MEDIA RELEASE - LOCAL KIDS WITH DIABETES STILL WAITING FOR LIFE-SAVING DEVICES - 1 MARCH 2017

Reports today reveal the Turnbull Government hasn’t delivered any of the 4000 life-saving devices promised to children with diabetes at the election.

The Government committed to deliver 4000 continuous glucose monitoring devices to Australians under 21 at the last election, but not one has been delivered yet and the Government still can't give a clear date for when this will happen.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices can literally save lives, by continually monitoring blood glucose levels through sensors placed under the skin, and linking to hand-held devices such as mobile phones or insulin pumps. 

Michelle Rowland MP, Member for Greenway, said it was a unbelievable that the Government couldn't even provide details of who would get the devices and when.

"It’s eight months since the Government made this promise, and they can’t even tell young Australians and their families when these life-saving devices will be delivered,” Ms Rowland said. 

"I heard from so many people in our local community that these devices will make a big difference to their lives, which is why Labor also committed to a broader CGM access scheme during the election.

"There is no excuse for the Government to not be delivering it already.

"Young Australians and their families shouldn't be left waiting on something so important. The Government needs to do their job and honour their promise," Ms Rowland said.