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Parkes MP Mark Coulton says he would look at helping anyone needing a revolutionary device in diabetes care as a campaign continues for government funding.
Nanjing Night Net

The Continuous Glucose Monitor is a new piece of technology that not only enables Type 1 diabetes sufferers to avoid finger pricks and constant checking of blood-sugar levels but also enhances their quality of life.

Campaigners say it would particularly help sufferers in remote areas to avoid potentially life-threatening situations in the absence of medical facilities and professionals.

But the monitor costs $5000 and Louisa Brooks, who has diabetes and went to school at Orange, and the Danii Meads-Barlow Foundation are lobbying regional MPs to support subsidies for it.

Mr Coulton said he was happy to hear from people and look at helping on a case-by-case basis.

He acknowledged there was “a large number of people with diabetes in society”.

“It is a battle for the government to keep up with technology,” he said.

“I remember five to six years ago helping a young man at Coolah access an insulin pump.

“Technology is evolving fast, sometimes it’s hard for the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) to keep up.

“This is very new, I imagine the health department is working their way through the process.”

Ms Brooks said the monitor had made a huge difference to her life.

“I had my first full night’s sleep in 21 years when I got the machine four months ago which means it was the first night’s sleep my parents had too,” she said.

“I was lucky that my parents could afford it.

“The Danii Foundation asked me to speak in parliament and push for the government tosubsidise such an initiative, so I am.”

Should the federal government come to the table, Type 1 sufferers in remote, outlying areas would be able to avoid potentially life-threatening situations in the absence of medical facilities and professionals.

“A farmer who is three hours from the nearest hospital will greatly benefit from the technology,” Ms Brooks said.

“People across the country need to be able to access this monitor and we hope Health Minister Sussan Ley will get on board especially since her electorate [Farrer] is also rural as well.

The Danii Foundation was founded by Donna Meads-Barlow, whose daughter Danii was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was only five.

Danii lived a full life but on November 8, 2011 she died at the age of 17 as a consequence of diabetes mellitus, going to bed and not waking up.

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