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Sale clinic surpasses Melbourne results

Friday, June 12, 2009

Source: Darren Chester MP

A Sale medical clinic is setting benchmarks higher than the largest metropolitan clinics in its treatment and case management of children with diabetes.

Under the guidance of Dr Peter Goss, the success of insulin pump therapy at Gippsland Paediatrics has been hailed at both state and national medical conventions.

Dr Goss has just returned from the National Rural Health Conference in Cairns where he presented the clinic’s amazing results to highlight the success of insulin pump therapy in treating children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.

Gippsland Paediatrics diabetes team now manages the largest insulin pump program in rural Australia and has twice the percentage of children on insulin pump therapy than the largest metropolitan child diabetes units.

“Our team has over 60% of children on pumps yet we are achieving better control than the published international standards,” Dr Goss said.

“The most rewarding part of our success is the real impact it is having on the quality of life for local rural children which had previously been shown to be well below urban children with diabetes.

“Our patients are telling us that their quality of life is far improved, that their academic and sporting performance has improved, that their self-confidence has improved and that they feel they can live a more ‘normal’ life.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester commended Dr Goss for his commitment to local children with diabetes, branding the results “quite remarkable”.

“Anything that improves the quality of life for these patients and importantly, boosts their self-esteem and self-confidence has my full support,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Chester said the program was currently reliant on local charity organisations, which have been fund-raising to help families meet the cost of purchasing an insulin pump for their child.

“The Government should be providing insulin pumps to patients who need this treatment,” Mr Chester said.

“As I understand it, the government currently offers $2,500 toward an $8,000 insulin pump, leaving families to find $5,500 to purchase a much-needed medical service.

“I have asked the Health Minister to increase the government’s contribution to make insulin pumps more affordable for families.”

Mr Chester said the high success rate demonstrated by Gippsland Paediatrics, and the fact

that this program was widely supported across the community, should be enough to convince the government decision-makers.

“We have local Lions and Rotary clubs fund-raising to make sure that patients don’t miss out on their much needed service,” Mr Chester said.

“When it comes to the health of children, the Government must do better.”