle phobia. It gives enough
information that can help people who lives with diabetes to manage
their blood glucose level and having the opportunity to hopefully
make the right choices.
Continuous glucose monitors were first subsidised in April 2017
for children and young people with type 1 diabetes but this was
limited to those under 21 years of age. From today, thanks to a
$100 million expansion of the
Federal Government's Continuous Glucose Monitoring Funding
Initiative the subsidised access has been expanded to include women
with type 1 diabetes who are actively planning pregnancy, pregnant,
or immediately post-pregnancy.
Pregnancy can bring serious risks for both mother and baby
related to glucose levels. CGM will help these women with type 1
diabetes to have a safe journey during pregnancy. However, the
person must meet the criteria in one of the following
Category A - Pre-pregnancy
An authorised health professional like endocrinologist,
credentialed diabetes educator or other registered health
professional specialised in diabetes such as physician or nurse
practitioner may certify eligibility for an initial 6-month period.
This is on the basis of the person seeking active pre-pregnancy
care and committing to regular engagement with the pre-conception
care service provider. Women who are actively trying to conceive
should have regular visits with pre-conception care services at
least every 6-8 weeks.
An authorised health professional may certify eligibility for a
further 6-month period (up to a maximum period of 12 months) may be
authorised if the woman is continuing trying to conceive.
Currently, women diagnosed with gestational diabetes who do not
have type 1 diabetes are not eligible to access CGM through the
Category B - Pregnant/Post-Pregnancy
For women with type 1 diabetes who are pregnant and regularly
visit a health professional such as an endocrinologist, they will
need an authorised health professional to certify eligibility that
will continue until 3 months after the expected due date of the
Women will need to complete an Eligibility Assessment Form,
which can be found at www.ndss.com.au/forms
For more information call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.