Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand


What is Self Care
Self Care Fact Cards
Self Care Members

Welcome to Pharmacy Self Care

Pharmacy's leading health information and education programme.



What is Pharmacy Self Care?

Pharmacy Self Care was introduced in New Zealand in October 1992. Since its introduction the programme has very rapidly grown in membership and many pharmacists have commented how it is an admirable tool with their counselling.

Pharmacy Self Care is a health information and education program for the public designed specially for delivery through pharmacies. It aims to highlight the role of pharmacists in primary health care, particularly in the area of quality use of medicines.The program also recognises the importance of all pharmacy staff working together as a team to promote the pharmacy as a centre for health information and advice.

The pharmacist is a primary health care practitioner who is readily accessible and provides people with:

  • information and services on staying well and avoiding health problems; oral and written information on health problems; disease treatment and assistance in solving health problems; and
  • support during the course of their treatment.


Pharmacy Self Care Goals:


  • To use pharmacy's unique position to improve community access to quality health information, increase consumers' health awareness and encourage active involvement in their own health care.
  • To provide topical and applied continuing education options to all pharmacy staff

  • To provide pharmacies with the opportunity to be recognised as primary centres for health information and advice.
  • To establish close working relationships with the purchasers/providers of health services and other public/private health agencies and present pharmacy as an essential resource to achieving their health goals.
  • To improve pharmacies' financial performance through raising pharmacists' profile and marketing the professional aspects of pharmacy practice.


Pharmacy Self Care Newspaper Column: Sample for November: Type 2 Diabetes


Pharmacy Self Care Fact Cards:

There are 41 cards in the series of health information fact cards. These are available free with your pharmacist's advice from your Self Care Pharmacy. Around 60% of New Zealand pharmacies are Self Care members. Look for the Self Care sign and stand in a pharmacy or ask the staff if they have Self Care fact cards.

The Self Care Members' section of this website provides information and assistance exclusively to Self Care members.  Should you wish to become a member please contact us.

A Self Care members' password is required to access this section.   Forgotten your password?  - then contact Self Care. 


For further information please contact:

Mary Wong, Staff Pharmacist Self Care

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand

Level 10, Grand Tower Arcade, 16-20 Willis Street, Wellington 6011

PO Box 11640, Manners Street, Wellington 6142
Phone (04) 802 0030
Fax (04) 382 9297

DDI (04) 802 0033