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Long-Term Conditions Network & Health Navigator Charitable Trust
ISSN: 1197-6693 No.58: April 2022
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News and upfront
Paxlovid fact sheet and translations
Easy to read information to share with your patients, clients and whānau. 
Ibuprofen and paracetamol factsheets
Health Navigator NZ has recently developed medicine factsheets for 2 commonly used pain medicines -  ibuprofen and paracetamol. The factsheets explain how to safely take each medicine, the importance of checking the ingredients of other medicines you take, what to do if you take too much paracetamol and when you shouldn't take ibuprofen.  

These are available in Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Cook Island Māori, Tongan, Niuean and English. 
Latest COVID videos
COVID-19 and your mental health and wellbeing 
Having a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 might make you feel anxious, concerned or uncertain about your illness, the newness of the treatment and the quarantine involved. Read more about this here.

View the rest of the video series here.
Digital tools - using technology to recover from COVID-19 at home 
This video provides tips and guidance for using a range of online tools to help you manage with COVID infection at home. This ranges from using the MyCOVID app through to help with food supplies and medicines. View online.

View the rest of the video series here.
COVID-19 pregnancy and vaccination 
Being pregnant (hapū) during the COVID-19 pandemic has made many people anxious about their own health and that of their unborn or newborn baby. Here is some information to help you through this time. Read more about this here.

View the rest of the video series here.
How to reduce the spread of infection in your home 
Like the flu, COVID-19 can be passed on from person to person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may create droplets containing the virus. Public health measures can significantly limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more about this here.

View the rest of the video series here.
Useful resources
Heath Literacy and behaviour change resources
Further to the recent Health Quality and Safety Three steps to meeting health literacy needs publication. Look at the New Zealand SMS Toolkit website for videos, practical tools and resources that support behaviour change and improve health literacy. Including the Ask-Build-Check model
Bite Back
Bite Back is a FREE, self-guided online wellbeing and resilience program for young people aged 13 – 16 years old. Developed by the Black Dog Institute in Australia, evidence shows that using BITE BACK can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety and increase wellbeing.

Read more here.
Just a Thought – new social anxiety course
NZ focused online course designed to be completed over 6-8 weeks. Evidence-based, with 80% of people benefiting substantially and 50% reporting they were no longer troubled by anxiety after completing the course.

Read more here.
Goodfellow Webinars
Here are some of the latest topics with recordings available:

Ovarian cysts; patient management (April 2022)
Long COVID (April 2022)
Atrial fibrillation – reducing the risk (April 22)
Meningococcal disease in young people - a NZ perspective (March 2022)
COVID-19 and vulnerable older people (March 2022)
Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) (March 2022)
Adult obesity management in New Zealand general practice: a review Journal of Primary Health Care 13 (3)  Norman, K, Chepulis, L. et al.This study searched six online databases for peer-reviewed research about adult obesity management in NZ and found 11 studies that met their criteria.

Conclusion: “We found that there are effective weight loss interventions available for primary health-care professionals to refer to. Although most interventions did produce some weight loss, patients may need more comprehensive interventions that include a combination of diet, exercise and behaviour modifications in culturally appropriate ways..."  Read more here.
Integrated Care in England – what can we learn from a decade of National Pilot Programmes?
Authors: Richard Q. Lewis, Kath Checkland, et al.

For more than a decade the English NHS has pursued integrated care through three national pilot programmes. This evaluation identifies several common themes that inform the development of integrated care.

Read more here.
International Foundation for Integrated Care Podcast
Podcast dealing with various issues.

Listen to the episodes here.
Articles & trends of interest
Study shows increased cardiovascular risk after Covid-19
The cardiovascular risks and burdens were evident even among individuals who were not hospitalized during the acute phase of the infection and increased in a graded fashion according to the care setting. Authors recommend cardiovascular risk be included in all covid care pathways moving forward.
 
Read more here.
NICE guidelines for type 1 diabetes now recommend continuous or intermittent glucose testing
In March 2022, the guidelines updated the recommendations on diagnosis and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and more. 
Read here.
Training & CME updates
Heart Foundation E-learning courses
Continued professional development courses are designed for nurses working in primary care.
 
Read more here.
What's on
Women's Health Day
7 May 2022, 8:30am
A full online webinar day for your convenience, including:
  • A day of practice-changing New Zealand specific updates.
  • 6 CPD points (RNZCGP) and up to 6 hours of professional development endorsed by the Pharmaceutical Society and the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ).
  • All presentations include a Q&A session.
  • Ongoing access to webinar archives of the presentations.

Find out more here.
Online CPD hub
You can now find an online CPD hub and upcoming events calendar on the Health Navigator NZ website. View current, past and future webinars, videos, conferences and more. There is also the option to add an event. 

Find out more here.
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Suggestions and regional news
We are always interested in receiving suggestions, regional news and articles for future editions of the Long-Term Conditions Bulletin NZ. Send them to editor@healthnavigator.org.nz.

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