Professional practice and development

Oxycodone prescribing: New Zealand solutions to a global problem

Inappropriate prescribing of opioids for non-cancer pain is...

October 2016

Treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) has changed

Three new oral medicine regimens for the treatment of hepatitis...

September 2016

Upfront: Tips for prescribing newly-subsidised medicines for patients with COPD

In March, 2016, subsidy changes came into effect for medicines...

August 2016

The COPD prescribing tool

This tool provides pharmacological treatment options for patients...

July 2016

Asthma in primary care

Updated asthma guidelines are expected to be released later...

June 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

Oxycodone Update

This report provides an update on the use of oxycodone over...

March 2016

Using the NZF Interactions Checker

The New Zealand Formulary (NZF) contains a function that identifies...

December 2015

2015 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical Utilisation

This report has been developed to give you an opportunity to...

November 2015

Upfront: An avoidable death: the importance of communication in clinical care

The following treatment injury case study was prepared by the...

August 2015

Piles of pills: Prescribing appropriate quantities of medicines

Medicine wastage is a significant problem in New Zealand, with...

August 2015

Bestpractice Decision Support

BPAC Inc is pleased to be able to offer general practices a...

August 2015

Factors that can affect laboratory investigations

In 2013 we published an article entitled “Best tests?” (Best...

April 2015

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: Anatomic Pathology Tests

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule provides clinicians with...

April 2015

Stand up to falls - April Falls month and the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s reducing harm from falls campaign

Contributed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission

April 2015

Upfront - End-of-life care for patients with chronic disease: have we made a difference?

In late 2011 we published an article on end-of-life care for...

March 2015

The “supporting weight management in primary care” programme

The Western Bay of Plenty PHO (WBOPPHO), in conjunction with...

December 2014

Upfront: The latest on IPIF

The aim of the Integrated Performance and Incentive Framework...

December 2014

2014 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Test Utilisation

This report has been developed to give you an opportunity to...

December 2014

Exposure to body fluids: keeping the primary healthcare team safe

Providing a safe working environment involves both minimising...

November 2014

A review of statin use and monitoring

Statins are one of the most frequently prescribed medicines...

October 2014

Communicating cardiovascular risk effectively

Calculating a patient’s cardiovascular risk is relatively easy;...

September 2014

Recommendations for good IT management for general practices

General practices are increasingly dependent on their IT systems...

September 2014

Taking responsibility for test results: A discussion

The management of test results, in particular the issue of who...

August 2014

Oxycodone Update

Since 2011, bpacnz has produced a series of reports and articles...

August 2014

Oxycodone: how did we get here and how do we fix it?

Following on from the interview with Dr Jeremy McMinn in the...

July 2014

Upfront: The Integrated Performance and Incentive Framework (IPIF): What has changed and how does it affect primary care?

On June 30, 2014, the PHO Performance Programme (PPP) ceased...

July 2014

Upfront: “A disaster in the making”: it’s time to take action against misuse of oxycodone

Dr Jeremy McMinn is a consultant psychiatrist and addiction...

June 2014

Rising antimicrobial resistance

Associate Professor Mark Thomas from the University of Auckland,...

June 2014

The ankle-brachial pressure index: An under-used tool in primary care?

Calculating a patient’s ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI)...

April 2014

Update on the Adverse Drug Reaction reporting tool

Reporting suspected adverse drug reactions enables the collection...

April 2014

News Updates

Changes to the pneumococcal vaccine for children | Annual update...

March 2014

2013 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Test Utilisation

This report has been developed to give you an opportunity to...

November 2013

Five tips for getting the most out of your Practice Management System

Your Practice Management System (PMS) is a powerful tool. When...

November 2013

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: What does it mean for general practice?

In October, 2013, a new laboratory test schedule and accompanying...

November 2013

Health literacy plays an important role in boosting cervical screening uptake

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

October 2013

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

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

June 2013

Best tests? The general principles of laboratory investigations in primary care

Laboratory tests are essential for the diagnosis and management...

February 2013

Upfront: Recommended vaccinations for primary health care staff

Recommended vaccinations for staff working in primary health...

December 2012

2012 Annual Report - Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Test Utilisation

Welcome to your annual practice report This report has been...

November 2012

When and how to use a syringe driver in palliative care

Syringe drivers are often required to provide medicines for...

November 2012

News and updates

New national genetic service launched

October 2012

Upfront: Understanding health literacy

Contributed by Susan Reid and Carla White, Workbase

August 2012

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

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

November 2011

Medicine safety

Dr Janice Wilson, Health Quality & Safety Commission's Chief...

September 2011

2011 Annual Report
Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Test Utilisation

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

September 2011

Building cultural competence: the Medical Council's direction

The New Zealand Medical Council's approach to cultural com...

August 2011

The fear of enabling; misuse of prescription medicines

Misuse of prescription opioids is increasing worldwide and many...

June 2011

The role of General Practice in the care of pregnant women

Although most GPs in New Zealand no longer provide lead maternity...

April 2011

Upfront: Antimicrobial resistance - the way forward

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

February 2011

Overcoming barriers to cervical screening in Pacific women

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

November 2010

Promoting healthy lifestyles for Pacific peoples

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

November 2010

Pacific health providers

Pacific Health providers in New Zealand first began to emerge...

November 2010

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

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

August 2010

2010 Annual Report
Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Test Utilisation

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

August 2010

Avoiding medication errors in children

Medication errors may never be completely eliminated, but strategies...

July 2010

Upfront: Medical mistakes

Health professionals are human too: Making mistakes in general...

July 2010

Recognising and managing mental health problems in Māori

Mental health problems are common in Māori, yet there is...

June 2010

The Role of the GP

The Role of the GP in Termination of Pregnancy in New Zeal...

February 2010

Upfront: Discussing weight loss in general practice

New Zealanders are getting fatter. That’s a fact. When a problem...

December 2009

Annual Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Report 2009

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

November 2009

Upfront: Waste Not Want Not. Reducing wastage

Deals with the cost of wasted medicines with some practical...

September 2009

Counseling patients through a brand change

Health care professionals have an important role in helping...

July 2009

Upfront: The unequal impact of cancer.

Cancer has a significant and disproportionate impact on Māori,...

December 2008

Communicating cardiovascular risk - getting your message across

Many GPs find it difficult to explain CVD risk to their patients....

October 2008

Motivational interviewing

An overview of a technique that can be used to help people make...

October 2008

Why you should prescribe generically

Generic prescribing is cost effective, associated with less...

June 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

Upfront: Evidence based medicine

The dilemma of practicing evidence based medicine when it keeps...

April 2008

Dilemmas: Principles of prescribing for elderly people

Several key principles should be considered when prescribing...

February 2008

Snippets: NSAIDs dextropropoxyphene and antibiotic resistance

Drug information of topical interest

February 2008

A Māori/Pacific nursing service in a mainstream PHO

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

December 2007

Upfront: The doctor who wasn't

Dr Seuss understood that a message is best received when delivered...

December 2007

qi4gp ensuring quality patient care

qi4gp (Quality Information for General Practice) is a ‘grass...

October 2007

Upfront: The Augmentin-free office

Practical advice on reducing the use of augmentin

August 2007

Critical appraisal of Drug advertising

Pharmaceutical companies spend large amounts of money on advertising...

June 2007

Counselling patients through a brand change

Advice on counselling patients through a brand change.

March 2007

“What is Māori Patient-Centred Medicine for Pakeha GPs?”

Recently bpacnz programme developer Dr Trevor Walker interviewed...

October 2006

Providing Palliative care to Māori

This guide examines Māori perspectives on death and dying...

January 2006

Upfront: Confronting the conundrum: do you prescribe antibiotics for respiratory tract infections?

The June edition of Best Practice Journal (BPJ 68) was themed...

September 2015

Upfront - NICE-bpacnz Symposium

Guidelines and Pathways – what role do they have in the United...

April 2015

Introduction: BPJ Generics special edition

Generic drugs are reproductions of the original innovator medicine...

July 2009

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