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He tono whakapiki ora: Whānau and pharmacists’ knowledge exchange

48 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Nora Parore
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Lay summary
Pharmacists are medicines experts who collaborate with whānau, prescribers, and within multidisciplinary healthcare teams to assess and review medicines use. Pharmacists are identified in the Pharmacy Action Plan 2016-2020 as highly qualified, but under-utilised, in the wider health setting. Equitable Māori health outcomes are guaranteed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are an overarching principle of this action plan. This policy-based research explores whether the pharmacy sector aligns with the principles and practices of whānau ora models of care. Informed by a kaupapa Māori paradigm, the research will examine the intersect between pharmacists and mātauranga Māori in a contemporary context to attempt to decolonise the western construct of pharmacist services. It focuses on whānau Māori experiences of pharmacists and the health system. Findings will inform health policy, funding and service delivery, and have the potential contribute to whānau ora and the achievement of Māori health equity.