Primary healthcare news, information & resources

14 Mar 2019

Measles - update and resources

As cases of measles continue to spread nationwide here are some helpful resources and answers to questions you may be facing in your practice.

12 Mar 2019

Are you and your staff immunised for MMR?

The Ministry of Health is reminding all healthcare professionals and those working in health care facilities, born on 1 January 1969 or later, to ensure they are protected against measles. 

4 Mar 2019

GP updates Tairāwhiti

Updates from Hauora Tairāwhiti GP liaison Anna Meuli.

5 Feb 2019

Hepatitis C treatment Maviret is now funded

PHARMAC is now funding the new hepatitis C treatment, Maviret, a potential cure for people with chronic hepatitis C infection regardless of the type or genotype. 

22 Jan 2019

Hepatitis C support (Tairāwhiti)

A public campaign to eradicate hepatitis C in Tairāwhiti. Read more. 

16 Jan 2019

Pinnacle MHN launches Advance Care Plan (Waikato)

An Advance Care Plan (ACP) is an articulation of a patient's wishes, preferences, values and goals relevant to all current and future healthcare, including end of life care.

6 Dec 2018

Flu and other vaccine update 2018

Read the latest flu and other vaccination updates here.

16 Oct 2018

Support to screening service

Pinnacle MHN offers screening support services for BreastScreen Aotearoa and the National Cervical Screening Programme in Waikato. 

10 Oct 2018

Childhood immunisations

Short videos from Attitude TVs piece on immunisation.

27 Sep 2018

CoaguChek test strip calibration issue

Read more about the concern raised about the accuracy of point of care testing for the International Normalised Ratio (INR). 

GPs, Network  
10 Sep 2018

Our GP Facebook discussion group

A closed access Facebook group for Pinnacle GPs to share ideas and knowledge. 

29 Aug 2018

Chief coroner releases provisional annual suicide figures

A message from Dr Maree McCracken, GP liaison - mental health.

GPs, Network  
29 Aug 2018

Changes to troponin I testing from September 2018

Laboratory changes from September will mean a change in reporting of Tropinin I testing - read more.

21 Aug 2018

Mental Health Act section 8b assessments and remuneration

Read about the initiation of the Mental Health Act process here.

GPs, Network  
15 Aug 2018

Bowel Screening update (Lakes)

The proposed "go live" date for bowel cancer screening in the Lakes DHB has been deferred to February 2019. Read more, including key messages for GPs and practices.

6 Aug 2018

Community podiatry Waikato

Pinnacle MHN contract directly with Waikato community podiatrists to provide care for patients with diabetes who have a high-risk foot. Read more.

GPs, Waikato  
13 Jun 2018

Cervical screening update 2018

Read the latest cervical screening updates here.

25 May 2018

Vaping update

Recent changes and what they mean for the NZ health sector.

16 May 2018

Dermatoscopy skills update

For GPs across the network - find information and training resources about the use of dermatoscopes here.

GPs, Network  
1 May 2018

Benefits and risks of taking antiepileptic medicines during pregnancy

Health professionals are encouraged to discuss the benefits and risks of taking antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy with female patients who are sexually active. 

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