Primary healthcare news, information & resources


15 May 2019

A new era for Pinnacle data and information

We're making some important changes in the way we store and use data to increase security, decrease costs and administration, plus open up new possibilities for understanding the health status and needs of the people in our region.

17 Apr 2019

indici – vision is now reality

Practices within the network - and beyond - are onboarding and indici continues to mature and strengthen. 

26 Mar 2019

Using tech to help patients take their health into their own hands

Listen to John Macaskill-Smith, CEO of Ventures, speak about using business to change health, introducing pharmacogenomics, and how you can find out more about how your body is likely to react to drugs on Business is Boring, a podcast series by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation.

22 Mar 2019

Government funding update - Extending access to primary care

As part of Budget 2018 several changes took place from 1 December 2018 to provide people with greater access to primary care services. Find out what this means for your practice.

21 Mar 2019

Pharmacogenomics goes live: training and pilot project launches

Learn about the Ventures PGx programme, the training you'll need to get started and our work with Callaghan Innovation to mainstream the use of PGx in the New Zealand health sector. 

28 Feb 2019

National Health Advisory: Notification of measles outbreaks overseas

There are currently significant measles outbreaks overseas, including in the Philippines and some European countries. Read more.

19 Feb 2019

Our immunisation rates: together what can we do?

I know this is a daily concern for Pinnacle members, and that it is not a new problem. We're keen to ideas from practice staff - what more can Pinnacle do to support immunisation rates?



15 Jan 2019

Congratulations to the nurses of the 2018 Pinnacle graduate nurse programme

A celebration was held last week to honour the hard work of the four nurses who completed the Pinnacle graduate nurse programme in 2018.

18 Dec 2018

Dr Barrie Winn signs off

After thirty six years in general practice Barrie Winn will retire at the end of this year. 


News, GPs  
12 Dec 2018

The rise of Māori health professional graduands

Seventy-six Māori students from Otago's health professional degrees graduated last weekend, making it the largest cohort of Māori health professionals to graduate from the University of Otago.

News  
29 Nov 2018

Trial mobile health clinic supports South Waikato shearing gangs to look after their wellbeing

This month He Hauora Oriori, Pinnacle MHN's trial mobile health clinic, completed health checks for more than 40 shearers and shed hands... 

News  
21 Nov 2018

Expressions of interest: GP Liaison (Waikato)

Supporting sustainable general practice to deliver high quality care is at the heart of what we do. If this is something you are passionate about too, read on. 


GPs, Waikato  
14 Nov 2018

Ventures high tech imaging direct access to MRI programme update

Venture's ACC high tech imaging (HTI) direct access for general practice project is continuing to progress across the Midland region. Read more...


GPs, Network  
7 Nov 2018

National Health Advisory meningococcal disease update

A reminder meningococcal disease should still be on your differential diagnosis list, and along with classical symptoms, this particular bug can cause GI problems, pneumonia, septic arthritis, endocarditis, and epi/supraglottitis. 

GPs, Network  
31 Oct 2018

COPD training addresses respiratory disease skill gap

In New Zealand, around one in six Kiwi's suffer with a respiratory disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, and respiratory disease is the third leading cause of deaths in New Zealand - yet many have never heard of it.


24 Oct 2018

Changes to the Waikato Primary Options Acute Care programme

Pinnacle MHN manages the regional Primary Options Acute Care (POAC) programme across the Waikato region for the whole population, regardless of PHO. This funding allows primary care to provide safe, acute care within the community to reduce demand on hospital services.

GPs, Waikato  
24 Oct 2018

Lakes DHB to join the Midland regional Radiology RIS and PACS system

Lakes DHB will be joining the Midland regional Radiology platform on Tuesday 6 November 2018. Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti DHBs already use the platform.  

Lakes  
23 Oct 2018

Changes to ACC consultation rate subsidies

Further to the recent announcements of the extension of community services cards (CSC) cardholder subsidies, ACC has proposed to increase the consultation rate subsidies to all practices.

 
4 Oct 2018

Ventures launches pharmacogenomics testing in New Zealand

Ventures have formed a partnership with an Australian-based genomics company to make full medication PGx and sub-speciality panels available within New Zealand. 

20 Sep 2018

Heath Te Aroha embraces Te Reo Māori

Heath Te Aroha is embracing te reo in a big way. We had a chat with practice manager Dwayne Stewart about this impressive effort.


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