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February 2017
Tena koe

If you blinked you missed Summer, and here we are headed towards Autumn – a good time to remind patients about annual skin checks. And we bring you a video about endometriosis, which is often diagnosed late in NZ.

This issue also serves as a quick reminder that our website is regularly updated with new topics; we have links to a bunch of those for you to explore.  If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please do contact us
That’s it for this month!

Naku iti nei
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Quit smoking resource for Maori
Image from the Choosing Wisely website

Choosing Wisely comes to NZ

The Ministry of Health is welcoming the launch of the Choosing Wisely campaign, which challenges the notion that ‘more is always better', according to the ministry’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Andrew Simpson.

“We know that sometimes tests are requested or ordered that may not be necessary or have been shown to add little or no clinical value", Dr Simpson says.

Choosing Wisely is an international initiative, now operating in countries including Australia, England, Canada and the United States of America. In New Zealand, the campaign is being run by the Council of Medical Colleges, in partnership with the Health Quality & Safety Commission and Consumer NZ.

Recommendations and resources are available for 18 colleges such as Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
New adult asthma guidelines
New guidelines, funded by the Asthma Respiratory Foundation, have been developed to provide ‘simple, practical and evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment and management of asthma in adults (aged 16 and over) in a quick reference format.’

HPV vaccine now available for boys
The HPV vaccine is now available free for everyone (males and females) aged 9 to 26 years. 
Health Promotion Topics
Quit smoking resource for Maori
Melanoma Month
Nearly as many New Zealanders die each year from melanoma as road accidents. Yet as you know, skin cancer is just as preventable as road deaths, if not more so.
The earlier it's found the better the outcome. So now is a good time, after summer's harshest rays, to remind patients to get their annual skin check and be vigilant when it comes to new or changing skin lesions. 
Endometriosis Awareness Month
Despite how common endometriosis is (1/10 women worldwide are affected) there's still a 10+ year diagnostic delay. Freshen up your knowledge with this information from our website. 
Quit smoking resource for Maori
Wesbite updates to assist you and your patients  
Keep visiting the Health Navigator website, as new topics are continually added. Some of the latest topics include: Videos in topics including; How Health Navigator can help you 
Studies show learning is enhanced when patients are given quality written or online information to support their retention and understanding following a consultation or admission. The Health Navigator NZ website is designed to make this easy for your clinical teams to give patients and clients relevant NZ information and self-care resources. 

You can print out topic sheets, or jot down other topic suggestions on our wallet cards for patients to review at home. We also have posters and DLE rack cards that are ideal for outpatient waiting rooms. Order form.

Remember, 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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