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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8152


Senator SINGH (Tasmania) (15:44): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 14 November 2018 is World Diabetes Day,

   (ii) the theme of World Diabetes Day 2018 is 'Family and Diabetes',

   (iii) Australia has one of the highest rates of Type 1 Diabetes in the world, with around 160,000 people affected,

   (iv) Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children in Australia,

   (v) children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes require insulin for life to manage their diabetes and live with the reality of hypoglycaemic fits, diabetic ketoacidosis and even death, along with the long-term health impacts, and

   (vi) Type 1 Diabetes is responsible for significant financial and emotional burdens on those living with the disease and their families; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

   (i) consider extending National Diabetes Services Scheme subsidisation to flash glucose monitoring technology - which enables people with diabetes to detect their blood glucose levels without a blood sample and track their blood glucose trends on their mobile phones, following the Department of Health's review, and

   (ii) extend the provision of free continuous glucose monitoring devices, which radically improve diabetic health and safety, to pregnant women and adults with severe hypoglycaemia and limited awareness of their condition if they cannot afford the technology.