Pharmac staff take part in IAP2 Training


In March, twenty-five kaimahi from across Pharmac, including the senior leadership team, participated in the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Essentials of Engagement one-day course.

IAP2 is the leading engagement peak body with an Australasian chapter and a strong Aotearoa presence. Their principles, models, and methods for engagement are used across many NZ Government agencies, and their training program is well-established and reputable.

We were lucky to have Chris Mene deliver the course, an expert engagement facilitator with experience across government, including health.

Chris did a great job taking us through a step-by-step process on undertaking best-practice engagement planning before getting participants to work on current Pharmac projects that require engagement. Working on these projects allowed us to tūhono with kaimahi from different teams, and wānanga, talking through the engagement process we had learnt in the morning. Living these values allowed everyone to bring their own unique perspective, which helped identify new ways in which our work could better meet the needs and aspirations of our partners and stakeholders.

Collaboration and engagement are crucial components of Pharmac's strategic direction and ensuring we work effectively with our health partners to achieve the best health outcomes for all New Zealanders.