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Practice nurses and signing/certifying relevant NDSS forms

From 1 August 2020, practice nurses (enrolled and registered nurses) are authorised to complete and sign/certify some NDSS forms.

This business process is optional for each GP or medical practitioner / clinic, and a practice nurse would not be required to certify a form unless it is within their scope of practice, knowledge and experience to do so.

Referral to other health professionals

Normal referral processes to health professionals such as credentialled diabetes educators, accredited practicing dietitians or other health professionals continue as required.

Which NDSS forms can be signed/certified by a practice nurse?

The following forms that can now be certified by a practice nurse:

  • NDSS Registration form;
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring Strip Six Month Access form; and
  • Syringe or Pen Needle Access form (previously known as Medication Change form).

These NDSS forms are available on the NDSS website at ndss.com.au/forms from 1 August 2020.

Read more in the Frequently asked questions for practice nurses signing/certifying relevant NDSS forms.

How to certify NDSS forms

NDSS Registration form

The NDSS Registration form lets you register a person with diabetes on the Scheme.

Why should people with diabetes be registered?

The NDSS is an Australian Government initiative administered by Diabetes Australia. The NDSS is a universal access scheme available to all people with diabetes who live in Australia, or are visiting from some countries. It is free to register. To find out more, go to the registration page.

Through the NDSS, people with diabetes can access:

  • diabetes and health information and resources
  • support and education programs for practical help and guidance
  • subsidised diabetes products.

Diabetes Australia works with all the state and territory diabetes organisations to deliver local support and services. There are also many online resources and programs, videos and apps for people with diabetes.

There is information and support tailored for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, women with diabetes who are pregnant or planning pregnancy—and information about other types of diabetes.

How is the NDSS Registration form certified?

To certify these forms, practice nurses are required to:

  • complete the ‘Certifier’ section of the relevant NDSS Registration form, which includes the provision of their AHPRA registration number;
  • provide the diabetes diagnosis and medication details for the person as specified by the GP / medical practitioner; and
  • sign the form to confirm that they have sighted written documentation relating to the diagnosis on the NDSS Registration form.

Practice nurses should make sure all contact details for the person—including email, address and phone—are included to enable prompt access. This means the person can receive their registration number without delays and be quickly contacted for reminders and updates.

Blood Glucose Monitoring Strip Six Month Access form

This form allows access to additional subsidised blood glucose monitoring strips for with type 2 diabetes not using insulin after the initial six-month period provided by the Scheme.

How is the Blood Glucose Monitoring Strip form certified?

To certify these forms, practice nurses are required to:

  • complete the ‘Certifier’ section of the form to provide the main reason for the extension; and
  • sign the form to confirm that the person named on the form needs additional access to subsidised blood glucose monitoring strips as determined by their GP / medical practitioner.

Syringe or Pen Needle Access form

This form allows a person who is already registered with the NDSS, but hasn’t before used an injectable diabetes medication, to access syringes or pen needles through the NDSS. “Injectable diabetes medication” means insulin, or an approved non-insulin injectable medication (such as Byetta® or Victoza®).

How is the Syringe or Pen Needle Access form certified?

To certify these forms, practice nurses are required to:

  • complete the ‘Certifier’ section of the form to provide the injectable diabetes medication; and
  • the date the person will first use this medication
  • sign the form to confirm that the person named on the form needs access to syringes or pen needles as they have been prescribed insulin or an approved non-insulin injectable diabetes medication by their GP / medical practitioner.