The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Mentor Scheme aims to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars and scholars from rural and remote locations to undertake undergraduate and graduate studies in pharmacy at an Australian university, by providing guidance and support from a practising rural Pharmacist Mentor during each year of their pharmacy studies. Mentors can choose to be paid for participating in the Scheme and if so can receive a payment per mentored scholar per year.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Mentor Scheme (RPSMS) supplements the Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (RPSS) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (ATSIPSS) by strengthening the scholar’s ties to rural and regional Australia and providing support to scholars outside of the university and formal study environment. Contact between the scholar and the Mentor must occur at least quarterly, and may be via face-to-face contact or by electronic means. Rural Pharmacy Mentors can choose to be paid an honorarium of $375 each year for each scholar they mentor.

To register to become a Mentor, applicants must meet the following Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a practising Pharmacist
  • Be practising in a defined rural area (PhARIA Category 2 to 6)
  • Agree to provide reports in accordance with the Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Mentor Scheme Program Rules
  • Agree to participate in longitudinal studies or annual surveys
  • Have the capacity to be in contact with the scholar at least quarterly.

Mentors will need to register and submit a Mentor End of Year Report via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal. See the Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Mentor Scheme Program Rules for further details. If Mentors choose to be paid for participating in the Scheme, a payment of $375 per mentored scholar per year will be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to their nominated bank account.

Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Mentor Scheme FAQ

  1. You will have to register on the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal in the role of a Mentor to be able to submit the Mentor Report and receive payment.

  2. You may choose if you wish to receive payment for participating in the Scheme. Honorariums of $375 per year per scholar are paid upon submission of a Mentor Report.

  3. Yes, as long as you are eligible to be a Mentor and can meet the participation requirements for each scholar, you can Mentor multiple scholars.

  4. You must have contact with the scholar on at least a quarterly basis. You should also work with the scholar to develop a Learning Plan for each academic year. You will also be required to submit a Mentor Report at the end of the year outlining the contact with the scholar and details about the rural health activities that the scholar has participated in.

  5. You can still provide a Mentor Report for the activities undertaken by the scholar that year up until the time the scholar failed or withdrew from the course. Depending on the time you mentored the scholar for, you may still receive payment.

  6. Ideally you and your scholar should endeavour to conduct at least one face-to-face meeting each academic year; however, it is recognised that there may be circumstances where distance may preclude face-to-face contact. Other forms of contact such as telephone and emails are also acceptable.