If you need medicine, your doctor may give you a prescription to take to a chemist shop or pharmacy. Many medicines, such as antibiotics, are only available with a prescription. If you have a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card provided by Centrelink you will be eligible for a concession on certain medicines. You must also bring your Medicare card to the chemist.
It is important to read labels and instructions on medicines carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist questions if you are unsure. For help or information about medicines, speak to a pharmacist or phone the Medicine Line on 1300 633 424.
Pharmacies can also use telephone interpreters, which is a free service provided by the government.