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Financial Assistance and Support Available
A range of financial supports are available to people diagnosed with diabetes and their family/carers.
National Diabetes Services Scheme
This is a Commonwealth Government Scheme to subsidise the cost of diabetes supplies. The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is administered by Diabetes Australia on behalf of the Federal Government. People in Queensland with diabetes who are registered with the NDSS receive syringes and pen needles free and test strips at greatly reduced prices. Your Doctor or Credentialed Diabetes Educator will sign a form which will allow your child to be registered. This registration is free. You need to fax the form to Diabetes Australia – Queensland and you will be issued with a NDSS card.
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
The PBS is a system of subsidising the cost of most prescription medicines. You can get a prescription for insulin when you come to clinic or you can go to your GP. Prescription medicine is cheaper with a health care card. You will receive a health care card through Centrelink.
Carers Allowance (via Centrelink)
A carer allowance is available for parents/carers until their child is 16 years of age. You will need to phone Centrelink on 13 27 17 as soon as possible after diagnosis or go to Centrelink to organise this.
Diabetes Australia - Queensland
Diabetes Australia – Queensland (DAQ) is a non-government, community based organisation, providing support for people with diabetes and their families. There is a membership fee (per annum) which entitles members to regular updated information and products at reduced prices. Meters, books, videos, lancets and identification jewellery are all cheaper for members. DAQ can also put you in touch with a diabetes support group near you. For more information phone 3239566 or 1300 136588 (outside Brisbane metro area) or visit their website.
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Australia
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the world's largest charitable supporter of Type 1 diabetes research. Visit their website for more information.
Diabetes camps are held throughout the year for different age groups. For details regarding diabetes camps visit their website.
An online forum for parents to discuss, learn, share and laugh about caring for children with diabetes.
Diabetes Kids and Teens
An online resource for kids and teens with Type 1 diabetes.