Austin Health's Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health team have for many years worked to close the gap by assisting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to access medications for chronic illness with less cost to the patient.
While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients can access medications for chronic illness at reduced cost through the government's Closing the Gap (CTG) scheme in the community, public hospitals such as the Austin Health are not covered in this rebate scheme.
In an effort to bridge this gap, Austin Health has set up its own CTG pharmaceutical program that is separate to the government's program, funded by the hospital.
Therefore, to access medications at less cost at Austin Health you need to register for the Austin Health CTG program, as well as having a government CTG number.
If you would like to register for the Austin Health CTG pharmaceutical program, please call the Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health team on 9496 5699 or Social Work on 9496 5560. Additionally, you can also email the Ngarra Jarra team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is also important to know that because the government's CTG scheme does not cover public hospitals, Austin Health hospital prescriptions such as those written in ED, will incur the normal dispensing fee at a community pharmacy, even if you have a government CTG number.