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Pharmacy as a career

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Why choose pharmacy as a career?

Today a pharmacist’s role is increasingly about working in teams with other healthcare professionals, providing services to people in a variety of settings to benefit local communities such as providing medication adherence support, vaccinations, weight loss programmes and much more.

In our communities we need pharmacists who reflect our culturally diverse society, and there’s an increasing need for Māori and Pacific people to join the pharmacy workforce.

This video has been produced by NZ pharmacists and their friends to showcase the increasingly diverse and rewarding roles within pharmacy. We would like to acknowledge the people who generously gave their time to this video.

Learn more about the pharmacists featured in this video and what they do.

Amy Chan PhD

Amy Chan PhD, RegPharmNZ - Hospital and research pharmacist

My job is a bit like a detective’s job, learning about the patient, their history, medicines, blood tests and how this all fits into the bigger picture. It’s so satisfying to see patients get better. As the medicines experts, we have a lot to contribute in helping people live longer, healthier lives. I truly think this is a great time to be in pharmacy.

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Sam Martin, Ngāpuhi, RegPharmNZ - Rural pharmacist

Working closely with my patients, it is great to know that the work we do for them actually makes a difference in their day to day lives. I also enjoy working closely with Māori Health providers to reduce inequalities in our high needs population. Pharmacy is an exciting profession that has changed very rapidly in the last few years.


Penny Clark, RegPharmNZ (Prescriber) - Clinical pharmacist and pharmacist prescriber in General Practice

Being present in the medical centre and a core member of the team allows me to be really effective in terms of working directly with patients. As a pharmacist prescriber I can implement changes to medicine regimens myself, write the prescriptions and order any laboratory tests that may be required whilst keeping the GP informed. Being accepted as a valuable member of the clinical team is very humbling. 


Marie Bennett, RegPharmNZ - Community pharmacist

A day at work is never dull. I love working with patients and the community to provide health services and improve community and patient health. Pharmacy is a great career as you get to make a difference to people's health and well-being. There is also the opportunity for business ownership, part time work and work in hospitals, industry, medical practices, community settings and overseas.



Arthur Bauld - Ngāti Wai, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Toa me Ngāti Raukawa, RegPharmNZ - Addictions pharmacist/sole charge community pharmacist

Without a doubt, my favourite aspect of being a pharmacist is just making a difference in people’s lives and having fun with them at the same time. It turns a job into a vocation. It is also extremely fulfilling to see patients respond so well to your efforts and working towards a shared goal, one that is bigger than yourself, is surprisingly rewarding.



Helen Morton, RegPharmNZ, -  Mobile Medicines Management Pharmacist

I generally visit between 6 and 8 patients in a day in their homes. I spend a significant amount of time liaising with GPs to rationalise medications and assisting referred for community-based health care organisations such as Disability Support Link. As mobile pharmacists we are also available to provide support to community pharmacies who are also providing a medicines management service.

This video also highlights the need for Māori and Pacific pharmacists in our communities. See the special entry schemes offered by the University of Auckland below.

Entry to the Degree

For information on entry requirements and the admissions process, please click here

Special Entry Schemes

  • Scholarships are offered to Māori and Pacific students to address the need within our communities for more Māori and Pacific pharmacists. Find out more here
  • Support for Māori and Pacific students is available via the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS). Find out more here
  • To encourage equitable access for students living in regional or rural areas the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree also has a Regional Rural Admission Scheme. Find out more here