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Celebrating Foundation Standard and Cornerstone success

The end of quarter four marked the deadline for practices to achieve Foundation Standard or Cornerstone, and Pinnacle MHN is celebrating our practices' success.


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.


Alternatives to face to face care: by the numbers this quarter

The Health Care Home (HCH) programme has been reflecting on the alternatives to face to face care offered to patients this quarter.


More funding secured for primary mental health services

The Pinnacle MHN Primary Mental Health programme is pleased to announce that Waikato DHB recently agreed to boost funding for Pinnacle MHN to deliver primary mental health services in the Waikato region. Funding kicks-in this quarter and continues throughout the next financial year.


Xcrania: a look at the numbers this quarter

It's been a busy quarter for Xcrania, with multiple projects on the go and daily business as usual tasks keeping the team on their toes. Here's a 'by the numbers' glimpse at what's been busying the team during the last three months.

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.


PHCL practice leading this quarter in quality plan performance

An achievement for Primary Health Care Limited (PHCL) this quarter is the results Taranaki-based PHCL practice, Avon Medical Centre, achieved against the Pinnacle MHN 2016/2017 quality plan.


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. 


Indici attracts loads of interest at GPCME, Rotorua

This quarter, indici generated a real buzz at the GP Conference and Medical Exhibition (GPCME) held in Rotorua in early June

Staying alert to patients' mental health

Mental health, particularly suicide, has been under the spotlight recently and is a significant issue facing New Zealand.


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. 

Kiwi pioneering spirit running high at Taupo Medical Centre

Taupo Medical Centre is a place where innovation has truly become the norm and the expectation in their unrelenting quest to make things better for their patient population.

Smoking cessation update August 2017

This month the government announced new figures that showed an increased number of people had quit smoking compared to last year. 

#MakeItTheNorm

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians have released a New Zealand election statement calling for policymakers to make health equity the norm to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

Patient experience survey to help determine practice improvements

The Ministry of Health and the Health Quality & Safety Commission are introducing patient experience measures for primary care using an online patient survey.

Mumps - a growing concern

Mumps outbreaks around New Zealand are prompting reminders for measles, mumps, rubella vaccine. 

Hamilton mum quits smoking in second pregnancy

Dayna Allen smoked through her first pregnancy, but quit with the help of stop smoking programme Once and For All when she found out she was pregnant with her second child.

Pinnacle MHN Primary Options will become Clinical Coordination Centre

From 3 July, Pinnacle MHN's Primary Options for Acute Care service will become known as the Clinical Coordination Centre.

Announcing two important changes in leadership

On Monday 9 October Pinnacle Incorporated chair Dr Frank Cullen has announced two changes in leadership of the Midlands Health Network side of the group.

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