3 December 2021

The weekly newsletter of Auckland PHO provides details of events, meetings, clinical information and PHO Programmes to our Practices
Auckland PHO News
New Additions to the Auckland PHO Website Library
Background Safety Checks

Auckland PHO conducts Police Vetting on behalf of our practices – Information for general practice has been added
Please note, under the Vulnerable Children’s Act, when recruiting new staff there are several safety questions that employers need to ask – see page 39 for example.
Updated CVD and DAR Forms
Please see the attached communication regarding changes to the CVD and DAR forms. These changes will go live on 6 December 2021.
Your Clinical Advisor Alison Brown ( is available to help navigate, provide training for staff and answer any questions you may have.

Notice of Auckland PHO Annual General Meeting
Shareholders are invited to join Directors at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.
Date:   Thursday, 9 December 2021
Time:   6.30pm
Via Zoom

Following the AGM, there will be a presentation on The Health Reforms and General Practice by Helen Parker, Pinnacle Health Network CEO, who has been seconded to the Transition Unit, Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

All practice staff are welcome to join the presentation. Please RSVP to
Important Information for Practices

Heightened suicide risk in vulnerable populations

Published by Auckland and Waitematā DHBs on 2/12/2021 3:52:47 PM.

A 12-year-old female from a North Shore intermediate school died from suspected suicide on Wednesday 1 December.

The fast dissemination of this kind of news via social media adds to the risk of contagion and further suicide attempts by vulnerable young people.

Please keep this in mind during your daily dealings with patients of this demographic and follow normal referral processes to mental health services where appropriate.  

For non-acute situations, consider using the Need to Talk option – free call or text 1737.

See: HealthPathways - Suicide Prevention in Youth and Youth Mental Health Counselling and Therapy

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COVID Vaccination Update
COVID-19 vaccination conversations initiative update
Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 2/12/2021 11:40:44 AM.

This initiative has proved very successful and funding will continue until 10 December 2021.
The initiative currently includes proactive virtual consultations (i.e. in-depth phone conversations) with unvaccinated enrolled Māori and Pacific patients and those with Long Term Conditions. For the last 8 days of this initiative, it can also be extended to include unvaccinated pregnant women, to also encourage them to get vaccinated.
Please note:
  • These virtual consultations must be conducted by General Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners.
  • It is important that the record of the consultation notes includes the specific concerns raised by the patient as the basis for the discussion.
  • This should be claimed using the usual POAC claiming process via your PMS. For the new pregnancy initiative, please use the drop down “Vaccination Conversation in Pregnancy”.
  • All claims must be accompanied by supporting information about the quality of the conversation with the patient, e.g. a mention at the end of an unrelated consultation is not suitable for funding.
A claim can only be made when a conversation has taken place with a patient or member of their family. If the claim is for a family member of a patient, please include their NHI number in the claim.

Vaccine certificate printing - funding
Following this morning’s message about the printing of vaccine certificates, we can now confirm that the rate for printing these certificates is $10.00 (excluding GST) for all providers who have this functionality (access to the CIR). 

The fee is for each person that receives a My Vaccine Pass and/or an International Travel Vaccination Certificate (a person may ask for both). The fee includes the printing and emailing (if requested) of a My Vaccine Pass and/or International Travel Vaccination Certificate. Please note that if a person asks for a pass and a certificate on separate visits this is funded as separate events, as the person’s identification must be confirmed twice.

The claiming mechanism for this activity is through POAC and this is currently being finalised. It will be notified via Medinz when available. Until then, please do not charge people but keep a note of their name, NHI, DOB and the request date.

Backdated claiming from GPs will be accepted from 1 December. For community pharmacy sites, backdated claiming will be accepted from 26 November. These dates have been linked to when the functionality for the service was enabled for both groups.

Please send feedback to
Zooms, Webinars and Education

COVID response: The role of primary care in 2022

WEBINAR: Register here for 7.30pm, Tuesday 14 December

The Northern Region Health Coordination Centre team will provide high-level information for 2022 around the COVID-19 response.

This is intended to help you plan for the year ahead in terms of patient flow/streaming, practice layout, PPE, staffing etc. As part of this, Nikki Turner will provide a clinical update on COVID-19 vaccination.

Register to hear the top 20 questions the team will answer to help guide your planning for the year to come
Medicolegal Virtual Webinar Invitation - 15th December - Barrister Gaeline Phipps 

In these changing and challenging times, Novartis is pleased to invite you to attend an online webinar entitled “The challenges of safe practice in times of tele-medicine” presented by Gaeline Phipps (Barrister) and Dr Bryan Betty (GP and Medical Director RNZCGP) on Wednesday 15th December 7-8pm.  The webinar content will be relevant for all Health Professionals.
Please find invitation attached with link to click through and register.  
Webinar Invitation
        Check out this 2-day comprehensive update
Zoom Huddle
Auckland PHO would like to invite Nurse Practitioners/Practice Nurses/HCAs and Practice Managers to join our “Zoom Huddle” The Zoom Huddle sessions will provide everyone with an opportunity to raise any clinical issues/questions or concerns and collaboratively share information and experiences from which we all can learn.
The Zoom Huddle session is scheduled for every Tuesdays. Next session is on
Date: Tuesday, 7 December 2021
Time: 8.45am - 9am

Alison Brown - Clinical Advisor
Aaron Piano - Vaccinator and Cold Chain Assessor
Shanaz Khan - Child Health and Immunisation Services Advisor

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 404 026 6333 
Passcode: 210

We look forward to seeing you all at the Team Huddle. Please email if you would like to receive a calendar invitation.
Workshop for Patients
Living Well with Diabetes Free Workshop on Zoom
Day Course
Tuesdays 10-11am

7th December
Evening Course
Tuesdays 7-8pm
7th December
Registration: please email and a zoom link will be sent to you
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