Australia Post to deliver much-needed medications
Australia Post has announced the launch of its Pharmacy Home Delivery Service. Following the Australian Government announcement to allocate $25 million to fund home medicine services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
From today pharmacies around the country can offer free delivery on prescriptions to their customers and take advantage of the recently announced increased Australian Government rebate and Australia Post’s national network.
The initiative incorporates Australia Post’s contactless delivery in line with current Covid-19 guidelines.
The new delivery option will support vulnerable Australians, including those isolating themselves at home on the advice of a medical practitioner, people over 70 and people with chronic health conditions. The initiative has been developed in association with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and allows vulnerable members of the community to receive medication and other essential supplies (under 500grams) through Australia Post’s Express Post network, once a month, and pharmacies can receive the full cost back through government rebate.
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 says.
“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.
“Australia Post remains open for business during this very trying time. Our Post Offices are open and our posties and drivers are still out delivering each and every day. With this new service, customers will receive access to quick delivery of medication by a brand known and trusted by them.”
Deliveries can be made to the home, or to a local Post Office or 24/7 Parcel Locker for pick-up.