Budget 2004 - Improved quality of life for type 1 diabetics under new Budget measures
Posted on Wednesday, 12 May 2004
Australian Government funding of $15.3 million over four years will ensure that Australians affected by type 1 diabetes will be better able to manage their condition.
Insulin pump consumables will be covered under the National Diabetes Services Scheme.
“This will be a great relief for families,” according to Member for Pearce and Chair of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group, Judi Moylan.
“I am appreciative of the hard work of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group Executive, and the Executive Director of Diabetes Australia, Brian Conway, who have worked together to achieve this great result,” she said.
Ms Moylan said: “The problem of managing type 1 diabetes, especially for families, became apparent to me when a young Perth boy and his family came to visit me several years ago. Without a listing on NDSS the insulin pump consumables were unaffordable and placed a great strain on the family budget.”
She said that as a result of this listing, people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes would be better able to stabilise insulin levels. In turn this would improve the health outcomes, reducing the risk of complications such as heart disease, renal failure, blindness, eye disease and limb amputations.
“Australia has one of the highest rates of juvenile diabetes in the world. Most newly diagnosed cases of insulin dependent diabetes are in people younger than 15 years of age. More than 100,000 people in Australia have type 1 diabetes, with more than 750 new cases diagnosed each year,” Ms Moylan said.
This Federal Government initiative will be welcomed by those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and their families.