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Dropping ANZTPA joint regulatory agency a wise decision

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:32:39 +1300 | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

Dropping the proposed Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA) is a wise decision, says the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ). More >>

Decision to abandon ANZTPA welcomed by NZ Health Trust

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:15:56 +1300 | SweeneyVesty

Decision to abandon ANZTPA welcomed by NZ Health Trust Natural and Traditional Healthcare industry and consumers welcome news that the joint agency for regulating medicines and medical devices (ANZTPA) has been abandoned. This millstone has been hanging ...More >>

Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:51:11 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.More >>

Ebola Cases No Longer Rising in Guinea and Liberia

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:33:05 +1300 | UN News

In Conakry, Guinea, a mobilizer teaches children about proper handwashing techniques, which help prevent the spread of diseases, including Ebola. Photo: UNICEF/Timothy La Rose More >>

NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:45:31 +1300 | NZSMI

November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia. ...More >>

Risks of hospital privatisation in Greater Wellington region

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:36:20 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is so concerned by plans to privatise the public hospital laboratories at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals in the greater Wellington region that it is taking steps to alert local mayors, district ...More >>

A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:00:23 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health ...More >>

Mental health and Pasifika students’ intimate relatinships

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:31:00 +1300 | University of Waikato

The mental health of young Pasifika tertiary students will be focus of a new study by University of Waikato psychology researcher Byron Seiuli. More >>

New rescue chopper landing sites built on Coromandel

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:40:37 +1300 | NZ Transport Agency

Four rescue helicopter landing pads have been built around the Southern Coromandel as part of a multi-agency motorcycle safety project, led by the NZ Transport Agency. More >>

Joint statement regarding ANZTPA

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:27:14 +1300 | Joint Media Statement

Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA More >>

Medicine regulation upgrade planned

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:07:21 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will upgrade New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulation following the decision not to proceed with a joint regulator with Australia. “Both Governments have agreed that a joint regulator ...More >>

$2.2m awarded to promising Maori health researchers

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:47:13 +1300 | Health Research Council

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has today announced more than $2.2 million in funding for Maori health researchers as part of its career development awards programme – up from $1.5 million last year.More >>

Effects of chronic stress on our brains

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:44:55 +1300 | Health Research Council

The pressure of last-minute Christmas shopping can be stressful, but it’s the damaging effects on our bodies and brains from chronic or prolonged stress that’s the focus of a new health research fellowship announced today worth nearly $500,000. More >>

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:18:47 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. “While ...More >>

Children's Plea

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:37:04 +1300 | Children's Plea

A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty.More >>

Liquor licence changes and deadlines

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:27:53 +1300 | Wairoa District Council

All applications for alcohol licences for events in December and January must be lodged by 21 November at the latest to ensure they are processed prior to the holiday period, applications received after this time might still be processed prior to the ...More >>

Wellington Hospital nearing full capacity

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:15:12 +1300 | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) is encouraging people with minor injuries and illnesses to seek medical help from their GP or call HealthLine. More >>

Treasury off track in search for sound policies

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:59:50 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group. More >>

UN health agency under way to step up Ebola response in Mali

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:22:44 +1300 | UN News

Police turned away patients at the Clinique Pasteur in Bamako, Mali, after the hospital was put under quarantine for the Ebola virus. Photo: IRIN/Katarina Höije More >>

Imagine if New Zealand was smokefree

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:44:22 +1300 | Asthma Foundation

On World COPD Day we encourage the government to continue to work towards our goal of a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. More >>

 

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