The Australian Government has recently announced changes to the National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS) which will be effective from the 1st of July.
What does this mean for us?
We will not be able to purchase supplies from our Diabetes Australia State diabetes organisations shops including ordering them online! (Yes, this means that I can no longer go to Diabetes NSW for my products). From my understanding, diabetics will only be able to pick up their Government-subsidised diabetes products – such as needles, syringes, test strips and pump supplies at an NDSS registered pharmacy.
There will be no changes in the range of products available, or the cost for us living with diabetes but the way we access our supplies may differ.It is believed that some Diabetes Australia shops across the nation will be closing prior to the 30th of June so I encourage you all to contact your state’s organisation to find out more information as soon as possible.
How is this going to work?
To be honest - Not sure!
Having a ‘go to’ place for all supplies (except insulin) is and has been extremely convenient. I could pick up all my products at once without a delay from the lovely ladies at the Diabetes NSW shop.
There were times when I was on a pump that I only had one set change left and urgently needed supplies. I would immediately get in the car and pick up my supplies straight from the store.
I don’t think this will be an option anymore so my advice to everyone is to stock up until we have further guidance on how things will work!
Currently, I know that if I go into a pharmacy they might only have a couple of boxes of test strips at any time, because of this the maximum I am currently able to purchase is 1 box!
This won’t suffice moving forward if we have no-where else other than pharmacies to get out products from! The big question I have is how long will it take for an order made to be delivered to the pharmacy?
I don’t have a relationship with my local pharmacy so I guess I will have to put this on my agenda.
If you have any questions, as mentioned before I encourage you to contact your local pharmacy and/or your Diabetes Australia state organisation!
There’s a bit of change happening so let’s make sure we are ready!