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Obtaining Consumer Comments on Submission for Subsidisation of FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) was established in 1987 to provide subsidised access to products and services required for self-management of diabetes.

The Scheme currently provides subsidised syringes and needles, blood glucose test strips, urine ketone test strips and insulin pump consumables to people with diabetes.

The Department of Health is conducting an evaluation of the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) product to consider its suitability for subsidisation under the Scheme.

The cost-effectiveness evaluation will follow a methodology similar to that used by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).

The Assessment panel will take into account the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness (value for money) of the FreeStyle Libre product compared to an appropriate comparator.

As part of their submission, the sponsor provided the Department with detailed clinical and economic data in support of the product. Click here for more detail about the product refer to 

The Assessment panel is accepting public submissions from stakeholders.

Complete the survey and provide feedback

If you would like to make a submission, you can complete this survey online or by downloading the form through the link and mailing a hardcopy to:

Diabetes Products Section
Pharmaceutical Access Branch
Department of Health
MDP 1011, GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

Your completed form must be received no later than 17 July 2017. All comments received will be considered.

If you have problems submitting this form please contact us by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here for more information.


The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.


Blood glucose monitoring

Regular monitoring of your blood glucose level (BGL) is important for blood glucose management.

bgm2The blood glucose level can be estimated by using a blood glucose meter. Basically it involves obtaining a small sample of blood using a lancet device to prick the finger. This tiny drop of blood is placed onto a strip which has been inserted into the blood glucose meter. Within seconds, a result is shown on a screen. This result needs to be recorded in a record book or sheet.

Your blood glucose levels change during the day depending on many factors including the presence of stress or illness, the type and amount of food you eat and your level of physical activity. By understanding the effect of food and activity on blood glucose levels, you can work with your health care professional to adjust your management plan.

How to choose the right blood glucose monitor?

Our commitment to all Diabetes SA members is to provide personalised service. We make the time to sit down with you and help you through the process of choosing your meter by demonstrating the meters available. We then show you how to use your chosen meter and set up your meter so that you can begin using it at home.

We are also here to help if anything goes wrong with your meter. We will also discuss the benefits of becoming a member of Diabetes SA, to ensure that you can access the benefits available to members such as 25% discount on retail products.

Shop online

Our range includes meters (blood glucose and blood pressure), diabetes management books, socks, body and foot care products, with products being updated on a regular basis. Everything you need is right here, at competitive prices.

Diabetes SA members save 25% on Diabetes SA products, and receive FREE postage.

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Diabetes SA — Empowering people to live well with diabetes

Our mission is to educate, advocate, support and fund research that provides better outcomes for people at risk or living with diabetes.

Can you help?

By making a donation you are helping us work towards better management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Donate online

Diabetes SA is an ACNC registered charity. For more information please visit Charitable Collections licence number CCP2648. For more information please visit

Diabetes SA has been providing services to its members and the community for over 60 years, and whilst the management of diabetes has evolved considerably over this time, our aspirations have remained constant.

Through support and empowerment we aim to help people affected by diabetes and those at risk, live a healthy and fulfilling life.

To help us continue our work in South Australia, please donate.

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Type 2 diabetes — Are you at risk?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects 85–90% of all people living with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults, but younger people – and even children – are now developing this type of diabetes.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • having a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • having pre-diabetes
  • being above the healthy weight range
  • having an inactive lifestyle
  • increasing age
  • having an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background
  • being from a Melanesian, Polynesian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern or Indian background
  • having gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • being a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • taking some types of antipsychotic or steroid medications.

Take the test

Once complete you can print and/or email the results, so you may discuss the results with your doctor.

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Can type 2 diabetes be prevented or cured?

People who are at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and, in some cases, even prevent developing diabetes by adopting a healthy lifestyle. This includes regular physical activity, making healthy food choices, and being a healthy weight.


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Exercise for all ages 

There are also some simple exercises you can do at home to help maintain your independence; here are some ideas for you to try!

If you haven't exercised in a while, are recovering form an illness or have a chronic condition and are worried about the risks of being active, make sure you talk to your doctor or allied health professional before you start.

Knee extensions 

  • Sit upright with your feet touching the floor, brace your abdominals.
  • Slowly lift one foot off the ground and fully straighten your leg.
  • If able, hold your leg up in the fully extended position for a count of 5 seconds.
  • Slowly lower your leg back down to the original starting position.
  • Repeat with the other leg.
  • Repeat 3 times on each leg, then rest and do a second set of 3.
  • Progress to 2 sets of 10 times, making sure you alternate legs to allow muscles to rest.


Wall pushaways

  • Stand and face a wall about an arms’ length away.
  • Have your feet flat on the floor, at a comfortable distance apart.
  • Place your hands on the wall at shoulder height.
  • Keep your legs straight, brace your abdominals.
  • Bend your arms, inhale and lean your body towards the wall.
  • Allow your heels to lift off the floor slowly.
  • Exhale and push yourself back to the original starting position.
  • Start with 3 times (1 set).
  • Rest and do a 2nd set.
  • Progress slowly to 2 sets of 5 times, s-l-o-w-l-y and comfortably.


Calf and toe raises

  • Stand with your back straight and feet shoulder width apart.
  • Use both hands to hold onto something to support yourself.
  • Brace your abdominals, look ahead facing your support.
  • Slowly raise your heels off the ground, as high as possible and then slowly lower them back to the ground.
  • Repeat the movements 3 times, then slowly progress to 10 times.
  • Try using less support as you become more confident – holding with just one finger and gradually building up to no support; this will improve your balance as well as your calf strength.
  • For toe raises, follow the instructions above but lift your toes instead of your heels.


If you would like any further information about home exercise resources, visit or phone Active Ageing Australia on (08) 8362 5599. Written by Shirley Armstrong, Project Officer, Active Ageing Australia.

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Click here to read the original article. Published in Diabetes SA Living Magazine – March 2015, page 25; Author: Shirley Armstrong, Project Officer, Active Ageing Australia.

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Have you tried yoga?

yogaWhen you hear the word yoga, what springs to mind? People in weird pretzel-like shapes? Someone sitting on a mountain top in the lotus position?

As someone who has practiced yoga for 30 years and lived with type 1 diabetes for 8 of those, I can confidently share that yoga is not about touching your toes or ‘zenning out’ on top of a mountain. The word yoga means to yoke or unite. A deeper and more profound meaning of yoga is oneness or wholeness.

As in, when two things join together they become one. Like when you set a goal, put all your effort in and reach its fruition – there’s a sense of achievement, relaxation and peace. The practices of yoga are also tried and true methods for releasing stress and developing physical and mental strength.

For a person living with diabetes, yoga has even more benefits. It can support you in helping to achieve better blood glucose levels, increased insulin sensitivity, enhanced fitness levels, improved breath capacity, better-quality sleep, weight loss and a more stable mood.

Why do you reap these benefits?

Because the physical practice of yoga incorporates stretches and strengthening exercises which increase muscle performance making them more sensitive to insulin, while the breathing practices bring the mind into a one pointed focus. When the breath, body and mind are brought together, the habit of getting stuck in stressful thought patterns is released. It’s hard to think about anything when you’re breathing through the intensity of a hamstring stretch!

Yoga isn’t one size fits all

There is a yoga practice that is perfect for you and the type of diabetes you have. Living with diabetes means the landscape can change continuously. Want to lose weight or are you dealing with a stubborn high? Chasing a low and feeling stressed? Want to get more in touch with the mental benefits? Yoga has your back.

When I first started yoga I couldn’t see the point

It hurt, made me impatient and I felt ridiculous trying to slow down my mind long enough to take a breath. But if I’d let those things stop me I certainly wouldn’t have coped with my initial diagnosis of type 1 diabetes 25 years later.

Rather than thinking that yoga had failed me I saw yoga as the one thing that kept me balanced. Now my daily yoga practice fits perfectly into my daily diabetes management plan; and I’m convinced it can support you too regardless of your age, type of diabetes or level of experience.

Want to know more?

Here are 3 simple things you can do to get started with yoga.

1. Check out a local beginner’s class.

Try out a few teachers and styles until something fits. There are plenty of online yoga programs, but nothing beats a hands on experience with a real person. And it’s healthier! Being around people who think like you supports you in making a commitment to your health and wellbeing.

2. Learn what your breath is doing and how changing your breath can change the way you respond to stress.

Stop right now and notice; are you breathing in and out through your nose? Your mouth? Are you holding your breath? Don’t try and change the breath yet. Instead keep your mind on your breath. This is the first stage of any yoga practice. Taking a few moments to notice where you are. Then any step you take forward is in the right direction.

3. Bring your breath and movement together.

This is a simple exercise you can do anywhere anytime. Even at your desk. 

  • Sit comfortably on a chair with both feet flat on the floor, or sit in a comfortable position on the floor.
  • Have your arms by your sides.
  • On your next inhalation raise the arms out to the side and up over head, bringing the palms to touch.
  • On your next exhalation lower the arms back down by your sides.
  • The most important thing is to coordinate your movement with your breath. So the palms meet at the top of your inhalation and the arms drop back down at the bottom of your exhalation.
  • The slower you move your arms the slower the breath.

Start simply though

If your inhalation and exhalation are short just move your arms a little faster. Do this exercise 5-10 times and then move into your day.

Why not give yoga a go and see how you feel.

Rachel Zinman

Rachel Zinman is a senior yoga teacher and teacher trainer with over 30 years' experience, teaching nationally and internationally. She is currently completing a book on Yoga for Diabetes. Visit her blog for more information via: 

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Click here to read the original article. Published in Diabetes SA Living Magazine – July 2016, page 28; Author: Rachel Zinman.

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