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Oct 17

Seeking consumers and providers to take part in a DHB Working Group

TAS (health organisation) is putting together a working group to identify what services consumers can easily access from a pharmacist and to seek their viewpoint about what pharmacy means to them.

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TAS is a professional services organisation that provides a range of strategic, advisory and programme management services to the health sector. 

TAS have already collated feedback from DHBs and consumers from previous workshops in 2016, however we want to see if there are further gaps in services that matter the most to people. The aim of the working group is to prioritise pharmacy and pharmacists services for development over the next two years.

The working group will utilise a co-design approach whereby consumers, service providers and funders pool their expertise to deliver more effective services that consumers want. The working group reports to an Expert Advisory Group (EAG), which has been established by the DHBs to oversee the development of the community pharmacy contracts.

The working group will consist of 20 - 30 members, and are wanting a wide cross section of consumers who currently access pharmacy services on a regular basis. They are particularly asking for:

  • Consumers who bring a Maori, Pasifika or Asian perspective to the provision of healthcare and pharmacy services.
  • Consumers who suffer from chronic conditions that require regular visits to a pharmacy. They envisage consumers may have one of more chronic conditions such as diabetes,  cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease.
  • Consumers who identify with issues affecting healthcare services in rural communities.
  • Consumers with experience of mental illness.

If you have questions regarding this working group or want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact Barbara Eibl, Project Coordinator, Community Pharmacy Services Team on 04 803 5813 or email barbara.eibl@tas.health.nz