The International Association for the Study of Pain has designated 2021 as the Global Year About Back Pain, so it is timely to consider how to treat patients with acute low back pain in New Zealand. This article, by Cathy Chapple and Julia Hill, describes the STarT Back screening tool and matched care approach, which is based on identification of psychosocial factors that increase the risk of developing chronic low back pain
Hugs and laughter all around at the National Rural Health Conference 2021
After nearly two years since the last conference in Blenheim, rural healthcare professionals were finally able to get together again for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 National Rural Health Conference was held at Wairakei Resort, just north of Taupō and about 400 people attended. Hugs, laughter, and lots of stories were shared. Speakers included health minister Andrew Little and associate health minister Peeni Henare as well as Martin Hefford of Tū Ora Compass Health PHO, who has been seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Transition Unit.