100 children with type 1 diabetes to be given insulin pumps

MORE than 100 Australian children with Type 1 diabetes could soon get access to an insulin pump for treatment, with an extra $1.4 million for more pumps.

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton announced the funding on Sunday, saying it would provide insulin pumps for an extra 136 children around the country.

The funding extends the government's existing pump program to help treat 200 children with the condition.

Families who want access to the pumps must join a government waiting list, which helps subsidise up to 80% of the cost of the equipment, which can cost up to $10,000.

He said the government was also looking at a new National Diabetes Strategy, and he remained committed to the strategy - which was a key Coalition election promise.


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