New pharmacy contract signals new era

District Health Boards’ new contract for community pharmacy services – the Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement - took effect on 1 October 2018.

It is a key step to enable delivery of the vision of the Pharmacy Action Plan, which supports the government’s NZ Health Strategy.  The Pharmacy Action Plan puts people at the centre of services, and envisions a future where pharmacists, as skilled medicine advisors, work more closely with other health professionals to address inequities and maximise health outcomes for everyone.

You’ll find the new contract here, along with other important information.

National Annual Agreement Review 2018-19

The first meeting for the National Annual Agreement Review 2018-19 of the Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement took place on 3 December in Wellington.

Present were DHB and Ministry of Health representatives, five sector representative organisations, and an independent contract-holder from Wellington. The five sector representatives were the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand, Green Cross Health, Nirvana Health, Pharmacy Partners and Countdown. 

The meeting set the scene for the 2018-19 Review, and all participants agreed the meeting was positive and collaborative. Discussion focussed on prioritisation of matters to look at in the Review.  Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the TAS website within the next few weeks.

Two more meetings have been scheduled for late March and June.  The Review must be completed by the end of June, so recommendations can go to DHB Chief Executives, and any changes to the contract arising from the Annual Review can take place before the contract’s first anniversary date of 1 October 2019.

More information is available here. 

Message to community pharmacy from Carolyn Gullery:  1 October

Watch a short video message from DHB Lead Pharmacy General Manager Planning and Funding Carolyn Gullery, marking the first day of the new contract.

Immediate next priorities are the first National Annual Agreement Review (NAAR), strengthening the Expert Advisory Group (EAG), and developing new local services to address inequities and meet the specific needs of local communities.  You’ll find more information in Carolyn’s video (above) and on the website.

Rongoa newsletter

The TAS Community Pharmacy Programme, on behalf of the 20 DHBs, recently launched a new monthly newsletter called Rongoa.  You can read the fourth issue here. The previous issues can be found in the Publications and Resources section. 

If you would like information in the newsletter about specific topics, please email your suggestions to pharmacy@tas.health.nz

Website changes

The TAS Community Pharmacy web pages have been updated to reflect the new contract.  If there is any information you are looking for and cannot find, please contact pharmacy@tas.health.nz