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Taranaki Tag

Maternity Care Wellbeing and Child Protection Toolkit

Enable the best possible outcomes for women and their families identified as being vulnerable during the maternity care period. 

Electronic enrolment onto Breast Screening Aotearoa Programme

Taranaki practices using MedTech32 can now electronically enrol women on the Breast Screening Aotearoa (BSA) Programme.

Taranaki Integration Health Project

Project Connect is an exciting joint project between Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) and Pinnacle Midlands Health Network (Pinnacle MHN).


Contraception grant for beneficiaries

A special needs grant is being introduced to help women on benefits obtain or remove long-acting reversible contraception. 

Medicine advice put patients back on track

Clinical pharmacist Tess James is proof that tackling a few simple medicine issues can greatly improve a patient's quality of life.

Criminal threat to infant formula

Ministry of Health advice for health professionals on the criminal threat to infant formula.

More help to go smokefree this summer

Taranaki people will have more help than ever to go smokefree this summer thanks to Pinnacle Midlands Health Network.

IFHC Report 2011

This report provides insight into the development and roll out of Midlands Health Network's integrated model of care to three Hamilton practices. 

Workforce Trends 2009

This summary report from the 2009 workforce census covers general practitioners, practice nurses, and practice managers and administrators.

CPR courses for Taranaki Pinnacle practices

Refer to notice on Taranaki CPR courses for children and adults.

Graduate nurse programme

This programme consolidates nursing knowledge in a supportive environment whilst developing core clinical skill sets for nurses pursuing a career in primary care.

Postgraduate study for Taranaki nurses

Refer to information included in this article about post-graduate study options at the University of Auckland for Taranaki nurses.

Taranaki MDT success leads to contract extension

The Pinnacle MHN Long Term Conditions (LTC) programme is pleased to announce that Taranaki DHB (TDHB) agreed to extend the contract for the Taranaki multi-disciplinary team (MDT) this quarter. 


Referring patients to mental health services

There are a number of processes in place throughout the Midlands region to assist health professionals referring patients to mental health services.

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.

Fewer falls for 98-year-old Taranaki resident thanks to new falls prevention service

Ninety-eight-year-old Colin Cochran is one of almost 90 frail elderly in Taranaki making significant improvements in strength and balance, thanks to a recently established falls prevention service (FPS) run by Pinnacle MHN.

Taranaki GP to retire after nearly four decades of service

Dr Ian Smiley is retiring this month from Moturoa Medical Centre after nearly four decades of service at the Taranaki-based practice.