News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Nearly 63,000 more Aucklanders assessed for health risks

Nearly 63,000 more Aucklanders assessed for health risks

Thanks to dedication from ProCare’s network of general practices nearly 63,000 more Aucklanders have been assessed for cardiovascular and diabetes, giving patients a better understanding of their health risks.

In the last three months, the ProCare network has completed additional 62,973 cardiovascular and diabetes risk assessments, with 151 practices achieving or exceeding the Ministry of Health’s screening target of 75% of eligible patients. ProCare screened 80% of its eligible population. The network has undertaken just under 136,000 interventions across national health targets since December 2012, helping more than 105,000 patients gain a better understanding of their health so that they can take action if needed.

ProCare Clinical Director Dr John Cameron says that knowing your cardiovascular risk is an important first step. “Patient care is at the core of the work that general practice does and is the overarching aim of clinical screening. In the case of cardiovascular assessments it is possible to identify patients who can be saved from premature cardiac events, a message that is successfully amplified through the public education efforts of the Heart Foundation.”

“Screening helps health professionals recognise people who should be targeted for intervention which is why ProCare supports the Ministry of Health’s drive to identify high risk individuals ”, says Dr Cameron.

Cardiovascular disease, especially when accompanied with diabetes, remains New Zealand’s leading cause of preventable premature death.

ProCare project coordinator Kylie Ormrod says the majority of assessments were conducted by GPs and nurses in just a three month period, something that shows the benefit of a collaborative approach: “It’s an excellent outcome that really proves what a primary healthcare network can achieve for the benefit of its patient population, with the right support; which in this case included backing by the three Auckland’s District Health Boards.”

Dr Cameron stresses that the focus on improving health assessment rates needs to continue: “We will use lessons learnt to improve other health outcomes, especially smoking cessation. It’s not over yet.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland