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Leanne Te Karu, Pharmacy Graduate


DipPharm, PGCertHerbalMeds, PGDipClinPharm, MHSc(Hons), PGCert(Prescribing)

Position now

Pharmacist Prescriber (Primary Care) Best Practice Advocacy Centre; Clinical Advisory Group, Health Quality Safety Commission; Advisory Panels for Atlases and Te Roopu Māori Advisory Group, Pharmacy Council of New Zealand; Board Member Researcher, University of Auckland Department of General Practice

Previous positions

Hospital Pharmacist, Waikato Hospital/ Taupo Hospital; Community Pharmacist, various locations; Locum and Manager, Māori Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago; Senior Research Fellow, Pharmac; Presenter He Rongoā Pai He Oranga Whānau

Current role

"The diversity of my current roles provide a lens into understanding a contribution to improved health outcomes. I find one informs the other and is immensely rewarding."

Your Otago experience

"Otago University was the platform for me to value the true importance of post-graduate qualification. Whilst experiences (both life experiences and work experiences) are often the rate limiting step to engagement in optimal health outcomes, this must be underpinned by robust knowledge within an ever changing landscape. An ability to critically evaluate and apply knowledge in real world situations is in my experience achieved more fully through formal learning. Otago certainly demonstrated that to me."

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