You can now help Indigenous Australians get cheaper PBS medicines

1 July 2021

If you’re a PBS prescriber, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner, you could help close the gap.

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You can now register patients for the Closing the Gap (CTG) PBS Co-payment if you are either:

  • a PBS prescriber
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner registered with both AHPRA and us.

Registered patients can get most Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines cheaper or free.

It used to be only for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. But that has changed. Now it doesn’t matter where they live or their chronic disease status.

It’s easy to register patients using our new national registration database. You can access it through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

If you’ve registered patients in the past

You don’t need to re-register patients. We’ve transferred their details to the new database. You do need to register any new patients through HPOS.

Next steps

Learn more about your role, including how to decide if a patient is eligible and how to write CTG prescriptions. Read more about the Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment for health professionals.

If you don’t already have it, find out how to set up HPOS access.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2021