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November 2019
Tēnā koe,

This month we bring you the final call for abstracts for the Long-Term Conditions Forum for DHBs and Primary Care, two more new videos from the Self-Management Support series, resources for Diabetes Action Month and Patient Safety Week, new and updated topics on the Health Navigator website and new categories in the Health App library.

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health sector news

Final call for abstracts for the Long-Term Conditions Forum 

Are you or one of your teams leading the way with innovative care for long-term conditions? If yes, then you won’t want to miss the closing date of 10 November for submitting an abstract to present at the Long-Term Conditions Forum for DHBs and Primary Care. The Forum is being organised by the Ministry of Health in partnership with Health Navigator NZ and Health Literacy NZ, and will be held 27–28 February 2020 at Te Papa, Wellington.
The focus of the forum is 'Transforming Care'
We want to showcase the best examples of innovative programmes that are improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, integrating care across services, consumer-centric care and improving mental wellbeing. We also want to share what is working locally and regionally, and discuss whether and how these experiences can be applied to other regions.
Call for abstracts closes 10 November
We are seeking workshop presentations and posters highlighting the best projects and initiatives around the country demonstrating integrated and coordinated services that lead to positive outcomes for people with long-term health conditions. We also want to highlight national priorities of achieving equity, mental wellbeing and taking a person and whānau-centred approach to care.
Visit this page for more details.

Diabetes Action Month
Diabetes is the largest and fastest growing health issue New Zealand faces and this month is Diabetes Action Month. Health Navigator has a wide range of resources designed to help prevent type 2 diabetes and improve the health and wellbeing of those who develop it.
Patient Safety Week | Wiki Haumaru Tūroro (3–9 November 2019) 

This year Patient Safety Week 2019 is about understanding bias in healthcare. Having biases toward particular groups or individuals can affect their health as they may not get the proactive healthcare they need.

Health Quality and Safety NZ has developed three video learning modules on bias for people working in the health care sector who engage directly with consumers or who influence the way health organisations are managed.

  • Module One: Understanding and addressing implicit bias
  • Module Two: Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and racism
  • Module Three: Experiences of bias.

The modules are an introduction to bias in healthcare. They encourage health professionals to examine their biases and how they affect the healthcare they provide, their interactions with consumers, and therefore their health outcomes. Access the learning modules here.

Other topics relevant to Patient Safety on the Health Navigator website include: 
More self-management videos

As part of a self-management support contract with the Ministry of Health, Health Navigator has created two more videos to help New Zealanders manage their health conditions.

Understanding medical words 

This video describes the importance of asking your health professional when you don’t understand the meaning of a word. It gives you tips on how you can break down the words to understand what they mean. 

Will my long-term condition stay the same or get worse? 

This video explains what long-term conditions are and the sorts of questions to ask your health professional about your long-term condition. 

Health Navigator news
Health Navigator website: New & updated topics

Health topics


Videos and apps

Health App Library news
App reviews

New app reviews are being added to the Health App Library on a regular basis. The following app categories have recently been added or updated:
  • Physiotherapy apps. The following physiotherapy apps have been reviewed. These apps are best used under the guidance of a physiotherapist or doctor.
  • Problem gambling apps. There are a number of apps in the app stores that aim to support people with addiction problems including problem gambling. However, very few apps for problem gambling have had professional input during development or have undergone formal evaluation and there are a number of apps that may do more harm than good. This page has information on apps and tools that may be helpful, problem gambling apps that are not recommended and the importance of robust evidence – analysis of the SPGeTTI app. 
If there are any categories that you would like added to the Health App Library or you would like to review a favourite health app for us email 
Recommended resources
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
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