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Handy clinical links and information



Space to Breathe - Pharmac and Asthma Foundation website
Clinical update on Asthma by Jeff Garrett, first published New Zealand Doctor, 12 September 2007 [referred to in "'Large errors' in GPs' asthma care", 7 November 2007]


Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector ("Improve data for the sake of the kids", New Zealand Doctor, 4 November 2009)
Speech development in children (from Child health column, 29 August 2007)


Cough, pneumonia and antibiotics: A patient handout - Nelson Marlborough DHB, 22 April 2014


Healthline: Type 2 Diabetes Centre


Form patient letter for GPs (How to Treat shingles, 30 July 2014)

Shingles vaccine letter to patients

Private purchase vaccines

The influenza vaccine and febrile convulsions in children
black & white
Allergy to vaccine guidelines pdf
HPV vaccination programme: proposed phasing of cohorts
Immunisation Schedule 2008 - letter to providers

Prostate cancer

To test or not to test? An information sheet for men aged 45 plus WITHOUT symptoms [PDF]. (From "Consent to prostate screening should not be just an option", New Zealand Doctor, 29 January 2014)

Benefits and harms of PSA testing for prostate cancer. A handy visual aid for GPs and their patients [PDF; best printed in colour]. (Associated with "Consent to prostate screening should not be just an option", New Zealand Doctor, 29 January 2014)


New mental health guideline - Identification of common mental disorders and management of depression in primary care, produced by the New Zealand Guidelines Group, launched July 2008
Practice Guidelines for Opioid Substitution Treatment in New Zealand 2008 (nzdoctor.co.nz, 'Daily News', 29 September)
Ministry of Health online Hepititis C tool for GPs and practice nurses
LTSA's Fitness to Drive rules Medical aspects of fitness to drive: a guide for medical professionals
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Melanoma in Australia and New Zealand
Comprehensive updated version of how to treat various sexual diseases
Guidelines for smokefree pregnancy
Prompt cards to support smokefree pregnancy
Sexual Health Guidelines from Counties Manukau Sexual Health Group Comprehensive updated version of how to treat various sexual diseases
Guidance on the Management of Type 2 Diabetes 2011
Management of Type 2 Diabetes - Primary care resource
Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Adults

General practice

Recording general examination of the body
Two charts - one for the front of body and one for the back of body, useful for recording examination findings after violence ('Making a difference after family violence', New Zealand Doctor, 17 December)
How to treat: Christmas crackers
Online references from the How to treat article (New Zealand Doctor 16 December 2009)
GP liaisons A list of GPs who work with their local DHB on primary care issues. These people can be contacted with any questions, eg, about elective services.
Prostate cancer screening: A double-edged sword
Smokefree GP champions
A list of GPs and specialists who have been employed by their DHB to promote the smokefree message and encourage clinicians to use the ABC framework.
The Code of Conduct for Expert Witnesses ("So, you think you're an expert?", New Zealand Doctor, 21 October 2009)
Read codes for general practice - Cunningham and Tilyard
What needs to be done when a patient dies - Dead certain (New Zealand Doctor, 23 April 2008)
INN names A British National Formulary list of British Approved Names (BANs) that has been updated with recommended international non-proprietary names (rINNs)
Practical Evidence for Real Life Situations
MIMS Online (Subscription required)
MIMS Online has accurate, up-to-date medicines information at the click of a mouse

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C underdiagnosed by Ed Gane [referred to in "Shared care for Hep C patients", 24 October 2007]

Hepatitis C e-learning tool on LearnOnline.health.nz 

Desktop tools

Pregnancy due date

Maori Health

Best health outcomes for Maori: Practice implications

Standing orders

Guidelines for the development and operation of standing orders (Source: Ministry of Health)

Travel Medicine resources

From "Getting up to date travel health info", New Zealand Doctor, 4 October 2006
by Marc Shaw

Authoritative travel health information websites
Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
International Society of Travel Medicine
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers, IAMAT

World Health Organization
International Travel and Health (travel health information book, updated yearly by WHO)

Expedition and adventure

British Mountaineering Council
Royal Geographical Society
Wilderness Medicine Society

Medical and academic organisations

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Malaria Foundation
James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

Health information for travellers

New Zealand FREE travel health information
Fit For Travel( NHS, UK-based)
Lonely Planet Online, health information
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
New Zealand Ministry of Health
Sexual health advice for women travellers (includes help lines within collaborating countries)
Travel Health online

Safety and security sites

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
US State Department

Fact sheets

Isomaltulose fact sheet
New Zealand Doctor Archives


New Zealand Family Physician Access nzfp archives
Medical Journal of Australia Journal of the Australian Medical association
Australian Family Physician Official journal of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
American Family Physician Peer reviewed journal of the American Academy of family physicians
New England Journal of Medicine A weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice.
The Lancet A reformist medical newspaper known for its campaigns
JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association, "To promote the science and art of medicine"


Cochrane Library

Useful Agencies

Immunisation Advisory Centre
National Poisons Centre


College of Practice Nurses
Nursing Council
NZ Nurses Organisation
College of Nurses Aotearoa


Pandemic preparedness kit for primary care
Low fat diet after Gallbladder surgery
Obstetrics: Care Plan
Obstetrics: Refresher Course
ravel - Remote Region Medical Kit
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