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Image-based prescribing to be discontinued end of December 2021

December 13, 2021

Electronic prescribing is now widely available and used across Australia, with more than 79% of prescribers and more than 98% of pharmacists issuing and dispensing electronic prescriptions. Thus. the current Special Arrangement for image-based prescribing will be discontinued on 31 December 2021.

The Federal Government will continue to cover SMS costs associated with electronic prescribing until 30 June 2022.

For information on specific state/territory legislation and options for prescribing via telehealth, read the Department of Health’s Prescriptions via telehealth – state and territory rulesfact sheet.

If you require any support getting set up for electronic prescriptions, please contact our primary care team or visit our website for further information.