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ISSN: 1197-6693   No.49: August 2018
News & Upfront
Health and Independence Report 2017

The Health and Independence Report published on 16 July 2018, is the Director-General of Health’s annual report on the state of public health in New Zealand (NZ). The 2017 report presents an overview of the health of New Zealanders drawing on a range of sources.

Summary and full report available here.


Growing up in NZ: Transition to School Report (June 2018)

Growing Up in New Zealand has released its latest study report, Transition to school. This is the study’s eighth report and summarises findings from Growing Up’s 72 Month Data Collection Wave.

Summary and full report available here.

Regional Results 2014-2017: New Zealand Health Survey

The latest results from the NZ health survey, for both adults and children, 2014-17 have been published. The online data explorer includes data on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services.

The survey can be accessed here.

Recommended resources
New Health Navigator factsheets and videos in collaboration with PHARMAC

Rivaroxaban and new factsheet
Paracetamol for children, safe use of paracetamol for children video link and new factsheet
Equity vs. Equality Infographic
Visualizing Health Equity: One Size Does Not Fit All Infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can be downloaded here.
Planning Healthy and Sustainable Meetings

The target audience for this is WHO staff, however it is a timely reminder that long meetings can be bad for our health. Useful content for anyone organising meetings, large or small.

PDF can be downloaded here.
See also Heart Foundation Guidelines.
One in Five Kiwis Unsure about Doctors Recommendations - Consumer survey

Find out more about the Choosing Wisely campaign which encourages people to ask their health professional four questions when a test or treatment is suggested.

The Consumer article and survey results can be accessed here.
Transport and Health infographic and blog

This Health Foundation blog explores some of the issues that contribute to a healthy and sustainable transport system, such as:
  • Does it support safe and community-friendly spaces?
  • Does it enable active travel and public transport use?
  • Is it accessible and efficient for everyone?
  • Does it minimise harmful impacts on the environment?
More information and an infographic can be accessed here.
Training & CME updates
Certificate in Pacific Nutrition

This course is designed for those already working in the health sector who want to learn more about Pacific nutrition. It is delivered in a fun and interactive way. The course offers the opportunity to gain a recognised certificate as awarded by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Where: Auckland

Visit website for course dates for 2019
PHARMAC Seminars
Goodfellow Unit e-Learning Courses

Links to some e-Learning Courses are available below:
More e-Learning courses can be found on Goodfellow Unit website.
Red Whale
This is a comprehensive update developed in the UK and adapted for NZ by the Goodfellow Unit. Designed for New Zealand based primary health care professionals: GPs, Primary Care Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists. "We do all the legwork to bring you up to speed on the latest evidence and guidance."
Register for the one course 1 Sept 18, or view online from 1 Oct.
2018 Red Whale online

Articles & trends of interest
A Multidimensional Tool Based on the eHealth Literacy Framework: Development and Initial Validity Testing of the eHealth Literacy Questionnaire (eHLQ)

The increasing digitisation of health services provides challenges for both health providers and consumers. How do we know that the services and resources that we are presenting in an online format are meeting the needs and being easily accessed by intended consumers?

View this Danish study and tool.
Achieving health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand: the contribution of medicines optimisation

The authors of this paper considered the various parts of what is required to achieve the best possible health outcomes from medicines in partnership with the person for whom they are prescribed. Specifically, it looks to highlight the process with respect to Maori in New Zealand. The authors state that a multi-dimensional approach is imperative and attaining optimal use of medicines is necessary to help achieve health equity. There is an urgent need to understand and investigate models of care that achieve this optimal state.

Full article can be accessed here.
Combined diet and physical activity is better than diet or physical activity alone at improving health outcomes for patients in New Zealand’s primary care intervention

Physical activity prescription with a complimentary nutrition education component could benefit the largest group of patients who report metabolic health problems.

Full article can be accessed here.
Learning and Insights in Peer Support

This collection of essays builds on, and refers to, the current evidence base, while also drawing on insights from many people with lived experience.

Full essays can be accessed here.
Continuity of care with doctors—a matter of life and death? A systematic review of continuity of care and mortality

The authors concluded: patients across cultural boundaries appear to benefit from continuity of care with both generalist and specialist doctors. Many of the articles included in the study called for continuity to be given a higher priority in healthcare planning. Despite substantial, successive, technical advances in medicine, interpersonal factors remain important.

Full article can be accessed here.

Interventions for improving pharmacist-led patient counselling in the community setting: a systematic review

Educational meetings combined with educational materials, outreach visits, and feedback can improve pharmacist counselling in community settings.

Full article can be accessed here.
Randomized Trial of Chronic Pain Self-Management Program in the Community or Clinic for Low-Income Primary Care Patients
The authors concluded: In low-income subjects with chronic pain, physical and cognitive function improved significantly after self-management training from expert lectures in the community and in-clinic meetings with a trained health educator.

Full article can be accessed here.

Top Tips for Improving your Acute Demand Management

This document is designed to identify gaps in local acute service delivery. It provides tips to implement strategies for teams, departments and organisations wanting to see improved practice and improved health outcomes for their patients.

Full document can be accessed here.
What's on
All Together Better Health IX (ATBH IX)

This is the leading global interprofessional education and collaborative practice conference under the direction of The World Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Coordinating Committee. Held every 2 years, the committee are pleased to be hosting this in Auckland, September 2018.

Auckland 3-6th September 2018
More information can be found on the conference website

The Future is Now: Transform your practice for the changing face of disease in NZ

A one-day seminar for health practitioners which explores how the path for chronic disease is laid down in early life and how practitioners can support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour change for better health.

Auckland 31st August 2018
More information can be found on the event website

New Zealand Respiratory Conference

This annual conference is the largest respiratory focused event of GP’s, nurses, specialists, educators and health professionals in NZ.
 This year sees the launch of the first ‘Respiratory Health Update for General Practitioners.’ Join colleagues and respiratory experts from across the health spectrum sharing insights, knowledge and best practice.

Auckland 22nd —
23th November 2018
More information can be found on the event website
International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) - to be held in Auckland

Are you interested in all things digital to support health and behavioural interventions? Submissions are currently open to submit an abstract for an oral presentation, symposium, panel discussion, poster +3, or a Pecha Kucha.

The conference will focus on how digital interventions can make a difference in the real world by improving the health and wellbeing in communities.

Auckland 13th — 15th Feb 2019
More information can be found on the event website

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