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COVID-19 update

Preparing for COVID-19

With the first cases of COVID-19 occurring in New Zealand, many people are feeling understandably anxious about the outbreak. While most who become infected experience only a mild illness, it can be more severe for some, so we all need to take some simple steps to help protect our health and that of our whānau and communities.

Ring Healthline first
Remember, if you are concerned you may have been exposed to COVD-19, for your own protection and the safety of others, please do not visit your medical clinic. Instead, phone the free 24 hour Healthline on 0800 358 5453 – they will ask questions and may tell you to visit your doctor. If they do, they'll also alert the doctor.

Tips to help your immune system 
Keep your immune system strong by being active, eating healthy food, being smoke-free, getting plenty of sleep and getting this year’s flu vaccine when it becomes available. Learn more.

General health round up

Understanding your HbA1c results

The HbA1c is the main test used for screening, diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes. If you have diabetes, learning what your target range for HbA1c and having regular HbA1c tests helps you and your healthcare team monitor how well your diabetes is controlled.

Can eating too much liquorice be bad for you?

Yes, particularly if you have a history of heart failure or high blood pressure. Eating small amounts of liquorice now and again is safe for most people, but it may be harmful if you eat large amounts or if you are taking some medicines. 

Fainting and dizzy spells? Could it be POTS?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that causes your heart rate to increase rapidly when you sit or stand up suddenly, causing dizziness and fainting.

Coping with grief – a normal but difficult part of life

Grief is a natural reaction to losing someone or something that you love or value. It includes emotional, physical and mental responses.

Parenting puzzles solved

How to support young parents

With the right support and tools, it’s easier for rangatahi to parent their pēpi to the best of their ability and enjoy the rewarding journey of parenthood.

Getting help for perinatal depression

Experiencing depression and/or anxiety during or after pregnancy is more common than you might realise. Many mothers tend to hide their symptoms, ashamed of how they are feeling. But with treatment and support, life can feel good again. 

Understanding your medicines

Are you safe to drive? Medications and heavy transport

Some prescription and over-the-counter medicines can cause reactions that can make it unsafe to drive. All professional drivers in the heavy transport sector need to be aware of the effect of medications they are taking. Find out more in these videos.

There's technology for that

An online programme that can help manage your thoughts!

Just a thought is a self-guided internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for generalised anxiety disorder and depression, with courses for other mental health conditions in the pipeline.

Video of the month

Talking to a friend about mental health challenges

In this video, Clearhead CEO and founder Dr Angela Lim shares some tips on how to talk to a friend with mental health challenges.
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