Pegasus Small Group Programme

Founded in 1992 in Canterbury, New Zealand the Pegasus Small Group Programme provides continuing education to health professionals, with a focus on promoting best practice and optimal use of health resources across the primary health sector. Initially developed for General Practitioners, the programme now includes Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses and Community Pharmacists. The programme runs in Canterbury and several regions across New Zealand.

How the programme works

The Small Group Programme provides in-depth education on topics that are engaging, relevant and strategically important to the New Zealand health system. The programme promotes evidence informed practice and encourages clinicians to discuss and reflect on their own practice and that of their peers, and to apply the learning in clinical practice.

Challenges the primary health sector face are addressed in the programme, including; over-diagnosis, and over-treatment, understanding variation and uncertainty in practice, shared decision making and improving health literacy, equity, and diversity.

Training consists of groups of 12-15 healthcare professionals across multiple disciplines. Facilitated by a trained Small Group Leader, attendees benefit from expertise across professional disciplines.

What our attendees are saying:

“As a new primary care practitioner this education session is extremely valuable”

“First small group meeting, I found it collegial and informative, good to be able to bring patient cases into a targeted discussion”

Upcoming Small Group Topics

If you’re a primary health professional in Waitaha Canterbury and interested in joining the programme, click the button and complete the form to register your interest. If you are not based in Waitaha Canterbury, visit our Partner Programme page.


Professional accreditation

The programme meets professional development requirements for the following professional bodies: Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) and the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (PCNZ).

More information

The programme is developed and run by the Pegasus Clinical Quality and Education Team. You can get in touch by email:

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te tangata | With your contribution and my contribution we will nourish the people

Watch the video below to hear from those involved: