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WA Health ease prescription difficulties during COVID-19

26 March 2020

 

The Western Australia’s Chief Health Officer has today announced temporary arrangements to ease prescription difficulties in response to the COVID-19 emergency, a move that has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

 

PSA WA President, Dr Fei Sim congratulated WA Health and Dr Robertson for this sensible approach which will reassure patients that they will be able to access medicines.

 

Patients running short of prescription medications will now be able to obtain additional supply under special arrangements.

 

“This change allows pharmacists to dispense prescription medications, subject to meeting certain conditions. The medicine must have been previously prescribed and be for the continuation of current essential treatment where it is impractical to obtain a prescription,” Dr Sim said.

 

“In light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, this change will enable pharmacists to best service their patients.

 

“Our patients are looking to us to provide them with medicines, on-going care, critical information and support.”

 

These changes have been enacted by the WA’s Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson, under the Public Health Act 2016.

 

The changes are in effect immediately until 31 May 2020.

 

PSA will continue to work closely with WA Health to support pharmacists and the Western Australian community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Resources can be found through the PSA COVID-19 web page: www.psa.org.au/coronavirus

 

PSA contact: Christianne White, PSA WA State Manager 0415 213 661

 

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VIC Government extend emergency dispensing for pharmacists

26 march 2020

 

The Victorian Government has today made an announcement to extend the special authority for emergency supply of Schedule 4 medicines without a prescription in a move that has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

 

Patients will be able to receive a maximum PBS quantity or pack size until 27 September 2020 without a prescription, where the pharmacist is satisfied there is immediate need, usually a months’ supply for most medicines.

 

The medicine must have been previously prescribed and be for the continuation of current essential treatment where it is impractical to obtain a prescription.

 

PSA Victorian President John Jackson congratulated the Victorian Government for extending the emergency supply rules.

 

“PSA fully supports and thanks the Victorian Government for this very sensible approach which will enable patients to maintain access to their prescription medicines at time when GPs and broader health care sector are under extreme pressure”

 

“As the peak national body for pharmacists, PSA has called for and worked with the Victorian Government to allow the continuation of emergency dispensing that was put in place during the recent bushfire crisis to ensure patients and members of the community continue to gain access to much needed medicines.”

 

The changes are in effect from 26 March 2020 until 27 September 2020 unless earlier revoked.

 

PSA will continue to work closely with Victoria Health to support pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Resources can be found through the PSA COVID-19 web page: www.psa.org.au/coronavirus

 

PSA contact: Stefanie Johnston 0417910738

 

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Western Australia COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Western Australia.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Metro 08 9222 8588 / 1300 MCDCWA (1300 623 292)
Goldfields 08 9080 8200
Great Southern 08 9842 7500
Kimberley 08 9194 1630
Midwest 08 9956 1985
Pilbara 08 9174 1660
South West 08 9781 2350
Wheatbelt 08 9690 1720
After hours/on call 08 9328 0553

These COVID-19 clinics in Perth are open 8.00‌ am to 8.00‌ pm daily

 

  • Royal Perth Hospital – Ground Floor, Ainslie House, 48 Murray Street, Perth
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – C Block, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital – Bedbrook Row, north-eastern end of hospital, Murdoch

 

More information – Healthy WA COVID Clinics page

PHN Phone Email Website
Perth North 08 6272 4900 info@wapha.org.au www.wapha.org.au
Country WA 08 6272 4900 info@wapha.org.au www.wapha.org.au
Perth South 08 6272 4900 info@wapha.org.au www.wapha.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

Victoria COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Victoria.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Contact the DHHS on 1300 651 160.

The location of COVID-19 respiratory clinics are available via the DHHS website

PHN Phone Email Website
North Western Melbourne 03 9347 1188 nwmphn@nwmphn.org.au www.nwmphn.org.au
Eastern Melbourne 03 9046 0300 info@emphn.org.au www.emphn.org.au
South Eastern Melbourne 1300 331 981 info@semphn.org.au www.semphn.org.au
Murray 03 5441 7806 info@murrayphn.org.au www.murrayphn.org.au
Western Victoria 03 5222 0800 info@westvicphn.com.au westvicphn.com.au
Gippsland 03 5175 5444 info@gphn.org.au www.gphn.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

Tasmania COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Tasmania.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Contact Public Health Services on 1800 671 738.

 

People in the community can call the Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738 if they think they might have COVID-19 because they have a fever and respiratory symptoms (eg cough, sore throat) AND have recently travelled overseas or had contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

The Tasmanian Health Service has established a COVID-19 clinic in Hobart in the Repatriation Hospital. This clinic is not a walk in clinic and is only available via referral from a GP.

 

People in the community who think they may need testing should first contact the Public Health Hotline, on 1800 671 738. Following this assessment, they may be directed to attend the clinic for testing.

PHN Phone Email Website
Tasmania Primary Health 1300 653 169 info@primaryhealthtas.com.au www.primaryhealthtas.com.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

South Australia COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in South Australia.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Doctors and diagnostic laboratories are required to notify the Communicable Disease Control Branch Medical Officer on call of any suspected cases on 1300 232 272 (24 hours 7 days per week).

The location of COVID-19 clinics and testing centres are available via the SA Health website.

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

Queensland COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Queensland.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Your local Public Health Unit can be found on the Queensland Health website.

Fever clinics are specialist clinics for people who may be infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres. This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.

 

Queensland fever clinics are managed by each individual Hospital and Health Services (HHS). GPs should check their local HHS website for details and opening times of the fever clinics in their local area.

PHN Phone Email Website
Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast (07) 5456 8100 info@ourphn.org.au http://www.ourphn.org.au/
Gold Coast 07 5635 2455 info@gcphn.com.au www.healthygc.com.au
Western Queensland 07 4573 1900 admin@wqphn.com.au www.wqphn.com.au
Darling Downs and West Moreton 07 4615 0900 info@ddwmphn.com.au www.ddwmphn.com.au
Northern Queensland 07 4034 0300 hello@primaryhealth.com.au www.primaryhealth.com.au
Brisbane North 07 3630 7300 contactus@brisbanenorthphn.org.au www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au
Brisbane South 1300 467 265 contactus@bsphn.org.au www.bsphn.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

Northern Territory COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Northern Territory.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Public Health Unit – Disease control contacts are available via the NT Health website.

COVID-19 clinics have been established at Royal Darwin Hospital and Katherine District hospital.

PHN Phone Email Website
Northern Territory 08 8982 1000 ntphn@ntphn.org.au www.ntphn.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

Australian Capital Territory COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Australian Capital Territory.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

ACT Health Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Section, can be contacted 02 5124 9213 during business hours, or 0409 185 412 after hours.

 

There is no requirement to notify CDC of patients who are undergoing COVID-19 testing. However, clinicians are welcome to discuss any case with CDC at any time.

Patients can also attend an ACT Walk-in Centre for COVID-19 testing.

 

There is currently only the Weston Creek Walk-in Centre (24 Parkinson St, Weston) with more being established. It is not necessary to call ahead.

PHN Phone Email Website
Capital Health Network 02 6287 8099 reception@capitalhn.com.au www.chnact.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

New South Wales COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in New South Wales.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Contact the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055

The location of COVID-19 respiratory clinics are available via the NSW Health website.

PHN Phone Email Website
Central and Eastern Sydney 1300 986 991 info@cesphn.com.au www.cesphn.org.au
Hunter New England and Central Coast 1300 859 028 info@hneccphn.com.au www.hneccphn.com.au
Murrumbidgee 02 6923 3100 ceo@mphn.org.au www.mphn.org.au
Nepean Blue Mountains 02 4708 8100 admin@nbmphn.com.au www.nbmphn.com.au
North Coast 02 6618 5400 enquiries@ncphn.org.au www.ncphn.org.au
Northern Sydney 02 9432 8250 info@snhn.org.au www.sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au
South Eastern NSW 1300 069 002 info@coordinare.org.au www.coordinare.org.au
South Western Sydney 02 4632 3000 enquiries@swsphn.com.au www.swsphn.com.au
Western NSW 1300 699 167 admin@wnswphn.org.au www.wnswphn.org.au
Western Sydney 02 8811 7100 wentwest@wentwest.com.au www.wentwest.com.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.