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· More than 2.4 million doses of vaccine will be available for the 2021 flu season -almost 300,000 doses more than last year’s record supply.
· We have received confirmation from the vaccine supplier that the vaccines for people aged under 65 will be available from 17 May 2021.
· As with Fluad Quad, distribution of these vaccines will begin ahead of this date to ensure that all providers have stock ready to begin.
· A manufacturing issue with Afluria Quad has meant that it has been approved for use in people aged 5 years and over ONLY.
· We expect Afluria Quad, Influvac Tetra and Afluria Quad Junior to be available to order from HCL’s website from 27 April. HCL’s website will contain more detailed information as it becomes available.
· The below table shows the vaccines available in 2021 and the age groups that they should be used in:
· We ask providers to focus on reaching people eligible for an influenza vaccine, as well as healthcare and other frontline workforces, to ensure that those at greatest risk of serious illness from influenza are protected.
· We acknowledge that for some providers, this change will be disruptive, and the Ministry is working with our partners in the immunisation and health sector to ensure we support them to deliver the programme.
· We’re pleased to hear that many immunisation providers have already received their first orders of Fluad Quad for people aged 65 and over as planned, well in advance of the 14 April start date of the programme for this age group.
· The Ministry set the start dates for the programme based on information from the supplier about vaccine availability, and based on feedback from the sector that they required stock to arrive ahead of the start of the programme.
· We know that distribution takes longer to some parts of the country and it’s important that all providers have stock ahead of the start date.
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I am pleased to let you know that the mobile BreastScreen Aotearoa service for women is currently in Thames. This will run from the 12th April - 21st May and the mobile unit is in the Carpark beside Citizen Band Hall, Queen Street, Thames
Please call 0800 270 200 for any further information.
Please forward this info to your Business & Practice Managers in the Waikato area.
PMAANZ Waikato are hosting a meeting with the Waikato DHB GP Liaison Team at 2pm next Thursday at the National Hauora Coalition Office, Level 4, 11 Garden Place, Hamilton.
This will be a great opportunity to make direct contact with the GP Liaison Team followed by a branch meeting to discuss lots of education opportunities that will be available this year.
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I am pleased to let you know that the new BreastScreen Aotearoa service for women in central Auckland has commenced. The service has a new clinic situated at 308 Great South Road, Greenlane (next to Countdown), close to public transport and has plenty of parking. The call centre is now booking appointments and screening mammograms started this week.
A new mobile breast screening unit is being built and the plan is to start screening women in June. In the meantime, arrangements are being made to ensure women who would have been screened on the mobile are supported to access screening at the Great South Road clinic.
The new provider is BreastScreen Auckland Central, managed by Waitematā DHB. The new service has been set up after the previous provider, BreastScreen Auckland Limited, gave notice that it was ending its contract on 28 February 2021.
Getting a new clinic up and running so quickly is a great achievement and I’d like to thank everyone involved, especially the Waitematā and Auckland DHB project team and staff. Our focus throughout has been to provide a quality breast screening service for women and to achieve a seamless transition to the new provider. While there has been a small gap in service this has been kept to a minimum. BreastScreen Auckland Central is working hard to ensure that women do not have to wait too long for their mammogram. The impact of COVID-19 also presents a challenge with breast screening providers across the country doing their best to catch up on women who may have had appointments deferred.
Women who are worried about their breast health should not wait for their next mammogram but see their doctor as soon as they can.
Key BreastScreen Auckland Central contacts are:
This week we’ve published the summary of the GPNZ stocktake of our members’ activities and shared it with Government Ministers, the transition unit and the media.
It’s an incredible testament to the expertise and efforts of our over-stretched teams, and I know too that it’s far from the full picture of the depth and complexity of the work our organisations are involved in every day.
Click here to read the full panui
We are a small team of librarians with a wonderful selection of books, journal articles and databases. While our main customers are Waikato DHB staff we also provide information services/resources to other health professionals working in the Waikato region, including health professionals working in General Practice.
We are currently reviewing services, potentially reducing opening hours. We value your feedback, please help us to provide a service that will support you and your colleagues with evidence-based resources for the best possible health care.
Please complete this short survey (4 questions, 2mins).
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Please circulate this email with anyone you think would be interested in applying for this role.
This is a reminder about the exciting opportunity available to help drive the rural perspective into the planning, design and roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme to rural communities.
Between now and the end of July, the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Programme Team (CVIP) will be designing and implementing a staged vaccination programme across New Zealand. It is recognised that rural communities have unique challenges and needs, and as such require specialist advice in ensuring that the systems are designed to meet those needs.
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is working with the Ministry to identify the right person for this role.
Based in Wellington for three days a week, or travelling regionally to visit stakeholders, the Ministry will cover travel and accommodation to make this position possible for the right person.
The Rural Cohort Manager will be responsible for assisting with the identification of appropriate delivery models and any variations required. The position will also support engagement with DHBs, PHOs and national bodies and provide advice to implementing partners where needed.
This is a flexible position, with the opportunity to be employed by the Ministry through secondment from an existing role, or by fixed term contract.
This position is available immediately so see the full advert for the Rural Cohort Manager role attached and apply today.
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Kia ora team, a reminder that Empagliflozin (Jardiance) and Vildagliptin (Galvus) used for diabetes management come in a combined dose with Metformin called Jardimet and Galvumet. If your patient is taking one of the combination options, it is a very rare instance that they would need additional metformin as well. Remember that a dose above 2 gms per day of Metformin increases the rate of side effects with little improvement in HbA1c.
There have been a number of prescribing errors picked up over the last few months.