He Ako Hiringa attended the launch of the new asthma management guidelines at the New Zealand Respiratory conference in November 2020, and interviewed some of the speakers.
The speakers emphasised the valuable contributions of allied health staff in building relationships with whānau and how this facilitates achieving wrap-around care.
A key take home message was to check inhaler technique and compliance at every opportunity. Other themes that came through at the national conference included:
- Health care is improved when providers make a connection with patients and find out what they/whānau want, and empower them to make informed decisions about their own care.
- Education and support are just as important as the medicine prescribed.
- The wider social determinants of health play a significant role in respiratory health, so it’s important that there is wrap-around care.
- To improve health of all New Zealanders, we must understand and address inequities that contribute to poorer health outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples.
- Everyone appreciates simple language, and the use of actual inhalers and visuals makes explanations clearer.