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Acute low back pain

Low back pain is the leading contributor to disability in New...

May 2022

Scabies: diagnosis and management

Scabies is a highly contagious skin infestation that can often...

May 2022

An overview of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury management for primary healthcare professionals

Concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) resulting...

April 2022

Otitis media: a common childhood illness

Acute otitis media is the most common reason why children in...

April 2022

Weight loss: the options and the evidence

The benefits of intentional weight loss in people who are overweight...

April 2022

Medicinal cannabis in primary care: peer group discussion for prescribers

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

March 2022

An overview of medicinal cannabis for health practitioners

Recent regulatory changes will make medicinal cannabis much...

March 2022

Clinical Audit - Treatment planning for patients prescribed medicinal cannabis

This audit assists healthcare professionals who have prescribed...

March 2022

Bpac Covid Care

Bpac Covid Care is a decision support and management application...

March 2022

Information for managing at home with COVID-19

March 2022

Rosuvastatin: another option to lower cardiovascular disease risk

As of 1 December, 2021, rosuvastatin is funded with Special...

February 2022

Melanoma: post-treatment follow-up and surveillance

Post-treatment follow-up and long-term surveillance of people...

December 2021

Early detection of melanoma and assessment of asymptomatic people at high risk

Lesion thickness is the strongest predictor of prognosis in...

December 2021

Peer group discussion: Melanoma

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

December 2021

Clinical Audit: Follow-up and surveillance of patients post-treatment for melanoma

This audit focusses on follow-up and surveillance for patients...

December 2021

Gabapentinoids: when and how should they be prescribed?

Limited pharmacological treatment options to manage chronic...

December 2021

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) – an overview of lower UTI management in adults

Lower urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common...

December 2021

MMR vaccination remains a priority

Measles, mumps and rubella are vaccine-preventable causes of...

December 2021

Plant-based diets: are they healthy for a child?

With the increasing popularity of plant-based diets, there is...

December 2021

Diagnosing and managing lactose intolerance

Primary lactase deficiency, the main cause of lactose intolerance,...

December 2021

Clinical Audit: The appropriate requesting of laboratory urinalysis in adults with a suspected UTI

This audit helps healthcare professionals identify whether laboratory...

November 2021

Peer Group Discussion: Gabapentinoids: when and how should they be prescribed?

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

November 2021

Lung cancer follow-up and surveillance: the role of primary care

Transitioning from active treatment to post-treatment care is...

October 2021

Post-treatment planning for patients affected by lung cancer

This audit focuses on post-treatment planning for patients who...

October 2021

National report: Overview of national dispensing during 2020

September 2021

2020 Annual Report

Pharmaceutical Utilisation January, 2020 – December, 2020

September 2021

Follow-up and surveillance for people after treatment for bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is a leading cause of cancer mortality in New Zealand,...

August 2021

Surveillance for people with polyps or inflammatory bowel disease

Guidance for following up people who have had polyps identified...

August 2021

Childhood eczema: improving adherence to treatment basics

Emollients form the basis of treatment for all patients with...

August 2021

Topical corticosteroids for childhood eczema: clearing up the confusion

Topical corticosteroids are one of the key medicines used in...

August 2021

Managing gout in primary care
Part 1 - Talking about gout: time for a re-think

Gout is a treatable form of arthritis that is associated with...

July 2021

Managing gout in primary care
Part 2 -  Controlling gout with long-term urate-lowering treatment

Urate-lowering medicines should be considered and discussed...

July 2021

Contraception: which option for which patient?

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

July 2021

Condoms: advising on the options

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

July 2021

Oral contraceptives: selecting a pill

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

July 2021

Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injections: an intermediate option

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

July 2021

Long-acting contraceptives: implants and IUCs

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

July 2021

Peer group discussion: What’s new in contraception?

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

July 2021

Initiating insulin for people with type 2 diabetes

Due to its progressive nature, many people with type 2 diabetes...

July 2021

New diabetes medicines funded: empagliflozin and dulaglutide

Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors and glucagon-like...

July 2021

A rising tide of type 2 diabetes in younger people: what can primary care do?

An increasing incidence of early onset type 2 diabetes in New...

July 2021

Clinician’s Notepad: type 2 diabetes

July 2021

Type 2 diabetes management toolbox: from lifestyle to insulin

The management of type 2 diabetes is multi-faceted, including...

July 2021

Weight loss for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes

Obesity is contributing to the increasing rate of type 2 diabetes...

July 2021

The annual diabetes review: screening, monitoring and managing complications

An annual diabetes review allows for assessment of glycaemic...

July 2021

Prescribing vildagliptin for type 2 diabetes

With two new medicines, empagliflozin and dulaglutide, available...

July 2021

Lead absorption notification levels have reduced

On 9 April, 2021, the level at which lead absorption becomes...

June 2021

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