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Be Prepared, Check in with Your GP

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:44:56 +1300 | Waikato District Health Board

A surge of people using emergency departments across the Waikato during the Christmas and New Year period has highlighted a need for the public to be better prepared. More >>

Snap survey - pressure of alcohol on emergency departments

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:33:32 +1300 | Waikato District Health Board

The sound of heart rate monitors hum rhythmically oblivious to the traumas they observe. More >>

Judge Advises Circumventing Law on Fluoride

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:23:35 +1300 | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Justice David Collins has taken it upon himself to advise the NZ Ministry of Health's legal team on how best to circumvent the Judicial Review before him, regarding fluoridation in New Zealand. It appears the Judge is well aware that the appeal by New Health ...More >>

Consultation on NZ report on the Rights of the Child

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:10:50 +1300 | Ministry of Social Development

Sacha O’Dea, General Manager, Ageing, Disability and International of the Ministry of Social Development, announced the opening of public consultation on the Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) ...More >>

Consultation starts on ACC rates for free doctors’ visits

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:12:58 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye say consultation starts today on ACC support towards free kids’ doctors’ visits. More >>

Waikato DHB Responds to PSA’s Claims Re 4 & 2 Roster

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:53:04 +1300 | Waikato DHB

Waikato DHB engaged with both the NZ Public Service Association (PSA) and the NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO), as both unions have affected members who work 4 & 2 rosters in our Mental Health service.More >>

Harm reduced as tobacco left at the border

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:28:04 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes left at the border since 1 November is a further step towards reducing the damage caused by smoking, say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner and Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.More >>

Cancer diagnosis and treatment need improvement

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:12:59 +1300 | University of Auckland

New Zealand is lagging behind in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, compared to Australia and internationally. A University of Auckland study, just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal compares the survival of cancer patients diagnosed between 2006 and ...More >>

Retention of GPs on Long Term Skill Shortage List applauded

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:50:54 +1300 | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

A decision by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment not to remove GPs from its Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) is a common sense decision in light of ongoing and growing GP shortages in many parts of rural New Zealand.More >>

James Street School strides toward gold

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:49:02 +1300 | Toi Te Ora

Whakatane’s James Street School has become the latest school in the Eastern Bay to achieve a Bronze accreditation award as part of the Health Promoting Schools programme. More >>

Kiwis go online for health information

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:47:04 +1300 | Southern Cross Health Society

New research from Southern Cross Health Society shows the majority of Kiwis are using the internet or social media to access health information, with females and those under forty most likely to educate themselves online.More >>

Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:15:37 +1300 | New Health New Zealand

Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981 More >>

Disturbing Number of Senior Doctors on Fixed Term Contracts

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:13:43 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is concerned by the number of senior doctors hired on fixed term rather than permanent employment contracts in district health boards (DHBS) in the past two years.More >>

Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:11:19 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices of graduating health professionals. More >>

Remember The 3-Ps Rule This Summer

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:47 +1300 | Northland DHB

Northland DHB’s Public and Population Health Unit is encouraging Northlanders and those visiting the region to have fun this summer but remember the 3-Ps rule: Plan, Pack and Protect.More >>

Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship Forum commended

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:39:26 +1300 | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch commends the members of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship for listening to the evidence put forward by experts and community groups on the impact of alcohol advertising on drinking behaviour.More >>

Making the grade important for foodies

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:41:24 +1300 | Auckland Council

As the local food scene expands to include the latest international style with that quintessential Kiwi flavour, competition in the industry is high and nothing but an A grade will do.More >>

Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:54:23 +1300 | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own.More >>

New campaign debunks stupid drink-driving myths

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:37:40 +1300 | Auckland Transport

This is just one of the alarming myths that’s come out of a recent Auckland Transport survey that sought to understand how people make decisions around drinking and driving. More >>

Turning up the heat on working conditions

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:28:38 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>


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