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Continuous Glucose Monitoring

About the Service 

Access to subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products and Flash GM products through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has been expanded to include all people with type 1 diabetes. To access these subsided products, you will need to see a diabetes health professional who will need to confirm your eligibility and complete the paperwork and submit this to the NDSS.

Black Swan Health’s Credentialled Diabetes Educators can work with you to decide if CGM or Flash GM is suitable for you and to complete the paperwork so that you can access subsided products.

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a means of measuring glucose levels continuously to gain insight into patterns and trends in glucose levels. The sensor is inserted under the skin and measures the level of glucose in the interstitial fluid (fluid in tissues). The sensor can sound an alarm if the glucose level is changing rapidly.

In Australia there are several systems which include Dexcom G6, MiniMed 770g and 780G and Guardian Connect CGM. Please note that if you require a system that connects to an insulin pump, we are unable to offer assistance.

More information on CGM can be found here.

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/living-with-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/diabetes-technology/continuous-glucose-monitoring/

 

Flash glucose monitoring enables you to check glucose levels throughout the day and night without pricking your finger. It can help you see the effects of insulin and other medicines, food, physical activity, and illness on your glucose levels.

In Australia this technology is available in the Freestyle Libre 2.  Libre 2 now has the ability to alarm when the glucose is too low or too high.

More information of Flash GM can be found here.

https://www.ndss.com.au/wp-content/uploads/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-flash-glucose-monitoring.pdf

Process

Session 1: Assessment of eligibility and appropriate product; education about chosen product and completion of paperwork by CDE with confirmation from NDSS. 60 minute appointment.

Session 2: Application of sensor. 30 minute appointment

Session 3: Ambulatory Glucose Profile, report analysis and education; revision regarding management of the sensor and troubleshooting any issues. 60 minute appointment.

Eligibility

Clients with Type 1 Diabetes aged 21 and over.

Please note that we are not able to assist clients on an insulin pump or who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy

Referrals

Clients can self-refer or be referred by their GP or endocrinologist. To self-refer please contact our friendly admin team on 1300 820 398 (option 1 and 3).

Locations

Appointments are offered at easily accessible locations in Joondalup, Midland and Osborne Park.

We are also able to offer this service via telehealth.

Pricing

A non-refundable, upfront fee of $196 is required for the:

  • initial appointment to assess eligibility and suitability for flash glucose monitoring/CGM and assist with sensor selection (60 minutes)
  • follow up appointment analysis and education (60 minutes)
  • if an additional appointment (30mins) is required to assist with sensor application, there will be an additional fee of $80

Clients referred by their GP under a Team Care Arrangement may be eligible for a Medicare rebate.

The cost of the service varies depends on the rebates that apply. Clients referred by their GP under a Team Care Arrangement may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. There is a cost for the sensor but we will loan the transmitter.

Please contact us on 9201 0044 to confirm costs.

For General Practitioners

For us to be able to offer your client a Medicare rebate please send us a copy of the GP Management Plan and a Team Care Arrangement with occasions of service allocated to a CDE.

 

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