Frequently asked questions

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation focused on delivering medical education resources to health care professionals throughout New Zealand. We employ a range of clinicians, medical writers, data analysts, researchers, design, web and administrative staff.

bpacnz currently has two main divisions – the publications team and the In Practice team.

The publications team are responsible for producing Best Practice Journal, Best Tests, personalised reports and associated CME activities, accredited by the RNZCGP. This website is focused on the work of 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:

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:

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

Click on the "Mybpac" link, this will take you to your account and all the options available to you."

Click on the Reports tab, this will take you to your reports.

Almost all articles that appear in Best Practice Journal or Best Tests are written in-house by our publications team, which is made up of medical writers and clinicians (see: “Our people”). Our medical writers have post-graduate health sciences qualifications and are members of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. Our clinical team is made up of three experienced general practitioners and a pharmacist. Professor Murray Tilyard, CEO bpacnz, is the Editor-in-Chief of publications.

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

Our topics are decided on by our clinical advisory group (see: “Who are the clinical advisory group?”). The article is scoped and drafted by our publications team, then sent out to review with our clinical advisory group and a subject expert. Final revisions are then made by the clinical and editorial teams.

We base our information on New Zealand guidelines, where available. We then look to guidelines from the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Australian, United States and Canadian guidelines, Cochrane systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and where necessary, primary research. This information is then collated, revised and presented in the context of the New Zealand health care system, with guidance from selected experts, depending on the topic.

The acknowledgements box at the end of an article lists the experts who have reviewed the article and provided comment.

Our clinical advisory group is made up of representatives from primary and secondary care, and health care management. The Responsible Use of Pharmaceuticals Advisory Group members are:

  • Dr Bryan Betty, Chair
  • Jane Abel
  • Professor Bruce Arroll
  • Dr Janine Bryant
  • Dr Chris Cameron
  • Dr Karen Falloon
  • Dr Dougal Thorburn

We do not accept freelance articles. Occasionally, we may publish an article submitted by an external organisation such as the Ministry of Health or Medsafe, with prior agreement. 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 and let us know your speciality area.

Vacancies in the clinical advisory group are advertised on our website and in Best Practice Journal.

The suggested citation for a BPJ article is:

bpacnz. Managing patients with dementia: what is the role of antipsychotics? BPJ 2013;57. Available from: (Accessed Dec, 2013).

We do not ascribe individual authorship to our articles as they are jointly written and edited by the publications team – the names of whom can be found on the inside cover of each edition of Best Practice Journal and Best Tests, and also see: “Who writes the articles”. If an article has been contributed by an external author, this is indicated at the start of the article.

If you are viewing an article online, at the end of the article you can click on “Make a comment”. You must log-in to your My bpac account to enter a comment. If you do not have a My bpac account, you can create one for free here:

Alternatively, you can email any comments or questions about articles to:

If you have a clinical question or comment about an article published in Best Practice Journal or Best Tests, you can email your letter to:

We will let you know if we might publish your letter, and ask you if it is ok to include your name – you may publish anonymously if you wish. You will not be sent the reply to your letter before it is published, but after this, you can respond online or via email. In most cases we publish your further response online rather than in a printed edition.

Creating a free My bpac account allows users to personalise the content they see, store favourite articles, manage their postal/electronic mailing list details and complete CME quizzes and audits. In addition, General Practitioners (and some Nurse Practitioners and Pharmacist Prescribers) can access personalised reports on dispensed pharmaceuticals and laboratory tests performed.

Over time we will be adding new features to My bpac, tailored to specific users.

bpacnz is currently funded to provide printed copies of Best Practice Journal, free-of-charge, to General Practitioners (also eligible for Best Tests supplements), Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Community Pharmacists and Maori and Pacific Health Providers working in general practice/primary care in New Zealand. To sign up to the mailing list, go to:

All material is also freely available online. All other clinicians, health care professionals, researchers and students can sign up for electronic distribution of Journals, go to:

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for free copies of BPJ or are having any problems signing up, email:

You can change your mailing list details via “My bpac”, in your account dashboard. If you do not have an account, you can sign up at:

If you are having any problems changing your details, email:

bpacnz currently holds contracts with PHARMAC and DHB Shared Services to provide printed and online copies of Best Practice Journal, Best Tests, data reports and CME activities to health care professionals in New Zealand.

Our reports are derived from data from the Ministry of Health’s National Pharmaceutical Claims and Laboratory Claims Collections. These data represent subsidised pharmaceuticals dispensed by community pharmacies and laboratory tests performed in community laboratories. Most reports contain information based on a practice’s patient population, i.e. tests performed and pharmaceuticals dispensed by any provider for patients enrolled in the practice. Annual reports are produced for both the practice’s population and individual prescribers. Personalised reports can be accessed via “My bpac”. To create a free account, go to:

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:

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