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1. Posted by kezza1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

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I am due to go to Australia soon to work and travel for 12 months, however, I am on a lot of medication - and i mean a lot!!! If i was to get all my tablets etc to take with me, i would honestly need another suitcase. Is there a way I could get prescriptions from my doctor here in UK to take with me to Australia and collect the items from a chemist there? Or do I need a letter from my doctor here to take to register with a doctor in Australia (even though i will be travelling about) so as they can see what medication i am on, in order to get repeat prescriptions? whats the best way to go about this? from what I've heard Australia has some type of health care system similar to the UK but i still dont know how to go abou this.

please help asap!!

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 10y

Kezza,
I think your doctor is the only person who can answer this one.
Australia has a reciprocal health arrangement with the UK, providing you register when you get there, but you may have to make special provision for specialist medication.

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I would also say speak to your docto back in the Uk.

I got my medicare card whilst over in Oz and it entittles you to see the doctor for free, some tests you have to pay for, they give you prescriptions just like back home, then you pay at the chemists, so i dont know if this is of any help to you at all!

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

Oh sorry, to get your medicare card is easy, you just go into a medicare office and you fill out a form, i think i recieved my card within 3 weeks.

If you dont have a medicare card you have to pay $50 just to see the doc. You get a reciept from the docs and you can then take this to a medicare office and you get some of your money back-about $30. but this is just a hassle, getting there all the time etc.

5. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y

Hey Kezza,

I would suggest bringing over enough supply for at least 1-2 months while you settle into the healthcare system there. See your doctor in UK to get a detailed medical report (including prescription drugs you're on) and discuss with him/her how regular followup visits should be. If you're on so many medications, I doubt you should go 12 months without having your condition assessed. Ask him/her if he/she knows of any good doctors there that can manage your condition well.

I do not think prescriptions from UK can be used in Australia as they are usually valid only in the country where the doctor is registered. Not all drugs may be available too.