Benefits of registering with the NDSS
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Clients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners often ask about the benefits of registering with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and which of its products and services are available.
The NDSS is funded by the Australian Government to support people living with diabetes and is administered by Diabetes Australia. There are many advantages for people living with diabetes if they sign up to the NDSS.
Why NDSS registration is important
A great number of First Nations people living with diabetes live in remote or regional areas.
Most people in these regions rely on their local Hospital and Health Service or local Aboriginal Medical Service for their supplies of products and medications. However, many First Nations peoples are transient, travelling far away from their home community to visit family and friends or to attend Sorry Business.
Travellers can face unexpected expenses
It’s not until a First Nations person who lives with diabetes, and who is not registered with the NDSS, travels away from home and is accessing the products used to manage their diabetes that they realise this inconvenience and the full costs involved.
To support these clients, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners should encourage people living with diabetes to sign up to the NDSS and provide information around the benefits of registration.
One of the advantages is being able to access products to help manage diabetes anywhere in Australia.
List of products
These products include:
- blood glucose monitoring strips
- insulin pump consumables
(for approved persons with type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes)
- continuous and flash glucose monitoring products
(for eligible and approved people with type 1 diabetes and ‘other’ eligible conditions)
- insulin syringes and pen needles, if you need insulin or an approved non-insulin injectable medication.
It should be noted that medications such as insulin and other diabetes medications are not available through the NDSS. A prescription is required for dispensing at the pharmacy.
Registrations can increase government funding
Signing up to the NDSS also provides a clear picture of the amount of people living with diabetes in a particular region. This can increase the funding allocated for program delivery in that region.
The NDSS also provides a range of programs to assist people with managing their diabetes. Please go to the NDSS website to see what programs you and your clients can access which are fully subsidised by the NDSS.
Your clients can also call our NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 for advice on diabetes self-management.