April 2018

In this months edition:

  • CAPA Colloquium - Understanding Future Medicines
  • PSNZ Symposia series
  • Society in the sector
  • College Education & Training update

CAPA Colloquium

The Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association (CAPA) in conjunction with PSNZ is bringing together leaders in their fields to present this colloquium on "Understanding Future Medicines".

Medicines as we know them are changing to targeted personalized therapies. This weekend will provide
background knowledge for pharmacist and medical practitioners wishing to gain a basic understanding
of the development and use of these increasingly common medications used in rheumatology,
respiratory, neurology and gastroenterology used in primary and secondary care. Join us to learn about
the fundamentals of immunology and the application of targeted gene therapies and treatments.

May 12 - 13th 2018
Brentwood Hotel, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Registration : email Carolyn Woolerton at carolyn@medwise.co.nz

For full details and full programme information please click the link below

Understanding Future Medicines

PSNZ Regional Symposia Series

Registrations are now open for the upcoming Pharmaceutical Society Symposia Series 2018.

WellingtonSunday 20 May 2018James Cook Hotel
AucklandSunday 10 June 2018Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
ChristchurchSunday 24 June 2018 (includes Society AGM)Rydges Latimer Hotel

This year our clinical topics include: Men's Health - Urology (Prostate, Cancer and Erectile Dysfunction); The Challenges of Professional Ethics; and Women's Health - Fertility, Contraception and Menopause. We have arranged for a session from the Ministry of Health on Immunisation, Pharmacy Role in Emergency Preparedness and Pandemics, along with our popular session from the Society Practice team on the latest regulations, practice issues and guidance. See attached for a full draft programme.

For the low price of $115.00 including GST, this years Symposia offers a great learning opportunity at a great price plus the opportunity to network with your colleagues and sponsors.

Registration for each symposia is available via the PSNZ website events calendar

Society in the sector

  • “Get to Know Your Pharmacist” media campaign for 2018 and progress by the Sector, DHB’s and Ministry of Health on the Ministry’s Pharmacy Action Plan were part of the discussions at the April meeting of the Heads of Schools of Pharmacy, PSNZ, Guild, Pharmacy Council, NZ Hospital Pharmacists Assoc, Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Assoc , Maori Pharmacists Assoc and Ministry representatives, held at the Society Offices. There will be a further two meetings this year.
  • The PSNZ Early Career Pharmacists Steering Committee met in April to kick off its project to develop a direction setting document containing the aspirations of ECP’s in NZ and how they may be achieved.
  • PSNZ Branch Presidents annual meeting was held at Society Head Office. Regional initiatives, pharmacy sector issues, Society strategies and Framework implementation were on the agenda. Your Branch Presidents are:
    • Auckland - Peter Yoo
    • Canterbury & West Coast - Aleisha Whyte
    • Central Districts - Ali Alwash
    • Hawkes Bay - Riani Albertyn
    • Nelson Marlborough - Megan Peters
    • Northland - Shane Heswall
    • Otago - Rakhee Raghunandan
    • South Canterbury - Nagham Ailabouni
    • Southland - Steve Jo
    • Taranaki - Tess James
    • Waikato Bay of Plenty - Pauline McQuoid
    • Wellington - Arthur Liu
  • Tikanga Maori, Society organisational understanding and learning of Maori culture, was part of a day for all Society staff on Te Herenga Waka marae, Victoria University Wellington.

  • This month The Society hosted the inaugural meeting of the Establishment Board for The Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa.

The Establishment Board tasked with setting up the proposed Federation of Primary health Aotearoa New Zealand is now up and running under the chairmanship of Dame Annette King.

"I am delighted to be working with such passionate and committed professionals from across the sector who are already demonstrating their desire for real change in support of better outcomes for our communities. They will all contribute significantly to the broad skill set and expertise we will need to establish an inclusive Federation which will serve as a platform for integrated primary health with the people of New Zealand at the heart of its objectives" says Dame Annette King.

Left to right Back row - Richard Townley, Mark Vela, Susan Iverson, Andrew Gaudin, Jennifer Pelvin, Dr Harley Aish, Donovan Clarke, David Harrison, Teresa Wall, Dr Angus Chambers. Siitting - Dr Jeff Lowe, Dame Annette King, Philip Grant, Karen Guilliland.

College Education and Training update

See below for details of current and upcoming learning opportunities available via College Education and Training:

Live webinars

Date Topic
8th May


Pacific Culture and Health

Learn about the patterns of ill-health within Pacific Communities, the importance of family and religion, the challenges in accessing medicines and the NZ health system and identify tools for improving interactions with our Pacific communities.

Click here for further details and to enrol.

17th May



There has been a gradual increase in the number of pertussis cases reported with approximately 120 cases per month in 2017.

Pertussis is a highly infectious disease that is spread by coughing and sneezing. Young babies are at the highest risk and the main focus is on protecting them. Dr Thorsten Stanley will present this webinar and discuss the importance of immunisation to stop the spreading of this highly contagious disease. Enrolment information coming soon.

29th May



Professor John Carter will present this webinar on the use of anticoagulants in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

Put this in your diary and look out for enrolment information coming out in mid-May.

Available On Demand:

Substance Impaired Driving

We all know about the risks of driving while drinking alcohol or taking illegal substances while driving, but what about the risk of taking prescription medication? 1 in 3 people killed on New Zealand roads has medication/drugs in their system that may impair driving and 51% of drivers do not recall being warned about potential impairment!

This course has been developed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) along with PSNZ, NZMA, RNZCGPs and the Police to increase awareness of the issue of Substance Impaired Driving (SID) in NZ and how to address this issue with patients and minimise the risk of accidents.Enrol in this free course here.

Medicines Use Review (MUR) Training Programme

The MUR Training Programme is available online and covers a number of topics to improve your knowledge and skills in conducting MURs and improving medication adherence. Completion of this training programme involves completing modules, practice cases, and assessments including a final MUR consultation with a patient from your pharmacy.

All content is delivered online so you can complete the programme in your own time - you have up to 12 months from enrolment to complete the training and become accredited. To read more about this programme click here


Heart Health Workbook

Every 90 minutes, someone in New Zealand dies from heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in NZ. Many of these deaths are preventable – the pharmacy profession is ideally placed to assist in the prevention.

The heart health workbook has been updated by Advanced Clinical Pharmacist Lejla Brkic (originally written by Linda Bryant).It contains information on medical conditions such as hypertension, dyslipidamia, acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and atrial fibrillation – a great refresher for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

For more information, click here

Improving Dispensing Accuracy & Self-Checking Process Workbook

We all know that making medication errors which is supplied to a patient can cause patient harm. Yet we also know there is always the potential for human error. All pharmacists, pharmacy accuracy checking technicians (PACTs), pharmacy technicians and interns are integral to the process of ensuring the right medication is supplied to the right patient in the right dose with the right directions in the right quantity.

This course focuses on dispensing and self-checking of your own dispensing and has been developed for dispensary staff to improve the accuracy of the pharmacy dispensing supply chain. The purpose is to improve the entire dispensary teams accuracy and to develop a self-check process so YOU know YOU have completed YOUR part of the dispensing role accurately.

Learn about types of medication errors, why such errors occur, impact of errors on patients and their family/whanau, how to prevent such errors occurring (or re-occurring) and more.

For more information, click here