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March 2019
Tena koe

This month we bring you resources to assist with improving medicine safety including a new poster from the Health Quality and Safety Commission NZ, this month's health promotion topics, information on the Health Consumer Advisory Service, new topics added to the Health Navigator website and two new health app reviews.

Ngā mihi 
 
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Sector News

The Health Quality and Safety Commission NZ have developed a new consumer poster that is available in English and te reo Māori to help patients, caregivers, families and whānau talk about medication with their health care providers. They can also be used by health care professionals when talking to patients about any changes to their medication.
 
The posters are adapted from a Canadian resource and are designed to support patients to be active partners in their health care so they have the information they need to use their medication safely.

Other resources available:
 
Health Promotion Topics

Looking for more relevant content to share on your organisation's facebook page? Follow Health Navigator on Facebook where posts on relevant health promotion topics are posted.

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Health Navigator News
Improving your service with Health Consumer Advisors
The Health Consumer Advisory Service was established by the Ministry of Health and Health Navigator Charitable Trust to enable health service planners and providers to engage directly with experienced consumer representatives. Such input can lead to more effective, efficient, whānau centred, timely, safe and equitable services and positive health outcomes and create services that are more fit for purpose.
To engage the services of Health Consumer Advisors or find out more contact consumers@healthnavigator.org.nz
New topics

Health topics


Medicines

Videos and apps





 
Health App News
New app reviews are being added to the Health App library on a regular basis. Recent additions include:
  • Positively pregnant appAn app for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, who want some tools for managing stress and maintaining wellbeing in the transition to parenthood.
  • Caregiver support appsAs there are so many apps to support caregivers, this section summarises findings from independent organisations that have reviewed apps in this category.
If there are any categories that you would like added to the health app library email sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz 

 

Recommended resources
Quit smoking resource for Maori

How Health Navigator can help you 
Studies show learning is enhanced when patients are given quality written or online information to support their retention and understanding following a consultation or admission. The Health Navigator NZ website is designed to make this easy for your clinical teams to give patients and clients relevant NZ information and self-care resources. 

You can print out topic sheets, or jot down other topic suggestions on our wallet cards for patients to review at home. We also have posters and recently updated DLE rack cards that are ideal for outpatient waiting room
s. Order form

Reminder: This clinical update is to give DHBs, PHOs and other key health groups an overview of what's happening in the Long-Term Conditions and Health Navigator space. We bring you news and links to relevant health promotion topics for the month. As always, we are keen to hear from you about ways we can support your region and population. Please email comms@healthnavigator.org.nz
If you would like further information on any items featured in this newsletter please contact comms@healthnavigator.org.nz
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