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News and updates of interest to primary health care nurses

Angel Flight NZ - free flight/care assistance for vulnerable people

Angel flight is a voluntary organisation which operates throughout Australasia. They have 120+ planes and volunteer clinicians etc to help vulnerable groups with transport to eg hospital appointments.  They have mainly operated in Northland but they are ready to go all over the country, so please ask if you have clients for who a quick, free flight there and back would make all the difference!

Read or download flier: Angel Flight NZ (PDF 2.3MB)

Important information for the primary care team about hepatitis C treatments in the community

From 1 October 2016, all prescribers including general practitioners will be able to prescribe Viekira Pak and Viekira Pak-RBV.

This is the first time general practice will have funded access to these medicines and is a fundamental change in the treatment of hepatitis C in primary care.

PHARMAC has been working closely with clinicians, the Ministry of Health, suppliers and others in the health sector to ensure that the right information is available to support the treatment of hepatitis C in the community. This includes information from BPACNZ and an online training module for general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists.

You can access these resources on the PHARMAC website.

Flucloxacillin Monograph and Notes on Injectable Drugs

These documents have been provided from the Hospital Pharmacists Assn (NZPHA) -  Flucloxacillin Monograph and Notes on Injectable Drugs (NOID’s) – given to us as they are “receiving requests from some GP practices about this book as more injectable medicines are being given in Primary Care. ..The feedback we have been receiving from the nurses using this resource has been really useful and they appreciate the ease with which they can find the information.”

Snippets from NZCPHCN Meetings

Palliative Care Council of New Zealand

"Caring for people in the last days and hours of life: Interim Guidance"

Click to view/download (PDF 1.3MB)

Scholarships and Grants

The Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF) and NZNO offer NZNO members a range of scholarships and grants. These grants are funded from various trusts including the Gretta and Harry Hamblin Trust and the McCutchan Trust. NZNO also administers a range of other NZNO local and national grants.

For more information please see

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