KIWI GP’S HEALTH CRUSADE

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Healthy Living -

Ja­nine By­croft was a busy Auck­land GP and mum-of-three when she spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket for rep­utable on­line health in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to New Zealan­ders, so she set about fill­ing it. She worked tire­lessly, up­skilling in web­site knowhow, find­ing vol­un­teers and set­ting up a char­i­ta­ble trust to help fund and guide the ven­ture. As a re­sult, the Health Nav­i­ga­tor web­site health­nav­i­ga­tor.org.nz went live in 2009. It’s aimed at ev­ery­day Ki­wis and since more than 90% of us are going on­line with healthre­lated ques­tions, a trusted na­tional web­site is es­sen­tial. “The web­site also has an ex­ten­sive healthy-liv­ing sec­tion with top­ics cov­er­ing preg­nancy and ba­bies through to se­nior health and ev­ery­thing in be­tween,” ex­plains Ja­nine. When her “fourth baby” out­grew its orig­i­nal plat­form, Ja­nine se­cured a num­ber of key con­tracts to up­grade the web­site in 2015. The new site cov­ers a wide range of health top­ics, in­for­ma­tion about medicines, videos and a clin­i­cians’ sec­tion. “As a GP, I re­ally need to have the right in­for­ma­tion at my fin­ger­tips when I’m see­ing pa­tients – and now I have, so all the hard work has been worth­while,” tells Ja­nine. “Bet­ter still, the web­site pro­vides a valu­able source of re­li­able and trusted in­for­ma­tion for ev­ery­one from fam­i­lies to stu­dents and col­leagues.” Ja­nine is proud that Health Nav­i­ga­tor is made by New Zealan­ders for Ki­wis. She says the web­site com­ple­ments na­tion­ally run, free 24/7 ser­vices such as Health­line and is be­ing used by thou­sands of us ev­ery day.

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