Aboriginal Health Services
This allowance is continued under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
An allowance is paid to community pharmacies who provide support services to Aboriginal Health Services (AHS).
AHS support allowance is payable where a community pharmacist supplies medicine to a remote area through arrangements made under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953. The allowance is between $6000 and $10500 per year, plus a component for GST. It may be paid to the pharmacist for providing a range of services to support the AHS in its implementation of the section 100 supply arrangements.
The funding for the support services was made possible through the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
Services to be provided by the pharmacies include:
- medicine management
- training of Aboriginal health workers in the handling of medicines
- supervision of medicines held by remote communities such as out of date stock.
An information kit has been prepared to assist community pharmacists to deliver quality medical support services to remote area AHS. To access the information kit, go to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia website.
Guidelines and standards for pharmacists for the provision of pharmacy services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services are available at the Pharmacy Society of Australia website.
Last updated: 2 September, 2010