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More help with medications through community pharmacies

Date posted: 26 June 2017

The Federal Government is supporting the expansion of community pharmacy programs to help more patients around Australia better understand and manage their medications and avoid ill-health.

Under the Increasing patient access to medication management services measure in the Sixth community pharmacy agreement, the Federal government is providing $600 million to continue and expand a number of pharmacy programs.
Medicines are powerful tools in the fight against disease and infections. It’s important that people understand how their medications work, the correct dosage, how long they need to take them, and how they may interact with other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines.

From July 1, programs funded to help patients manage their medications include:

The Government will seek to expand these services during 2017-2018 to include new pharmacy follow-up services and improved access by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As these services are rolled out, the Government will assess the benefit to patients so that they can better target future funding to achieve the best outcomes.

Different community pharmacies may offer different programs, so if in doubt, it is recommended to ask your local pharmacist how they may be able to help you. For more information please see the links below.

Source: Department of Health

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Last updated: 13 July 2017
 
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