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Te Pū rauemi KOWHEORI-19 COVID-19 resource hub

Support for people working in health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find information about how you can support yourselves and others, including consumers, teams and colleagues which complements and aligns with Ministry of Health resources.

Kia āta kōwhiri Choosing Wisely

The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to reduce harm from unnecessary and low-value tests and treatment.

Whakakotahi 2018 projects

Read our news story about the successful projects

The Fono, Tāmaki-makau-rau (Auckland)

Working with the Auckland Tuvaluan community to develop and test culturally appropriate methods to address health inequities in skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) rate, prevention and treatment for Pacific people and Māori.

Turanga Health, Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) 

 Developing a primary care approach which works for Māori whānau via a workplace wellness platform. Mobile health staff can provide care to whānau at work and home and engage high-risk patients in follow-up care. Read more about their project on NZ Doctor here.

Gonville Health, Whanganui

Targeting the new patient process at their Very Low Cost Access Practice. Increasing the accessibility, patient-friendliness and efficiency of the process with a view to increasing patient health literacy and self-management, quality of care and cultural appropriateness. Read more or see what the NZ Herald had to say about the project here.

Unichem Russell Street, Te Matau-a-Māui (Hawke’s Bay) 

Working in partnership with local asthma foundation branch, Breathe Hawkes Bay, and local GP practice, The Doctors Hastings, to reduce respiratory disease-related hospitalisation and GP visits in Māori and Pasifika children aged 0-18 years old. Read this article about the project on Pharmacy Today.

Linwood Medical CentreCanterbury District Health Board Diabetes Service, Ōtautahi (Christchurch) 

Working with complex diabetes patients to improve the quality of their care and developing pathways for increased health literacy and self-management. Read more.

West Coast PHOPoutini Waiora and West Coast DHB, Tai Poutini (West Coast) 

Moving toward increased self-management and community-based, patient-centric care for patients who are pre-diabetic/at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Improving detection of these conditions to prevent/delay their onset. Read more here.

For any questions about the Commission’s work in primary care, please email

Published: 4 Nov 2021 Modified: 16 Dec 2021