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Call for Submissions for Fiji Journal of Public Health

The FJPH is a Fiji based journal published for public health practitioners, public health researchers,
clinicians and all allied health practitioners. Our goal is to provide evidence based information and
analysis they need to enable them to make the right choices and decisions concerning their health and
health services provided to ensure better health for all.
We seek to publish articles on public health issues in Fiji ranging from child health, maternal health,
neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, wellness initiatives, environment, climate
change, biomedical research, social-economic research, health determinants, and health systems
research, health policies, reforms, information, human resources etc. Submissions on other topics are
also welcome as long as they relate to public health issues.
We are now accepting submissions for our volume 4, issue 2 edition on
the Theme: Wellness – Nutrition in Fiji”. Submissions are due May15th 2015.
We would accept papers/articles directly or indirectly related to the theme which may be in
the form of Original Research, Abstracts, Opinion pieces, Field Notes, Perspectives; Policy
pieces (Policy papers/Policy Briefs).
Please refer to the Instructions to Authors for more information on Submission
For any further questions regarding submissions, email the Editorial team on or
Volume 4, Issue 2 Theme: Wellness – Nutrition in Fiji
The Fiji Journal of Public Health
Also check out the other upcoming Themes in the Ministry of Health Website @
or the Health Research Portal @

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Free Medicine Program



One of the FijiFirst Government’s top priorities is to provide price controlled medicines free of charge to all Fijians who earn less than $20,000 a year. Accordingly, the 2015 Budget announced by the Attorney General and Minister for Finance allocated $8.0 million for the Free Medicine Program (‘Initiative’).

Who is eligible?

Individuals who can benefit from this program are:

• Individuals with an annual income of less than $20,000

Fijians who intend to be part of this Free Medicine Initiative are required to have a Tax Identification Number (‘TIN’) which will be the primary form of screening income eligibility.

Who does not have to register?

Individuals who already have a TIN number, Social Welfare number or Health ID are not required to register as they would already be included in the program.

Current social welfare recipients of Poverty Benefit Scheme, Child Protection Allowance, Social Pension and Bus Fare subsidy do not need to obtain a TIN but can use their existing welfare ID Cards for this purpose.

How the program works

As of 1 January 2015, all eligible Fijians will be able to access price controlled medicines that has been prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner (Government Hospital and Private Hospital) free of charge from any Government Pharmacy and/or selected private pharmacies.

All eligible Fijians can provide such prescriptions to any Government Pharmacy and/ or selected private pharmacies and upon presentation of valid ID will be able to access the selected medicines free of charge.

How to register

For this reason, Registration Forms will be available in the following areas, at all Divisional Hospital, Sub Divisional Hospital and main Health Centres.

All eligible Fijians intending to register for this Initiative are to bring the following documentation to the areas mentioned above:

• Original or Certified Copy of Birth Certificate (Full Extract);
• Marriage Certificate if you are using or wish to use your married name;
• FNPF Member ID or any other form of valid photo identification such as the Electronic Voter Registration (EVR)card, Driving License or Passport.
• In the absence of a photo ID, eligible Fijians may submit a passport size photo certified by a Justice of Peace, Provincial Administrator, Commissioner for Oaths, Advisory/Provincial Councilors, Mata ni Tikina and Civil Servants above Principal level.

For further clarification please contact the Chief Pharmacist for the medicines supplies and MHMS IT Office for registration activities

Click here to get the list of Private Pharmacies New

Click here to download the list of Free Medicines New

Click here to download National Registration Requirements

Click here to download the Free Medicine Registration Form

Click here to download Manual Dispensing Form

Click here to download Free Medicine Requisition Form

Free Medicine Program SOP