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Browse the latest news and stories from across the Pinnacle group. We feature stories on service and workforce innovation as well as highlights from our practices across the network.

New Waikato approach produces highest smoking quit rates in NZ

New Waikato approach produces highest smoking quit rates in NZ

Waikato people are quitting smoking in higher numbers than just about anywhere else in Aotearoa, and the statistics are particularly positive for ...

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30 years serving the community

30 years serving the community

For the past three decades, Kāwhia’s medical needs have been serviced by Dr John Burton and wife Sue, a qualified medical lab technician. Credit: ...

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He waka hourua, he waka eke noa

He waka hourua, he waka eke noa

Clayton Kohatu (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngāti Maniapoto) is clearly driven by his kaupapa, and it’s that kaupapa that ...

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Community representatives wanted for Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board

Community representatives wanted for Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board

The trust board is inviting interest from the public to fill two community representative positions.

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Reducing HbA1c with whanaungatanga: the measurable impact of patient-centric primary care

Reducing HbA1c with whanaungatanga: the measurable impact of patient-centric primary care

Sue van Mierlo is a nurse practitioner working as part of the Lakes Extended Care Team. In her role she supports people to self-manage long-term ...

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School-based health service collaboration supports rangatahi in the classroom and at home

School-based health service collaboration supports rangatahi in the classroom and at home

On a mission to reduce barriers to healthcare for rangatahi in low-decile schools, clinicians in the Waikato SBHS are using a collaborative care ...

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Practice Plus after-hours virtual telehealth service launches…

Practice Plus after-hours virtual telehealth service launches…

Pinnacle and Tū Ora Compass Health are delighted to have established a new telehealth after-hours service as a trusted partner for network GP ...

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Working smarter: the rise of Extended Care Teams

Working smarter: the rise of Extended Care Teams

From Tairāwhiti to Taupō and across to Taranaki, Pinnacle Extended Care Teams (ExCTs) in the Midlands Health Network are experiencing increased ...

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More time for patients proves to be the best medicine

More time for patients proves to be the best medicine

Pinnacle’s growing mātanga tapuhi nurse practitioner and nurse prescriber workforce is having a significant impact across Pinnacle, relieving ...

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Farewell to Christine Hall

Farewell to Christine Hall

Farewell to Ventures chief executive Christine Hall, who will step down from the role on 24 December.

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2020–2021 Pinnacle and Midlands Health Network Annual Performance Report

2020–2021 Pinnacle and Midlands Health Network Annual Performance Report

Download the Pinnacle and Midland Health Network annual performance report.

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Throwing out the rule book: that’s how Turangi rolls

Throwing out the rule book: that’s how Turangi rolls

Tractors, ski fields, hot chickens and horses have all featured in the first five weeks of Pihanga Health’s mobile vaccination service.

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Dr Dave Ewen retires from general practice

Dr Dave Ewen retires from general practice

After nearly 38 years in general practice, Dr Dave Ewen retired from South City Health on 28 October.

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Carefirst target their vaccination efforts

Carefirst target their vaccination efforts

Alongside delivering vaccinations to all those who are eligible, the team at Carefirst have been hard at work to target vaccination opportunities ...

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Drive-thru at Devon a great success

Drive-thru at Devon a great success

Devon Medical quickly pivoted in order to ramp up their vaccination efforts. They’ve also taken a continuous improvement approach, learning and ...

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Wintec Health Services now home to two registered nurse prescribers

Wintec Health Services now home to two registered nurse prescribers

Wintec Health Services in Hamilton is now home to two nurse prescribers.

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A good journey: Celebrating the contribution of a remarkable nurse

A good journey: Celebrating the contribution of a remarkable nurse

Pat Bodger, Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Mutanga, Ngāruahine, Ngati Ruanui, has a straightforward approach to rural community nursing: you just get it ...

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Fieldays TV: The mental health of our rural rangatahi/youth

Fieldays TV: The mental health of our rural rangatahi/youth

The mental health of our young people in rural communities is at a tipping point. We hear from people passionate about improving youth wellbeing.

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Waikato DHB information system outage and services update

Waikato DHB information system outage and services update

Waikato DHB's information systems were affected by a cyber security incident on Tuesday 18 May 2021. Services are impacted and will resume over time. ...

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Acknowledging and celebrating the breadth of mahi across the primary health sector

Acknowledging and celebrating the breadth of mahi across the primary health sector

Congratulations to the winners, runners up and highly commended entries in the 2021 New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora!

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2021 Pinnacle Medical Scholarship awarded to Raglan GP for eczema initiative

2021 Pinnacle Medical Scholarship awarded to Raglan GP for eczema initiative

A proposed education clinic for tamariki with eczema and dermititis has received the 2021 Pinnacle Medical Scholarship, including $10,000 in funding.

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Partnership at Parihaka brings health services to the community

Partnership at Parihaka brings health services to the community

Every fortnight inside a whare at Parihaka Papakāinga in Taranaki, people can be found laughing and catching up with whānau in the Wakaihu Taiora ...

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Applying a Māori lens to healthcare: Te Taumata Hauora announces new chair

Applying a Māori lens to healthcare: Te Taumata Hauora announces new chair

Gary Thompson (Ngaati Paoa, Ngaati Hauaa) is the new chair of Te Taumata Hauora, Māori Advisory Committee.

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2019-20 Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Annual Report

2019-20 Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Annual Report

Download the trust's annual report.

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Fond farewell and election results: Updates from the Pinnacle Incorporated AGM

Fond farewell and election results: Updates from the Pinnacle Incorporated AGM

After nearly 32 years of network leadership Dr Frank Cullen stood down from the executive committee at the AGM held last week.

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A new board chair for Pinnacle Ventures

A new board chair for Pinnacle Ventures

Pinnacle Ventures Limited is pleased to announce Mark Ingle as the new board chair, replacing Craig McFarlane.

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Pinnacle Ventures sells xcrania to PlatformPlus

Pinnacle Ventures sells xcrania to PlatformPlus

We are excited to announce the sale of xcrania to PlatformPlus

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Young Taranaki nurse receives Pinnacle nursing scholarship

Young Taranaki nurse receives Pinnacle nursing scholarship

Huia Brady saw an opportunity to make change when hearing about the Pinnacle nursing scholarship aimed at improving equity and access in primary care.

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Collaborative approach makes a difference in Rotorua’s Eastside

Collaborative approach makes a difference in Rotorua’s Eastside

A collaborative, community-led health and social service is making a difference in Rotorua’s Eastside community, an area where high levels of ...

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Data driven decision making is one step closer thanks to Ventures

Data driven decision making is one step closer thanks to Ventures

Pinnacle Midlands Health Network have been working closely with AWS Partner Ventures for just over a year now to modernise and streamline their data.

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Where’s the devil when you need that detail?

Where’s the devil when you need that detail?

Our initial response to the Health and Disability System Review: Final Report

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Positive response to Te Tumu Waiora integrated mental health and wellbeing service

Positive response to Te Tumu Waiora integrated mental health and wellbeing service

The response from practices and the community to this new service in Taupō and Tūrangi has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Pinnacle Incorporated and Midlands Health Network move to combined board structure

Pinnacle Incorporated and Midlands Health Network move to combined board structure

Changes to the Pinnacle Incorporated and Midlands Health Network board structure were confirmed on 27 February 2020.

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Pinnacle celebrates 30th birthday with awards ceremony

Pinnacle celebrates 30th birthday with awards ceremony

180 guests came together on 19 November at Claudelands Events Centre to celebrate Pinnacle’s 30th birthday and honour the innovation, dedication ...

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Prioritising Māori governance representation in the cancer sector, worldwide

Prioritising Māori governance representation in the cancer sector, worldwide

The 2019 World Indigenous Cancer Conference was held in Calgary, Canada last month.

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Cyber security incident at Tū Ora Compass Health

Cyber security incident at Tū Ora Compass Health

No Pinnacle patient information is available via any website and therefore the type of breach experienced by Compass Tū Ora would never have an ...

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Standing with our partners – volunteering at the Kaumātua Olympics

Standing with our partners – volunteering at the Kaumātua Olympics

A team of volunteers from the Pinnacle office in Hamilton recently used their volunteering day to support the annual Kaumātua Olympics.

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Tane Takitu Ake ki Taupō

Tane Takitu Ake ki Taupō

Tane Takitu Ake ki Taupō (Men standing strong in Taupō) is a kaupapa Māori six-week program with a focus on Māori men‘s health.

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Health system interim report - Our response

Health system interim report - Our response

Read the Pinnacle Group's response to the Health and Disability System Review - Interim Report by Dr Brendon Eade, Pinnacle Incorporated Deputy Chair.

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Trust endorses Hayden Wano's new appointment

Trust endorses Hayden Wano's new appointment

The Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board (the Trust), alongside the Pinnacle Group, wish to congratulate Hayden Wano for his ...

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Measles alert

Measles alert

Find out more about the measles, and what you can do to protect you and your whānau.

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Pinnacle highlights: August 2019

Pinnacle highlights: August 2019

Around the board table lately there has been one firm topic of discussion, what does the future hold for Pinnacle?

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Beerescourt Medical's rapid indici transition

Beerescourt Medical's rapid indici transition

In May, Beerescourt Medical Centre's legacy practice management system crashed due to a significant server issue, with no timeframe given for when it ...

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Leadership changes announced for Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

Leadership changes announced for Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

Pinnacle MHN chief executive David Oldershaw announced his resignation from the role, beginning 1 August.

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2018 Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Annual Report

2018 Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Annual Report

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A new era for Pinnacle data and information

A new era for Pinnacle data and information

We're making some important changes in the way we store and use data.

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Heath Te Aroha embraces Te Reo Māori

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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Big outcomes for Health Care Home Lakes extended care team patients

Big outcomes for Health Care Home Lakes extended care team patients

Pinnacle MHN and Lakes DHB have together designed a new approach to provide co-ordinated packages of care for high-need patients.

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Health Care Home Ernst and Young evaluation

Health Care Home Ernst and Young evaluation

We are delighted to publish the recent evaluation of our Health Care Programme undertaken by Ernst and Young.

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The ripple effect: six family members are kicking the smoking habit once and for all

The ripple effect: six family members are kicking the smoking habit once and for all

Waikato Mum Sharnay smoked up to 20 cigarettes a day since she was 14 years old – it had been a decade. At 24, she became pregnant and made the ...

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NZ Herald Local Focus checks out Once and For All quit smoking programme

NZ Herald Local Focus checks out Once and For All quit smoking programme

We invited video journalist Hunter Calder to spend some time with quit coach Cassino Smith to find out how our Once and For All programme is helping ...

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Major mission for Otorohanga Medical nurses

Major mission for Otorohanga Medical nurses

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

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Second pregnancy compels Waikato mum to quit smoking, Once and For All

Second pregnancy compels Waikato mum to quit smoking, Once and For All

Hamilton-based pregnant mum Dayna Allen, 25, inhaled her first puff of smoke ten years ago as a curious 15-year-old, barely old enough to drive a car.

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Kiwi pioneering spirit running high at Taupō Medical Centre

Kiwi pioneering spirit running high at Taupō Medical Centre

Taupō Medical Centre is a place where innovation has truly become the norm.

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