Organisational structure

Pharmac is organised into six directorates – Operations, Medical, Māori, Corporate Services, Engagement & Implementation, and Strategic Initiatives.

Graphic representation of our structure. See "Text for chart" for the words. .
Pharmac's organisational structure


The Operations teams manage and lead our pharmaceutical funding and spending management processes. This includes applications for individual named patients and carrying out economic assessment of potential investments in medicines. They develop and put in place commercial transactions and manage procurement activity for medicines.

They also undertake some national procurement activities for medical devices on behalf of Te Whatu Ora hospitals. Currently Operations are developing Pharmac’s future role in the management of funding for hospital medical devices.


The Medical team provides Pharmac with clinical governance, leadership, and advice from a medical perspective. The team is also responsible for developing and delivering our clinical leadership strategy. They also support our committees of medical experts.


The purpose of the Māori directorate is to support our focus on lifting our Māori capability and capacity across the organisation. It will also assist the organisation in meeting its te Tiriti o Waitangi accountabilities, and build an organisation that understands how to work and partner with Māori, as well as supporting all our Māori staff.

Engagement & Implementation

The Engagement & Implementation team leads Pharmac policy, communications and implementation. It is also responsible for our Māori responsiveness strategy and Pacific responsiveness strategy.

Corporate Services

Corporate Services provides support across the organisation – with teams responsible for analysis, business services, finance, human resources, information and communication technology (ICT) and legal.

Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives leads and coordinates strategy and related project work. This includes developing and implementing our Strategic Direction.

Read the Strategic Direction