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August 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news, 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. 

We also bring you our winter wellness health topics, translations of our Accuretic factsheet, as well as information on the Long-Term Conditions Forum.
There is also information on the Stick it to hep C campaign, wellbeing statistics from the General Social Survey and a University of Otago study on rheumatic fever and strep skin infections. 
Ngā mihi,
Health Navigator NZ team
Health Navigator NZ news
Long-Term Conditions Virtual Forum

Thursday 11 August 2022, 9am – 2.30pm
Are you interested in improving long-term conditions management? If so, we'd like you to join us next week for this exciting online event. At this forum we will share stories of innovation, excellence and equity champions to inspire, encourage and share ideas we can apply regionally and locally. Read more.
Winter wellness and self-care resources

To support winter wellness, the Health Navigator NZ website homepage is highlighting common winter health topics. These topics include self-care do's and don'ts, as well as information on when to seek advice from a healthcare professional. Topics include:  
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.
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.
Join us and make a difference

Do you have a background in health with experience in medical/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 for approximately 25-35 hours per week. Read more.
Health news
Stick it to hep C. Easy test, easy cure

Many people are unaware they have hep C and don’t realise the impact it can have on their body or mental health. A  national awareness campaign about Hepatitis C aims to raise awareness of how easy it is to Stick it to hep C. Find out more.
Wellbeing statistics: 2021

Data from the 2021 General Social Survey showed that New Zealanders’ overall mental wellbeing has declined, with 28.2% of respondents experiencing poor mental wellbeing. The survey also found the number of people who felt their general health was very good or excellent has decreased. Read more.
Risk factors for acute rheumatic fever: A case-control study

Recent findings from a University of Otago study found strong evidence that household overcrowding is a major risk factor for acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and strep infections of the skin. The study also found that both rheumatic fever and strep skin were linked with barriers to accessing primary health care. Read more.
Health app library news
Stress and anxiety companion app

This app contains information and strategies to help adults wanting to manage stress and anxiety in the workplace. 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. Read more.
New and updated on our website
Here are some of the latest new or updated topics. Visit for full list.

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 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
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