Conferences and events of interest to the pharmacy sector


Pharmaceutical Society 2016 Symposia Series

The 2016 symposia series will be run in three locations in 2016: 

Sunday 15 May 2016 - Christchurch, Chateau on the Park

Sunday 29 May 2016 - Auckland, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre (includes AGM).

(The Wellington event was held 1 May.)

The keynote speaker is Alison Roberts, from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, who will talk about the Health Destination Pharmacy programme which she championed.

Other talks include a refresher course on basic pharmacology, how pharmacists can help treat eye problems and how pharmacists can assist in palliative care.

Each event will have an expert panel discussing the Government's priority of a "one team" approach to health, plus the presentation of society awards. 

Go to the Pharmaceutical Society website to register.


New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes - Pharmacy study day and annual scientific meeting

3 May - Pharmacy study day

4-6 May - annual scientific meeting (ASM)

Novotel Rotoura

The New Zealand society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) committee is very keen to integrate pharmacy/ pharmacists into the management of diabetes. This year a diabetes pharmacy study day will be held prior to the main programme - the study days are targeted at a multidisciplinary audience, with specific workshops in the middle of the programme for specialities. The pharmacy stream includes a review of new medicines in diabetes management, case studies on pharmacist integration into primary and secondary care diabetes management, and a discussion on integrating pharmacists into the management of diabetes.  

The ASM includes everything from education sessions on diabetes self-management to a fun run/walk.

Full details and registration is available online. 


The Young and the Restless: the NZHPA's Medicines Information & Clinical Pharmacy SIG seminar

7-8 May, Auckland 

The Medicines Information & Clinical Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) of the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists' Association (NZHPA) holds this educational seminar each year.

In 2016 the theme is "The Young and the Restless" covering paediatrics, geriatrics and palliative care. Practical examples will be covered in a series of interactive workshops.

Registration close 15 April. See the NZHPA website for more details.


CTFA Annual Conference

23 June

Pullman Hotel, Auckland

Annual conference for the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association Inc. More details to come, see for more information.


NZHPA Mental Health SIG seminar

9-10 July

Wellington Hospital

The New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists' Association (NZHPA) Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) holds this educational seminar each year. It is not exclusive for those who work in mental health - everyone is invited. 

Programme topics so far include:

  • Porirua consultant forensic psychiatrist Susanna Every-Palmer on the effects of clozapine on the gut transit time compared with that of other antipsychotics.
  • Amanda Wheeler from Griffith University, Queensland on exploring the role of the community pharmacy in supporting mental health consumers and carers.
  • A psychiatric registrar from the consultation-liaison team explaining their role
  • The mental health clinical leader for Compass Health on new initiatives in mental health by the PHO, including the role of a mental health nurse practitioner. 
  • A quetiapine audit in rest homes. 
  • Case studies. 

See the NZHPA website for more details.


PSA16 - the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's annual conference

29-31 July


With a theme Leading Pharmacy Innovation, the comprehensive and engaging conference will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour hotel in Sydney with new state-of-the-art facilities.

The PSA's premier professional development event will focus on how pharmacists can develop their role as healthcare professionals.

See the PSA16 website for more details and to register. Note: New Zealand pharmacists who are members of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand qualify for PSA membership rates.


Pharmacy Business Network

Saturday, 6 August 8am-4.30pm

Pullman Hotel, Auckland

The Pharmacy Guild is running its second annual Pharmacy Business Network event - a one-day business management conference for pharmacy owners and managers. The keynote speaker is Justine Troy from 42 Below Vodka, and there will also be a range of sessions on managing your business or managing people.

The event ties in with the Pharmacy Today/Guild Pharmacy Awards 2016 held later the same day.

Early bird tickets are $249 plus GST for Guild members, pharmacy students and sector representatives, and $449 plus GST for non-members.

Go to for more details and for bookings.  


Pharmacy Today/Guild Pharmacy Awards 2016

Saturday, 6 August from 6.30pm

Pullman Hotel, Auckland

Step into the limelight!

The 2016 Pharmacy Awards continues the tradition of rewarding people who give patients or customers a great result. The awards will be bigger and better this year, with new categories and prizes.  The deadline for entries is 24 June - so start getting your entries in now. 

The awards evening will be a special ceremony at a premium venue, which includes dinner and entertainment.

Tickets $225+gst each. 

Go to for more details.


2016 Blackmores Institute Symposium (Australia)

13 August

Sheraton on the Park, Sydney

Pharmacists are at the frontline of the rapidly changing world of complementary medicine. Advance your knowledge of this expanding field of healthcare at the 2016 Blackmores Institute Symposium, which has been specifically designed to educate pharmacists in the key developments essential for today's changing practice.

Resigstration AU$150 before 30 June or AU$195.

Go to the website for more information or to register. 


76th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2016

28 August - 1 September

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Theme: Rising to the challenge: reducing the global burden of disease. 

During the 2016 FIP Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists will rise to the challenge to reduce the global disease burden. Are you prepared to take this challenge? 

See for details.


NZSMI Annual Conference

Thursday 20 October

SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland

Save the date. Watch the NZSMI website for more details. 


HiNZ Conference

Monday 31 October to Thursday 3 November

SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland

In 2016, HiNZ (Health Informatics New Zealand) is joining forces with Global Telehealth, Successes & Failures in Telehealth and the NZ Nursing Informatics Conference to bring you four concurrent conferences in one dynamic week. Register once to attend any session across the four conferences. Hear about the latest developments in health informatics, telehealth and eHealth from around the world, in one convenient location. 

HiNZ is the conference organiser, in association with the Australasian Telehealth Society, The University of Queensland's Centre for Online Health and Nurse Executives NZ.

See the HiNZ website for more information. 


NZHPA Conference 2016

4-7 November 2016

Christchurch, Rydges Hotel

The New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists' Association annual conference will this year be held in Christchurch. See the NZHPA website for more details. 

Palliative care resource

These columns have been compiled by the Palliative Care Medications Working Group, which consists of palliative care professionals, including hospital specialists, GPs, hospice physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists. It is a sub-committee of the Ministry of Health Palliative Care Advisory Group. They will be of interest to anyone working in the hospice sector.


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