Guidelines and standards for pharmacists providing pharmacy services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services are available on the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia website.
An approved AHS must choose an approved supplier to provide PBS medicines.
The approved supplier is a community or hospital pharmacy that is authorised to supply PBS medicines.
Each participating AHS will keep a stock of PBS medicines, ordered on a bulk supply basis from an approved supplier, to dispense as needed.
Patients of approved Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services, also known as Aboriginal Health Services or AHS, can receive free Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines from an AHS without a prescription. Patients can still get medicines by taking a prescription to a pharmacy under standard PBS arrangements.
To be eligible, an AHS must: You can check if your AHS is in a remote zone using the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas search on the Health Workforce Queensland website.The supplying pharmacy services should include: We no longer administer the Support Allowance (Aboriginal Health Services S100) Incentive payments.For more information, go to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia website.If an approved supplier does not request an order using the approved form, PBS medicines cannot be supplied.Pharmacies approved under section 90 or section 94 may provide an AHS with PBS medicines under these arrangements.
Further approval is not required from us or the Department of Health.