How to use a pharmacy in Australia
FourFour Two pharmacy users are having a great time in Australia, with the latest survey showing an average of 4.8 million people using the country’s most popular pharmacies every month.
The survey of 7,000 people across Australia, Australia’s biggest pharmacy market, found pharmacy users were using the majority of pharmacies across the country.
The latest data from pharmacy retailer Pharmacy Australia showed the average number of customers using a pharmacy was 5,500 every month, which is up from 5,100 in 2015.
This month the pharmacy industry’s biggest retailing network, the Pharmacy Guild, announced a plan to spend $10 million to boost access to pharmacy services across Australia.
The Pharmacy Council of Australia has also called for an end to the lack of access to the countrys best-loved and most affordable pharmacy services, including emergency medical services, emergency medical consultation and in-person consultations.
Pharmacy Australia chief executive Paul D’Arcy said while some businesses were struggling to meet demand, there was still a lot of demand for a wide range of pharmacy services in Australia.
“The biggest challenge is for people to get on with their day and actually get to see their doctor or see a specialist in a convenient and safe way, rather than having to drive to an appointment,” Mr D’Arays said.
“So there are a lot more people accessing pharmacy services.”
He said pharmacy services were important to people because they were a key component of their overall health.
“With so many of us accessing our medicines on a daily basis, they are very important to us,” he said.
The number of pharmacies increased by more than 4 per cent last year, with almost half of respondents reporting they used their own pharmacy.
A majority of respondents reported seeing a doctor at least once a month, with 45 per cent using their own doctor, and 22 per cent used a general practitioner.