Special arrangements for the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to patients of eligible Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services (AHSs) were introduced in 1999 under Section 100 of the National Health Act 1953. These patients can obtain PBS medications without charge and without a PBS prescription
Currently 166 remote area AHSs, both community controlled and remote health services operated by the States and Territories, have access to S100 medications through these arrangements.
Numerous evaluations and reports have been performed over the years including a formal evaluation in July 2004 and and a consultants report in 2009.
As well as ensuring supply of pharmaceuticals the S100 program is also supposed to collect data, monitor the program in response to the 2004 evaluation. This “Status Report on action in response to the evaluation” is apparently a living document. It was last updated on 9th October 2007. So the document is dead or they are not really monitoring the program. I’m tempted to believe the latter alternative.
I have placed the document here as a slideshow with a link to the government website and document below.
Over the next few months I will look at some of the activities they are supposed to be reviewing.