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PhD student's research backbone of the introduction of a new role in pharmacy
Monday, 1 May 2017

Community pharmacist-turned-PhD student Patti Napier’s research is behind one of the newest initiatives in pharmacy – accuracy-checking technicians.

Turning 'weapons of mass destruction' into 'precision-guided munitions', all in a day's work.
Monday, 1 May 2017

Turning weapons of mass destruction into precision-guided munitions sounds like something out of a sci fi movie, but it’s all in a day’s work for Sarah Hook and Allan Gamble.

New curriculum aims to produce work-savvy pharmacists
Monday, 1 May 2017

A new Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree curriculum is set to be rolled out at the Otago School of Pharmacy with a focus on integrated learning with an innovative “capstone” final year programme.

Study to develop faster way of detecting antibiotic resistance
Monday, 10 April 2017
New Zealand researchers are about to develop a radical new way of helping doctors detect antibiotic resistance faster that could save patients’ lives and change the way antibiotics are used around the world.

Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants
Thursday, 9 March 2017
University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

Hands On Otago experience hooks students on pharmacy
Wednesday, 1 March 2017

After one week at Otago University’s Hands-On programme, Tauranga student Kimberly King is hooked on pharmacy.

Christina White prize caps off big year for pharmacy's top student
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
2016 was a big year for then final-year pharmacy student Abbey Evison who received the Christina White Prize

Pharmacy lecturer's passion for teaching
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
A good curriculum is essential for educating our future pharmacists, and Dr Shyamal Das works hard to ensure that the curriculum is understood. His passion for teaching was established at a young age and is still very important to the Otago School of Pharmacy lecturer.

Otago School of Pharmacy congratulates Graduates of 2016
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
New Zealand's National School of Pharmacy celebrate graduates of 2016 at pre-graduation ceremony (Hunter Centre, Dunedin), on Friday 9th of December 2016.

Maori Students' Pharmacy Association, Te Puna Kaitaka, forms its roots at Otago
Thursday, 1 December 2016

A group of enthusiastic Maori pharmacy students at Otago have established Te Puna Kaitaka, the Maori Students’ Pharmacy Association Otago. 

Double celebrations as twins graduate
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Madhuriksha and Muniksha Reddy have been on a journey together ever since they were born a few minutes apart 21 years ago.  This month they enter another chapter on that journey when they both graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.

Rural interprofessional training programme has positive
Thursday, 1 December 2016

Gisborne pharmacist Aaron Lim enjoyed his training experience in the Tairawhiti region so much, he jumped at the chance to return to work in the town fulltime.

New Zealand Association of Pharmacy Students Otago - 2017 Executive
Monday, 7 November 2016
The New Zealand Association of Pharmacy Students Otago (NZAPS-O) recently ran elections for positions on the 2017 Executive Committee. Each student nominated for their position, created posters and Facebook pages to support their campaigns.

Final Year Student Encourages Entrepreneurial Leadership
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Final year student, Sophie Oliff, is leaving the School of Pharmacy with transferrable skills beyond her Pharmacy degree. Her hands-on approach and vision for a front-line of entrepreneurial leaders in primary health care has advanced through involvement in University of Otago and community projects, enhancing her vision and employability.

The School of Pharmacy Expands to Hanover Street, Dunedin
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Professor Norris declared 63 Hanover Street officially open on Friday 14th October 2016 following a Māori blessing directed by Hatarei Temo (Kaitohutohu Māori). Associate Professor Marilyn Hibma (Health Sciences Division Administration, Space Portfolio) was invited to help celebrate after working with the School of Pharmacy for about a year to help secure 63 Hanover Street for the School as it expands and grows.

School of Pharmacy Research Symposium
Friday, 21 October 2016
Undergraduate students at Otago School of Pharmacy recently took part in the Annual Research Symposium. The Symposium is hosted over two days to accommodate for two of our Research papers, PHCY480 Honours Research Project and PHCY470 Elective Study.

Innovative project gains financial backing
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Dr Greg Walker is part of an exciting project on Novel Peptide Vaccines for Broad Application which has been successful in obtaining a grant of $9.7 million.

Student leadership recognised with awards
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Early last week, eleven highly motivated and inspirational student leaders were recognised with Student Leadership Awards at a celebration held at the Staff Club.

Collaborations lead to new cultural compentency requirements
Monday, 10 October 2016
The Otago School of Pharmacy supports the Pharmacy Council's new recertification requirement for cultural competence CPD. We agree that the profession is perfectly placed to make a real difference to health outcomes of Māori, Pasifika and other priority populations.

Pharmacist sheds reservations to return to the classroom as PhD student – and loving it
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Pharmacist sheds reservations to return to the classroom as PhD student – and loving it

Exciting era of pharmacy beginning to 'walk the talk', as Canadian academic takes up Otago Dean’s role
Saturday, 1 October 2016
St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada, is a long way away from Dunedin, but when it comes to pharmacy, it’s a small world.

School of Pharmacy students play a major role in “Against the Current”
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
The Otago Malaysian Students’ Association (OMSA) musical theatrical performance, titled Malam Malaysia 2016 - Against the Current, was a sell-out success this year with a gathering of about 470 at the Teachers College Auditorium (TCOL) on the 3rd of September. 113 University of Otago Malaysian students formed the cast and crew with 25 of them from the Otago School of Pharmacy.

Speed-dating at the Hunter Centre
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
The Māori Heath Workforce and Development Unit Speed-dating evening was held at the Hunter Centre (20 July 2016) for Māori Health Science First Year (HSFY) students. The School of Pharmacy was invited to speak to the students. The School of Pharmacy was represented by school Kaiarahi, Lisa Kremer, Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā (Māori Pharmacists Association) member, Kevin Pewhairangi (Wellington) and three Māori students, one from each year.

Dr Ruth Ferguson shares her recent experiences in the Cook Islands with PIHPSA.
Monday, 8 August 2016
Pacific Islands Health Professional Students’ Association (PIHPSA) invited Dr Ruth Ferguson to their Friday lunch session (23rd July, 2016) to speak about her recent visit to the Cook Islands.

Students wait in anticipation for results from elective research project
Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Final-year students Ashley Cronin and Olivia Coe are intrigued to discover what the results from their elective research project will reveal.

Researchers secure HRC grant to investigate impact of prescription drugs

Wednesday, 3 August 2016
“It’s really, really good, it gives us a chance to work out if it would be possible to carry out a larger study around the effect of prescription charges on people’s health…” Professor Pauline Norris

One of the constants - lab technician celebrates 25 years sterling service
Monday, 1 August 2016

There has been plenty of change at the school over the past 25 years but one constant has been dispensing lab technician, Lisa Reid.

3 Minute Thesis Competition
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Nine of our PhD students from the School of Pharmacy where given the challenging task of presenting their thesis to an intelligent lay audience in a Three Minute Thesis competition last week (Monday 5th July 2016, Adams Building).

Samoan student lives her dream as she strives to become third generation pharmacist

Friday, 3 June 2016
Student Leah Mualia is inspired to become a pharmacist by her grandfather, a Samoan pharmacist and Otago graduate.
“He’s worked so hard all his life,” Leah explains of her 71-year-old grandfather, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia.
“He’s the reason I get up every morning; he once told me ‘Leah, you have to work hard if you want to reach your goals; if you have a dream you have to chase it’.”

Malaysian student flies the Otago flag
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Malaysian student Eunice Tan is enjoying her Otago experience so much that she has become an ambassador for the School of Pharmacy.
Previously a student at the International Medical University in Malaysia, Eunice is studying at the Otago School of Pharmacy through an arrangement between the two universities.

School moves in 'leaps and bounds' to integrate Māori health and culture
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
There is an increasing focus on integrating Maori health and culture into the Otago University School of Pharmacy’s curriculum.

Patti Napier Initiates Change for Future New Zealand Technician’s Roles.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Ministry of Health, announces a new technician role that will help to free up pharmacists so they can spend more time with patients. We ask Otago School of Pharmacy PhD student Patti Nelson of her involvement.

Otago School of Pharmacy Graduate of 2014, Yasmin Abdul Aziz, Wins Award.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Yasmin Abdul Aziz was awarded best oral presentation for her current project “Insulin Pump Commencement and Initial Education – Current Practice in Australia and New Zealand” at the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) annual conference in Rotorua last week.

Three new PhD graduates from pharmacy
Monday, 16 May 2016
The School celebrated graduation for several PhD graduates on Saturday 14 May.

Otago studies supported by Health Research Council
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.

University appoints next Dean of Pharmacy
Thursday, 28 April 2016
A leading researcher from Canada has been appointed as the next Dean of the University of Otago’s School of Pharmacy.

'Leading light' returns to school as affiliate pharmacist
Monday, 4 April 2016
Angela Harwood has been a registered pharmacist for 10 years, but she is now returning to where it all began, this year taking up an honorary role at the school of pharmacy as an affiliate pharmacist.

Drugs and how they can enhance recovery, a focus for new lecturer
Monday, 4 April 2016
New senior lecturer in clinical pharmacy, Ailsa McGregor, is looking forward to continuing her successful research and teaching career in the south.

P2 & P3 Prize Winners for 2015.
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
New Zealand’s National School of Pharmacy 2nd and 3rd year prize giving (Friday 26th February) at the Colquhoun Lecture Theatre, Dunedin Hospital.

White Coat Ceremony 2016
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
The School of Pharmacy celebrated the arrival of the new Pharmacy 2nd Year students for 2016 into the School. Each year students are given a white coat as they transition from Health Science First Year into Pharmacy students at the White Coat Ceremony.

Pharmacy students learn health literacy skills in free medicine clinics
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s three-step model for better health literacy is being used to improve health literacy in Dunedin.

The model is an important tool used at free health clinics established by a group of clinical staff from the University of Otago’s school of pharmacy, which are having a positive impact on students and the Dunedin community by teaching health literacy skills.

Professor Duffull stands down as Dean to begin 'third stage' of career.
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
After six years leading the University of Otago's School of Pharmacy, Dean Stephen Duffull is standing down to enter what he calls the third stage of his academic career.

School of Pharmacy Staff Receive Research Awards
Monday, 29 February 2016
Congratulations to the following staff on their School of Pharmacy Research Awards for 2015 received yesterday.

The genes have it, graduate destined to become a pharmacist.
Saturday, 27 February 2016
Some might say Kelsi Fastier was destined to become a pharmacist. It is in her genes, you see. Kelsi (21) graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in December and is the great grand niece of emeritus professor Fred Fastier.

Reputation attracted top student to Otago, a place she now considers her ‘second home’.

Friday, 26 February 2016

It was the School of Pharmacy’s international reputation that attracted Malaysian student Kit Yue Chan to Dunedin and she returned home in December feeling like she now has a second home.

Pharmacist rescued by ‘knight in shining armour’ and resumes studies.

Thursday, 25 February 2016
The University of Otago School of Pharmacy held its annual prizegiving in December, prior to the university’s official procession and graduation. Liane Topham-Kindley went along to meet some of the graduands and prizewinners.

White Coat Ceremony speaker Angela Harwood.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
The new students will be addressed this year by guest speaker, Angela Harwood, a University of Otago Pharmacy Alumni.

New Zealand’s National School of Pharmacy Encourages Young Potential Pharmacists.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
New Zealand’s National School of Pharmacy encourages young potential pharmacists of New Zealand to immerse themselves into the world of pharmacy at the Annual Hands-On Science week in Otago.

End of an Era
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Prof John Murphy will be stepping down from his role as coordinator of PHCY523 (Applied Clinical Pharmacy II) – one of the core papers in the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. John continues to hold an honorary professorial position with the School.

Academic success celebrated with graduation
Friday, 11 December 2015
Families and friends travelled from near and far to join the School of Pharmacy’s graduands at the Hunter Centre on Friday 4  December

Missing out on prescription medicines harms health
Monday, 7 December 2015
Two new studies conducted by researchers at the University of Otago show that not being able to afford prescription medicines can harm people’s health.

New Zealand attracts Japanese Pharmacists.
Monday, 23 November 2015
The School of Pharmacy hosted a cohort of pharmacists from different locations in Japan sponsored by Medical Incubation System Inc. (MIS) and Apolo Medical Holdings.

School of Pharmacy fourth year students focus on Maori health
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
School of Pharmacy fourth year students attended Arai Te Uru marae for a two day hui

Online tool helps calculate correct paediatric drug doses
Monday, 9 November 2015
School of Pharmacy lecturer Hesham Al-Sallami isn't planning to become an app developer any time soon.

Award-winner looks at vitamin D absorption
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Final-year honours student Fang Juinn Yu impressed the judges at a major conference in Queenstown; now he hopes to impress a journal editor.

Asking the hard questions on pill-popping and polymers
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Otago School of Pharmacy PhD graduates Piyanan Assawasuwannakit and Jasper Chiu both kept improved patient outcomes at top of mind during their long years of research.

Clinical group rub shoulders with royalty
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
A small clinical contingent from the University of Otago attended the European Society for Developmental Perinatal and Paediatric Pharmacology (ESDPPP) Congress back in 23-26 June 2015, hosted in the beautiful city of Belgrade, Serbia

Excellence in research rewarded at symposium
Monday, 12 October 2015
The School's fourth year students had opportunity to present their year's research during a symposium held over one and a half days

Pacific Voices Symposium highlights research
Friday, 9 October 2015

The Pacific Voices Symposium is an annual event highlighting research by Pacific postgraduate students, and by other students on Pacific topics.

Medicinal chemistry expertise contributes to disease understanding
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Ever since her high school days Dr Andrea Vernall has had a love of chemistry and biology, now her passion is helping contribute to the understanding of human disease.

Students thrive in the culture of a revamped Honours programme
Monday, 7 September 2015
Fourth-year students involved in the revamped Honours programme are thriving on the experience.

Review of degree curriculum with an Otago 'flavour' underway
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
An important piece of work is currently underway behind the scenes at the Otago School of Pharmacy with a review of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree curriculum.

School of Pharmacy celebrates new PhD graduates
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Three recent graduates received their PhDs in the afternoon ceremony on 15 August.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Pharmacy Quiz Night
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Congratuations to Team Taniwha for wining the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Pharmacy Quiz Night.

New appointment shines spotlight on e-learning
Friday, 31 July 2015
A new role of instructional designer has been created at the School of Pharmacy to help design, develop, and support e-learning across all study programmes.

Medicines Clinic a powerful learning tool
Thursday, 30 July 2015
The medicines and health literacy clinic is such a valuable practical learning opportunity that fourth-year student Peter Wadea jumped at the chance to be involved recently.

Stellar staff poised to become 'research leaders of tomorrow'
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Lecturers Shyamal Das and Shakila Rizwan have been identified as 'research leaders of tomorrow', recently securing Health Research Council funding via emerging researcher grants.

Pharmacy 3-Minute Thesis Competition
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Announcing the winners of the School of Pharmacy's 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

Cancer vaccine researcher appointed to Otago Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Thursday, 20 December 2012
The University of Otago has appointed an internationally leading expert on vaccine formulation and delivery to its Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Kiwis missing out on free prescription medicines entitlement
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Many New Zealanders are not getting free prescriptions when they should and these people are likely to include our most vulnerable, new findings from an ongoing University of Otago and Victoria University study into equity in prescription medicine use suggest.

Nation's top tertiary teaching award won by Otago Pharmacy academic
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
University of Otago School of Pharmacy Senior Lecturer Dr Rhiannon Braund’s dedication to both her learners and profession has led to her being named the 2012 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.

University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards Announced
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Three Otago academics have been recognised for their outstanding ability to teach in this year's University Teaching Excellence Awards.

Otago rewards up-and-coming researchers
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Six highly promising academic staff members have been recognised through the University of Otago’s latest Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

Otago study finds Māori miss out on medicines
Thursday, 28 July 2011
University of Otago researchers at the School of Pharmacy have found that rural Māori are much less likely to receive antibiotics in spite of the fact that they need them more due to far higher rates of rheumatic fever.

The 2nd International Symposium on Health Research.
Monday, 4 July 2011
The National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD) of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia hosted the 2nd International Symposium on Health Research and Development held in Jakarta on 15th-16th September 2015. School of Pharmacy's Professor Stephen Duffull was invited to attend and present on Modelling in Drug Development.

Warning about keeping and storing medicines
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Many people keep their medicines in places that may be too hot and humid, or too cold, to keep them safe to use, new University of Otago research suggests.

Otago Medical Research Foundation’s Laurenson Awards announced
Friday, 17 December 2010
Five medical research projects at the University of Otago are being supported through the latest round of the Otago Medical Research Foundation’s Laurenson Awards.

Study finds problems with incorrect ethnicity on health records
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Many people may have the wrong ethnicity recorded in their health records, according to a new study by Professor Pauline Norris, Dr Simon Horsburgh and students from the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago.

Better patient advice loses out to costly prescription errors
Thursday, 27 May 2010
A University of Otago study which shows pharmacists spend too much time seeking clarification for minor prescription errors has prompted a call for greater awareness among doctors and prescribers of this time-wasting problem.

13-year-olds could be at greater risk of poisoning while at school
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A preliminary study conducted by a University of Otago student shows that 13-year-olds in New Zealand – boys in particular - appear to be most at risk of poisoning while at school. However, significant further study is required to determine why the risk at school is so high.

Warning about ordering medicines on the internet
Thursday, 25 February 2010
It is becoming increasingly common for people to purchase prescription medicines through the internet, but this can be dangerous, according to University of Otago academics Dr Clare Strachan and Professor Pauline Norris.

University appoints next Dean of Pharmacy
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
A leading researcher has been appointed as the next Dean of the University of Otago’s School of Pharmacy.