Click here for information regarding an Oral Health Promotion Initiative that will be launched this year. A key component of the initiative is the provision of free toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste to preschool children and their whānau, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific children and those living in low income families. It is proposed that this be undertaken as a complementary activity to the oral health messaging provided through the Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) programme, as well as via health providers and community organisations, so that we can opportunistically reach pre-schoolers that may need additional support and/or are not enrolled with a WCTO provider.
The Oral Health team at the Ministry is in programme design phase and would value your input if you have the time – we are absolutely focussed on how we can achieve the objective of improving the oral health of preschool children.
There are two things that would be helpful to us:
Please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
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Message from the chair of HiNZ-NMIWinter is upon us – what better time than now to get cosy, grab a cuppa, and read edition 12 of the HiNZ-NMI newsletter.
Click here to read the HiNZ-NMI Newsletter 12th Edition
You are invited to take part in and/or share the Respiratory Nurse Survey.
Please share this email and the link below with all nurses working with respiratory patients within DHB’s, PHO’s and NGO’s.
Apologies if you receive this email multiple times as we are sending this out via a variety of sources.
We are keen for all respiratory nurses to take part in this study “The role of the Respiratory Nurse in the New Zealand.”
We are a group of 2 respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialists and 1 Nurse Practitioner at HVDHB and CCDHB wanting to find out more about Respiratory Nursing in New Zealand.
The aim of the study is to describe the respiratory nurse’s role and to gain a better understanding of this role. This will provide an insight into the skill and diversity of our respiratory nursing work force in New Zealand.
There are 2 parts to this study.
Part one is a questionnaire that will explore the practice of respiratory nurses working with respiratory patients. It is an approximately 15 minute questionnaire covering topics such as area of work, health conditions seen and education background. This is an anonymous questionnaire.
At the end of the questionnaire you will be offered to go to a separate link to do part two, if you are a nurse prescriber.
Part two is a three month self-report of medicines prescribed and patients seen in clinical practice. This involves filling out an excel worksheet for each patient seen – up to 50 patients. Each patient will take approximately 2-5 minutes to fill out. Further information can be found when you click on the link below.
This study has both ethics and locality (HVDHB and CCDHB) approval.
Results of this study will be presented at the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference and written up for publication.
Assisted dying implementation webinars: hear about patient perspectives on assisted dying on 14 July and access the recording of our June webinar
The Ministry of Health is hosting a series of webinars for the health professionals as part of its work to implement the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (the Act).
Please share the information below with your colleagues and professional networks.
These webinars are for health professionals only. They may be of particular interest to health practitioners, including medical and nurse practitioners, who may choose to be involved in providing assisted dying services in New Zealand.
Join us for a webinar about patient perspectives on assisted dying on 14 July 2021 between 7-8pm
Click here to register now for our July webinar on patient perspectives on assisted dying.
In this webinar Dr Kristin Good, chief clinical advisor at the Ministry of Health and an experienced GP, will be joined by Dr Jessica Young, a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington.
Jessica will be discussing her PhD (Otago University), which focussed on the perspectives of terminally ill people who would consider choosing assisted dying.
Alastair Higham-Lee, project lead for engagement and workforce at the Ministry of Health, will also provide an update on the work programme to implement the Act, including answering some questions that arose from our previous webinar.
Access the recording of our webinar about learning from international experience
You can access a recording of the June implementation webinar ‘Learning from International Experience’ through LearnOnline.
Click here to watch the webinar recording now.
You will need to have a log in to LearnOnline to access this recording – you can make an account through the above link.
Complete the first e-learning module about the Act
If you haven’t already done so, you are encouraged to complete the first e-learning module about the End of Life Choice Act 2019 in LearnOnline.
Click here to complete the End of Life Choice Act 2019: Overview e-learning module.
This e-learning module is relevant to all health professionals and is intended to support your understanding of the Act and your obligations under the Act, even if you choose not to provide assisted dying services.
Information about the module, including access instructions, can be found on the Ministry’s website.
Further information and guidance will be available over the coming weeks
The webinar series and e-learning module are part of the Ministry of Health’s work to provide training, information and guidance for health professionals in preparation for when assisted dying becomes available in New Zealand on 7 November 2021.
Assisted dying will be an entirely new service within the health and disability system. It is not a replacement for palliative care or health care services more generally. It provides another option for people with a terminal illness in specific circumstances.
Further information and resources, including information sheets for health professionals and health service providers, are available on the Ministry of Health website.
If you have questions please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ngā mihi nui
End of Life Choice Act implementation programme team
Win morning tea/lunch for your workplace
We’ve had good feedback about the new Treasure our Whānau flu promotional campaign branding and would love to see photos of how people are using any of the campaign resources available at influenza.org.nz/resources, including posters, photo frames and digital resources such as dual language consent forms, banner templates, signature blocks etc.
We are offering three prize draws of $100 supermarket gift cards. To enter, send your photo(s) by 26 June 2021 to email@example.com with Treasure our Whānau prize draw in the subject line. Some photos may be shared in future, but don’t be shy!
Feel free to also include written feedback about anything to do with the new Treasure our Whānau resources, branding, the fightflu.co.nz website or the facebook.com/FightFluNewZealand page. We’ve been limited this year with the Treasure our Whānau promotion due to COVID-19 vaccinating but will consider all your feedback when planning for 2022.
Waikato DHB restored a number of foundational services during the past week which bring significant benefits for patient care and improving efficiency.
Restored clinical services include diagnostics from our laboratory and radiology services, the ability to record and track patients as they move through our hospitals, and for clinicians to access their patients’ full medical information.
Click here to read the full update
Kia ora koutou,
Please see comms message below. We would be very grateful if you could please cascade this message to your GP networks as soon as possible. As always we appreciate your ongoing support.
Waikato Hospital is over capacity with high presentations to the Emergency Department over the last 48 hours. This is placing strain on an already constrained environment as we continue to have ongoing IS limitations. We would really appreciate if you take into consideration the demands of the hospital when referring patients. Your ongoing support at this time is much appreciated.
Effective from 14th June, SARS-CoV-2 IgG serology testing will be available at Pathlab
Click here for the full Clinical Update - June 2021
Lead HealthPathways region, Te Manawa Taki (Midland), has updated two of their diabetes pathways and incorporated points addressing inequity into their guidance. Aligned pathway regions Auckland, Wellington, MidCentral and Whanganui are following suit, with all other regions planning their updates.
Inequity in diabetes can be an overwhelming issue to try to resolve, but the updated pathways provide clinicians with information and resources that tackle manageable aspects of inequity. We have recently published an article by Lisa Dick outlining these changes and what they mean for clinicians. A copy of this article is attached.
Feel free to publish this article and/or our press release in your internal communications, or link to the following social posts or online article.
Click here to read the Health Pathways update Article
Click here to red the He Ako Hiringa media release
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