Social pharmacy is a growing area of research within the School of Pharmacy. Our research focuses mainly on access to and use of medicines.
Research on access to medicines involves looking at which medicines are licensed and funded in New Zealand compared with other countries, how much people pay for their medicines in New Zealand, and who gets what medicines. This involves developing new methods for inter-country comparisons, analysing large datasets of dispensed medicines, and survey research.
Our research on use of medicines includes looking at medicines wastage and adherence to instructions, elderly people’s use of medicines, decision-making about minor ailments, and how culture affects people's use of medicines.
As well as work within New Zealand, members of the social pharmacy research group have a strong interest in developing countries, particularly Nepal and Samoa, and are members of the Otago International Health Network.
Contact for social pharmacy research
- Professor Pauline Norris Chair of Social Pharmacy