About the NDSS
Changes as at July 1 2016
Diabetes Queensland will continue to deliver essential
information and advice including NDSS support and education
services from July 1 2016. We will continue as the trusted
advocates of Queenslanders living with all types of diabetes.
Under Federal Government changes to the NDSS, from July 1 2016 NDSS
products will no longer be available for purchase via the Diabetes
Queensland online shop or Helpline. From July 1, subsidised
NDSS products, such as needles, syringes, blood glucose test
strips, urine test strips and insulin pump consumables will remain
available, but through community pharmacies that are NDSS Access
Points. There will be no changes to the range of NDSS products, or
in the co-payment arrangements that apply. For more about these
changes: Read More
Registration and services
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)
started in 1987 and is funded by the Australian Government. Diabetes Australia assists with
the administration of the NDSS. Diabetes Queensland provides a
range of NDSS services, support and information for Queenslanders
living with all types of diabetes.
To register with the NDSS, people must be diagnosed with diabetes,
hold or be eligible to hold a Medicare card and live in Australia.
Sometimes visitors to Australia may be eligible through a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with
their home country.
People who are registered with the NDSS can access a range of
subsidised government-approved products (via community pharmacies
that are NDSS Access Points from July 1) including:
- subsidised testing strips for checking blood glucose
- free insulin syringes and pen-needles (if you require
- subsidised insulin pump consumables (IPCs)
- Assistance with information services on managing life with
diabetes can be obtained through contacting Diabetes Queensland Helpline.
Eligible persons can be registered only by their doctor or a
Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE).
The NDSS Registration form can be downloaded from the NDSS
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact one of our friendly staff on 1300 136 588.