Australia Post is launching a new free prescription delivery service to assist vulnerable Australians and people isolating to access medication from home.
From Monday, pharmacies around the country can offer free delivery on prescriptions to their customers through the Pharmacy Home Delivery Service.
The new delivery option will support vulnerable Australians, including those isolating themselves at home, people over 70 and people with chronic health conditions.
The initiative allows vulnerable members of the community to receive medication and other essential supplies under 500 grams once a month through Australia Post’s Express Post network.
Australia post will launch the Pharmacy Home Delivery Service on Monday allowing prescription medications to be delivered to people’s homes
Pharmacies can receive the full cost back through government rebate.
The new service has been launched following the Australian Government’s announcement to allocate $25 million to fund home medicine services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, Christine Holgate, said coronavirus is having a significant impact on the lives of all Australians and making home delivery quick and easy for local pharmacies is vital.
‘We know so many people rely on their local pharmacy for essential medication, particularly the vulnerable and elderly who may not be able to visit their local store. Making delivery to people’s home is critical at this time,’ Ms Holgate said
‘We also understand the challenges facing small business at the moment and we have designed a simple system that will allow pharmacies to offer Express Post delivery to their customers from Monday, allowing them to continue to trade.
Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, welcomed Australia Post delivering much-needed medications to Australians and helping to protect vulnerable members of the community.
‘In these challenging and unprecedented times it is important that vulnerable members of the community, and those in self-isolation, can continue to access their medications,’ Minister Hunt said.
The service will help vulnerable Australians and people required to self-isolate to access medication (stock image)
George Tambassis, National President of the Pharmacy Guild, said this important service will add to the options available for the many community members who rely on medication to maintain their health and wellbeing.
‘Pharmacies provide critical services to members of the community who require medicines and health advice, with many Australians reliant on continued medication to support their long-term health,’ Mr Tambassis said.
‘In any one year there are over 465 million individual patient visits to community pharmacies around the country.’
‘With their extensive network across the country, the service Australia Post will deliver for our members gives us confidence and reassurance our customers will get the support they need during this difficult and uncertain time.’
Deliveries can be made to the home, or to a local Post Office or 24/7 Parcel Locker for pick-up.