Pharmacists contribute to the health and well-being of Australians across the country’s cities, towns and regions, but nowhere is the role of a pharmacist more highly valued than in the regions and towns outside of Australia’s capital cities.

The Rural Pharmacy Support Network looks after pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy students throughout regional, rural and remote Australia.

The goal is to support and improve access to quality pharmacy services and increase the proportion of total pharmacy workforce outside of metropolitan areas.

I enjoy rural pharmacy as you get to know the people, you see families grow and age and are able to build a rapport with the customers you see; as especially in small places you see them each time the need pharmacy services. There is a large variety of different conditions and OTC ailments that you don’t see in other areas and it makes pharmacy interesting; you get to challenge yourself in ways that you don’t always see in metro areas where there can be easier access to other medical services.

Louise pharmacist, accredited pharmacist Far West NSW 2020

You don’t get to remove a tick from someone’s face in the city’ (I did that on Monday)

Jason pharmacy owner Far West NSW; 2020


Each year the pharmacy Guild put out a call for rural pharmacies to send in videos of their local pharmacy with hilarious themes. Take the time to have a look at a few of the entries over previous years.

Supporting rural pharmacy education and practice in Australia