Rural Support Programs

Rural Support Programs support targeted programs and services to improve access to PBS medicines and services for people living in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The administration of these programs has transitioned from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to the Pharmacy Programs Administrator.
From 1 February 2019 applications under these programs are to be completed via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Registration and Claiming Portal, accessible at https://www.ppaonline.com.au/

Continuing Professional Education Allowance

This Allowance is one of the suite of programmes under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Allowance provides financial support to assist pharmacists from rural and remote areas to access CPE and other Professional Development activities.

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

Emergency Locum Service

This Service is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programmes which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Emergency Locum Service provides support to pharmacists in rural and remote areas through direct access to locums in emergency situations such as illness, bereavement, or family emergencies.

The service provides 24 hour a day, seven day a week telephone access and up to $2,500 to fund the travel costs of the locum. The service aims to place a locum in any location in Australia within 24 hours for a maximum of 7 days.

This service is only available to rural pharmacy owners in true emergencies, for example, the death of a pharmacist, spouse or family member or personal emergencies such as sickness or accident.

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

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies

This Allowance is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacists aims to increase and support the rural and remote pharmacy workforce by encouraging pharmacists to practice in rural and remote areas.

The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program provides funding to enable community pharmacies in rural areas to retain a newly registered pharmacist beyond the initial intern period.

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

Rural Intern Training Allowance

This allowance is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Rural Intern Training Allowance (RITA) was established under the 5CPA and complements the existing CPE Allowance. It provides financial support to assist intern pharmacists from rural and remote areas to access compulsory intern training program activities. The Allowance is awarded to intern pharmacists only.

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

Rural Pharmacy Liaison Officer Program

This Program is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Rural Pharmacy Liaison Officer (RPLO) Program has been established to implement local level projects that provide support to practising rural community pharmacies and pharmacy students undertaking placements in rural areas. RLPOs promote intra-professional collaboration with pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy students and universities, and facilitate professional development and networking opportunities for pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy students.

The RLPO program was initially established as the Pharmacist Academics at University Departments of Rural Health (PAUDRH).

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

Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance

The Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance is to support improved access to PBS medicines and pharmacy services for people in rural and remote regions of Australia, through the provision of a support allowance which recognises the additional financial burden of maintaining a pharmacy in these areas.

The Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) is a monthly allowance paid to eligible proprietors of section 90 approved pharmacies. The allowance recognises the additional financial burden of maintaining a pharmacy in rural and remote areas of Australia.

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

Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme

This Scheme is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at university. Up to 30 scholarships are offered annually, with a value of $10,000 per annum per student. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to seek employment in rural and remote areas following graduation.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme is supplemented by the Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Mentor Scheme. It aims to reinforce the scholar’s ties to rural and regional Australia and provide support to scholars outside of the university and formal study environment. Rural Pharmacy Mentor support involves at least quarterly contact, such as via email, telephone or face-to-face sessions as instigated by the scholar. Rural Pharmacy Mentors will be paid an honorarium of $375 (GST exclusive) each year for participating in the Scheme.

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

Rural Pharmacy Student Placement and Administrative Support

This Allowance is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance provides financial support to encourage and enable pharmacy programs at Australian Universities to deliver student placements in rural and remote communities. The allowance assists with the travel and accommodation costs associated with undertaking a placement in a rural or remote area.

The Administrative Support to Pharmacy Schools component of the allowance is for Pharmacy Schools to maintain the administration of the program.

Interested students should contact their Pharmacy School for an application form and further information. Applicants must apply through their university.

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