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Invitation to participate in research

Published September 15 2021

This research aims to help us understand how pharmacists can better serve Māori.

If you are interested in finding out more about this research, click here for the Participant Information Sheet


What are we trying to find out?

How can pharmacists support whānau to get better access to funded medicines?

How can pharmacists support with healthcare for conditions like nits/kutu, eczema, sports injuries, scabies and heartburn?

How can pharmacists support whānau to use medicines in a way that works for them?

Am I eligible for this study?

-Māori, 18 years or older

– Got medicine from a pharmacy (either bought it or from a prescription) any time over the last three years. This could be anything – for example, pain relievers for headache, antibiotics, treatment for kutu/nits.

What do I need to do if I am involved?

Participate in a 1.5-2 hours online or in-person wānanga (discussion) with other community members and a facilitator. You can bring support people with you. You can also invite other people to join in the research.  Before you participate we will go through a formal consent process with you.

Where will this happen?

The wānanga will be online and in person (kanohi ki te kanohi). These are happening in different times and places across Aotearoa and you will be given specific information for when and where they are happening in your community.

What will I receive if I am involved?

– $50 koha (supermarket or petrol voucher) and the chance to learn more about pharmacists and to contribute to ideas on how pharmacists can better serve Māori.

If you would like more information you can read and the Participant Information Sheet and/or contact Jo Hikaka j.hikaka@auckland.ac.nz

This research is being undertaken by The Māori Pharmacists Association and National Hauora Coalition.