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Primary options acute care

Primary options acute care is a programme designed to improve health outcomes and patient experience. The programme funds primary care to provide safe, acute care within the community. This reduces demand on acute hospital services by preventing unnecessary referrals to the emergency department and consequently hospital admissions. 

Patients may be considered for services where, in the absence of primary options for acute care (POAC) funding, the patient would be referred to hospital.

Click on the below links to access further information relevant to your region.


For more information 

Contact Pinnacle MHN Physically Well programme lead Sally Newell: sally.newell@pinnacle.health.nz.


Advanced primary options


Advanced primary options supports general practice to provide access to a range of funded community treatment, diagnostics and logistical services to treat patients in the community.

The aim is to reduce non-acute presentations at the hospital for these services. The service is managed by the Pinnacle MHN primary options team under contract to local district health boards.

The advanced primary options manual provides both clinical and administrative information supporting each service.

Hard copies of the manual are also available should your practice require one. 

For more information contact Sally Newell, Physically Well programme lead.

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