News bulletin 21 October

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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 273 21 October 2015


From NZ media this week

A new model of training for Nurse Practitioners - applications
The Minister of Health, the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced support for a 12-month trial of a new model of training for Nurse Practitioners, designed to reduce the overall training time while still meeting Nursing Council registration requirements.  Massey University and the University of Auckland Nursing Schools are partnering to deliver the programme for 20 Nurse Practitioners, commencing in 2016.

New training model at Massey for nurse practitioners
Massey University’s School of Nursing is a key player in the Government’s newly announced 12-month trial of a training model for nurse practitioners, designed to speed up the time between students completing their studies and starting employment.

Research shows Maori health inequality
A health researcher said a series of reports into Māori well-being across the motu provides a stark reminder of the inequities they face in achieving good health.

Campaign puts health at the heart of climate action
A global climate-health campaign ‘Our Climate Our Health’, launched this week, aims to put health at the heart of climate negotiations and policy.

High Maori cancer rates linked to poverty and overcrowding
Maori are far more likely to get cancer than other Kiwis, with overcrowding and smoking blamed for the disparity.
An international study, published in The Lancet Oncology on Thursday, found the cancer gap between Maori and other New Zealanders was higher than among other indigenous populations in western countries.

Stats show Maori still facing discrimination
Ministry of Health statistics show Māori are almost three times as likely as non-Māori to have experienced unfair treatment on the basis of ethnicity.

Māori men four times more likely to die from violence
The rate of hospitalisation as a result of assault or attempted homicide was nearly six times higher for Māori women than non-Māori women over the past three years.

Sugar 'providing fuel' for rheumatic fever
A new study shows children with several rotten teeth are nearly twice as likely to get rheumatic fever.'providing-fuel'-for-rheumatic-fever

Aged care

GPs and pharmacists most popular for elderly healthcare
General practitioners and pharmacists are the primary health care professionals seen by most people in advanced age, according to new research from the University of Auckland.

Exercise clinic gives elderly new lease on life
Elderly people living with chronic health conditions are getting a new lease on life thanks to a specialised exercise rehabilitation clinic run by staff and students from the Waikato Institute of Technology’s (Wintec).

Mental health

New support service coaches Kiwis on path to mental wellness
Rates of diagnosed mental health conditions are rising. A recent New Zealand Mental Health Survey found that nearly half (46.6 per cent) of the population is predicted to meet the criteria for a mental illness sometime in their lives with 20.7 per cent experiencing mental health issues in the past 12 months.


Anaesthetists warn fat epidemic risking lives: 200kg patients 'not unusual'
Hospitals are having to super-size surgery as they face a fat epidemic that is putting patients at risk.
The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists has warned a soaring obesity rate is making their job tougher, and forcing hospitals to upsize their gear to keep patients safe

The heavy obesity cost
Obesity may be bad for you health and your finances, writes Rob Stock.
"There is no question that being obese or overweight is more costly than being normal weight," a 2010 George Washington University concluded of Americans.
It estimated the cost of being obese was just over US$2600 for men, and just under US$4900 for women.

Major programme to combat obesity to be unveiled, Govt confirms
More than 60 per cent of pregnant women gain more weight than is recommended, which has implications for a child's weight later in life.

Focusing on childhood obesity
The Government has today announced a package of initiatives to prevent and manage obesity in children and young people.

No sugar tax ahead for childhood obesity plan
The government will not be introducing a sugar tax as part of a new plan to tackle childhood obesity, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says'we're-not-doing-a-tax-on-soft-drinks'

Government targets overweight mums, toddlers, to combat childhood obesity
The Government has announced a wide-ranging package to tackle childhood obesity, which is set to overtake tobacco next year as the leading preventable health risk.

Children's weight on parents' shoulders
New Zealand's childhood obesity problem needs to be attacked on all fronts – not by targeting children, but their parents, a clinical psychology lecturer says.

Brian Rudman: Coleman's obesity cure right up industry's alley
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman's newly released magic pill to cure childhood obesity is so sugar-coated even those fuelling the epidemic are falling over each other to praise him.

Public health

Diabetes plan a clear road map that can work, given resources: Mann
A new plan dealing with the diabetes epidemic will work if health boards are adequately resourced to implement it, diabetes specialist Prof Jim Mann says.

Diabetes NZ welcomes new diabetes strategy
Diabetes New Zealand welcomes the launch of a dedicated national diabetes plan to address one of New Zealand’s most serious health issues. Over a quarter of a million people have diabetes and this number is steadily rising, with 50 more being diagnosed every day.

From International media this week

How 3 hospitals are addressing patients' noise complaints
HCAHPS surveys measuring patient experience ask patients directly how quiet their rooms were at night during their stay, prompting many hospitals to tackle this issue head-on with programs
designed to provide patients a quieter, more restful environment during their hospitalization.

Patients using nurse practitioners are less likely to have avoidable hospital admissions
Diabetic patients who got their primary care from nurse practitioners did not have an increase in potentially preventable hospital admissions, new research concludes.

Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees
Growing demand for bachelor’s degrees comes partly in response to increasingly complex health-care system

Work and management

Nurses must summon moral courage to confront unethical behavior
There are times nurses must draw on moral courage, and to draw on it, they need a working definition.

Articles of interest

Managing perturbations during handover meetings: a joint activity framework
To document the prevalence of perturbations of handover meetings and understand how nurses manage temporal, physical and social meeting boundaries in response to perturbations.

Patient perceptions of nurse mentors facilitating the Aussie Heart Guide: A home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for rural patients.
Terence John Frohmader, Frances Lin and Wendy Chaboyer
To explore and describe long-term thoughts and perceptions of the Aussie Heart Guide Programme including the role of the mentor, held by patients recovering from myocardial infarction.

Research article  

Nurse practitioner interactions in acute and long-term care: an exploration of the role of knotworking in supporting interprofessional collaboration
Hurlock-Chorostecki C, van Soeren M, MacMillan K, Sidani S, Donald F, Reeves S
BMC Nursing 2015, 14 :50 (14 October 2015)
Interprofessional care ensures high quality healthcare. Effective interprofessional collaboration is required to enable interprofessional care, although within the acute care  hospital setting interprofessional collaboration is considered suboptimal. The integration of nurse practitioner roles into the acute and long-term care settings is influencing enhanced care. What remains unknown is how the nurse practitioner role enacts interprofessional collaboration or enables interprofessional care to promote high quality care.
The study aim was to understand how nurse practitioners employed in acute and long-term care settings enable interprofessional collaboration and care.

From the Ministry of Health

Living Well with Diabetes
A plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015 - 2020
Diabetes is a priority long-term condition. More than 257,000 New Zealanders now live with diabetes. In 2014, the number of people with diabetes grew by nearly 40 people a day. The high personal and social costs associated with this condition present a serious health challenge both now and in the future.
The health sector has worked hard in recent years to identify those at risk of developing diabetes sooner and to improve the quality of services for people already living with diabetes, however more can be done. 
A medium-term plan is needed to ensure all New Zealanders with diabetes, or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, are living well and have access to high-quality, people centred health services. This vision is set out in Living Well with Diabetes: A health care plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015–2020.

National Health Emergency Plan - A framework for the health and disability sector
The National Health Emergency Plan (NHEP) is a key emergency management document for the health and disability sector.
The purpose of the NHEP is to:
provide the strategic framework to guide the health and disability sector in its approach to planning for, responding to and recovering from health-related risks and consequences of significant hazards in New Zealand
clarify how the health and disability sector fits in the context of New Zealand emergency management
specify roles and responsibilities at all levels within the health and disability sector, across the 4Rs of emergency management.

DHB Māori Health Profiles
The DHB Māori Health Profiles present a snapshot of Māori health compared with non-Māori across a range of health and disability related indicators for each of the 20 district health boards.
The profiles were commissioned by the Ministry of Health and have been produced by Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare of the University of Otago.
All the DHB Māori Health Profiles are available on the University of Otago website along with the full suite of data tables.
These profiles build on earlier DHB Māori Health Needs Assessments produced by Massey University
How can the profiles be used as a resource?
The profiles will be useful to DHBs as part of their annual planning process and to monitor and measure progress in their Māori Health Plans, Annual Plans and Regional Service Plans.  The profiles are also a useful resource to the Ministry of Health and the wider health sector in providing consistent health-related statistics for all 20 DHBs.

The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at Tuesday 20 October 2015

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