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From 2023, the team at WRHN will be changing how general practice updates are distributed with responsibility given back to general practices and practitioners to access information as required.  Each week, our team will upload information here for general practice teams to access with an update emailed out to general practice teams each fortnight.

Information uploaded to the WRHN website includes clinical updates, workforce developments and education, as well as the latest information from Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora. We encourage GP teams to save the link to the updates to their favourites bar and to check this page often, as information will be loaded as it is received by our team.

Latest Information

GPNZ Primary Care Clinical Digest

17th November 2023

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Inside this issue

  1. Measles Primary Care Update

  2. ACC- General Practice Referred MRI Service Expands to Nurse Practitioners

  3. Goodfellow Unit Webinars/Short Courses/Podcast

  4. RNZCGP - Your Work Counts Project

  5. Ian Powell's Latest Blog: The Glue that Primary Health Organisations Provide Primary Care

  6. Prescription Access Initiative Survey Findings

  7. Supply Issue: Morphine Oral Liquid, Temporary Alternative Presentation Listed from December 1 2023

  8. New Zealand Blood Service to GPS – Request for recently recovered chickenpox, shingles patients

  9. Proposal to Fund Supplements for Phenylketonuria and Other Inborn Errors of Metabolism

  10. Call for Funding Applications for Medicines for Rare Disorders

  11. Invitation to Participate in a Research Study – Provider Perspectives on the Psychosocial Impacts of Lung Cancer Screening 

  12. Updates for Pharmacists November 17 2023 / Pharmaceutical Schedule Dispatch

  13. Top Weekend Viewing

Bowel Screening age extenstion is coming.....

50-74 screening: Māori and Pacific people

  1. Lower starting age for Māori and Pacific people

  2. Whanganui will be joining the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand. Free bowel screening will soon be available to Māori and Pacific people from the age of 50 to 74. This incentive will be coming mid-2024.

  3. The starting age is lower because a higher proportion of bowel cancer occurs in Māori and Pacific people before reaching 60, compared with others.

  4.  How can you help prepare? General Practices are asked that they start their preparation by ensuring your programmes have recorded peoples correct ethnicities. This is vital information that needs to be correct so the correct population are invited to participate.


Immunisation Updates

We are pleased to share with you our latest update from the National Immunisation Programme. As always, we encourage you to cascade the information in this pānui, and share our resources with your colleagues, contacts, and networks as relevant. Thank you so much.

In this issue:

  • Quarterly shingles vaccine email to 65-year-olds

  • AIR cutover date confirmed

  • Pacific MMR campaign for 18-34-year-olds

  • Our regular reminder on collateral

If you need key messages, or any other comms or engagement support or resources, please email

Immunisation Updates

Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR)

  • The NIR (National Immunisation Register) will be migrated into the AIR this weekend.


  • Your Medtech 32 or Medtech Evolution systems will connect with the AIR automatically, meaning staff continue to administer and record immunisations as normal.


  • With the AIR, status queries will be a lot faster, meaning staff will be able to obtain vaccination histories for patients in real-time.


  • Practices do not need separate access to the AIR-if you think you do, please contact me to discuss.


Please see attached letter from Te Whatu Ora for details.  

Pharmaceutical Updates

Workforce Development Opportunities

Workforce Development

Local & National Updates

Local Updates

The Pae Ora/Healthy Futures Strategies

Relevant Documents

Documents of Relevance

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Te Pae Tata
Interim NZ Health Plan

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Maori Health Plan

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Ola Manuia
Interim Pacific Health Plan
July 2022-June 2024

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Oranga Hinengaro System and Services Framework

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Te Mauri o Rongo
The New Zealand Health Charter

Newsletter Subscriptions for Clinicians

In an attempt to reduce unwanted emails, our team will no longer be forwarding newsletters from other providers and partners. Instead, we have listed organisations whose newsletters and updates you can opt in to receive. Simply click the button of the organisations below and sign up as a subscriber.

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Newsletter Updates
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