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General Practitioners have asked for ACC's support in prescribing better medical certification having identified a gap in knowledge and skills in this area. Accordingly, this short course is for clinicians who regularly complete work capacity certificates.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine abnormality, affecting between 8-21% of women of reproductive age. It is associated with a range of health effects (including metabolic, reproductive and psychological) which can have long-term implications for a patient.Learning objectives:
Non-cancer life limiting diseases are illnesses which are progressive, eventually leading to deterioration that results in death. However, the clinical course with potential exacerbations, possible recoveries and eventual deterioration for individuals varies, meaning that the requirements of patients and their carers vary significantly across individual illnesses.
What to consider when deciding whether your patient’s rotator cuff injury is likely to qualify for ACC cover.   Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) no-fault scheme covers everyone in New Zealand if they’re injured in an accident. 
Chronic or persistent pain is becoming one of the health systems greatest challenges, seriously affecting the quality of life of thousands of people. Without new treatment options the number of patients suffering with chronic pain will continue to grow, particularly with an ageing population.
Problem drinking is often considered a youth problem, but recent research has shown that a large proportion (up to 40%) of older adults in New Zealand can be categorised as hazardous drinkers.
Prescribing opioid medications can be problematic due to potential for dependence and misuse. Therefore, care must be taken to prescribe safely and appropriately to minimise associated harms. Opioid medications that may be prescribed in general practice include morphine, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, tramadol, codeine and dihydrocodeine.
Eating disorders refer to a range of disorders that are characterised by disturbances of eating behaviours such as eating very little, eating excessively, or purging. Core beliefs are often held focussing around food, eating and body image perception.
Neuromuscular disorders are rare and many GPs will have very few patients with these conditions. However, people affected by muscle-wasting conditions know that their GP plays an important role in their care.
Those with diabetes are at risk of infection of wounds of the feet and legs, as well as delayed wound healing and development of ulcers, due to peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease. This can potentially lead to gangrene and lower extremity amputation.

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