Frequently asked questions

The Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand (bpacnz) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation focused on delivering medical education resources to health care professionals throughout New Zealand.

bpacnz was established in 2002 and has six shareholders: General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ), Pegasus Health Ltd, ProCare Health, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), South Link Health and The University of Otago.

bpacnz is funded by contracts with PHARMAC, the Ministry of Health, individual DHBs and PHOs and other health care organisations such as the Heart Foundation and ACC.

We employ a range of clinicians, medical writers, data analysts, researchers, design, web and administrative staff (see: “Our People”).

This website is dedicated to the resources produced by the bpacnz Publications Team.

bpacnz has two main divisions – the Publications Team and the In Practice Team.

The Publications team are responsible for producing educational resources for health care professionals, including clinical guidance articles, editorials, personalised prescribing reports and CME activities such as clinical audits, quizzes and peer group discussions. This website is dedicated to the resources produced by the Publications Team.

The In Practice Team are responsible for the administration of the recertification programme for doctors registered in a general scope of practice. Their website can be found here: www.inpractice.org.nz

Other separate bpacnz activities include locum.org.nz by RataGP and bpacnz Rx

BPAC Inc is a sister organisation to bpacnz. Among other activities, BPAC Inc is responsible for developing and delivering bestpractice Decision Support software for general practices. Their website can be found here: www.bestpractice.net.nz

The New Zealand Formulary, South Link Health and the South Link Health Group are other organisations affiliated with bpacnz.

We describe our articles as evidence-based, practical guidance for health care professionals working in New Zealand.

We base our information on New Zealand guidelines, where available. We then look to guidelines from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Europe, Cochrane systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomised controlled trials and where necessary, primary research. This information is then collated, revised and presented in the context of the New Zealand health care system, with expert opinion and guidance.

Articles go through a robust drafting and revision process and receive clinical sign-off before publishing.

Almost all articles and other resources on this website are written in-house by our medical writers, clinical advisors and editorial team (see: “Our people”). If an article has been contributed by an external author, this will be indicated at the beginning of the article.

Acknowledgements at the end of an article refer to people who have assisted in reviewing the clinical content of an article; these are not the article authors and do not have any responsibility for the final content of the article.

The majority of the articles and other content we publish on our website are created to support PHARMAC’s Responsible Use of Pharmaceuticals programme. Topics are decided on in conjunction with the Responsible Use of Pharmaceuticals Advisory Group (RUPAG - see: “”). Most resources are arranged into themes, which change every two to three months.

We also publish resources to support specific topics from organisations such as the Ministry of Health, Medsafe, Health Quality and Safety Commission, ACC, Heart Foundation and the New Zealand Formulary.

We are unable to produce articles on request, unless funding is provided. We do, however, welcome suggestions for topics from our readers, which we present to our clinical advisory group. Also see: “

Our Responsible Use of Pharmaceuticals Advisory Group (RUPAG) is made up of representatives from PHARMAC, primary and secondary care. The RUPAG decide on topics to cover, discuss key issues within these topics and review draft articles.

The current RUPAG members are:

  • Dr Bryan Betty; Deputy Medical Director Primary Care PHARMAC
  • Meena Vallabh, Sarah Le Leu, Bronwyn Locke; PHARMAC implementation programme team
  • Professor Murray Tilyard, Rebecca Harris, Dr Sharyn Willis; bpacnz editorial team
  • Jane Abel; Midland Community Pharmacy Group
  • Professor Bruce Arroll; Goodfellow Unit, University of Auckland
  • Dr Janine Bycroft; Health Navigator, General Practitioner
  • Dr Chris Cameron; General Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist
  • Dr Dougal Thorburn; General Practitioner

We consider requests from New Zealand-based healthcare organisations for the creation of articles for our website that are relevant to our readership. We also offer other writing services such as literature review, document revision, creation of original resources, proof-reading, editing and graphic design. Please contact us (editor@bpac.org.nz) to discuss your requirements and for a quote for services. N.B. We do not take requests from the pharmaceutical industry or other commercial companies for articles intended for our readership.

We are unable to produce articles on request for individuals, unless funding is provided. We do, however, welcome suggestions for topics from our readers, which we present to our clinical advisory group for consideration for future articles: email editor@bpac.org.nz

We do not accept unsolicited freelance articles or commercial material. Occasionally, we may accept a submitted article with prior agreement. We are unable to offer any payment for submitted articles.

Clinicians who wish to contribute to our publications may do so by offering their services as an expert reviewer. If you are interested in this, please email editor@bpac.org.nz and let us know your speciality area.

The suggested citation for an article is:

bpacnz. A rising tide of type 2 diabetes in younger people: what can primary care do? bpacnz, May, 2018. Available from: www.bpac.org.nz/2018/diabetes.aspx (Accessed Jun, 2018).

The author is: bpacnz

We do not ascribe individual authorship to our articles as they are jointly written and edited by the publications team. If an article has been contributed by an external author, this is indicated at the start of the article.

At the end of the article you can click on “Make a comment”. You must be logged in to your “My bpac” account to enter a comment. If you do not have a My bpac account, you can create one here: www.bpac.org.nz/signup

Alternatively, you can email any comments or questions about articles to: editor@bpac.org.nz

If you have a question that pertains to a specific article, we encourage you to make a comment on the website
(see: “”).

If you would prefer to ask your question in private or if you have a clinical question or comment not directly related to an article, you can email this to: editor@bpac.org.nz

We will let you know if we might publish your letter, and ask you if it is ok to include your name – you may remain anonymous if you wish.

Articles may be reproduced for personal use without formal permission.

Users wishing to reproduce large quantities of an article (≥ 50 copies) should inform bpacnz and obtain an a greement which outlines the intended use of the article. A print-ready PDF with bpacnz branding and reference details to the original publication will be provided (also see “Do you offer a reprint service?”). Email: editor@bpac.org.nz

We encourage users who wish to reproduce articles for commercial purposes to consider using our re-print service to support open-access publication.

Users wishing to link to a bpacnz resource on their website should contact bpacnz to obtain permission. In most cases, bpacnz does not allow reproduction of a resource in its entirety on other websites. Email: editor@bpac.org.nz

Reproduction of figures or tables from any article is permitted without formal written permission from bpacnz, provided that the figure/table is original, bpacnz is identified as the original publisher, and that proper attribution of authorship and the correct citation details are given as acknowledgment
(See: “”).

We offer a reprint service for users requiring professional, high-quality reproductions of articles. Reprints are produced from a print-ready PDF with bpacnz branding and reference details to the original publication.

We encourage users who wish to reproduce articles for commercial purposes to consider using our re-print service to support open-access publication.

Please contact us for a quote for printing services: editor@bpac.org.nz

Creating a free “My bpac” account allows users to receive email alerts when new resources are published, make comments on articles, personalise the content they see, store favourite articles, manage their electronic mailing list details and complete CME quizzes. In addition, primary care prescribers can access personalised reports on dispensed pharmaceuticals.

To sign up to “My bpac”, go to: www.bpac.org.nz/signup

When you register your details to create a “My bpac” account you are automatically added to our email list unless you opt out. We will email you to let you know when a new resource has been published on our website or to inform you about related bpacnz activities. We aim to limit emails to twice per month, although on some occasions we may contact you more frequently.

To sign up to receive email alerts, go to: www.bpac.org.nz/signup

To opt out of receiving emails after you have signed up, either amend your account details (see: “”) or click on “unsubscribe” at the bottom of an email you have received from us.

You can change your email address, preferences and other details via “My bpac”, in your account dashboard: click on the menu on the top right of the screen and click on the “Mybpac dashboard” link at the top of the list. The panel on the right will display your details: click on “amend account details” to make any changes.

If you do not have an account, you can sign up at: www.bpac.org.nz/signup

If you are having any problems changing your details, email: contact@bpac.org.nz

Unfortunately we are no longer funded to provide printed copies of Best Practice Journal. In addition, we no longer publish articles in a serialised journal format.

We are currently investigating options for providing printed collections of our articles. We will contact subscribers with any developments in this area. If you have previously received copies of BPJ, you are already on our mailing list. New subscribers can pre-register their postal details to join any future mailing list when they sign up to a “My bpac” account.

If you need to update your postal address, you can do this via your “My bpac” dashboard (see: “”).

Primary care prescribers are eligible to receive personalised prescribing reports from bpacnz. This includes general practitioners, nurse practitioners and pharmacist practitioners who write prescriptions for patients that are dispensed from a community pharmacy. We also provide reports for DHB and PHO pharmacy facilitators.

Personalised prescribing reports are derived from data from the Ministry of Health’s National Pharmaceutical Claims Collections. These data represent subsidised pharmaceuticals dispensed by community pharmacies. Reports contain information based on dispensed pharmaceuticals prescribed by an individual, as well as their practice’s patient population, i.e. pharmaceuticals dispensed by any provider for patients enrolled in the practice. Approximately four theme reports and an annual report are produced for both the practice’s population and individual prescribers per year.

An email with a link to the report is sent when a new report is published. Personalised reports can also be accessed via “My bpac”. Click on the menu on the top right of the screen and click on the “Mybpac dashboard” link at the top of the list; click on the blue reports box to access your data.

To sign-up to “My bpac”, go to: www.bpac.org.nz/signup

bpacnz is no longer funded to provide patient information pamphlets. Due to popular demand, the “What your lipid test means for you” pamphlet is available to download and print from our website: www.bpac.org.nz/Supplement/2012/December/lipid-testing.aspx

Links to other patient information sources can be found here: www.bpac.org.nz/links/patient-information.aspx

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