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News and updates of interest to primary health care nurses:

ACC contributions - new from 1 December 2018

General Practices treating patients under ACC's Cost of Treatment Regulations (CoTR) will receive increased contributions from 1 December following approval by Government.

General Practice (doctor, nurse practitioner and nurse visits) will be paid a higher rate for patients with Community Service Cards, with the expectation the patient will pay no more than $18.50 for a GP visit. Their dependants (aged 14-17 years) should be charged no more than $12.50. Additional contributions will also mean the current zero-fees scheme for under 13s can be extended to under 14s.

It is up to individual practices to set their co-payment levels, however ACC says the contributions are set at a level to encourage practices to pass on the benfits to their patients.

These new rates will also apply to practices working under contract - Rural General Practice and Urgent Care Clinics. Contract holders will need to meet the terms and conditions of the contracts.

ACC is reminding practices to invoice at the correct rates from 1 December. "It's important that all health providers know about these invoicing changes to avoid a delay in payment," said Graham Dyer, ACC Head of Provider Service Delivery.

The changes are part of announcements made by the Government in Budget 2018 and apply to both health and injury-related visits.

The new rates can be found here. Ministry of Health also has information about the initiatives available on the TAS website.

Read or download: ACC-related changes to general practice rates

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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 

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Breast Cancer Research Review

This Review features key medical articles from global oncology journals with commentary from Dr Sheridan WilsonDr Erica Whineray KellyDr Carmel Jacobs and Dr David Okonji. The Breast Cancer Research Review covers topics such as:

  • BRCA gene mutation
  • mastectomy
  • lumpectomy
  • adjuvant therapy
  • hormonal therapy
  • aromatase inhibitors 
  • monoclonal antibodies,
  • trastuzumab, and
  • brachytherapy.

Publications are free to receive for all NZ health professionals.

View back issues of Breast Cancer Research Review publications here.  

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"A Fair Chance for All" interim report

The Productivity Commission is now seeking feedback on this interim report.

While many of us are thriving, there are too many in Aotearoa New Zealand who are not. We all want to:

  • live fulfilling lives where we have a strong sense of identity,
  • are able to contribute to our families and communities,
  • have the things we need to realise our aspirations, and
  • grow the next generation of New Zealanders.

As New Zealanders, justice and caring for others is part of our cultural identity. We all share a responsibility for looking out for each other and not leaving anyone behind.

About 17% (724 000) of New Zealanders experienced persistent disadvantage in both 2013 and 2018. Young people, families and whānau can face multiple disadvantages that hold them back, which can turn into a cycle of persistent or intergenerational disadvantage. People and families face impossible choices every day, just trying to get by.

Our interim recommendations focus on the overall settings of the “public management system” rather than recommending sector-specific policy changes or how individuals, communities and society in general can achieve change, we asked the question: what are the “upstream” system settings that hold persistent disadvantage in place and what would enable change?

We then looked across the public management system to understand what is creating the inequities in people’s lives in the first place and why certain groups are more vulnerable to disadvantage in New Zealand.

As you will see, we identify four barriers to addressing persistent disadvantage that exist throughout the public management system and impact all sectors and all institutions. One of these barriers is the fragmented and siloed nature of government, which challenges the idea that making improvements in individual sectors will be sufficient for addressing persistent disadvantage.

Productivity Commission | Interim report on A Fair Chance for All

FEEDBACK DUE: Please send comments to by Mon, 7 Nov 2022

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The Foundation will hold the final of our three regional events on the NZ COPD Guidelines 2021; this time in Dunedin. This will be presented by Professor Bob Hancox, lead author of the COPD Guidelines, respiratory physician at Waikato Hospital and a researcher at the University of Otago.

The free in-person educational event is being held on Wed, 16 November 6:00-8:30 pm (talk begins at 6.30pm) at the Distinction Hotel, Dunedin CBD.

Each attendee will receive a complimentary registration in our online CPD course: the Asthma and COPD Fundamentals eLearning (usually $135), as well as a resource pack.

RSVP by 7 November to

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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.”

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Learning Needs Analysis Results

NZCPHCN consulted with its members about what they would like to hear and learn more about. Read the results: Learning Needs Analysis Survey Results 

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Long COVID online event

We are running a free online event for

  • nurses,
  • nurse practitioners,
  • nurse specialists,
  • GPs, and
  • allied health professionals

entitled Long COVID diagnosis, symptom management & more: Learn From ME.

Running 7-9 pm, Thurs, 3 Nov and Tues, 8 Nov. It is CME endorsed for four CPD credits.

You can find out more at

ANZMES is a nonprofit supporting people living with ME/CFS and we provide evidence based education and information, fund research, and advocate for individuals, their carers and family/whānau.

The event will consist of experts in their fields:

  • GPs,
  • researchers,
  • clinicians,
  • nurses, and
  • physiotherapists.

It will include presentations, Q&A, and case study discussions.

Copied below is a short promo, a poster and a banner is linked for your information. 

Long COVID - diagnosis, symptom management & more: Learn From ME FREE online event, hosted by ANZMES.
Are you looking for insight into the emerging situation with Long COVID? Do you want to learn about the current research showing links to ME/CFS? Look no further! Spread out over two evenings, this event is packed full of useful, interesting, and interactive sessions. It is designed so that you can learn directly from GPs, researchers, and clinicians and interact with your colleagues in break out rooms as you discuss case studies, and ask those burning questions during Question and Answer sessions with our guest speakers.

This event is CME/ CPD endorsed for four credits.

When? Thurs, 3 Nov and Tues, 8 November 2022, 7-9 pm.

For more information and to register visit:

Ngā mihi maioha / Thank you with appreciation
Kind Regards

Fiona Charlton
Associated NZ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Society Inc

Palliative Care Council of New Zealand

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

Click to view or download 

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Quick vote: Rule remit and Honoraria

Unfortunately, at the NZCPHCN AGM on Thursday, 13 Oct 2022 the required quorum was unmet, and the committee wouldlike to invite all members to take part in a short survey, regarding the two matters that need voting on: a rule remit and Honorarium. Please go to: and place your vote by
09:00 am on Friday, 4 Nov.

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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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Snippets from NZCPHCN Meetings

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