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September 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s Health Sector News, we bring you a series of new COVID-19 antiviral medicines factsheets, which have been developed in multiple languages.

There is also information about the supply disruption for liquid paracetamol and an Auckland University study on the prevalence of scabies in Auckland pre-schools. 

In other Health Navigator NZ updates, we include presentations from the Long-Term Conditions Forum and an exciting opportunity to work with us. 
Ngā mihi,
Health Navigator NZ team
Health Navigator NZ news
COVID-19 medicine factsheets
Health Navigator NZ has recently developed three new factsheets for medicines used to treat people with moderate COVID-19 infections: Available in English, te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (simplified) and Cook Islands Māori.
Long-Term Conditions Forum
If you didn't get the chance to attend the Long-Term Conditions Forum last month, you can now view the presentations online. Highlights include keynote presentations from Dave Letele, Kiri Prentice and Keriana Brooking. Watch now.

Supply issue – paracetamol liquid
From September, supply of Paracare, the funded brand of liquid paracetamol will begin to be disrupted. Paracare will be replaced by a different brand – Avallon paracetamol. There are important changes to know about this new medicine, including changes to the taste, smell, colour and strength.

This change is temporary just until the new contracted brands (Pamol and Ethics) become available in late 2022/early 2023. Find out more.
Work with us and make a difference
Do you have a background in health with proven experience in medical or health writing? Can you write simply and clearly for a wide audience? Health Navigator NZ is looking to expand its talented editorial team with an exceptional content writer/producer.

If you're looking for a flexible, part-time role where you can work from home, then this might be the perfect opportunity. Find out more.
Health news
High prevalence of scabies in Auckland pre-schools
University of Auckland research has found the prevalence of scabies is high in pre-schools in socio-economically challenged areas of Auckland. Researchers found 56% of surveyed children between 3 and 5 years old had skin lesions consistent with scabies, with Māori and Pasifika children at higher risk. The research also found that misdiagnosis of scabies may be common. Read more.
Health app library news
MyPsyDiary app
MyPsyDiary is an app that allows the user to keep track of their mood state and the lifestyle factors that contribute to it. The app prompts the use of strategies connected with the emotions recorded. Find out more.
New and updated on our website
Here's some of our latest new or updated topics. Visit for full list.
Key: New page (N); Review (R); Major update (MU)

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 Charitable Trust space. We bring you news and links to relevant health promotion topics for the month. As always, we're keen to hear from you about ways we can support your region and population. Please email
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