Pharmacist Taka Rongoā

Pharmacists prepare, mix and dispense prescribed medicines. They also give patients advice about their medication and medical conditions.

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Pharmacists need to register with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Pharmacists may do some or all of the following:

  • prepare, mix, check and dispense medicines
  • keep accurate records and stock take medicines
  • provide information and advice on medicines, health issues and lifestyle choices
  • supervise and check the work of other pharmacy staff
  • offer services such as blood pressure, glucose or cholesterol testing
  • design and implement policies, procedures and budgets for medicine use throughout a hospital
  • design and carry out clinical trials.

Pharmacist Prescriber

To become a pharmacist prescriber you must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy in  Prescribing from the University of Auckland or a Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing from the University of Otago.

You also need to be registered as a pharmacist prescriber with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pharmacists includes:

  • pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant work
  • any customer service experience
  • any work in the health industry.

Personal Qualities

Pharmacists need to be:

  • honest and efficient
  • responsible and careful, particularly when dealing with dangerous drugs
  • able to work within a professional code of ethics and keep information private
  • accurate, organised and observant, with an eye for detail
  • friendly, patient and helpful, with communication and listening skills
  • good researchers
  • able to manage and train staff
  • good at maths, and have record-keeping skills.

Pharmacists also need to have an understanding and awareness of a variety of cultures.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pharmacists includes:

  • pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant work
  • any customer service experience
  • any work in the health industry.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, health, maths and physics. 

Pharmacists can earn around $45K-$75K per year per year.

Pharmacists may progress to own a pharmacy, or move into other pharmacy-related work such as:

  • research and development or production and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry
  • policy work with the Ministry of Health and Pharmac
  • advocacy and management within pharmacy professional organisations
  • teaching
  • medical publishing.

Pharmacists can specialise as pharmacist prescribers:

Pharmacist Prescriber
Pharmacist prescribers examine patients with minor ailments, prescribe and give them medicines.
Pharmacist

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