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What we've been reading - October

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

COPD training addresses respiratory disease skill gap

In New Zealand, around one in six Kiwi's suffer with a respiratory disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, and respiratory disease is the third leading cause of deaths in New Zealand - yet many have never heard of it.


Changes to the Waikato Primary Options Acute Care programme

Pinnacle MHN manages the regional Primary Options Acute Care (POAC) programme across the Waikato region for the whole population, regardless of PHO. This funding allows primary care to provide safe, acute care within the community to reduce demand on hospital services.

National Health Advisory meningococcal disease update

A reminder meningococcal disease should still be on your differential diagnosis list, and along with classical symptoms, this particular bug can cause GI problems, pneumonia, septic arthritis, endocarditis, and epi/supraglottitis. 

Ventures high tech imaging direct access to MRI programme update

Venture's ACC high tech imaging (HTI) direct access for general practice project is continuing to progress across the Midland region. Read more...


Expressions of interest: GP Liaison (Waikato)

Supporting sustainable general practice to deliver high quality care is at the heart of what we do. If this is something you are passionate about too, read on. 


Pinnacle Incorporated AGM 2018

Read the notice of Pinnacle Incorporated's Annual General Meeting for 2018.

Guidelines for primary mental health extended GP consults

Primary mental health extended GP consults: guidelines and claiming


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.

Dr Barrie Winn signs off

After thirty six years in general practice Barrie Winn will retire at the end of this year. 


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.

GP updates Tairāwhiti

Updates from Hauora Tairāwhiti GP liaison Anna Meuli.

Psychiatrist in primary care service (Waikato)

This service provides Waikato GPs with practice visits, telephone advice and other support for managing mental health conditions in general practice, and to give assistance with comprehensive patient assessments and management. 

Primary mental health

Midlands Health Network's primary mental health service makes it easier for general practice to support patients with mild to moderate mental health issues.

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.

Hepatitis C support (Tairāwhiti)

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


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.

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