Primary healthcare news, information & resources


27 Oct 2017

Great results for Once and For All quit smoking programme in Tairawhiti

Referrals and enrolments in Pinnacle MHN's stop smoking programme, Once and For All, havecontinued to exceed expectations in the Tairāwhiti region this quarter.

27 Oct 2017

Taranaki falls prevention service helping community become ‘fracture free for life’

The Pinnacle MHN Physically Well programme is celebrating the continued success of the TaranakiFalls Prevention Service (FPS), which was launched last quarter and is now well established.

27 Oct 2017

Newborn enrolment success in Lakes DHB region

Having an established relationship with a primary health care provider is a proven success factor in the timely delivery of childhood milestone checks - immunisations in particular.

News, Lakes  
27 Oct 2017

Developing innovation and service improvements in the Waikato

Since 2015 Pinnacle MHN has provided innovation funding to help Waikato and Gisborne practices develop and deliver service improvements.

25 Oct 2017

Pinnacle practices strike gold in quality achievements

Ten Pinnacle MHN general practices have struck gold on their network quality goals, with another 68 boasting silver accolades.


25 Oct 2017

New diabetes pilot programme in Huntly a great success

A group of eight Māori residents battling diabetes have dramatically increased their diabetes self-management skills in a first-of-its-kind pilot programme recently implemented in Huntly.


9 Oct 2017

Announcing two important changes in leadership

On Monday 9 October Pinnacle Incorporated chair Dr Frank Cullen has announced two changes in leadership of the Midlands Health Network side of the group.

11 Sep 2017

Hamilton mum quits smoking in second pregnancy

Dayna Allen smoked through her first pregnancy, but quit with the help of stop smoking programme Once and For All when she found out she was pregnant with her second child.

31 Aug 2017

New role aims to enable accessible primary mental health care

Dr McCracken has recently been appointed Pinnacle MHN's medical lead/clinical director - primary mental health, a role that has been established to support Pinnacle's primary mental health service in providing treatment for patients with mild to moderate mental health issues in a community setting. 


 
17 Aug 2017

Kiwi pioneering spirit running high at Taupo Medical Centre

Taupo Medical Centre is a place where innovation has truly become the norm and the expectation in their unrelenting quest to make things better for their patient population.

16 Aug 2017

#MakeItTheNorm

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians have released a New Zealand election statement calling for policymakers to make health equity the norm to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

4 Aug 2017

Are you protected from mumps?

In the Waikato there have been 15 probable or confirmed cases of mumps in the first six months of this year. Previously we had not seen any cases since 2012. 

26 Jul 2017

Patea teams up with Taupo to provide ‘live’ virtual GP care

While the Patea & District Community Medical Trust continue to search for a GP they've teamed up with Pinnacle Midlands Health Network and Taupo Medical Centre to provide an innovative solution which meets their patient's needs, without the need to travel out of town.

 
12 Jul 2017

Quit smoking now to give your baby the best start in life

If you're pregnant and you want to quit smoking, it's really important you stop to protect your baby. Pinnacle's stop smoking programme gives you the support and guidance you need to quit for good. And you could receive up to $300 in reward vouchers.

27 Jun 2017

Falls prevention tool available on Medtech (Taranaki)

From 29 June, a new 'falls risk threshold' patient prompt will be available to Taranaki practices using Medtech

 
27 Jun 2017

Pinnacle MHN Primary Options will become Clinical Coordination Centre

From 3 July, Pinnacle MHN's Primary Options for Acute Care service will become known as the Clinical Coordination Centre.

News  
6 Jun 2017

Pinnacle Incorporated announces change in organisational structure

Pinnacle Incorporated chair Dr Frank Cullen has today announced that from 1 July the primary health organisation (PHO) will more clearly separate out its standalone innovation activities via its existing not-for-profit company.


News  
8 May 2017

Kihikihi Community Health Hub open - offering access to all

A new health hub is now open in Kihikihi, dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the community.

26 Apr 2017

$1.6 million study to validate new diabetes prevention programme

The New Zealand Health Research Council (NZHRC) has injected $1.6 million into a research project to study an innovative self-management programme for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes. 


 
26 Apr 2017

Get ready - flu season is just around the corner

Even the fittest and healthiest of us can get influenza and should be vaccinated against the flu.

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