The National Diabetes Services Scheme
The National Diabetes Services Scheme is an initiative of the Australia Government. To register, applicants must be diagnosed with diabetes and 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. Registrations are authorised by a medical practitioner or a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, is free and only needs to be done once. Registrants can access subsidised Government approved diabetes products, including:
- Subsidised testing strips for checking blood glucose levels
- Free insulin syringes and pen-needles
- Subsidised insulin pump consumables for people with type 1 diabetes
- Information services on managing life with diabetes
For more information about living with diabetes or to download a registration form, please visit the website of the National Diabetes Services Scheme. Registration forms are also available by phoning 1300 136 588.
To find out where you can access products with your registration, please click here.
Diabetes Australia is a national federated body of state and territory organisations supporting people with diabetes as well as professional and research associations particularly concerned with the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Diabetes Australia‘s purpose is to help all people affected by or at risk of diabetes and to contribute to the search for a cure. Diabetes Australia works to raise the awareness about the seriousness of diabetes, to promote prevention and early detection strategies and lobbies for better standards of care. It is committed to turning diabetes around through awareness, prevention, detection, management and a cure.
For more information about the organisation and information about living with diabetes in English and other languages, please visit the website of Diabetes Australia.
Diabetes organisations and Diabetes Australia member organisation
For information and resources about living with diabetes, diabetes support programs and services in your State or Territory, please call 1300 136 588 for the cost of a local call, or click on the links below:
|Australian Capital Territory||Diabetes ACT|
|Northern Territory||Healthy Living NT|
|New South Wales||Diabetes Australia-NSW|
|Queensland||Diabetes Australia Queensland|
|South Australia||Diabetes SA|
|Victoria||Diabetes Australia VIC|
|Western Australia||Diabetes WA|
Visual and audio diabetes resource
The Diabetes Channel is a resource for people who want to know more about diabetes. The Diabetes Channel has a range of short video clips about diabetes. At the Diabetes Channel you can learn about diabetes in many different ways, and in your own time:
- Be inspired by people with diabetes who share their experiences and stories
- Learn about living with and managing diabetes from diabetes health care professionals
For more information, please go directly to the Diabetes Channel.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the world's largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research. It was founded in 1970 in the United States of America, and 1982 in Australia by a group of determined volunteers.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia represents the voice of people with type 1 diabetes and their families and carers. It plays a key role in advising and influencing health policy direction across all levels of government and building community awareness of type 1 diabetes. For more information, please visit the website of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia.
Need to talk to someone about your diabetes?
It can be difficult and confusing when trying to learn how to manage diabetes. It is recommended that people with diabetes speak with their doctor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) or other diabetes health care professional about how any information and educational material relates to their diabetes and individual circumstances.
Credentialled Diabetes Educators are health care professionals who have specialised in diabetes and participate in ongoing learning to make sure their knowledge and skills are up-to-date.To find a Credentialled Diabetes Educator close to where you live or work, please click on ‘Find a CDE’ to return to our home page and start your search.