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August 2022

This month's topics in focus

Cough, runny nose, sore throat

The most common cause of a cough, sore throat or runny nose is a cold, COVID-19, or the flu. Find out about symptoms, actions to take and how to take care of yourself at home. Read more.

Sore throat in children

A sore throat can be painful and cause discomfort when your child swallows. Find out what causes a sore throat, what the symptoms are, treatment options and when to see a doctor. Read more.


Fever is when your core body temperature is raised above 38°C (degrees Celsius) and is usually caused by your body fighting an infection. Find out how to care for yourself when you have a fever and when to seek help. Read more.


Diarrhoea is when your poos become runny or watery or you have to poo a lot more often. It is very common in adults and children. Find out about symptoms, causes and how to treat diarrhoea. Read more.

Abdominal pain

Pain in your abdomen (stomach or puku) is common. It can be hard to know what's causing it and many people never find out the exact cause. The important thing is knowing when and how you can take care of your symptoms at home and when you need to see a doctor. Read more.

Stick it to hep C

Many people are unaware they have hep C, and don’t realise the impact it can have on their body or mental health. Now hep C is easy test, easy cure. Read more.

Top tips for wellbeing

Winter wellbeing

Help keep yourself and your family healthy and warm through winter by checking out our winter wellbeing resources. Find tips on how to stay well, how to strengthen your immune system and learn why dampness and mould are bad for your health. Read more.

Understanding medicines

Disrupted supply of Accuretic

Are you taking Accuretic tablets for high blood pressure? If so, it's important to know that from August 2022, supplies of this medicine will be disrupted. When you are next due for a repeat of Accuretic, talk to your healthcare provider about changing to a new medicine. Information is available in Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (simplified), Hindi and English. Find out more.

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine

Vaccination with the MMR vaccine is the best way to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. While these infections may be mild in some people, they can cause serious complications in others. Read more.

Health Navigator NZ news

World class website, tireless work wins Janine Bycroft top GP award

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Janine Bycroft, Health Navigator Charitable Trust founder and CEO, has been awarded a Distinguished Fellowship for outstanding services to the practice of medicine – the highest honour a GP can receive. Read more.

There's an app for that

Virtual consultation apps

There are a variety of apps and online tools that enable you to consult with a doctor, nurse, psychologist, or other healthcare provider without seeing them in person. This is also called a virtual consult or telehealth. Find out more.

Recipe of the month

Friendship soup

This budget-friendly soup is a great way to use up left over vegetables. Perfect for cold winter days. Read the recipe.
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