Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Assistant Traineeship Scheme

This Scheme is one of the suite of programs that aim to improve quality use of medicines and culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers.

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.

Incentive allowances of $10,000 are available to community pharmacies to employ and train an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Assistant Trainee.

Participation

In order for a Community Pharmacy to be eligible for the scheme, the pharmacy must:

  • meet the definition of a Community Pharmacy as outlined in the 6CPA General Terms and Conditions;
  • agree to reporting requirements;
  • be actively trading and continue to actively trade throughout the period of time the Allowance applies to;
  • provide evident that the pharmacy assistant has been employed and enrolled in a Nationally Accredited Pharmacy Assistant Training Course;
  • consent to disclosure of personal information for the purpose of monitoring, managing and promoting the allowance;
  • advise the Guild within 21 days of any changes to the Community Pharmacy or Trainee details as outlined in the Program Specific Guidelines; and
  • have already employed a pharmacy assistant who meets the following Trainee criteria.

A Trainee must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • undertake a Nationally Accredited Pharmacy Assistant Training Course;
  • agree to complete the training course within two years of receipt of advice that funding has been approved;
  • agree to the reporting requirements in the Program Specific Guidelines; and
  • consent to disclosure of personal information for the purpose of monitoring, managing and promoting the allowance.

Reporting and Payments

Pharmacist Reports
  • Pharmacist Mid Placement Report – on line reporting template to be completed at the half way stage of the Traineeship.
  • Pharmacist End Placement Report – online reporting template to be completed at the end of the Trainee National Accredited Pharmacy Assistant Training Course.
Pharmacy Assistant Report
  • Pharmacy Assistant End Placement Feedback Report – online reporting template to be completed at the completion of the Pharmacy Assistant’s National Accredited Training Course.
Payments

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.

Funding is paid by the Guild via direct Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and apportioned over three stages.

  • 1st Payment – $5,000 paid within 28 days of the application’s approval
  • 2nd Payment – $2,500 paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacists Mid Placement Report
  • 3rd Payment – $2,500 paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacist End Placement Report and Pharmacy Assistant End Placement Feedback Report