Nelsons Amcal Pharmacy is committed to working with our customers to either manage or reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia. This program allows diabetes related products to be sold at a subsidised price for people with diabetes and provides information and support services.
Nelson’s Amcal Pharmacy is a NDSS Access Point. This means that you can purchase NDSS products, pick up and lodge your registration form, and receive advice about diabetes by visiting our store.
How to register?
Registration is free of charge and available to all Australians living with diabetes.
In order to register, you must complete the following steps:
• complete an NDSS Registration Form (forms are available at our store)
• have it signed by your doctor or a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)
• mail it to Diabetes Australia, GPO Box 9824 in your Capital City, OR visit the Diabetes Australia office in your Capital City, OR lodge your form at our pharmacy.
For more information visit Nelson’s Amcal Pharmacy and visit the NDSS website.
Please note: The Australian Government has also made changes to access to subsidised test strips for people with type 2 diabetes who do not use insulin. From 1 July 2016, all people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin can purchase subsidised blood glucose testing strips for an initial period of six months.
For example, if you purchased blood glucose test strips on 3 July 2016, you will have access until 2 January 2017. If you purchased them on 1 August 2016, you will have access until 31 January 2017.
If your doctor, credentialled diabetes educator or nurse practitioner decides that it is necessary for you to continue to monitor your blood glucose levels, they will need to sign an NDSS Blood Glucose Test Strip Six Month Approval form. This will mean you can access subsidised blood glucose test strips for a further six month period. You will need to bring this signed form to your pharmacy.
It is recommended that people with type 2 diabetes have an HbA1c test at least every six months. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your need to monitor your blood glucose levels as part of your diabetes management.
It’s important to talk to your doctor, credentialled diabetes educator or nurse practitioner if you are concerned about these changes. There are no limits to the number of blood glucose test strip approvals that may be granted as long as there is a need for you to continue to monitor your blood glucose levels.
Come into Nelson's Amcal Pharmacy or call for an action plan