Access For All
Get involved in our #AccessForAll advocacy campaign to help us achieve equal access to life-saving diabetes technology for all.
More technology for more people
Life-saving and life-changing technologies to measure blood glucose and deliver insulin in response to need are the foundation of type 1 diabetes (T1D) treatment and care in the 21st century.
JDRF believes that no Australian living with T1D should have to worry about how they will afford this technology. It is not acceptable, equitable or justifiable that access to these technologies is dictated by age or wealth rather than need and benefit.
That’s why in the lead up to the 2022 Federal Election, JDRF Australia is mobilising the Australian T1D community to persuade all sides of politics to commit to providing increased access to these technologies as a basic standard of care for the 127,000 Australians living with T1D.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Access to diabetes technology is currently inconsistent, inequitable, and incomplete.
- For people who already have access to subsidised CGMs and insulin pumps, access is taken away at the ages of 18 and 21, respectively.
- Many adults do not currently have access to any subsidised CGMs or insulin pumps.
- The pathway for assessing innovative new treatments is complex, expensive and time consuming, meaning that recent and advanced treatment it is slow to reach Australians with T1D.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
To put it simply:
- Access to a standard of care that is not decided by date of birth or bank balance but by professional advice and personal preference. We want to make type 1 diabetes technology affordable and accessible for everyone who wants it.
HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED?
The first step is to expand access, which means an investment of approximately $100m per year to:
- Support increasing access to Flash GMs and CGMs for adults who currently miss out.
- Expand access to insulin pumps to all people of all ages with a low-income health care card.
- Reviewing the reimbursement framework (of Prostheses List and National Diabetes Services Scheme) so that it is fit for purpose, enabling the swift and transparent assessment of future technologies for reimbursement.
The human impact
Ric, father of Emily, CGM user
“…when Emily turns 21 in just over 2yrs, she will no longer be eligible for any government subsidised access to CGM technology. This is a very frightening prospect for us as Emily is very reliant on her CGM to best manage her diabetes and have a good quality of life."
Shanna, Flash GM user
"Having access to a Flash Glucose Monitor (FGM) allows me the freedom to work and experience the world, without the constant worry of my blood sugars. Unfortunately, when I turned 21, my FGM was no longer freely accessible to me. My current situation means I can’t always afford to buy FGM.”
Daniel, CGM and pump user
” …When I think about the technology that is currently available but inaccessible to so many, it’s difficult to think not only of the times when I was growing up that such technology could have prevented me from serious incidents but would also have prevented the complications, I have to deal with now at the relatively young age of 32."
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