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Depression and Treatment Resistance


Professor Carlo Marra (Dean) and Professional Practice Fellow Emma Smith traveled New Zealand this year, sharing an overview of the School of Pharmacy, and delivering a continuing education workshop on depression and treatment resistance. The workshops have been well attended by pharmacists in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland and Invercargill and now, we complete these workshops in our hometown of Dunedin. We offer a Zoom webinar to all pharmacists that have not been able to attend our workshops and would like to learn more about depression and treatment resistance. PSNZ ENHANCE accreditation is available to all attendees.

Professional Practice Fellow, Emma Smith

Professional Practice Fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Emma Smith arrived in New Zealand in 2015 from the United Kingdom where she worked as an advanced clinical pharmacist, specialising in mental health for eight years.

'Based in a tertiary hospital working for Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, she worked with a team of 14 pharmacists dedicated to looking after people with a wide variety of mental health conditions from eating disorders to schizophrenia, dementia to psychiatric intensive care.

Now, she is passing on her knowledge to the wider sector, initially in respect to treatment-resistant depression.' PharmacyToday, November 2017.

PSNZ ENHANCE Accreditation

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the symptoms of depression and the main criteria for diagnosis
  • Identify key pharmacological aspects of treatment
  • Describe the long term prognosis and outcome of depression


Group 1: ONE point – for attending the workshop but not doing the assessment (allocate Group 1 points based on one point per hour), or
Group 2: THREE points – for completion and submission of assessment questions (80% pass mark required).

This learning activity has been accredited by PSNZ ENHANCE for 1.5 hours of group 2 learning and pharmacists may allocate 3 group 2 points on successful completion of this training, evidenced by receipt of the University of Otago, School of Pharmacy Certificate of Completion.

Workshop Details

Where: Staff Club, Leith Walk, North Dunedin/Zoom Webinar (see details below).

When: Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Meet & Greet/Registration: 6:30pm - 7pm

Please check-in when you arrive and receive your MCQ questions. Tea & coffee will be provided by the School of Pharmacy prior to the workshop. This is a great time to meet with other local pharmacists and School of Pharmacy staff.

Opening presentation: 7pm-7:10pm

School of Pharmacy Dean, Professor Carlo Marra will give a short presentation on current activities of the School of Pharmacy.

Workshop: 7:10pm - 8:40pm

Professional Practice Fellow, Emma Smith, presents 'Depression and Treatment Resistance'.

Social: 8:30pm - 10pm

The staff club bar and restaurant will be open to attendees following the workshop. Please join us for a casual networking social following the presentations.

Register for our workshop

Zoom Webinar

To join the webinar, use

Please note, you are encouraged to try this link ahead of the actual day to ensure you can successfully install Zoom and test your speakers are working with the software.

Please register to our workshop to receive the MCQ survey.


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