What we do

Pharmacy Professionals

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc. (the Society) is the professional association representing
over 3,700 pharmacists from all sectors of pharmacy practice. We provide pharmacists with professional
support, representation, training for continuing professional development, integration frameworks tools, and
assistance to enable them to deliver to all New Zealanders the best pharmaceutical practice and
professional services in relation to medicines. The Society focuses on the important role pharmacists and
their teams have in medicines management and in the safe and quality use of medicines. The Society
strongly supports the five key strategic themes of the New Zealand Health Strategy and the implementation
of the Pharmacy Action Plan.

The Society's work on behalf of the profession is guided by six key objectives:

  • Strengthen the capability of Pharmacists to provide high quality professional practice in the delivery of services.
  • Enable, cultivate and support innovation and medicines management in Pharmacy practice.
  • Drive change to ensure Pharmacists provide people-centred care across a wide range of practice settings.
  • Provide leading edge education and training for pharmacists, technicians, interns and other health professionals.
  • Develop leadership capabilities and ensure the workforce evolves to reflect future health professional requirements.
  • Promote the role of the Pharmacist as the medicines expert in the healthcare team.

Read Strategic Plan 2018-2024

Our member services below contribute to all of these objectives.

Advocacy

This work future proofs the profession politically and enables members to work in new, innovative and interesting ways.

The Intern Training Programme manages the future of the profession and the transition into the practice environment of over 200 interns each year.

ENHANCE is an accredited re-certification programme that records pharmacists' continuing professional development (CPD) and enables pharmacists to receive their Annual Practising Certificate from the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
College Education and Training provides the latest accredited education and training courses for continuing education and professional services.
Our members receive individualised support which includes the Pharmacy Practice eHandbook, for comprehensive practice and regulatory advice.
We have free online access to reference databases, international journals and Pharmaceutical Press publications.
This premium marketing tool provides patient information about 41 different health conditions for use in pharmacies. Online learning is also provided for members of the programme, which contributes to ENHANCE CPD points.