Aussies in self-isolation can now have prescription medication delivered to their door, free of charge.

Starting on Monday, pharmacies will be able to send prescription medication under 500g to customers once a month via express post.

The service will be available to people confirmed to have COVID-19 who are self-isolating at home, suspected COVID-19 cases who’ve sought medical advice, new parents, people over 70, Indigenous people over 50, and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.

“In these challenging and unprecedented times it is important that vulnerable members of the community, and those in self-isolation, can continue to access their medications,” said health minister Greg Hunt.

Free delivery puts an end to at-risk people having to leave the home to get medicine, as well as making it much easier for people with the virus to get the drugs they need without infecting anyone else.

Pharmacies will recoup the cost of postage through a rebate as part of the government’s $25 million Home Medicines Service, which was announced earlier in the month. With Australia Post now on board, deliveries will be made with extra precautions to avoid contact between individuals so as to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Australia Post remains open for business during this very trying time,” said Australia Post CEO and Managing Director Christine Holgate.

“Our post offices are open and our posties and drivers are still out delivering each and every day. With this new service, customers will receive access to quick delivery of medication by a brand known and trusted by them.”

People are advised to contact their local pharmacy directly about the service

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