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Diabetes Ambassador meets Dr Kelly.

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Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

July 15, 2008 08-090

Diabetes Ambassador meets Dr Kelly Four-year-old Diabetes Ambassador, Cassie Griffiths, from Queanbeyan, was all smiles when pictured showing the Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly her insulin injector pump this week.

Cassie, who has Type 1 Diabetes, met Dr Kelly in his electorate office in Queanbeyan to say thanks after the Rudd Government announced $5.5 million over four years will be available from November to provide a means-tested subsidy of up to $2,500 for the cost of an insulin pump for an estimated 700 young people.

Dr Kelly says a sliding scale of subsidy applies, with the greatest assistance going to those with the least ability to pay for an insulin pump.

“Families with gross incomes of up to around $60,000 per year will receive the highest amount of subsidy of $2,500,” Dr Kelly said. “For families earning over $98,000 per year the subsidy is $500.

“Additional information on eligibility for the subsidy, can be obtained from Sarah Harrison at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on (02) 9966 0400.”

The insulin pump is a small programmable device - about the size of a pager - which holds a reservoir of insulin and distributes insulin into the body through thin plastic tubing known as the infusion set.

Whenever food is eaten, the pump is manually programmed to deliver an amount of insulin into the body, similar to the way the pancreas does in people without diabetes.

Between meals, a small and steady rate of insulin is delivered.

Cassie wears her insulin injector pump in a “Little Princess” pouch on a belt around her waist.

Insulin pump therapy is regarded as the best treatment for children with Type 1 Diabetes, particularly those who find it hard to control their insulin through multiple injections.

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