Free needles and syringes are available to all people who have a prescription for injectable medication for either of the following:

  • insulin treated diabetes (all types – type 1; type 2; gestational diabetes; other diabetes conditions)
  • non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes requiring injectable non-insulin blood glucose lowering medication

and are:

  • residents of Tasmania, including those temporarily interstate
  • registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and
  • not receiving any other co-payment* to cover the cost of needles and syringes under the NDSS.

* Holders of a DVA Pensioner Concession Card may be eligible for free needles and syringes and should consult the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in the first instance.

For more information:

Diabetes Tasmania Helpline
6215 9000
NDSS Enquiries: