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Category Archives: Physical Health

Free Primary Healthcare for Kiwi Kids from 1 July 2015


To find out more

Ask your GP or nurse

Talk to your pharmacist

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116

Visit www.health.govt.nz/visiting-a-doctor


Te Pou: Towards restraint-free mental health practice

Te Pou is pleased to launch Towards restraint free mental health practice: Supporting the reduction and prevention of personal restraint in mental health inpatient settings. This resource is the latest in a suite of work aimed at reducing and preventing the use of seclusion and restraint. Services can use this resource to plan and identify best practices that support a least restrictive approach to service delivery.

Te Pou
Level 2, Building B, 8 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023.
Telephone: +64 9 373 2125www.tepou.org.nz

Dr Gwyn Lewis: a modern understanding of arthritis

18th April University of Auckland, 10.00 – 11.00

Presenter Dr Gwyn Lewis:  Gwyn’s presentation will focus on a modern understanding of arthritis related pain, avoiding pain pitfalls and future directions in the treatment of arthritis related pain.

Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis is a neurophysiologist based at AUT University’s North Shore Campus in Auckland. She obtained a PhD in motor control from the University of Auckland in 2003. Gwyn had an extended post-doctoral experience undertaking research in motor control, rehabilitation and neurophysiology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She currently spends half her time teaching in AUT’s physiotherapy programme and the other half undertaking pain research in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute. Most of her research is in pain neurophysiology and how it relates to persistent pain development, pain modulation pathways, and the cognitive factors and psychosocial influences affecting pain.

Contact: Carol Lovatt, Northern Regional Administrator, Arthritis New Zealand, Kaiponapona Aotearoa
Ph: 09 523 8900
Email:  carol.lovatt@arthritis.org.nz
Support the person in your family who has arthritis.
Phone 0900 33320 OR Donate via our website www.arthritis.org.nz

DRIVE Update

DRIVE have provided us with this special update.
For more information contact hello@drivedirection.org.nz.

Round the Bays: Free sponsored Places!
DRIVE are pleased to announce that CHAMP is supporting sponsored places for those who would like to run Round the Bays on Sunday 8 March. Registration is paid, support is offered for getting Counties Manukau consumers to and from the event and there will be a BBQ afterward. Please email hello@drivedirection.org.nz for more information and to register your interest.

Expressions of Interest: Integrated Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Group
Due Thursday 26 February. Great opportunity for committed Counties Manukau consumers! The purpose of this request for ‘Expressions of Interest’ is to identify representatives from the health and community sectors in Counties Manukau who are interested in taking on an active leadership role in the strategic direction of the ‘whole of system’ transformation agenda for mental health and addictions. For further details and to apply click here

Job Advertisement: Consumer Educator for the Mental Health & Addictions Education Team.
Counties Manukau Health is seeking a people-focussed individual with lived experience as a consumer of Mental Health services. You will demonstrate a commitment to improving service users experience thru professional development of the Counties Manukau Health workforce and actively contributing to the delivery of Safe Practice and Effective Communication training for all Mental Health & Addiction staff. Click here for the full advertisement

Fill your diaries with DRIVE Hui dates:
– April Friday 10
– June Friday 12th
– August Friday 14th
– October Friday 9th
– December Friday 11th
These will be held at Pacific Business Trust from 10.45am to 2.30pm.
RSVP for April by emailing hello@drivedirection.org.nz

DRIVE Consumer Direction Counties Manukau, PO Box 97453, Manukau 2241

Disability Rights New Zealand Law and Legislation | Auckland 12 Dec 2014 and 28 Jan 2015

CCS Disability Action has an exciting opportunity for Disabled people or their family/whanau.

They are looking for people with disabilities who are emerging leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. They want people who want to strengthen their knowledge of their rights. These workshops are being run by Auckland Disability Law and are being hosted by CCS Disability Action. There are two half-day workshops, and they both cover different material, so it would be great if people who register could come to both. The morning workshop is open to disabled people or family members of disabled people, however ADL have kindly given up their time to facilitate afternoon sessions for professionals and any other community groups who would like to attend.

People who require support during the morning sessions are welcome to bring their support workers.

Workshop dates are

  • Friday 12 December 2014 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 28 January 2015 – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please Register by Friday 28 November 2014

For more information contact:

Kylie Elsbury-Dawson, Resource and Support Coordinator

CCS Disability Action, Northern Region


IIMHL New Zealand Special Update

The following links are a summary of the IIMHL AND IIDL UPDATE – 15 NOVEMBER 2014

If you want further information on the IIMHL organisation go here. To sign up for their mailing list go here.

For general enquiries about these links or for other IIMHL information please contact Erin Geaney at erin@iimhl.com.

  1. The Physical Health of People with a Serious Mental Illness and/or Addiction: An evidence review
  2. Stories of Success
  3. Tihei Mauri Ora: Supporting whānau through suicidal distress
  4. New ‘wellbeing bank’ for baby boomers
  5. “There is always someone worse off…” (regarding the earthquakes in Christchurch)
  6. Debriefing following seclusion and restraint: A summary of relevant literature
  7. Families and whānau status report 2014: Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau
  8. Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1000 Days (July 2014)
  9. Parents or caregivers of children with a disability have a voice in New Zealand (video playlist)

Also recommended in the update are:

Effective parenting programmes: A review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes for parents of vulnerable children
(2014, April 14). Wellington: Families Commission

New Zealand practice guidelines for opioid substitution treatment
(2014, April). Wellington: Ministry of Health



Four Articles from the APA Monitor

The following content is from the Monitor digital newsletter. The Monitor is the magazine of the American Psychological Association, which they describe as “a must-read for psychology educators, scientists and practitioners.”

Born Bashful

Psychologists have new insights into the causes and effects of childhood shyness.

Unlocking the Emotions of Cancer

A new mandate requires cancer centers to screen oncology patients for distress.

Double Whammy Discrimination

Health-care providers’ biases and misunderstandings are keeping some older LGBT patients from getting the care they need. Psychologists are working to change that.

Suicide and Intimate Partner Violence

A US federal initiative aims to bring experts from the two fields closer together in an effort to save lives.


Natures Nutrition: Raw Food Workshop

Ever wondered how to create your own almond milk, kale chips or raw fudge?

Here is an opportunity for you to not only learn, but also get healthy!

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Healthy Kitchen and Nature’s Nutrition, is hosting a two-hour raw food workshop on Sunday, October 12 at 11.00am.

Debbie, a clinical nutritionist, will demonstrate a host of recipes including raw juices, smoothies, nut milk, kale chips, enzyme-rich raw salads and diabetic-friendly raw chocolate and raw fudge slice.

For a special price of $35 you will have the opportunity to try all food that is prepared, plus walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a comprehensive pack of raw food recipes to try at home.

The workshop will be held at the Mental Health Foundation in Mt Eden.

Contact: Natures Nutrition

Phone: (09) 537 2278

Share Your Experience of High Risk Medicines

This is a request for patients/consumers/family/whanau interested in being interviewed to tell their story about their experience of being on what are known as ‘high risk medicines’.

As you may know in May 2013 the Commission launched a national patient safety campaign to reduce harm from falls, healthcare associated infections, surgery, and medication.

As part this campaign, the Commission wants to develop consumer stories involving high-risk medicines.  High-risk medicines include anticoagulants (eg, warfarin, heparin), opioids (eg, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl), insulin, concentrated potassium injection and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (eg, methotrexate, azathioprine).

Listening to the experiences of health consumers is at the heart of consumer engagement within the health system. The stories give staff and decision-makers a window into the consumer’s world, their experience of the health service and their perceptions of the quality of care they received. You might like to share things like:

  • How did you come to be on this medicine
  • What it is like to be put on these medicines
  • Whether you had explained to you in a way you can understand what the side effects and risks might be
  • Whether you had explained to you in a way you can understand what the medicine is for
  • What you have learned about taking this medicine, ie how your life has been affected
  • How you are getting on now taking this medicine
  • What advice would you give to anyone else taking the same medicine as you

The Commission wants to find patients and clinicians willing to be involved and tell their stories.  These stories will be provided to a wide range of people working in the health and disability sector, and will be aimed at health policy and decision-makers as well as the general public.

The commitment required is a couple of phone calls as way of introduction, setting up the interview etc., an initial interview, and review of the written story to make sure you are happy with it.  If it is an audio visual one then obviously the commitment may require some travelling to where you can be filmed and things like travel and reimbursement will be discussed.

If you are interested, or want more information please ring Natalie Ganley on 021 322 205 or e mail her at Natalie.ganley@hqsc.govt.nz where you will be able to find out more and have all your questions answered. Natalie works Monday to Wednesday in the Auckland office (of the Health Quality & Safety Commission) where the land line is Ph: 09 580 9075

New Pathway for ACC Sensitive Claims

ACC are the government organisation that can help people with a physical and/or mental injury suffered as a result of sexual abuse or sexual assault.

A new pathway for ACC Sensitive Claims was released in March this year. 

This page provides an overview of the new ACC sensitive claims service, including its key features.

You’ll need to talk to a GP or a counselor to lodge a sensitive claim with ACC.

For more information about how to lodge a sensitive claim, click here.