Researchers at BRNZ are working hard to develop novel apps and tools to support New Zealanders in reducing their risk of neurological disease. Apps available for download to smart devices are universally accessible and are proving a powerful way to motivate people to reduce their risk.

We are also developing an interactive website that that will support people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which we will launch in early 2020. Work is also underway to create online resources that will increase the awareness of dementia and dementia care in NZ, including Māori-specific resources, and standardise dementia resources across our public health and NGO sectors. Another project currently underway is the development of an app for dementia awareness and risk reduction for Māori.

Tools and Apps

Stroke Riskometer App

Developed by BRNZ investigator Valery Feigin in collaboration with international leaders in stroke prevention, the Stroke Riskometer™ app is an award winning and easy-to-use tool for measuring your individual risk of a stroke in the next five to ten years. The Stroke Riskometer can calculate your stroke risk by evaluating a series of risk factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle and other health factors that directly influence your likelihood of a stroke.

Stroke Riskometer is available on AppStore and GooglePlay.
Click here to find out how to download the Stroke Riskometer App in your preferred language.

The Stroke Riskometer app is suitable for ages 20 to 90+ years old and has been endorsed by:

  • The World Stroke Organization
  • European Stroke Organization
  • World Federation of Neurology
  • International Association of Neurology and Epidemiology

Another tool developed by Prof Feigin and his collaborators at AUT is, a website focused on self-managed rehabilitation. It features a series of videos on stroke care and rehabilitation available for a minimal cost. The videos demonstrate rehabilitation procedures – from muscle strengthening and fatigue management to bathing and walking – and show how to manage everyday life when recovering from a stroke. The practical demonstrations are accompanied by easy-to-understand explanations from health professionals. 

The videos have already been tested by Dr Kelly Jones and her team at the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience at AUT in a controlled trial in six countries, and have proved highly acceptable.

Click here to access the website and find out more.

Dementia Care for Māori

This short course, released by the Goddfellow Unit, is aimed at health professionals who engage with Māori who live with dementia and their whānau. It provides information and tools around communicating with Māori patients and whānau, and information around diagnosing dementia and the long term care of dementia patients. The resource was developed by Eleanor Moloney and reviewed by BRNZ Principal Investigators Prof Ngaire Kerse and Prof Leigh Hale, Shereen Moloney (The New Zealand Dementia Cooperative), Dr Chris Perkins and Catherine Hall (Alzheimers New Zealand). Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Professional Development. 

You can access the resource here.

Health and wellbeing for Māori: Interview series

As part of the development of the "Dementia Care for Māori" resource,  a series of interviews with kaumatua Tāmati Kruger were recorded. They give broad cultural insights and are aimed at healthcare practitioners who want to create greater satisfaction for both patients and practitioners and to achieve better health outcomes for Māori within their practice. The interviews touch on topics such as social connection,  components of self, mana, mauri and tapu, whakapapa, mauri ora, and more. Watch the videos here.

Living well with dementia

In this podcast, Prof Ngaire Kerse discusses topics on living well with dementia, including: the diagnosis of dementia, adjusting to change, considering the future, cognitive testing, family respite and support, driving and dementia, and whakawhanaungatanga when dealing with Māori patients and whānau. Listen to the podcast here.

Dementia - Prof Ngaire Kerse

In this podcast, Prof Ngaire Kerse discusses the following topics: dementia care and early diagnosis, assessing cognitive impairment and expected age related decline, depression, delirium and dementia, reliable tools to test cognitive function, recommended investigations, breaking news to families, topics to discuss with patients, supportive role of the GP, lifestyle advice, frequency of review, when to refer, take home messages. Listen to the podcast here.

Driving assessment for patients with dementia: a how-to guide

This resource is a medical case scenario that discusses driving assessment for a patient with dementia. It uses a clinical guideline on dementia and driving safety, and the Hui Process, a four-step approach to building relationships with Māori patients and whānau. This resource was created by Dr Vicki Mount and reviewed by Dr Philip Wood. Access this resource here.

Maximising health of older people

In this Goodfellow Unit MedTech, Prof Ngaire Kerse discusses topics such as: what are the new things that are becoming important for ageing well, tips for getting conversations about ageing well into consultations, factors that may affect health outcomes as people age, and approaching the rationalisation of prescription medicines for older patients. Watch the interview here.

Options for studying te Reo Māori

Māori Strategy Leader Dr Hinemoa Elder has put together a list of options to study te Reo Māori. It includes resources for self-directed study such as language guide books and dictionaries, as well as language and tikanga courses offered across New Zealand.

We are working hard to support our scientists and clinicians to improve their cultural competency, and we hope that this will help our members - and of course, anyone else who might be interested - kickstart their te reo journey and support them along the way.

Download the resource here - and then sign up for your first language class!

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