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Te Pū rauemi KOWHEORI-19 COVID-19 resource hub

Support for people working in health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find information about how you can support yourselves and others, including consumers, teams and colleagues which complements and aligns with Ministry of Health resources.

Kia āta kōwhiri Choosing Wisely

The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to reduce harm from unnecessary and low-value tests and treatment.

Health literacy is being able to obtain, understand and use basic health information to navigate health services and make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy is the foundation of consumer engagement. It is the responsibility of the health care professional to present health information in a way that a person can understand. There are a number of tools and techniques to improve health literacy. These contribute to achieving equitable outcomes.

Let's PLAN for better care

Let’s PLAN for better care is a health literacy initiative to help consumers prepare well for their visit to the GP or other primary care health professional. It encourages people to plan ahead for practice visits and to ask questions when there so they fully understand their diagnosis and treatment. It also suggests questions they can ask pharmacy staff when they pick up their medicine. This resource is also available in Chinese, Hindi, Māori, and Samoan.

Three steps to better health literacy: a guide for health care professionals

This resource for health professionals takes health professionals through a three-step process:

  1. Find out what people know.
  2. Build health literacy skills and knowledge.
  3. Check you were clear (and if not, go back to step 2).

Communicating so people will understand

This poster for health professionals provides simple techniques for talking with people about their health or medicines.

Download the poster (263KB, pdf)

Medication ‘one steps’

These resources are intended to:

  • check some aspect of the safety system for a high-risk medicine in any area of work, whether on a ward, across a whole hospital or other care setting
  • stimulate discussion about the system and what changes could be made to reduce the risk of harm from those medicines.

External resources

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Communication strategies at GP level from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (484KB, pdf).

Published: 6 Dec 2021 Modified: 16 Jan 2024