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July 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news, we bring you our Accuretic medicine factsheet, developed in partnership with Pharmac. The factsheet explains why people taking Accuretic should consult their healthcare provider about changing to an alternative medicine.

We also bring you our updated Ibuprofen factsheet, a self-care and planning toolkit for people with long-term conditions, and information on the Long-Term Conditions Forum, to be held on August 11.
There is also information about an exciting opportunity to come and work with us as a Cultural Engagement Lead. In other news, we include a video series developed to help educate rangatahi, parents and teachers about the harms of vaping.
Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Navigator NZ news
Disrupted supply of Accuretic

Health Navigator NZ has created a factsheet for people taking Accuretic to lower their high blood pressure. Developed in partnership with Pharmac, the factsheet explains the supply disruption and the need to consult a healthcare provider about changing to a different medicine.

The factsheet is currently available in English. Translations are being developed and will soon be available in Te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (simplified), Hindi, and Fijian. Find out more.
Ibuprofen factsheets

We have recently updated our ibuprofen factsheets to include more information on when not to take this medicine, as well as information on when to take extra care. The factsheet is available in English, Te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (simplified), Cook Islands Māori and Niuean. Find out more.
Cultural engagement lead - Māori focus 

Do you know your community well? Are you Tāmaki Makaurau based? Is your community predominantly Māori? We KNOW there are gaps in health for Māori. What we need to explore is where the gaps are and how to adjust our resources so they are practical, helpful, easy to use and understand, and are something Māori would choose to use. To do this, we need a person with strong existing community ties to host hui and gather the stories of whānau.

If you are interested in better health for whānau and want your people’s voices to be heard, then this part-time, four-month contract could be an ideal fit and we should definitely kōrero. To find out more, please contact
Long-term conditions virtual forum 2022
Thursday 11 August 2022, 9.00 – 2.30pm, FREE

Are you interested in improving long-term condition management? If so, we'd like you to join us for this exciting online event.  

At this forum we will share stories of innovation, excellence and equity champions to inspire, encourage and share ideas we can apply regionally and locally. Read more.

More details about the programme coming soon.
Te Kete Haerenga - Your journey to wellbeing kete

Designed for and with people living with long-term health conditions (LTCs), this self-care and care planning toolkit can be used to describe what’s important to the person and their whānau, what they wish to achieve in their lives and how others can best support them in that journey.

Additional Te Kete Haerenga resources include booklets on: 
These are designed to empower individuals to make behaviour changes and improve their quality of life, so they are more in control, know when to seek help, if needed, and are more confident to manage safely at home. Find out more about Te Kete Haerenga.
Health news
Spotlight on Vaping

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ have recently launched a six-part educational videos series to help educate rangatahi, parents and teachers about the harms of vaping. The videos include interviews with a respiratory specialist, respiratory paediatrician, cardiologist, public health specialist and the parent of a teen who struggled with a vaping addiction. Find out more.
Health app library news
Groov app provides information, activities and videos about mental and emotional wellbeing. It incorporates a mix of scientifically sound information, personal story videos, and practical advice on practices that can help build resilience and cope with stress.

It is not designed to be treatment for significant mental health problems, but to prevent them and help support self-care and wellness. 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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