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Thursday, 4 April 2019
Page: 14909

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

This petition from residents of the community of Cowra, NSW, and surrounds draws the attention of the House to the fact this community is without reasonable access to the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits by a pharmacist approved under Section 90 of the National Heath Act 1953. This community of approximately 12,500 residents has been denied reasonable access to the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits due to an unintended consequence of the application of the Pharmacy Location Rules. The current level two approved pharmacists to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits to this community does not provide the population of more than 12,000 residents with reasonable, timely nor adequate access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The current level of supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits does not allow residents to improve their health outcomes through access to, and quality use of, medicines in a timely manner.

We therefore ask the House to give the community of Cowra and surrounds reasonable access to the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits by requesting the Minister for Health exercise the Discretionary Power under subsection 90A(2) of the National Health Act 1953 to approve the pharmacy premises at Suite 4,167 - 169 Kendal Street, Cowra, NSW,2794.

from 7 citizens (Petition No. EN0854)