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More than meets the eye in pharmacy

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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.

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Pharmacy graduate thesis, not quite the norm

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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.

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Pharmacists' role discussed at Symposium

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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.

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Receptors, research and travel

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Friday, 25 May 2018

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

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P2 students makes sense of pharmacy

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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.

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Dr Nagham Ailabouni Q&A

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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.

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Pharmacy, a meaningful career

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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.

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School of Pharmacy's inaugural whānau hui

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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.

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Otago School of Pharmacy congratulates graduates of 2017

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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.

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Focus Group Report

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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.

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PHCY 470 Elective Study Research Symposium

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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. 

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Te Puna Kaitaka encourage te reo Māori

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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).

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Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards Ceremony

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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.

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Understanding the Start of Health Careers

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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.

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2016 Hospital Preceptor of the Year

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Hannah Soper accepts 2016 Hospital Preceptor of the Year award at the School of Pharmacy Green Cross Health Award Ceremony.

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2016 Rural Preceptor of the Year

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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".

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Curriculum update

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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.

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Wellington pharmacist goes full-circle, promoting pharmacy to Pasifika community

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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. 

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Inaugural Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards Ceremony

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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.

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2016 Community Preceptor of the Year

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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.

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Years of postgrad study culminates in Master's degree for specialist pharmacist

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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.

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