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December 2017
CCPG Newsletter December 2017

CCPG Newsletter December 2017

Greetings to All, With a very successful AGM behind us and the ‘Patient Safety Week’ haven taken place early November we have much to focus on going through to 2018. This Newsletter is to inform you on key news and upcoming plans. We would like to encourage you to regularly visit the CCPG website: www.ccpg.org.nz for day-to-day updates. Please click on attachment to read our CCPG December newsletter.
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National Outbreak of Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

National Outbreak of Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

You may already be aware that New Zealand is in the early stages of a national outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis). Babies aged up to one are particularly vulnerable to whooping cough. They often catch it from older siblings, parents, or other family members. It’s important to raise awareness of timely immunisations as a crucial way for parents/whānau and pregnant women to protect their babies and children against whooping cough. Babies are at greatest risk when they are very young. When...
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Farewell to Anita McIntosh

Farewell to Anita McIntosh

On 7th December this year we also farewell Anita – CCPG’s Administrator and Coordinator. Anita does not head off too far – she takes on a role as Senior Administrator with the 24Hours Surgery. Her new role is a permanent one and we wish her success in this next journey. Anita has been the cheerful voice at the end of the phone when you’ve called CCPG, welcomed you when you visited, organised all our meetings, taken care of you and all of us. The systems CCPG has in place to manage invoice...
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National Outbreak of Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

National Outbreak of Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

You may already be aware that New Zealand is in the early stages of a national outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis). Babies aged up to one are particularly vulnerable to whooping cough. They often catch it from older siblings, parents, or other family members. It’s important to raise awareness of timely immunisations as a crucial way for parents/whānau and pregnant women to protect their babies and children against whooping cough. Babies are at greatest risk when they are very young. When...
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September 2017
World Pharmacist Day 25 September

World Pharmacist Day 25 September

World Pharmacists Day As designated by the FIP Council several years ago at the FIP Congress in Istanbul, 25 September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. FIP encourages the world's pharmacists to use this day to organise activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Here is a guide for member organisations on how to prepare for World Pharmacists Day World Pharmacists Day 2017 “From research to health care: Your...
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August 2017
Congratulations - Awards comes to Pharmacists in Canterbury

Congratulations - Awards comes to Pharmacists in Canterbury

Dear colleague, I hope you’ll all join me in congratulating several members of Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group following successes in two awards ceremonies held earlier this month. Green Cross Health Pharmacy Awards For the first time, Preceptor of the Year was awarded to CCPG member Karen Crisp, of Unichem Pharmacy in Christchurch. The award, which is based on feedback from students, was a huge compliment to Karen who said: “When students who have worked with us feel positive abou...
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Mumps Alert

Mumps Alert

The national mumps outbreak is continuing with 275 confirmed and probable cases so far this year (65% in Waitemata and Counties Manakau, 65% aged 10 -29 years, 49% Pacific ethnicity and 17% Maori). In the South Island there have been 16 cases including 6 since the start of July (Neslon Marlborough 3, Canterbury 2 and Southern 1).
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CCPG meet with Ministry of Health

CCPG meet with Ministry of Health

CCPG was pleased to host Andi Shirtcliffe, Chief Advisor Pharmacy (MOH), Trish Farrelly (Pharmacy Manager – Sector Capability and Implementation MOH) and Monique Rijnberg (Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy, Strategy and Policy MOH ) at our office on Thursday, 17 August 2017. The purpose of the visit was around information sharing: showcasing the services delivered by CCPG within the context of the Canterbury Health System as well as learning about what is happening at the national level ...
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Important HealthOne Browser Information- IE11

Important HealthOne Browser Information- IE11

“From September 6 2017 HealthOne will only be supported on IE11 when accessing from Microsoft Windows PC's. If you are currently logging into HealthOne on a PC running older browser versions such as IE7-10 you should be looking to upgrade to the latest supported browser. Microsoft stopped supporting older IE browser versions some months ago so in order to receive the latest security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support it is important to upgrade. If you have any questions reg...
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July 2017
CCPG G.M. July Newsletter

CCPG G.M. July Newsletter

Greetings to All, We trust that everyone is well and recovering from school holidays. This newsletter is to provide you with a brief overview of our activities at CCPG for the last quarter (April to June). Click Here
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Christchurch Resettlement Services - Under 5's & Parents Expo!

Christchurch Resettlement Services - Under 5's & Parents Expo!

Members of CCPG, Marwan Dikhil - Eastern Pharmacy Aranui, Robyn Thew - Burwood Pharmacy and Robyn Harris - The Pharmacy @ Opawa supported CCPG in manning the stand at the CRS under 5's & Parents Expo! held in Aranui on 30th June 2017. We received positive feedback from visitors to the Exp. Here is some feedback from our members and if you would like to support/attend future expo's please get in touch! Thanks Marwan, Robyn & her daughter and Robyn Harris.
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June 2017
Drugs and Sharps collection in the pharmacy

Drugs and Sharps collection in the pharmacy

Pharmacies do not get paid for collecting used medicines and sharps but there is no cost for the disposal of them as the CDHB are now funding San-i-pak to collect them from pharmacies. Pharmacies can choose to participate in this initiative or not. For general medicines the disposal of one yellow bag full each month has been in place for some time. However there is now no limit (as long as it is reasonable) on how many yellow bags can be collected from San-i-pak In regard to th...
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Awesome MUR Results for May

Awesome MUR Results for May

148 Medicines Use Reviews done in May! Its great that we are continuing to provide a valuable service to our community and supporting our healthcare professionals. 106 MUR in the patients home and 42 MUR were done in the Pharmacy. Great results ! Thanks and have a great weekend
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New CCPG Chair Maria McIntyre

New CCPG Chair Maria McIntyre

At the recent CCPG Board meeting, held on 26th May 2017, Simon Church stepped down as Board Chair. Simon will remain on the Board. Maria Morley-Bunker (McIntyre) was nominated and elected as the new Chair. Maria is well known amongst all of you. She is a passionate community pharmacist and co-owner at Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy. Maria brings together many talents: clinical pharmacist, mentor, community pharmacist with an owner’s perspective, mother, wife and friend. We look forward to movin...
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Ashburton Community based Expo

Ashburton Community based Expo

On Wednesday 17 May, Kathryn Snook, CCPG Mobile Pharmacist attended the Ashburton Community based Expo presenting the Medication Management Service. The feedback received by visitors were positive which also resulted in 10 Medication use Reviews arranged. In addition, we received high interest in smoking cessation. Through this, we are building a stronger relationship with the local Ashburton Te Ha Waitaha - Stop Smoking Canterbury programme. The opportunity was taken to visit other stallhold...
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May 2017
Senior Chef

Senior Chef

Cooking Classes for older adults - Enrolling now for Term 3, 2017 Gain skills, confidence and motivation around cooking for one or two. In this FREE 8-week cooking course for people over 65, living alone or with one other person. You will:  Learn about nutrition for older adults, menu planning, budgeting, shopping tips and more.  Cook a meal in pairs using your free recipe book - “Cooking for Older People - Easy Recipes for One or Two”  Share a meal with new friends. Read more Partic...
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March 2017
2017 Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme Fact Sheet

2017 Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme Fact Sheet

 2017 Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme Fact Sheet To: Pharmacist vaccinatorsExpansion of access to the funded influenza vaccine from 1 April 2017PHARMAC is changing the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 April 2017 to enable pharmacist vaccinators to provide funded influenza vaccine to: Individuals aged 65 years and over  Pregnant women. Ensuring greater access to influenza vaccine will increase uptake among eligible individuals, especially for those who have difficulty a...
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Congratulations Gareth Frew

Congratulations Gareth Frew

Congratulations to Gareth Frew, Clinical Leader for Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group (CCPG), who has been appointed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) to the Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group (MSEAG). The purpose of the MSEAG is to provide independent clinical and/or technical advice to the HQSC's medication safety programme team and to also work actively in the sector to improve the safety and quality of medicines management in New Zealand.This appointment is great reco...
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Congratulations Gareth Frew

Congratulations Gareth Frew

Congratulations to Gareth Frew, Clinical Leader for Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group (CCPG), who has been appointed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) to the Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group (MSEAG). The purpose of the MSEAG is to provide independent clinical and/or technical advice to the HQSC's medication safety programme team and to also work actively in the sector to improve the safety and quality of medicines management in New Zealand.This appointment is great reco...
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Medication Management Service

Medication Management Service

Awesome News - 42 Medication Use Reviews in our community this week! We continue to provide this service offering further patient care. Have a great weekend!
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