UFS is a mutual organisation, which means it is owned entirely by its members, not by shareholders or investors. Any profits we generate are invested back into the company for the benefit of members, customers and the community.

Established as a friendly society in Ballarat 140 years ago, UFS Dispensaries is in fact one of the original social enterprises (UFS is an abbreviation for United Friendly Societies). Fast forward to today and we are still operating as a social enterprise, working to improve the health of our members, customers and the community.

We now operate 19 pharmacies in the western region of Victoria, as well as other business units, including UFS Medical, Supercare Nursing Services and Peace & Quiet day spa. We also operate two pharmacies in Coburg in Melbourne’s inner north, on behalf of another friendly pharmacy group, Friendly Pharmacy (Victoria) Ltd.

Our Mission

UFS aims to improve the health of our members and the local community.

Our Values

  • Focus on our members
  • Provide professional services
  • Be connected to our community
  • Operate with high ethical standards
  • Support our staff
  • Lead innovation in health care
  • Provide leadership in health solutions

UFS has a long and proud history of responding to the needs of the community and caring for generations of Ballarat families.

Membership is open to anyone, and costs just $10 per year. Check the benefits of UFS membership here.