PILOT: Concussion Management Pathway

If you have a suspected concussion you need to visit a General Practitioner (GP) for diagnosis and management so you can rest, recover and return to play or learning as safely and quickly as possible. Similarly, if you had a concussion, you must be cleared by a GP before you return to play. 

Please note:

  • Concussion-related GP visits are fully subsidised
  • Reduced stand-down periods are applicable to NZR CCI study participants and conditional on a completed baseline assessment and your GP’s clinical assessment.

Where can I find a GP?      

Napier: The Doctors Greenmeadows Dr. Regi Nair 06 844 6277
  The Doctors Napier Dr. Maik Huneke 06 835 4696 
Taradale: EIT Health Centre Dr. Wendy Gush 06 830 1919
Hastings: Hastings Health Centre Mairangi Suite Dr. Graeme McCrory 06 873 8530
Central Hawkes Bay: Tukituki Medical Centre CHB Dr Patrick O’Brien 06 858 7767
    Dr. Jess Arcus  
    Dr Mohan Gaddipati  



What should I do if a concussion GP is not listed my area?

If a concussion GP is not available in your area, contact your personal GP but keep your receipts so we can reimburse your GP visit.

What should I do between my concussion and visiting a GP?

It's important to know what to look for and what to do if you think a concussion has happened. Concussion symptoms can happen right away, or up to two days after the event.

What are Concussion red flags?

If a player appears to have any of the following symptoms, they must see a doctor right away:

  • Neck pain
  • Increasing confusion
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Double vision
  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs
  • Decreasing levels of consciousness
  • Bad or worsening headache
  • Unusual behaviour changes

If there are no Red Flags but you think they might be concussed, make sure they:

  • See a doctor
  • Are with someone responsible and don't go home alone
  • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs
  • Do not drive
  • Rest (no exercise, thinking tasks and screens)

To give players the best chance for a full recovery. it's important to follow best practice. All concussed players should follow the Graduated Return to Learn/Work

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Hawkes Bay Georgia Palmer Georgia.palmer@nzrugby.co.nz 027 649 9996
North Harbour Jody McGowan Jody.mcgowan@nzrugby.co.nz 021 021 40402
Otago Jason Chua Jason.chua@nzrugby.co.nz 027 396 8384
Project Lead Danielle Salmon Danielle.salmon@nzrugby.co.nz 027 667 7485