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November 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s Health Sector News, we tell you about our recently created My Paxlovid plan – to help people record all their medicine doses while they are taking COVID antiviral Paxlovid. We also draw your attention to our COVID-19 positive: How to manage your symptoms page, as we have seen a considerable spike in the number of people looking for this information on our website. 

Also in this issue, we link you to the interim New Zealand health plan, which sets out the first two years of health system transformation. And there's some new asthma resources from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation and the Equitable Access to Wellbeing framework. 
 
Ngā mihi,
Health Navigator NZ team
Health Navigator NZ news
My Paxlovid plan
This plan has been created to help people record all their medicines doses, including any changes to their medicines, while they're taking Paxlovid. Find out more. Read more.
COVID-19 positive: How to manage your symptoms
In line with COVID case numbers rising again, our website has seen a significant increase in the number of people looking for information on how to manage their symptoms. Our COVID-19 positive: How to manage your symptoms page describes common symptoms and suggests ways to manage them and a handy video to watch and share. Read more.
Ways to cope with long COVID
If you're experiencing long COVID, there are things you can do to help you get through and places you can go for support.

This video is part of a series of practical and emotional support resources for people impacted by COVID-19. We encourage you to place the video on your website and share it via newsletters and social media posts. Watch now.
 
Get your vote on!
Our founder and clinical editor Dr Janine Bycroft is one of three finalists for the 2022 Clinical Informatics Leadership award, and the Health Navigator team would love to see her win! The award is decided by public vote, which is where you come in. We need your vote to help her win –  just click here. 
 
The Clinical Informatics Leadership Award looks for a clinical informatician who best demonstrates expertise, clinical leadership, stakeholder engagement, competence and capability, and communication. Vote for Janine now!
 
Health news
Te Pae Tata Interim New Zealand Health Plan
Te Pae Tata identifies priority areas and sets out the first two years of health system transformation to improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. Find out more here.

Equitable Access to Wellbeing framework

Equitable Access to Wellbeing framework is a knowledge and skills framework for mental health, addiction and disability workforces. It sets out values, knowledge and skills needed by health and disability workforces to support health and wellbeing for autistic people and people with a learning disability and who experience mental distress and addiction. Find out more.

Child asthma action plans and symptom diaries

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ has recently released its child asthma actions plans and symptom diaries as digitally editable documents.

The action plan is presented in a simple traffic light design and contains details of all current asthma medications and doses, how to respond to worsening symptoms and what to do in an asthma emergency.
Change to funded brand of liquid paracetamol 250 mg in 5mL
From 1 November, the funded brand of liquid paracetamol 250 mg in 5 mL is changing from Paracare to Pamol. Read more.
Health App Library news
The Village
Developed by Starship hospital, The Village is a practical and user-friendly app for youth, young adults and whānau members wanting to stay connected to family members they may be worried about. Users know they can access support as they need it from their selected ‘buddies’.

The Village provides non-confrontational support via technology, with relevant links to New Zealand support services. Find out more.
New and updated on our website
Here's some of our new and recently updated topics. Visit for full list.
Key: New page (N); Review (R); Major update (MU)
Health topics
Medicines

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 Charitable Trust spaces. We bring you news and links to relevant health promotion topics for the month. As always, we're keen to hear from you about ways we can support your region and population. Please email comms@healthnavigator.org.nz
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