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Waikato Tag

Waikato Postgraduate Medicine Inc (WPGMI) 2014

Details of upcoming Waikato Postgraduate Medicine Inc (WPGMI) sessions and resuscitation (ACLS) refresher courses for 2014.  

Mental health education resources

Resources for managing the physical health of people with mental health conditions, suicide prevention/risk assessment and common mental health concerns are all covered on this page.

Train the trainer: Waikato IV cannulation workshop, starts 27 September

Waikato DHB are providing an annual 'train the trainer' IV education workshop to enable expert nurses to provide ongoing mentoring and advice to others.  

Diabetes CNS mentoring in practice, Waikato

Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are available for Waikato practices to upskill staff in all aspects of diabetes management. 

Spotlight on immunisation: vaccinating kaumātua

This quarter, Pinnacle MHN worked with Te Puna Oranga (Waikato DHB's Māori Health service), Redicare Family Practice, and Rauawaawa kaumātua Charitable Trust, to vaccinate kaumātua in Hamilton.


Volunteers prompt people to quit smoking, once and for all

More than a dozen volunteers visited 10 locations across the Waikato and Tairawhiti regions on World Smokefree Day (31 May) to promote Pinnacle MHN's Once and For All stop smoking programme.


Are you protected from mumps?

In the Waikato there have been 15 probable or confirmed cases of mumps in the first six months of this year. Previously we had not seen any cases since 2012. 

Smoking cessation - Our Once and For All programme

Research shows that a "business-as-usual" approach to smoking cessation in New Zealand means the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 target will not be met. Therefore, Pinnacle MHN is leading a new approach to Stop Smoking Services across Waikato and Tairawhiti regions - Quit Smoking: Once and for All.

Developing innovation and service improvements in the Waikato

Since 2015 Pinnacle MHN has provided innovation funding to help Waikato and Gisborne practices develop and deliver service improvements.

New diabetes pilot programme in Huntly a great success

A group of eight Māori residents battling diabetes have dramatically increased their diabetes self-management skills in a first-of-its-kind pilot programme recently implemented in Huntly.


Nurse Kathy retires after 57 years of service

Kathy has a longstanding history with various practices across the network, and her hard work and dedication will be missed by many we're sure.

Hillcrest Medical Centre making great inroads to prevent cervical cancer

Hamilton-based Pinnacle MHN practice Hillcrest Medical Centre is having great success with its cervical screening rates thanks to a specific strategy involving a dedicated nurse making screening-related phone calls.

Decypher interpreting and translation service in Hamilton

The aim of this service is to provide interpreter and translation services to refugees when receiving primary health services in Hamilton area, including general practice and allied health consultations, pharmacy services and counselling.

Full new born enrolment now available via NCHIP

Pinnacle MHN's Child and Youth Coordination (CaY-C) service team is delighted to announce that whānau from across the Waikato region can easily have their new born fully enrolled with a general practice at birth.

Waikato LMC care over the summer months

LMCs are independently contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide primary maternity services. There have recently been some LMCs exiting practice in parts of the Waikato - leaving a gap that has yet to be filled. For some women this meant it has been difficult to find an LMC.

Celebrating a bright new future at Glenview Medical Centre

After nearly two years of planning and one year of construction the team at Glenview Medical Centre are thriving in their newly rebuilt premises.


Reintegrating long term mental health patients into general practice

A new service funded by Waikato District Health Board will enable general practices in the Waikato region to help long term secondary care mental health patients transition to primary care.

From sidelines to siblings: Mike Bowen reflects on his life as a GP

Mike has been a firm fixture in the Glenview Medical team since 1974 when he arrived on the 'ten pound pom' scheme.

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