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Addressing mental health and wellbeing in young people

This is the first of a series of articles which will examine the diverse theme of mental health in young people. View Article

Biosimilars - what does a primary care clinician need to know?

"Biosimilars" is likely to become an increasingly familiar term for clinicians in New Zealand and worldwide. View Article

Improving the safety of community-based chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is predominantly managed in secondary care, but many prescriptions for oral medicines are dispensed and taken in the community. View Article

Smoking cessation - helping patients stick with it, until they quit

Nicotine addiction is a disorder that should be considered at every patient contact. All patients who smoke should be encouraged to stop and provided with cessation support. View Article

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Reading Best Practice Journal just got better! Reading Best Practice Journal is now a RNZCGP endorsed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.

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Thinking of postgraduate study in 2016? The Department of General Practice & Rural Health, University of Otago offers postgraduate teaching and study in national and international practice-based research. For further information, Click here or contact gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz

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A farewell to Best Tests, for now. The July 2015 edition of Best Tests concludes our contract to provide laboratory test utilisation education to general practitioners in New Zealand.

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Looking for a report? Prescribers can log-in to My bpac (or create a free account) to access individual prescribing or laboratory testing reports. Once you have logged-in, click on “My documents” in your account dashboard to see your available reports.

New 2015 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical Utilisation

Important message to readers. As a result of a change in funding arrangements there will be some differences to Best Practice Journal over the coming months. The Best Practice Journal will continue to be freely available online, but there will be changes to the hard copy version between now and June, 2015.

During this period of time we will be assessing the demand for retaining a print edition of BPJ, and investigating options for funding this.

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Peer Group Discussions In an ongoing series, we look back at the key messages and practice points from selected articles in Best Practice Journals.