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Clinical Matters Newsletter - June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 Edition of Clinical Matters!

In this issue...

  • Online Hepatitis Education Modules Launched & Chronic Hepatitis B Display Competition Announced
  • Historical Letter Received by GP - Please Make Sure to Check Dates on all
  • Would You Like to Upskill in Frailty?
  • Midland HealthPathways Update
  • Request for Research Participants


Online Hepatitis Education Modules Launched & Chronic Hepatitis B Display Competition Announced

A series of online training resources launched by the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand will help general practitioners stay informed about liver health and keep up with best practice developments. 
The first module in the series of training resources was published on the foundation’s website on June 18 ( It gives healthcare professionals an introduction to Hepatitis B, outlining biological characteristics of the virus, at-risk groups, treatment objectives and much more. The Hepatitis B educational resources have been endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to one credit for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.
Click here - to read the full media release

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. To celebrate we'll bring morning tea to the GP clinic with the most colourful Hepatitis B display.  To enter, simply create a display and email a photo of it to by July 23, 2021.
Click here to see full details of the competition.



Would You Like to Upskill in Frailty?

A Canadian online educational module - Frailty: Assessment, Mitigation & Prevention - explores the concept of frailty, a condition of reduced function and health in older individuals that increases the odds of developing multiple medical conditions and affects an individual’s ability to perform activities in their daily lives.


Request for Research Participants

Visit for more information


Historical Letter Received by GP - Please Make Sure to Check the Dates on all Correspondence

The GP Liaison team have been notified of a case of an old document from BOPDHB being electronically re-sent to a local GP some years after it was originally released.
The IT Service Desk has been asked to look into the matter urgently. In the meantime, please can you check the dates of all correspondence you receive from BOPDHB for the time being to ensure it is contemporaneous. Please let us know if you receive any historic documentation by emailing us at


Midland HealthPathways Update

New pathways for GPs on HealthPathways
The following pathways are now live on our HealthPathways site for you to use:

  • Gout & Pseudogout
  • Goitre in Adults
  • UTI in Children
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

And remember there is up-to-date information on all matters Covid-19 for primary care on Health Pathways, including national as well as local information.

HealthPathways is a collection of management guidelines specifically tailored to primary care.  Our GP Liaison team is in the process of 'localising' these pathways to the Bay of Plenty, i.e, making them relevant to GPs and other primary care providers specifically in the Bay of Plenty.  You'll find valuable pointers on history, examination, treatment and of course when and how to refer patients on to other services.  These pathways will, over time, be replacing the Bay Navigator pathways.

Dr Chris Tofield, Dr Dan Jackson, and Dr Paula Taylor

Click here to email the Bay Navigator team

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