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October 2019
Tēnā koe,

This month we bring you measles updates, a call for abstracts for the Long-Term Conditions Forum for DHBs and primary care, news on a new Self-Management support website, new and updated topics on the Health Navigator website and new categories in the Health App library.

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health sector news

Measles outbreak updates

As the measles outbreak continues, the following places remain the best place to get up to date information:

Health Navigator have up-to-date easy to understand information for the public to understand how to keep their children and themselves protected;

Long-Term Conditions Forum for DHBs and Primary Care

Are you or some of your teams leading the way with innovative care for long-term conditions? If yes, then consider submitting an abstract to present at the Ministry of Health's Long-Term Conditions Forum for DHBs and Primary Care on 27-28 February 2020. We want to showcase the best examples of innovative programmes that are improving outcomes for Māori and Pacific, integrating care across services, consumer-centric care and improving mental wellbeing.
The Ministry of Health in partnership with Health Navigator NZ and Health Literacy NZ are organising a Long-Term Conditions forum to be held 27-28 February 2020 at Te Papa, Wellington.
The focus of the forum is 'Transforming Care.'
 We want to share what is working locally and regionally, and discuss whether and how these experiences can be applied to other regions. Some of the work shared will focus on service improvement within existing systems, and other speakers will showcase innovation which has the potential to be applied more widely.
Call for abstracts
We are seeking workshop presentations and posters highlighting the best projects and initiatives around the country demonstrating integrated and coordinated services that 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.
Visit this page for more details.

New self-management support website

Providing self-management support (SMS) is a core component of delivering on the 2016 NZ Health Strategy where is it known as 'People-Powered'.

A new website has been recreated by Health Navigator and Health Literacy NZ as part of a Ministry of Health project to enhance Self-Management support within primary care.

The website provides an introduction to what SMS is, core principles of health literacy, person-centred care, and cultural competency and tools, training and guides for healthcare teams to implement SMS within their context.
The site focuses on three core principles
  • Health literacy
  • Person-centred care
  • Cultural competency
And then covers a range of core topics to support implementation, training and skill development. These include sections and training modules for:
  • Care planning
  • Health coaching
  • Behaviour change
  • Group visits  
  • Support
Find out more at
Health Navigator news
Health Navigator website: new & updated topics

Health topics


Videos and apps

Health App news
App reviews

New app reviews are being added to the Health App library on a regular basis. Recent new categories added include: If there are any categories that you would like added to the health app library or you would like to review a favourite health app for us email 
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 it 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 topic suggestions on our wallet cards for patients to look up online 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
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