Pegasus Health Scholarship Awards – hard work, but so rewarding!

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The annual Pegasus Health Scholarship Awards held in May proved to be another powerful and emotional evening celebrating the diversity and successes of our 16 recipients. Samuel Equbazgi was an experienced journalist working for the Government’s Ministry of Information in his East African homeland of Eritrea before he was forced to flee. He says he

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Whakarongorau Aotearoa: Listening with great intent and purpose

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Homecare Medical has a new name – Whakarongorau Aotearoa. The English version of the name is New Zealand Telehealth Services. There is no change to the service brands. Chief Executive, Andrew Slater says they began the review into their organisational name in 2018. “We wanted to find a name that better described the work we

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Q&A with Pegasus Health Privacy Advisor, Rebecca Hawkins

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1. How is your health information protected? The Health Information Privacy Code controls how health information is handled. The Code has 13 rules that set out obligations for organisations to only collect the information they need, to be open with people, and to ensure their information is used and protected appropriately. If you know your

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Privacy Week 2021: Making privacy our priority

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New Zealand’s annual Privacy Week, promoted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to raise privacy awareness, was held from 10 May, with the theme being: “Make privacy a priority.” Of particular importance this year is the acknowledgement that the Privacy Act and Health Information Privacy Code were updated in December 2020. Pegasus has been

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Te Hā – Waitaha: Support vital in beating smoking addiction

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Ben started smoking cigarettes at age 12. Over the years, the now 40-year-old developed, and eventually fought, addiction to various substances. He’s been drug-free for more than five years. But nicotine was an addiction he struggled to overcome. In early 2021, Ben sought help from Te Hā – Waitaha, a smokefree support service to stop

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Pae ora: Healthy futures for all New Zealanders

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On 21 April, the Government announced a new health system in response to the Health and Disability Review, which looked at different vehicles to deliver what is needed by our health system. The Review found that the country’s health system is supported by a dedicated workforce, but has become overly complex and fragmented and could

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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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