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About the event

The College has a comprehensive training suite which can be found be found through the Resource and Learning Directory.

Below is a list of recent course which might interest you.

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Cannabis Update

What is the endocannabinoid system? What is the difference between THC and CBD? What is the duration of action and bioavailability between different routes of administration of cannabis products? How will the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 affect pharmacists on the front line? How do pharmacists apply the regulations to unapproved cannabis products? Join this On Demand training to find out.

Adult Asthma

New Zealand Adolescent and Adult Asthma Guidelines 2020 has been released recently. In this presentation, Buzz Burrell, will discuss these new guidelines and the go into depth about the management of asthma, particularly in adults, as well as adolescents (aged 12 and over).

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Privacy and Confidentiality

Have you come across that situation when you unsure what to do regarding a suspected codeine shopper? Are you allowed to share the person’s details with nearby pharmacies and his/her GP? Are you allowed to check previous sales history linked to loyalty programme? What about a parent who comes in wanting you to identify a tablet they found in their child’s pocket? What about a police officer wanting to know what some drugs are? What about someone picking up their neighbour’s prescription?

Join this online course on Privacy and Confidentiality to find out your obligations!


Join this training course to learn about Endometriosis. Our presenter will provide a brief overview of endometriosis, covering its aetiology, and the what, why and where of this enigmatic disease. We will discuss early intervention for dysmenorrhoea and why it matters. Best practice treatments and management with a multi-disciplinary approach will be presented and discussed. We will take time to review a few relevant case studies.

Refugee Health

New Zealand is one of many countries who offers a home to refugees. Through the Refugee Quota Programme, New Zealand resettles 1000 refugees every year.

As pharmacists, it is important to understand the different backgrounds and health needs of refugees as most are at risk of significant health issues. Specific focus on refugee health is required to ensure this vulnerable population receives optimal care and support.

Polypharmacy and Deprescribing

Polypharmacy is the prescribing of many medicines (five or more is a common number). In 2017, there were 244,648 people in New Zealand who fall into this category. This equals to 1,223,240 prescription items if each person only has 5 medicines. Pharmacist is in the best position to work with the patient to manage polypharmacy and avoid the addition of inappropriate medicine to an existing regime.

Join Dr Carl Hanger (Geriatrician at Canterbury DHB) to learn about the issue of polypharmacy, how to measure it and its consequences (such as adverse drug reactions and potentially inappropriate medications). You will also learn about factors that increase polypharmacy and where, what, how & who of deprescribing with the evidence around this.

Depression and Vascular Dementia

Depression and physical illness may both be factors in suicide for older adults. Men 85 years and above have one of the highest suicide rates in New Zealand.

Almost 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today and it is estimated that more than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050. Dementia impacts about 30% more women than men.

Join Dr Adam Sims to learn about the epidemiology, symptoms, the possible link between dementia and depression, assessment to confirm the diagnosis, evidence based treatments and goals illustrated by scenarios that portray how these conditions may present in the community.