Working for Canterbury for 30 years – A history of Pegasus Health

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Kia atawhai ki te tangata / Care for the people Pegasus Health (Charitable) is the largest Primary Health Organisation (PHO) in the South Island. Funded by the Ministry of Health and the  Canterbury District Health Board, the role of Pegasus Health is to make Canterbury the best place to receive and provide primary care. Pegasus

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Cantabrians develop relationships and sexuality educational app for youth of Aotearoa

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A mobile app providing sex, sexuality, relationship, gender, and identity education for young Kiwis, aged 13 to 24, is under development at the University of Canterbury. Faculty of Health lecturer Tracy Clelland, Masters student Cate Mentink, and health educator Jessica McQuoid are the driving force behind the app called Te Puāwaitanga: Beyond the Birds and

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Overcoming vaccine hesitancy

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Rosita Wharepapa was sceptical about getting the COVID-19 vaccine but thanks to conversations with general practice staff she decided to protect herself and her family. Rosita was nervous about getting the vaccine because wider family members had shared vaccine conspiracy theories with her. She had also seen media coverage about protests against the vaccine and

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Supporting Cantabrians to quit smoking

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Sue Aitken, Kaiārahi, Team Leader – Health Promotion Programmes, has one simple smoking cessation message: “We don’t expect practices to provide the actual support themselves. They are far too busy. Please refer your patients to a specialised quit coach via ERMS.” It’s simple and easy to do. Specialised quit support is provided through Te Hā-Waitaha

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