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4839.0.55.001 - Health Services: Patient Experiences in Australia, 2009  
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Contents >> Use of health services >> Seeking health-related advice from pharmacists


Around 23% of Australians aged 15 years or over (3.9 million people) reported asking a pharmacist for health-related advice at some time in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Women were more likely to have asked for advice than men (28% and 17% respectively). Young men aged 15-24 were the least likely of any age group (either male or female) to have asked for advice (10%) (see Figure 1.8).

1.8 Asked pharmacist for advice in last 12 months (a), by Age and Sex

(See Table 1.2 for more detail)

Interestingly, people in areas of most disadvantage were less likely to have asked a pharmacist for health-related advice (19%) than people in areas of least disadvantage (25%).

As shown in Figure 1.2 in the chapter on General Practitioners above, people born overseas were less likely than people born in Australia to have asked a pharmacist for health-related advice (19% compared with 24%).

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