The Suicide Prevention Office has launched a website called He Kāpehu Whetū (a Māori star compass). This website is designed to inspire community leaders and communities across Aotearoa who want to address the needs they see in their areas and take action to develop their own initiatives.
He Kāpehu Whetū aims to share these stories to inspire more action. The website highlights some of the incredible work already happening across the motu.
Some of these stories are very personal and we thank all the contributors and the people they are supporting, for giving us permission to share their stories and link to the work they do.
Click here for more information
CLINICAL UPDATE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ. COVID-19 testing surge: Changes to Microbiology Requesting
As you will be acutely aware, COVID-19 has appeared in the Lakes and BOP communities over the past week. This has caused unprecedented demand for COVID testing and at present the local demand outstrips our testing capacity at Pathlab.
We urgently need to reduce routine molecular and microbiology testing for the foreseeable future in order to re-allocate staff and keep turnaround times low for COVID requests.
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Kia ora koutou, we have recieved the latest message from NIR regarding covid queries, please pass this message on:
Please advise all your Practices that if they have any of their patients querying about Covid-19 could they please ask their patients to contact the Covid-19 admin.
NIR has nothing to do with Covid.
Pharmac notification: Decision to widen access to Amgevita, a citrate-free biosimilar adalimumab, and award Principal Supply
We are pleased to announce that we have made the decision to widen access to adalimumab and award Principal Supply to Amgevita, a citrate-free biosimilar adalimumab.
Please share this information
We want to make sure everyone who needs to know about this decision is aware of it. Please share this information with people you think might be interested.
Details about this decision
Information about this decision can be found on the Pharmac website.
We want to extend our thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation on this proposal.
Kia ora koutou,
We invite you to Hauraki PHO’s AGM. This will be held on Thursday 25th November at 1:30pm. This Annual General Meeting will be held via zoom due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. A link will be sent to you to join the meeting via zoom
We’ve been hearing from PHOs and practices that there’s some confusion about Foundation Standard and whether site visits must be done in-person or whether a virtual visit is acceptable. I thought I would clarify.
The Foundation Standard is a key component of the College’s quality assurance and improvement programmes and is essential to ensuring quality primary care in New Zealand.
An in-person site visit at a practice has always been a part of the process for seeking certification.
We recognise that the COVID-19 environment has required increased use of electronic resources in many areas of clinical practice. However, in this instance the College continues to require in-person site visits as part of the Foundation Standard process.
If your practice is in an area that is affected by the current COVID-19 community outbreak or you are having difficulty completing the in-person assessor site visit requirement for another reason, the College recommends that you speak to your PHO. An extension may be granted so that an in-person site visit can be completed when it is safe to do so.
If your practice feels the assessment needs to be completed urgently and needs to be done as a virtual site visit, please complete an exemption to site visit form. The College will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis and will only be considering requests from practices.
Certification will not be awarded to practices based on virtual visits when they were not approved by the College prior to the virtual site taking place.
If you have any further questions please contact us on Quality@rnzcgp.org.nz or +64 4 496 5999
Nāku noa, nā
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Kia ora koutou,
The NZ Dementia Foundation is running a survey to help gain an accurate picture of current practice for cognitive assessment in General Practice across the country, to help guide support and education. They would very much appreciate 3 minutes of your busy clinicians time.
Please take 3 minutes to answer this important survey now.
Click the button below to answer a very brief anonymous survey about what cognitive assessment tool you currently use.
Go to survey
If you are unable to use the button above, please cut and paste this link:
Why are we asking for this information? We want to gain an accurate picture of current practice for cognitive assessment in General Practice across the country, to help guide support and education.
Deadline for response – Monday 22 November 2021
Kia ora koutou
I’m thrilled to announce the screening September/October display winners. As there were few entries due to the current times primary care is working in I’d like to thank all the practice teams that got behind this in 2021 and therefore we have 5 winners
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Coromandel
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Whitianga
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Te Aroha
Raukura Hauora o Tainui Te Rengarenga
Raukura Hauora o Tainui Waahi
If you want to see the fab displays hop onto our Facebook page
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.