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Updates to General Practice

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.

What you will find on this page

Latest Information

GPNZ Primary Care Clinical Digest

10th May 2024

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Inside this issue

  1. Immunisation Pānui May 9 2024

  2. Update: Delay to funding decision for Levetiracetam injection for people receiving palliative care in the community

  3. Primary Care Concussion Update from ACC April 2024

  4. ACC Provider Updates

  5. Information about WHO changes to cow’s milk recommendations

  6. Ruruku May 3 2024

  7. Recording from ‘Building the future of health’ virtual hui held May 7 2024

  8. National Data Platform Monthly Update April 2024

  9. International Foundation for Integrated Care IFIC Australia

  10. May 2024 Ciprofloxacin Tender Notification

  11. Update on Supply Issues and Primary Care Prescribers for May 10 2024

  12. 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

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


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.  

Workforce Dev Ops

Workforce Development Opportunities

Local Updates

Local & National Updates

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Bowel Screening

Primary Care Update

Sept. 2023

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November 2023

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Te Whiri Kaha Māori Clinical Forum


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Women's Health Action Survey


The Pae Ora/Healthy Futures Strategies

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NZ Health Strategy

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Provisional Health of Disabled Peoples Strategy

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Pae Tū: Hauora Māori Strategy

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Rural Health Strategy

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Te Mana Ola: The Pacific Health Strategy

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Womens Health Strategy

Documents of Relevance

Docs of relevance
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Te Pae Tata
Interim NZ Health Plan

Maori Health Plan

Ola Manuia
Interim Pacific Health Plan
July 2022-June 2024

Oranga Hinengaro System and Services Framework

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Te Mauri o Rongo
The New Zealand Health Charter

Newsletter Subscriptions for Clinicians

Newsletter Subs

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.

Note: Some of the website may have their subscription boxes at the bottom of the page.

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