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November 2021

This month's topics in focus

We're winners!

The Health Navigator NZ team was delighted to win an award at the Plain English Awards earlier this month.  Our type 2 diabetes empagliflozin medicine fact sheet won the Best Plain English Document - Public Sector award.  Read more here.


Angina is chest pain that occurs when blood supply to the muscles of your heart is restricted. While it's not usually life-threatening, it is a warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke. Read about signs, symptoms and treatment options. 

COVID-19 positive – care at home

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been advised to self-isolate at home by your local public health unit or medical team, here is some information you may find helpful. 

COVID-19 vaccination record

Find out about vaccination records for COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand. Read more on how you can get proof of your vaccination.

Top tips for wellbeing

Are you experiencing mental distress?

You're not alone. It's really common, especially when you're going through tough times like a lockdown. The most important thing to do is get support. Find out what you need to know. 

Eating, drinking and watching your weight during pregnancy

If you are hapū (pregnant), there is some kai that will help you to stay healthy, put on the right amount of weight and support your pēpē (baby). Read about foods to avoid to keep your baby safe and how to keep your diet healthy and balanced.

Understanding medicines

How to understand medicine labels

All medicines have directions on them so you know how to take them. Understanding these is part of using medicines correctly and safely. Read these essential tips.

Vaccines and side effects

1–7 November is #MedSafetyWeek, where people are encouraged to report suspected side effects after vaccination. Like all medicines vaccines can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Some side effects are more common than others. Read more.

There's an app for that

Insomnia Coach

The Insomnia Coach app has a 5-week training plan to help users change their sleeping habits. It provides advice on sleep hygiene, setting up your sleep environment and managing habits that may impact on your sleep. Read more.

Video of the month

Cyberbullying – you wouldn't say it to their face

Watch these videos from New Zealanders who talk about their cyberbullying experiences and how it made them feel. These videos raise awareness of what it's like to be on the end of it. Watch now.

Support near you


Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you or someone in your whānau is sick enough to see a doctor. Or you may have a question about your health that you'd like advice on. Call Healthline – it’s no bother – they’re there to help.
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