Selected Oral Contraceptive Training Course - On Demand

About the event

This course is provided by College Education and Training, a business unit of Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc.

Presented by:

Dr Kirstie Harris, Lucy Halsey and Bob Buckham

Dr Kirstie Harris MBChB Dip Obst FRNZCGP. Kirstie is a NZ trained doctor. She has been working as a GP in Nelson and at the INP Medical Clinic, which is a clinic specialising in contraception, women’s health and sexual health for over 20 years.

Bob Buckham was the Chief Pharmacist Advisor for the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand until 2017.

Lucy Halsey RCpN BA MCNA (NZ). Lucy is a registered nurse who has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health since 1998.

This on demand learning was developed in:

July 2017, Updated October 2019

Course Information:

Only pharmacists who successfully complete this Pharmacy Council of New Zealand and Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand approved training programme are able to supply the selected oral contraceptives without prescription. College Education and Training provides the training programme.

INTERNS PLEASE NOTE: Interns can only register and undertake this training after they have attended Assessment Centre. Upon successful completion of the Selected Oral Contraceptive (SOC) Reclassification Course, interns will only be able to supply the SOCs once they are registered pharmacists and have attained their Annual Practicing Certificate (in the pharmacist scope) from the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Course materials will be available online.


Learning Objectives:

The first section of the course will take you through the clinical considerations such as the mechanism of action for oral contraception, advantages and disadvantages of use, the ‘generations’ of pills, contraindications, common drug interactions, rules around contraceptive safety. You will also learn about other forms of contraception and have a brief overview of sexually transmitted infections and cervical screening. You will also learn about how to conduct a pill teaching session.

The second section of the course will take you through the eligibility criteria, the SOCs available for pharmacist supply, clinical risk factors to consider, patient counselling and criteria to enable resupply. You will also learn about the regulatory requirements and professional obligations when supplying the SOCs as well as be guided to the supporting information, guidance and tools.


Pharmacists must achieve a 100% pass mark in order to complete the course.

One learning package must be purchased for each individual to complete the course.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment must be received before your registration is processed. Instructions on how to access this course will be emailed to your preferred email address once your registration is confirmed.

Access to this online course will expire six months after payment is received.

Registrations are subject to our terms of trade and privacy policy. Cancellations will not be accepted; the course fee may be transferred to another course or person depending on the situation and advised in writing, but no refunds are available. Expired registrations will not be refunded. By submitting this application you agree to these terms and conditions.


By enrolling in this training, you are confirming that all work undertaken within this training programme and assessment answers are your own. If there are grounds to believe that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, we will investigate and your work may be disallowed and you will be unable to complete the training.