Long-Term Conditions Network & Health Navigator Charitable Trust
ISSN: 1197-6693 No.52: November 2019
News and upfront
DIversity of the New Zealand population

New Zealand population is increasingly ethnically, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse. We have people coming from all over the world.

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Release of Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity

The Medical Council, in partnership with Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA), have released the Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity.

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National Healthy Food and Drink Policy

The National Healthy Food and Drink Policy supports health sector leadership in promoting and ‘normalising’ healthy food environments in work and public places, as well as demonstrating a commitment to the health and wellbeing of staff, visitors and the general public.

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Counting ourselves community report 

This is the first community report from the Counting Ourselves survey about the health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This community report was released on 24 September 2019 and provides an overview of key findings from all sections of the Counting Ourselves survey.

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Useful resources
ANA Engagement Toolkit

A curated collection of practical tools designed as a starting point for those beginning a journey of engagement and collaboration.

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New fact sheet – Energy in alcoholic drinks

This new fact sheet provides information on energy in common alcoholic drinks in the absence of energy labelling. It includes a graphic of kilojoules in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and foods.

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Training & CME updates
Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care

These learning and education modules about understanding bias in health care were developed for Wiki Haumaru Tūroro | Patient Safety Week 2019.

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Medsafe e-learning module: Adverse Drug Reactions

The module is endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 2.0 hours Continuing Medical Education (CME) for General Practice Educational Programme 2/3 (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

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Goodfellow Gems

Find out a range of Goodfellow gems on different topics chosen by Dr Bruce Arroll, you can also sign up for fortnightly gems by entering your email.

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Articles & trends of interest
Long‐term follow‐up of a randomized controlled trial of a text‐message diabetes self‐management support programme, SMS4BG

Improvements in glycaemic control resulting from a text‐message diabetes self‐management support programme were sustained at 2 years after randomization. These findings from this article support the implementation of SMS4BG in current practice.

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Association of health literacy and diabetes self-management: a systematic review.

This review summarises the existing evidence about the association of health literacy (HL) with type 2 diabetes mellitus self-management.

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Shared medical appointments and patient-centered experience: a mixed-methods systematic review

Shared medical appointments (SMAs), or group visits, are a healthcare delivery method with the potential to improve chronic disease management and preventive care. In this review, we sought to better understand opportunities, barriers, and limitations to SMAs based on patient experience in the primary care context.

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The role of the family in supporting the self-management of chronic conditions: A qualitative systematic review

This article aims to explore the contribution of family members in promoting and supporting the self-management of chronic conditions amongst adult family members.

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Adherence to treatment and related factors among patients with chronic conditions in primary care: a cross-sectional study

Adherence to treatment for chronic conditions remained low in primary care. Optimal achievement of appropriate levels of adherence through tailored multifaceted interventions will require attention to the multidimensional factors found in this study, particularly those related to patients’ education and their information needs.

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What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A realist review

Studies indicate that patients are more likely to enrol if they believe the social prescription will be of benefit, the referral is presented in an acceptable way that matches their needs and expectations, and concerns elicited and addressed appropriately by the referrer. However, the evidence base is not sufficiently developed methodologically for us to make any general inferences about effectiveness of particular models or approaches.

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A co-designed mHealth programme to support healthy lifestyles in Māori and Pasifika peoples in New Zealand (OL@-OR@): a cluster-randomised controlled trial

The OL@-OR@ mobile health programme did not improve adherence to health-related behaviour guidelines amongst Māori and Pasifika individuals.

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What's on
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshops

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ‘ACT’ (pronounced as the word ‘act’) is a mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy that has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self. 

ACT has proven effective with a variety of problems including pain, addictions, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and stress. More information can be found on the event website
ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, LivingWorks’ ASIST program is supported by numerous evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide. 

Wellington 28th - 29th November 2019
More information can be found here
Hack Aotearoa 2020

This event will will bring together health professionals, data scientists and innovators to collaborate and leverage data science methodologies to analyse datasets and seek solutions for clinical challenges and information gaps in healthcare. 

Hack Aotearoa is the only event in NZ to foster practical, cross-disciplinary collaboration between healthcare and data science, and this is essential to advancing the state of our current health system.

Auckland 17th - 19th January 2020
More information can be found here
Public Health Summer School 

The Public Health Summer School offers practical 1–2 day courses to anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills. It has been providing this training for over 20 years and has grown to become the largest and longest running summer school of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

Wellington 10th - 28th February 2020
More information can be found here
World Public Health Nutrition Congress

Held every 4 years, the World Public Health Nutrition Congress was established by the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) to bring together the international public health nutrition sector for an international congress free from funding from conflicted sources. The Congress acts as a pathway to strengthen the knowledge base, partnerships and commitment for effective action to improve nutrition related health, particularly among vulnerable populations in the world.

Brisbane 31st March - 2nd April 2020
More information can be found here
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