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T1D and moving to Australia advice?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Sam Fern, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. Sam Fern

    Sam Fern · Newbie

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    So I'm wondering if anyone has some advice on the best way to handle Diabetic Pump (Medtronic) equipment deliveries and insulin prescription for a lengthy trip to Australia?

    I've been T1D since I was 5 and I'm planning on moving to Australia for a year minimum before the beginning of summer, and I'm not sure the best way to go about sorting out all of the diabetic equipment, prescriptions etc..

    I've got some spare pump equipment/insulin stored up just in case I run into any complications, but if anyone has done this before or could give advice on how I should get it all processed either before I go or once I get there - you'd be a life saver! x

    Many many thanks in advance,

  2. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What is your nationality.? You''ll want to register with the NDSS for access to subsidised diabetic supplies, but eligibility depends on a few factors. But if you're from the UK then you will be able to register.


    You'll also want to enrol in medicare if you're eligible, so as to get cheaper access to doctors (and diabetic specialists/clinics)


    If you go to the NDSS site you can see lists of all the consumables you can order. Looks like medtronic are on there.

    Good luck.
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  3. Helen46

    Helen46 · Active Member

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    Totally agree with EllieM and Medtronic is easily accessed here (Brisbane). I can order them online (sensor/transmitter, wipes etc) but I go to local pharmacy for infusion sets, reservoirs etc, and they order them and I can pick them up usually 24 hours later. But you do need to be eligible for the NDSS (it is National so this applies Australia wide) but if you are going to live in remote Australia you will have to allow time for delivery. You can also pick up insulin at pharmacy on prescription but you will need to be eligible for Medicare to get subsidised insulin. Suggest you do what you can before you get here and then go and see a GP...choose anyone you like! Some bulk bill if you have a medicare card but where I live they are hard to find. Good luck and have a great time. Helen
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