2018 Nzrc Melinda Mc Ginty

Session eight: Becoming a nurse prescriber

Melinda McGinty

This presentation covers a brief overview of what is required to become a nurse prescriber followed by how Melinda’s first year as a nurse prescriber has gone, including the good and not so good points. Melinda will discuss how and why she has started a nurse prescribing group, given feedback to the Nursing Council of New Zealand and been involved with the clinical governance of nurse prescribers at Hutt Valley DHB. This presentation should inspire others to become nurse prescribers and identify ways to support each other.

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2018 Nzrc Chris Lewis

Session nine: Challenges of real-world asthma management

Dr Chris Lewis

The burden of asthma in New Zealand is significant. While we strive to give our asthma patients optimal asthma control, we recognise that time constraints in everyday practice mean that simple and easy support is key. The Asthma Control Test offers an objective, easy and fast measure to assess a patient’s asthma control. Innovative treatment regimens and easy to use devices give us the opportunity to individualise treatment accordingly and help our patients achieve better asthma outcomes.

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2018 Nzrc Maggie Scott

Session ten: Improving Asthma in Kiwi Kids

Maggie Scott

Low adherence to preventative asthma medications is a widespread issue that is associated with poor asthma control and health outcomes. The Kiwi Kids programme aims to improve asthma management in NZ children and teenagers with severe-poorly-controlled asthma by supplying them with the latest digital management tools to help monitor and promote adherence.

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2018 Nzrc Sandra Hotu

Session eleven: Māori models of Health - ARFNZ PhD Scholarship

Dr Sandra Hotu

Despite decades of efforts to eradicate or at least reduce Māori health inequity, there seems to have been no progress. Māori with chronic airways disease, including COPD, asthma and bronchiectasis, have morbidity and mortality rates up to 5 times those of New Zealand Europeans. Using a kaupapa Māori approach, we undertook qualitative and quantitative research, to design and pilot an intervention which uses a person and whānau centred approach to chronic care management in order to address health inequity for Māori with chronic airways disease.

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2018 Nzrc Te Puea Winiata

Session twelve: ARFNZ Schools project

Te Puea Winiata

Developing an integrated primary care model to address the needs of children with asthma in a school setting. Partnerships, collaboration, and involvement of a number of stakeholders, along with developing our primary care workforce provided a unique experience for those involved and importantly some early outcomes for our tamariki and whānau, but where to from here and what learnings do we have to share?

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2018 Nzrc Hiran Thabrew

Session thirteen: Chronic illness, a risk to kid's psychological health

Dr Hiran Thabrew

Children and adolescents with chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis are at increased risk of psychological problems, particularly anxiety and depression. Earlier identification of these problems can now be undertaken using paper-based and electronic screening tools. Effective interventions are also available via on-line and face to face means. 

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My Story: Living well with a respiratory condition

Emily Arps

Just like physical health, our mental health is an important asset we all need to nurture. Having good mental health can help us better manage stressors when they arise, and this is especially true for people living with respiratory conditions. This session will give a first hand perspective on living well with a respiratory condition, despite the challenges it presents. The session will also share tips for looking after your own mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support the mental health of others.

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Andrew Park

Session fourteen: PHARMAC's approach to medicine procurement

Andrew Park

PHARMAC is the government agency responsible for securing the best health outcomes from within the fixed pharmaceutical budget. Achieving this relies on PHARMAC’s ability to promote market competition and distil complex clinical, economic and other relevant information to make and implement sometimes difficult choices. To meet the growth in the numbers of people receiving funded medicines and continue to fund new effective medicines, it undertakes competitive procurement activity to ensure New Zealand gets the best value for all pharmaceuticals. 

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Nzrc 2018 Alex Bartle

Session fifteen: Insomnia

Dr Alex Bartle

Insomnia is not a new phenomenon, but has become an increasing burden on today’s society. There are likely to be many causes for the most distressing long term insomnia, while occasional insomnia is likely to affect us all at some time. While drug therapy is most commonly used, there are behavioural strategies that are more effective in the medium to long term. Known as CBTi, these strategies will be discussed, and the reasoning behind why they work.

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