We begin with a mihi whakatau by Mana Whenua
representative Mark Ormsby
Keynote speaker: Dr Ian Soosay
Deputy Director and Principal Advisor Mental Health
Ministry of Health New Zealand

Small Group Discussions
Each group assigned a different area (pharmacist education; methods; knowledge dissemination and implementation; operations)
Close. Wine and Cheese
Morning Tea/Coffee
Dr Caroline Morris
Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington
& Jackie Cumming
Director Health Services Research, Faculty of Health, Victoria University of Wellington
'Pharmacy in the community:Solutions for future roles'
Dr Andrea Murphy
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
An overview and evaluation of the Bloom Programme
Group Discussion
What would work in New Zealand for the Bloom Programme Continued
Afternoon Tea/Coffee
Opening presentation
Professor Carlo Marra, Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of Otago

Professor Janie Sheridan
Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland 'Substance misuse and addictions - a focus for community pharmacy'
Ian McMichael
Pharmacy 547, Hamilton
Group Discussions
Lead by Andrea Murphy

The University of Otago and The University of Auckland Present:

9 March 2018
University of Otago wellington
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Thanks to our sponsors, our symposium is free and open to the public.
Please join us in on Friday, 9 March 2018 for a day of evidence generation surrounding mental health in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The 2018 symposium theme will be based around mental health with the aim of  establishing an evidence-generating project and a functional plan that will collect cost and outcome data on pharmacists' ability to influence mental health outcomes.
The profession of pharmacy has been slow to deliver clinically based services, and moving from a product-based model to a patient-focused model.  While the reasons for this lack of movement are complex, one of the impediments has been the lack of remuneration and the uncertainty about the value of evidence.  As such, the profession needs a coordinated effort to collect the right evidence that will propel pharmacy forward.
Forward Pharmacy is a symposium that will bring together a number of pharmacy stakeholders including policymakers, funders, professional organisations and practising pharmacists to discuss cost-effective solutions to improve patient care.

This symposium presents an ideal opportunity to discover pathways for improving New Zealand’s pharmacy profession. Pharmacy Forward will question the pharmacy profession’s current position and discuss international and local evidence on how to move it forward to improve health outcomes at good value for money.
The Aim
Our commitment
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The mental health and addictions community pharmacy partnership program of Nova Scotia
All pharmacies in Nova Scotia are required by law to follow professional standards of practice. Relevant to the Bloom Program these standards include: patient-centered drug therapy management; confidentiality of patient information; to educate and provide drug and non-drug information; to promote health in the community; and to promote collaborative relationships with healthcare providers and others.
The program aims to improve the health and well-being of people living with mental illness and addictions.  Patients registered with the program can expect in-depth, patient-centered medication therapy management, focusing on mental and physical health problems as well as medication related issues. In addition, pharmacies participating in the program support navigation of the system, helping people to find local services  and supports, referral to the appropriate level of care when needed, and offer education and resources about mental illness, addictions, and medications.
Visit www.bloomprogram.ca for more information.

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