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June 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news, we bring you information about a virtual Long-Term Conditions Forum on 11 August 2022 hosted by the Long-Term Conditions team, Health NZ. If you or colleagues are doing great mahi around long-term conditions, make sure to submit an abstract. (Closes soon.)
There is also information about He taonga, a free blood pressure tool from the Stroke Foundation, the addition of COVID-19 antiviral medicines to the pharmacist prescriber list, and a Goodfellow webinar on winter therapeutics.  

Be sure to save the date for the LTC Forum in your calendar and forward the information to your colleagues and networks.
Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Navigator NZ news
Long-Term Conditions Virtual Forum 2022
Thursday 11 August 2022, 8.30 – 3.30pm, FREE

Are you interested in improving long-term condition management? If so, we'd like you to join us for this exciting online event.  

COVID has had a huge impact on long-term condition management with worsening secondary CVD prevention, cancer screening and diabetes check rates to name a few. We're keen to share stories of innovation, excellence and equity champions to inspire, encourage and share ideas we can apply regionally and locally. Read more.
Call for abstracts – LTC Forum 
We're seeking presentations on great initiatives that demonstrate how integrated and coordinated services can lead to positive outcomes for people with long-term health conditions. 

We also want to highlight national priorities of achieving equity, mental wellbeing, and taking a person and whānau-centred approach to care. If you, or your colleagues are doing some amazing mahi, we want to hear from you. Submit an abstract.
Changes to Health Navigator NZ website 
Health Navigator NZ has recently made changes to our medicine topics pages. Previously, each medicine topic had a separate clinicians page, however these pages have been removed and the information is now included on each medicine topic page. Visit our medicines topic pages
Health news
He taonga – Stroke Foundation
He taonga is about protecting, improving, and strengthening the health and wellbeing of individuals, whanau/whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider community. It is a kaupapa focused on managing blood pressure.  

He taonga is a 6-week online programme that includes weekly motivational emails, videos of inspirational champions who made significant changes to their lifestyle and support delivered directly to the participant’s inbox. People are encouraged to complete the programme with whanau/whānau support to ensure that they are supported to succeed in their hauora journey. Find out more.
Pharmacist prescribers can now prescribe COVID-19 antivirals
Access to treatment for COVID-19 in the community has been widened, with dedicated pharmacist prescribers now able to prescribe antiviral medicines. 

Medicines added to the pharmacist prescriber medicine list include nirmatrelvir with ritonavir (Paxlovid™) and molnupiravir (Lagevrio®). Both these medicines can be taken orally at home and are for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms, and are at a higher risk of hospitalisation including Māori and Pacific peoples, those with complex health needs, the elderly and unvaccinated populations, and people with disabilities. Find out more
Winter therapeutics: COVID-19 and other respiratory infections
Webinar: 14 June, 7.30-8.45
This Goodfellow webinar will focus on the latest winter modelling for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and what therapeutics to consider and when. The panel will provide practical advice and tips for COVID-19, flu, RSV and strep throat management. Find out more.
Health app library news
Small Steps
Small steps is a web-based app that comprises tools or strategies which focus on positive thinking and mindfulness to manage stress or anxiety, and help when you’re feeling down. In addition, users can access resources and information to support them to maintain or improve their wellbeing. Find out more.
New and updated on our website
Here are some of the latest new or updated topics. Visit for full list.

Health topics



Videos and apps

Quit smoking resource for Maori

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

You can print out topic sheets, share pages via email and social media or jot down topic suggestions on our wallet cards for whānau to look up online at home. We also have posters and rack cards that are ideal for waiting rooms. Order here

**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
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