Here is some background on our panellists:
Born in Kaikohe, Mary originally intended to study engineering, but a change of mind saw her enter the pharmacy programme at the Central Institute of Technology.
During the ensuing years she raised a family, obtained a degree in sociology and social anthropology with honours, was awarded the title of Massey Scholar for academic excellence, was a practising partner in Roberts Ngaruawahia Pharmacy and Ngaruawahia Pharmacy, worked tirelessly in a predominately Māori community to deliver Treaty of Waitangi-based pharmacy services to the wider community and worked to deliver Treaty training to DHBs and organisations such as PSNZ.
Mary also was a member of the group that developed the Māori Health Strategy for Pharmacy and the Midland Community Pharmacy Group’s Māori health strategy. She was a member of PRISM and is a passionate supporter of the work of the Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā – the Māori Pharmacists Association.
Kasey Brown, of Samoan descent, is president of the Pacific Pharmacists’ Association, a role she has filled since the association’s inception in 2018. Originally from Wellington, she has been a pharmacist since graduating in 2009.
Kasey is a hospital pharmacist currently managing the pharmacy at Gisborne Hospital. Two and a half years ago, she and her community pharmacist husband Kevin Pewhairangi moved to Gisborne where they established Horouta Pharmacy.
She and Kevin have three children.
Ian McMichael is president of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, having been on the board since 2011.
After a pharmacy internship at Waikato Hospital in 1982, Ian became a pharmacy owner in 1987, and has owned Pharmacy 547 since 1989.
Pharmacy 547 has won many local and national awards, and is considered an exemplar of pharmacy service, through introducing the Pharmaceutical Review Service, clozapine, CPAMs, immunisation and other services.
Ian is also owner in partnership with others of Huntly West Pharmacy, Neville Kane Pharmacy, and Anglesea Pharmacy. All these pharmacies have a large percentage of Māori and Pacific patients and patients with high needs.
So grab some popcorn and hit the couch for what is set to be a scintillating discussion on Zoom. Don’t forget to bring your own ideas as well – you can send them through while panellists debate the issues.
Kick-off is 7pm, and we’ll send you an email reminder so you can be part of the action.