On this page you will find educational and resource information for GPs, nurses, other health professionals and administrative/support staff.


Clinical research applications

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Questions should be directed to info@comprehensivecare.co.nz.










PHO Services Agreement Version 3, 1 July 2015

Follow the link for a copy of the latest PHO Services Agreement (PDF, 942 KB, 138 pages). Referenced documents are on the DHB Shared Services website. These include:

Other documents, and Word versions of the Referenced documents, are available from the Primary Health Organisation Service Agreement (PSAAP) page.

Immunisation updates

Keep up-to-date with the latest issues of ImmNuZ (the Immunisation Advisory Centre’s newsletter for health professionals); and visit the Immunisation Advisory Centre.

The New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People to Stop Smoking

Health care workers are uniquely placed to provide expert advice on the merits of stopping smoking. Visit the Ministry of Health website for the guidelines (Word and PDF formats) and other documents that support them.

Psychoactive Substances ban

All previously approved psychoactive products have been banned. Factsheets for people working in services that may encounter people concerned about their own or someone else’s withdrawal from these products are available from the Ministry of Health’s Psychoactive substances support page.

Updates for CVD Risk Assessment, Management & Diabetes Screening Advice

Two update documents are available from the Ministry of Health: a 24-page Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Updated 2013 as either Word or PDF, and a 2-page PDF summary, quick reference sheet. These supplement the New Zealand Primary Care Handbook 2012, also available from the Ministry’s website

Family/Relationship Violence Information

Two New Zealand publications will be of interest and use in practices: Effectiveness of Relationship Education Programmes in Schools for Years 7–13  is an 80-page “rapid literature review” available as a PDF from the Families Commission. International evidence is that school-based relationship violence prevention programmes are one of the few strategies that prevent intimate partner violence. Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women is a 37-page Word or PDF document available from the Family Violence Clearing House.

Reaching Māori

Are Māori hard to reach or is General Practice hard to use? Subtitled “Engaging Māori parents on immunising their children”, this 16-page PDF was presented to a Waitemata PHO end-of-year nurses’ awards event.

New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care

The Ministry of Health published this framework to provide DHBs and the health and social support sectors with a guide for developing their dementia care pathways. Electronic copies are available from their website: a 53-page Word document or 56-page PDF. You can also order print copies from the Ministry. For information or assistance with dementia care matters, please contact us on telephone 415 1091 or by email at info@comprehensivecare.co.nz.

Young people with mild to moderate mental health issues – a free online eLearning module

The Ministry of Health is leading a cross-agency project looking at improving services for young people with, or at risk of, mild to moderate health issues, by expanding the use of the HEEADSSS assessment across the primary health sector. HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) promotes a structured framework that increases communication and minimises stress for the young person and the Primary Health Care professional.  The framework allows for early identification of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug issues and other information that can help with the young persons development, and can be easily implemented within the Primary Health Care sector. Free training, suitable for GPs and Practice Nurses, is now available from the Werry Centre at www.goodfellowclub.org.

Prediabetes advice updated

The Ministry of Health has updated advice on Prediabetes, providing advice for health providers, plus a summary of findings and implementation advice based on prediabetes and self-management pilot projects. Three documents are available for download: Prediabetes risk factor management, Implementing Self-Management and Shared Care Projects, and an Implementation Checklist for Self-Management and Shared Care Programmes.

Immunisation Video: “Clinical Myths, A Health Professional’s Guide”

Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs have a video resource produced by the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) to help health professionals support parents to immunise on time, every time. This video informs health professionals of the real contraindications to vaccination and discusses vaccination for pre term infants, children with special medical conditions and vaccination in pregnancy. Please follow the link to Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/73583418) to view this 9 minute video. For a DVD copy please contact us at info@comprehensivecare.co.nz.

Showcasing aged-care nursing

The Ministry of Health has produced a set of stories and videos highlighting the ways nurses are improving aged care in New Zealand. Five regions, including Waitemata, feature in the project. The 8 videos are available on Youtube. A booklet with the highlights of the project is available in PDF (24 pages) and Word (17 pages) format, with more details on the Ministry’s “Showcasing aged-care nursing” publications page. The Advance Care Planning website has a “Resources” section you can refer your patients to. Resources in the “Healthcare Workers” section include competency self assessment and eLearning modules.

Transition to a smoke-free culture within mental health and drug and alcohol services: A survey of key stakeholders

An article from the University of Auckland published in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. The authors note smoke-free policies and systems for supporting cessation are difficult to introduce in mental health and drug and alcohol services. Most of the 56 organisations surveyed were on a continuum between permissive and transitional cultures. Challenges to the transition to a smoke-free culture include poor knowledge of nicotine dependence, smoking-related harm and comorbidities, and poor knowledge and skills regarding cessation-support options. If you would like assistance for staff or for patients, we can help with training, resources and smoking cessation interventions. If you are unable to access the article, please contact Marewa Glover at m.glover@auckland.ac.nz.

Alcohol-attributable burden of disease and injury in New Zealand: 2004 and 2007

The Health Promotion Agency published this research report in July 2013 (PDF, 179 pages). Public health implications include that alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for burden of disease and injury. Men are more likely to be harmed by alcohol consumption than women, alcohol-attributable mortality is higher in Māori than non-Māori, and injuries are responsible for a large share of the alcohol-attributable mortality burden. Comprehensive Care’s Mental Health team provides one-to-one and group support for people with alcohol-related problems; please contact us if you have any questions about referrals.

Best Practice Principles: CALD Cultural Competency Standards and Framework

Waitemata DHB published this document in June 2013 (PDF, 73 pages). Courses are CME/CNE accredited and available in face to face format as well as self-paced online courses. “Culturally And Linguistically Diverse” (CALD) in these documents refers to migrant and refugee populations from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African (MELAA) backgrounds.