First Kiwi enrols in PSA diploma

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PSA has enrolled its first New Zealand pharmacist in the Diploma of Leadership and Management customised specifically for pharmacists

PSA and the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand have collaborated to introduce PSA’s formal qualifications in leadership and management to NZ pharmacists.

“PSA is enthusiastic about this partnership with PSNZ and the positive interest it’s generating,” PSA National Vice President Michelle Lynch said.

“We look forward to more NZ pharmacists enrolling in these courses and attaining the skills in leadership and management from this PSA course.

“PSA’s online learning platform is ideal for delivering these programs to PSNZ members so they can study at their own pace and without having to coordinate time zone differences. PSA programs are flexible and can be started at any time.”

PSNZ Chief Pharmacist Advisor Bob Buckham said: “We have talked to many pharmacists seeking professional development beyond the ‘usual’ range of clinically orientated programs, which offer skills to improve how they manage and deliver patient care.”

“Currently there is nothing similar to these qualifications available in New Zealand. They have generated a lot of interest and we expect many more NZ pharmacists will take advantage of the PSA and PSNZ partnership. 

“PSA’s qualifications are of a very high quality and designed specifically for pharmacists in any area of practice with leadership or managerial responsibilities, or want to advance their careers towards these roles.”

PSA Executive Director, Practice Support and Education Jan Ridd said PSA qualifications available to PSNZ members include the Diploma of Leadership and Management – ideal for building skills and knowledge in team and business management and leadership – and the Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice which enables pharmacists to lead, innovate and advance their professional practice.

“Both qualifications offer articulation pathways to a Master of Business Administration and other qualifications such as marketing and project management,” Ms Ridd said.

“PSA looks forward to working with New Zealand pharmacists and other pharmacy groups in Australia to deliver leadership and management training specifically tailored to pharmacists to advance their careers.”

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