The principal scientific journal for the profession in New Zealand

Vol 136 No 1569: 3 February 2023

Assessment of unmet secondary elective healthcare need
—itself in need of acute care in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Vol 136 No 1569: 3 February 2023

Specialist medical toxicologist consultations provided by the New Zealand National Poisons Centre, 2018–2020

Poisons centres are promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to operate as integral parts of the healthcare system, helping members of the public and healthcare professionals and providing multiple benefits.

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Vol 136 No 1569: 3 February 2023

COVID-19 among University of Otago students living in North Dunedin households in the first half of 2022: was the prevalence underestimated?

We undertook a study among the residents of North Dunedin student flats, to (i) estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 between the start of Flat Orientation Week (Flo-Week) and the end of Semester 1, (ii) investigate the potential under-reporting of positive COVID-19 test results to the University, (iii) investigate the potential under-recording of positive RAT results in My Covid Record, and (iv) explore the COVID-19 related experiences of students during the above period.

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Vol 136 No 1569: 3 February 2023

A comprehensive methodology report for maternity and perinatal mortality research in the New Zealand integrated data infrastructure

Epidemiological maternity research in New Zealand is usually performed on national Government-held data. The highest quality perinatal data in the country is collected and held by the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC), which is an independent committee under the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand.

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Vol 136 No 1569: 3 February 2023

Celestial risk factors in groin hernia repair and random statistical association: a nationwide register-based study

Celestial phenomena like lunar phases and zodiac signs have been part of human culture since ancient times. Many still believe that both zodiac signs and lunar phases influence daily life and to some extent even health.

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Vol 136 No 1569: 3 February 2023

Effective and respectful interaction with Māori: How the regulators of health professionals are responding to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019

It has been widely recognised that structural changes are required to address clear inequities in health and wellbeing outcomes within Aotearoa New Zealand and, in the context of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, specifically for Māori.

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Vol 136 No 1568: 20 January 2023

An investigation into the digitalisation of New Zealand general practice services during COVID-19 | OPEN ACCESS

On Saturday 21 March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand and restrictions announced by the New Zealand Government, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) requested all GP medical centres in the country immediately adopt virtual triage for all patient contacts and aim to provide 70% of consultations by virtual means, commencing Monday 23 March 2020.

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Vol 136 No 1568: 20 January 2023

HIV in women in Aotearoa New Zealand: 25 years of surveillance data

Aotearoa New Zealand is a low HIV prevalence country, with the epidemic largely concentrated in GBM. Women in low-prevalence countries are often perceived as being at low risk for HIV infection by both themselves and medical professionals, which results in less testing, late diagnosis and barriers to treatment and support services.

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Vol 136 No 1568: 20 January 2023

A national audit of performance standards for blood cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand: opportunities for improvement

Blood cultures (BC) are among the most important samples processed in the clinical microbiology laboratory. They remain the gold standard investigation for bloodstream infections, and an essential diagnostic tool for severe infections such as infective endocarditis, bone and joint infections and meningitis.

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Vol 136 No 1568: 20 January 2023

Time for another review: following implementation of a new service model for Auckland Sexual Health service there has been an increase in referrals, case complexity and clinical workload but regional inequities in access remain

The Auckland Sexual Health Service (ASHS) is New Zealand’s largest sexual health service, and prior to the establishment of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand it was contracted to provide primary- and secondary-level specialist sexual health care to three regional district health boards (DHBs): Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā. Auckland has a large, culturally diverse population of around 1.7 million people, which is younger on average than the rest of New Zealand.

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Vol 136 No 1568: 20 January 2023

The impact of pain on function after spinal cord injury

In New Zealand, the most recent figures for the mean annual incidence of traumatic spinal cord injuries (TSCI) over a 10-year period has been found to be 22 per million people. This has decreased from the previously estimated rate of 49 per million from 1998; however, it is difficult to gauge where this new estimate lies in the global context, given the wide variability of figures.