Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specific Programs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specific Programs support targeted programs and services which improve quality use of medicines and culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Assistant Traineeship Scheme

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Assistant Traineeship Scheme aims to support the community pharmacy workforce by encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enter pharmacy assistant roles. The scheme aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacy assistants in community pharmacies and establish alternative pathways for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to enter into pharmacy.

The allowance provides funding of $10,000 (ex GST) to eligible pharmacies that employ and support an Aboriginal and/or Torres State Islander pharmacy assistant to complete a nationally accredited Pharmacy Assistant training course within two years. Allowances are limited based on available funds.

From 1 February 2019 applications for this program are to be completed via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Registration and Claiming Portal, accessible at: https://www.ppaonline.com.au/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme

In order for the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to be adequately met by pharmacists, there is a need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacists to work in the industry. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at university.

A total of 3 scholarships valued at $15,000 per annum for a maximum of four years are offered annually. Scholarships are available to students in any year of their undergraduate or graduate degree.

From 1 February 2019 applications for this program are to be completed via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Registration and Claiming Portal, accessible at: https://www.ppaonline.com.au/

QUMAX – Quality Use of Medicines Maximised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

The QUMAX Program aims to remove barriers for the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and improve QUM through a range of support services provided by participating Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Community Pharmacies in rural and urban Australia.

The program focuses on seven support categories: Dose Administration Aids (DAA) arrangements; QUM pharmacy support; Home Medicines Review (HMR) models of support; QUM devices; QUM education; Cultural awareness; and Transport.

To be eligible a community pharmacy must agree to the QUMAX Program Specific Guidelines and be an approved section 90 pharmacy.

If a community pharmacy is interested, and meets the eligibility criteria, they should liaise with the registered ACCHO in their area and negotiate local level arrangements.

For ACCHO eligibility criteria please refer to the QUMAX Program Specific Guidelines, available at: https://www.ppaonline.com.au/

From 1 February 2019 applications for this program are to be completed via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Registration and Claiming Portal, accessible at: https://www.ppaonline.com.au/

S100 Pharmacy Support Allowance

The S100 Pharmacy Support Allowance is paid to Section 90 approved pharmacies and approved hospital authorities for the provision of a range of Quality Use of Medicine (QUM) services to patients in approved remote area Aboriginal Health Services (AHSs) participating in the S100 supply arrangements.

Eligible applicants receive an annual allowance for the delivery of QUM support services. These services are delivered in accordance with a documented Work Plan, agreed between the participating pharmacy and the CEO or Medical Officer of the AHS.

QUM support services may include assisting the AHS to develop an implementation plan for the ongoing administration of the S100 supply arrangements, developing and implementing procedures and protocols for managing S100 supply arrangements, assisting AHS staff with stock control and providing education, or reviewing patient medicines.

From 1 February 2019 applications for this program are to be completed via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Registration and Claiming Portal, accessible at: https://www.ppaonline.com.au/