Primary health care

Primary health care relates to the professional health care received in the community, usually from a general practitioner (GP) or practice nurse. Primary health care covers a broad range of health and preventative services, including health education, counselling, disease prevention and screening.

A strong primary health care system is central to improving the health of all New Zealanders and reducing health inequalities between different groups. The launch of the Primary Health Care Strategy in 2001, followed by the establishment of Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), set a new direction and vision for primary health care services in New Zealand.

This section provides information on the background and implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy.

Revised clinical guidelines

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment - an update to the Primary Care Handbook

This guide helps support and practitioners to deliver 'More heart and diabetes checks' for their patients. In addition to the guide, a quick reference sheet summarises the key updates.

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