One of the key components for improving health is the concept of self-management, particularly for the prevention and optimal management of long-term conditions.
While well developed in some pockets or organisations across the country, overall knowledge, understanding and uptake of self-management programmes and approaches by both patients and healthcare practitioners remains low with minimal adoption across the broader health system.
Development of the toolkit
One of the recurring requests from participants at a series of regional Self-Management Master Classes in June 2009 sponsored by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, and workshops since is for a self-management toolkit. Health practitioners want a practical guide and resource to help them apply self-management principles within their clinical work.
The Auckland District Health Board sponsored this project and worked with Health Navigator NZ to develop a toolkit. While some of the programmes listed will only be available for the local Auckland population, we hope most of the resources and toolkit will be applicable to health providers and teams throughout New Zealand.
Self Management Support Toolkit - updated July 2014 (Note: Large file 3.3 MB)
Local regions: if you are interested to expand or localise this toolkit for your region, contact the editors to discuss.
Within the toolkit, hyperlinks assist navigation within the document and directly to online resources. Likewise, most images are hyperlinked and by clicking on these you can also go directly to the related resource or webpage.
NOTE: Health Navigator continues to update this resource.