Long-Term Conditions Network & Health Navigator Charitable Trust
ISSN: 1197-6693   No.51: March 2019
News and upfront
Measles outbreak

Are your teams fielding lots of questions about measles? Here’s where to go for patient information and links for the latest national updates from Ministry of Health.

Find out more here.
Making It Real - Long Term Conditions Conference

A two-day conference was held on 21st and 22nd February in Wellington focussing on long-term conditions and organised by the Ministry of Health.

Presentations can be accessed here.
Get Hep C Tested

‘Get Hep C tested’ is a campaign encouraging people who don’t know they have hepatitis C to get tested. Campaign went live on 25 February.

A full suite of resources is available here. Watch video here. For more information contact Darren Quirk:
New Zealand Health Survey - Annual Data Explorer

The Annual Data Explorer is an interactive tool for exploring New Zealand Health Survey data. It presents the latest results by sex, age, ethnic group and neighbourhood deprivation, as well as changes over time.

Find out more here.
Kupe data explorer

Kupe lets you explore results from HPA’s 2012, 2014 and 2016 Health and Lifestyles Surveys (HLS) about New Zealanders' views and experiences across topics such as alcohol, gambling, tobacco, nutrition, Māori cultural identity, mental health & wellbeing, and sun exposure. Data from the 2018 HLS will be available on Kupe in early 2019.

Find out more here.
Take Charge interactive version

An interactive version of the Take Charge: My Health Plan was created by Health Navigator NZ to allow changes to be made online and printed at your convenience.

Download Take Charge: My Health Plan here.

Recommended resources
Training & CME updates
The GP Show

A series of podcasts for by GP Dr Sam Manger with special guests from around the world.

Recent topics include: 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Professor Bruce Arroll
  • Obesity and systems thinking with Professor Boyd Swinburn
  • Parkinson's Disease with Dr Ron Granot, Neurologist
Listen to the podcasts here.
PHARMAC Seminars

Watch videos from previous seminars as continuing medical education for GPs, nurses, midwives and pharmacists:

Red Whale

This is a comprehensive update developed in the UK and adapted for NZ by the Goodfellow Unit. Designed for New Zealand based primary health care professionals: GPs, Primary Care Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists. "We do all the legwork to bring you up to speed on the latest evidence and guidance."

2018 Red Whale online
Internal medicine for primary care 2018

A wide range of topics on internal medicine from respiratory to gastroenterology, diabetes to the older persons service with some cardiology, renal  and dermatology were covered. The emphasis was on what’s new, management tips, and when to refer. The aim was to provide clinical updates and guidance supporting excellence in practice, on topics integral to general practice.

View video resources here.
Articles & trends of interest
Women's views on lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes: a systematic review, qualitative synthesis and recommendations for practice

This study aimed to understand the views of women with a history of gestational diabetes on reducing their risk of developing diabetes postpartum through lifestyle and behaviour changes. The authors concluded that many factors hinder healthy lifestyles after gestational diabetes.

Abstract can be accessed here.
Trends in cardiovascular management of people with diabetes by primary healthcare nurses in Auckland, New Zealand

The aim of this study was to re-examine current work practices and cardiovascular management of people with diabetes consulted by primary healthcare nurses. The authors concluded that although BMI in people with diabetes is increasing, the proportion of nurses offering lifestyle advice remains unchanged. Increasing diabetes education could strengthen the management of people with diabetes by community nurses.

Abstract can be accessed here.
Decision aids for people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus: an effectiveness rapid review and meta-analysis

The review examined the effectiveness of tools designed to help people engage in decision-making about healthcare options, such as making treatment choices or setting therapeutic goals (patient decision aids). The authors concluded that decision aids for people with Type 2 diabetes can improve the quality of decision-making and increase knowledge transfer.

Abstract can be accessed here
The effects of dietary mobile apps on nutritional outcomes in adults with chronic diseases: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Dietary interventions are effective prevention and treatment strategies for chronic diseases; however, they require extensive commitment, time, and resources. Dietary mobile applications (apps) have gained popularity and are thus being incorporated into dietary management. The aim of this review is to assess the effects of the use of dietary mobile apps on nutritional outcomes in adults with chronic diseases.

Abstract can be accessed here
What's on
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshops

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ‘ACT’ (pronounced as the word ‘act’) is a mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy that has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self. 

ACT has proven effective with a variety of problems including pain, addictions, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and stress. More information can be found on the event website
CSANZ 3rd Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Conference 2019

Earlybird registration closes 15 April 2019

Wellington 12th — 13th June 2019
More information can be found here
CSANZ 19 - New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

Abstract submission closes 25 Feb 2019
Earlybird registration closes 15 April 2019

Wellington 13th — 15th June 2019
More information can be found here
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