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The New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association (NZHPA) is a not for profit voluntary member organisation which represents the views of and advocates for hospital pharmacists. NZHPA also provides a voice for members on national pharmacy related issues and enables hospital pharmacist representation on national pharmacy bodies. 

The Association’s vision statement is ‘Supporting innovation in the practice of pharmacy and promoting effective medicines management’. 

Membership is open to any pharmacist who espouses the objectives of the association.  Associate membership is open to any pharmacy technician, intern pharmacist, undergraduate pharmacist or non-pharmacist who espouses the same.  Members are drawn from such areas as hospital (public and private), defence forces, primary care, academia, community pharmacy, research and industry. 

The association was formed in 1952 when Jo Peel of Napier called a meeting of 30 hospital pharmacists from around New Zealand to consider in order of importance “conditions of employment, forming an organisation of hospital pharmacists and specialised training”. Employment conditions and salaries are no longer part of the remit of the NZHPA.  As member numbers have risen through the years and specialisation has occurred within the many facets of pharmacy practice, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been formed, including Medicines Information & Clinical Pharmacy (MICP), Compounding Nutrition & Oncology (CNO), Mental Health, Technicians and a Managers’ Forum for hospital pharmacy managers. Special Interest Networks have more recently been set up as less formal email networks.

The NZHPA has over 300 members and relies on the enthusiasm and passion of its members to ensure the ongoing success of the association.  Sharing of knowledge and expertise is encouraged to ensure the ongoing strength of the profession.  There are many volunteers throughout the association that assist or are involved in the SIGs as convenors or committee members, or sit on the national executive board.  NZHPA makes available to its members a portfolio of awards to facilitate education, training and learning.  


NZHPA Executive Committee – calling for nominations!

Are you interested in challenging yourself, giving back and taking a leadership role within the profession?

Rachel Dunn, Senior Pharmacy Technician at Tauranga hospital has completed a three year term of office which means that nominations are open for this Executive position.  

We welcome nominations from technician and pharmacist members who, aside from bringing their individual talent and skills, will also be

  • Keen to be part of a national organisation, advocating for and supporting our members
  • Willing to contribute ideas and collaborate with others to get things done
  • Interested in developing leadership and strategic planning skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Prepared to take on responsibilities as part of a team;
  • Available to attend monthly meetings starting with a full day executive meeting on Friday 18 Nov 2022 in Auckland.  There are three additional  full day meetings and six shorter 90 min zoom meetings per year.

Nomination Process - form

Nominations to include:

- Endorsements from two current NZHPA members (see attached form

A short summary (max of 200 words) outlining what the candidate can offer the NHZPA Executive committee. This should include details of the candidate’s current role within their hospital and their previous experience. It will be included in the voting pack that is sent to members.

Send to:           The AdministratorNZ Hospital Pharmacists’ AssociationPO Box 11-640, Manners Street, Wellington 6142

Or email:

Nominations close: Fri 9 September 2022

If we have more nominations than available positions, voting papers will be distributed, with the closing date for votes being Mon 7 Nov 2022

If you have any questions about the role please get in touch with one of the current exec members.



Strategic Priorities  - 2020-2024  (updated March 22)

Maori Health Strategy for Pharmacy Profession 



NZHPA Executive Feb 2022

Exec Feb 22

President - Sian Dawson 

Vice-president (no-one filling this position currently)
Treasurer - Simon Pointer 
Training and Development Officer - Clare Greasley 

Secretary - Rachel Dunn
NoIDs liaison - Nick Leach

Communications Officer – Kathryn Lawrie 

Position Descriptions - description of NZHPA Board (Executive committee) positions and their roles and responsibilities 

Administration Assistant:

Website content:

Special Interest Group Co-ordinators: Refer to SIG Pages

Street address:
New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists Assn
Level 10
Grand Arcade Tower
16-20 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

Postal Address
New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists Assn
PO Box 11 640
Manners Street
Wellington 6142

Phone   04 802 0030 ext 7

Hospital Pharmacy contact details in the members section.