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PSA and PSNZ Sign Historic Agreement

30 March 2011

PSA and PSNZ Sign Historic Agreement

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand today signed a historic strategic alliance to lead in building the capacity of the profession and driving a greater role for pharmacists in the health-care systems of both countries.

The alliance specifically aims to strengthen the professional role of pharmacists as recognised pivotal members of the primary health care team in improving patient outcomes in Australia and New Zealand.

National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said the signing of the alliance brought together the professions of both countries at a very high level and enabled a formal exchange of information, experiences and ideas.

“With this alliance we are able to strengthen the communication, collaboration and cooperation between the PSA and PSNZ in policy development, education and training, political advocacy and commercial arrangements where there is mutual benefit,” Mr Plunkett said.

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“There are clearly many areas where the professions of both countries share common ground and this new relationship will boost our ability to further the interests of our members.”

President of the PSNZ, Elizabeth Plant, welcomed the alliance and said it enabled both Societies to identify potential products and services that may be of benefit to either or both organisations.

“This alliance will initially focus on four key areas – policy, workforce planning, events, including PAC, and products,” she said.

“It is a great step forward for the pharmacy profession in both countries and one which will flow on and result in better health outcomes for consumers in both Australia and New Zealand.”


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