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March 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news, we bring you information on the 2022 Rare Disorders Survey and the Asthma and COPD fundamentals e-learning course from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.    

In Health Navigator NZ updates, we link to our latest animations from our Aotearoa e te toa! video series for people with COVID-19 isolating at home. Also included are New Zealand based apps designed to support mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Navigator NZ news
New COVID-19 videos
Health Navigator NZ continues to develop COVID-19 animations to support people with COVID who are isolating at home. This month we have added the following aminations to our Aotearoa e te toa! series:
We encourage you to place these videos on your website and share them via your regional COVID hubs and social media posts. 

Data-free access to Health Navigator NZ
Did you know Health Navigator NZ is a zero-rated data (also known as sponsored data) website? This means whānau can access the Health Navigator NZ website without needing data on their phone (excludes most videos as these are hosted externally).

The cost of mobile data can be a barrier to whānau accessing essential health and wellbeing information or digital services, so we would like you to help share the great news far and wide.

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No data? No problem. You can access information on the Health Navigator NZ website without using mobile data if you use the Spark, Skinny, Vodafone or 2degrees mobile networks. That means if you have run out of data or have a phone with no data on it, you will still be able to go to the Health Navigator NZ website to find out about health conditions, medicines, healthy living and so much more.

But even if you have data on your phone, you can still visit the Health Navigator NZ site – for free! 
Health news
Asthma and COPD fundamentals e-learning course
There are 700,000 people living with respiratory diseases in Aotearoa New Zealand. This e-learning course from the Asthma Foundation incorporates the latest research with specific information for the New Zealand context, such as recently funded medications, treating Māori and Pacific peoples, and best practice health literacy. Learn more.
Rare disorders survey 2022
Collectively, rare disorders are as common as diabetes!  However diagnosis is often very delayed and navigating the system can be challenging. Key findings from the 2021 New Zealand voice of rare disorders survey found over 80%  of respondents had seen a specialist or GP in the 70 days prior to the survey. For over half, diagnosis took longer than a year and the majority felt there was a lack of communication between different service providers. Learn more.
Health app library news
COVID-19 apps to support mental health and wellbeing
Our health app library offers several New Zealand based apps designed to support mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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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