For the first time in 14 years, new Adult Asthma Guidelines are available (Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ). The importance to Equally Well is evident from the New Zealand Mental Health Survey which found that people with (any) mental health issue had higher prevalence of respiratory conditions; 23 per cent compared with 16.7 per cent in the general population (Oakley-Browne et al., 2006). Higher rates of respiratory conditions and chronic pain have been identified amongst Māori with any mental health issue, compared with Māori with no mental health issue. 

As reported in previous e-news, this is why the collaboration between the Community Energy Network and Platform members, who are working together to take action to get better access to health homes assessments and support is so good to see.

The guidelines can be found here.

2017 Public Health Summer School, Otago University, Wellington

February 23 in Wellington is The physical health of tangata whaiora/mental health service users summer course. It’s only a week until the early-bird rate closes (Dec 21) for all of the programmes. Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui have sponsored a number of places for people with lived experience, contact Ruth Cunningham if you would like one.

An Equally Well evaluation workshop will be held the next day on Friday 24 February. This is open to people attending the summer school on the Thursday and will be relevant to you if you are involved in evaluating an Equally Well initiative or you are about to.

Take a look at the 2017 Public Health Summer School programme, including 14 new courses and book your place while there is still the early bird rate.