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Pink envelopes smooth transition to hospital

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:50:42 +1200 | MidCentral District Health Board

Transferring patient information between aged residential care providers and Palmerston North Hospital emergency services and wards has been made easier with the implementation of a bright ‘pink envelope’ service.More >>

What is Sjogrens Syndrome?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:23 +1200 | Arthritis New Zealand

Today is World Sjogren’s Day, and Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby reminds New Zealanders that Sjogrens is one of the more that 140 different forms of arthritis. More >>

Exciting milestone for warm whare initiative

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:41:19 +1200 | Waikato District Health Board

Before her home was insulated, Rangi Paraha’s children were constantly unwell and away from school, two of them had been hospitalised with asthma, and the family used hot water bottles and sleeping bags until October.More >>

Is there a doctor in the house?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:55:59 +1200 | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Around 500 GPs and other delegates are converging on Christchurch this week for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' annual conference. More >>

National Conference –“Prostate Partners – Working Together”

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:32:54 +1200 | Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s National Conference will be held in Wellington and a number of significant speakers are involved, including Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall.More >>

Update on the Independent Forestry Safety Review

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:27:58 +1200 | Independent Forestry Safety Review

The formal consultation process for the Independent Forestry Safety Review has now been completed. The Panel has received feedback on its consultation document. This included 111 written submissions from government agencies, forest industry stakeholders ...More >>

Heart Foundation Welcomes Health Star Rating System

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:46 +1200 | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation has welcomed the Government’s decision to adopt the Australian Health Star Rating System which will help consumers identify more healthy food products. The Foundation has been advocating for ‘front of pack’ labelling for many years ...More >>

G20 Beware: Trade Deals Threaten Health Care and Environment

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:16:58 +1200 | AFTINET

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and the Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd (AFTINET) have called on the Federal Government to heed warnings over secret global trade deals, in particular, negotiations around the Trans-Pacific ...More >>

Waikato DHB’s New CEO Part of the Family

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:06:02 +1200 | Waikato District Health Board

Nigel Murray is now a member of a very “special family” of dedicated health professionals at Waikato District Health Board (DHB), board chair Bob Simcock told more than 100 guests at a welcoming powhiri at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Mangakotukutuku Campus in ...More >>

Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:09:10 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.More >>

Government needs to focus on stroke rehab

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:04:26 +1200 | Stroke Foundation

Government needs to focus on stroke rehab The Stroke Foundation is calling for more funding for post-stroke rehabilitation services. As highlighted in yesterday’s Sunday programme on TVNZ many stroke survivors have the ability to regain mobility ...More >>

Peter Dunne to speak at 20th International AIDS Conference

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:45:14 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Peter Dunne to speak at 20th International AIDS Conference Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is to attend and address the Global Commission on Drug Policy special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne tomorrow. He has been ...More >>

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:04:01 +1200 | University of Auckland

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a report highlighting the policy priorities assessed by an expert panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and ...More >>

Paying patients to go away not a solution

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:26:26 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.More >>

More kidney transplants expected each year

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:07:57 +1200 | New Zealand Government

More kidney transplants expected each year Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government is investing an extra $4 million to establish a National Renal Transplant Service to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations over the next ...More >>

Serious flaws in rare disorders medicine fund proposal

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:26:45 +1200 | New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Patient advocates are rallying support for submissions to Pharmac about the U-turn they have made on medicine funding for ultra-rare disorders. After repeated refusal to fund novel and expensive treatments for disorders that affect mostly just a handful ...More >>

Network applauds extra rural medical student allocation

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:06:23 +1200 | Rural General Practice Network

The announcement by Health Minister Tony Ryall of an additional 34 medical places for students next year at the country’s two medical schools, 17 of which will be earmarked for rural students is extremely encouraging, says New Zealand Rural General ...More >>

Free winter flu vaccine programme extended

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:03:28 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that the seasonal influenza immunisation programme will be extended to the end of August. More >>

More places earmarked for rural medical students

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:26:34 +1200 | New Zealand Government

More places earmarked for rural medical students Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced there will be an additional 34 medical places for students next year at our two medical schools, including more positions earmarked for rural students. Mr ...More >>

English car smoking ban a model for New Zealand

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:10:09 +1200 | Tala Pasfika

Tala Pasifika has welcomed the launch of a consultation bringing a ban on smoking in cars carrying children a step closer in England, saying its information will usher the measure along in New Zealand.More >>


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