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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



Measles Update



Wednesday 21 September 2011

Aucklanders are being asked to take extra precautions and to ensure they are fully immunised against measles as the number of people diagnosed with the disease in the region continues to grow.

The latest measles outbreak in the Auckland region is now in its fourth month with cases rising significantly in the past week. It is now affecting workplaces, tertiary institutes, early childhood centres and schools.

The latest figures are:

  • 164 confirmed cases of measles in the Auckland region since 30 May, 2011, an increase of 7 on yesterday.
  • 42 confirmed cases reported since Tuesday, 13 September, 2011.
  • 36 people currently in quarantine after contact with someone with measles.
  •  24 cases have required hospitalisation during this outbreak.

Passengers on some recent domestic flights may also have been exposed to the virus by a fellow passenger in the early, infectious stage of measles.

The latest flights are:

  • Jetstar JQ263 from Auckland to Wellington on Monday, 12 September at 6.40am.
  • Air New Zealand NZ464 from Wellington to Auckland on Monday, 12 September at 5.30pm.
  • Jetstar JQ244 from Christchurch to Auckland on Sunday, 18 September at 7.10am.

These are in addition to the flights already notified:

  • Jetstar flight JQ265 Auckland to Wellington, 10.30am on Tuesday, 13 Sept 2011.
  • Air New Zealand flight NZ446 Wellington to Auckland. 3.00pm on Thursday, 15 Sept 2011.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Richard Hoskins says “anyone who travelled on those flights should check their immune status and if in doubt call their GP.”

If you know that you or your child are unimmunised and you suspect that you have measles or may have come into contact with someone who has measles, please stay away from school, work or other social activities to reduce the risk of spreading this disease.

Measles is a highly infectious disease spread by sneezing or coughing (or by direct contact with nose and throat secretions of someone with measles).  Symptoms include fever, cough, blocked nose and sore eyes. After three to five days a rash appears. Measles can lead to serious complications such pneumonia and permanent disabilities.

“Anyone who has the symptoms should stay home, and call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116.  As measles is highly infectious call your doctor before going to the surgery,” says Dr Hoskins

Dr Hoskins says “Immunisation is the most important way to prevent measles. People who haven’t been immunised are at risk of catching the disease.

“Check your immunisation status and if you or anyone in your household hasn’t been age appropriately immunised, make sure you are.

For more information on measles visit <http://www.arphs.govt.nz/notifiable/measles.asp> www.arphs.govt.nz/notifiable/measles.asp<http://www.arphs.govt.nz/notifiable/measles.asp>



For more information, call:

Jessie Sampson

Cell 021 2432421


Measles Fact Sheets


Call Healthline for free health advice

Healthline (0800 611 116) is a free 24-hour telephone health information service. The service is staffed by registered nurses who will assess your health needs, and give information and advice to help you decide on the best level of care.

If you think you or someone in your care has measles Prompt identification can help limit the spread of measles to others. If you or anyone in your care displays common symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, sore eyes and fever, followed by a raised red rash that starts on the face and moves to cover the rest of the body, seek immediate medical help – contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your local doctor.

How do I know if I’m immune?

People born before 1969 or who have received two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) or who have had measles in the past are considered to be immune.

Get immunised

Immunisation is the only effective way to protect against the disease. If you or any children in your care are not up to date with immunisations, then contact your GP or practice nurse and arrange to catch up as soon as possible. MMR is given in two doses, normally at 15 months and 4 years of age giving over 95% protection. However, it’s never too late to get immunised.

More information on immunisation

For information on immunisation, phone the Immunisation Advisory Centre free on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or visit them at www.immune.org.nz<http://www.immune.org.nz>.


Healthline has access to Language Line Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. When you call Healthline during these hours, the nurse can usually arrange for an interpreter. Outside these hours Healthline uses other interpreter services as far as possible. It is not always possible to locate an interpreter in a particular language at short notice.