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Primary Care Support Pharmacist (VID 4910)

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Location: Health on Main
Position Type: Allied Health
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 8/09/2019

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Pharmacist to join the Primary, Public and Community’s pharmacy service, to enthusiastically and positively develop and implement best practice prescribing messages (bpacNZ, Choosing Wisely, etc) and ensure quality use of medicines in primary care.

About the Role
As a Primary Care Support Pharmacist, you will work as an integral and integrated part of primary care teams to encourage and reinforce positive changes in medicines utilisation by:
  • Focusing on reducing inequities and working with priority populations;
  • Supporting and advising on all matters relating to the medicine management of individual eligible patients; 
  • Providing best practice information and education to patients and practice staff; 
  • Supporting best practice by undertaking prescriber audits; 
  • Conducting Medicine Therapeutic Assessments and Complex medication reviews; and 
  • Analysing medicines utilisation data for individual patients.
You will provide best practice prescribing advice to all primary care prescribers across the MidCentral district, including those prescribers not affiliated with the Central PHO.  Your aim is to consider the needs and access issues for individual patients, with a strong equity focus for priority population groups.
About You
To be considered appropriate for this role, you:
  • Must be a New Zealand registered Pharmacist with a current annual practising certificate and scope of practice which enables the undertaking of the duties of this position;
  • Must hold a post graduate qualification in clinical pharmacy (or working towards);
  • Will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical services;
  •  Will have broad knowledge and appreciation of the roles of various health professionals within the Service and in other services which support the continuum of patient care;
  • Will have sound analytical and decision-making ability, with the ability to identify trends in individual patient data, including appropriate application of equity focused approaches, to guide best practice prescribing.
About Us
MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) is undergoing a transformational change programme to firmly establish itself as a high performing, integrated health system that meets the current and future demands of its communities, that provides improved patient experiences for service users, and that achieves improved patient and community health and wellbeing. 
We service a population of around 180,000 people across our district with key sites at Palmerston North Hospital and Horowhenua Health Centre.
At MidCentral you will work alongside a diverse team of professionals who are passionate about delivering quality health and disability services. MidCentral staff enjoy wellness and benefits schemes, investment in professional development, and career progression opportunities. A competitive remuneration package is being offered as well as the opportunity to contribute to making a positive impact in the health outcomes of people in the MidCentral district as we pursue our vision of ‘Quality Living, Healthy Lives, Well Communities’..
For further enquiries about this position please contact:
Mahmoud Mahmoud,
Population Health Pharmacist, Team Lead.
Mob: 027 274 1866

MidCentral District Health Board is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks. These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates. More information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 is available from the Ministry of Vulnerable Children website.

MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.
Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.


For further information:
Human Resources
Private Bag 11036
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

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