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How to get your medication during coronavirus

Despite some restrictions being eased around Australia, we are all still being urged to stay at home as much as possible. This is particularly important for some people with disability who have health problems that mean if they get coronavirus, they are more likely to get really sick.

However, this does make it harder for people to access the healthcare and medications they need. To address this issue, the Australian Government Department of Health is funding bulk-billed telehealth services from your doctor, nurse or mental health professional via phone or videoconference.

If you need a prescription, you can call your doctor and they can send it to your pharmacist directly. You can also ask your pharmacy if they can deliver it to you. Some smaller local pharmacies in regional areas may be able to offer this service. If your pharmacy doesn’t offer this service, you may be able to use Home Medicines Service. This service is for people who need medication that is part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme or Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. You can have the medication delivered to your home once a month. You need to ask your pharmacy if they take part in the Home Medicines Service.

You might also be able to get your medication through Pharmacy Express Post. Australia Post added this service to allow pharmacies to offer home delivery of medications during coronavirus. You can have the medication delivered to your home once a month. You should receive it the next business day after placing your order.

Original resources

IDEAS website

Australian Government Department of Health website

Home Medicines Service

Date
26 May 2020
Category
Health
State
Applies to all states