Child Health Support Service helping families in stressful pandemic environment

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The COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenges and increased stress levels for children, says Child Health Support Service Manager (CHSS) Karen Meadows-Taurua. Everyday life has been impacted, including changes to many comforting routines such as school and socialising with friends. Karen says change and uncertainty can increase stress or anxiety in children, including those as young

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Faster access to services for concussion patients

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  A collaboration between Pegasus Health, ACC, Auckland PHO ProCare, and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) will mean the more than 3,000 Cantabrians who experience a concussion every year will have a shorter wait to access specialist care. Pegasus Health Strategic Development Manager, Dr Akshay Shukla, says a new pathway  will be available from March

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Jaimee Cairns: from Contract Coordination to CBAC site lead

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Pegasus Health Contracting Coordinator, Jaimee Cairns, has been so busy putting her logistics skills to use supporting the Canterbury COVID response, that she’s almost forgotten what her usual role looks like. Jaimee typically spends her time in a dual role within the Practice Support and Coordination Service and Contracting and Funding team. Some of her

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UC Pop-up provides access to testing for ākonga

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During the start of the Omicron outbreak, the University of Canterbury (UC) had one of the largest clusters of positive cases amongst students. The decision to have a pop-up site on campus was to help aid the demand of the cluster, specifically for those ākonga in the halls of residence, where initial cases swiftly increased.

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Workforce Development Scholarship Recipient – Jasmyn Williams

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We invited scholarship winner Jasmyn Williams to share her journey since receiving the Pegasus Workforce Development Scholarship in May 2021. Here’s her story. I’ve just started my 5th year at Christchurch hospital and I’m loving it. My first run is orthopaedics and advanced surgery which has actually been my favourite so far. Over the summer

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Privacy Week 2022 “Privacy: The foundation of trust”

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PRIVACY & SECURITY TIPS   The Office of the Privacy Commissioner marks Privacy Week each year to promote privacy awareness. This year’s theme centres on “Privacy: The Foundation of Trust”. We have put together the following tips as some simple ways to ensure health information is protected and kept secure. The poster also provides reference

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Reflecting on Brief Intervention Talk Therapy and Te Tumu Waiora

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Shelley McCabe joined Pegasus Health as the Mental Health Service Manager in 2017. With a background in secondary mental health as both a clinician and manager, Shelley was ready to shake up a system that was no longer fit for purpose or meeting the demands placed on it. “When I came into the service as

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Role of Nurse Practitioner/Mātanga Tapuhi at 24 Hour Surgery

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Have you ever thought about becoming a Nurse Practitioner? It’s a highly skilled role that involves advanced education and clinic training, allowing Nurse Practitioners (NPs) legal authority to practice above the level of a Registered Nurse (RN). Sarah Bothamley, Nurse Practitioner Coordinator at Pegasus Health, says her role is dynamic within 24 Hour Surgery. “We

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Social work student’s placement with 24 Hour Surgery

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Undertaking a Bachelor of Social Work with the University of Canterbury, Nikki Nute is currently on placement at 24 Hour Surgery for 16 weeks. Nikki’s background has been working as a Child Health Coordinator at Pegasus Health, working with children and their whānau through the Child Health Support Service – a service that aims to

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Puāwai Healthy Lifestyles Service Q&A

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The newly renamed Puāwai Healthy Lifestyles Service has provided some simple tips on minimising stress to improve health and wellbeing. Q1: Why is it important to minimise stress? Stress can negatively impact many aspects of our lives; such as the quality of our sleep, our productivity, and relationships with others. However, if we shift our

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