Quality Use of Medicines Maximised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (QUMAX)

QUMAX was established as a collaboration between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as a two-year pilot program in 2008. In 2020 QUMAX is currently funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health under the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement (7CPA).

The QUMAX Program aims to improve Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) and contribute to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through the Seven Support Categories provided by  participating Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and community pharmacies in urban and regional Australia.

QUMAX funding is allocated among participating ACCHOs on an annual basis. Once funding is allocated, each ACCHO is required to develop a Work Plan to address local QUM needs and negotiate with preferred community pharmacies to provide these services.

The QUMAX Work Plan includes Seven Support Categories. ACCHOs can choose to allocate funds against one or all categories based on their needs.

QUMAX Seven Support Categories

Dose Administration Aid (DAA) arrangements – aims to reduce the financial barriers to accessing comprehensive DAA services provided by community pharmacies to improve medication adherence and management for ACCHO clients.

QUMAX Annual Cycle

QUMAX Support

NACCHO and Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA), a division of Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA) are responsible for the overall support of the QUMAX Program.

NACCHO QUMAX Coordinator – Support ACCHOs in initial eligibility and registration; provide ongoing support and guidance in identifying medicines needs; assist in workplan development and reporting; provide support for all QUMAX program queries.

Pharmacy Programs Administrator Support Team – Liaise with the NACCHO QUMAX Coordinator to discuss current QUMAX cycle progress, provide day-to-day operational support to community pharmacies and ACCHOs participating in the QUMAX Program.

Key documents/resources (downloadable)

For more more information about the QUMAX Program please contact qumax@naccho.org.au

QUMAX is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement.