Tena koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei and greetings,

Welcome to the combined home page for the Long-Term Conditions Network and the Self Management Network. Rather than develop separate websites for both groups, (when many people will be interested in both) we've combined efforts and would love you to join in our discussions, forums and groups of interest.


North American Conference on Integrated Care 2021

With the overarching theme ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, the conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

Read more here.


Getting through lockdown survival tips for caring professionals

FREE Wednesday Webinars
4.00pm - 5.00pm

With the likelihood of many of us remaining in Level 4 Lockdown for some time, this pandemic is forcing many working within not-for-profits to evolve, and fast. Grow will be delivering weekly panel discussions for caring professionals.

Read more here.


Festival of Telehealth & Digital HealthThe World’s Largest Online Telehealth & Digital Health Event

Thousands of Attendees | 75+ Speakers | Virtual Networking Events | 1-To-1 Meetings

July 26-28th, 2021

This is your opportunity to engage with the telehealth and digital health market virtually. Read more about the sessions here. Register for this 3-day event here.


Health Care Home - Equity Training

WHEN: Friday, 7th May 2021 29th April 6:30pm - 8:00pm
VENUE: Venue: Tu Ora Compass, 22-28 Willeston St, Wellington

You are invited to attend two workshops on equity. Hosted by Dr Pat Neuwelt, these sessions will reshape how your view privilege and equity in health. Prepare to have your mind opened. These fun workshops will make you question what you thought you knew and enable you to facilitate great equity awareness workshops. Limited spaces available.


Digital Enablement Gap Analysis is live on the Ministry's website

Digital enablement is a programme that sits under the Ministry of Health’s Data and Digital Directorate.

The digital enablement programme identifies, supports and commissions new and innovative ways people can access health care through digital means. One of the main focuses of the programme is to increase digital equity, so Māori, Pacifica and those who traditionally have not engaged with health services have the same level of access to services as others.

Consumer experience and health services that can be provided closer to home are a key element of this programme.


eHealthTALK NZ is now available

News and interviews on data and digital health in New Zealand. Hosted by eHealthNews.nz editor Rebecca McBeth. Brought to you by HiNZ. Podcasts are free to access. Tune in to the eHEALTH TALK podcast series to keep yourself up-to-date and well informed.


ICIC21 Virtual Conference – May 2021

ICIC21 will be run as a virtual conference, co-hosted with their hubs and collaborative centres IFIC Scotland, IFIC Australia, IFIC Ireland, IFIC Canada, and IFIC Latin America. The conference will run across the whole month of May limited to 4 hour sessions taking place across various time zones.

Visit this link for more details

Register now


Webinar: Consumer Engagement & Involvement in Primary Care

Understand the importance of engaging with consumers in developing and delivering health care services.

Thursday 29th April | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Anthony Hill as the keynote speaker will discuss a framework for delivering patient-centred care that includes cultural engagement and involvement. Learn more about partnering with patients and consumers and gathering whanau voice in planning and delivering high quality primary care services.

Download pdf here


70 years of Disease Research video

An interesting video by Helder Nakaya of how diseases were studied in the past 70 years. They have analyzed over 29,000,000 articles and 250GB of data. Computational Systems Biology Laboratory (csbiology.com). Source: PubMed


Consumer webinar: How the HCH model is changing the landscape in how primary care is provided

Did you know there are different options in how you can engage with your doctor and healthcare team?

This webinar covers some of the different methods available and the ways in which is changing the ways in how general practices are providing whānau/patient care.

Practical examples given to improve access and how this will support positive outcomes for your health journey.


Enhancing the Health Care Home Model of Care

The Health Care Home model is designed to deliver an improved and more sustainable primary care service in New Zealand. It enhances a patient and whanau experience, creates a more attractive working environment for the workforce and supports better value for the health dollar. 

Download pdf here

They have also launched two videos that include highlights from members of our Steering Group and clinical leads including Whaea Merle Samuels sharing her wisdom on the consumer voice, Lance Norman sharing the importance of equity for Māori and Dr Kirsty Lennon and Ants Toumoua sharing practical knowledge of implementation in general practice. Watch the videos below. 


Collaboration in digital mental health

The eMental Health International Collaborative (eMHIC) is a place where digital mental health and addiction leaders and associated sector experts come together to leverage digitally-enabled promotion, prevention and treatment to support and improve mental health and addiction outcomes for all populations.

Find out more here.  


Introducing the Mini-ACE

The recommended cognitive impairment screening tool in New Zealand.

Mini-Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (Mini-ACE or M-ACE) is a brief cognitive screening test. It’s free, easy to use, and takes around five minutes to complete.

The Mini-ACE has replaced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA©) test as New Zealand’s recommended cognitive screening test.

Online training for the Mini-ACE is available. You can begin using the Mini-ACE at any time once you have completed training.

From 1 September 2020, anyone who conducts cognitive impairment screening should use the Mini-ACE test, unless they have paid for training and certification through the MoCA Institute. The use of the Mini-ACE test is not prescriptive, but it is the recommended tool on NZ HealthPathways from 1 September 2020.

Find out more here


Health Navigator's latest videos

Health Navigator's latest videos discuss some of the ways people can get support to help them stay well when they have long-term conditions and how to get the most out of general practice visit.

Watch the videos from the links below.


Long-term conditions case studies

A series of videoed case studies have been created. From expanding the kaiāwhina role in LTC management, to Pacific Health, lived experience and peer support to spiritual care, there are research findings and tips for everyone. View the videos here.


What is the answer to the challenge of multimorbidity in New Zealand?

The increasing prevalence of multimorbidity, a growing ageing population and lack of success in addressing the negative effect of socioeconomic and cultural determinants of health are major challenges for New Zealand’s primary care sector. Self-management support strategies, personalised care planning, integrated care and shared health records have all been proposed as mechanisms to address these challenge

View the article here


New Zealand Dementia Foundation

New Zealand Dementia Cooperative is now called New Zealand Dementia Foundation. 

Visit the new website here


Courses for Working with CALD Patients

Courses for Working with CALD Patients"Courses for Working with CALD Patients" provide learners with insight and understanding on cultural dimensions, how different cultures respond to health related situations, different health concepts, faith-based practices, and differences in expectations from health systems.

Find out about the courses here


Managing anxiety about loss

David Kessler, the death and grieving expert, recently recommended four strategies for surviving and managing our anxiety about loss, which may be useful to you and your teams.

Find out more here


Responding to the Covid-19 crisis: Professor Don Berwick

Don Berwick, President Emeritus at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, talked about how leaders can take care of themselves, and their teams during this crisis.


COVID-19 and diabetes special report

As this pandemic evolves rapidly, Research Review NZ has produced a special report to summarise what is currently reported in the literature on Diabetes and COVID-19.

Read more NZ_Diabetes_COVID_Special_Research_Review.pdf


Pressure injury prevention education videos

A suite of videos has been created to enable peer-to-peer education on the importance of pressure injury impact, prevention and treatment. The videos were developed by the Burwood Academy of Independent Living and the New Zealand Spinal Trust.

View the videos here


Whakakotahi evaluation reports

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s primary care quality improvement programme commissioned an evaluation of its Whakakotahi project. The evaluation was carried out by Synergia.

View the reports here.


New SMSToolkit website launched

A much-needed NZ website providing healthcare professionals with information and resources about self-management support (SMS) is now live.

View SMSToolkit website here


Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care

The learning and education videos below were developed for Wiki Haumaru Tūroro | Patient Safety Week 2019.

View the videos on the Health Navigator website here


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.

Find out more here


Long-Term Conditions Conference 2019

A two-day conference was held on 21st and 22nd February 2019 in Wellington focusing on long-term conditions and organised by the Ministry of Health. View the presentations on the Health Navigator website



The CAHPS Ambulatory Care Improvement Guide: Practical Strategies for Improving Patient Experience

The CAHPS Ambulatory Care Improvement Guide is a comprehensive resource for health plans, medical groups, and other providers seeking to improve their performance in the domains of patient experience measured by CAHPS surveys of ambulatory care. Use this guide to help your organization:

  • Cultivate an environment that encourages and sustains improvements in patient-centered care.
  • Analyze the results of CAHPS surveys and other forms of patient feedback to identify strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop strategies for improving performance.

Read the complete CAHPS Ambulatory Care Improvement Guide.


Conference for General Practice 2018

The Conference for General Practice is an annual event that was organised by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. It was held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre between 26 – 29 July 2018, preceded by a Quality Symposium and a Learning and Education Workshop. View the presentations on Health Navigator website.


Digital health and care congress 2018

This two-day congress provided a forum for health and care professionals to come together and learn from successful adoptions and practical implementations of digital health and care.

You can view presentations from this event on the Health Navigator website.


Healthcare should be a team sport - an example of disruptive healthcare

When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. One rectified diagnosis and a transplant later, Dishman puts his personal experience and his expertise as a leading medical tech specialist together to suggest some bold ideas for reinventing healthcare -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team. (Filmed at TED@Intel)


Long-Term Conditions Conference - Shifting care closer to home

A Long-Term Conditions Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Health was held in Wellington on 27-28th February 2018. You can view presentations from this event on the Health Navigator NZ website. 


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