The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Representatives from the Guilds renewed their MOU, first signed in 2012, to facilitate the sharing of resources and information across the Tasman. The new MOU 2015-2017 was signed at a meeting of the Australia/New Zealand Joint Planning Committee at the APP conference on the Gold Coast.
The Committee discussed the major issues facing community pharmacies in their respective countries. The two organisations reaffirmed the need to co-operate to achieve shared goals. This is of particular importance given the pricing of medicines model in New Zealand, trials of pharmacies within supermarkets in New Zealand, the respective pharmacy Agreements.
The Committee of officials also discussed primary health networks, and quality assurance measures.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia National President George Tambassis said: “Our goals are strongly aligned, so it makes good sense for our Guilds to work closely together to better serve the members of both organisations and the patients in both countries.
“There is a lot that we can learn from each other and help each other to achieve. Having a strong community pharmacy network in both countries is in the best interests of all pharmacists and the health systems in which they work. I look forward to working closely with my New Zealand counterparts.”
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand President Ken Orr said: “The New Zealand Guild is pleased to be renewing the MOU and building on our relationship with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
“The patients we serve in our countries can only be better served by the two Guilds working together on areas of common interest.”