A rural pharmacy’s innovative service for children with gastro bugs and a pair’s work in reclassifying medicines were amongst the winners in the 2018 Pharmacy Awards.

The awards were held in Auckland at the weekend with the Community Pharmacy of the Year going to Fielding Health Pharmacy and runner-up going to New Plymouth’s Vivian Pharmacy.

The judges said amongst the most notable of the work by the Fielding pharmacists was developing an innovative service through MidCentral Community Pharmacy Group to provide prompt treatment for children with dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. The pharmacy itself was formed in 2016 when several local pharmacy owners decided to join their businesses together and lease a new pharmacy in response to local GPs also merging their practices. The new merged pharmacy provides a range of services to its rural community including vaccinations, warfarin management and free emergency contraception to women under the age of 25.

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Professional Service of the Year went to Alison Van Wyk of Green Cross Health and Dr Natalie Gauld of Natalie Gauld Ltd.

Gauld is a pharmacist who provides consultation, mostly around consumer access to medicines, and has facilitated the reclassification of medicines from prescription to non-prescription – including vaccinations – often working with Green Cross Health. Some of the reclassifications were world firsts. Until recently Van Wyk was group manager of professional services for Green Cross’s medical and pharmacy divisions where she also worked on reclassifications of medicines for Green Cross and was instrumental in establishing professional care programmes. Van Wyk, who has a background in nursing, is now chief executive of Green Cross Health’s community health division.


Guild Community Pharmacy of the Year:

Winner: Gary Smith, Mark Smith, and Maria Smith, Feilding Health Pharmacy

Runner-up: Catherine Keenan, Vivian Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Professional Service of the Year:

Winner: Alison Van Wyk, Green Cross Health, and Dr Natalie Gauld, Natalie Gauld Ltd Runners-up: Diana Phone and Angela Lambie, Waitemata District Health Board and Pauline McQuoid, Medwise Ltd

Green Cross Health Innovation in Delivering People-centred Care:

Winner: Basma Hikmet, Crawford House Pharmacy

Runner-up: Vanessa Brown, Martin Munyaradzi and Mara Coler, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board General Practice based Clinical Pharmacist Facilitators

Onelink Hospital Pharmacy Performer of the Year:

Winner: Brock Dale, Rotorua Hospital Pharmacy

Runner-up: Sanjoy Nand, Middlemore Hospital Pharmacy

Best Complementary Health or Beauty Promotion:

Winner: Clair Connor, Lynda German, Kirsten Leith, and Rae McGillivray, Life Pharmacy Botany

Runner-up: Lee Tan, Loren Russell, Jayne Pritchard, Life Pharmacy Dunedin

Good Sort Pharmacist of the Year:

Winner: Marium Slaimankhel, Puhinui Pharmacy

Runner-up: Lorraine Fletcher, Mt Eden Pharmacy

Aspen Pharmacare Self Care Superstar:

Winner: Debbie Bryan, Marewa Pharmacy

Runner-up: Keshree Rauf and Rebecca Elliott, Unichem Rototuna

Supplier of the Year:

Winner: Storbie

ProPharma Technican Superstar of the Year:

Winner: Kathryn Rzoska, Life Pharmacy Riccarton and NZMA/Academy NZ

Runner-up: Alison Hayden, Pharmacy 547

Douglas Young Pharmacist of the Year:

Winner: Jing Chan, Mt Eden Pharmacy

Runner-up: Naomi Lee, Life Pharmacy Coastlands

Blackmores Future Pharmacist of the Year:

Winner: Renee Spriggs, University of Otago

Runner-up: Lucy Mason, University of Otago

RB Supreme Award

Winner: Alison Van Wyk, Green Cross Health, and Dr Natalie Gauld, Natalie Gauld Ltd


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