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February 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news, we bring you information on the 2020/2021 New Zealand Health Survey and a report on the health care experiences of disabled people during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.   

In Health Navigator NZ updates, we link to our new video series for people with COVID-19 isolating at home and our print resources that support these videos. Also included are two self-management apps.

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Navigator NZ news
New COVID-19 videos
A reminder that Health Navigator NZ has recently created a series of videos for people with COVID isolating at home. The videos include:
We encourage you to place these videos on your website and share them in social media posts.
How to use a pulse oximeter
A pulse oximeter is a small device that fits on your finger and quickly and easily checks your oxygen levels and heart rate. This video explains how to use one, what the numbers mean and when you should seek medical advice. Watch the video.
COVID-19 positive print resources
An addition to the videos mentioned above, Health Navigator NZ has also developed a range of printable PDF topics that are being sent out with Health Pathways COVID resources. To date, these topics include:
Health news
Health care experience of disabled people during COVID
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has released a report on the healthcare experience of 4,000 disabled people during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.The findings demonstrated a significant impact on disabled people, who make up around 24 percent of the population in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more.
2020/21 New Zealand Health Survey
Key findings from the 2020/21 New Zealand Health Survey include one in 10 adults reporting cost as a barrier to seeing a GP and one in 100 children have an unfilled prescription due to costs. The survey also noted psychological distress among adults has increased over time and one in five adults have a hazardous drinking pattern. Read more.
Health app library news
Fabulous self care app
The Fabulous self care app motivates users to change their habits or behaviour by developing routines. Find out more.
KYND app
KYND (Know Your Numbers Dashboard) is an app to check and measure your overall wellness. The app is most useful for people who want to find out how well they are, and if their wellness strategies are making a difference to their scores. Find out more.
New and updated on our website
Here are some of the latest new or updated topics. Visit for full list.

Health topics



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 space. We bring you news and links to relevant health promotion topics for the month. As always, we are keen to hear from you about ways we can support your region and population. Please email
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