Joint effort to improve cervical screening rates

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Pegasus Health and ScreenSouth are working together on a coordinated approach to improving cervical screening coverage for eligible women across Canterbury. Louise McCarthy, General Manager at ScreenSouth , explains the motivation behind this collaboration. “Due to COVID impact and a persistent equity gap in cervical screening for Māori, Pasifika, Asian, unscreened and under-screened women, we

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HPV vaccination rates dropping

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Anna Thorpe, Mātanga Hauora Taupori / Population Health Specialist at Pegasus Health, is passionate about the eradication of the human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of more than 95% of cervical cancer. “The HPV vaccine prevents HPV cancers. The vaccination programme is the first line of defense against cervical cancer. “We know what can be done.

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Summer Studentships a rich opportunity for learning

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Over December and January, five students from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds joined Pegasus Health as part of their learning journey. Each student was placed within a team and undertook a project that matched their individual interests and area of study. Summer Studentship coordinator and Pegasus Director of Hauora Māori and Equity, Irihāpeti

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Visiting the 24 Hour Surgery under COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red – Phase 3

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Know what to expect at the 24 Hour Surgery during COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red. You can call HealthLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 611 116 for advice. If you come to the 24 Hour Surgery at Traffic Light Red: Walk to the main entrance where you will be

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Workforce Development Scholarship Recipients 2021 – Setu Te Hae

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After training and working as a carpenter, second year nursing student, Setu Te Hae, realised that he was on the wrong career path. With a long-held interest in health and wellbeing due to his background in sport, Setu decided to give nursing a go. “It was actually my dad, who works for Kaupapa Māori provider,

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NetP Nurse helping local wāhine overcome whakamā

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Pegasus Health supported NetP nurse Kiri Manihera to do a specialist cervical screening course and respond to a need she saw in her low-decile community. Kiri will graduate from the NetP programme this month. During the year-long programme, Kiri worked at the Hei Hei Health Centre. “I live just down the road. I have family

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Visiting the 24 Hour Surgery under COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red

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Know what to expect at the 24 Hour Surgery during COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red. You can call HealthLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 611 116 for advice. If you come to the 24 Hour Surgery at Traffic Light Red: Patients will be met by someone at the door

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Fulfilling primary care career ahead for young nurse

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New graduate, Jacob Weston, chose a career in nursing after working with a male nurse on a gap year overseas. He decided to work in primary care because it offered the chance to work with whānau and help them maintain good health and avoid tertiary level care. Jacob, 23, is part of the Nursing Entry

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Lucy Carey from Lifestyle Team

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Lucy Carey is part of the Puāwai Healthy Lifestyles team, a dietitian, and fellow of the Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She shares some tips for health and the holidays. What is lifestyle medicine? It bridges the gap between preventative healthcare and treatment of diseases impacted by lifestyle choices. The six key pillars are: feet

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Managing COVID-19 in the community

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Dr Kim Burgess is the clinical lead for Canterbury’s primary care vaccination programme. She says general practices have played a key role in providing information and reassurance for patients hesitant about vaccination. “The relationship that people have with their GP staff means they can ask questions and have a honest conversation about their concerns,’’ she

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