This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:
This petition from residents of the community of Butler, Western Australia, and surrounding suburbs and other concerned citizens of Western Australia draws to the attention of the House to the fact that the community is without reasonable access to the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits prescriptions by a pharmacist approved under Section 90 of the National Heath Act 1953. The community has approximately 15,000 residents. The pharmacy that requests approval is located in a sub-regional shopping centre and due to an unintended consequence of the application of the Australian Community Pharmacy Location Rules those residents shopping in that location or visiting doctors in the shopping centre are being denied reasonable access to the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits. Those approved pharmacists that currently supply Pharmaceutical Benefits to this community cannot provide the residents that either shop or see doctors within the shopping centre with reasonable, timely or adequate access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The imposition to visitors of the centre on having to leave the shopping centre denies them a fair level of supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits, and therefore does not allow residents to improve their health outcomes through easy access to, and quality use of, medicines in a timely manner.
We ask the House to give the community of Butler and surrounds reasonable access to the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits by requesting the Minister for Health to exercise the Discretionary Power under subsection 90A(2) of the National Health Act 1953 to approve the pharmacy premises at Shop T3, Butler Central Shopping Centre, 150 Camborne Parkway, Butler, WA, 6036 to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits.