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October 2021
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news we have information about health literacy month, a new te ao Māori framework and the IMAC COVID-19 immunisation clinical toolkit. Also included are resources relevant for the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

In Health Navigator NZ updates, we're excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Plain Language Awards. We also have news of brochures that support safer use of osteoporosis medicines, a list 
of new topics on our website and two apps to help people living with food allergies or intolerances.  

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health news
We're hiring – website manager
Health Navigator NZ is expanding, so we're seeking an exceptional candidate for our new website manager. Find out more here.
Health literacy month
Health literacy month is a time for organisations and individuals to promote the importance of understanding health information. To find out what healthcare providers can do to improve health literacy, read more.
Te ao Māori framework 
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has developed a te ao Māori framework in partnership with Māori health providers, Whānau Ora providers and participating district health boards across Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more
IMAC COVID-19 clinical immunisation toolkit
This toolkit has been created in recognition that changes to clinical guidance for COVID-19 vaccination happen regularly as the programme evolves, increasing the need to ensure frontline clinical staff have the correct information at hand to provide efficient and safe immunisation. A new version of the toolkit will be published every month.
COVID-19 resources
With all of New Zealand still at Alert Level 2 or 3, many people are suffering lockdown fatigue. The need for reliable information to support New Zealanders is more important than ever. With this in mind, Health Navigator NZ is reminding health professionals of the following updated resources on our website:
Health Navigator NZ news
We're finalists!
We're excited to announce that Health Navigator NZ is a finalist in the Plain English Awards 2021, for our type 2 diabetes empagliflozin medicine fact sheet.
Brochures to support safer use of osteoporosis medicines 
Health Navigator NZ has created two new brochures that provide easy to understand information about the medicines alendronate (available in English and Traditional Chinese) and risedronate (available in English).  These can be viewed under Resources in the side bar of each page. 
Looking for CPD?
Do you know Health Navigator NZ has a hub of continuing professional development opportunities for clinicians? Find out about upcoming webinars, videos, e-learning, conferences and more. There is also the option to add an event. Find out more here.
Health app library news
The insides guides
ALBY Health has developed two useful apps to help people living with food intolerances or allergies. 

The insides guide – is dairy free? is for people wanting detailed information on label reading for cows' milk allergy or lactose intolerance.  The insides guide – is it gluten free? is for people wanting detailed information on label reading for coeliac disease.
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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