PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

Primary Health Care Strategy.

Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand have completed our Primary Health Care Strategy for 2015-2018. The strategies vision is

'Primary Health Care Nurses leading Smokefree Aotearoa into 2025'

 

The development of a Primary Health Care Nurses Strategy for Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand recognises the important role of nurses working in primary health care in reducing the burden of smoking on individuals, whanau and communities. Primary health care nurses are in an ideal place to intervene with populations who bare a disproportionate burden from smoking related disease, and hence we are in a powerful position to increase health equity.

 

Better help for smokers to quit.

The Ministry of Health has recently released a series of educational videos answering common questions and offering support to general practice for the more heart and diabetes checks and better help for smokers to quit health targets.

Watch the videos here


The Primary Care Tobacco Health Target came into effect on July 1 2011.  The target is to ensure that 90% of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

The latest report from the Ministry of Health shows 72% of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care in 2013/14 quarter 3 (January to March) were  offered brief advice to quit.  This ranges from 47% to 94% across Primary Health Organisations. Smokefree Nurses Primary Health Lead Mary Carthew is currently working to to develop a Primary Health Plan Smokefree Nurses to work towards supporting nurses to take the lead in achieving the Primary Care Tobacco target.

A one-minute video produced with General Practitioner Dr John McMenamin and Practice Nurse Val Southcombe introduces the ABC approach with some advice for how this can work simply and effectively within the  primary care environment.

There is also a list of Primary Care FAQs which may help with some of the questions you may have.


General Practice Toolkit: for more heart and diabetes checks and better help for smokers to quit
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