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    Introduction to pharmacy as a profession, the fundamentals of law and principles of ethics, hauora Māori, social determinants of health, the health system, patient experiences of illness and treatment, communication.

    The paper will also include short observational placements and a period of service learning.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introduction to Pharmacy
    Subject Pharmacy
    EFTS 0.095
    Points 12 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $858.99
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Mr James Windle

    Mr Mike Smith

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinators:

    Mr James Windle

    Mr Mike Smith

    Paper Structure

    Lectures, Workshops, Placements, Marae visit, Service learning


    Textbooks are not required.

    Course outline

    This is an introductory one-semester paper, covering various topics relating to the New Zealand health system, health policy, pharmacy as a profession, pharmacy law and ethics, patient-centred care and Hauora Māori. You will learn about the classification of medicines, patient Code of Rights, Health Information Privacy, and introduced to ethical concepts. There will also be a Marae visit and community engagement opportunities during this paper. 

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of paper, students will have made significant progress towards the following pharmacy programme learning outcomes:

    Communication, Collaboration & Research

    • Reflects on how social/cultural factors related to oneself and others impact communication.
    • Demonstrates competence and confidence in utilising te reo Māori with Māori, whānau, community and identify its role in Māori health advancement.
    • Receives enquiries effectively, gathers appropriate information, applies knowledge of evidence-based literature/ resources, and interprets and critically appraises information to provide an individual answer.

    Population Health

    • Identifies and describes the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in maintaining indigenous health rights for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in contributing to Māori health advancement.
    • Explains how Māori and other cultures and cultural practises affect health-related behaviour and interactions with the health system.
    • Describes how people move through different aspects of the health system and access health services.
    • Describes factors contributing to and methods to mitigate health disparities.


    • Recognises, explains and demonstrates ethical principles and values underpinning the profession.
    • Demonstrates professional integrity through appropriate professional behaviour.
    • Recognises, describes and complies with legislation and other regulations that are relevant to pharmacy.
    • Describes experiences of the working environments of pharmacists.
    • Describes the place of medicines and the pharmacist within the health system.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9, 17, 20-22
    Monday 11:00-11:50 16, 18
    Monday 12:00-12:50 18
    Monday 13:00-13:50 13
    Monday 14:00-14:50 11, 13, 15
    Monday 15:00-15:50 9-10, 15-16, 19, 22
    B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 21-22
    Tuesday 10:00-10:50 22
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 13
    Tuesday 14:00-14:50 19
    Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10
    D1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 12
    Friday 12:00-12:50 21
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