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1. Posted by craigwalsh (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y

Hey Guys and Gals

Just a quick one, i have a constant perscription that i need to get while in Oz, how do i go about it and the fee's etc involved.
Do i just go to a local Doctors or do i need to fill in forms etc. first saying im a UK resident?

Cheers
Craig

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y

Hi Craig,

Some advice:

1. Speak with your doctor back at home and get an advanced supply of medication to bring to Australia with you... although you might not be able to carry enough for your whole trip, it'll ensure you have a good start. Make sure you have a letter from your doctor detailing why you are carrying the medication to avoid hassles at customs.

2. Carry a repeat prescription along with a letter from your doctor which includes the generic names fo the drug(s) you are taking so that an equivelant can be found in Australia if necessary. Also ensure the letter contains your normal dosage and how long your treating doctor believes you should be on the medication. (You'd be surprised how opinions can differ between countries!)

3. Make sure you have travel insurance and declare that you have a pre-existing condition. The travel insurance will then cover the costs of a doctor's appointment and pruchasing medication here in Australia (which can be quite expensive without the government subsidy)

4. When you arrive, contact a local GP or medical clinic to make an appointment (most hostels will be able to provide you with the name and number of a good GP). At the appointment you should just have to present the above documentation and the local Doc will write out the equivalent Australian prescription which you can then take to the pharmacy.

Let me know if you have any other queries - having travelled with this difficulty myself, I'd be more than happy to offer guidance if I can!

Cristy.

3. Posted by craigwalsh (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y

Cheers for the info Koala
Take it easy
Craig