Pregnancy and reproductive health

Diagnosing and managing primary ovarian insufficiency

Primary ovarian insufficiency is the loss of ovarian function...

December 2019

Diagnosing and managing perinatal depression in primary care

The consequences of perinatal depression* can be severe. Suicide...

November 2019

Community pharmacy guide on medicine safety in pregnancy

Community pharmacists are a key point of contact for women seeking...

November 2019

The role of the primary healthcare team in pregnancy care

Pregnancy is a time when women are likely to engage with a number...

November 2019

News item: access to levonorgestrel intrauterine devices/systems widened

From 1 November, 2019, levonorgestrel intrauterine devices (IUDs;...

October 2019

Contraception: which option for which patient?

Prescribing contraception is a core part of primary care practice....

March 2019

Condoms: advising on the options

Condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against...

March 2019

Oral contraceptives: selecting a pill

Oral contraceptive pills are a safe and effective contraceptive...

March 2019

Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injections: an intermediate option

Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injections are a form of hormonal...

March 2019

Long-acting contraceptives: implants and IUDs

Long-acting contraceptives include progestogen (levonorgestrel)...

March 2019

Balancing the benefits and risks of prescribing antiepileptic medicines in women

Antiepileptic medicines reduce the risk of seizures in people...

October 2018

NZF is changing the way that pregnancy and breast-feeding advice for medicines is presented

From 1 October, 2018, the New Zealand Formulary (NZF) will replace...

September 2018

An HPV update: vaccination coverage needs to be improved

Vaccination against human papillomaviruses (HPV) is fully subsidised...

October 2015

News Update: Pertussis vaccine now subsidised for all pregnant women

Changes to the funding criteria for diphtheria, tetanus and...

August 2015

Monitoring diabetes before, during and after pregnancy

Hyperglycaemia during pregnancy is associated with a range of...

July 2015

The Integrated Performance and Incentive Framework (IPIF): A Healthy Start

IPIF is a quality improvement programme designed to enhance...

April 2015

News Updates

Medicines update: removal of Special Authority status | Antianginal...

October 2014

Measles: what to be aware of during an outbreak

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

September 2014

Antenatal testing in pregnancy

This report discusses antenatal testing between January – December...

July 2014

News Updates

Reminder: Most broad-spectrum antibiotics do not interact with...

June 2014

Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy

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

April 2014

The pharmacological management of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition in which endometrial...

April 2013

Encouraging smoke-free pregnancies: the role of primary care

One in ten New Zealand women smoke during pregnancy and this...

February 2013

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting are very common symptoms of early pregnancy...

November 2011

News in brief: Maternity referral guidelines & Simvastatin

• New maternity referral guidelines released
• Simvastatin:...

September 2011

Routine laboratory testing during pregnancy

Most general practitioners no longer offer lead maternity care...

July 2011

News in brief: Dabigatran; Antibiotics and COC; Prescription kitchen

Dabigatran to be listed | Most broad spectrum antibiotics do...

June 2011

Managing urinary tract infections in pregnancy

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur commonly during pregnancy....

April 2011

Continuing care for pregnant women with asthma

When asthma is well controlled during pregnancy, there is little...

April 2011

Contraception in early adolescence

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

April 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

Pre-conception care in general practice

Education to improve pre-conception health should be viewed...

April 2011

Purpose and introduction

The purpose of this journal is to examine the assessment and...

November 2010


References for Depression in the antenatal and postnatal p...

November 2010

Postnatal depression

Depressive symptoms in the postnatal period represent a range...

November 2010

Snippets: Jadelle & Sibutramine

Jadelle – A newly funded long-acting contraceptive implant |...

November 2010


Appendices for Depression in the antenatal and postnatal p...

November 2010

Antenatal depression

Unrecognised or untreated depression during pregnancy poses...

November 2010

Snippets: Iodine supplements Zoledronic acid & Atorvastatin

• Iodine supplements now funded
• Zoledronic acid now funded
• Atorvastatin...

August 2010

Termination Law In New Zealand

The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 and the...

February 2010

The Role of the GP

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

February 2010


Termination of Pregnancy in New Zealand References

February 2010

Appendix 1: Recommended methods of termination for different gestations

Appendix 1: Recommended methods of termination for different...

February 2010

Access to Services

At present in New Zealand, there are issues around equity of...

February 2010

Management of side effects and complications

The data on complications due to terminations performed in New...

February 2010

Methods of Termination

Methods of Termination of Pregnancy in New Zealand

February 2010

Key Concepts

Key Concepts for Termination of Pregnancy in New Zealand

February 2010

Upfront: New hope for genetic disorders: pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) represents the latest...

February 2009

Nutrition and supplements during pregnancy

Pregnancy outcomes can be improved by following important nutritional...

December 2008

Mastitis and sore nipples while breastfeeding

The management of two conditions that commonly, but unnecessarily,...

December 2008

Infant formula

Although breastfeeding is the best option for an infant, cows’...

August 2008

Upfront: Mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid

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

August 2008

Snippet: Depo-provera and bone scans

It is generally accepted that the use of Depo-Provera results...

April 2008

Hormone replacement therapy: Latest evidence and treatment recommendations

The use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of stroke,...

April 2008

Combined oral contraceptives: Issues for current users

Oral contraceptives are used by 147,000 New Zealand women. This...

April 2008

Dear Dave

• Breakthrough Bleeding
• Camphor in Pregnancy

December 2007

Dear Dave

Does the "seven day rule" still apply with the concomitant...

September 2007

Dear Dave

Is there an association between the use of the combined oral...

April 2007

Nocturnal leg cramps: is there any relief?

Nocturnal leg cramps are common, particularly in older people...

December 2012

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