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Living in rural and remote areas

When it comes to ease of availability and access to services, living in rural and remote Australia can be challenging. People with diabetes who live in rural and remote communities often face greater difficulty than others when it comes to accessing health services than can help them manage their diabetes more easily. Challenges may include a shortage of relevant health professionals.

Find the nearest NDSS Access Point (usually a community pharmacy) or diabetes health professional in your area using the Online Services Directory.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Diabetes is common across the country, but Australia is extremely diverse, both socially and culturally. As such, diabetes management can be particularly challenging within certain communities.

The NDSS has lots of information and support available to help you learn more about diabetes and how to manage it.


Information for women living in rural and remote areas includes the following:

  • living with diabetes during pregnancy
  • pre-pregnancy planning
  • gestational diabetes.

Read more about gestational diabetes or pregnancy.

Services and support

You can call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 to discuss available services and support (such as education events) in your area. You can also visit your local diabetes organisation website.

The NDSS provides a wide range of services and support to help you, your family and your carers learn more about managing life with diabetes. Your local diabetes organisation administers these services. Services and support are generally provided free or at a minimal cost to people who register with the NDSS.

Read more about NDSS support and services.

NDSS subsidised products in rural and remote areas

The NDSS also provides you with access to a large range of subsidised products to make diabetes management more affordable. Read more about the subsidised products available through the NDSS.