Supporting Mental Health in Aotearoa – Pharmacist Education Programme

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In 2018 the New Zealand Government announced an inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction due to “widespread concern about mental health services.” This included concerns both from those within the health sector and from communities (Paterson & New Zealand. Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, 2018). The inquiry heard from people with lived experiences and identified that the current system was not working for the users due to lack of timely and culturally appropriate access, lack of connected services, and limited preventative initiatives. They also heard people were unable to access support due to their situation not meeting the criteria to receive care.

Following these findings, the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc. (PSNZ) was contracted by the Ministry of Health to develop an Education Programme to assist pharmacists in supporting mental health and addiction patients in Aotearoa.


About this programme

This programme was developed to help pharmacists better serve people with mental health and addiction issues in their everyday practice.

Based on the Te Whare Tapa Whā model – a concept that health and wellbeing are underpinned by four cornerstones: taha tinana (physical health), taha hinengaro (mental health), taha wairua (spiritual health) and taha whānau (family health), this programme takes a holistic approach to understanding and supporting those who have lived experiences of mental health and addiction.

This education programme consists of 5 comprehensive learning modules –

  • Mental Health in Aotearoa – available now
  • Mental Health Conditions and Management - available now
  • Mental Health in Specific Populations (coming in July)
  • Mental Health Across Cultures (coming in August)
  • Hauora (coming in September)

Each module consists of reading materials, presentations from subject matter experts and supplementary resources to help you in your daily practice.

Modules will be released monthly. Once enrolled, you will receive an email when new modules become available.

This learning can be used for your annual recertification requirements -



Presented By:

A series of subject matter experts have been contracted to provide content for this programme including;

  • Mental health academics
  • Health and disability law specialist
  • Mental health pharmacist
  • Psychiatrists
  • Dieticians
  • Mindset and behavioural change expert
  • Trainer and tutor for NZ Institute of Sport
  • Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Rainbow inclusive workplace service co-ordinator

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