Primary healthcare news, information & resources

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.

7 Jan 2019

GP updates Tairāwhiti

Updates from Hauora Tairāwhiti GP liaison Anna Meuli.

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. 

18 Apr 2018

Transition from Map of Medicine to HealthPathways

In 2017 the international technology provider behind the Map of Medicine (MOM) tool signalled their intention to cease support for the tool in 2018. Find out about the transition to HealthPathways.

5 Apr 2018

Proposed legislation changes for the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP)

The NCSP has been progressing proposed legislation changes to section Part 4A of the Health Act 1956 which governs the NCSP - the Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill. Read more.

21 Mar 2018

Zostavax update 2018

The addition of the Zostavax vaccine to the adult schedule has prompted discussion about how best to manage this process well and safely. Read more.

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