PRESCRIPTIONS FOR MEDICATION
Approximately 11.3 million people aged 15 years and over had been prescribed medication in the 12 months prior to the survey (81% of people who had seen a GP in the past year). The GP had explained the reasons for prescribing this medication in 98% of cases, and the explanation had been understood either completely or at least to some extent by 99% of people (92% and 7% respectively) (see Figure 5.1, below).
Around 9.8 million people (87%) were shown how to take or administer the medication that had been prescribed, generally by a GP (86%) or other health professional (10%). Slightly more people in major cities were shown how to take or administer their medication than people in outer regional and remote areas of Australia (87% compared with 83%). See Table 5.1 for more detail of communication around prescriptions for medication.