• 11 Aug 2015 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Low-Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting HPV Vaccine When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest, according to data released by the CDC. Among teenage girls ages 13-17 whose total family income was below the federal poverty line, 67.2% have received the first dose of HPV vaccine, compared to 57.7% for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it’s 51.6% compared to 39.5%. (NPR, 7/30)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Most Adolescents Feel Better After Gastric Bypass
    Teenagers suffering from severe obesity generally feel worse than their peers, but after undergoing gastric bypass nearly all experience improved mental health. One in five, however, still suffers from symptoms of depression, some quite seriously according to a new study published in Obesity. The study is the largest two-year follow-up in the world regarding mental health in adolescents who have undergone gastric bypass. (Science Daily, 7/30)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Adolescent ED Visits for Self-Harm Increase Self-harm among adolescents is growing, according to a study published in Pediatrics, that gathered information using the National Trauma Data Bank, looking at patients ages 10 to 18 from 2009 to 2012. Results showed ED visits for self-inflicted injury increased from 1.1% in 2009 to 1.6% in 2012. Self-inflicted firearm visits decreased from 27.3% in 2009 to 21.9% in 2012. The most common mechanism in males was firearm (34.4%) and in females, cut/pierce at 48%. (Nurses.com, 7/28)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eating Disorders Five Times More Prevalent in Transgender College Students, Study Finds

    A new article published in the August issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, finds the prevalence of eating disorders in transgender college students is far greater than any cisgender man or woman. Transgender students responded that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year at an alarming rate of 15.82%. (LGBT Weekly, 8/2)

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  • 05 Aug 2015 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce applications for the Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship 2015 is open and due to close August 14th 2015! Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity. 

    The Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship is a ‘step up’ opportunity; a chance for an experienced youth health and development practitioner to invest a year in professional or personal development that will enhance their leadership capability, and contribute to sector capability, practice or policy. It is a leadership development grant of $90,000, which will contribute to more young people (aged 12-24 years) engaged in meaningful learning.

    Developed in 2010, the Vodafone NZ Foundation has now supported five World of Difference Fellows looking into rural youth health needs, youth justice, youth governance, youth mentoring and alternative education tutoring.

    The Vodafone Foundation has invested over $18.5 million in the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand over the past 11 years, through initiatives such as World of Difference.

    Click here for more information and how to apply!

  • 04 Aug 2015 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stephen Bell All of the young people who took part in the pilot for our newest e-service offering, GoMobile, saw a reduction in anxiety and depression by the end of the programme.


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    Txt based counselling programme

    GoMobile is all about choice, flexibility and confidentiality. It's a ten week text counselling programme designed specifically for young people with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression.


    To see more go to: http://www.youthline.co.nz/about-us/info-for-media-and-students/press-releases/youthline-launches-new-goforward-range-of-e-therapy-tools/ 

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  • 30 Jul 2015 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Collaborative Trust Update

    July 2015

    It's hard to believe that we are over halfway through the year which also means we are heading towards the last month of winter. In this edition of the Collaborative Update we welcome the second of our Research Reflections which considers the idea of social isolation as a predicting factor in developing addiction. As the countdown to spring begins so does our countdown to the next Collaborative Seminar on 'Text-Message Based Well-Being Interventions'. 

    For further information http://www.collaborative.org.nz/

  • 27 Jul 2015 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Community Investment Update

    Investing together for stronger communities

    Update on ImproveIT Workshops

    Please note: This message is for MSD-funded providers and confirms detail of the Infoxchange workshops previewed in the recent issue of Community Investment Update.

    We apologise for any inconvenience if you are not the intended recipient.

    ImproveIT Workshops – registrations now open

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    MSD-funded providers are invited to register their interest in attending ImproveIT workshops being run as part of the Capability Investment Resource (CIR) programme of work.

    Infoxchange is running a series of ImproveIT good practice workshops over the next twelve months to help MSD-funded organisations select and implement client/case management systems (CMS). The dates for these workshops have now been confirmed.

    The workshops are designed for small to medium organisations (i.e., with less than 40 staff using the system). Those most likely to benefit from attendance are the organisation manager and/or the person responsible for selecting a CMS and/or the person responsible for service delivery.

    The first three hour workshop will provide participants with:

    • an overview of client/case management systems commonly used by MSD-funded organisations
    • a comparison of the functionality of each system, and differences between each
    • methods for thinking about and documenting requirements for a client/case management system
    • a range of materials and case studies to help organisations in their journey.

    The workshops are also designed to be a useful forum to help build connections with nearby organisations, encouraging peer support and collaboration across the sector.

    There are four workshops in the series – each builds on the information previously covered, so it is important that organisations signing up are able to commit to attending all four workshops.

    Organisations should be aware that the workshops are not linked to future funding opportunities from the Capability Investment Resource.

    Key points:

    • enrolment is open to small to medium organisations (i.e. organisations with less than 40 staff CMS users)
    • organisations must be currently funded by MSD
    • a maximum of two people can enrol from a single organisation
    • by enrolling you are committing to attend each of the four workshops (two in 2015 and two in 2016)
    • places are limited to a maximum of 45 (depending on venue size) per location.

    To register your interest please email the registration contact (listed in the table below) for the workshop you wish to attend. Please include the name of your organisation, name and position of attendee(s), email address and contact phone number. Please note this is a registration request only - based on availability the contact for your area will either confirm your registration or offer you a place on the waiting list.

    Dates and registration details:


    Workshop 1

    Workshop 2

    *Email your registration request to:


    Tuesday 15 September

    Friday 20 November



    Thursday 17 September

    Thursday 19 November



    Wednesday 16 September

    Wednesday 18 November



    Thursday 3 September

    Thursday 12 November


    Palmerston North

    Wednesday 2 September

    Wednesday 11 November



    Tuesday 8 September

    Tuesday 10 November



    Friday 11 September

    Friday 13 November



    Friday 4 September

    Friday 6 November


    * Please use the subject line ‘ImproveIT workshop registration request’ and provide the following:

    • the city in which you wish to attend the workshop
    • name of organisation
    • name and position of attendee(s) (maximum 2)
    • email address
    • contact phone number

    Once your registration request has been received the contact for your area will either confirm your registration or ask if you wish to be put on a waitlist.

    **Workshops in Dunedin and Nelson are funded with the support of the Tindall Foundation.

  • 27 Jul 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested in working with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners on a clinical priority?

    The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the RNZCGP) is launching a new programme of clinical priorities and is seeking proposals from other organisations and agencies.

    All RNZCGP faculties and committees, general practices, PHOs, other professional medical colleges, non-government organisations, consumer groups, and governmental organisations are actively encouraged to propose clinical areas and aspects of care for selection as future clinical priorities to work on in collaboration with the RNZCGP.

    What is the RNZCGP Clinical Priority Programme?

    The key aim of the Clinical Priority Programme is to raise the profile and awareness of clinical areas among GPs and across the primary care sector.

    The RNZCGP will carefully select clinical areas and develop a work programme with the key stakeholder(s).

    The RNZCGP anticipates that a senior GP will be recruited as a clinical champion and provide clinical leadership for a particular programme.  The clinical champion will work closely with the RNZCGP’s Quality, Research and Policy Group to plan, implement, and deliver an innovative programme of work with the key stakeholder(s) that will help GPs and other primary healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care for patients.

    The individual clinical priority programmes will vary in length.  Some priorities might involve programmes of six to 12 months, while others will comprise longer programmes (eg, three to five years) and tackle issues of higher national prominence.

    Examples of programmes might include:

    • ·         The RNZCGP and another organisation work collaboratively to promote an important area (eg, patient safety) in general practice.
    • ·         The RNZCGP works with a key stakeholder to deliver a series of workshops to primary healthcare professionals across New Zealand.
    • ·         The RNZCGP and another organisation work together to provide a catalogue of resources for GPs and other primary care health professionals on the long-term consequences and treatment of a particular disease.
    • ·         The RNZCGP works with partners to promote models of best practice and pathways of care, and to develop learning and educational resources.
    • ·         The RNZCGP and a key stakeholder work in partnership to develop a toolkit of resources on the management of a particular disease to implement in GP practices.

    What to do next

    If you are interested in working with the RNZCGP on a clinical area or aspect of care, we would like to hear your proposal for a future clinical priority programme.

    Please ensure your proposal includes:

    • ·         a brief outline of the work programme;
    • ·         how the programme will be delivered;
    • ·         the aim of the programme and how it contributes to the RNZCGP’s aims (where relevant);
    • ·         the target audience;
    • ·         the expected results and outcomes; and
    • ·         the expected timeline, specifying the different stages of the work programme.

    Please submit your proposal to Jeanette McKeogh, Group Manager – Quality, Research and Policy at policy@rnzcgp.org.nz by Friday, 4 September 2015.


    General practice is the range of values, knowledge, skills, and practices required to provide first level medical services in both community practice and hospital settings. General practice includes the provision of both first contact and continuing care, for all ages and both sexes, that is comprehensive, person-centred, and takes into account the roles of family, whanau and community, and inequities in achieving health gains. 

    GPs comprise almost 40 percent of New Zealand’s specialist workforce and their professional body, the College is the largest medical College in the country.  The RNZCGP provides training and ongoing professional development for general GPs and rural hospital generalists, and sets standards for general practice. The RNZCGP is committed to:

    • ·         Achieving health equity in New Zealand through: a greater focus on the social determinants of health; reducing the rates of smoking and increasing healthy food options for low-income families; better integration of health and social services; and ensuring that funding for primary care is targeted to the most disadvantaged.
    • ·         Improving health outcomes for rural communities through the work of high quality, well trained medical generalists working within multidisciplinary teams.
    • ·         Achieving health equity for Maori.  Health equity for Māori will be achieved when Māori have the same health outcomes as other New Zealanders. For this to occur, service delivery to Māori needs to be appropriate and effective and ensure equity of access. This does not mean a reduction in service delivery to other New Zealanders, but rather improving service delivery to Māori to ensure fairness.

    Kind regards


    Jeanette McKeogh

    Group Manager - Quality, Research and Policy


    The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

    Level 3 88 The Terrace Wellington 6011

    PO Box 10440 Wellington 6143



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