Public health

Access to HPV vaccine widened

The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine reduces the incidence...

November 2016

Use the New Zealand Formulary to access patient information leaflets

Patient information leaflets (PILs) are now available from the...

May 2016

Hazards to Health: e-notification to your Medical Officer of Health

An electronic notification system has been designed for general...

May 2016

Travel consultation essentials: for departures and arrivals

Travel consultations involve assessing the risks that may occur...

December 2015

Prevention is better than cure: five tips for keeping older people healthy and out of hospital during winter

With winter upon us it is a timely reminder of the importance...

June 2015

Seasonal influenza vaccines are now available

The Ministry of Health has announced that the first shipments...

April 2015

Exposure to body fluids: keeping the primary healthcare team safe

Providing a safe working environment involves both minimising...

November 2014

Smoking cessation beyond the ABC: Tailoring strategies to high-risk groups

Smoking rates are declining in New Zealand as more and more...

October 2014

Measles: what to be aware of during an outbreak

The current measles outbreak in New Zealand highlights the importance...

September 2014

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: Microbiological and Serological Tests

In October, 2013, the New Zealand Laboratory Test Schedule was...

May 2014

Rural infections series: Rural round up

In the final instalment of the rural series we present a round-up...

May 2014

Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy

New Zealand is slowly emerging from its most recent outbreak...

April 2014

Seasonal influenza vaccination: 2014 update

The vaccine for the 2014 influenza season is now available....

March 2014

Rural infections series: Investigating and managing people with diarrhoea

Campylobacter, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium and Giardia cause...

February 2014

Assessing and managing workplace exposure to chemicals

Contributed by Dr Chris Walls, Occupational Physician, Auc...

February 2014

Upfront - Sudden unexpected death in infancy: Where are we now?

The incidence of SUDI has declined significantly since public...

November 2013

Laboratory investigation of exposure to metals or other hazardous substances in the environment

On occasion, General Practitioners will encounter a patient...

November 2013

How to increase the uptake of cervical screening: A profile of success

A cervical smear test is an effective method for the early detection...

October 2013

Health literacy plays an important role in boosting cervical screening uptake

Susan Reid and Carla White from health literacy and communication...

October 2013

Cervical Screening – Are we reaching our targets?

There are approximately 180 new diagnoses of cervical cancer...

October 2013

Upfront: Antimicrobial Resistance in New Zealand: What is my role in primary care?

This month marks the launch of our 2013 revised edition of “Antibiotic...

August 2013

Antibiotics Guide

Tip: Bookmark this page or add to your home screen on your smartphone...

July 2013

Upfront: Is the cupboard bare? The threat of antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats to health...

June 2013

Hazards to Health: e-notification to your Medical Officer of Health

A new electronic notification system has been designed for general...

April 2013

H1N1 influenza vaccination and the risk of childhood narcolepsy

IN MARCH, 2012 A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE in the rate of childhood...

April 2013

The 2013 influenza season: new strains, new vaccines

The dominant influenza virus to circulate in New Zealand this...

March 2013

Pertussis: halting the epidemic by protecting infants

Infants who have not yet completed the National Immunisation...

March 2013

Norovirus: Sydney 2012

In late 2012, there was a global increase in norovirus notifications,...

March 2013

Update: It is now time to change your patient's diabetes meter

ON 1 SEPTEMBER 2012, three new diabetes blood glucose meters...

February 2013

Upfront: Recommended vaccinations for primary health care staff

Recommended vaccinations for staff working in primary health...

December 2012

Upfront: Lung cancer in New Zealand

Lung cancer in New Zealand: overcoming barriers

November 2012

A new model for cancer care in New Zealand

An ageing population, earlier diagnosis and advances in oncology...

October 2012

Following up prostate cancer in primary care

Cancer services in New Zealand are undergoing major changes...

October 2012

News and updates

New national genetic service launched

October 2012

Care pathways for long-term conditions: Using type 2 diabetes as an example

A care pathway is a tool that enables practitioners to provide...

October 2012

Assessing cardiovascular risk in people with high clinical risk factors

Cardiovascular risk assessment tools automatically adjust risk...

September 2012

Upfront: Understanding health literacy

Contributed by Susan Reid and Carla White, Workbase

August 2012

Managing skin infections in Māori and Pacific families

Compared to other developed countries, New Zealand has one of...

August 2012

Pertussis: an avoidable epidemic

This article is out of date. Please see: Pertussis: halting...

August 2012

How to plan a catch-up immunisation

Although immunisation rates among Māori and Pacific peoples...

August 2012

Oxycodone update

In June 2011, bpacnz produced a report on oxycodone dispensing...

May 2012

Upfront: The new face of diabetes care in New Zealand

ON 1 JULY, 2012 the “Get Checked” programme, under which diabetes...

May 2012

Surveillance of people at increased risk of colorectal cancer

The incidence of colorectal cancer in New Zealand is high by...

May 2012

Seasonal influenza vaccinations: the 2012 edition

The 2012 seasonal influenza vaccine contains the same strains...

April 2012

The HPV vaccination programme: addressing low uptake

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was added to the national...

April 2012

Looking back, looking forward: key messages 2005 – 2011

This report highlights four key prescribing and laboratory testing...

March 2012

PHO Performance Programme - six years on

The PHO Performance Programme was established in 2005 to improve...

December 2011

Health literacy: a focus for the Health Quality & Safety Commission

Over half of New Zealand's adult population is believed to have...

November 2011

Diabetes follow-up: what are the PHO Performance Programme indicators and how are they best achieved?

The purpose of the PHO Performance Programme is to improve health...

October 2011

Diabetes detection: what are the PHO Performance Programme indicators and how are they best achieved?

The purpose of the PHO Performance Programme is to improve health...

September 2011

Rheumatic fever in Māori: what can we do better?

In New Zealand, acute rheumatic fever is now almost exclusively...

August 2011

Upfront: Meeting the needs of children and young people in New Zealand who have been abused and neglected

Nearly one quarter of New Zealand children and young people...

August 2011

Whānau Ora: the theory and the practice

The Honourable Tariana Turia, Minister Responsible for Whānau...

August 2011

In the aftermath of a catastrophe: The Christchurch earthquake

An interview with Dr Chris Leathart, GP, Christchurch and a...

June 2011

Contraception in early adolescence

Young people are having sex. Advice about sexual health and...

April 2011

Increasing the uptake of breast screening

Significant progress has been made in increasing the rate of...

February 2011

Successful initiatives in men's health

We present some responses received following our 2010 article...

February 2011

Upfront: Antimicrobial resistance - the way forward

In this final article in the series on antimicrobial resistance,...

February 2011

Antimicrobial resistance: where are we now?

This article reviews the data currently available, which enables...

December 2010

Overcoming barriers to cervical screening in Pacific women

Cervical screening rates in New Zealand have continued to increase...

November 2010

Immunisation in Pacific children: a success story

Childhood immunisation plays an important role in the health...

November 2010

Close contact infectious diseases: an increasing concern for Pacific peoples

Pacific peoples have poorer health status than other New Zealanders,...

November 2010

Rheumatic fever - the neglected disease

New Zealand continues to have high rates of rheumatic fever,...

November 2010

Promoting healthy lifestyles for Pacific peoples

Ask a Pacific person what a healthy lifestyle means for them...

November 2010

Upfront: The health of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa is everybody's business

New Zealanders of Pacific descent come from approximately 20...

November 2010

What’s up with the men folk? A call for successful initiatives in men’s health

In Part One of our men’s health series, we outline some...

August 2010

Upfront: Resistance to antimicrobials - an increasing problem in our community

The threat of multiple drug resistant organisms in New Zealand....

August 2010

The use of screening tests

GPs frequently perform tests for screening purposes, whether...

July 2010

PSA screening in asymptomatic men

Prostate cancer screening in asymptomatic men is a controversial...

July 2010

Bowel cancer screening in New Zealand

Progress to date on a national screening programme for bowel...

July 2010

Immunisation in children by age two years

An important focus of the PHO Performance Programme is to ensure...

July 2010

Substance misuse and addiction in Māori

It is estimated that substance misuse and other addictions are...

June 2010

PHO Performance Programme - high needs populations

The PHO Performance Programme recognises the increased health...

June 2010

Suicide prevention in Māori youth

The rate of suicide in young Māori males is higher than...

June 2010

Influenza immunisation programme

Important changes to the 2010 influenza immunisation progr...

April 2010

Key Messages & Introduction

Evidence indicates that early interventions in a number of mental...

January 2010

Breast screening - achieving equity

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in New Zealand...

November 2009

Snippets: Nicotinic acid Fosamax Plus & Genetic testing

Nicotinic acid/laropiprant (Tredaptive) ▪ Fosamax Plus...

November 2009

Cervical smears - achieving equity

After the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Programme,...

September 2009

Takin’ it to the people - successful initiatives in Māori health

Tohatohaina atu ki te iwi - He kaupapa hauora Māori angituSome...

July 2009

About this journal

Kupu Whakataki Welcome to BPJ 22, our second journal focused...

July 2009

Introduction to adult depression

Mental disorders are extremely common with over one third of...

July 2009

Immunisation update

Recent changes to the immunisation schedule include a new pneumococcal...

June 2009

Diagnosing and managing influenza

In healthy people influenza is usually self-limiting and uncomplicated...

June 2009

The social responsibility of smokers

While people continue to smoke, they must be aware of the health...

April 2009

Why people smoke

There are many reasons why people begin smoking, continue to...

February 2009

Upfront: Cardiovascular risk screening

Professor Rod Jackson and Professor Simon Capewell debate screening...

October 2008

Upfront: The nature of our nurture

How genes and the environment work together to predict disease...

September 2008

Identifying the barriers to detecting people with diabetes

There has been a marked improvement in diabetes detection in...

September 2008

Improving Māori health - increased awareness of issues

Feedback on a survey of GPs about Māori health issues

August 2008

Upfront: Mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid

What side is your bread buttered on? Mandatory fortification...

August 2008

Detecting Diabetes - Tools for better care

There has been a marked improvement in diabetes detection over...

July 2008

Why we still need to think of rheumatic fever

Māori living in the upper North Island have one of the...

May 2008

Practical solutions for improving Māori health

So what can primary healthcare professionals do about disparities...

May 2008

Upfront: Diverse realities of Māori

Māori have poorer health outcomes, die younger and have...

May 2008

Determining the barriers to diabetes testing

Identifying the barriers to diabetes testing. A suggested method...

March 2008

A Māori/Pacific nursing service in a mainstream PHO

A PHO shares its experience and outcomes of establishing a unique...

December 2007

Acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis

In her UPFRONT article on infectious disease patterns (BPJ Issue...

August 2007

Fighting immunisation preventable disease in primary care

In New Zealand, the immunisation programme has eliminated polio...

May 2007

Patient advice printouts

Patients often remember little of what we say during consultations....

May 2007

Upfront: Infectious disease patterns a major concern

An Interview with Professor Diana Lennon on infectious disease...

May 2007

Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Foundations aims and key services.

March 2007

Vitamin D and Sun protection

The vitamin D story, in which sun exposure is known to cause...

March 2007

Upfront: Direct to Consumer Advertising

Direct to Consumer Advertising In New Zealand.Is the end in...

December 2006

Iodine deficiency

INR testing plus:
• Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs
• Oral route...

November 2006

Substance misuse in adolescents: alcohol, cannabis & other drugs

The risk of injury or death during adolescence is two to three...

February 2012

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