A Ko Awatea-led project in which pharmacists work with GPs and nurses in primary care to manage gout patients has been recognised in this year’s Pharmacy Awards.
The Owning My Gout programme began as one of the collaboratives under Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness campaign, but now falls under Ko Awatea’s Safety in Practice initiative.
Owning My Gout was led by Diana Phone, community pharmacist at Waimauku Village Pharmacy.
Ms Phone, who works three days a week at Ko Awatea as project lead for the programme and two days at the pharmacy, dominated the awards, winning the Supreme Award as well as Innovation in Delivering People Centred Care and Advice, the Community Pharmacy of the Year award and the Professional Service of the Year award (for Owning my Gout).
She says she was stunned and humbled to receive so many awards and was delighted for both the community pharmacy team and the Ko Awatea team.
Owning My Gout has a special place in her heart because of its focus on collaboration between GPs and pharmacists to improve the provision of primary care, and also because of the involvement of Ko Awatea.
“I am very grateful to be part of Ko Awatea. It gave me the skills to take my pharmacy practice further, be more innovative and think outside the box. Ko Awatea is where I have learnt about project leadership, which helped both with the gout project and with my work in community pharmacy [former director] Jonathan Gray has been a great mentor and an inspirational leader,” Miss Phone said.
The awards were co-hosted by Pharmacy Today during a glitzy night at the Pullman Hotel.
Editor Mark Longley noted the finalists showed great acumen and versatility.
“In my opinion, the finalists here tonight have shown they are adapting to the changing landscape and working out how to make it work. It is business at its finest. Adapt and thrive or stay the same and don’t,” Mr Longley said.