A much-needed New Zealand website providing healthcare professionals with information and resources about self-management support (SMS) is now live.
The Self-Management Support Toolkit website [https://www.smstoolkit.nz/] is for healthcare providers wanting easy access to resources that support them to better engage patients in their own health decisions and long-term condition self-management.
“A joint venture between Health Navigator and Health Literacy NZ, the SMS website will enable the sector to tackle the burden of long-term conditions faced by New Zealanders,” says Sue Riddle, Ministry of Health long-term conditions team manager.
The website is loaded with SMS information, services, tools and resources for a New Zealand context.
SMS is particularly beneficial for people living with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, because it supports them to continue to play a key role in the management of their own care.
Health Navigator founder and executive director Dr Janine Bycroft says the core principles of SMS are health literacy, person-centred care and cultural competency.
“SMS is essential for healthcare providers wishing to work alongside people with long-term conditions, acknowledging and building on people’s current skills and knowledge about how to manage their health condition(s) safely and well at home and supporting positive behaviour change for people,” she says.