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December 2022
Kia ora,

Season’s Greetings from our whānau to yours!

Here’s to some festive fun and relaxation with loved ones over the coming weeks. Thank you for your support this year, it has been so very much appreciated, and we’re really looking forward to working with you again in 2023.

Ngā mihi,
Your friends at Health Navigator Charitable Trust: Janine, Rochelle, Sarah, Karōria, Merle, Sandra, Tracey, Claire, Fa’aulu, Steph, Wubit, Maya, Jeneffer, Renee and Susie.
Health Navigator NZ news
Eye-catching type 2 diabetes resources
We've recently codesigned and developed new resources for people living with type 2 diabetes. Our eye-catching, plain language resources explain what type 2 diabetes is, how to avoid complications, lifestyle changes, medicines, the importance of a sick day plan, and where to go for support.  

Available in English, te reo Māori, Tongan, Samoan, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hindi and Cook Islands Māori. Find out more.
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 your clients take empagliflozin safely and avoid rare but serious side effects:
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, Simplified Chinese, Cook Islands Māori
Health news
New shoulder pain website
This website from the University of Otago provides information to help people understand their shoulder pain. It offers initial advice to take care of the pain and where to seek care. The website is a useful option for referring patients to. Find out more.
EPiC antibiotics dashboard
The EPiC antibiotics dashboard is a tool to help reduce the global threat to health due to increasing rates of antibiotic resistance. Designed especially for primary care, this tool can help prescribers consider areas where they might implement change. Find out more.
NZ study shows value of vaccination during pregnancy
Results from a recent study in New Zealand show flu vaccinations during pregnancy reduced the risk of preterm birth, low birthweight and fetal death. Find out more.
Health App Library news
My Eczema Tracker
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.
New and updated on our website
Here's some of our new and recently updated topics. Visit for full list.
Key: New page (N); Review (R); Major update (MU)
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 Charitable Trust spaces. We bring you news and links to relevant health promotion topics for the month. As always, we're keen to hear from you about ways we can support your region and population. Please email
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