Better access to palliative care medicine

Thursday 22nd February 2024

  Supporting patients who wish to receive their palliative care at home

As an initiative of SA Health and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia from 16 February, the Palliative Care Medicines Pharmacy Network will ensure access to core palliative care medicines for people with life-limiting illnesses, including after-hours access in urgent situations.


Palliative Care SA supports this fantastic initiative for the state of South Australia. A network of 30 community pharmacies across regional and metropolitan South Australia has been established to ensure people with a life-limiting illness can access medicines to receive their treatment at home.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton, says South Australians will have better access to palliative care medicines at community pharmacies, allowing them to continue treatment at home and avoid visiting an Emergency Department.

The Malinauskas Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment providing $250,000 over four years to support the initiative, commissioning the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to manage the network of pharmacies.

If you require urgent after-hours access to palliative care medicines, visit a 24-7 pharmacy. If you are unable to visit a 24-7 pharmacy, contact your GP, palliative care provider or healthdirect, who can refer you to a network pharmacy. You will need a prescription to be able to access these medicines.

For more information and to find a pharmacy near you, please visit