Firstly, sorry I missed Day 1! Alas, on to Day 2 and We, The Undersigned.
Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?
You have been a leader in supporting people with type 1 diabetes for some time. I am indeed grateful for the National Diabetes Service Scheme providing subsidised testing strips and insulin pump supplies, the Medicate Rebates aligned with Diabetes Care Plans and that my Private Health Insurance covered the costs of my insulin pump.
These are great thing, and for the most part Australia has kept up with emerging trends for supporting people with less than cooperative pancreases.
But there is always more to do. And it is easy to fall behind.
Access to insulin pumps needs to be expanded further, private health insurers need to make life easier for people going through this process (the Type 1 Diabetes Network recently met with the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman about this), and there is still a lack of understanding about diabetes both within the community and the broader government decision making processes, as demonstrated by the issues associated with the Driving and Diabetes issue that caught public attention last year.
Technology continues to improve too, and I think Continous Glucose Monitor Systems are a game changer. Access to these devices is extraordinarily expensive for just about anyone, there is an opportunity for the Government to broaden this access (ironic, given it’s Federal Budget day). This would be a bold move, but the right one.
So my We, The Undersigned is to remind Australia to continue supporting the diabetes community. A cure might happen, but it might not. Equally, if you stand still, you are going backwards. I don’t want Australia to stand still.
Whilst the total number of people with type 1 diabetes is moderately low, the number of new cases each day is glaring. I want people diagnosed today and in ten, twenty years from now to have a great opportunity to manage their diabetes, with access to the very best in technology.
Complacency is the enemy of progress – Dave Stutman
A voter with Diabetes.