Phar­macy schol­ar­ships

Kapi-Mana News - - COMMUNITY -

Porirua’s Andy Davis has been awarded a Hi­winui Heke Maori Phar­macy Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship from Otago Univer­sity.

Two awards for Maori students en­rolled at phar­macy schools are pre­sented by Phar­mac and Nga Kaiti­aki o te Puna Ron­goa o Aotearoa (Maori Phar­ma­cists As­so­ci­a­tion or MPA) each year. Davis won the top schol­ar­ship of $5000.

Phar­mac de­vel­oped the schol­ar­ships with the MPA as a way to en­cour­age more Maori students to com­plete their phar­macy stud­ies, says its Maori health man­ager Marama Parore.

“The schol­ar­ships are a pos­i­tive way of as­sist­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Maori phar­macy work­force, and link strongly to our Maori Re­spon­sive­ness Strat­egy, Te Whaio­ranga.

“Phar­ma­cists play a vi­tal role in help­ing pa­tients un­der­stand how to use their medicines. We see these schol­ar­ships as a way of ul­ti­mately help­ing peo­ple get the best use of the medicines pre­scribed for them.”

Top scholar: Andy Davis

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