Primary healthcare news, information & resources


26 Feb 2020

Measles - update and resources

The Ministry of Health has stepped down its emergency response to the 2019 outbreak but will continue to monitor the situation closely.

23 Oct 2019

Vaccine storage

The  Ministry of Health guidelines for vaccine storage and distribution help ensure vaccines are stored correctly to maximise their effectiveness.

16 Sep 2019

Cervical screening update 2019

Read the latest cervical screening updates here.

5 Aug 2019

Delisting of doxepin and alternative treatment options

Read more for potential alternative treatment options.

Network  
18 Jul 2019

CVRA guideline regarding aspirin

The new CVRA guideline regarding aspirin is causing confusion on a number of levels. Jo Scott-Jones clarifies.

GPs  
9 Jul 2019

Helping people quit smoking in general practice (Taranaki)

This manual has been created as a resource to aid in the delivery of effective smoking cessation services. 

26 Jun 2019

Online death documentation

In 2018 the Ministry of Health and the Department of Internal Affairs partnered to develop an online service allowing death documents to be completed online. 

11 Jun 2019

International medical graduate and locum orientation checklist

This checklist resource gives practices ideas on what could be provided in orientation sessions and manuals.

6 Jun 2019

Requesting an ambulance response from St John: update

Find updated information for general practice to refer to when requesting an ambulance response from St John. 

Network  
26 Mar 2019

Champix® (varenicline tartrate) changes brand name and packaging

Champix®is now branded as Varenicline Pfizer. Read more...

12 Mar 2019

Are you and your staff immunised for MMR?

The Ministry of Health is reminding all healthcare professionals and those working in health care facilities, born on 1 January 1969 or later, to ensure they are protected against measles. 


5 Feb 2019

Hepatitis C treatment Maviret is now funded

PHARMAC is now funding the new hepatitis C treatment, Maviret, a potential cure for people with chronic hepatitis C infection regardless of the type or genotype. 

22 Jan 2019

Hepatitis C support (Tairāwhiti)

A public campaign to eradicate hepatitis C in Tairāwhiti. Read more. 


16 Jan 2019

Pinnacle MHN launches Advance Care Plan (Waikato)

An Advance Care Plan (ACP) is an articulation of a patient's wishes, preferences, values and goals relevant to all current and future healthcare, including end of life care.


16 Oct 2018

Support to screening service

Pinnacle MHN offers screening support services for BreastScreen Aotearoa and the National Cervical Screening Programme in Waikato. 

Waikato  
10 Oct 2018

Childhood immunisations

Short videos from Attitude TVs piece on immunisation.

27 Sep 2018

CoaguChek test strip calibration issue

Read more about the concern raised about the accuracy of point of care testing for the International Normalised Ratio (INR). 

GPs, Network  
10 Sep 2018

Our GP Facebook discussion group

A closed access Facebook group for Pinnacle GPs to share ideas and knowledge. 

29 Aug 2018

Chief coroner releases provisional annual suicide figures

A message from Dr Maree McCracken, GP liaison - mental health.

GPs, Network  
29 Aug 2018

Changes to troponin I testing from September 2018

Laboratory changes from September will mean a change in reporting of Tropinin I testing - read more.

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