22 October 2021

The weekly newsletter of Auckland PHO provides details of events, meetings, clinical information and PHO Programmes to our Practices
Important Information for Practices
New Zealand Medical Journal
The latest New Zealand Medical Journal is out today. This edition's editorial explores at how we can eliminate congenital syphilis.

Articles include how social norms feedback can be used  to reduce antibiotic prescribing without increasing inequities, a survey of patient experiences of phone consultations during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 , the effectiveness and risk assessment of non-contact respiratory radiology meeting, a study on the effect of long term opioid dispensing following total knee arthroplasty, a survey of the smokefree status of pedestrian-only spaces, celebrating a decade of the minor operations clinic, evaluating diabetes care quality improvement strategies used by clinical teams and non- traumatic dental presentations at emergency departments in New Zealand.

Viewpoints by a range of authors discuss antimicrobial stewardship in human healthcare in Aotearoa, New Zealand's national telehealth services, prevention of skin cancer control in New Zealand, a proposed implementation of the The End of Life Choice Act and using REACH to understand the delay backlog effects of COVID-19 on New Zealand’s health system.
New abortion services provider in Auckland
Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 19/10/2021 9:16:34 AM.

Publicly funded first trimester abortion services for people from Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHB catchments are now available at Auckland Medical Aid Centre (AMAC) at 283-289 Dominion Road, Auckland. In addition, abortion services for people from Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHB catchments continue to be provided at Epsom Day Unit (EDU) in Greenlane.

The availability of abortion services at both AMAC and EDU offers people from Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHB catchments choice about where they can access first trimester abortion services. Abortion care is free at these clinics for people eligible for publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand.

Establishing new abortion service providers in West Auckland and South Auckland is a priority. An update will be provided when any further service options are confirmed.

Updated abortion HealthPathways
Abortion HealthPathways have been updated to reflect the new free abortion services at AMAC and changes related to the Abortion Legislation Act 2020.

Updated Abortion HealthPathways include the following:
The Abortion pathway has been updated to include information on the new professional and legal obligations for abortion. It links to a new Abortion Requests page that describes how patients may access abortion by health care provider referral or self-referral.

The Follow-up After Abortion pathway has also been updated to reflect that usual advice after a failed medical abortion is to complete the abortion, as medications used in early medical abortion can cause major fetal abnormalities.

For further information, please email:
Zooms and Webinars
Zoom Huddle
Auckland PHO Zoom Huddle scheduled for Tuesday, 25th October from 8.45-9am is cancelled. The zoom session will continue every Tuesday starting from Tuesday, 2 November 2021.

Please email if you would like to receive calendar invitation.
Covid in the home – what primary care needs to know
When and if there's a surge of Covid-19, there will be sufficient cases in the community to necessitate primary care management of patients at home.

Bruce Arroll will facilitate this webinar, where the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre specialists cover what has been done in London and Canada around home management of Covid-19 patients.

WEBINAR: Register for Thursday, 28 October
Ministry of Health Maternity Stakeholder Information Sessions
A reminder about the Ministry of Health’s maternity Stakeholder Information Sessions
This Auckland  session is being held to discuss the changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021, the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) Maternity Care Summary Standard and the New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects.  
The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 has been gazetted, with the changes coming into effect on November 29, 2021.  
Session information 
The Stakeholder Information Session has been adapted due to alert level changes. Please see the RSVP details below to indicate your intention to attend one of these remaining sessions. 
Should there be any further changes to the COVID-19 Alert Level, these events may be postponed in accordance with the guidance issued for gatherings and events. 
Please note that the remaining Auckland Stakeholder Information Session has been scheduled with the assumption Auckland will be at Alert Level 2 at the time of this session. 
Date  Time  Location  Venue 
22nd November 
11:30am - 4:00pm  Rawene Centre 
33 Rawene Road 
Chelsea Bay Room

Responding to the invitation  
To RSVP for one of the scheduled events, please email 
and provide the following information: 
  • Your name 
  • Contact email address 
  • Your role 
  • Your usual location of work 
  • The date, time and location of the Stakeholder Information Session you would like to attend 
  • Any dietary requirements.  
A light lunch will be provided for each Stakeholder Information Session. 
Useful resources 

In advance of attending a Stakeholder Information Session, it would be useful to re-visit the following documents:  The Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice (2020) details the 2020 fee schedule in place as of July 1, 2020. This fee schedule was then replaced by The Primary Maternity Services Amendment (2) Notice (2020) in place from October 1, 2020 (see below).  The Primary Maternity Services Amendment (2) Notice (2020) details the interim increase in payments which has been in place to distribute specific funding provided in Budget 2020. This funding was allocated to remunerate care for women with complex clinical and social care requirements, and those whānau living rurally.  The Categories for Referral are particularly relevant to the Additional Care Supplement, which will be discussed during the Information Session.  

Coeliac NZ Conference 2021

Due to the extended lockdown restrictions Coeliac NZ has made the decision to transition our conference on the 13th of November to a virtual platform. This will now be a browser based live event with interactive tools incorporating live and pre-recorded presentations, so now it will be easier for anyone in NZ to attend given it is online. The Medical Seminar Master Class is from 8am to 9:30 am on Saturday the 13th of November and the main conference is from 10am to 4pm.
Coeliac NZ will be bringing together inspirational healthcare and community educators in both guest speakers and interactive settings, and there will be lots of time for networking and kōrero. The conference will take place on its own Virtual Platform incorporating live and pre-recorded presentations. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panelists via the Q&A. There will also be virtual breakout rooms. You will have an opportunity to connect with your peers, health experts, and others with an interest in coeliac disease as well as learn tips and tricks to enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle.
Attendees will have a wide variety of interaction tools on the platform that will enable them to: meet other attendees, chat, or Video chat, 1-1 appointment setting, Q&A, polls, 30 days post event access to on demand content and the opportunity to participate in a leader board competition.  The current agenda sees the conference take place over one day with an early morning medical seminar, main stream, and a youth stream. The event includes plenary sessions, panel discussions and a workshop. The youth stream will be managed via the breakout room on the virtual platform.
Coeliac NZ extends to Auckland PHO GPs and Practice Nurses a special offer is $55 including GST for the medical seminar and conference. 

As this is an exclusive discounted offer including the main conference and medical seminar for the same price so you can’t purchase through the website link -  interested people need to email Fred Tan our Administrator with GPs 2021 in the subject line and include their name, phone number and contact email so we can send an invoice for their tickets at the discounted offer.
Thriving in COVID-19 times
A FREE guide to body and mind wellness and living well with diabetes during COVID-19 times. Please see below Tuesday night series in October for your patients with type 2 diabetes.
Tuesday, 26 October 
7 - 8pm
Making Meaningful Changes
Speaker: David Dawn, Health Improvement Practitioner
Please inform your patients. Alternatively, you can refer patients to
Please see attached flyer for further information: Thriving_in_COVID.pdf

Please note that Auckland PHO still accepting DSME referral
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