Programmes to Improve Access (PIAs)
Breast Screening Enrolment
BreastScreen Aotearoa is New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme for women aged between 45 and 69. Breast screening can find cancer early, and that means having a better chance of beating it.
Cardiovascular Risk Assessment (CVRA)
The goal is that 90% of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years by 30 June 2015.
Cervical Screening Service
Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer and other abnormalities lowers the rate of premature death for women. The national Integrated Performance Initiative Framework (IPIF) health target is for 80% of all eligible female population aged 20 to 69 years to have had a cervical smear in the past three years.
Green Prescription/Active Families
A Green Prescription is a health professional’s written advice to a patient to be physically active, as part of their health management plan. Active Families are for children under the age of 18.
Palliative Care is the care for people of all ages with a life-limiting illness, which aims to:
- Optimise an individual’s quality of life until death by addressing the person’s physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs;
- Support the individual’s family, whanau, and other care givers where needed, through illness after death.
- Invasive pneumococcal disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae can result in life-threatening pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia;
- Vaccination is the only method for preventing invasive pneumococcal disease;
- Pneumovax23, a pneumococcal vaccine, is recommended (but not funded, except post-splenectomy) for people at increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease due to co-morbidity or immunodeficiency;
- A good opportunity to offer pneumococcal vaccination is prior to or during vaccination clinics for adults at high risk of seasonal influenza;
- Pneumovax23 can be administered at the same time as the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Smoking Cessation Support
Helping people to stop smoking is a leading national health goal. This FREE cessation service allows General Practice staff to provide support to current smokers to QUIT smoking.
Whazzup Check – Speak Out Don’t Freak Out
This can be a vulnerable time for young people and their parents. Teenagers and parents often don’t know what’s going wrong or what to do about it. Bullying, relationship breakups, family violence, grief or loss. Knowing that there is an opportunity to have a FREE medical consultation from a doctor or nurse could make all the difference when a young person is at risk and struggling to see a future beyond that “moment of time”. This mental health care service will allow referral to other agencies if clinically indicated. It may also prevent a lifetime of unanswered questions for those left behind.