Rachelle says her condition was ‘taboo’ 40 years ago, but the stigma on type 1 diabetes is disappearing

Brisbane woman Rachelle Swan hopes a new government grant for diabetes treatment technology will remove the stigma surrounding the disease.

Australians with type 1 diabetes can access more affordable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology from today thanks to a government grant.

This grant will save eligible individuals more than $2,000 per year.

Previously, only those with eligible concession cards, teens 21 and under, and women actively planning pregnancy or pregnancy had access to fully subsidized glucose monitoring technology.

Newly eligible participants now only have to pay $32.50 per month to access the technology.

People with type 1 diabetes need to regularly check their glucose levels to make sure they are not too high or too low.

This is traditionally done by painful finger pricks several times a day to obtain a glucose reading.

Wear ‘CGMs with pride’

Ms Swan was 11 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and recalled feeling “like I was the only person”.

“I grew up in Townsville and it was almost taboo. I didn’t talk about it,” said the 50-year-old Milton resident.

“My good friends knew, but I wouldn’t take a test at my desk. I’d go to toilets.

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