PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Whether you provide influenza vaccinations, anticoagulation monitoring, medicine use reviews, medicines therapy assessments or are a pharmacist prescriber, you’ll be able to show you have improved the quality of care for your patients and expanded the role of pharmacists as part of the primary healthcare team.
2018Sheer tenancity and a desire to increase access to contraceptives were the driving forces behind Alison Van Wyk and Natalie Gauld’s push to reclassify the oral contraceptive pill so it could be offered by pharmacists, without a prescription. It took three years of hard work and persistance before the reclassification was finally approved by the Medicine’s Classification Committee last year. Since that milestone, 1260 community pharmacists have completed training to offer the service and more than 1000 Kiwi women have accessed it. The judges said the oral contraceptives reclassifcation has widespread implications such as supporting sexual health, reducing terminations and unwanted pregnancies and improving timely access to medicines.
2017Together Diana Phone, Rebecca Lawn, Katy Boulton and the Ko Awatea team won this important award for their work on the Owning My Gout project. Using point-of-care testing, pharmacists began testing urate levels, as well as titrating medicines to manage pain and reduce further risk of attacks. This successful project lead to 6 further pilot programmes to reduce gout harm.
2016Eui-Jin Kim and Michael Hammond, Rotorua Area Primary Health Services Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) developed and implemented a clinical pharmacy service as part of the Team Rotorua Alliance Action Plan. The aim was to provide effective clinical pharmacy services across the RAPHS network with a focus on improving patient outcomes and ensuring optimal medicines utilisation.
2015Led by William Allan, Anne Denton, Brendan Duck, Vanessa Brown, Sue Ward and Di Vicary, the Hawke’s Bay DHB and PHO ran a pilot programme funding clinical pharmacists to work in three general practices for 20 hours a week. An evaluation showed the project conclusively delivered on all aims, with the second year showing a 4:1 return on investment.
2014Middlemore Hospital Pharmacy team of Truc Nguyen, Earnest Pidakala, Tess James and Michelle Singh created a review clinic for patients’ pre-surgery which they termed SPARC (Surgical Pre-Admission Review Clinics). These clinics saved time and improved patient safety by identifying medication errors.