Response to Pharmacy Council Consultation to increase APC fees Dec 2023

Please see below for the NZHPA Feedback provided to Pharmacy Council regarding their consultation on raising APC fees, along with the response received from the Council to our feedback.

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First Trans-Tasman hospital pharmacy partnership between NZHPA and SHPA

Professional collaboration and the advancement of practice in Australian and New Zealand pharmacy is a step closer today after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacy Association (NZHPA).

Pictured: SHPA President Tom Simpson with NZHPA President Sian Dawson at signing of MoU in Auckland

Mr Simpson says the agreement signals a new era of closer cooperation between the two esteemed organisations.

‘Over a combined 150-year history, SHPA and NZHPA have passionately advocated for and supported pharmacists and technicians providing care for Australians and New Zealanders, forging a myriad of informal connections in the process.
‘As part of our Transformation 2024 agenda, we’re proud to put pen to paper today and take the partnership to the next level, which will include access to our upcoming professional recognition program and broader access to existing and new membership benefits for practitioners on both sides of the Tasman.’

Ms Dawson says the MoU will benefit NZHPA members in many ways.

‘We’re thrilled to forge closer ties with our Australian counterparts.
‘This is much more than a gesture of cooperation. This MoU will facilitate direct collaboration, networking and information-sharing between Australian and New Zealand pharmacists and technicians through expanded SHPA membership options next year.
‘A broader “knowledge pool” spanning our two countries has been sought for a long time and we look forward to working together to make it happen, supporting our practitioners and advancing patient care in both countries.’

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