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Almost $19 million awarded to Otago researchers in Health Research Council funding
Monday, 18 June 2018
A new study investigating for the first time the health of occupants of leaky homes in New Zealand is one of many University of Otago-led projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of almost $19 million.

More than meets the eye in pharmacy
Monday, 28 May 2018

The School of Pharmacy's first Otago-Singapore Ambassador is an enthusiastic proponent of the concept that pharmacy is much more than preparing, packing and dispensing medication.

Pharmacy graduate thesis, not quite the norm
Monday, 28 May 2018

The University of Otago is renowned for its research and the School of Pharmacy is no exception. Four PhD students graduated at the mid-year graduation ceremony on Saturday 12 May in Dunedin.

Pharmacists' role discussed at Symposium
Friday, 25 May 2018

Pharmacists' role in mental health and addictions care was a topic of discussion at the 2018 Forward Pharmacy Symposium at the University of Otago, Wellington, in March.

Dr Andrea Murphy from the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University spoke about the Bloom Program, a successful mental health and addictions community pharmacy partnership in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Continuing education workshops strengthen the profession
Friday, 25 May 2018
School of Pharmacy have been travelling New Zealand, sharing an overview of the school and delivering the workshops.

Receptors, research and travel
Friday, 25 May 2018
University of Otago, School of Pharmacy recent graduate, Dr Anna Cooper, talks about her thesis, receptors, research and travel.

P2 students makes sense of pharmacy
Friday, 25 May 2018

Debora Maea graduated with a Bachelor of Science on Saturday 12 May 2018, continuing her study of medicines as a second year student at the School of Pharmacy.

Debora’s nana first introduced her to the world of pharmacy when she contacted the local pharmacy in the Cook Islands to help find her a summer job. Debora worked with a pharmacist there, who recognised her interest in medicine.

Dr Nagham Ailabouni Q&A
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Every day, older New Zealanders take piles upon piles of medicines; some of which may be causing more harm than good. Deprescribing is the process of reducing or stopping such medicines.

Patients are not always receiving information about medicines, Otago research reveals
Monday, 23 April 2018

Some patients in New Zealand may not be receiving adequate information about their newly-prescribed medicines, new University of Otago research suggests.

Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards celebrate excellence
Monday, 9 April 2018
The University of Otago Green Cross Health Awards were held in March, providing an opportunity for the School of Pharmacy to celebrate the innovation and excellence of its students and staff.

Aspiring pharmacists inducted into professional programme
Friday, 2 March 2018
Over 130 aspiring pharmacists were officially welcomed into their first professional year of Otago’s Pharmacy programme at the School of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony on 24 February.

Pharmacy, a meaningful career
Thursday, 21 December 2017

On interviewing 2017 Honours graduate, Bhamini Rangnekar, it was obvious she had found her niche in pharmacy. Bhamini’s love for people drives her interest in medicines research, a field of study that has proved to be a great success for this Otago student.

School of Pharmacy's inaugural whānau hui
Thursday, 21 December 2017

The School of Pharmacy saw nine Māori tauira (students) graduate this year, initiating the first, whānau (family) hui (gathering), prior to the Health Science Māori Graduation Function and the School of Pharmacy Graduation Function on Friday 8th December 2017.

"Prevention is better than cure," quotes Fiji's newest doctor, Sujita Narayan.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017

One of four PhD students to graduate from the School of Pharmacy this December, Dr Sujita Narayan celebrates the success of being the first Fijian pharmacist from the Fiji School of Medicine (now Fiji National University) with a PhD. 

Otago School of Pharmacy congratulates graduates of 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017

4 PhD students, 1 Masters student, 9 BPharm Honours students and 110 undergraduate students crossed the stage at the University of Otago graduation ceremony on Saturday 9th December 2017. The School of Pharmacy celebrated these students at the annual pre-graduation function held in the Link of the Information Services Building (Dunedin) on Friday 8th December 2017.

Focus Group Report
Tuesday, 19 December 2017

PhD student, Yasmin Abdul Aziz has been traveling New Zealand evaluating the unpaid services pharmacies provide. Yasmin has held focus groups in Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington and Palmerston North, speaking to 23 pharmacists as part of these focus groups with the pharmacists representing a range of pharmacy backgrounds from retail-focused to dispensary focused, independent to chain pharmacies as well as small and large pharmacies.

Primary prevention strategies a focus for soon-to-be-intern pharmacist
Saturday, 11 November 2017

Final-year pharmacy student Sonja Bimler is looking forward to putting her passion for primary prevention strategies to work in a couple of months’ time when she begins her internship.

Students and wider sector reap benefits of new fellow's mental health knowledge
Friday, 10 November 2017

New professional practice fellow Emma Smith is keen to spread her enthusiasm, passion and knowledge for pharmacy as widely as she can.

Unpaid services pharmacies provide into the spotlight in PhD student's research
Thursday, 9 November 2017

PhD student Yasmin Abdul Aziz is evaluating the unpaid services pharmacies provide, the cost of these and their impact on patients’ health.

“We know currently the funding for pharmacy is tight and could worsen, so it could impact on these services,” Miss Abdul Aziz says.

PHCY 470 Elective Study Research Symposium
Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Around 130 fourth year Pharmacy students gathered at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum on Friday 13th October 2017 to present their posters for the inaugural PHCY 470 Elective Study Research Symposium. 

Symposium honours research students' years
Friday, 13 October 2017
Highlighting a year of research, culminated with the Honours students' symposium presenting their work to the School community.

Te Puna Kaitaka encourage te reo Māori
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Te Puna Kaitaka (Māori Students Pharmacy Association) held a quiz night on Tuesday 12 September to create awareness for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (the week of speaking Māori).

Interprofessional education project positive for both pharmacy and physio
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Two pharmacy students who participated in a pilot interprofessional learning project, together with student physiotherapists, are enthusiastic about their experience.

Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards Ceremony
Friday, 18 August 2017
Our inaugural Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards ceremony was held at St David Lecture Theatre on Friday 11 August 2017. Over 140 people attended the ceremony to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our outstanding students, staff, and alumni as well as the pharmacists that train and mentor our undergraduate students on placements, our preceptors.

Understanding the Start of Health Careers
Monday, 7 August 2017

The influence of interprofessional education on career trajectories and attitudes to collaborative team work are being explored in a 5-year study run by the University of Otago, in collaboration with Otago Polytechnic and the Eastern Institute of Technology.

2016 Hospital Preceptor of the Year
Friday, 4 August 2017
Hannah Soper accepts 2016 Hospital Preceptor of the Year award at the School of Pharmacy Green Cross Health Award Ceremony.

2016 Rural Preceptor of the Year
Friday, 4 August 2017
The School of Pharmacy create a Rural Preceptor of the Year award for the inaugural Green Cross Award Ceremony.  2016 winner, Graham Provis says "Spend time with your student and exchange the knowledge you have. Encourage your student to work steadily toward their goal".

2016 Community Preceptor of the Year
Friday, 4 August 2017
Karen Crisp is awarded 2016 Community Preceptor of the Year at the School of Pharmacy's Green Cross Health Pharmacy Award Ceremony.

Wellington pharmacist goes full-circle, promoting pharmacy to Pasifika community
Friday, 4 August 2017

Wellington pharmacist Kasey Brown has been appointed to a part-time role at the School of Pharmacy as Pacific adviser.

It’s a natural progression for the New Zealand-born Samoan who was a member of the Pacific Island Health Professional Students’ Association throughout her Bachelor of Pharmacy Studies.

Her passion for both Pacific and Māori health was also strengthened during the almost five years she lived in Gisborne, working in both hospital and community pharmacy.

“I have a much better appreciation for the culture as I have been literally immersed in it, with visits to marae up the coast, pōwhiri, food experiences and Te Reo [the Māori language],” Kasey explains. 

Years of postgrad study culminates in Master's degree for specialist pharmacist
Friday, 4 August 2017

Rajeshni has been a specialist paediatric pharmacist at Kidz First Hospital in Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, since 2009.

Since graduating with her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the school in 2002, she has accumulated a wealth of experience in a wide variety of pharmacy practice in hospital and community pharmacy both in New Zealand and the UK and, together with continual postgraduate study, has achieved the necessary skills for her role.

Inaugural Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards Ceremony
Friday, 4 August 2017

The University of Otago, School of Pharmacy, is excited to announce the inaugural Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards Ceremony, which will be on Friday 11 August 2017.

Historically, the school has recognised undergraduate students in an annual awards ceremony, but thanks to the support of Green Cross Health, the awards ceremony has been expanded to be a celebration and recognition of outstanding students, staff, preceptors and alumni.

Curriculum update
Friday, 4 August 2017

Today, many of the services pharmacists provide require them to work at the top of their scope. These services move them away from the traditional manufacturing and dispensing roles of the apothecary towards more clinical roles where they interact with patients as medications experts. In the 21st century, pharmacists are spending more time working with doctors to prescribe medicines and interacting with patients, to reconcile their medicines use.

Double treble: Three sets of twins begin pharmacy studies this year
Monday, 3 July 2017

Otago University School of Pharmacy staff could be forgiven for doing a double take - not once, not twice, but three times this year with three sets of twins beginning their pharmacy studies.

Researchers propose turning philosophy of pharmacy on its head
Monday, 3 July 2017
School of Pharmacy researchers propose a philosophical framework for the profession in a paper recently published in the journal, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

Evidence plan gathers momentum to drive pharmacy forward
Monday, 3 July 2017
Work is continuing behind the scenes to develop an evidence plan resulting from this year's Forward Pharmacy symposium to drive the profession forward.

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.