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Cultural Competence


Cultural Competence - continuing education

Council urge pharmacists to ensure their core cultural competency skills are strong to ensure that peoples’ health needs are met through interactions that are culturally safe and respectful. Acknowledging Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the place of Māori in New Zealand, the profession is also expected to have a working knowledge of the historical, spiritual and social factors that influence health and wellbeing of Māori.

Starting in 2019, Council will introduce a new recertification requirement that focuses on CPD, to increase its assurance of the profession’s cultural competence.

In each three-year CPD cycle, practising pharmacists must complete at least 18 points of learning in one or both of the competencies M1.4 and M1.5: Practise Pharmacy within New Zealand’s Culturally Diverse Environment and Understanding Hauora Māori. Of the 18 points, 8 must be Group 2 learning and at least some points must focus on Hauora Māori.

The requirement will be partially implemented in March 2019 and fully implemented in March 2020.

More information about the new cultural competence requirement can be found in recent Council newsletters:
October 2016
December 2016
February 2017

To help you get started with your cultural competence learning, we have listed some resources with a Māori or Pacific Islands focus here. Keep checking – we plan to add to this list as we learn of new opportunities.