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 for patients and 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.

Health Navigator, NZ

Take Charge My Health Plan

This is a shorter version of the Take Charge Workbook. Ideal for those who want a short version focused just on the care plan sections. Ideal assessment and care planning resource for use by health providers as above.

Health Navigator, NZ


Wellbeing action 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

Early warning signs plan also known as acute plan or emergency plan.

Health Navigator, 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, NZ

Bronchiectasis action plan

Action plan for bronchiectasis.

KidsHealth, NZ


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) action plan.

Lung Foundation Australasia


Starting allopurinol action plan.

Counties Manukau DHB, NZ

Angina action plan

Angina action plan.

Heart Foundation, NZ

Asthma action plan

Asthma action plan for children.

Asthma Foundation, NZ


Range of action plans for anipen or epipen.

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy

My Blue Card for COPD

Action plan to stay well and keep out of hospital.

Auckland DHB, NZ

Asthma self-management plan

Asthma self-management plan.

Asthma Foundation, NZ

Asthma symptom diary

Use together with child asthma action plan.

Asthma Foundation, NZ


COPD self-management plan.

Asthma Foundation, NZ


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

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy

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

Advance care planning

Range of resources about advance care planning.

Health Quality & Safety Commission, NZ

Heart failure

Heart failure action plan.

Heart Foundation, 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

Medicines list

Use this to track what medicine you're taking and when.

Health Navigator, NZ

Symptom diary

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

Health Navigator, NZ