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Early Career Pharmacists: Applications for 2020 National Executive
The Early Career Pharmacist co-opted member role has been a most successful one since its inception in 2017. The current incumbent’s term has come to an end and the National Executive is seeking applications to fill this vacancy for 2020.
The early career pharmacist will be appointed by the Society's National Executive as a co-opted member for an initial period of one year and the Society is now calling for applications from suitably qualified individuals.
First female pharmacist professor at Otago University
Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand’s Vice President Rhiannon Braund is the first female pharmacist professor at University of Otago.
Braund, who works at the New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre, which is the national centre for monitoring adverse reactions to medicines, in the Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, at the University of Otago has been promoted to the position of professor in the latest announcements from the university.
Tardy response by DHBs to ensure access to measles vaccinations
Following Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter’s announcement on 30 October that the way is clear for DHBs to contract pharmacy to vaccinate 16-49 year olds against measles, only 8 of 20 DHBs are now in the process of doing so.
Pharmacists call for more support for Mental Health and Addictions patients
The "precarious state of New Zealand's public health services" has been laid bare in a new Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) report, Hospitals on the Edge.
Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand President Ian McMichael says he is “most concerned about the report and in particular the increase in Mental Health and Addiction (MHA) patients.”
Antibiotic Amnesty 2019
This year for World Antibiotic Awareness Week an ‘Antibiotic Amnesty’ will be promoted in participating pharmacies from 18 November through until the end of the year, with the support of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand and the Ministry of Health.
Pharmacists to deliver MMR vaccinations
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand welcomes the announcement by Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter that trained pharmacist vaccinators in approximately 450 pharmacies across New Zealand will soon be able to deliver MMR vaccinations to people aged 16 and over.
Pharmacy technicians' essential role in healthcare system
Pharmacy Technician Day (15 October 2019) is a great time to reflect on the essential role that pharmacy technicians play within the New Zealand healthcare system.
Pharmacists call for immunisation "Catch-Up Plan"
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is calling for a formal Ministry of Health led “Catch-Up Plan” to increase the populations immunisation levels.
Happy World Pharmacists Day!
World Pharmacists Day is a great time to reflect on the positive impact that pharmacists have in the healthcare system and on people's lives. It is also a time to think about what areas of our profession can evolve and develop moving forward.
World Pharmacists Day: Pharmacists more than pill counters
World Pharmacists Day (25 September 2019) is an important day to recognise the huge contribution pharmacists make to healthcare around the world.
To celebrate we asked pharmacists Estelle Lang from Whangarei, Katrina Azer from Christchurch and Cindy Wang from Danniverke, to share what they love about the profession, common misconceptions about pharmacists and the how they see the role of pharmacists changing in the future.
World Pharmacists Day 2019
In celebration of World Pharmacists Day (25 September 2019), the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand asked pharmacists to tell us what this year’s theme “safe and effective medicines for all” means to them.
All pharmacists to be trained vaccinators in future
From 2020 all intern pharmacists will be trained as vaccinators as a regular part of their pharmacist intern training programme.
Pharmacists working in Emergency Department to reduce risk of medication-related harm
The Early Pharmacist Intervention and Care (EPIC) pharmacy team at Middlemore Hospital provide a referral-based service to doctors and nurses in the Emergency Department and Admission Units, targeting patients at risk of medication-related harm.
Pharmacist Catherine Wong says, “This innovative service model aims to improve patient and medication safety, by targeting patients at the earliest possible point during their hospital admission.”
Pharmacists’ recommendations for answers to Health and Disability System Review
Media release: 9 September 2019
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand congratulates the Minister’s Panel on an extensive and accomplished Health and Disability System Review Interim Report.
President of the Pharmaceutical Society, Ian McMichael says “Pharmacists play a crucial role in an integrated primary healthcare workforce. There is room to better utilise pharmacists’ skills by including them within general practices, hospitals and community wellbeing services.”
Honorary Membership awarded to Dr Stewart Jessamine
A posthumous honorary membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand has been awarded to Dr Stewart Jessamine.
Community Flu Fighters
A free influenza vaccination service, delivered by pharmacists, targeting people aged over 65 from the Asian community in the Counties Manukau Health District, has resulted in more than 450 vaccinations being provided at clinics set up at Asian community centres.
Measles outbreak "should not be happening"
Media Release: 23 August 2019
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand agrees with Dr Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, who said recently that a measles outbreak in New Zealand “should not be happening.”
Nelson pharmacist offers lifestyle checks alongside medication plans
Nelson pharmacist Hannah O’Malley, who also works part-time at Nelson Hospital, is undertaking lifestyle checks at Life Pharmacy Prices in Nelson to help customers form healthy diet, exercise and sleep habits.
Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessments are also being developed and will target patients with high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, heart disease or diabetes.
Conference speakers provide insight into the future of pharmacy
The theme for the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand’s 2019 conference held in Auckland on 10th-11th August 2019 was “Towards Integrated Health.”
International guest speakers at the conference Ravi Sharma and Professor Debra Rowett gave conference attendees an insight into how healthcare policy in the UK and Australia is changing and the future roles of pharmacists in integrated healthcare teams. Keriana Brooking from the Ministry of Health also presented an overview of health system improvement and innovation with pharmacy in New Zealand.
Shark Tank winner trialling new technology to manage diabetes
Clinical pharmacist Helen Cant from Tokoroa is the winner of this year’s “shark tank” prize for her innovative trial using new technology to manage type 2 diabetes.
2019 Award Winners
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand would like to congratulate all our 2019 Award Winners for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the pharmacy profession.
The Gold Medal Award was presented to Dr Linda Bryant, Fellowship Awards to Clare Hynd, Sandhaya (Sandy) Bhawan and Graeme Smith; Services to Māori in Pharmacy Awards to Mary Roberts and Dr Darryn Russell and the Pharmacist of the Year Award to Helen Cant.
National Executive Elections: Nominations Open
Nominations are now open for the Society's National Executive elections.
Nomination forms must be received no later than 4.00pm Monday 26 August 2019.
Pharmacy Council Requirements for Pharmacist Supply of Melatonin without Prescription
The Pharmacy Council has released details of the competence requirements for pharmacists supplying melatonin without a prescription.
Leaders in pharmacy profession to be recognised at Awards Dinner
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand will be celebrating the leaders of the pharmacy profession with the presentation of the Gold Medal Award to Dr Linda Bryant; Fellowship Awards to Clare Hynd, Sandhaya (Sandy) Bhawan and Graeme Smith; Services to Māori Awards to Mary Roberts and Darryn Russell and the Pharmacist of the Year Award to Helen Cant.
The Awards will be presented at the Society’s Gala Awards Dinner as part of the two-day conference “Towards Integrated Health” which is being held on the 10th and 11th of August in Auckland.
Pharmacist of the Year’s “pioneering role” in Tokoroa
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is delighted to announce Helen Cant from Tokoroa, as the winner of the Pharmacist of the Year Award 2018.
Sir Graeme Douglas Leadership Award - applications close 28 June 2019
Sir Graeme Douglas Leadership Award - applications close 5.00pm Friday 28 June 2019.
This award recognises the encouragement and mentorship given to young pharmacists by Sir Graeme Douglas during his lifetime. Sir Graeme was a Gold Medallist and Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society.
New Zealand pharmacist gets “up close and personal with athletes” at the Olympic Games
Just one year after registering as a pharmacist, Chantelle Bartlett found herself “getting up close and personal with athletes” at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As a volunteer pharmacist for the Olympic Games she worked alongside all the athletes who were staying at the athlete’s village as well as the medical teams for the different countries.
When asked to describe how she felt upon arriving at the Olympic Games Chantelle says “I was beyond excited. It was overwhelming and surreal to finally be there and getting to be right in the middle of it all was amazing.”
Christchurch pharmacist retires after 61 years in the profession
Christchurch pharmacist, Jack Banks, was 81 years of age when he decided to retire recently after working in the pharmacy profession for 61 years.
Jack believes that “pharmacists are a very important part of the medical system” and that the best part of being a pharmacist is “the respect people have for you.”
When asked what motivated him to keep working in the pharmacy profession for so long Jack explains “I love my work and dealing with the public was always one of my joys."
Calling all Early Career Pharmacists to participate in consultation released today
This consultation is an opportunity for Early Career Pharmacist (ECP) voices to be heard, to express opinions and share potential solutions.
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) ECP Steering Group (led by ECP Fiona Bradley) wants to hear from Early Career Pharmacists (those with less than 10 years of experience post-graduation).
Draft Therapeutic Products Bill consultation: PSNZ Submission
The Society would like to thank our members for their contributions and feedback on the Draft Therapeutic Products Bill consultation.
All the information provided was used to inform our response to the Ministry of Health.
Draft Therapeutic Products Bill Consultation
A draft of the new legislation proposed to replace to current Medicines Act and Regulations has been released for consultation. PSNZ is working on a submission and would very much value member input. A video presentation from the Ministry of Health provides an overview of the key areas for pharmacy. We have also created a feedback portal for members to enter their views on the proposals. Feedback is welcome by Monday 25th March at 5pm.
MAVIRET is a fully funded hepatitis C prescription medicine on the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1st February 2019.
Pharmacists are required to complete the MAVIRET ® Quality Use of Medicines course to be enrolled in the AbbVie Care Pharmacy Programme to order and dispense MAVIRET.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 12-18 November 2018
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) is 12-18th November 2018. All health professionals including pharmacy teams are encouraged to help raise awareness of the issue of antimicrobial resistance.
World Pharmacist's Day 25 September 2018
The Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) are promoting World Pharmacist's Day in 2018 by focusing on the extensive expertise that pharmacists have and put to use every day to ensure better patient health. This expertise is applied through science and research, through educating the next generation, and through transforming patient needs into services. Read more about how we are celebrating in New Zealand.
To make vaccines more easily and conveniently available to the general public, a number of countries have introduced pharmacist vaccinators. Read about the requirements for pharmacist vaccination in New Zealand.
Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) announces the new “Sir Graeme Douglas Leadership Award”
This award recognises the encouragement and mentorship given to young pharmacists by Sir Graeme Douglas during his lifetime. Sir Graeme was a Gold Medallist and Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society.
This is an annual award open to individual pharmacist members who have been registered for 10 years or less and who can show outstanding potential as future leaders in the profession.
PSNZ comments on proposed Integrated Pharmacist Services in the Community Agreement (IPSCA)
The District Health Boards of New Zealand are conducting a consultation on a proposal to offer a new evergreen contract for community pharmacy services as part of the implementation of the Pharmacy Action Plan. The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand fully supports the implementation of the Pharmacy Action Plan but has reservations about the proposed Integrated Pharmacist Services in the Community Agreement (IPSCA).
DHB Consultation schedule
DHB’s are consulting on a proposed new “Integrated Pharmacist Services in the Community Agreement”
For those members wishing to attend a DHB roadshow presentation, the schedule of dates can be found at the link below.
The DHB’s Consultation documents and supporting information can be found here.
Goodfellow Unit webinar
The Goodfellow Unit is running a webinar on the new cardiovascular guidelines put out by the Ministry of Health and the Heart Foundation. Pharmacists are invited to register for this free event being held on Tuesday 20th March at 7:30pm.
The webinar will be recorded and made available following the live event. Registration for this is available at the following link. Cardiovascular Guidelines Webinar Registration
Federation of Primary Health Care NZ
Dame Annette King has been confirmed as the inaugural independent Chair of a new Federation of primary health care providers and representative agencies which has been formed following a high level summit held in Wellington on Friday 16 February 2018.
43rd PSA Offshore Refresher Conference 2018
In May and June this year the annual Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Offshore Refresher Conference will be held in Hawaii, San Francisco and Alaska.
PSNZ Innovation sub-committee
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand’s National Executive have a working Innovation sub-committee
President, Graeme Smith, tells of Society highlights for members
A crowd of health sector stakeholders gathered to hear Society President celebrate the launch of "Brand Pharmacist" campaign for 2018-2019 and announce the publication of the Society Guide to Pharmacist Salary Banding in NZ.
Society launches "Guide for Pharmacist Salary Banding"
As new pharmacist roles and areas of practice have been developing, the Society and other organisations in the Health Sector have received many enquiries for guidance on job descriptions, including key tasks, training requirements, qualifications and appropriate remuneration.
Whooping cough-what can we do?
In the last month there has been a significant increase in the number of pertussis notifications to the Ministry of Health Public Health Surveillance Team compared with the same four weeks in 2016. 
CPLF meeting update
Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update
The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met on Wednesday 1 November in Auckland at Green Cross Health Ltd. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild also taking responsibility for organising CPLF meetings.
World Antibiotics awareness week
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 is from 13 to 19 November.
Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, but responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance
View more resources and information
Patient Safety week
Welcome to Patient Safety Week!
This week is Patient Safety Week . HQSC would like to thank everyone taking part this year and to those who ordered resources. They have received a record number of orders this year, from a wide range of providers!
NZPERF Celebrates 50 years
The New Zealand Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation (NZPERF) is 50 years old this year.
Pharmacist provision of NRT
From 1 October 2017 pharmacists can provide funded nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) without a prescription from a prescriber.
World Pharmacists day
The 25th of September is World Pharmacists Day and New Zealand pharmacists will join their colleagues around the globe in celebrating their roles in health care and in research.
FIP Honours Jane Dawson
On 10 September, Jane Dawson was presented with the International Federation of Pharmacists (FIP) Distinguished Practice Award at the Opening Ceremony of the FIP Congress in Seoul, South Korea.
Society Applauds Extra Health Spending
The extra health spend is well targeted to benefit the most needy in our community and pharmacists are well positioned to provide new services.
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9million over four years into Vote Health taking the total spend on health to $16.77 billion in 2017 / 18.
Dr John Dunlop Awarded Society Gold Medal
The National Executive and staff at the Society extend their hearty congratulations to Dr John Dunlop who was recently awarded the Society's Gold Medal for his contribution to pharmacy.
PSNZ awards new Fellowships
The Society extends its warm congratulations to our three new Fellows, Patricia (Trish) Farrelly, Jacqueline (Jacqui) Lawson and Kathryn (Kathy) Maxwell
The panel of Fellows who made the awards agree that all were outstanding candidates who have made and continue to make an exceptional contribution to the profession in a diverse range of areas
Proposed Pharmacy Ownership Changes Could Impact Patient Services
Proposed changes to pharmacy ownership regulations may limit the ability of pharmacists in the future to deliver enhanced services such as vaccinations and warfarin monitoring.
Society Welcomes Collaboration with Medical Colleagues to boost Flu Jab Uptake
The Society welcomes the announcement that from 1 April, subsidised flu vaccinations will be available to the over 65s and pregnant women through pharmacies.
Increased Access to Oral Contraceptives
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (The Society) is delighted with the announcement that selected oral contraceptives are to be reclassified to permit pharmacist supply in certain circumstances.
Integrated Health Care Framework Consultation
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) have worked in partnership to develop a person-centred framework for pharmacists and doctors to deliver an integrated model of health care.
Pharmacy Council APC Online
The Pharmacy Council will be introducing APC Online in March this year. All pharmacists must apply for their annual practising certificates online
Advice on sun safety
The summer is a great time of year when we can all really enjoy the heat of the sun and make the most of the great outdoors.
Choosing Wisely Campaign Launch
Choosing Wisely is a new campaign for New Zealand that encourages health professionals to talk to patients about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.
NZ Pharmacy Education & Research Foundation Funds awarded
At the November meeting of the NZPERF Board the following funds were awarded:
Post Earthquake update
Everyone at the Society extends their warm wishes and support to those members, their staff and families affected by the earthquakes in the early hours of Monday November 14.
Health Practitioners Bill
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the passing of legislation which enables a wider range of appropriate health practitioners to undertake certain functions currently restricted to medical practitioners.
Quality Standards for Intern Training
Debbie Wallace, EVOLVE Intern Programme Manager says "the Society is soon to introduce Quality Standards for intern training both for preceptors and pharmacy sites."
The Standards recognise that the preceptor has a significant role in facilitating successful intern learning and that other significant contributors are the training site and the person in charge of that site
PSNZ to appoint early career pharmacist to governing body
The Pharmaceutical Society National Executive will appoint an early career pharmacist to their ranks for a trial period of a year.
Integrated Care in the Spotlight at Spring Function
The Society hosted around 80 people to a spring function on Thursday 6 October, to introduce its framework for the way in which doctors and pharmacists can work together in the future.
Mental health awareness week 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says mental health awareness week is a good reminder for people to think about their mental health and wellbeing.
Celebrating world pharmacists day 2016
PSNZ accepted into membership of FIP
PSNZ has been welcomed by Luc Besancon, FIP General Secretary and Chief Executive, as a new member organisation of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Pharmacists in frontline response
Havelock North has been in the news recently following a gastro outbreak caused by campylobacter bacteria contaminating the town's water supply. We spoke to two local pharmacists about the frontline response.
PSNZ Professional Services Award winners
The Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) entered their
clinical service across the RAPHS network with a focus on improving
patient outcomes and ensuring optimal medicines utilisation in the
Pharmaceutical Society Professional Services Pharmacy Award.
PSNZ Pharmacist of the year
Tanya du Plessis is the infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist at Middlemore Hospital and an expert in her field having completed a Master in infectious diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with the Dean’s award in 2015.
Pharmacy Action Plan
PSNZ is taking a lead responsibility for many actions in the Ministry of Healths Pharmacy Action Plan, on behalf of the sector and working with other pharmacy sector organisations towards successful implementation by 2020.
Appointment to PSNZ National Executive
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Wellington GP Dr Lynn McBain to its National Executive.
PSNZ launches "Mylearning@Society"
PSNZ is pleased to make their new learning managment sytem (LMS) available to all members.
Arthritis NZ - A Joint Approach
The Arthritis New Zealand speaker series proudly sponsored by Blackmores and in association with Green Cross Health will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in June 2016
PSNZ Annual Report 2015
The National Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ (Inc) is pleased to present the Annual Report for 2015, available at the following link.
Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technicians
Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman said in a statement issued yesterday that this new technician role will help free up pharmacists so they can spend more time with patients.
Latest PSNZ Media Statements
Media releases from PSNZ:
1. District Health Board elections
2. New Zealand Health Strategy
Honouring WW1 Pharmacists
On the wall of the Pharmaceutical Society Board Room hangs this brass plaque honouring nine pharmacists who lost their lives in World War 1
Evaluation of CPSA
“The Society sees some positives in the Sapere evaluation of the CPSA” says Society President, Graeme Smith.
With the Ministry of Health’s Medicines Classification Committee’s latest recommendation, our local community pharmacists will be able to provide repeat supplies of selected oral contraceptives to women.
Updated 2nd February
PSA postgraduate pharmacy qualifications in leadership and management
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) along with the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) are excited to annouce a joint collaboration
10th Anniversary Celebrations
On Thursday 15 October the Society celebrated its 10th anniversary at a function in Wellington.
PHO Alliance welcomes PSNZ
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ), the professional body representing pharmacists, has become a full member of the PHO Alliance in a move which clearly signals the intent of both organisations to working on a ‘whole of sector’ basis for the benefit of the health of all New Zealanders.