Pegasus Rainbow community support

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Pegasus Health is aiming to improve access to health care and address health inequities experienced by the rainbow community by partnering with Qtopia, an Ōtautahi-based group providing support to rainbow young people. Jennifer Shields is spearheading the partnership in the newly established role of Rainbow People Health and Wellbeing Advisor which sees her seconded to

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Alice Williams – Pegasus Health Māori Scholarship Recipient

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It was while Alice Williams was working as a part-time support worker for Nurse Maude in the Tasman District that she had what she calls “the light bulb moment” that began her nursing studies. Alice (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Maru), was no stranger to university study at that point. Before she began her current double degree

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Daniel’s journey to getting jabbed

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Seeing friends and family get vaccinated and remain safe and asking experts about the vaccination process in online webinars helped 17-year-old Daniel McNeill feel confident to get ‘the jab’. Daniel had reservations about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. He wanted to wait until there was more evidence about any possible long-term effects. He is also afraid

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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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Q&A: Smoking cessation programmes for youth

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Jo Butler is a Quit Coach employed by Pegasus Health as part of the Te Hā- Waitaha Smokefree Support programme. She explains what she and her colleagues are doing to support Canterbury’s young people to stop smoking. | What are rates of smoking among youth? Today most youth in New Zealand are smokefree with 3%

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Overcoming the barriers to vaccination for the young people of Canterbury

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Online opportunities for young people to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, conveniently-timed drop-in and drive-through clinics, and collaborations with youth groups are some of the ways a team led by a Pegasus Health GP are working to raise vaccination rates among Canterbury youth. Pegasus Health is hosting and supporting the primary care part of

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Vaccinating our rural communities

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Rural practices have been putting in the hard work for months to support and encourage locals to get vaccinated. A recent University of Otago study found rates of COVID-19 vaccination in rural areas were more than 10 per cent less than their urban counterparts. Methven Medical Centre owner Gayle O’Duffy said Super Saturday was a

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Rural practices get in behind Super Saturday

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Home-baking, sausage sizzles, music, transport, and all-day ‘walk-in-clinics’ were some of the ways rural Canterbury practices helped boost vaccination rates on ‘Super Saturday’. Leeston Medical Centre lead vaccinator, Helen Rawstron, said they vaccinated as many patients (170) during Super Saturday as they normally do in a week. People who attended included farm workers, those without

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Navigating the loss of life by suicide

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A new initiative by Pegasus Health’s Suicide Prevention Team is better informing and supporting primary healthcare professionals, bereaved whānau, and community members in the aftermath of a suspected suicide. The team now calls practice managers to let them know about the death of an enrolled patient in a suspected suicide on the same or next

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Brief Intervention Talking Therapy (BITT) survey shows positive results

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A survey canvassing the experiences of Brief Intervention Talking Therapy (BITT) clients has showed they felt supported, respected and had benefited from the service. Pegasus Health’s Brief Intervention Mental Health Service was introduced in 2006 as an extension of general practice and to provide mental health/well-being support for its enrolled population.   Brief Intervention Talking

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