Medicare Ineligible Fact Sheet

Posted in Publications and Resources on

In Australia, only Medicare Card holders may gain access to subsidised (low cost) HIV medicine through the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme (PBS). Given this situation, QPP and Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) have produced a factsheet for overseas visitors (working, studying or holidaying in Australia) who are not eligible for a Medicare Card to assist in considering their options for obtaining HIV treatment and medical healthcare monitoring during your stay in Australia, with a focus on support available in Queensland. The factsheet is available in 6 languages: English, Amharic, Swahili, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This resource was developed by Medicare Ineligible PLHIV Working Group. The members of the Working Group are: Satrio Nindyo Istiko (Peer Navigation Team Leader, QPP), Katelin Haynes (ASHM Queensland Program Manager), Dr Julian Langton-Lockton (Clinical Director, Sexual Health & HIV Service, Metro North HHS), Dr Andrew Redmond (Infectious Diseases Unit, RBWH, Metro North HHS), Dr Diane Rowling (Senior Staff Specialist, Sexual Health & HIV Service, Metro North HHS), Dr David Siebert (Princess Alexandria Sexual Health (PASH), Metro South HHS), Dr Mekala Srirajalingam (Ipswich Sexual Health Service, West Moreton HHS), Dr Caroline Thng (Gold Coast Sexual Health, Gold Coast HHS), Dr Ken Koh (General Practitioner/S100 Prescriber, Holdsworth House).

English

Amharic

Chinese

Portuguese

Spanish

Swahili

HIV AND IMMIGRATION

For those who are seeking advice on Australian Permanent Residency application as an HIV-positive person, please contact an Australian Registered Migration Agent. Our Stigma and Discrimination program can support you to understand the general information regarding immigration for HIV-positive people and help with the referral to migration agencies.

For clinicians supporting HIV-positive people in their Permanent Residency application, please refer to the following resource developed by QPP and ASHM https://www.ashm.org.au/products/product/hivandimmigration

 

QPP Events

Oct
9
Sat
11:30 am Saturday Brisbane BBQ @ QPP
Saturday Brisbane BBQ @ QPP
Oct 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday Brisbane BBQ @ QPP
Come along and join us for a nice lunch and an even better chat. No RSVP needed just come along to 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane. If you do have some dietary requirements please let[...]
Oct
10
Sun
10:30 am Long Term Survivors and Mature A... @ QPP
Long Term Survivors and Mature A... @ QPP
Oct 10 @ 10:30 am
Long Term Survivors and Mature Aged Group @ QPP
If you’ve been living with HIV long term or are of mature age, please come and join Garth and friends on the second Sunday of every month. 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane from 10:30am onwards.[...]
Nov
6
Sat
11:30 am Saturday Brisbane BBQ @ QPP
Saturday Brisbane BBQ @ QPP
Nov 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday Brisbane BBQ @ QPP
Come along and join us for a nice lunch and an even better chat. No RSVP needed just come along to 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane. If you do have some dietary requirements please let[...]
Nov
14
Sun
10:30 am Long Term Survivors and Mature A... @ QPP
Long Term Survivors and Mature A... @ QPP
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am
Long Term Survivors and Mature Aged Group @ QPP
If you’ve been living with HIV long term or are of mature age, please come and join Garth and friends on the second Sunday of every month. 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane from 10:30am onwards.[...]
Dec
12
Sun
10:30 am Long Term Survivors and Mature A... @ QPP
Long Term Survivors and Mature A... @ QPP
Dec 12 @ 10:30 am
Long Term Survivors and Mature Aged Group @ QPP
If you’ve been living with HIV long term or are of mature age, please come and join Garth and friends on the second Sunday of every month. 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane from 10:30am onwards.[...]

Free-call 1800 636 241