A new scheme, the Enhanced Medication Access Scheme (EMA), will provide improved access to HIV medications for PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHA. in NSW. The scheme, announced by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, on World AIDS Day last year, will allow eligible participants to get medications from a number of selected community pharmacies or mailed to a preferred address.
Lance Feeney from Positive Life NSW said the scheme is particularly designed to help people who live in outer metropolitan and regional areas who have to travel long distances to a hospital pharmacy to get their medications. It will also help those who find it hard to take time off work to collect their medications.
The EMA will also allow more after-hours access to HIV medications from selected community pharmacies. Ms Skinner has agreed to set up a taskforce (including a representative from Positive Life NSW) to look at further measures to improve access to treatments.
For more details got to www.positivelife.org.au