Rural pharmacy links


There are many groups designed to help improve and support the pharmacy industry and the rural health professions

National Association of Pharmaceutical Students of Australia

The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) represents the interests of approximately 3500 members whom are undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at eighteen universities across Australia. NAPSA is run by students for students, and strives to provide many opportunities for its members, like networking and social events. NAPSA also strives to be the voice of the pharmacy students of Australia in the pharmaceutical industry.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

The largest group for the support and information of pharmacists in Australia. There is lots of CPD and information regarding rural practice.

Rural LAP

The Rural LAP is a component of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda and aims to provide targeted rural support services to general practitioners, specialists (obstetricians and anaesthetists), nurses and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

You must be seeking locum support to cover up to 14 working days of leave for placements in MMM categories 2-4 and up to 28 working days of leave for placements in MMM categories 5-7 (noting that priority will be given to placements with a CPD component or located in MMM categories 6 and 7).


Australian Pharmacist

The Australian Pharmacist is a magazine run be PSA designed to support and inform pharmacists.

The RPSN supplied articles to the magazine for the rural special interest group

To access these articles visit this page.

A tailored approach needed for rural pharmacy (psa) –


Partyline is an online magazine distributed by the RNAH designed to support rural health professionals across the country.

Rural and Remote Health

Rural and Remote Health is an open-access international academic journal serving rural and remote communities and publishing articles by rural health practitioners, educators, researchers and policy makers.

Australian Journal of Pharmacy

Published monthly, the AJP e-mag keeps you up-to-date with new ethical, OTC and complementary medicine products, the latest drug developments and improved treatment regimens on conditions relevant to pharmacists. Issues that affect the business of pharmacy—retail management, finance, ownership, staffing, and industry economics are also covered.

Social Media

Social media has become a great way to connect with others in your profession

Rural pharmacy network Australia facebook group

PSA Early Career Pharmacist facebook group

Scientific papers

Pharmacists are scientists at heart so here are a few scientific papers that may help you determine if rural pharmacy is for you.

Does rural and urban community pharmacy differ? A narrative systematic review
Anecdotal comparisons between rural and urban community pharmacy practice have been frequently reported. Therefore, a narrative systematic review was conducted to examine the published international evidence comparing the nature of services provided from community pharmacies in both settings. A comprehensive literature search was undertaken across four databases. The key criterion for inclusion was a comparison of practice, excluding dispensing and associated counselling. Definitions of ‘rural’ were specific to the country and publication year.

The Rural Pharmacy Practice Landscape: Challenges and Motivators

Health outcome delivery for rural and remote Australian communities is challenged by the maldistribution of the pharmacy workforce. High staff turnover rates, reduced pharmacist numbers, and reliance on temporary staff have placed great strain on both state health services and rural community pharmacies. However, recent changes to the demographic profile of the rural pharmacist including a lower average age and increased time spent in rural practice highlights a more positive future for the delivery of better health outcomes for rural communities. The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that motivate and challenge pharmacists’ choice to practice rurally.

Strategies to increase the pharmacist workforce in rural and remote Australia: a scoping review

Despite reports suggesting an oversupply of pharmacists, there is currently an inadequate supply in rural and remote Australia. This can lead to a reduction in pharmaceutical services for an already vulnerable population. The objective of this study was to identify strategies for increasing the pharmacist workforce and factors associated with retention in rural and remote Australia.  Strategies that have been employed to increase the rural and remote pharmacist workforce include the establishment of pharmacy schools in rural areas, inclusion of rural content in undergraduate pharmacy curriculum, enrolment of students from rural backgrounds, rural placement and employment of sessional pharmacists. Factors associated with retention were personal, workplace or community factors.

Government Programs

Rural Pharmacy Workforce program

Rural Support Programs administered by the Pharmacy Programs Administration are targeted programs and services to improve access to PBS medicines and services for people living in rural and remote regions of Australia.

Supporting rural pharmacy education and practice in Australia