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Media release | ProCare gifts more than $200,000 to ProCare Charitable Foundation

ProCare gifts over $200,000 to ProCare Charitable Foundation and ProCare Charitable Foundation grants to seven charities. Read more.

In the news | How one man lost 170kg: 'Where the mind goes, the body will follow'

Content published courtesy of stuff.co.nz | Samantha Smith | 20 October 2016

The story of how one man lost 170kg: 'Where the mind goes, the body will follow'. The Big Girls and Big Boys is a weight loss and fitness programme and is accessible to people Auckland wide on a doctor's referral from health provider ProCare. The referrals are for 12 weeks and clients can repeat the programme four times. Read more

In the news | Employment advice in practice to help get mental health patients back to work

Content published courtesy of NZ Doctor | Fiona Thomas |Friday 07 October 2016, 4:09PM

Employment consultants in practices are the crux of a new ProCare pilot to help unemployed patients with a history of mental health problems back to work. The pilot scheme falls under the two-year Work to Wellness trial, announced by social development minister Anne Tolley in August, which received $3.2 million of government funding. For a handful of ProCare practices, the project has running for two weeks, in partnership with employment agency Workwise. Read more

Media release | ProCare Charitable Foundation welcomes applications for grants

18 August 2016

Tomorrow the ProCare Charitable Foundation opens the application period for grants from registered charities working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in the Auckland region.

Read more...

News | Diabetes online support for patients and families

19 July 2016

A new online education programme covering all essential aspects of paediatric diabetes care is now available for patients and families via the Starship website. 

If you need more information about children living with diabetes, check out the programme here.

Media release | Stop Smoking Service – Auckland & Waitemata

1 July

ProCare in partnership with The Fono and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Limited, are pleased to have the opportunity to deliver the new, regional Stop Smoking Service in the Auckland & Waitemata DHB regions.

ProCare spokesperson, Chief Operating Officer Dennis Baty said:

“ProCare, The Fono and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are pleased to be the new providers of the Stop Smoking Service in Auckland & Waitemata to support people to be smokefree. We know that Māori and Pacific are greatly over-represented when it comes to death rates from smoking, so we’ll be working hard to reach and support these priority groups, as well as pregnant women.”

“Primary and community-based care providers are in an ideal position to identify those people who smoke, encourage them to quit and connect them with relevant services for support. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand, and all too often our organisations see the damaging effects smoking has on people and their whanau. This is why ProCare, The Fono and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, are committed to delivering a high quality, customer-centric, flexible and accessible service that will help people stop smoking. We will also be working closely with Hāpai Te Hauora (Hāpai), the national advocacy body for tobacco control.”

“When we were developing the service, people who smoked told us what they wanted and what would help them quit. Choice is a key component of the programme, giving people the option of group-based sessions, which offer peer support and expert advice, or one-to-one coaching. In each case, the person undertaking the 4-week programme will be supported every step of the way by a qualified coach.”

“In the first few months the service will be in transition, but we’re taking calls as of today. When people decide to stop smoking, you want to make sure there’s help at hand to support them through their quit journey.”

For more information, click here, or read the FAQs.

News | Junk Free June

1 June 2016

Junk Free June is an annual fundraising event that challenges people to give up junk food during the month of June. All funds raised are donated to the Cancer Society of New Zealand. This is the second year the New Zealand initiated campaign has run, and 2016 marks the official launch of Junk Free June in Australia. For more information visit the website.

News | Immunisation Week 2016

03 May 2016

This year's Immunisation week theme is Protecting baby begins at pregnancy. The week long campaign (2-9 May) promotes the benefits of immunisation during pregnancy...Read More

News | Start a conversation that counts

15 Apr 2016

April 16 is Conversations That Count Day, to raise awareness about advance care planning so that people start thinking, talking and planning for their future and end of life care...Read more

Media release | ProCare practices first three to receive Foundation Standard certification

14 Apr 2016

This morning at a breakfast celebration, Dr Nicholas Cooper, Onehunga Doctors and Royal Oak Medical Centre were the first three practices in New Zealand to receive their Foundation Standard certification... Read more

News | World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

07 Apr 2016

April 7 is World Health Day and this year the focus is on Diabetes. Diabetes affects more than 250,000 New Zealanders with 40 people a day diagnosed with the condition.

If you or your loved ones are concerned that you could be at risk of diabetes, do go and speak to your doctor.

You can also check whether you are at risk but using this online calculator.

Events | ProCare at Polyfest 2016

31 Mar 2016

The ProCare team took the opportunity to engage with the community at Polyfest this year – while raising awareness of the broad range of services which ProCare provides.

There was a variety of information on offer covering self-management education, ProCare psychological services, Triple P parenting group programmes, Manakidz immunisation awareness, health, nutrition, and smoking cessation.

Highlights included the ProCare team meeting families, individuals and performing groups from a variety of cultures who visited the display.

ASB Polyfest is the largest Māori and Pacific Island festival in the world, showcasing culture, with more than 9,000 students from 64 schools who took part in the four-day festival.

The festival was a great way for ProCare to celebrate cultural identity, diversity and to share in local community spirit.

Events | Team ProCare at Round the Bays

14 Mar 2016

This year’s Round the Bays was a huge success for Team ProCare, with more than 300 people registering to take part including 28 practices... Read more

Media release | Zika virus: information and advice

04 Feb 2016

Zika is a virus that is spread by some kinds of mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand, but they are found in many countries around the world.

The virus has been linked to birth defects for pregnant women overseas. Until more is known, the Ministry of Health recommends that if travelling in Zika infected areas (including the American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga), women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider and take all possible precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. For more information and the latest advice, please visit the Ministry of Health, or Safetravel websites.

Media release | Frozen berries: Hepatitis A risk

04 Dec 2015

The imported frozen berries linked to a Hepatitis A health scare have now officially been identified and recalled by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have confirmed that Fruzio Mixed Berries containing blackberries and strawberries (company FSL) sold in 1kg and 500g bags have been identified as the common source for four cases of Hepatitis A. They have been recalled and should not be eaten.

Members of the public who have packets of Fruzio Mixed Berries are being advised not to eat them or put them in smoothies, but they should retain the berries until there is further advice from MPI. They can call the MPI Consumer Helpline for advice on frozen berries on 0800 00 83 33.

If you are concerned about a potential risk to your health, or the health of others, you should seek advice from your GP during practice hours, or phone Healthline – 0800 61 11 16.

For more information on Hepatitis A, visit the Ministry of Health website

Media release | ProCare Charitable Foundation grants to six charities

25 Nov 2015

The ProCare Charitable Foundation has announced the successful recipients of its inaugural grant funding programme...Read more

News | AGM and Annual Report 2014/15

20 Nov 2015

ProCare’s AGM was held on 17 November 2015 with two Directors being elected to the Board, following Dr Sue Clark retiring from the Board after more than three years of service.

Dr Neil Hefford was re-elected after being a member of our Board since November 2013, with Dr Craig King being elected in to the other position. Craig is a GP at Health New Lynn, which was established in 2013 from an amalgamation of four local medical centres in the wider West Auckland area. He has been practising as a GP in the area since 1990 and will be a welcomed member of the Board.

To read this year’s annual report, please click here

Media enquiries

Contact:

Diane Abad-Vergara - Communications Consultant
+64 21 026 38098
diane.vergara@procare.co.nz