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.
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.
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 rooms. 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 email@example.com
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