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  • Mental health screening tool developed

    Date published
    23 Jul 2015

    Otago Polytechnic nursing school and students collaborate with rural practice to develop mental health screening tool

    A mental health screening tool for use in rural general practice has been developed by a group of year-two Otago Polytechnic nursing students and their tutors in association with Pleasant Point medical centre.

    The project involved students Olivia Connor, Savanah Brady and Katheryn Campbell while on their clinical primary health care placement at the South Canterbury practice and was supervised by their lecturer Anna Wheeler, the polytechnic’s, principal lecturer Jean Ross and medical centre co-owner and Nurse Practitioner Tania Kemp.

  • 2014 RNZCGP Workforce Survey released

    Date published
    11 Dec 2014

    New Zealand’s general practitioner workforce needs to grow to meet the healthcare needs of its communities according to a workforce survey report released today by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

  • Health minister hears rural health’s big issues

    Date published
    27 Nov 2014

    Key rural health priorities and issues were on the agenda when New Zealand Rural General Practice Network leaders met with new health minister Jonathan Coleman this week.

    Network chair Dr Jo Scott-Jones and deputy chair Sharon Hansen discussed a range of topics with Dr Coleman during an hour-long meeting at Parliament on Wednesday (November 26).


  • Ultrasound scanning upgrades

    Date published
    16 Oct 2012

    Expectant mothers will soon have access to the latest in real-time "4D" ultrasound imagery in South Canterbury. (Timaru Herald)


  • New ACC service - GPs required

    Date published
    20 Jun 2012

    On October 1, 2012 ACC will introduce a new service - Clinical Review of Fitness for Work - to assist GPs who need support when certifying patients' work capacity.

  • 'Blood, bones, fractures. It's good.'

    Date published
    14 Jun 2012

    Eighty-six year old Mary Judd makes the trip from her home to a doctor's surgery in Levin every weekday. (Dominion Post)

  • Free health checks plan

    Date published
    2 May 2012

    The Southern Primary Health Organisation has approved a $300,000 initiative supporting free primary healthcare measures for "high needs" patients, chief executive Ian Macara said. (ODT)

  • Future of health services on the West Coast

    Date published
    30 Apr 2012

    Over recent weeks there has been a lot of speculation in the media around the future of health services on the West Coast. Some of the information has come from leaks within the District Health Board, while some has come from past employees. Irrespective of where the information has come from some of the headlines have been misleading. It is important that Coasters have accurate facts when judging the validity of what they are reading in the paper and forming their opinion. (Press release, West Coast DHB/Scoop)


  • Defribillators for Geraldine region

    Date published
    26 Apr 2012

    Funding has been secured for nine new defibrillators to be installed in coming months around the Geraldine region. (Timaru Herald)


  • Defibrillators installed in Alpine Energy vehicles

    Date published
    26 Apr 2012

    A heart-felt move by Alpine Energy Ltd recently has left the community a safer place. (Scoop)