College updates

Medical Director updates

8 April 2021 update:
Update on issues around vaccination and an invite to complete a survey about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

18 February 2021 update 
Update on N95 masks, the vaccine rollout and what levels one, two and three look like for general practice.

25 January 2021 update 
Dr Bryan Betty's Medical Director update of 21 January was sent to all members and contains the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

18 September 2020 update
Influenza vaccine report and new expert opinion piece about SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

11 September 2020 update
Update on latest Ministry of Health COVID-19 testing guidance. 

3 September 2020 update 
Update on ACC, masks and nasopharyngeal vs oropharyngeal.

14 August 2020 update 
Update following the latest announcement that Auckland will remain at Level 3 and the rest of the country at Level 2 until 11.49pm on Wednesday 26 August.

4 June 2020 update
Lessons learnt over the last three months, What Level 1 means or general practices, expert opinion on sexual violence during lockdown.

24 April 2020 update
Updates about College surveys, clarification around 'virtual consultations, ACC home visits, secondary care referrals and coroners reports. 

16 April update
Updates on negative COVID-19 test results and an expert opinion piece on controlling the spread of the virus. 

9 April 2020 update
Updates on the Government funding announcement, ACC trailling SureMed, Fluvax extended for vulnerable patient groups, drivers' licenses, and the College's 'GPs open for business' campaign. 

College updates

28 February 2021: Exemption to fit testing requirements for N95/P2 particulate respirators at Alert Level 3
Auckland General Practice and Urgent Care under Level 3 can access N95 without fit testing. The rest of the country at alert level 2 will need to have had fit testing prior to accessing central supply of N95 masks

27 February 2021: Alert Level changes 
An update following Auckland  moving to to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country moving to Level 2.

15 February 2021: Alert level changes and the principles of Level 2 and 3 for general practice 
An update following Auckland  moving to to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country moving to Level 2.

25 January 2021: An update on the Northland case

Once again general practice needs to be prepared to provide COVID-19 swabbing, as able, and also protect patients and staff.

12 August 2020: Moving Alert levels
An update following the Government announcement to move Auckland to Level 3 and the rest of the country to Level 2.

4 June 2020: What level 1 will look like for GPs
An update on what level 1 will look like for GPs.

12 May 2020 update: Maintaining green and red streams
The College has developed a position statement in association with General Practice Leaders’ Forum members NZMA and GPNZ on maintaining green and red streams in general practice.

1 May update 2020: PPE and respiratory tract infections
An update on the use of PPE in a clinical setting, particularly when dealing with respiratory tract infections. 

1 May 2020 update: What Level 2 will look like for GPs
An update on what level 2 will look like for GPs.
 
24 April 2020 update: What level 3 will look like for GPs
An update on what Level 3 will look like for GPs.