Retinal photography - who can take the photo?

9 March 2018

Photos for diabetic retinopathy testing can be taken by an appropriately trained or qualified third party.

For example, a nurse or Indigenous Health Worker can take the retinal image on the diabetic care practitioner’s behalf as long as they are appropriately trained or qualified. 

So while a patient’s usual diabetic care practitioner must report on the photo for Medicare benefits, they don’t have to take it.

This helps patients in rural and remote communities get this service.

The photo for this test must be taken with a non-mydratic retinal camera.

Under MBS item 12326, patients with medically diagnosed diabetes can get Medicare benefits for the test once every 2 years.

Under MBS item 12325, patients of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent with medically diagnosed diabetes can get Medicare benefits for the test once every 12 months.  

Next Steps

For more information go to MBS Online on the Department of Health website.

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Page last updated: 9 March 2018