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December 2021

This month's topics in focus

COVID-19 vaccination record

People who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can now easily get proof of their vaccination status. My Vaccine Pass allows people to go to places that require proof of vaccination, such as large-scale events and restaurants. Read more.

COVID-19 positive – care at home

Health Navigator NZ has developed a range of trustworthy resources for people isolating at home with COVID-19. Find out more from these easy to read, best practice resources.

AEDs – what you need to know

An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a portable, emergency medical device used to help somebody experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Find out more.

Bladder control problems in women

Bladder control problems (when you pee unexpectedly) are common in women. Many women don't seek treatment, but with help most women can improve or overcome urinary leakage. Read more

Rare disorders

Living with a rare disorder can be challenging. You may feel overwhelmed and confused, or find that you are struggling to manage your symptoms, medicines and treatments day to day. Read about how a rare disorder is diagnosed and what support is available.

Top tips for wellbeing

Food safety tips for summer

Sharing kai with friends and family is one of the great joys of the holiday season. But, as we all head outdoors for holiday parties, picnics and barbecues, it’s important to be careful about food safety. Follow our top food safety tips for summer.

How to support tamariki with their feelings

From anger and frustration to worry, excitement and jealousy – kids can experience a range of complex feelings just like adults do. Find out how to support tamariki with their feelings.

Understanding medicines

COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

In Aotearoa New Zealand booster doses for the COVID-19 vaccine will be available from Monday 29 November, for anyone aged over 18 years if it has been 6 months since your second dose. Read more.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine protects against COVID-19. It is available for people aged 18 and older who cannot receive the Pfizer vaccine, and for people who would like a different option. Read more.

There's an app for that

Keep on Keep Up

Keep on keep up is an exercise app for older adults to improve or maintain their balance, mobility and strength. The app provides personalised, fun and interactive exercises. Find out more.

Video of the month

What else we can do to protect ourselves and others?

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Daylight Creative have developed a series of uniquely NZ vaccine facts videos. The latest video looks at what else we can do to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Watch the videos.

Recipe of the month

Mini banana and coconut pancakes

This recipe only has 4 ingredients and is a quick and tasty snack that is sure to be a hit. Find the recipe here.

Support near you

Big buddy

Big Buddy can lead to long-standing supportive relationships. The charity has now matched more than 1,000 boys with mentors. Read about one of the first big buddy pairings, Josh and Mark, who were paired up 22 years ago and now consider each other family.
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