Reminder of rules to get subsidized BGL test strips

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 form here


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


Click 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

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