The Section 100 Pharmacy Support Allowance is aimed at improving the Quality Use of Medicines and access to culturally appropriate services for Patients who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Community Pharmacies that have Section 90 approval and Approved Hospital Authorities can apply for the Section 100 Pharmacy Support Allowance in order to receive payments that support the delivery of a range of Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) services to remote area Aboriginal Health Services. These services must support the delivery of Section 100 supply arrangements by the Aboriginal Health Service to their Patients.

An annual Allowance will be provided to support QUM services provided to the remote area Aboriginal Health Service according to the documented Work Plan agreement that has been negotiated between the participating Pharmacy and the CEO or Medical Officer of the Aboriginal Health Service.

Examples of QUM services include those services that improve the ongoing administration of Section 100 supply arrangements by the Aboriginal Health Service. This may include (but is not limited to):

  • Development of policies and procedures that improve the Section 100 management and supply arrangements
  • Development of policies and procedures that improve the Section 100 stock control and logistics
  • Education of staff with regards to Section 100 policies and procedures
  • Providing Patient medication review services.

Applicants for payment under the Section 100 Pharmacy Support Allowance must provide services to the contracted Aboriginal Health Service that lead to the implementation and ongoing participation in Section 100 supply arrangements.

The agreement between the eligible Community Pharmacy or Approved Hospital Authority and the Aboriginal Health Service will outline the range of services that will be provided to the Aboriginal Health Service under the Section 100 Pharmacy Support Allowance, and must be documented and certified in an annual Work Plan.

Those Community Pharmacies or Approved Hospital Authorities that have an existing supply arrangement with an Aboriginal Health Service must be given the opportunity to provide Section 100 Support Services before another Community Pharmacy or Approved Hospital Authority is engaged to provide these services. If where the existing Community Pharmacy or Approved Hospital Authority is unable to provide Section 100 Support Services, another Community Pharmacy or Approved Hospital Authority may be engaged to provide these services to the Aboriginal Health Service under the Section 100 Pharmacy Support Allowance.

Community Pharmacies may register and apply for the s100 Pharmacy Support Allowance through the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal.

An eligible applicant may receive a payment of between $6,000 and $10,500 (GST exclusive) for providing services to an approved Aboriginal Health Service to assist in the implementation or continuation of Section 100 supply arrangements. Where applicable, travel loading and additional loading may also be paid.

For Aboriginal Health Services that utilise Outstations, the applicant may receive a flat fee of $6,000 (GST exclusive) per Outstation per year if this Outstation requires the contracted support services. Where applicable, travel loading and additional loading may also be paid.

Payments are made by the Pharmacy Programs Administrator upon approval of documentation uploaded to the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal. The Section 100 Pharmacy Support Allowance Program Rules provide further information on how payments are calculated and administered, including travel and other loadings that may be applied.

Applicants must seek advice from the Aboriginal Health Service about local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health issues and community arrangements. The applicant must undertake appropriate cultural orientation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Training information and resources are available on the s100 Pharmacy Support Allowance Program page on the Pharmacy Programs Administrator website.

S100 Pharmacy Support Allowance FAQ

  1. Payments will be made when documentation you have uploaded through the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal are checked for eligibility and approved by an operator. This includes the first payment upon approval of the Form A and Agreed Work Plan (50% of annual allowance) and subsequent payments (25% of annual allowance) against approved Form B and Progress Reports.

  2. You will have to register on the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal for the s100 Pharmacy Support Allowance Program. Once registered, you will then be eligible to apply for the Program through the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal, which will involve uploading a completed Application Form (Form A) and Agreed Work Plan.

  3. Certification of Continued Support Service (Form B) and Progress Reports can be uploaded in the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal.

  4. Depending on various criteria an eligible Pharmacy will receive between $6,000 and $10,500 (GST exclusive) per financial year. Extra funding may be applicable depending on travel distances and if the AHS has Outstations. If Outstations are being serviced then an extra $6,000 per Outstation is available plus extra funding for travel distances to the Outstation(s). Further information about funding total can be found in the Program Rules.

  5. No, claiming arrangements for other s100 Programs remains the same. Only claiming for the s100 Pharmacy Support Allowance is moving from the Department and Pharmacy Guild to the Pharmacy Programs Administrator.

  6. Information regarding the S100 Pharmacy Support Allowance is available in the S100 Pharmacy Support Allowance Program Rules.

  7. No, there are no defined services required for the Program. Each applicant should organise services in agreement with the AHS. The Program Rules have a list of suggested activities to complete.

  8. You must, as a minimum, visit each AHS and any attached Outstation at least twice in the reporting period (12 months – i.e. at least one visit per six-month reporting period).

  9. A Pharmacy may make two visits in one six-month period instead of one visit each six-month period due to circumstances that may be beyond their control. Should this occur, please contact the support centre to notify the Pharmacy Programs Administrator.

  10. Yes, just visiting an Outstation for one six-month period and then the AHS in the next six-month period is not sufficient for the Program. Each AHS and Outstation must be visited at least twice in the 12-month reporting period.

  11. Payments are made three times for each reporting period. The first 50% instalment is made after the approval of an application or renewal. A further instalment of 25% is made following the acceptance by the Pharmacy Programs Administrator of the first Certification of Continued Support Form (Form B) and Progress Report. The last 25% for the reporting period is made upon acceptance by the Pharmacy Programs Administrator of the final Certification of Continued Support Form (Form B) and Progress Report.

  12. Further information about the documents required to be completed for reporting can be found in the Resources section of this page.

  13. No, current approved providers need to submit a Renewal Form rather than an Application Form (Form A). Further information about the renewal process can be found in the Resources section of this page.

S100 Pharmacy Support Allowance Program Resources