Local health committees report on progress.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Community health services (Services)
Community health services (Social aspects)
Community health services (Demographic aspects)
Pub Date: 08/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information; 290 Public affairs
Product: SIC Code: 8399 Social services, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 236247987

Meetings between the PHOs and different ethnic health committees are held three-monthly. Last month, parish community nurse Mesepa Selau-Channing, who works with AuckPac, chaired meetings with five different ethnic groups in the one day. Each church reported back on what it had achieved over the last three months. Activities included zumba and keep fit classes, training for church members in Netfit and nutrition, church gardening, programmes for the 60+ age group and youth events. Nutritionist Ta'i Matenga-Smith called for more church members to enrol in the next Pacific Heartbeat nutrition course. She also congratulated all nutrition graduates who recently received their bronze and silver awards, and urged churches in the Glen Innes/Panmure Zone to become involved in the six-week "lite blue and green top" milk promotion activity.

Selau-Channing took the opportunity to promote her new church-based clinics beginning next month. "During my health screening clinics, I frequently pick up people with undiagnosed diabetes and heart problems and other chronic conditions," she said after the meeting. "Wherever possible, I refer people to their GPs, but I am currently monitoring 57 people with chronic conditions and will work intensively with 16 of them.

"It is very interesting to find out why people are not looking after themselves properly. They obviously feel very comfortable coming to the church hall for a physical assessment. So many older people are also too scared to go and have their smears. I will be including cervical smears in my new clinics in September."
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