Australian and New Zealand College of Advanced Pharmacy, ‘Be recognised’


As pharmacists around the world come together to celebrate World Pharmacists Day, NZHPA and SHPA (Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia) are announcing a landmark recognition program that will transform pharmacy practice in Australia and New Zealand.

Unveiled by SHPA President Tom Simpson at the 81st FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brisbane this morning, the Australian and New Zealand College of Advanced Pharmacy (ANZCAP) will support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from all practice settings to ‘be recognised’ by tracking and planning their career toward Resident, Registrar and Consultant recognition.

Formally opening on Wednesday 11 October, ANZCAP will be powered by an intuitive digital platform enabling practitioners to seamlessly record evidence of their experience and expertise and collate portfolios aligned with one or two of 40 specialty disciplines.

Mr Simpson says ANZCAP, a joint initiative of SHPA and the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacy Association (NZHPA), is a leap forward for Australian health care and many years in the making.
‘ANZCAP comprises an initial Foundation Program that acknowledges prior professional experience, available until March 2024, and builds on our long history of early-career pharmacy residencies offering two-year formalised fast-track education programs to Resident and Registrar recognition.
‘Thirdly and most importantly, ANZCAP features an Independent Program for anyone, anywhere, to map their own path through these career milestones.
‘As well as recognising progression in each pharmacist and technician career, ANZCAP recognises the specialty practice areas that practitioners are focusing on, aligning recognition as Registrars or Consultants with one or two of 40 specialty areas, such as Cancer Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Community Pharmacy.’

NZHPA President Sian Dawson says the announcement marks another step forward in growing ties between Australia and New Zealand. ‘We are extremely proud to see this transformative program formally announced, which will not only give our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians the recognition they deserve but will provide a broader developmental pathway for pharmacy in New Zealand.’

The ANZCAP online platform will launch on Wednesday 11 October 2023.
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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.’

Roche Award and NZHPA Education Awards available now - closing soon!

As an NZHPA member one of the key benefits of your membership is the eligibility to apply for financial awards, we have several of these.

Note – not all memberships provide award eligibility.

Two of our awards are current open and closing soon on 1 Sept .

See below for more details, and we invite members to apply via the website.For the website application form scroll to the bottom of the awards page 

2023 Roche Education Grant

This grant is provided to NZHPA by Roche Products (NZ) Ltd to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in oncology and haematology to access educational opportunities. 

2023 NZHPA Education Grant

NZHPA administers a fund to assist members to attend courses, attend conferences to present papers, or to undertake special projects. Value of the award is at the discretion of the Executive. Typically values up to $1,500 have been awarded. 

With any questions on either award please contact either Kathryn Lawrie, Communications Officer, or Lisa Van Der Spuy, Administrator on 0204 021 8887 

Seeking nominations for the NZHPA Executive Committee

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

We have vacancies coming up this year on the NZHPA Executive. Nick Leach and Sian Dawson will be standing down and not seeking re-election, after nine and six years respectively on the committee.  Kathryn Lawrie is coming to the end of her first three year term but will be seeking re-election.  

So new executive members are sought, and we welcome nominations from technician and pharmacist members who, aside from bringing their individual talent and skills, will also be:

  • 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 (four full day meetings and and six shorter 90 min zoom meetings per year).

Please get in touch with any of the current Executive if you have any questions or just want to chat about the role in a bit more detail. 

Nomination Process

 Please complete the form from our website and send to Nominations close: Friday 8 September 2023

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 should an election be required.

If we have more nominations than available positions, voting papers will be distributed, with the closing date for votes being Monday 30 Oct 2023.
If you have any questions about the role please get in touch with one of the current exec members

Executive nomination form

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NZHPA Fellowship Nominations are open

NZHPA Fellowships are awarded to members, with at least 15 years’ experience, in recognition of distinguished service to the profession of hospital pharmacy or in clinical pharmacy practice.  

If you would like to nominate someone, please complete the attached nomination form, and a one page summary letter of support that will be available to the membership if the nomination is successful. This should:

  1. Highlight their professional achievements, including their exceptional contribution to hospital pharmacy and/or clinical pharmacy practice. 
  2. Highlight their impact at a local, regional, national and/or international level.
  3. Highlight the attributes that demonstrate they meet the criteria to be honoured as a Fellow of the NZHPA 

Nominations should be sent to the NZHPA Secretary at by 5pm on Fri 29 Sept 2023.

Tech SIG Award Applications NOW OPEN!

Applications for the Tech SIG Award are closing soon

FIVE $200 grants will be provided to NZHPA Tech SIG Members to help cover registration, travel, accommodation and meals costs incurred attending NZHPA Technician SIG Symposium. 

Read more about the selection criteria and apply by filling in the form
Due date for applications - Friday 14 July

Expression of Interest - EPIC (NZHPA Environmental Pharmacy Initiative Committee )

If you are keen to be part of the NZHPA EPIC working group please complete the form by Friday 23 June

Would you consider being chair of this working group?

Submissions due by Friday 26th June.  We look forward to hearing from you. Any questions please get in touch with: Nick Leach NZHPA Executive

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