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September 2022

This month's topics in focus

Common symptoms and what to do

With lots of winter bugs still going around it can be difficult to figure out what your symptoms might mean. Find out about common illnesses, symptoms you might be experiencing and steps to take. Read more.


Fever is when your core body temperature is raised above 38°C (degrees Celsius) and is usually caused by your body fighting an infection. Find out how to care for yourself when you have a fever and when to seek help. Read more.


Shingles is a painful blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Early treatment is important to reduce the risk of ongoing pain. Read more.

Abdominal pain

Pain in your abdomen (stomach or puku) is common. It's important to know what to do and when you need to see a doctor. Read more.


Monkeypox is a viral infection that causes a rash. It is spread through close skin-to-skin physical contact with someone who has symptoms. Read more.

Top tips for wellbeing

Positive emotions

Are you a glass half full or glass half empty kind of person? Research shows that positive emotions help you see more in life, respond to situations more flexibly and in new ways, and be more creative.
Even though life can be a roller coaster of ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good in any situation. Read more.

Understanding medicines

Supply issue: Paracetamol liquid

From 1 September, supply of Paracare, the funded brand of liquid paracetamol will be disrupted. Paracare will be replaced by a different brand – Avallon paracetamol. There are important changes to know about this new medicine, including changes to the taste, smell, colour and strength. Find out more.

COVID-19 medicine factsheets

Health Navigator NZ has recently developed 3 new factsheets for medicines used to treat people with moderate COVID-19 infections:
Available in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (simplified) and Cook Islands Māori.

How to get the most from your medicines

Most of us will take medicines at some point in our lives. Often, this may be for a short period (days, months or a few years). For others, medicines may be needed for the rest of our lives. Read our tips on how to get the most from your medicines.

There's an app for that

Te reo and te ao Māori apps

On September 13, Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o te Reo Māori) begins. If you have ever wanted to learn Te reo Māori, now is a great time to start. Visit our te reo and te ao Māori apps page to begin your journey. Read more.

Recipe of the month

Peanut chicken stir-fry

This Healthy Food Guide chicken stir-fry recipe is dairy-free and delivers 4 of your 5-a-day for a quick fibre-filled meal. Read the recipe.
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