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December 2022
Tēnā koe, 

In this Health App Library newsletter, we bring you information and reviews of apps that focus on pain, mood, concussion, stress and anxiety, as well as an app for rangatahi.

We also profile a range of diabetes resources, as well as two new Pasifika language and culture apps.

In Health Navigator NZ news, we are delighted to share with you our recently developed practical and emotional support resources for people impacted by COVID and three new medicine factsheets for people taking antivirals for a COVID-19 infection.

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health app library news
Developed by Starship hospital, The Village is a practical and user-friendly app for rangatahi, young adults and whānau members wanting to stay connected to family members they may be worried about. Users know they can access support as they need it from their selected ‘buddies’. Find out more.
MyPsyDiary is an app that allows the user to keep a track of their mood and the lifestyle factors that contribute to it. The app prompts the use of strategies connected with the emotions recorded. Find out more.
This app contains information and strategies to help people manage workplace stress and anxiety. Users can learn about the causes and mechanisms of stress and anxiety as well as simple CBT strategies to manage stress such as breathing and thought reframing. Find out more.
My Eczema Tracker app is for people who want to find out how their eczema is progressing and if their symptoms are improving or declining over time. The app creates a graph based on the symptoms the user reports. Find out more.
This tracker app provides assessment, information and advice for people who have experienced a concussion. There are different options within the app for athletes, patients and team coaches. Find out more.
Developed by Diabetes NZ, this app is for people living with diabetes who want to stay in control of their condition. They can record and monitor their exercise, food intake and changes to their health and wellbeing. Find out more.
This app uses a food intake and physical activity log to help manage weight. The app also includes a body weight tracker and a variety of quick and easy recipes. Find out more.
Pain Guru app is designed for people with lower back pain. The app helps with confirming a diagnosis and provides information on different treatment options. Find out more.
These apps are for anyone wanting to improve their understanding of Pasifika communities and languages. 
  • Talanoa Mai is designed to help social workers build their cultural confidence and connect with Pasifika children and their families.
  • Tala-Moana allows users to connect with seven Pasifika languages and cultures to improve their understanding of Pasifika communities and their health and social needs. 
Health Navigator NZ news
New practical and emotional support resources
Masks may be off and life almost back to normal, but the long tail of COVID is still with us and will be for some time. For many this means still having to deal with the fallout from financial stress, long COVID, working at home with sick kids, feelings of isolation and disconnectedness, and more. 

Health Navigator Charitable Trust, in partnership with Te Whatu Ora, has created 15 new practical and emotional support topics, including tips, personal stories, services and videos to help people get through. Read more.
My Paxlovid plan
Paxlovid is given to some people to help fight a COVID-19 virus infection. This plan helps record all medicine doses, and changes to medicines being taken, when on Paxlovid. Read more.
Paxlovid in advanced chronic kidney disease or dialysis
If you have advanced chronic kidney disease or are undergoing dialysis, it's important to take Paxlovid as described in this factsheet. Read more.
Antiviral medicines for COVID-19
There's a number of antiviral medicines for people who get COVID-19. Read our latest factsheet to find out more about these antivirals, including who is eligible and how to access them. Available in English, te reo Māori, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Islands Māori and Simplified Chinese.
How to take empagliflozin: Jardiance and Jardiamet
With a global shortage of type 2 diabetes drug dulaglutide, more people will be prescribed empagliflozin instead. Empagliflozin can help control diabetes, protect kidneys and heart, lower blood glucose and blood pressure, help with weight loss and reduce the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Our new resources will help people take empagliflozin safely and avoid rare but serious side effects:
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