Compass Primary Health Care Network > Services > Nursing Services

By: Capital Pho  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Health Care, Diabetes, Nurse


Outreach Nursing

 The Outreach Nursing Service is an extension of your own GP practice and can support practices to do

  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessments in the community

  • Diabetes Annual Reviews in the community

  • Immunisation recalls

  • Cervical screening recalls

The aim of the Outreach Nursing service is to;

  • Identify individuals who have difficulty accessing health care

  • Extend the General Practice service by offering a mobile nursing service into the community

  • Improve health outcomes of our community

Outreach nurses can meet with you at a location that is convenient to you, for the following;

  • Health assessment which can identify your health needs

  • Provide health information to enable informed choices

  • Facilitate access to appropriate health providers

  • Provide support with specialist/hospital appointments

  • Self management skills

  • Smoking cessation

  • Accessing GPs appropriately

  • Medication Management

  • Assistance with reducing barriers to accessing health care

  • Cost

  • Transport

  • Use of Interpreters

Please note: not all services available in all areas, contact the outreach team in your health centre's area for available services

The identified priority population is Maori, Pacific and low income people.

Who can access this service?

All Maori, Pacific and people on a low income enrolled with one of our Health Centres (or people who do not yet have a GP).

How do I access this service?

Talk to your GP or Social Service Provider, otherwise contact the Outreach Team in your Health Centre's area.


Tua Loto Su'a - Clinical Team Leader (Wellington) - 04 801 7808 or 027 466 0212

Tui Maxwell - Outreach Nurse - 04 978 4365 or 027 2905527

Shereen Singh - Outreach Nurse - 04 801 7808 or 027 4660212

Justine O'Sullivan - Outreach Nurse - 04 801 7808 or 027 276 0785


Barbara Vardey - Outreach Nurse and Clinical Team Leader (Kapiti and Porirua) - 04 237 4534 or 027 240 5433

Kim Harriss - Outreach Nurse - 04 237 4534 or 027 292 8676


Karen Cottis – Kapiti Outreach Nurse -04 297 2009 or 027 488 4465

School Clinics

 The school based services are provided to young people/rangatahi that requires primary health services at Aotea College, Bishop Viard College, Mana College, Porirua College and Tawa College.

The school based service comprises GP and nursing services, screening services, referral, general health education and promotion, advisory, liaison and coordination activities.


A key objective of the services is to ensure Maori, Pacific Island and high need adolescents access free medical and nursing services in a youth friendly environment and that the activities of the health professionals are coordinated and effectively targeted to this group of adolescents.

This service fits in with the overall framework of the Child Health Strategy and is complimentary to the school health curriculum within the school and any other health service contracted to the school

Contact: Team Leader Kim Harriss 027 292 8676

Aotea College Clinic 04 2374 312

Nurse: Barbara Vardey

GP: Dr Sarah Hartshorn

Bishop Viard College Clinic 04 2375 935

Nurse: Tia Minnoch-Singh

GP: Dr Jacqui Papesch

Mana College Clinic 04 2375 470

Nurse: Jenny Hanson

GP: Dr Trish Bassett

Porirua College Clinic 04 2375 187

Nurse: Kate Calvert

GP: Dr Trish Bassett

Tawa College Clinic 04 2328 184

Nurse: Tia Minnoch-Singh

GP: Dr Sarah Hartshorn


Diabetes Nursing

Diabetes is increasing at a rapid rate in New Zealand. Half the people who have it are unaware, as they have not been checked for it.

Ask your doctor or practice nurse for a Diabetes check if:

  • You are Maori, Pacific, Asian or Middle Eastern over 30 years

  • You are European over 40 years

  • You are overweight

  • You have a family history of diabetes

If you have diabetes it is important that you have a yearly check with your doctor or practice nurse to make sure any problems are detected quickly. Your Diabetes Annual Review is a free service.

If you feel that you are having difficulty managing it, or you do not understand why you are unable to keep you blood sugar in the target range, you should discuss it with your doctor. They may think you would benefit from a teaching session with your practice nurse, one of our Diabetes Nurse Educators. They are able to help you gain better control of your diabetes.

Who can access this service?

All people who belong to one of Compass Network's Health Centres (or people who do not yet have a GP) and have diabetes.

How do I access this service?

You can be referred by your GP or practice nurse.

Our Diabetes Nurse Educators also support practice nurses and GPs in their management of people with diabetes and can offer education and advice to them via telephone; and also by education sessions. If you are a practice nurse or GP needing advice or have ongoing education needs, please contact the DNE in your local area.


Liz Dutton - Diabetes Nurse Specialist - 04 978 4364 or 027 448 3254


Erin Searle - Diabetes Nurse Educator - 04 239 6116 or 027 484 5786


Dinah Porteous - Diabetes Nurse Educator - 04 297 2009 or 027 292 8675

Free Six Week Type 2 Diabetes Education Programme

Compass Primary Health Care Network - Capital Locality is running a free six week education programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes. Space is limited to 10 people, but we will be taking names on a waiting list for future programmes.

This programme was developed to provide people living with Type 2 Diabetes the tools to start self managing their diabetes. By attending the course it is hoped participants’ diabetes control may improve through knowledge and skill development. At the end of the six weeks participants should feel confident in their ability to control their diabetes and have the skills or know where they can access help to achieve good glycaemic control.

This programme will achieve this through a participant centred approach which empowers participants to use the skills gained during this programme. This programme will be an interactive learning tool which aims to build on participants’ diabetes knowledge and help people incorporate these skills into their everyday lives so they can live well with diabetes.
See the 'Related Documents' box for the programme poster and pamphlet.


Erin Taurua at Compass Health on 801 7808 for more information or to enrol with the programme.

Immunisation Coordination Service

Immunisation can protect people against harmful infections, which can cause serious complications, including death. It is one of the most effective, and cost-effective medical interventions to prevent disease.

Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. When an immunised person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond to prevent them developing the disease.

The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Your Practice Nurse or Doctor can explain more about what each immunisation is for and when you or your child should be immunised.

Our Immunisation Co-ordinators Health Centres with their immunisation programmes, assists in maintaining nursing vaccination standards, provides assessment for non-medical vaccinators and assists in the delivery of continuing education. All health professionals who belong to one of Compass Network's Health Centres can access this service.


Fiona Johnston - Immunisation Coordinator - 04 978 4361 or 027 229 5344 


Sandra Hitchen - Immunisation Coordinator - 04 239 6113 or 027 666 2536


Vikki Cooper - Immunisation Coordinator - 04 297 2009 or 027 488 9058

Keywords: Diabetes, Health Care, Immunisation, Nurse

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Outreach nurses help people who have difficulty accessing their GP or practice nurse for reasons such as cost, transport, language, and/or cultural barriers. Here you will find out more about our Pacific Health team, our services for Pacific peoples, and some Pacific health resources and links. Immunisation nurses support our practices to provide safe immunisation services and where appropriate provide immunisation in the home.