July 2016 saw changes to how NDSS supplies can be obtained. For all your needles, syringes, blood glucose test strips and urine test strips and insulin pump consumables it is your local NDSS community pharmacy that will be able to supply; Diabetes Australia is no longer able to supply.
If you would like help in locating your nearest NDSS access point our diabetes educator will be able to assist you.
To assist during this period of transition there is a two-month period where insulin pump consumables can still be ordered by phone or online but the postage for these to be delivered to your door now needs to be paid by you.
Changes for people with Type 2 Diabetes not using insulin
From July, all people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin can purchase an initial six months’ supply of subsidised blood glucose testing strips, equivalent to 900 strips. Six months from the date of first purchase after July 1, restrictions will come into effect and the cost of blood glucose monitoring strips will no longer be subsidised.
However, people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin can be granted an extension should their authorised health care professional consider this to be clinically necessary. At HealthMed Lifestyle Clinic we have our Credentialled Diabetes Educator who can assist and discuss this with you.
What stays the same.
- No change if you are using insulin.
- No change for women with gestational diabetes.
- No change to the costs of products under NDSS.
- No change to the range of products available through NDSS.
- Education services will continue to be provided by Diabetes Australia which includes DiabetesWA.
At HealthMed Lifestyle Clinic we believe blood glucose monitoring is an invaluable tool to assist you in the self-management of your diabetes. Your blood glucose level can help you to make informed decisions regarding your food choices, physical activity, stress management and what to do when not feeling well. A diabetes specialist in Perth, such as at HealthMed Lifestyle Clinic can help guide you through these changes and answer any questions you may have.
National Diabetes Service Scheme