E-Enrolment to determine Capitation Funding from 1st April 2019

Full instructions are available here

Funded Zoster (shingles) vaccine


Zostavax is now funded for adults aged 65 years on or after 1 April 2018. From 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020, adults aged 66 to 80 years inclusive will also be eligible to receive one funded dose of Zostavax under a time limited catch up programme.

Please note only one claim can be made for administration of immunisation services to the same patient, on the same day, including administration of influenza and Zoster vaccine in same visit. If the vaccines are administered at different visits a claim can be made for each visit.

Contraindication to Zoster vaccination

The Zoster vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine. Administration of the Zoster vaccine to individuals who are immunosuppressed or immunodeficient may result in disseminated varicella-zoster virus disease, including fatal outcomes. Please refer to the Immunisation Handbook 2017 (2nd edition) and the Zoster fact sheet for more information.

Additional Resources

A new resource ‘Immunisation for Older People’ (HE2540) and an updated Immunisation Schedule Card (HE1308) are available from the HealthEd website at

Additional Zoster vaccine information is also included in the Flu Kit.

Patient self-arrival Touch Screen

Allow your patients to announce their own arrival
  • Patients no longer spend time waiting for the receptionist on arrival.
  • Receptionists have more time for patients that require their assistance
No fuss touch screen.
  • Simply enter your name or date of birth or id
  • Queues are minimised by limiting the kiosk to only arriving patients
  • Privacy and security are maintained with minimal data displayed.
  • Patients cannot search the patients list, they are arrived only if they have an imminent appointment else they are directed to reception.
  • Use your own touch screen PC computers (no expensive custom kiosks required)
  • Call our helpdesk to confirm specifications
Messages and instructions
  • Practice customised screen background
  • Practice messages e.g. “Influenza vaccine are now available”
  • Doctor or practitioner specific messages e.g. “Doctor is on time, Please have a seat in the Red Zone”
  • Patient specific message e.g. “Please see the receptionist on arrival”
Getting Started
  • Installation and configuration   $500 +GST per practice
  • Monthly subscription for support and updates $95 + GST per screen
  • Please call 09 303 1806 for further information or to arrange installation

MyPractice Txt Messaging is now available

Easy plan
  • Pay only for the txt messages you send, no monthly administration fee
  • Flat 15c/txt message
Fully integrated in MyPractice
  • Send recalls in bulk from the Task Manager
  • Send custom messages to selection of patients from the query builder
  • Automated appointment reminders
  • Notify patients about their results and any action required
  • Single txt to any patient from ASR screen, appointment book or notes
  • Auditable: Copy of txt is stored in patients record
  • Replies received and displayed
  • Review sent and received messages in our Txt Message log
Easy start up
  • Simply Fax or Call our Helpdesk and they will configure your system on line
  • Invoiced and direct debited with MyPractice monthly subscription

RNZCGP releases guide to use of patient portals for kids

Written by Kate McDonald on 03 May 2017.  (Pulse IT)

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) has developed a guide for members to assist them with the legalities of providing health information to children, adolescents and their parents through a patient portal.

The college released a general guide in 2015 to using patient portals covering what sort of information should be and can be disclosed, but the new guide focuses on the differing legal considerations GPs need to take into account when releasing information to a child or to their parents.

MOH relaxes cloud policy on personal health information

Written by Kate McDonald on 07 May 2017.  (Pulse IT)

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has relaxed its previous restrictions on the storage of personally identifiable health information in offshore-hosted cloud services, allowing healthcare providers to use the cloud as long as a risk assessment is undertaken.

The move is in line with the government’s Cloud First policy, which requires government agencies to adopt cloud services in preference to traditional IT systems and removed restrictions on the use of cloud office productivity services such as Skye and Microsoft Office 365.

Kiwi GPs positive about patient portals, big users of eReferrals

Written by Kate McDonald on 03 May 2017.  (Pulse IT)

A survey of over 2000 New Zealand GPs has found that most believe patient portals have led to an improvement in the ability of their practice to provide services to patients, with those working in practices that provide a portal to all patients rather than a restricted group the most positive.

The survey also found that Kiwi GPs predominantly use technologies such as text messaging, email, patient portals and Skype/videoconferencing for exchanging information with other health professionals and their patients rather than for more advanced purposes such as patient assessment and diagnosis, and while the volume of electronic referrals to specialists and hospitals was very high – over 75 per cent – few had access to NZ’s new ePrescribing service at the time of the survey.

What is OpenNotes?

Patients have easy access to their clinician’s notes thanks to OpenNotes.

Immunisation Update for 2014

Updates to the childhood schedule, National Immunisation Register and immunisation claims take effect from 1st July 2014. Updates have been made to MyPractice that support these new requirements.

Practice Management Systems Review

Patients First have announced the release of the full NIHI report of the PMS review. (5th June 2012)

Click here for a copy of the GPNZ and RNZCGP letter to General Practice dated 29th May 2012.

Click here for a copy of the summary report – full report available on request.

Initial (High Five) set of requirements reviewed:

1. Structured data within the PMS

Use of defined code-sets that are common across the sector (e.g. LOINC for Lab coding)

2. Published (standards based) APIs (application programming interface)

The ability to share structured information across different systems

3. Support for interoperability standards

With e-Discharge, e-Referral e-Community Prescribing as the priorities. Supporting the structured flow of information between secondary and primary care

4. Information security, access and privacy

How information is protected and access to and updates of information are controlled and recorded.

5. Usability with an initial focus on alert fatigue

How alerts are presented to PMS users based on their role
Ability for the user to easily differentiate between high priority clinical alerts and lower priority and non-clinical alerts

Star Ratings

PlatformHoustonIntrahealth/ProfileMedtech 32MyPractice
Structured Data★ ★★ ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★ ★
Published API
★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★ ★ ★
Interoperability★ ★★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★ ★ ★
Security★ ★★ ★ ★ ★★ ★ ★ ★
Usability (of alerts)★ ★ ★ ★★ ★ ★★ ★ ★ ★

GP2GP is here

Functionality is now available to all MyPractice Sites. Notes can be moved seamlessly between all MyPractice sites and Houston. Medtech version 20 includes GP2GP. IntraHealth sites will be available soon. You will need to ensure your Healthlink version is upto date. Instructions on using GP2GP are available in our online help manual.

Congratulations – 2008 Procare Quality Award Winners

Practice of the Year: Mangere Health Center
Mangere Health Centre won two awards including Practice of the Year for “exceptional dedication to medical practice” during the ninth annual ProCare Quality Awards on Saturday night.

“Mangere Health Centre is confronted with an extremely challenging environment, with little access to private health services and limited financial resources,” said Dr John Elliott, one of the award judges and chair of the ProCare Clinical Governance Committee.

“Mangere Health Centre has shown exceptional dedication to medical practice and superb general practitioner service provision for a large population of high-needs patients.”

Practice Manager of the year: Linda Whickman
These awards were determined from specific performance data recorded by ProCare. They were judged on:
1. Cultural responsiveness
2. CVD screening and management
3. Continuous planned intervention

Six GPs honoured by their peers

Sunday, 20 July 2008, 3:24 pm

Media release from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Six New Zealand GPs have been honoured by their peers for or exemplary and exceptional service to general practice.

The award of Distinguished Fellowship was conferred on Dr Jacqueline Allan (Papakura), Dr Ashwin Patel (Parnell), Dr Peter Jansen, and Dr Peter Woolford (West Auckland), Dr Logan McLennan (Porirua) and Dr Tony Townsend (Whangamata).at the College Conference that concluded in Queenstown on Saturday.