• 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



    DDI: +64 4 5502828+64 4 5502828 TEL: +64 4 496 5999+64 4 496 5999 FAX: +64 4 496 5997

  • 07 Jul 2015 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Youthline launches new GoForward range of e-therapy tools

    Youth development and leadership organisation Youthline is excited to announce the arrival of GoForward, a suite of online products designed for youth support and personal development.

    The services include GoChat: the latest Youth Helpline contact point; GoLive: a video counselling pilot programme; GoMobile: a text-based therapy package, and the GoGetter tools: self-assessment quizzes. 

    See  more  at .........


  • 07 Jul 2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Contraceptives no quick fix

    7:30 AM Monday Jul 6, 2015

    Dr Tania PinfoldDr Tania Pinfold

    Making sure young people have access to choices around contraception, the ability to access it for free and to do so in a place they felt comfortable, are all keys to preventing unplanned pregnancies, according to a youth health doctor.

    Rotovegas Youth Health clinical leader Dr Tania Pinfold said a proposal to fit all young women with long-term contraceptives before they started having sex wouldn't work as it didn't address the wider messages around safe sex and respectful relationships.

    "I don't think you can make anyone do anything," she said.

    University of Otago academics have called for a free contraceptive programme to be made available to teens before they become sexually active. In the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neil Pickering, Lynley Anderson and Helen Paterson said teen pregnancy placed significant costs on the individual and society.

    Dr Pinfold said there was "no doubt" that unintended pregnancy could be a crisis.

    "We know that some young women have trouble remembering to take the pill properly, or getting their contraceptive injection every three months. [Long acting reversible contraception] are almost fool-proof protection from pregnancy."

    She said the availability of long-acting reversible contraception had added a reliable option to contraceptive choices for women of all ages.

    "Whatever the contraception choice might be, medical educators still continue with critical messages about protection from sexually transmitted infections. Teaching young people how to make safer choices and negotiate respectful relationships is essential."

    Dr Pinfold said parents would always have a key role in keeping their young people safe.

    "They mustn't avoid conversations around sexual health, and need to stay involved in the lives of their young people as they become more independent."

    She said Lakes District Health Board figures from the 2009/10 financial year to the 2012/13 financial year showed both births, and terminations for under 20-year-olds had dropped steadily.

    Dr Pinfold believed a decision to fund around 900 Jadelle long-acting contraception insertions in under 24-year-olds in the past five years had an impact.

    The rods, inserted into the arms, last about five years.

    "It is a very good number. Lakes has the highest rate of anywhere in the country."

    Rotorua Daily Post

    by Rebecca Malcolm 

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  • 24 Jun 2015 1:47 PM | Janine Ryland

    click here to see the NZ Herald Article

    Making it law for parents to be informed of teenage girls having abortions would put some girls - and their partners - at risk of serious harm and could lead to girls trying to terminate pregnancies themselves, says a Rotorua doctor.

    Rotovegas Youth Health clinical leader Dr Tania Pinfold said she believed a petition for a law change to make sure parents of under-16 year olds were informed their daughter was having a termination would have negative consequences in some cases.

    She said there were few school-aged girls having terminations in the Rotorua area and the number had reduced by 25 per cent in the past four years.

    "Almost always, a family member is involved in supporting a young person who is considering termination of pregnancy," Dr Pinfold said. "Doctors and nurses work very hard to have this happen, with the consent and participation of the pregnant girl."

    She said legislation "demanding" that parents be informed could lead to the risk of serious harm, from the family in some cases.

    "If parents had to be informed, girls could avoid telling anyone of the pregnancy for as long as possible, or could undertake risky actions to try and terminate the pregnancy themselves."

    Dr Pinfold said there was no perfect answer for all cases.

    The petition for a law change was launched by Taranaki mother Hillary Kieft, whose teenage daughter was taken to another town for an abortion without her knowledge several years ago.

  • 19 Jun 2015 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    Tu Toa Whangarei (translates to Stand Tall Whangarei) is the community based action initiative focusing on Bullying Behaviour awareness and Prevention, funded by Te Punganga Haumaru from Ministry of Social Development and operated out of the Whangarei Youth Space (WYS). Led by a stunning young man, Ryan Donaldson, we are in the middle of the second all day filming on Sunday at the WYS. The goals and objectives of the project is to raise awareness and understanding of bullying behaviour through the following methods.
    •    Formation of young leaders group (Group of youth guiding the project)
    •    Formation of four community groups (groups identified by project to produce short films)
    •    Development of four short films, all based on bullying behaviour and prevention stories produced from the identified four groups.
    •    Development of musical piece or song, based on bullying behaviour.
    •    Running of festival/event where short films and music are displayed and community is invited.

    Excitement is growing as the festival/event is going to be a Red Carpet event at our local Cinema Theatre. All the films, video clips and the journey of the making of these clips, films and the music piece will be showcased. 

    For any further updates or information go to our facebook page - Tu Toa Whangarei; www.youthspace.co.nz


  • 18 Jun 2015 3:02 PM | Deleted user

    This is a group full of enthusiastic youth who are standing up to cyber bullies and their hurtful words.   This positive example of young leadership is making an an impression nationwide. Check out the facebook page and the youtube presentation where this team of young people were awarded runner up in the National Trust power awards at Te Papa.




  • 15 Jun 2015 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    A new website has been launched aimed at dispelling myths and providing

    simple up to date information on sexually transmitted diseases and other

    related issues. Research indicates that Maori and Pasific Island youth under

    25 years are most at risk of STIs within the NZ population


  • 04 Apr 2015 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    Lifehack was launched in 2013, and is part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Project, which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Specifically Lifehack was seed funded by the Social Media Innovation Fund.


    Check out 10 Things You Need To Know About Lifehack in 2015!

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