Pharmacists across Australia are now able to provide medical certificates for short periods of sick and carer’s leave.
To determine whether to issue a certificate, the pharmacist will need to take into account both the nature of the illness or injury and the person’s ability to attend work and perform their duties.
Medical certificates issued by pharmacists are for the purposes of informing a person’s employer in relation to sick leave or carer’s leave and may not be valid for other purposes (e.g., workers' compensation claims or as evidence of health and welfare benefit entitlement).
In applying for a medical certificate you will be required to complete a short survey with the pharmacist to help determine your need for a certificate, or referral to a doctor.
Where the pharmacist believes that the illness or injury is not within his or her area of practice, they have been advised not to issue a medical certificate and to refer the person to seek a consultation with a medical practitioner or other registered health practitioner appropriate for the condition.
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