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28 Aug 2020

POAC for the assessment of suspect COVID-19 cases

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there is now funding available via POAC for the assessment of suspect cases.

14 Aug 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and updates about COVID-19. 

14 Aug 2020

Pinnacle COVID-19 guides and resources

Download plans, guides and resources we've created for COVID-19

11 Aug 2020

Heather’s moving on

After 27 years with Kawhia Health Centre practice manager Heather Sherman is moving on, literally, in her (stunningly beautiful!) campervan with (equally stunning!) dog Jaxon by her side.

6 Jul 2020

Meet Liza Fairbairn, GP liaison for Tairāwhiti

Liza has been a GP for over 15 years, initially in the North of England and now in Gisborne, New Zealand.

1 Jul 2020

Applications for Pinnacle nursing and medical scholarships now open

Pinnacle has launched two $10k annual scholarships that will be awarded to a nurse and GP with ideas to improve equity or access issues in primary care. 

29 Jun 2020

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing

Increasingly there is a request for pre-departure COVID-19 testing of those returning to their home countries.

17 Jun 2020

Where’s the devil when you need that detail?

Initial response to the Health and Disability System Review: Final Report

28 May 2020

2020: the year of the nurse and the midwife

2020 has been designated as the year of the nurse and the midwife by the World Health Organization, and Pinnacle is very keen to support this. 

27 May 2020

Designing a system to improve health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders

Pinnacle CEO Helen Parker blogs on why she's advocating for a system restructure.

15 May 2020

Health Budget 2020: Triumph of hope over experience?

 A blog by Pinnacle CEO Helen Parker

13 May 2020

COVID-19 primary mental health supports

The psychosocial concerns experienced during 2020 will be influenced by the impact of COVID-19. There will be social and financial issues - relationships strained, job losses. There are a range of things available that may help.

30 Apr 2020

Virtual health for COVID-19

Dr Jo Scott-Jones shares some tips and tricks to help you get started with virtual health services, which could help with working during COVID-19 in a range of ways.

28 Apr 2020

Virtual insulin initiation during COVID-19

Insulin initiation and diabetes annual reviews during COVID-19

28 Apr 2020

Update on antidepressants during COVID-19

Fluoxetine and Sertraline access challenges, depleting stocks of Nardil (Phenelzine tablets), and antidepressants in pregnancy are all covered in this update from Dr Andrew Darby, primary care psychiatrist.

22 Apr 2020

COVID-19 - Separating the well from the unwell

Virtual health, PMS features and conduction a walk-through information.

8 Apr 2020

Flu and other vaccine update 2020

Read the latest flu and other vaccination updates here.

8 Apr 2020

Usage and disposal of PPE

How to correctly put on and take off personal protective equipment

1 Apr 2020

New Zealand ePrescription service - information for general practices

The NZ ePrescription Service (NZePS) provides a secure messaging channel for prescribing and dispensing systems to exchange prescription information electronically. 

24 Mar 2020

Code Yellow, Level 3-4 public health alert activation

Identify, develop and implement business continuity steps for general practice clinics during L3 and L4 pandemic phases.

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