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).


Universities participating in the program are required to report on a six-monthly basis and must abide by the Program Specific Guidelines.


Payments will be made to participating Universities based on the payment schedule outlined in their
contract. Payments will only be made on receipt of satisfactory reporting requirements and deliverables.