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

This Program 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 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.

Support Categories

The program focuses on seven support categories:

  1. Dose Administration Aids (DAA) arrangements;
  2. QUM pharmacy support;
  3. Home Medicines Review (HMR) models of support;
  4. QUM devices;
  5. QUM education;
  6. Cultural awareness; and
  7. 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.

Reporting and Payments

Reporting timeframes

Community Pharmacy reporting periods:

Reporting period Due date
1st report 1 July to 30 October 15 November
2nd report 1 November to 28 February 15 March
3rd report 1 March to 30 June 15 July

Both the Community Pharmacy and the ACCHO will be paid their first instalment of QUMAX funds on the execution of the contract between the ACCHO and the Guild.

Community Pharmacies receive a total of three instalments.  The second instalment is paid on acceptance of their first DAA Report and the third instalment is paid on acceptance of their second DAA Report.  No payment is attached to the third and final DAA Report.

ACCHOs will receive a total of two instalments.  The second and final instalment is paid on acceptance of their first Progress Report.  No payment is attached to their second Progress Report.

ACCHO registration, work plans and progress reports are completed via the NACCHO Communication Network.

For further information, please contact the QUMAX Support Team on 1300 764 088 or qumax@6cpa.com.au