Australia Post offers free medication delivery

Australia Post is to deliver prescriptions and other medication to people’s homes, free at the point of demand, following the Australian government’s announcement to allocate AUD $25 million for home medicine delivery services.

The Australian government money now allows pharmacies across the country to offer free delivery on prescriptions through Australia Post.

The postal operator is to use contactless proof of delivery.

Developed in conjunction with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, vulnerable members of the community will receive medication and other essential supplies (to a maximum of 500 grammes) through the Australia Post Express Post network once a month. Pharmacies will claim the costs back from the government.

Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, Christine Holgate said that Covid-19 is having a major impact on all Australians and pharmacy delivery is vital for many.

“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.”