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Pinnacle quarterly highlights: December 2018

In our end of year issue we explore the value of Pinnacle membership.

What we've been reading - December

Interesting articles, pod casts, clinical stories and learnings related to the primary health care sector our GP liaison team has found this month.

Christmas and New Year closures 2018/19

Find Pinnacle office close down dates here as well as dates for other services we've been informed of.

Congratulations to the nurses of the 2018 Pinnacle graduate nurse programme

A celebration was held last week to honour the hard work of the four nurses who completed the Pinnacle graduate nurse programme in 2018.

Government funding update - Extending access to primary care

As part of Budget 2018 several changes took place from 1 December 2018 to provide people with greater access to primary care services. Find out what this means for your practice.

What we've been reading - January

Interesting articles, podcasts, clinical stories, and learnings related to the primary healthcare sector our GP liaison team has found this month.

Guidance for medicinal practitioners on the statutory defence and exemption provisions and products containing cannabidiol (CBD)

Commentary from Dr Jo Scott-Jones, Pinnacle MHN medical director and related Ministry of Health information links.

Pinnacle Group reject Medtech claims

Response to Medtech claims that Midlands Health Network, Pinnacle Incorporated, Ventures and Valentia conspired together to copy Medtech's software and use its confidential information.

itsmyhealth website: ‘contact your practice’ form/link

www.itsmyhealth.co.nz is a Pinnacle website aimed at patients. It includes a practice directory with contact details for your practice. 


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. 

Our immunisation rates: together what can we do?

I know this is a daily concern for Pinnacle members, and that it is not a new problem. We're keen to ideas from practice staff - what more can Pinnacle do to support immunisation rates?



National Health Advisory: Notification of measles outbreaks overseas

There are currently significant measles outbreaks overseas, including in the Philippines and some European countries. Read more.

What we've been reading - March

Interesting articles, podcasts, clinical stories and learnings related to the primary healthcare sector our GP liaison team has found this month.

NES reminder

NES will go live Monday 1 April for capitation payments - read more.

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.

CVRAs for Māori men aged 35-44 years

The achievement rates for cardiovascular risk assessments across our network have always been well in excess of 90 per cent and are something practices should be very proud of. 

Young people and online safety

There's lately been a lot of media coverage about young people's safety online. Mental health, non-suicidal self-harm, and suicide themes on social media continue to be an issue both youth and adults face daily. 

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. 


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