Primary healthcare news, information & resources


19 Jul 2018

Patient data and its use by PHOs

Pinnacle firmly believes the appropriate use of health information is critical for improving the health of our enrolled population. Read more.


11 Jul 2018

Mentally Well update for Waikato

Latest news from the primary mental health team in Waikato.

21 Jun 2018

Nurses strike

UPDATE 10 JULY - the pay offer has been rejected by nurses and the strike for 12 July (7am-7am the following day: 24 hours) is confirmed.

21 Jun 2018

indici stands strong in comprehensive ProCare PMS review

An update from Dr Frank Cullen, chairman, Pinnacle Incorporated

13 Jun 2018

indici set to fly

Recently indici has gone from being a beta test product to one that is ready for commercial implementation across the network.

8 Jun 2018

Funding updates

Read the latest on capitation funding, government policy implementation following budget announcements and zoster vaccine administration.

6 Jun 2018

Notification of possible duplication of 'WA - WC" series NHI numbers

National Health Advisory: There is a small risk that WA-WC series NHI numbers may be duplicated and display data associated with two people within the same record.

5 Jun 2018

Caring doctor honoured

Dr Mary Ballantyne, from Te Awamutu Medical Centre, has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to women's and children's health

29 May 2018

Feeling under pressure? A patient portal will help!

We recently spoke with a GP who is a 'convert' - she was previously dead set against introducing portal use at her practice but on moving practices she found she had to 'get on board'.  A couple of years down the track and she can't picture practicing without a portal now...


23 May 2018

Do you have a passion for quality and education?

Are you keen to have your voice heard? We are looking for two general practitioners to sit on the Pinnacle quality and education committee.


18 May 2018

World family doctor day: Jo's 'day in the life'

Pinnacle MHN medical director Jo Scott-Jones shares a day in the life as a GP to celebrate World Family Doctor day on 19 May.

17 May 2018

13 reasons why, series two release: MOH advice

The second season of 13 Reasons Why is being released this Friday, 18 May. The Ministry of Health has been working with other Government agencies and service providers to develop resources around this series.

14 May 2018

Phoenix joins Primary Health Care Limited

On 14 May Primary Health Care Limited took over the ownership of Phoenix Urgent Doctors in New Plymouth.

10 May 2018

Waikato mental health integrated care co-ordination team update - May 2018

We meet with the  Waikato DHB ICCT on a monthly basis to review the transition of care of long term community mental health clients to primary care.

8 May 2018

Seeking community representatives!

The Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board is made up of nine members: four clinical representatives, two Maori partner representatives, two community representatives and an independent professional chair. As per the trust deed requirements, the trust board is inviting interest from the public to fill two community representative positions.  

10 Apr 2018

Major mission for Oto Med nurses

Otorohanga Medical Centre nurses are on a mission to find out why local women are declining to have regular cervical smear tests.


29 Mar 2018

Taupō farewells Dr Tim Coulter

Dr Tim Coulter will be missed by many when he retires from Taupo Health at the end of March. 

21 Mar 2018

Cervical screening highlighted for hundreds at Waikato’s Poukai

Earlier this month, Pinnacle Midlands Health Network and Nga Miro Health Centre together attended five Waikato-based marae across five days during Poukai for the first time in the tradition's history, reaching hundreds of priority group women with cervical screening messages.

21 Mar 2018

Rural practitioners to convene at Pinnacle rural symposium

On Saturday 21 April 2018, primary care health practitioners based rurally across the Midland region of New Zealand will congregate in Te Aroha for Pinnacle's first rural symposium in four years.


 
14 Mar 2018

Haere ra Dr Tony Townsend

After more than 45 years, Dr Tony Townsend is hanging up his stethoscope. Read his story written by Coastal News. 

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