KIWI GP’S HEALTH CRUSADE
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.