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The Pharmacy Service Level Alliance (PSLA) is supporting innovation in pharmacy services and enhancing the contribution of pharmacy to the patient's health care team. Established in 2010, the PSLA provides strategic direction, design, prioritisation and leadership for Community Pharmacies (with input from secondary/tertiary pharmacy services) across the Canterbury Health System.

Specifically, the PSLA is supporting and promoting the contribution of the Pharmacist in a patient’s multi-disciplinary primary health care team and initiatives that free up pharmacist's time for better patient focused care.

Currently the PSLA is leading the development of a local response to the national Pharmacy Action Plan. This involves progressing the ongoing transformational work in Canterbury, investigating and recommending how pharmacy in Canterbury can better contribute to the objectives of the Canterbury Health System and the New Zealand Health Strategy. 

Latest News
Latest key messages from the Pharmacy SLA.
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17 Oct, 2019 |
Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group (CCPG) has released a report, written by Brendon McIntosh, which aims to educate and inform community pharmacies about how they might better engage with their local Māori population. Read the article from
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04 Sep, 2019 |
Have you ever wondered what happens between handing in your script at the pharmacy counter and receiving your medicines? Despite a serene exterior, there’s a whirlwind of activity happening behind the counter as soon as your script is handed over.
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02 Sep, 2019 |
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Useful resources

Enhanced OST Project

Enhanced Opioid Substitution Therapy project outcomes.

Work Plan 2021-22

For Pharmacy SLA. Read full CCN work plan.

Environment Checklist

A checklist to aid making pharmacies more consumer centred.

Medication Management Service

Flyer about the free Medication Management Service

Manage your medicines - flyer

Tips and tricks to make managing your medicine easier.

Pharmacy Redesign

Report on the recommendations of Canterbury's Pharmacy Design Groups.