Primary health care

Primary health care relates to the professional health care provided in the community, usually from a general practitioner (GP), practice nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other health professional working within a general practice.

Primary health care covers a broad range of health services, including diagnosis and treatment, 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 vision for primary care is being reset to align with the direction set by the NZ Health Plan. This includes a review of capitation funding to improve equity across primary care services.

Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines provide information and guidelines to all clinicians. Many of the guidelines relate to primary health care. Find our guidelines in the Publications section.

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