Tara Officer

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Health Services Research Centre, Faculty of Health

Qualifications

PhD Well, DPH Otago, BPharm Otago, RegPharmNZ

Profile

Tara Officer is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Centre. She is a New Zealand registered pharmacist and is currently working on two Health Research Council grants on the development of the pharmacist role in community pharmacy and more broadly in primary care. Tara is also collaborating with researchers in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice on various projects.

Tara completed her PhD in 2018 on the development of nurse practitioner and pharmacist prescriber roles in New Zealand primary health care, reflecting her interests in interdisciplinary care, changing skill mix, non-medical prescribing, and workforce development.

Most recently, Tara worked in a strategy and service delivery role within the public sector; her focus in this position was on implementing new models of service delivery, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, and economic evaluation.

Supervision Interests

  • Health workforce development
  • Interdisciplinary practice and professional identity
  • Patient-centred care
  • Health policy
  • Research Interests
  • Health services
  • Health workforce development
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Implementation of new models of care

Current Projects

Exploring the development and impact of expanded community pharmacy services. A Health Research Council grant looking at the development and impact of changes in community pharmacy services.

Enhancing Primary Health Care Services to Improve Health in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A Health Research Council grant looking at models of health care delivery via primary health care service providers, including those via pharmacists.

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Officer, T.N, Cumming J.M., & McBride-Henry, K.S. (2017). Nurse practitioners and pharmacist prescribers in primary health care: A realist evaluation of the New Zealand experience. International Journal of Integrated Care, 17 (3):A26. DOI:http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.3138

Refereed conference proceedings

Officer, T.N, Cumming J.M., & McBride-Henry, K.S. (2017). What works for whom, and in what circumstances: the development of pharmacist prescriber roles in New Zealand primary health care (Oral presentation within a symposium - Pharmacy roles in Australia and New Zealand: fulfilling the potential). 10th Health Services & Policy Research Conference. 1st-3rd November. Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

Officer, T.N, Cumming J.M., & McBride-Henry, K.S. (2016). Nurse practitioners and pharmacist prescribers in primary health care: A realist evaluation of the New Zealand experience. World Congress on Integrated Care. 23-25 November 2016. Wellington, New Zealand