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Te Hau o Te Ora, the low-cost Invercargill general practice, turns one

Thursday 31 August 2023

28 August 2023Te Hau o Te Ora, the low-cost Invercargill general practice, turns one Te Hau o Te Ora, Partnered Primary Care Services Ltd, celebrated it’s one year anniversary this month. Created in partnership between Hokonui Rūnanga, Awarua Rūnaka, and WellSouth Primary Health Network, the practice is filling the gap...

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Big impact in a short time: New report shows Tōku Oranga-Access + Choice programme making a difference, service is equitable

Tuesday 02 May 2023

Meaningful and measurable benefits for patients is how a new report describes the impact of a WellSouth mental health and well-being service delivered through general practices across Southern.The Evaluation of the Tōku-Oranga-Access and Choice Programme report finds there is ‘evidence of the programme’s effectiveness’, including ‘significant improvements in mental, physical...

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Warm Pacific welcome for Senior Clinical Advisor Dr Letava Tafuna’i

Thursday 27 April 2023

Appointment marks dedicated support for Pacific health providers and communitiesWellSouth is partnering with Pacific providers to further increase support for the health and wellbeing needs of Pasifika communities in Otago and Southland.A new Senior Clinical Advisor, Pasifika, is working with Pacific health providers in Dunedin, Invercargill, and Oamaru, as well...

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Preventing Falls focus of April Campaign

Thursday 13 April 2023

‘Get active and improve balance for fall prevention’ is the campaign goal the WellSouth Falls and Fracture prevention team are promoting around Otago and Southland this April Falls month.“April Falls” is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the impact of falls and to promote the latest fall prevention strategies.This...

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WellSouth partners with Taurite Tū to improve the lives of kaumātua Māori

Wednesday 29 March 2023

WellSouth has partnered with Taurite Tū Limited to provide another year of strength and balance classes for kaumātua Māori and their whānau. Now in its third year, Taurite Tū is designed for Māori and their whānau aged 50 plus using traditional Māori techniques to strengthen muscle, build balance and...

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PIACT Market Day offering MMR Clinic

Monday 27 March 2023

Saturday 1 April, 10:30am to 2:30pmGetting more people vaccinated and promoting measles vaccination in the community is the goal of a vaccination clinic at the Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) market day in Invercargill on Saturday 1 April.The PIACT market day is held every three weeks at their Bowmont...

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GP MRI programme improving access to diagnostics and treatments in Southern

Tuesday 14 March 2023

GP MRI programme improving access to diagnostics and treatmentsPatients with knee, lower (lumbar) or upper (cervical) spine have faster access to diagnostic imaging and treatments thanks to a new, ACC-funded programme supporting GPs to refer directly for MRI scans.The Southern region GP-Referred MRI programme enables trained GPs to refer patients,...

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New Southland general practice enrols 3000 patients in first seven months

Friday 10 March 2023

One of Southland’s newest general practices has reached a significant milestone: West Invercargill Health has enrolled over 3000 patients just seven months since opening their doors.The practice opened in August last year holding an open day on the Saturday of their first week. Support for the practice was clear with...

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New Pou Tōkeke Population Health Pharmacists work to support health providers in Otago and Southland

Thursday 09 March 2023

Health professionals returning to the motu to support communities and whānau WellSouth is bolstering its clinical pharmacy team with more resources to help health providers and their patients across the region. Pou Tōkeke (Equity) population health pharmacists Brendon McIntosh (Kāi Tahu) and Sandy So join WellSouth’s clinical pharmacy team working...

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Health Improvement Practitioners hit the road with new promotional campaign

Tuesday 17 January 2023

Health Improvement Practitioners hit the road with new promotional campaignMaking more people aware there is free mental health and well-being support available in many general practices, is the aim of new promotional campaign in Invercargill.WellSouth’s Access and Choice (Tōku Oranga) programme, is a primary mental health and well-being service based...

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