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Quality use of medicines maximised in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (QUMAX) program
The focus of the Quality use of medicines maximised in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (QUMAX) Program is to support the quality use of medicines (QUM) through a range of services provided by participating Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS) and community pharmacies in rural and urban Australia.
Funding is allocated among participating ACCHSs on a yearly basis. Once funding is allocated, each ACCHS will complete an annual QUMAX work plan, outlining local QUM objectives for each QUM support category.
The QUMAX work plan includes seven QUM support categories detailed below:
- dose administration aid (DAA) arrangements - reducing the financial barriers to access a comprehensive DAA service provided by community pharmacies to improve medication adherence and medication management for ACCHS clients
- QUM pharmacy support - facilitating additional community pharmacy involvement and support in areas such as QUM planning, policies, protocol development, medicine quality assurance and appropriate safety net utilisation
- home medicines review (HMR) models of support - reducing the cultural and logistic barriers to access HMRs for ACCHS clients
- QUM devices - reducing the financial barriers of access to QUM devices to improve overall delivery of medicines and management of chronic diseases i.e. asthma and diabetes
- QUM education - reducing financial barriers of access to QUM education and health promotion for ACCHS employees and their clients (this category may also help ACCHS to access current medicine resources, promoting suitable, safe and effective medication management for ACCHS clients)
- cultural awareness - improving access and delivery of cultural awareness resources and training for community pharmacies to promote a culturally aware pharmacy environment
- transport - reducing barriers of access to medicines and community pharmacy services by providing transport support.
A range of initiatives may be eligible for funding under all or some of seven categories.
To be eligible ACCHSs need to meet the following criteria:
- employ at least one general practitioner
- RRMA classification of 1-5 i.e. a non-remote location (1991 Census Edition)
- not currently eligible for the Section 100 pharmacy support allowance program
- agree to the QUMAX program specific guidelines
- be funded by OATSIH for the provision of primary healthcare services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
QUMAX program manager
Ph: (02) 6246 9310