Automatic six month extension for access to Blood Glucose Monitoring Strips (BGTS) through the NDSS

To make it easier for people with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government is suspending the requirement for a Blood Glucose Monitoring Strip (BGTS) Six Month Access form to be completed by your doctor or credentialled diabetes educator (CDE).

Effective from 3 April 2020, an automatic six-month extension will be provided for all people with type 2 diabetes not using insulin.

This means people with type 2 diabetes who do not use insulin will not need to have a form completed by a health professional to receive subsidised access to BGTS. People will need to simply visit their local pharmacy (NDSS Access Point) the next time they need to access BGTS. Note: people may be able to avoid a visit and should ask their pharmacy if they can deliver the BGTS along with their medicines to their home.

People with diabetes are still encouraged to contact their doctor or CDE to discuss blood glucose monitoring and any changes to their diabetes management they may need during COVID-19. Health professionals including GPs and CDEs are offering telephone and online appointments for people with diabetes during this period.

This is a temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 and diabetes information page.