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Recent report from the Health Quality & Safety Commission of New Zealand.

Bula Sautu uses national data to show the complex contributing factors that impact on health for Pacific peoples, from maternity to end of life, using a life-course approach. The report brings together a diverse range of Pacific health and equity experts to share their views of how effectively (or ineffectively) the health system is performing for Pacific peoples.

Addressing improvement in Pacific health is challenging, but there is a way forward. This way forward involves strong and supported Pacific leadership, effective partnerships with Pacific communities, and systematic, coordinated action within all levels of the health and social sectors and beyond. Within the health sector, there are a number of key actions that organisations and individual services can take, many of them within existing resources. These actions are presented as a seven-step framework to improve Pacific health. 

The Health Quality & Safety Commission of New Zealand has developed a Te Ao Māori Framework in partnership with Māori health providers, Whānau Ora providers and participating district health boards across Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more about the framework and download PDFs from the HQSC website.

PODCAST: Dr Rinki Murphy discusses type 2 diabetes management with a focus on GLP-1 receptor agonists, including how to use dulaglutide now that it has Medsafe approval. This Goodfellow Unit podcast also contains links to other useful resources.

Written by Dr Vicki Mount with expert review by Dr Ryan Paul, this Goodfellow Unit MedCase considers the place of dulaglutide (Trulicity) alongside other therapies for T2D management. 

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world using cilazapril. To avoid potential supply issues, PHARMAC is no longer funding cilazapril for new patients. Dr Chris Ellis discusses management options in this article from New Zealand Doctor Rata Aotearoa.

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC), in partnership with Te ORA, commissioned this report to better understand the actions medical colleges are taking to support cultural safety and health equity. It also examines how Māori fellows and trainees have experienced the training programmes and support offered by medical colleges.

The report aims to provide both a snapshot on progress and a knowledge base that will support the evolution of vocational medical training towards cultural safety. It shows that many colleges are undertaking activities with the aim of supporting health equity, and we are all on varying stages of this journey. Importantly, the report also highlights the cultural loading that Māori doctors experience consistently across all medical specialties.

From 1 May, cilazapril will no longer be funded for new patients. This article from bpac offers helpful advice on appropriate alternatives.

Media release from Healthier Lives National Science Challenge and Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research 

This media release outlines a report titled "The Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes". The report found that around 600 amputations could be avoided every year in New Zealand if better foot screening and podiatry services were made available for everyone with type 2 diabetes. 

Written by Sally Murphy, Reporter.

This article from RNZ outlines the concerning conclusions of a PwC report commissioned by Diabetes New Zealand, the University of Otago's Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre and Healthier Lives National Science Challenge. The report found that the number of people with type 2 diabetes in New Zealand could increase by 90% across the next two decades. 

Written by Dr Vicki Mount with expert review by Dr Ryan Paul 

This Goodfellow MedCase considers the place of empagliflozin alongside existing treatments and describes how to safely start treatment.