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Care plans & action plans

A care plan is useful when you have several people involved in your care or you have ongoing health issues so everyone is on the 'same page' as to what matters to you (your goals, values and preferences) and what's planned together with your healthcare team for the next 12 months to improve your health or wellbeing.


Care plans

Take Charge: My Toolkit

This booklet is ideal for anyone wanting to get back in the 'driver's seat' of their health and improve the areas they can influence. Nearly everyone can improve some aspects of their health and wellbeing with the right knowledge, support and skills which this booklet will help you learn. 40 pages. 

Health Navigator NZ

Take Charge: My Health Plan

This shorter version of the Take Charge Toolkit is suitable for those who want to focus on the care plan sections. The assessment and care planning resources are ideal for use by health providers.

9 pages. 

Health Navigator NZ


Wellbeing plan for depression.

Health Navigator NZ

Action plans and acute plans

This section includes a range of resources which are sometimes called action plans, acute plans or self-management plans which focus on early warning signs and what actions a person should take. 

Early warning signs plan 

Generic early warning signs plan. Also known as acute plan or emergency plan. 

Health Navigator NZ

Angina action plan

Angina action plan developed by Heart Foundation NZ.

Heart Foundation NZ

Asthma self-management plan

Asthma self-management plan developed by Asthma Foundation NZ.

Asthma Foundation NZ

Pictorial asthma medication plan

A web-based tool that health professionals can use to produce personalised pictorial asthma resources in English and three Pacific languages.

Waitemata DHB

Asthma action plan

Child asthma action plan developed by Asthma Foundation NZ.

Asthma symptom diary

Use together with child asthma action plan by Asthma Foundation NZ.

Asthma Foundation NZ

Bronchiectasis action plan 

Action plan for bronchiectasis developed by KidsHealth NZ.

KidsHealth NZ

Anaphylaxis action plan

Range of action plans for anipen or epipen from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy.

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy

COPD action plan

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) self-management plan.

Asthma Foundation NZ

COPD action plan

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) action plan.

Lung Foundation Australasia

My Blue Card for COPD

Action plan to stay well and keep out of hospital.

Auckland DHB

Eczema action plan

Eczema action plan (interactive – can write meds, name etc.).

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy

Gout action plan

Starting allopurinol action plan.

Counties Manukau DHB

Additional tools and resources 


This section includes examples of some of the tools and resources you may find useful as patient tasks when creating care plans with patients and clients. 

Headache diary

  • Monitor your headaches for a week or two then show to your doctor.

  • Helps see any patterns or triggers.

Health Navigator NZ

Heart failure

My Heart Failure action plan

Heart Foundation NZ 

Medicines list 

Interactive pdf

Health Navigator NZ

Advance care planning

Range of resources about advance care planning.

Health Quality & Safety Commission, NZ

Take Charge sleep tips tracker 

  • Write down what your sleep is like.

  • Look for patterns, what helps, what makes any sleep problems worse.

  • Show to your doctor.

Health Navigator NZ

Symptom diary 

Use this diary to monitor anything from bowel symptoms to period pains to headaches.

Health Navigator NZ