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Turia: Signing of Agreement on Disability Issues

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:38:21 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Signing of Agreement - Disabled People’s Organisations and Chief Executives Group on Disability Issues - Parliament More >>

Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:12:04 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.More >>

Prevention technologies for HIV and STIs at AIDS 2014

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:03:54 +1200 | Shobha Shukla

Women of reproductive age have a need for prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and family planning methods. More importantly, women need prevention tools/methods that are under their control and do not leave them at the mercy of ...More >>

200 more training places for graduate nurses

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:53:56 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government will fund up to 200 additional training places for nurse graduates next year. Mr Ryall says the $2.8 million investment will bring the total number of places available on the Nurse Entry to Practice programme ...More >>

Treatment A Game Changer For Breast Cancer

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:15:14 +1200 | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

The news that Intrabeam, the revolutionary one dose, one time treatment for early-stage breast cancer is being made available to women in the UK by Britain’s national health service has been welcomed by New Zealand breast cancer organisations.More >>

Health Needs Assessment Update Released

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:38:04 +1200 | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board and Whanganui DHB populations have higher proportions of groups with higher health needs (Maori, social-economically disadvantaged people, and older people) compared to New Zealand, a health needs assessment of the regions ...More >>

MDHB involved in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery project

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:36:09 +1200 | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board, like other DHBs, is taking part in the national Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) programme aimed at improving patient outcomes and recovery after orthopaedic surgery.More >>

$9.3 million to improve drinking water in small communities

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:36:48 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced approval of $9.3 million in subsidies to help small communities establish or improve their drinking-water supplies.More >>

Immunisation expert to advise global NGO

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:51:42 +1200 | University of Auckland

A New Zealand immunisation expert has been invited to join the World Health Organisation’s strategic advisory group on immunisation. More >>

Charity walk and cycle to raise funds

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:43:34 +1200 | West Coast DHB

Get your walking shoes and bikes out for the annual West Coast DHB’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Charity Walk on Saturday 9 August. More >>

Funding puts asthma anomaly under scrutiny

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:01:52 +1200 | Massey University

Health researchers at Massey University have been awarded nearly $1.2 million to identify an anomaly in one particular underlying cause of asthma in New Zealand. More >>

Nurses to play bigger role in bowel cancer care

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:10 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person has bowel cancer and can find and remove pre-cancerous growths.More >>

Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:32:50 +1200 | Rainbow Wellington

In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and prejudice, including from some who deny their ...More >>

UN: Marking World Hepatitis Day, Global momentum needed

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:05:11 +1200 | UN News

With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency is marking World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat one of the world’s most serious ...More >>

Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:43:19 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens ...More >>

Speech to The Prostate Cancer Foundation in Wellington

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:46:55 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Thank you for inviting me to your annual conference. It is my pleasure to be here to express my support for your organisation and to hear how your work is progressing. More >>

New outreach clinics to help Pasifika

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:20:05 +1200 | MidCentral District Health Board

New outreach clinics have been set up by the Central PHO to provide easy access to health services for Pasifika people in the MDHB region. More >>

Waikato Surgeon Upset at Surgical Mesh Criticism

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:14:49 +1200 | Waikato District Health Board

A leading Waikato Hospital surgeon says recent publicity about surgical mesh has the potential to detract attention from real clinical issues and undermine public confidence in well-established standards of care.More >>

Videoconferencing improving patient care

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:56:45 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall has been given a first-hand demonstration of a video link that gives patients in the small central North Island community of Taumarunui access to medical expertise from specialists at Waikato Hospital. Mr Ryall visited Taumarunui ...More >>

Rural Health Services Unaffected Despite Sale of Buildings

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:16:50 +1200 | Turanga Health

Turanga Health’s general practice and rural health services will continue despite potential changes to who owns the Te Karaka and Matawai health buildings, says Turanga Health Chief Executive Reweti Ropiha.More >>


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