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Celebrating the 2017 NETP nurses

A small afternoon tea celebration was held on Monday 19 February to honour the hard work of the five nurses who completed the new entry to practice (NETP) nursing programme in 2017. 

Lake Surgery nurse hangs up the stethoscope after half a century

Half a century to-the-year after qualifying as a registered nurse, Lyn Durno of Pinnacle MHN practice Lake Surgery in Taupo is this week hanging up her trusty stethoscope to step into retirement.

Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017

Important information introducing the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act - SA(CAT) - 2017, discussing the difference between this Act and the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act - ADA - 1966, detailing the people involved in implementing it with their roles, and highlighting the sections relevant for GPs.


Haere ra Dr Tony Townsend

After more than 45 years, Dr Tony Townsend is hanging up his stethoscope. Read his story written by Coastal News. 

Cervical screening highlighted for hundreds at Waikato’s Poukai

Earlier this month, Pinnacle Midlands Health Network and Nga Miro Health Centre together attended five Waikato-based marae across five days during Poukai for the first time in the tradition's history, reaching hundreds of priority group women with cervical screening messages.

Zostavax update 2018

The addition of the Zostavax vaccine to the adult schedule has prompted discussion about how best to manage this process well and safely. Read more.

Taupō farewells Dr Tim Coulter

Dr Tim Coulter will be missed by many when he retires from Taupo Health at the end of March. 

Keeping the commitment, easing the pace

Pinnacle MHN chief executive David Oldershaw writes about the latest in the Government policy negotiations.

Live Stronger for Longer - April Falls awareness month

It is April Falls Awareness month and Taranaki is helping promote the 'Live Stronger for Longer' national campaign to the public.


Proposed legislation changes for the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP)

The NCSP has been progressing proposed legislation changes to section Part 4A of the Health Act 1956 which governs the NCSP - the Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill. Read more.

Major mission for Oto Med nurses

Otorohanga Medical Centre nurses are on a mission to find out why local women are declining to have regular cervical smear tests.


Bringing flu vaccinations to kaumātua: working together to overcome barriers

Offering both the flu and Zostavax (shingles) vaccines, a Hamilton initiative is reaching a high risk, vulnerable population who may otherwise have been missed. 

Waikato mental health integrated care co-ordination team update - May 2018

We meet with the  Waikato DHB ICCT on a monthly basis to review the transition of care of long term community mental health clients to primary care.

Taranaki 'Live Stronger for Longer' expo a success

Last month's Taranaki 'Live Stronger for Longer' expo was a joint collaboration between ACC, Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, Sport Taranaki and New Plymouth Injury Safe. 

Seeking community representatives!

The Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board is made up of nine members: four clinical representatives, two Maori partner representatives, two community representatives and an independent professional chair. As per the trust deed requirements, the trust board is inviting interest from the public to fill two community representative positions.  

World family doctor day: Jo's 'day in the life'

Pinnacle MHN medical director Jo Scott-Jones shares a day in the life as a GP to celebrate World Family Doctor day on 19 May.

Health Care Home and indici update

Two important announcements from Frank Cullen, Pinnacle Incorporated chairman

NZ Herald Local Focus checks out Once and For All quit smoking programme

We invited video journalist Hunter Calder to spend some time with quit coach Cassino Smith to find out how our Once and For All programme is helping to get people smokefree.

13 reasons why, series two release: MOH advice

The second season of 13 Reasons Why is being released this Friday, 18 May. The Ministry of Health has been working with other Government agencies and service providers to develop resources around this series.

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