If you're not using insulin for your diabetes, here's a reminder
about your access to subsidised blood glucose test strips.
As of July 1, 2016, the Australian Government made changes to
accessing subsidised test strips for people living with type 2
diabetes who are not using insulin.
Under this change, beginning with your first purchase after July
1, 2016, people with type 2 diabetes are eligible for an initial
six-month supply of test strips subsidised by the National Diabetes
Services Scheme (NDSS). This applies to existing and new NDSS
registrants, or in other words, if you've had diabetes for a while
or are newly diagnosed.
After your initial six-months' supply, if your doctor,
credentialled diabetes educator or nurse practitioner decide that
it is necessary for you to continue to monitor your blood glucose
levels, they are required to sign an NDSS blood glucose test strip
six-month approval form.
This will enable you to access subsidised blood glucose test
strips for a further six-months' period.
There is no limit to the number of blood glucose test strip
approvals that may be granted as long as there is a need for you to
continue to monitor your blood glucose levels.
These changes, however, will not affect people with diabetes
using insulin, or people with gestational or other diabetes.
You can download the NDSS blood glucose test strip six-month
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of
the Australian Government administered with the assistance of
here for more information on the NDSS changes.
For the range of support and services available, please contact
Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588 or visit diabetesqld.org.au