Updates from the Practice Team

The FLUX Study

Feb 13 2019

The FLUX Study is an important study of gay and bisexual men’s health in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The Flux Study (which stands for Following Lives Undergoing Change) is the only study of its kind in the world. It explores issues like: sexual health, mental health, drug use (or non-drug use), and friends /community engagement. New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) is a partner organisation in the study.
All it takes is about 30-40 minutes of your time, online. In six months you'll be invited to participate again. That will help build a picture of what’s stayed the same and what’s changed in peoples lives. That information can then be used to help improve services for our communities.

For more information or to participate in the study, please click the link below or visit the study website.

Shingles vaccine

Sep 21 2018

If you're aged 50 - 64 years you might want to consider having a (NON-FUNDED) shingles vaccination (either with your influenza vaccine or at another time). Shingles vaccine is not funded unless you are 65+ from 1 April 2018.  Ask us about the cost, and your GP or practice nurse can discuss whether shingles vaccination is a good choice for you.

  • Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus
  • If you've had chickenpox, you'll be carrying the virus that causes shingles
  • The risk of developing shingles increases over the age of 50
  • Shingles can appear as a blistering, painful rash most often on the face or torso
  • Shingles can lead to severe nerve pain which may last for months or years after the rash has healed


A reminder: If you're aged 65 on or after 1 April 2018 you are eligible for a FUNDED shingles vaccine.  There will be a catch up programme for people aged 66 - 80 for the first two years.

Patient Experience Survey

Aug 28 2018

Thank you very much to those of you who are participating in the on-line survey.  We really appreciate your comments and the time you've taken to complete the survey.  Many of you have commented on other parts of the health care system (the hospital, specialist, laboratory and x-ray, for example).  It's good to see those comments because our aim is to continuously improve the coordination between all areas of the health service.

Several people commented that they're finding the electronic portal Manage My Health (MMH) useful.  But you've said that medications are not always on the list for you to choose when making an on-line prescription request, so we'll work harder to ensure all the long-term medications are visible.  In the meantime, if you think something is missing please send us a MMH message or ring us and we'll sort it out. 

Some of you say you've experienced difficulty getting an appointment with us on a Friday afternoon, so we'll look at ways to make this better.

Daffodil Day is 31 August 2018

Aug 17 2018

Daffodil Day symbolises all New Zealanders coming together in the fight against cancer.


Cancer Society Wellington

One in three New Zealanders will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. The Cancer Society Wellington provides free support services and information for people going through cancer treatment and their friends, family and whānau. The Cancer Society is the largest funder of cancer research after the government. As an independent organisation the Cancer Society receives no direct government funding and is entirely reliant on the generosity of New Zealanders to provide these services. So thank you.

Cold season: managing without antibiotics

Jul 04 2018

We were recently sent an interesting article from the Best Practice Advocacy Centre online journal about winter illnesses and the use of antibiotics.  Here are some extracts from the article:

"Over the winter months, thousands of people across New Zealand will present to primary care with sore ears and throats, nasal and sinus congestion, coughs and colds. Many of these symptoms are caused by viral infections and antibiotic treatment is not appropriate. In some cases there may be bacterial infection present but the infection will be self-limiting and the adverse effects of antibiotics may outweigh potential benefits . . . Treatment options such as paracetamol, decongestants, adequate fluid intake and rest will provide the best symptomatic relief for most people with common winter illnesses . . .  In many cases, the most important treatment for winter illnesses is effective communication; the patient should leave the consultation understanding what illness they are likely to have, how long their symptoms should last, what they should do to manage their symptoms and when to seek further assessment . . .  A discussion about expected duration of symptoms can help reassure the patient that the course of their illness is normal. The natural course of symptoms associated with common winter illnesses is usually up to:

  • Three to five days for fever
  • One week for headache or sore throat
  • A week to ten days for nasal obstruction
  • Two weeks for nasal discharge
  • Two to four weeks for cough"

The article includes a link to an interesting infographic from the Cleveland Clinic about 'snot': https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-the-color-of-your-snot-really-means/

From: “Cold season: managing without antibiotics”, bpacnz, June, 2018. Available from: https://bpac.org.nz/2018/cold-season.aspx

Extracts reproduced with permission.



Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - June 2018

Jun 01 2018

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer New Zealand running throughout the month of June (1-30 June), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 23 New Zealanders every week.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

For more information go to http://beatbowelcancer.org.nz/event/bowel-cancer-awareness-month/

Men's Health Month - June 2018

Jun 01 2018

Men's Health Month (1 - 30 June 2018)  is a great time to have a think about our health and how important it is, to start talking about it with our mates, families and doctors, and to do something for ourselves to be just a little bit healthier. Men's health week is about encouraging men to be proactive about their health.  Taking preventive action can reduce the danger of major health risks like testicular cancer, heart disease, strokes and depression. For more information go to http://menshealthnz.org.nz

Our doctors recommend regular Well Man checks.  These include prostate and testicular checks, a skin check and a general discussion about your health status.   We usually arrange in advance for you to have some routine laboratory tests if they're due, and you can then discuss these with your doctor at your Well Man check appointment.

Please ring our receptionists to book your appointment.  (A normal consultation fee applies).

Becoming Smoke Free

May 21 2018

The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.

The theme for World Smokefree Day 31 May 2018 is 'it's about whānau' with a focus on celebrating New Zealand's smokefree achievements. 

The majority of New Zealanders are smokefree and want smokefree environments. Having smokefree whānau, homes, workplaces and public spaces is worth celebrating! 

Whanau is a driving force for many people wishing to protect others from the harms of second-hand smoke. This is a common cause for all peoples, communities, cultures and whanau.  World Smoke Free day is an opportunity to encourage and help those who want to quit smoking and support friends and whanau on their quit journey.



Many of our patients who have successfully quit have said that for them it's about their children and families/whanau:

  • they don't want to be role models for smoking around their children, because they don't want their children to become smokers 
  • they don't want to expose their children to second hand smoke
  • they want to live long and healthy lives so they will be able to participate as parents and grandparents

We continue to promote the goal of a smokefree Aotearoa New Zealand 2025, by offering our patients smoking cessation help.

You can see any of our trained Quit Card nurses, who are providers of low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and on-going support for your smoke-free future.  You can begin using NRT while you're at your appointment, to get you off to the best start with quitting.  NRT is very effective for most people if used correctly.  We'll show you how.

Call our receptionists to make a  free Quit appointment with your nurse, or to see your GP. 

You can also:

  • Ring Quitline 0800 778 778 for support, advice and information  - or go to www.quit.org.nz
  • Ring Aukati KaiPaipa 0800 926 257 for a free face to face service -  or go to www.aukatikaipaipa.co.nz
  • Ring Pacific Smoking Cessation 04 237 8422 for a free face to face service
  • Ring Quit Smoking team 04 238 4966 for a free face to face service

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