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Quarterly Report - Q1 - (Jul - Sep) 2017

Download the Pinnacle Midlands Health Network quarter one 2017-18 report.

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.

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.

Work and Income updates for general practice – November 2017

There have been some recent changes and initiatives for Work and Income (W&I) that have some impact for GPs. 


Great results for Once and For All quit smoking programme in Tairawhiti

Referrals and enrolments in Pinnacle MHN's stop smoking programme, Once and For All, havecontinued to exceed expectations in the Tairāwhiti region this quarter.

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.


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.

More Māori set to develop careers in primary care thanks to new qualification

New Zealand is well positioned to see more Māori enter the primary health care workforce thanks to a new tertiary qualification developed collaboratively by Wintec and PHO Pinnacle Midlands Health Network (Pinnacle MHN).


Pinnacle MHN offers health checks to Mongrel Mob at Hearty Hauora event

Earlier this month a handful of representatives from Pinnacle MHN took the opportunity to attend the debut Nga Whanau o Mangaru (Mongrel Mob) Hearty Hauora Kaupapa event held in Hamilton.


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. 


Network strategic plan 2017-2021 – Draft for consultation

We are proud to release our Draft Pinnacle Midlands Health Network Strategic Plan 2017-2021 for consultation. 

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.

What we've been reading - December 2017

Interesting articles, clinical stories and learnings related to the primary health care sector we've found this month.

Merry Christmas and thanks for a great 2017

Pinnacle MHN chief executive David Oldershaw and medical director Jo Scott-Jones share their thoughts on 2017 and wish you all well for the holiday season in this video. 


EAP services - festive season support

EAP Services highlight some tips to help you and your teams thrive - not just survive - the holiday season

Voluntary Bonding Scheme

Information on the 2017 review and the 2018/19 intakes.

Quarterly Report - Q2 - (Oct - Dec) 2017

Download the Pinnacle Midlands Health Network quarter one 2017-18 report.

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