Long-Term Conditions Network & Health Navigator Charitable Trust
ISSN: 1197-6693 No.53: May 2021
News and upfront
NZ Primary Healthcare Awards

The Health Navigator NZ team was delighted to win the ACC Patient Safety Award at the recent NZ Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora. Read more about this and many other amazing winners and finalists here

The awards encourage collaboration and innovation in primary care, with the aim of improving access, health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori and non-Māori alike.
Promise and Peril: How artificial intelligence is transforming health care

AI has enormous potential to improve the quality of health care, enable early diagnosis of diseases, and reduce costs. However, it needs to be implemented with caution and care. Otherwise AI can exacerbate health disparities, endanger patient privacy, and perpetuate bias. In this report, STAT, with support from the Commonwealth Fund, explored these possibilities and pitfalls, and highlights best practices in this area. 
Quality improvement made simple

This guide focuses on quality improvement, and is especially useful for healthcare staff leading fast and efficient service change as a result of the COVID pandemic. 

View: Quality improvement.
Digital enablement gap analysis is live on the Ministry's website

The digital enablement programme (within the Ministry of Health's Data and Digital Directorate) identifies, supports and commissions new and innovative ways people can access health care through digital means. A key focus is to increase digital equity, so Māori, Pacifica and those who traditionally have not engaged with health services have the same level of access to services as others.  

Read more.
New NOAC brochures to use and share

A new set of multilingual resources (in 8 languages) is now available. These were developed in response to a gap identified by Counties Manukau pharmacists who found over a third of patients being started on novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC) do not speak English as their first language and are at higher risk of medicine-related complications.

View more at dabigatran and rivaroxaban.
Food insecurity: You are what you can afford to eat

Poverty and food insecurity often go hand in hand with obesity, a result of people eating food high in calories but low in nutrients, says Massey University School of Health Sciences senior lecturer Geoff Kira in this article.

View a webinar or slides on Food Security in Aotearoa for ANA where Geoff discussed the different possible approaches by communities and government towards greater food security.
Using technology to manage mental health 

This e-Mental health guide provides advice of a general nature in the absence of a significant body of evidence on how to use e-Mental health resources in the primary care setting. 

Find out more here.
Health and Independence Report 2019

The 2019 Health and Independence report presents the latest data on measures of health, including life expectancy, causes of health loss, and determinants of health. 

Find out more here.
Useful resources
There were more than 100 new or updated topics on the Health Navigator NZ website last month:
Consumer engagement and involvement 

This webinar helps us understand the importance of engaging with consumers in developing and delivering health care services.

View presenter slides and resources here.
eHealth TALK

News and interviews on data and digital health in New Zealand. Hosted by editor Rebecca McBeth. Brought to you by HiNZ.
Articles & trends of interest
Kings Fund updates its resources on Community and Health

The role of communities in improving health is receiving increasing, and long-overdue, attention in health policy and practice – the need for this focus has been underlined by experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Find out more here.
Integrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhoods

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships that bring together providers and commissioners of NHS services across a geographical area with local authorities and other local partners to collectively plan health and care services to meet the needs of their population.

Find out more here.
Goal-oriented care: A catalyst for person-centred system integration 

This case report presents three international cases of community-based primary health care models that adopted goal-oriented care to stimulate clinical, professional, organizational and system integration.

Find out more here
Implementation of telerehabilitation interventions for the self-management of cardiovascular disease: Systematic review

This systematic review aimed to synthesize research evaluating the effectiveness of implementing cardiac telerehabilitation interventions at scale in routine clinical practice, including factors underlying successful implementation and evaluation.

Find out more here
Providing culturally safe care to Indigenous people living with diabetes: Identifying barriers and enablers from different perspectives

This community‐based participatory study aimed to identify potential barriers and enablers to cultural safety in health care provided to Atikamekw living with diabetes in Québec, Canada.

Find out more here
Associations of cereal grains intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality across 21 countries in Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology study: Prospective cohort study

This article aimed to evaluate the association between intakes of refined grains, whole grains, and white rice with cardiovascular disease, total mortality, blood lipids, and blood pressure in the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.

Find out more here
Training & CME updates
HINZ webinars

Watch a range of recent and upcoming webinars covering topics from health literacy and digital equity to learnings in 2020, security and more. Watch past webinars from 2020 and upcoming webinars

Find out more here
Goodfellow Events and Webinars

Goodfellow Events are developed by both primary and specialist healthcare professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, general practitioners, clinical specialists – for their peers. Here you can find a list of Goodfellow Events and Webinars on various topics. 

Find out more here.
Mobile Health webinars

Watch a range of regular webinars designed specifically for rural health professionals by Mobile Health NZ. 

Find out more here
What's on
HQSC: Patient deterioration national virtual hui

17 June 2021, 8.30am–4.30pm
Join us in celebrating the work and achievements of the hospital sector to improve their recognition and response systems since 2016.

Read more and register
Dementia Auckland Education programme

Dementia Talks is a high quality education programme aligned to the four key stages of the dementia journey, available both in person and on zoom for convenience.

Held four times a year, expert speakers share topics on dementia and brain health, providing the right information at the right time to assist in navigating the dementia journey.

Get your tickets now!
ATA2021 Annual Conference and Expo 

Two days/week over June (NOTE: EST times) 
This virtual conference by the American Telemedicine Association features 150+ speakers and will focus on flexible, inclusive & contemporary care delivery models for advancing telehealth. 
Online CPD hub

You can now find an online CPD hub and upcoming events calendar on the Health Navigator NZ website. 

View current, past and future webinars, videos, conferences and more. There is also the option to add an event. 

Find out more here.
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