Long-Term Conditions Network & Health Navigator Charitable Trust
ISSN: 1197-6693   No.51: April 2019
News and upfront
New CPD section - find a course or update easily

With multiple providers and so many options these days, finding the right continuing professional development course, conference or update has become harder, not easier. To address these issues, the CPD section of the Health Navigator website has been redesigned and you can search by topic, role, event type and more. 

Take a look.
You can also recommend a video, event or course to be added.

Kōrero mai feedback group

Providing quality health information is a team effort – and we want you to be part of our team. We've created a Facebook group so we can hear what you think is important when it comes to the content and delivery of your health information

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Sepsis videos

Three sepsis videos featuring Dr Erik McClain (Sepsis Trust) have been created to explain how sepsis is caused, signs to watch for, and the serious effects which can include death. Two are aimed at the general public and one is for health professionals.

Find out more here.
The Whakakotahi 2018 primary care quality improvement programme

The Whakakotahi 2018 primary care quality improvement programme teams came together to share what they have learnt to-date at the third and final learning session held in Wellington, on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

Presentations can be downloaded here.
Closing the gap - Key areas for action on the health and care workforce

In this report, The King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust set out a series of policy actions that, evidence suggests, should be at the heart of the NHS England's workforce implementation plan.

The report can be downloaded here.
Flu tracker

Help experts track influenza within our communities., has been running for over 13 years in Australia (and now in New Zealand) and all it needs is for you and others to fill in a brief 10 second survey each week during the flu season.

Find out more here.
Useful resources
Take Charge interactive version

An interactive version of the Take Charge: My Health Plan has been created. This booklet provides a useful tool for people to start creating their own care plan or review and develop with their healthcare team. You can then save a copy or print as needed. 

Download Take Charge: My Health Plan here.

My medicines list

An interactive 'My medicines list' has been created and you may wish to share this with your patients or clients to help them track their medications. 

Download My medicines list here.

Quality improvement toolkit: Improved, safer care for you and your patients

This toolkit was originally developed for the age related residential care (ARRC) sector in 2016 and updated April 2019. It aims to provide a foundation-level, introductory guide to key aspects of improvement science and takes readers through a range of examples relating to reducing pressure injuries, falls and skin tears. 
Read more
Training & CME updates
Red Whale

This is a comprehensive update developed in the UK and adapted for NZ by the Goodfellow Unit. Designed for New Zealand based primary health care professionals: GPs, Primary Care Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists. "We do all the legwork to bring you up to speed on the latest evidence and guidance."

2018 Red Whale online
Articles & trends of interest
A multidisciplinary self-management intervention among patients with multimorbidity and the impact of socioeconomic factors on results

Limited studies exist on successful interventions for patients with multimorbidity. Even more limited is the knowledge on how socioeconomic factors have an impact on these interventions. The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of a multidisciplinary self-management intervention among patients with multimorbidity and the impact of socioeconomic factors on the results.

Abstract can be accessed here.
Eleven Cochrane Reviews inform a World Health Organization Guideline on digital healthcare

A new WHO guideline on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening was published on April 17th, 2019.

Find out more here.

Nurses' and nursing assistants' emotional skills: a major determinant of motivation for patient education

Professionals' emotional skills are the mainstay of their motivation for Patient Education. Training should aim to develop these skills so that professionals can manage their own emotions better (e.g. frustration when faced with non-motivated patients) as well as those of patients (e.g. discouragement) and thus effectively support patient self-management.

Abstract can be accessed here.
Combining Integration of Care and a Population Health Approach: A Scoping Review of Redesign Strategies and Interventions, and their Impact.
Many health systems attempt to develop integrated and population health-oriented systems of care, but knowledge of strategies and interventions to support this effort is lacking. This study aimed to identify specific redesign strategies and interventions, and to present evidence of their effectiveness.

Abstract can be accessed here.
A Realist Evaluation of Local Networks Designed to Achieve More Integrated Care
This paper provides an example of how an evaluation evolved alongside a local networks initiative in South Auckland, NZ, designed to better integrate care across primary, community and hospital services.

Read more about this NZ based study in the integrated care journal. 
What's on

Workforce nutrition course

Do you work with Pacific people in New Zealand? Are you part of a workforce who cares about the health of its people? Find out how you can register your workplace for a Pacific workforce nutrition course.

Auckland 9 May 2019

More information can be found on the event website

New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

The meeting promises to be an excellent event where diabetes health professionals, researchers and policy makers can enjoy a stimulating and varied programme, as well as collegial friendship.

Napier 7 - 9 May 2019

More information can be found on the event website

Continuing the conversation: A Choosing Wisely forum

The 2019 Choosing Wisely forum Continuing the Conversation will be held at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on Friday 10 May, 2019.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Tammy Hoffman, Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Queensland
  • Associate Prof Sue Crengle from Otago University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
  • Dr Robyn Lindner, Choosing Wisely in Australia.

Wellington 10 May 2019

More information can be found on the event website

Lifestyle Medicine 2019 Conference

Featuring over 40 speakers and workshop presenters (many speaking for the first time in NZ), 6 plenary keynotes, 18 concurrent presentations, 15 workshop style sessions, 18 oral scientific abstracts, plenary panel discussions, and of course the opening night ‘Brain & Biome’ Ted-style talks! Plus there's gala conference dinner, the early morning healthy activities and heaps of time to mingle with other delegates.

Auckland 7 - 9 June 2019

More information can be found on the event website

ANA Conference 2019

The conference, Collaboration: Everyone’s business – Te Mahitahi: Hei Painga Mo Te Katoa is for anyone who is engaged directly or indirectly in improving the nation’s health and well-being through improved nutrition and physical activity environments: public health nutrition and physical activity practitioners, policymakers, researchers, educators, and including workers from outside of the traditional health sector (e.g. finance and economy, social services, housing and infrastructure, environment, community and governance, and justice).

Auckland 21 - 22 May 2019

More information can be found on the event website

2019 Emerging Tech in Health 

ETIH19 is part of NZ Tech Week'19. Attend one day or both, depending on your areas of interest:

  • Day one: Tuesday 21 May - "Better health care through data analytics’’
  • Day two: Wednesday 22 May - "Exploring the digital future of clinical practice’’

Christchurch 21 - 22 May 2019

More information can be found on the event website

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshops

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ‘ACT’ (pronounced as the word ‘act’) is a mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy that has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self. 

ACT has proven effective with a variety of problems including pain, addictions, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and stress. More information can be found on the event website
CSANZ 19 - New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

Abstract submission closes 25 Feb 2019
Earlybird registration closes 15 April 2019

Wellington 13th — 15th June 2019
More information can be found here
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' Annual Conference

The 2019 theme is: Realising the potential in primary health care: technology, teamwork and equity. 
The conference programme will consist of seven streams that reflect priority learning areas for general practice. They are: clinical; Māori health and Equity; future technology; diversity; mental health; and medical humanities; and Quality in General Practice.

Dunedin 26 — 28 July 2019
More information can be found here
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