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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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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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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Trust and rapport underpins collaboration between pharmacy and practice

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Mitchell Trezise, Pharmacy Manager, believes building trust and rapport with their local medical centre is key to being able to respond to the changing need of the Yaldhurst community. Kiwi Pharmacy and Inspire Health Medical share their building with a range of other health professionals. “We’re working collaboratively in terms of processes, and we have

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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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Special Children’s Christmas Party

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Pegasus Health is honoured to have sponsored the 2021 Special Children’s Christmas Party. This event saw 1,200 very special Cantabrian children celebrate Christmas in a big way. The children invited are all living with challenges, whether that’s ill-health, disability, or difficult home situations. For a few hours, they get to mingle with superheroes, farm animals,

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Practice Relationship Team gains from giving back

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The newly-formed Practice Relationship Team chose to spend their recent team building day ‘giving back’. They spent the day planting native trees at Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetlands. The wetlands are home to many native wetland plants and birds, it also has a 4km loop walking track with boardwalks, viewing platforms and an information centre. Practice Relationship Manager

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It’s a privilege to take one for the team

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Frontline health staff are now getting vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves, their whānau and their patients. Mass vaccination centres have been set up in Christchurch by the Canterbury District Health Board, supported by additional primary care designated clinics, which are being established in Christchurch and across rural areas of Canterbury. Pegasus Primary Mental Health

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