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Communities in Pharmacy

Pharmacists play a vital role in improving health services and health outcomes for their communities. New Zealand's communities are linguistically and culturally diverse; therefore, our pharmacists need to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for life in a multicultural world. We encourage all our students to understand and respect diverse viewpoints, values, customs, and languages to help close the gap between pharmacists and people they help.

New Zealand's Māori and Pacific Island Communities have the poorest health of any New Zealand groups, but make up less than 2% of New Zealand’s practising pharmacists. We need more Māori and Pacific Island Pharmacists to help improve the health standards of their communities.

The School of Pharmacy and University of Otago provide a network of advisors, and a strong Māori and Pacific Island community to help our students create a better future for themselves, their whānau, and their communities. Visit the links below to meet our students, past students, and support staff.

The School of Pharmacy also welcome our International community and provide the same networks and support systems for our students studying abroad.