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Continuing Education Workshops

Depression and Treatment Resistance

About the Event

Professor Carlo Marra (Dean) and Professional Practice Fellow Emma Smith are traveling around New Zealand over the next two months to provide a brief overview of the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago and to deliver a continuing education workshop on treatment resistant depression.

Presented by:

Emma Smith, Professional Practice Fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago.

Emma Smith arrived in New Zealand in 2015 from the United Kingdom where she worked as an advanced clinical pharmacists, specialising in mental health for eight years.

'Based in a tertiary hospital working for Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, she worked with a team of 14 pharmacists dedicated to looking after people with a wide variety of mental health conditions from eating disorders to schizophrenia, dementia to psychiatric intensive care.

Now, she is passing on her knowledge to the wider sector, initially in respect to treatment-resistant depression.' PharmacyToday, November 2017.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the symptoms of depression and the main criteria for diagnosis
  • Identify key pharmacological aspects of treatment
  • Describe the long term prognosis and outcome of depression


Group 1: ONE point – for attending the workshop but not doing the assessment (allocate Group 1 points based on one point per hour), or
Group 2: THREE points – for completion and submission of assessment questions (80% pass mark required).

This learning activity has been accredited by PSNZ ENHANCE for 1.5 hours of group 2 learning and pharmacists may allocate 3 group 2 points on successful completion of this training, evidenced by receipt of the University of Otago, School of Pharmacy Certificate of Completion.

Registration for our Continuing Education Workshops are free of charge. Please contact to register. 

Invercargill - Date TBC

Where: Progress Room, Bill Richardson Transport World, Invercargill

When: 6pm - 7:30pm

Alumni Dinner: The Grill, Bill Richardson Transport World, Invercargill

Christchurch - 27 February 2018

Where: Ground Floor Seminar Room, University of Otago (Chistchurch), 2 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch 

When: 6pm - 7:30pm

Alumni Dinner: Dux Central, 6 Poplar Street, Christchurch Central

Download event poster (PDF 1.59 MB)

Hamilton - 13 March 2018

Where: The Link, Cnr River Road & Te Aroha Street, Hamilton

When: 6pm - 7:30pm

Alumni Dinner: Gothenburg, 17 Grantham Street, Hamilton

Download event poster (PDF 2.71 MB)

Auckland - 14 March 2018

Where: University of Otago House, 385 Queens Street, Auckland

When: 6pm- 7:30pm

Alumni Dinner: Eight restaurant, Cordis Hotel, 83 Symonds Street, Auckland

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Wellington - 21 March 2018

Where: University of Otago,Wellington, Room 307, 23 Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington

When: 6pm- 7:30pm

Alumni dinner: The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave Street, Wellington


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Otago Alumni Events

Please refer to our alumni events page for more information on our alumni dinners and other events happening at the School of Pharmacy.