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Adverse events report signals stronger focus on learning

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:15:50 +1300 | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Adverse events report signals stronger focus on learning from consumers Embargoed to 12 noon, Friday 24 November 2017 More >>

Call to label added sugars overlooks science

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:13:29 +1300 | Food and Grocery Council

Call to label added sugars overlooks science, says industry Calls for extra sugar labelling to show the amount of ‘added sugars’ in a product rather than just total sugars overlooks the science of food and nutrition, says the NZ Food and Grocery ...More >>

Worrying lack of progress towards Smokefree 2025

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:26:45 +1300 | ASH

Nearly seven years since the last government agreed to a goal for a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025, there is a concerning lack of progress. The latest New Zealand Health Survey figures released by the Ministry of Health show that smoking has only declined ...More >>

Campaign highlights anti-epilepsy challenge in pregnancy

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:58:43 +1300 | Accident Compensation Corporation

A new awareness campaign is highlighting the importance of women talking to their doctor about the pros and cons of taking anti-epileptic medicine during pregnancy. More >>

Be mindful of mumps

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:29:02 +1300 | West Coast DHB

While tests showed two suspected cases of mumps reported in the past few weeks on the West Coast were not actually mumps, Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton advises caution.More >>

New Health Minister off to good start

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:20:43 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

New Health Minister David Clark pressed all the right buttons with his address to senior doctors and dentists this morning,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).More >>

NZ Health Sector’s Role in Responding to Climate Change

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:58:51 +1300 | Public Health Association

Health professionals from around the country are meeting today in Wellington, to talk about how the NZ health sector can respond to the challenges of climate change for health and healthcare services. This is the first national ‘ Sustainable Healthcare ...More >>

Victorian Politicians Show Real Courage

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:42:18 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

"Victoria's Upper House has shown real courage by legalising Assted Dying for the State," says ACT Leader David Seymour More >>

Taranaki Doctor wins Australasian award for supervision

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:17:06 +1300 | Taranaki District Health Board

Dr Jonathan Albrett, Taranaki DHB Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Specialist has received the prestigious Australasian Clinical Educator of the Year (2017) award in Brisbane last week, from the Australasian Confederation of Post-graduate Medical ...More >>

Safe Sleep Day raises awareness of SUDI

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:15:58 +1300 | Taranaki District Health Board

Very sadly around 44 babies are lost every year in New Zealand as a result of SUDI. To help promote safe sleep messages and prevent SUDI, national Safe Sleep Day is being held on Friday 1 December. More >>

Retiring Hospital Scientist on Three Decades of Changes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:52:03 +1300 | Northland DHB

Former Kaitaia Hospital Laboratory Charge Alan Simkins has retired nineteen years to the day after he began working in the lab. More >>

Life Made Easier For Patients Thanks To Renal Fund

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:49:55 +1300 | Northland DHB

The Contact Energy Renal Fund continues to support Northland dialysis patients by funding applications of up to $1000 towards items that would improve their quality of life on home dialysis. More >>

Natural Health Alliance Welcomes Withdrawal of NHP Bill

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:56:18 +1300 | Natural Health Alliance

The Natural Health Alliance is pleased that the new government has removed the Natural Health Products Bill from the Parliamentary Order Paper. More >>

Consumer NZ, Dental Association call for added sugar labels

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:22:14 +1300 | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are asking the government to back new rules for the labelling of added sugars in food and drinks. More >>

Hard Hitting Concussions Spark Response

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:09:07 +1300 | Geneva Healthcare

35,000 is the number of estimated head injuries that Kiwis suffer each year, according to ACC’s Sport Concussion In New Zealand: ACC National Guidelines, May 2016. More >>

Youth Hazardous Drinking Rates Continue to Fall

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:29:00 +1300 | Spirits New Zealand

Joint Statement Youth Hazardous Drinking Rates Continue to Fall - Health Ministry Survey Confirms 20 November 2017 More >>

PM's Press Conference 20/11/17: Pike Re-Entry Agency

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:18:33 +1300 | Lyndon Hood

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine .More >>

Vaping helps reverse smoking harm - asthma expert

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:46:51 +1300 | Massey University

Smokers with asthma or chronic obstructive respiratory disease have the most to gain from switching to vaping, says international asthma specialist Professor Riccardo Polosa, who is speaking at Massey University next week.More >>

Dunne Speaks: Do We Still Need 20 DHBs?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:15:53 +1300 | Peter Dunne

The politician and commentator Austin Mitchell once described the New Zealand education system as "a complex balance of groups, so nicely deadlocked as to make change impossible." Undoubtedly accurate as it was a description of educational administration ...More >>

Urgent support needed for people living with dementia

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:14:36 +1300 | Alzheimers New Zealand

Government must implement the New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care urgently and in full, says the organisation that supports people living with dementia. Releasing the organisation’s official briefing to the incoming minister, Alzheimers NZ chief ...More >>

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