Our people - Janet Mackay
Senior Implementation Lead
If you want to push Janet Mackay’s buttons, just get her talking about the psychology of health.
That’s one of the things that attracted her to working at PHARMAC, where she works in the implementation programmes team. The team provides information for people whose brand of medicine is changing, and provides support for evidence-based prescribing for doctors. They often work with the doctors or nurses who have day-to-day dealings with patients to work out how to make medicine brand changes as easy and effective as possible.
Some recent work PHARMAC has been involved in with Auckland University’s department of psychology has been of particular interest to her.
“I’m passionate about the work we’re doing with Auckland University looking at generic medicines. It links in strongly with my interest in psychology. We’re looking at the reasons people are less likely to trust a generic. Their responses are real but the reasons are psychosomatic. It’s really fascinating.”
Janet arrived at PHARMAC after working for Regional Public Health in Wellington. The roles are similar, but PHARMAC operates at a different level with programmes operating nationally.
“What I like about working here is that projects change all the time. So every time a product changes or a new product is listed it’s a new group of patients and pharmacists and clinicians that you get involved with and link with.
“The process can be the same but different groups of people are involved. You get to learn a lot about particular pharmaceuticals, what they’re used for, and about the people who use them.
“People at PHARMAC debate things all the time, which helps to stimulate new ideas. It’s a real thinking organisation. Everyone gets involved with everything, and everyone’s opinion is valued and considered. I really like that.”
But it’s not all work – Janet also finds time to volunteer at a local church music group for pre-schoolers and their mums, nannies and caregivers.
“It helps to give some balance in my life,” she says. “Plus I get to hang out and play music with the kids, which is really cool.”
(Originally published in our 2014 Year in Review)
Last updated: 25 October 2019