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June 2021
Tēnā koe, 

In this Health App Library newsletter, we bring you news about Health Navigator NZ winning the ACC Patient Safety Award in the New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora. We have information to share about the website being free to access without mobile data. We've also included an interesting article on whether health apps make us healthier and, finally, reviews of two apps recently added to the Health App Library.

Ngā mihi,
 
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Navigator NZ news
Health Navigator NZ wins ACC Patient Safety Award in NZ Primary Healthcare Awards
The Health Navigator NZ team was delighted to win the ACC Patient Safety Award category of the 2021 New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora. The awards support collaboration in the primary healthcare sector to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. 

Health Navigator NZ's entry focused on improving medicine safety through a range of resources, including website content, medicine dose calculators, translated medicine fact sheets and videos on how to use medicine devices.

You can find some of Health Navigator NZ's award-winning patient safety content here:
No data? No problem!
Late last year Health Navigator NZ became a zero-rated data (also known as sponsored data) website. This means that all mobile data used when whānau access the Health Navigator NZ website is charged to the Ministry of Health.

The cost of mobile data can be a barrier to whānau accessing essential health and wellbeing information or digital services, so we would like you to help share the great news far and wide.

You can share Health Navigator NZ's Facebook post from here or use the following copy and access a slideshow to use here.

Sample copy to use:
No data? No problem. You can access information on the Health Navigator NZ website without using mobile data if you use the Spark, Skinny, Vodafone or 2degrees mobile networks. That means if you have run out of data or have a phone with no data on it, you will still be able to go to the Health Navigator NZ website to find out about health conditions, medicines, healthy living and so much more.
But even if you have data on your phone, you can still visit the Health Navigator NZ site – for free!
Health app evidence corner
Do health apps make us healthier?
This first-of-its-kind study uses data from major stakeholders (digital app platforms, hospitals, clinics, doctors, nutritionists, pharmacists) to try and answer the question, do health apps make us healthier?
They found that, yes, they can. However, surprising results about the effectiveness of personalised vs. non-personalised prompts and reminders will be of interest to many. 

Read the full article or browse Health Navigator NZ's full range of health app reviews.
Health app library news
Nymbl app
The Nymbl app is for older adults who are looking to improve or maintain their balance through balance training. Note: This app is currently being trialled as part of ACC's Live Stronger for Longer falls prevention programme.
Sobriety Counter – Stop Drinking (EasyQuit) app
The Sobriety Counter – Stop Drinking (EasyQuit) app supports people to stop drinking alcohol and to stay sober.
Quit smoking resource for Maori

How Health Navigator can help you 
Studies show learning is enhanced when patients 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 patients and clients relevant New Zealand information and self-care resources. 

You can print out topic sheets or jot down topic suggestions on our wallet cards for patients to look up online at home. We also have posters and recently updated DLE rack cards that are ideal for outpatient waiting room
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**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 comms@healthnavigator.org.nz
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