Long-Term Conditions Network & Health Navigator Charitable Trust
ISSN: 1197-6693 No.64: Dec 2022
View presentations from the recent Long-Term Conditions Forum
Long-Term Conditions Virtual Forum 2022
Feedback from the forum has been very positive. For those who weren't able to attend or to view sessions again, the presentations are now available online for a limited time.
Useful resources
Eye-catching type 2 diabetes resources
We've recently codesigned and developed new resources for people living with type 2 diabetes. Our eye-catching, plain language resources explain what type 2 diabetes is, how to avoid complications, lifestyle changes, medicines, the importance of a sick day plan, and where to go for support.  

Available in English, te reo Māori, Tongan, Samoan, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hindi and Cook Islands Māori. Find out more.
How to take empagliflozin: Jardiance and Jardiamet
With a global shortage of type 2 diabetes drug dulaglutide, more people will be prescribed empagliflozin instead. Our new resources will help people take empagliflozin safely and avoid rare but serious side effects:
Antiviral medicines for COVID-19
There's a number of antiviral medicines for people who get COVID-19. Read our latest factsheet to find out more about these antivirals, including who is eligible and how to access them. 

Available in English, te reo Māori, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Islands Māori and Simplified Chinese. Find out more.
Revised telehealth position statement
The updated position statement, ‘Specialist GP Telehealth Consultations’ reflects the College’s view on how telehealth could be used to supplement in-person consultations, while acknowledging that decisions about how telehealth can be integrated into a practice need to be made by the specialist GPs and their teams who understand the local context and what will work best for patients and their health outcomes.   
The position statement and a suite of resources on how to do telehealth well are available on the website. Read the full story.
Kotahitanga: Uniting Aotearoa against infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance - Full Report
A report from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia. Read the report here.
Te Kete Haerenga - Your journey to wellbeing kete 
Designed for and with people living with long-term health conditions (LTCs), this self-care and care planning toolkit can be used to describe what is important to the person and their whānau, what they wish to achieve in their lives and how others can best support them in that journey. 

Additional Te Kete Haerenga resources include booklets on: 
These are designed to empower individuals to make behaviour changes and improve their quality of life, so they are more in control, know when to seek help, if needed, and are more confident to manage safely at home.

Find out more about Te Kete Haerenga.
Wellbeing data for New Zealanders
Dataset and interactive tools are available for viewing the 109 wellbeing indicators selected for assessing and tracking changes in New Zealanders wellbeing.

View some of the data confirming the rapid increase in mental distress many of us are seeing in our clinics and communities.

19.2% of people aged 15–24 had experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress in the past four weeks in 2020/21 compared to 5% a decade earlier. Read more.
Recent webinars
Eliminating and managing liver disease
Hepatitis C currently causes over 200 deaths a year in New Zealand. This is a tragedy because every death could have been prevented by earlier diagnosis and treatment. Find out more about how you can help contribute to New Zealand’s National Hepatitis C Action Plan to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2030, as well as what can be done to manage liver disease. Watch this webinar here.
Practical tips to encourage wellbeing and avoid burnout
The COVID-19 pandemic response and the winter surge, combined with staff shortages, is having an unprecedented impact on the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers. In this webinar we provide practical and effective tips and strategies to promote wellbeing and avoid burnout. 
Women's Health Day

The Auckland Faculty of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners presents this FREE face-to-face session on women's health. This event provides 5 hours of CPD. Watch the videos here.
Collaborative Aotearoa Symposium 2022 - In Person
The Health Care Home Enhanced Model of Care and Collective Action for Communities – Hapori Ohu Ngātahi are making waves in Primary and Community Care in Aotearoa. The Symposium draws attention to the expected transformational change to address the inequitable outcomes for Māori & Pasifika; discuss, debate and understand ways to relieve pressure points to help deliver better outcomes for patients, whānau and clinicians. Practices will showcase their mahi and share learnings on both the HCH and Collective Action for Communities journey.
The latest on shingles and Shingrix
In this webinar, Dr Buzz Burrell speaks on zoster, and postherpetic neuralgia. Dr Joan Ingram speaks about the vaccine Shingrix which is taking over from the previous vaccine Zostavax. Watch the webinar now.
Optimising management of female urinary incontinence
This webinar covers the pathophysiology, presentation and initial management of female urinary incontinence, including an overview of conservative, medical and surgical options. It includes discussion of various management strategies in order to optimise long-term outcomes for your patients. Watch the webinar now.
Dulaglutide: 12 months on
Dulaglutide became the first funded GLP1 receptor agonist for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa, New Zealand, in September 2021. Dulaglutide is a potential game-changer in the management of diabetes as it is a potent glucose-lowering agent without causing hypoglycaemia alone and reduces cardiovascular disease and weight independently of its effect on glucose levels. Watch the webinar now.
Cervical screening update
This webinar, the panel provides an update on cervical screening, as well as information about the transition to HPV primary screening in July 2023. Watch the webinar now.
Active Listening for the Health Care Professional
Active listening is a core competency in effective patient-centred care, building trust, minimising misunderstandings, and allowing the co-creation of an effective care plan. Although systemic, personal, and time pressures provide challenges to being fully attentive to patients, the skill of active listening can be improved with practice. Watch the webinar here.
The “low down” on hypertension
Topics include new hypertension guidelines meaning to patients, hypertension management in special populations, resistant hypertension and screening for secondary causes, and non-pharmacological therapies for reducing blood pressure. Watch this webinar here.
Asthma education through the eyes of your patients
Topics include new hypertension guidelines meaning to patients, hypertension management in special populations, resistant hypertension and screening for secondary causes, and non-pharmacological therapies for reducing blood pressure. Watch this webinar here.
Lessons Learnt & Highlights – Community Telehealth Initiatives
There are some fantastic initiatives and projects for telehealth in the community and this month we feature a great line-up of panellists who are doing some incredible telehealth work in their region. Watch this webinar as the panellists talk about their own experiences in telehealth, share their learnings, including what's working and what's not.
Zoom Fatigue 'take two'
One of Telehealth’s coveted webinar’s Zoom Zoom Zap returns for ‘take two’! Watch this insightful webinar where panellists will share experiences and identify and explore practical ways to overcome fatigue, the impacts of burnout, as well the psychological aspects of being on screen. 
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