Inter-pharmacy Sports

Two weekends ago, the annual inter-pharmacy sports was held, and there was fierce competition from each year group. The sports started at an early 10am with Netball numbers not as prolific as hoped, but still having enough for a competitive game.

The numbers then sky rocketed in time for the basketball, with the P4’s taking out both the P2 and P3 teams on their way to basketball victory. New faces then arrived and were ready to play some indoor football, with again the P4 asserting their dominance and beating both the P2 and P3 teams again, to be crowned the inter-pharmacy champions.

Well done to everyone who turned up and made it a great day, and congratulations to the P4 champions!

A special mention to our Go Healthy spot prize winners James Walters (P4), Ben Mwangi (P3), and Jenna Maia (P2) for their dedication and sportsmanship.

(Photo credit: Kevin Lee)

Educational Seminar 2018

Educational Seminar


Last month the NZAPS-O “Educational Seminar” event was held. At least one is held each year to give students the opportunity to hear what some pharmacists have been up to, and be inspired. The free morning tea is a bonus! This year were lucky enough to hear from three amazing pharmacists.

Angela Harwood, a Clinical Advisory Pharmacist here in Dunedin, shared the range of roles she has been involved in with us. These range from community pharmacy and ownership, mobile medicines management, primary care (clinical advisory pharmacist), and recently gaining a certificate in pharmacist prescribing. Wow! It was exciting for students to see the range of opportunities and services out there, beyond what they may have heard about in class so far.

 Guna Kanniah, a senior clinical pharmacist specialising in mental health and addictions services travelled all the way from Hamilton to encourage students to accept the mission of becoming a mental health pharmacist. Mental health is an important issue in our communities- Guna highlighted the statistic that 1 in 4 people in NZ have a mental health issue, then got us to close our eyes and picture three friends or people we know. He brought a lot of wisdom and passion to his presentation and I am sure he has ignited sparks of interest in students.

Paul Larson, a local community pharmacist (Larson’s pharmacy in Green Island), presented a highly entertaining and informative talk. He shared his background in pharmacy, and insights on community pharmacy and how to be a successful community pharmacist. He highlighted the idea that we need to be responsive to change, as change is inevitable part of our future in the profession. It was great hearing an honest perspective of community pharmacy from someone who has been so involved in the profession. Students always love to hear from him, and we are grateful to have Larson’s Pharmacy as one of our NZAPS-O sponsors.  

 HUGE thanks to our speakers for giving up their time to talk to students. Everyone that attended learned something new, and it was so inspiring hearing what these pharmacists have been up to. A thanks also goes out to Otago School of Pharmacy for contributing to event finances.  

Make sure you attend next year to hear from another group of amazing pharmacists!


Teddy Bear Hospital

NZAPS-O members volunteered at the annual Teddy Bear Hospital yesterday.

The children took their Teddies to the doctors (OUMSA) where they received a script to take to the pharmacy. The script was for a piece of fruit given to them by the pharmacists. This event was hugely successful and helps children to become comfortable around visiting their doctors and pharmacists.

Relay for Life

Last month the Pharmacy students were involved in the Dunedin Relay for Life. There were over 30 students involved, and a total of over $2500 raised by the team. It was a fun 24 hours, that involved a lot of walking, a zumba class, a night movie, a complimentary breakfast and plenty of music A highlight of the event was the candle ceremony, where cancer survivors were paid tribute to and celebrated, along with everyone else that has been affected by cancer. There was a speech given by a carer for a cancer patient, that detailed the struggles that cancer brings to those unfortunate enough to be inflicted by the disease. It was for a very good cause and thank-you to those of you who came and got involved!

Marc Rooney – Sports Representative 2018

Flat Crawl

With 120 students attending our annual flat crawl on Saturday 10th March, it was as vibrant and fun as ever especially with the stunning weather Dunedin put on for us. This year’s theme was intergalactic aliens and it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the theme. Best dressed was awarded to Charlotte Brenkley and Shayna Carter with their handmade UFO outfits (pictured below – top left). We had a variety of games throughout the afternoon and everyone enjoyed the barbecue and hot chips. It was great to see the three year levels getting to know each other and making so many memories.

– Bex Angus, Social Representative 2018


White Coat Ceremony

Welcome to the new members of our students association! Please enjoy some of the 2018 White Coat Ceremony photographs taken by Alan Dove

2018 P2 Camp Report

The annual P2 Pharmacy Camp was held from Wednesday the 14th until Friday the 16th of February this year. 60 new second year pharmacy students and 40 student volunteers came along for two days of bonding and fun at the Waiora Scout Camp near Mosgiel.

The 60 eager P2 students were split into 6 teams and participated in activities which ranged from sports to acting challenges. Points were given to the top 3 teams in every activity. The winning team at the end of the camp received a prize.

After getting to know their team mates, the P2’s participated in several ice breaker games including balloon popping and a quiz night to build their team spirit and comradery. After dinner, the night was finished with a disco party including a DJ and late night snacks.

The next day, the camp awoke to sunshine and the morning was spent playing cricket, volleyball, touch rugby and tug of war for points. After some sandwiches were served for lunch, the teams split off to work on their skits which included acting and songs based on a theme chosen from a hat. The skits were later presented at night and the whole camp were laughing and applauding the brilliant effort the new additions to Pharmacy had made.

The night ended in another dance party. New friendships had blossomed and the whole cohort was celebrating together before entering their first year of study in The School of Pharmacy.

Emma Gray, Marketing Executive


Congratulations to the 2018 Executive!

Tonight we had our annual general meeting where we announced our new executive for 2018.

Congratulations to:

President: Laura Pidcock

Secretary: Sophie Elliott-Buma

Treasurer: Ash Singh

Education representative: Jemma Fielding

Contact person/Liaison Officer: Ruby Gallavin

Student Exchange Officer/Welfare Representative: Nadine King

Social Representative: Rebecca Angus

Sports Representative: Marc Rooney

Marketing Representative: Emma Gray

Revue Representative: Mitchell Smith

We’d also like to congratulate all candidates who ran for positions this year. It was a tough week with difficult choices made between so many talented students. We are so lucky to have so many amazing members.


How well do you know your pharmacist?

Did you know that pharmacists…

  • Can give you flu vaccinations
  • Can test and determine your warfarin doses
  • Can consult and treat minor ailments with prescription medicines (e.g. emergency
    contraception, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction)
  • Check for medicine interactions to keep you safe
  • Can test your blood pressure
  • Offer FREE health advice
  • Give you FREE prescriptions after you have collected 20 prescriptions per year

NZAPS-O Pharmacy Awareness Week:
Monday 25 September – Friday 29 September