Our Difference

OUR STORY

Prior to being known as Community Care Chemist, our iconic pharmacy was referred to as The Geelong United Friendly Societies Dispensary. Established in 1898, the organisation provided its members with welfare benefits of various kinds, including much needed medicines at a lower price.

WHO WE ARE TODAY? WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

Over 120 years later, we’re proud to still be a much-loved local icon in the Geelong and Apollo Bay regions.

Unlike other pharmacies which are owned and operated by pharmacists (or a partnership of pharmacists), we’re one of the few pharmacies in Australia that adopt the ‘friendly society’ model.

We are a mutual, not-for-profit company. We serve our members and customers with a whole health and whole heart approach. Our business structure requires that surplus funds or profits be reinvested back into our organisation and community, and that our members contribute to a common fund; our membership fee.

By becoming a member, and with your ongoing support, you ensure that we can contribute to support the communities in which we operate in with our whole health whole heart promise:

  • As well as pharmacists, we have accredited diabetes educators and naturopaths, in-store, who care for your whole health
  • We are your local, not-for-profit pharmacy. With whole heart we give back to our community through active sponsorship and donations.

Membership delivers quality healthcare for you, your family and the whole community.

Find your nearest
Community Care Chemist

Apollo Bay

123 Great Ocean Road,
Apollo Bay
 

Ph: 03 5237 6312

Email Apollo Bay

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm

Sat: 9am - 2pm

Sun: Seasonal

Belmont

157 High Street,
Belmont
 

Ph: 03 5241 1755

Email Belmont

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6:30pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 2pm

Geelong West

1/184 Pakington Street,
Geelong West
 

Ph: 03 5246 5850

Email Geelong West

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 2pm

Grovedale

122 Burdoo Dr,
Grovedale
 

Ph: 03 5241 4333

Email Grovedale

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

Sat: 8am - 1pm

Sun: Closed

North Geelong

75 Separation Street,
North Geelong
 

Ph: 03 5278 4300

Email North Geelong

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm

Sat: 9am - 12.30pm

Sun: Closed

Support Centre

28 Church Street
North Geelong
 

Ph: 03 5246 5800

Email Support Centre

Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

Community Care Chemist Friendly Society Ltd, PO Box 26, Geelong 322003 5246 5800, enquiries@communitycarechemist.com.au, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday