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The New Zealand Hospital Pharmacy Association (NZHPA) is a not for profit voluntary member organisation which represents the views of and advocates for hospital pharmacy staff. NZHPA also provides a voice for members on national pharmacy related issues and enables hospital pharmacy 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 pharmacy staff who espouses the objectives of the association.  Membership is also open to Pharmacy Interns, Pharmacy students and any 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 400 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 

President - Sian Dawson 

Vice-president (currently vacant)

Treasurer - Simon Pointer

Training and Development Officer - Clare Greasley

Secretary - Gen Alberino

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 12, 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.