Thank you to all who entered the 2018 Pharmacy Awards. Entries are now closed and the finalists have been announced on Pharmacy Today, click here to view them now!
Join us for the Pharmacy Awards Gala to celebrate with the winners on the 28 July at MOTAT’s Avaition Display Hall.



Being selected as a finalist and ultimately a winner greatly increases the career profile of individuals and increases brand value for organisations.

It is also an opportunity to showcase projects or a business that raises the industry benchmark and sets an example for the industry. The projects inspire others in the industry, which benefits the entire industry and more importantly all our customers.

Apart from recognition from peers and the industry, each category winner* receives a $1,000 package, except for the Future Pharmacist of the Year which receives a $2,000 package.

The category winners then have the opportunity to win the overall Supreme Award valued at $3,000, giving a category winner the potential to win an overall total prize valued at $4,000.

In addition winners receive further recognition by being profiled in Pharmacy Today magazine and on this website.

The Supplier of the Year category winner receives a case of wine and a full page advertisement placement in Pharmacy Today.

So give it a go. Get your entry together!

*Excludes Supplier of the Year

All entries and information supplied are treated in the strictest confidence, any information released in relation to finalists entries are subject to finalist approval.


Winning strategies

The Pharmacy Awards reward entrants who have shown excellence in their day to day business and clinical practice.  Entries are welcome from any pharmacy staff who have identified an area to improve in and got on and done something about it.  Although we welcome entrants from academic researchers it is not our only focus.

Enter the right award category

To submit a winning entry, it is important to first select the right award to enter. Read the criteria for all categories carefully. You may find that your project fits into more than one category. Feel free to ring either the Pharmacy Guild or Pharmacy Today to discuss what category may suit you best.

Carefully read the judging criteria

Since 2016 we have included how the judges will mark your entry. Points are awarded in each of the defined topic areas.  Carefully read how the award will be judged and stick to the suggested entry layout. Each award entry form has some ideas on what you will need to include to create a good entry.

If it first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again

The winner of the Man Booker prize for fiction this year, Marlon James, first novel was rejected 70 times. You will improve with every entry. Undertaking a project and submitting an entry is a worthwhile thing to do.  Most winners enter on more than one occasion.

Write clearly and concisely

There is no maximum word length, but concise entries will be appreciated by the judges. Ensure that your entries are proofed and easy to read.

Relevancy and sustainability

Judges will be looking for awards that are relevant to pharmacy practice in 2018. They will also favour projects/ideas that can be replicated or are sustainable. Does your idea have the capacity to be used by other pharmacy staff in other settings? How is it funded? Why should the business owner (whether a DHB or private pharmacy owner) invest in your project/idea?

Entry Forms

To download the appropriate Microsoft Word entry form, right click on the link.

Some Forms are now form-fillable PDFs, please make sure you download and save these forms before you fill them out.

Pharmacies, Services & Campaigns

Individuals & Teams


Once you have downloaded the template enter your submission directly into this template. Submissions will not be accepted if it is in a different format.

Whilst all attempts will be made to return your entry with photos and charts intact, the event promoters do not take responsibility for this material, so please be aware your supporting photos and charts may not be returned.

Entries do not need to be especially lengthy, but must contain all the relevant data, be particularly detailed and with full results.


How do I enter?

We require each entrant to use the official Pharmacy Awards entry form for each category submission. You can download the Microsoft Word templates here.

Please ensure you read the Rules and Conditions of entry for a successful submission. Once you have downloaded and saved your entry form, type your submission directly into the layout.

You can enter as many categories suitable to you, as long as they are with different projects. You can not apply one project across multiple categories.


How do I submit my entry?

Please email your completed entry form, including any additional supporting material/photos to editor@pharmacytoday.co.nz.

If you are unable to provide the additional supporting material electronically, please send by post or courier to:

Ali Jacobs
The Health Media
PO Box 31905
Auckland 0622


11 Omana Road

Please indicate on your entry whether you are sending additional material by post.

Entries must be received by 5pm,
Friday 25th May 2018

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt, it is your responsibility to follow this up with the Awards Coordinator.

Rules and conditions of entry

  1. Entries close 5pm Friday 25th May 2018.
  2. Each entry form must be set out in the official Pharmacy Awards entry template available from this website. All entrant details are to be correctly filled out.
  3. All entries will be acknowledged by email by the Pharmacy Awards Coordinator, within 7 days of receipt. If acknowledgement has not been received, it is the entrant’s responsibility to follow this up.
  4. Entry is open to pharmacists and pharmacy staff employed in New Zealand. Projects and entries must be New Zealand based.
  5. You may enter as many categories as you like, but with separate entries. No multiple entries for the same project are permitted. Clearly indicate on your entry form which category you have entered. The judges reserve the right to re-assign any entry if it is believed to be more appropriate within a different category.
  6. A “Young Pharmacist of the Year” is a person who has been qualified less than 5 years.
  7. A “Student” is a person in their final year B Pharm in New Zealand. Students are judged on the quality of the essay submitted on the set topic, not on academic grades. Students must sign the disclaimer on the entry form.
  8. All finalists will be nominated no later July 2018.
  9. All category winners will be announced at the Pharmacy Awards Ceremony in Auckland July 2018.
  10. Flight will be negotiated per team by the Pharmacy Awards team.
  11. For Group entries, a maximum of 2 twin share rooms will be provided.
  12. The names of the entrants must be stated on the entry form at the time of submitting the entry to be eligible for tickets and flights.
  13. The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  14. Judging of the award categories is undertaken without reference to the sponsors or event promoters.
  15. Finalists agree to have their photos used for Pharmacy Awards publicity.
  16. All entries and information supplied are treated in the strictest confidence, any information released in relation to finalists entries are subject to finalist approval.