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eScript (electronic prescription)

An eScript is a digital version of a paper prescription your doctor can use to prescribe you medicine. Your doctor will send it to you by SMS or email.

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Scheduling of medicines and poisons

The scheduling of medicines is a national classification system that controls how medicines and poisons are made availiable to the public.

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Find a health service

healthdirect Service Finder is a free service that helps you locate the nearest health services in any part of Australia. You can search for health services such as general practitioners, hospitals, dentists, psychologists, hospitals, mental health, optical, pathology, pharmacies and a wide range of others. Find contact details, opening hours and billing options as well as other useful information for these providers. The service finder is also available via the healthdirect mobile app.

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Getting the most out of your pharmacist

Pharmacists are qualified medicines experts who provide advice and counselling on products and general healthcare. Learn how community pharmacists can help you.

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Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines

There are some medicines you don't need a prescription for. These are called over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

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Buying medicines online

Buying medicines online may seem to have advantages, but there are lots of risks too. Find out more about buying medicines online here.

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After-hours health services

Medical needs after hours don’t always require a visit to the emergency department. After hours GPs, pharmacists, dentists or counsellors can help.

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Home medicines review

It’s important to manage your medicines correctly. A free home medicines review (HMR) by a pharmacist can help make sure that your medicines are safe.

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Dihydrocodeine

Dihydrocodeine is an opioid-based medicine available on prescription from your doctor. It is categorised as a 'weak' opioid. Learn more here.

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Out-of-date medicines

All medicines have an expiry date displayed on their packaging. Learn about why medicines expire, and how to dispose of old medicines safely.

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