Insulin Pump Program
About Insulin Pumps
An insulin pump is a small electronic device, smaller than a mobile phone, that offers an alternate method to deliver insulin than multiple daily injections (MDI). The pump is worn outside the body and is programmed to deliver a continuous dose of rapid-acting insulin throughout the day and night.
Insulin is delivered to the body through an infusion set. Essentially, this is what connects the pump to the body and provides a way for the insulin to be delivered. A thin plastic tube connected to a fine needle or cannula, sits just under the skin and is changed every two to three days by the person with TID (or their family). Along with delivering a continuous dose of rapid-acting insulin throughout the day and night (known as the basal), the insulin pump can be programmed to deliver a surge of insulin (known as a bolus) when eating a meal or correcting a high BGL .
Some pumps, when used in conjunction with compatible CGMs, have the ability to alter insulin delivery. Insulin delivery can either be stopped, decreased or increased based on the sensor glucose reading. This can have the added benefit of helping to prevent hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia with minimal input needed from the person living with T1D.
Insulin pumps can help to improve blood glucose control, mealtime flexibility and quality of life. Pumps are not for everyone, but if you are considering pump therapy or trying to get the most benefit out of your insulin pump, it is essential to discuss your options and maintain regular contact with your health care team.
Insulin pumps are covered by some private health insurance policies. Often, you’ll need to serve a waiting period of 12 months to qualify to claim for a pump from your health fund, but most pump manufacturers will loan you a pump to use during this waiting period.
The cost of the pump itself is around $7000 to $10,000 to purchase outright. The consumables required for the pump are subsidised by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and cost around $20 to $30 a month.
Insulin Pump Program
After intense advocacy and campaigning by JDRF the Federal Government’s Insulin Pump Program (IPP) was established in 2008. The IPP provides insulin pumps to families who have children under 18 years of age with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and meet the financial and clinical eligibility requirements. This life changing technology would otherwise be out of reach for these children.
Since its inception the IPP has provided over 1500 insulin pumps to children with T1D. JDRF has continued to advocate to expand the program based on the unmet demand from families. In the 2018-19 Budget, the government provided additional funding to the Insulin Pump Program, allowing approximately 220 children to access fully subsidised insulin pumps each year.
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So, what has the Insulin Pump Program achieved?
JDRF are the administrators of the Federal Government Insulin Pump Program. To improve access to the program, the Government has introduced a number of changes since its inception. Here’s what you need to know:
- The number of pumps fully subsidised under the program has increased from 68 pumps per year to approximately 220 pumps per year.
- The pumps available under the Insulin Pump Program are: Accu-Chek Spirit Combo (Roche) and Medtronic Minimed 640G (Medtronic)
- Pumps are given with approximately three months’ initial supply of pump consumables.
It was like winning the lottery
“When I got the call from JDRF to say that Lily had been successful and was now a recipient of a JDRF Insulin Pump it was what I imagine winning the lottery feels like. We have only had the Insulin Pump for two weeks now but the difference it has made to Lily’s quality of life is magical, she is a much happier little girl who isn’t afraid of meal times and the injections that come with eating. I am so thankful for the support of JDRF and the Federal Government.” – Chelsea, South Australia.
To be eligible to lodge an expression of interest for an insulin pump under the program, families must meet the following criteria:
- Child is under the age of 18 years
- A combined annual income of up to $109,610
- Do not have access to an insulin pump through private health insurance
- Eligible to access Medicare benefits
- An Australian or New Zealand Citizen
- Permanent residents or those that have applied to become permanent residents may also be eligible – get in touch with the JDRF team to find out more
JDRF is unable to guarantee that families who have expressed an interest will receive an insulin pump under the program. Families are also required to discuss the suitability of insulin pump therapy with their child’s healthcare team. For more details regarding eligibility please refer to the FAQs below. You can also contact email@example.com with any questions.Click here to apply