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Pharmacy ARIA - PhARIA

The PhARIA project was undertaken by GISCA, the (then) Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

The Pharmacy Access/Remoteness Index of Australia (PhARIA) quantifies the degree of remoteness (both geographic and professional) of pharmacies for the purposes of administering the Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) and other rural pharmacy allowances administered by the Commonwealth Department of Health. The PhARIA was designed specifically to aid in the equitable distribution of financial assistance to rural and remote pharmacies.

PhARIA values for AustraliaThe concept of remoteness used in this project draws on previous work undertaken by the Department of Health and Aged Care and GISCA, to create the Accessibility and Remoteness Index for Australia (ARIA), which quantified geographic remoteness based on the road distance people have to travel to reach a range of services.

The Pharmacy ARIA is a composite index, which incorporates measurements of geographic remoteness, as represented by ARIA+, with a professional isolation component represented by the road distance to the five (5) closest pharmacies. The locations of more than 13,000 populated localities were used in the development of this index.

PhARIA values by populated localities (in alphabetical order) can be accessed from the table below.

PhARIA values by populated localities
2016/17 2012/13
2015/16 2011/12
2014/15 2010/11
2013/14 2009/10

The about PhARIA page provides more detailed information on how the index is calculated and links to other relevant websites.

As part of this project, APMRC provides public access to the PhARIA map service which contains data for the current and most recent financial year. The map service is interactive, allowing users to zoom in and out, find localities of interest and view various map layers containing other information of interest, such as main roads, postcodes, and PhARIA categories. APMRC maintains this map service and PhARIA data for the Department of Health.

For further enquiries, contact Health Insurance Commission (Medicare), Phone 13 20 11, or email the Hugo Centre

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