Talking asthma: The power of the basics

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He Ako Hiringa
4 November 2022
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Intended for all members of the healthcare team, this video explores improving asthma outcomes and achieving health equity by making effective connections with patients and whānau.

    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.


    • Dr David McNamara, paediatric respiratory specialist at Auckland’s Starship hospital
    • Lady Tureiti Moxon, managing director of Te Kohao Health in Hamilton
    • Noelene Rapana, community respiratory nurse specialist and community services manager at Korowai Aroha Health Centre in Rotorua
    • Sue Jones, clinical nurse specialist in the respiratory team at Waikato Hospital (at the time of filming)
    • Sue Ward, mātanga tapuhi / respiratory nurse practitioner at Te Matau a Māui Hawke’s Bay
    • Kate Te Pou, mātanga tapuhi / respiratory nurse practitioner at Te Matau a Māui Hawke’s Bay

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    This activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 0.25 CME credits for continuing professional development purposes (1 credit per learning hour). To claim your CPD credits, log in to your Te Whanake dashboard and record these activities under the appropriate learning category.

    This activity has been endorsed by the PSNZ as suitable for inclusion in a pharmacist’s CE records for CPD purposes.

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