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What's New: Hand/finger injuries, and chronic back pain

Following from the NRHCC webinar series, Te Whatu Ora presents these webinars to support primary care. These focus on clinical updates to promote integrated care.

While this webinar has a focus on the Tamaki Makaurau locality, there is still national relevance in the topics.

This webinar will cover:

  • Four hand/finger injuries that are easy to mismanage  -  Dr Guy Melrose will discuss four commonly mismanaged hand injuries/infections that will often present either to the GP clinic or be seen by a GP covering an after-hours shift.
  • Chronic back pain; inflammatory, mechanical, or fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis  - Dr Peter Gow will discuss diagnosis and management.
  • Clinical updates - Sue Tutty and Luke Luk will briefly cover evolving clinical updates.


Clinical Updates:



Guy Melrose

Urgent Care Physician

Guy is an urgent care physician who works clinically in Tauranga.  He is the Director of Professional Development for the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care and a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland within both the Department of General Practice and Primary Care and the Department of Anaesthesiology.


Peter Gow

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Peter has recently retired from clinical duties as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and senior rheumatologist at Te Whatu Ora-Counties Manukau, though he remains active in clinical research and teaching as an honorary senior medical officer.

He has been involved in the development of health pathways for many years, and has an interest in chronic pain, including back pain.