S100 Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services (RAAHS) Program Information Sheet

The following page contains information on improving access to essential medicines by clients of remote Aboriginal Health Services through the special PBS supply arrangements enacted under the provisions of section 100 of the National Health Act 1953.

Page last updated: 09 April 2019

Senate Community Affairs References Committee

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee conducted an enquiry into the special arrangements for the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services in 2011. The Committee reported on 11 October 2011, with ten recommendations. The Department prepared a response which was tabled in Parliament on 20 March 2018.

Government Response to Senate Enquiry into RAAHS March 2018 (PDF 256 KB)
Government Response to Senate Enquiry into RAAHS March 2018 (Word 104 KB)

Obtaining pharmaceutical benefit items

Each participating remote area AHS will maintain a stock of pharmaceutical benefit items, ordered using an approval form on a bulk supply basis from an approved pharmacist or an approved hospital authority, and dispensed through the AHS as appropriate. Pharmaceutical benefit items must be supplied directly by the approved pharmacist or the approved hospital authority to the participating AHS and not directly to the patients. Approved pharmacist and approved hospital authorities will be reimbursed directly by the Department of Human Services (Human Services). For more information about claiming visit the Department of Human Services website.

Dispensing

Pharmaceutical benefit items will be dispensed to patients by an appropriate health professional (either a medical practitioner, or an Aboriginal Health Worker or nurse working under the supervision of a medical practitioner, where consistent with the law of the relevant State or Territory). A patient who is supplied with a pharmaceutical benefit under this arrangement is not to be charged a patient copayment.


Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2017-18
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$228,065
$20,071,724
$7,153,270
$1,841,434
$9,677,995
$38,972,488
PBS Items Supplied
11,207
823,706
295,002
72,273
413,682
1,615,870

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2016-17
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$209,534
$19,221,470
$6,171,772
$1,742,060
$10,162,339
$37,507,055
PBS Items Supplied
9,549
817,538
269,037
67,410
429,146
1,592,680

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2015-16
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$120,534
$15,011,118
$5,153,593
$1,358,950
$8,399,560
$30,043,756
PBS Items Supplied
4,723
625,543
217,623
52,760
351,498
1,252,147

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2014-15
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$130,175
$15,166,786
$4,418,312
$1,258,252
$8,374,114
$29,347,639
PBS Items Supplied
6,419
664,252
192,927
50,801
370,772
1,285,171

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2013-14
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$204,613
$20,194,819
$6,845,301
$905,621
$10,363,014
$38,513,368
PBS Items Supplied
8,910
853,544
272,371
40,300
422,408
1,597,533

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2012-13
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$192,434
$18,826,659
$6,637,563
$802,395
$10,449,937
$36,908,987
PBS Items Supplied
7,466
711,291
241,561
33,544
395,608
1,389,470

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2011-12
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$264,355
$21,253,511
$8,223,233
$955,843
$11,988,110
$42,685,052
PBS Items Supplied
9,997
795,228
275,165
39,733
412,966
1,533,069

Total Expenditure for Medicines and Number of PBS Items Supplied to Participating Aboriginal Health Services 2010-11
NSW/TAS
NT
QLD
SA
WA
TOTAL
TOTAL ($)
$375,908
$20,494,309
$6,825,409
$757,268
$10,640,277
$39,093,170
PBS Items Supplied
13,567
792,943
254,253
31,975
374,451
1,467,189

Notes:

    1. PBS Items supplied data are the total number of PBS items supplied to approved AHSs, not those dispensed to clients.  
    2. Expenditure data based on all claims paid and itemised data based on items supplied reports. (Source: Department of Human Services).
    3. Expenditure does not include GST.
    4. No remote area services in Victoria or ACT have been identified.


Further information, please email the Department (S100-remotepharmsupport@health.gov.au)
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