National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register

The National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register (NDR) collects information about people who began using insulin as part of their treatment for diabetes since 1999. The register includes most people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes since this time, as well as those with type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and other less common forms of diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition.

National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register

The NDR is derived from 2 primary data sources: the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG). The NDR is maintained by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The NDSS was established in 1987, and is an initiative of the Australian Government, administered with assistance of Diabetes Australia. The NDSS subsidises the supply of diabetes-related services and products—such as pens and needles to administer insulin, blood glucose test strips and insulin pump consumables—to people who are registered with the scheme. A diagnosis of diabetes by a health professional is required in order to register with, and purchase products through, the NDSS.

The APEG is a professional body that represents health professionals involved in the management and research of disorders of the endocrine system, including diabetes in children and adolescents. The APEG maintains clinic-based state and territory diabetes registers of children.

The capture of insulin-treated diabetes on the NDR is dependent on the coverage of these 2 primary data sources.

For more information see the NDR data quality statement.