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August 2021
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news we bring you updates on Small Steps digital tools, the Health Quality and Safety Commission's report on Pacific health, new NICE guideline for chronic pain in adults and information about a Kapiti community health and wellbeing event.

In Health Navigator NZ news we share some resources for the safe use of paracetamol in children, a new video on how to use a patient safety video and and two app category reviews.

Ngā mihi,
 
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health news
Start your small steps journey
Small Steps are digital tools, developed by Te Hiringa Hauora in partnership with Clearhead. The Small Steps website is a place where people of Aotearoa (and further abroad!) can take small steps on their journey to improve wellbeing.
Bula Sautu – A window on quality 2021: Pacific health in the year of COVID-19
This Health Quality and Safety Commission report brings together a diverse range of Pacific health and equity experts to share their views of how effectively (or ineffectively) the health system is performing for Pacific peoples.

Find out more here.
New NICE guideline for chronic pain in adults
The new NICE guideline recommends a person-centred care and support plan for people with chronic pain. You’ll find a wide range of consumer focused resources for managing chronic pain and person-centred care planning that align with this report on the Health Navigator NZ website.
You can read the full report here.
 
Kapiti community health and wellbeing event
Health Navigator’s expert consumer advisors are delighted to meet parents and kids in Kapiti at the Community Expo, Kapiti Primary School this Saturday 7 August, 11am – 3pm.
The expo is a fun whānau-centred event bringing together health and wellbeing services on the Kapiti Coast. There’ll be lots of delicious kai, vouchers as prizes, face painting and entertainment… we’d love to talk to as many people as possible about ways to be healthy, so please share this with your networks if you are in the area or you could share the Facebook post here.
Health Navigator NZ news
Resources for safe use of paracetamol for children 
A recent study into paracetamol poisoning in NZ children has revealed that many parents struggle to give their children paracetamol accurately, which can lead to accidental overdosing and hospitalisation. Health Navigator NZ has a range of resources to help people understand how to use paracetamol safely:
You can also share a paracetamol safety Facebook post here.
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New: How to use a patient portal video created
Many people don't fully understand how to use patient portals, so we created a video that takes people step by step through how to use a patient portal, using the ManageMyHealth portal as an example. It shows how to book appointments online, view test results, order repeat prescriptions, send messages to the doctor or nurse and much more.

You can share the how-to video here or share the facebook post from here.
Health app library news
Anger management apps
We have reviewed a range of apps to help people deal with anger. The following apps all received 5/5 from our clinical reviewer.
Food labelling reading apps
We’ve also reviewed a range of apps to make reading food labels easier:
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 comms@healthnavigator.org.nz
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