Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance Program and Administrative Support to Pharmacy Schools Scheme

The Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance Program and the Administrative Support to Pharmacy Schools Scheme are aimed at increasing access to quality pharmacy services for rural healthcare Patients by improving and strengthening the rural pharmacy workforce in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance (RPSPA) provides financial support to Australian universities to facilitate Pharmacy Student placements in rural and remote communities. The Allowance assists with students’ travel and accommodation costs for participating in placements in rural and remote areas. The Program aims to facilitate positive rural and remote placement experiences for Pharmacy Students in order to encourage students to return to rural and remote communities upon graduation.

Interested students can obtain further information about the RPSPA from their Pharmacy School.

Pharmacy Schools receive support for administration of rural and remote placement programs via the Administrative Support to Pharmacy Schools Scheme.

Please note that the remainder of this Program Overview applies to the RPSPA Program.

Student applicants for the RPSPA must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate pharmacy degree or as part of a graduate entry course at any Australian university that leads to registration as a Pharmacist
  • Provide a brief report detailing the activities that were undertaken while on placement, once the placement is complete
  • Agree to participate in longitudinal studies on the recruitment of rural pharmacists to rural practice.

Participating universities are contracted to deliver the RPSPA program and must:

  • Provide pharmacy undergraduate or graduate entry courses leading to a registrable qualification as a Pharmacist
  • Provide application forms and the RPSPA Program Rules to interested students
  • Publicise and promote the RPSPA Program where appropriate
  • Acknowledge assistance provided by the RPSPA in any public statements in relation to the performance of a RPSPA recipient
  • Fulfil the reporting requirements detailed in their RPSPA Program Contract.

Student applicants and participating universities must abide by the Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance Program Rules, available from the Downloads section of this page.

Students must apply for the RPSPA through their university. Application forms are available from the applicant’s university and are assessed by that university.

The maximum Allowance is $3,000 (excluding GST) per student per eligible placement. Successful applicants will receive this payment directly from their university. The RPSPA may only be used to assist with travel and accommodation costs associated with participating in a pharmacy program student placement in a rural or remote area.

Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance Program FAQ

  1. The RPSPA Program provides financial support to encourage and enable eligible Australian universities to deliver Pharmacy Student placements in rural communities.

    Australian universities who offer rural placements for Pharmacy students may be approved to deliver the RPSPA. The Program provides an Allowance to assist with travel and accommodation costs for students undertaking placements in eligible rural areas. The Allowance has a maximum value of $3,000 plus GST per student per eligible placement.

    Students can apply for the RPSPA via their university. Allowances are paid by the university.

  2. Australian universities can apply to deliver the Program if they provide:

    pharmacy undergraduate or graduate entry courses leading to a registrable qualification as a Pharmacist

    Pharmacy Student placements in eligible rural areas.

    Eligible universities enter into a formal agreement with the Pharmacy Programs Administrator and will also be eligible to receive funding through the Administrative Support Pharmacy Schools Scheme.

  3. ‘Rural and remote’ will be determined by the Pharmacy Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia (PhARIA).

    Placements funded under this Program must take place in PhARIA Category 2 to Category 6 locations. PhARIAs for a particular location can be found here.

    Student applicants may apply for funding to undertake one placement in or close to their ‘home’ town (that is, their address used on admission to their course) during their degree, provided that their ‘home’ town is located in a PhARIA Category 2 to Category 6 area.

    Placements in the town where the student’s own university campus is based are not eligible for funding.

  4. Contact your placement coordinator or school of pharmacy at your university to find out more about the RPSPA.

  5. Yes, please contact the Pharmacy Programs Administrator on 1800 951 285 or email support@ppaonline.com.au for further details.

  6. A Portal User Guide – RPSPA will shortly be available from the Downloads section of this page.

  7. Please refer to the Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance Program Rules, available from the Downloads section of this page.

    If you have any queries, contact the Pharmacy Programs Administrator on 1800 951 285 or email support@ppaonline.com.au.

Administrative Support to Pharmacy Schools Scheme FAQ

  1. The Administrative Support to Pharmacy Schools Scheme provides financial support to universities to facilitate placements for students in rural and remote areas, and to promote the Rural Pharmacy Student Placement Allowance (RPSPA), Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (RPSS) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (ATSIPSS).

    Only universities can deliver the ASPSS. Additionally, the university must be approved for RPSPA Program.

  2. Australian universities that provide pharmacy undergraduate or graduate entry courses leading to a registrable qualification as a Pharmacist are eligible to deliver the Program.

    The university must be registered for the RPSPA Program to participate in the ASPSS.

    Participating universities enter into a formal agreement with the Pharmacy Programs Administrator.

  3. The ASPSS Program Rules are available from the Downloads section of this page.

    If you have any queries, telephone the Pharmacy Programs Administrator on 1800 951 285 or email support@ppaonline.com.au.