Congratualtions to our members Anjelica Jones, Robert Haua, and Teei Kaiaruna (above) who, along with Trudi Aspden, were finalists in the Te Hapai Hauora Award at the Pharmacy Awards, held on 22nd July. Their entry related to a University of Auckland, School of Pharmacy recruitment video they produced which aimed to show rangatahi the wide and various roles pharmacists play in supporting whānau in the community. The team tell you more below:
We need more Māori and Pacific pharmacists in NZ to provide better care for our people. We set out to develop an accessible resource to support and increase the recruitment of Māori and Pacific students into the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme at the University of Auckland. We wanted to provide a contemporary view of pharmacists working at the top of their scope in innovative, community facing roles. Although targeted at informing Māori and Pacific students, and their whānau, about the career potential in pharmacy, we believe the video very much models cultural inclusiveness and has wide appeal and many uses.
The video features six pharmacists talking about their fulfilling careers and the new roles in pharmacy. It is entitled “More than counting pills – how pharmacy has changed in New Zealand” and can be viewed on YouTube via the following link http://bit.ly/2qXkewa.
This initiative involved collaboration with many generous and talented people, and consultation with Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. All the cast, the drummers and the artist share our vision, and graciously gave up their time and talents for no payment.
Webpages of the six featured pharmacists were also created, which contain additional information about their careers and views on the future of pharmacy. These can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2ptkSjY.
USBs loaded with the recruitment video and accessorised with woven harakeke have been posted to the careers advisors of 50 North Island high schools with a high number of Māori and Pacific students.
These resources address a gap in the market, and aims to change perceptions about the role of a pharmacist in New Zealand. Feedback from students, careers advisors, and whānau has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to being a part of an ongoing commitment to promote pharmacy to Māori and Pacific students.
Cover Photo: Teei, Trudi and Robert; courtesy of Pharmacy Today http://pharmacyawards.co.nz/gallery-2017/