Pharmac is organised into seven directorates – Advice and Assessments, Corporate Services, Devices, Equity and Engagement, Māori, Pharmaceutical, and Strategy, Policy and Performance.
Advice and Assessments
Pharmac's centre of expertise for:
- assessment of medicines and devices
- engagement with external specialists
- internal advisory support.
The Devices Directorate is working towards a new way of assessing, managing, and curating the way medical devices are purchased by Te Whatu Ora hospitals or community services. They work in collaboration with Te Whatu Ora, Te Aka Whai Ora, and device suppliers.
They are currently building the Devices Schedule.
The Pharmaceuticals Directorate manages Pharmac’s decision-making, procurement, and contract management for the Combined Pharmaceuticals Budget (CPB). This includes funding medicines, vaccines, and related products nationally and for individuals. The team manages Pharmac’s Exceptional Circumstances Framework for individual funding decisions.
Our team of experts develops commercial strategies to deliver more medicines to more people, with a focus on equity of health outcomes. We also work hard to:
- resolve supply issues
- ensure funded treatments are available for people who need them
- manage COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
Corporate Services provides support across the organisation – with teams responsible for analysis, business services, finance, people and capability, information and communication technology (ICT) and legal.
Equity and Engagement
This directorate is responsible for developing and implementing the strategies that will ensure Pharmac is able to deliver on the equity and engagement expectations of the health and disability system reforms (Pae Ora), with a dedicated focus on outcomes for Māori, Pacific and people with disabilities.
It consists of a Communications and External Relations team, Implementation Programmes team, as well as subject matter expert roles across equity, engagement and Pacific health.
This team of experts lead and grow Pharmac's capability to ensure we:
- meet our Pae Ora obligations as an effective Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner
- meet our Tiriti o Waitangi accountabilities
- hold and build on key relationships.
Strategy, Policy and Performance
The experts that develop and support implementation of organisational strategies, policies and processes to set, monitor, improve, and report on Pharmac's performance.