PHO Alliance welcomes PSNZ

PHO Alliance welcomes Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand into its fold

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.

“The overriding focus of the PHO Alliance is the health of our population and that cannot be addressed by any one single professional group or organisation working in isolation. PHO Alliance members believe a sector-wide multi-disciplinary partnership approach will secure the best outcomes for patients and that is why we are delighted to welcome the PSNZ to work alongside us on that journey” says PHO Alliance chairman, John Ayling.

The Society is thrilled to be working alongside PHO Alliance members

At the PHO Alliance AGM on 4 September 2015, members voted unanimously in support of a Constitutional change to allow like-minded primary care sector partners to join the organisation. At the same meeting, the PSNZ became the first such new member with full, and equal, voting rights alongside PHOs covering some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.

The PHO Alliance has long-standing working relationships with a wide number of strategic partners from across the sector. This move to recognise the importance of multi-professional working and formalise their membership and contribution to health outcomes is expected to be widely welcomed.

Dale Griffiths, President of PSNZ, says, “The Society is thrilled to be working alongside PHO Alliance members who clearly see the need for a multi-disciplinary team approach to improving health outcomes. We are pleased that pharmacists are now represented in the alliance.

We know we cannot continue to meet rising demand using the same models of care and provision as we do now. We need to support new ways of working and Pharmacists have an important and significant scope of practice to contribute to that mutual objective of a healthier New Zealand”