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Leaders in clinical pharmacy

Overview

The School of Pharmacy recognises many leaders in the pharmacy profession. Many of these leaders have postgraduate qualifications, including the Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm). This page provides current and potential students with details of past students' achievements.

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Mentors

We are pleased that many Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm) graduates act as mentors to our new or existing students. If you would like to join this programme as a student or a mentor (on a short-term basis), please contact our Postgraduate Administrator:

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Recent graduates of the MClinPharm programme

Rajeshni Angila Naidu - 2017

  • Parents and caregivers understanding and management of children's medicines following discharge from hospital: A Pilot Study
  • Supervised by Associate Professor June Tordoff, Mrs Debbie Basett-Clarke, Dr Ross Nicholson

Chia Eng (Joanne) Chong – 2014

  • Chinese People's knowledge and use of antibiotics: A New Zealand study
  • Supervised by Professor Pauline Norris and Mrs Lorraine Welman

Virginia Elizabeth Brailsford – 2013

  • Look at all these pills I take! I must be really sick. A qualitative study of illness perceptions in hypertension
  • Supervised by Dr James Green

Kathy Maxwell – 2011

  • Investigation of Drug Related problems (DRPs) inpatients presenting with secondary care prescriptions: A NZ community pharmacy perspective
  • Supervised by Dr Rhiannon Braund, Dr Jeff Harrison, and Mr Shane Scahill

Gillian Swannick - 2010

  • Job satisfaction, sources of stress, psychological symptoms and compassion fatigue among New Zealand community pharmacists
  • Supervised by Professor Pauline Norris and Dr Linda Bryant

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Graduate profile

Kathy Maxwell – 2011

Kathy Maxwell, MClinPharm Graduate (186px)“I completed my Master of Clinical Pharmacy in 2011, having started my postgraduate career in 1997. They say good things take time and this is certainly the case.

“I believe that postgraduate education is essential as our career in constantly changing. Drugs we learnt about as undergraduates are now not used or used in different ways. To be a pharmacist is to make a commitment to lifelong learning and structured study helps to keep you motivated.

“Currently I own a community pharmacy. I have always believed that it was necessary to be at the forefront of pharmacy practice and my aim has been to practise pharmacy in a way that I can lead the pack. To this end, education has kept me at the front of change and I believe this is even more essential to me playing an active and closer role in the patient healthcare team. Having the appropriate clinical skills to understand the implications of medicines on a patient’s health is going to be even more important in the future.

“Having completed my master's has given me the confidence to apply for a position as Associate Clinical Editor for the NZ Formulary—something I would never have previously considered.

“If you are committed to your profession then I don't think there is any alternative but to study. I managed to achieve this while running a pharmacy, bring up a daughter who is now 17 and learning to play golf. It is a matter of good time management—a skill in itself.”

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