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Diabetes WA

Continuous
and Flash
Glucose Monitoring
on the NDSS

What’s changed?

From 1 March 2020, people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older, who have concessional status, will no longer need to demonstrate “high clinical need” in order to access free continuous glucose monitoring devices through the NDSS.

Additionally, the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is now available for eligible people. The monitor is a sensor, worn on the back of the arm, with a reader or a mobile device application. The reader records glucose levels (GL) to help the wearer better manage their condition and avoid episodes of hypoglycaemia. By accessing the Freestyle Libre system through the CGM Initiative, people with type 1 diabetes can save $92.50 a fortnight ($2,400 per year).

Are you eligible?

Updated Continuous and Flash Monitoring eligibility criteria, as of 1 March 2020:

  • Children and young people, under 21 years of age, with type 1 diabetes.
  • Children and young people with conditions very similar to type 1 diabetes, such as cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and neonatal diabetes, who require insulin
  • Women with type 1 diabetes who are planning for pregnancy, pregnant, or immediately post-pregnancy.
  • People with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older and who have concessional status.
People living with Type 1 Diabetes* Children and young people
less than 21 with insulin
dependant conditions
Adults aged greater than 21
with concessional status
Aged less than 21 Women
Concession types:

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card1
  • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card1
  • Commonwealth Health Care Card1
  • DVA Gold Card
  • DVA White Card
  • Identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
Children and young people aged under 21 years living with Type 1 diabetes Actively planning pregnancy

Pregnant

Immediately post-pregnancy

Young people with conditions similar to Type 1 Diabetes who require insulin

* https://ndss.com.au
As issued by DHS – Department of Human Services or DVA – Department of Veterans’s Affairs

Next steps

The next step is for you to discuss the most suitable glucose monitoring product for you with your health professional. They will also need to sign the application form before you submit it to the NDSS to confirm your eligibility.

You can view the CGM and Flash GM device summary and compatibility chart for information about the devices subsidised through the NDSS, their compatibility with insulin pumps and smart devices and links to guidelines about appropriate use.

  • Application process for FreeStyle Libre

    Process to apply for FreeStyle Libre
    Health professional (HP) appointment NDSS review and approval​ Order sensors – NDSS pharmacy or Diabetes WA online shop​ Get a reader – download or order from Abbott
    Discuss suitability of CGM and Flash Monitor options.

    Print and complete relevant application form (see Applications).

    HP signs form.

    Applicant sends form to NDSS.

    NDSS reviews application.

    NDSS contacts applicant to confirm successful application via email.

    HP receives confirmation of approval from NDSS.

    Applicant visits NDSS pharmacy or Diabetes WA online shop and orders sensors.

    Pharmacy will contact applicant to collect sensors.

    Diabetes WA online shop delivers sensors to the door. First orders from new customers receive free delivery until 30 April 2020. Recurring orders available for ease.

    Either download the FreeStyle LibreLink mobile app onto a compatible smartphone or smart device. (The page also tells you if your phone is compatible).​

    OR​

    Order a free FreeStyle Libre Reader by calling the product manufacturer directly via the Abbott Diabetes Care Helpline on 1800 801 478.

  • Application process for CGM

    Application process for CGM​
    Health professional (HP) appointment NDSS review and approval​ Order refills – NDSS pharmacy or Diabetes WA online shop​
    Discuss suitability of CGM and Flash Monitor options.​

    Print and complete relevant application form (see eligibility criteria).​
    HP signs form.​

    Patient sends form to NDSS.

    NDSS reviews application.​

    ​NDSS contacts applicant to confirm successful application via email.​

    ​HP receives CGM starter kit to help patient get started on the device.

    Patient visits NDSS pharmacy or Diabetes WA online shop and orders sensors.​

    Pharmacy will contact patient to collect sensors.​

    Diabetes WA online shop delivers sensors to the door. First orders from new customers receive free delivery until 30 April 2020. Recurring orders available for ease.

Getting started on your CGM for Flash monitor:

  • Starting with a Flash monitor


    If you apply for a FreeStyle Libre Flash Monitor, then there is no starter kit because it is a more straight forward set up. You can find more information about the device from the manufacturer, Abbott, here. You can ask your health professional to check if there are any group training sessions being run by Abbott in your area, or we can pass on your interest to Abbott in attending one in your area by filling out this form.

  • Starting with a CGM

    If you apply for a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for the first time, then your health professional will receive a starter kit to help you get up and running with your new device.

The Diabetes WA Helpline can provide advice on how to get started and any concerns you may have. See below for more info.

Don’t forget:

Find a health professional

Health professionals who can sign your application include endocrinologists, paediatric endocrinologists, diabetologists, credentialled diabetes educators, paediatrician and nurse practitioners.

Find a Diabetes Educator

If you don’t have a current health professional to visit, you can find a credentialled diabetes educator in your area here.

Diabetes WA Telehealth

If you live in regional areas and find it difficult to access a health professional, you can use the Diabetes WA Telehealth Service. The service uses videoconferencing to provide telehealth appointments, linking you with a diabetes educator via a computer or television screen. Find out more and how to refer yourself here.

Diabetes WA Helpline

Phone the Diabetes WA helpline on 1300 001 880 to speak with a credentialled diabetes educator who can provide personalised advice about any aspect of living with diabetes. Find more info about the Helpline here.

Express your interest in attending
an Abbott Freestyle Libre group starter session

We’ll share your interest with Abbott so they can look into whether
they can run a group starter session in your area.

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