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Still time for submissions to be sent to Inquiry

Sun, 27 May 2018 16:21:19 +1200 | Govt Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Still time for submissions to be sent There’s still time to get submissions into the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. More >>

A missed opportunity to address workforce crisis

Sun, 27 May 2018 11:39:49 +1200 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Health Minister’s Letter of expectations to health bosses a missed opportunity to address workforce crisis More >>

Dental and oral health therapists to "fill" gaps

Sun, 27 May 2018 11:04:00 +1200 | NZDOHTA

New Zealanders accepting of receiving dental care from dental and oral health therapists to "fill" gaps in their Oral Health More >>

ALRANZ Congratulates Ireland

Sat, 26 May 2018 18:55:20 +1200 | ALRANZ

ALRANZ congratulates the Republic of Ireland on the repeal of the 8th amendment. The Irish Times has reported exit polls predict a landslide in favour of changing the constitution to permit the government to introduce legislation allowing pregnant ...More >>

Public health services in crisis require urgent fix

Sat, 26 May 2018 11:29:28 +1200 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government must fix the crisis with patient care at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital urgently to ensure the struggling services there do not break down further as we head into what could be a disastrous winter,” says Ian Powell, Executive ...More >>

Nurses' strike could still be on the cards over pay dispute

Fri, 25 May 2018 11:13:04 +1200 | RNZ

Nationwide nurses' strikes could still be on the cards after an independent panel working to resolve a pay dispute failed to meet their expectations. More >>

Catholic Bishops Express Concern at Abortion Changes

Thu, 24 May 2018 14:48:53 +1200 | NZ Catholic Bishops

A joint submission by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) to the Law Commission last Friday argues that the State has an essential responsibility to protect and care for all human life, born and unborn, which it would abdicate ...More >>

NZNO members advised of Panel recommendations

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:21:56 +1200 | NZNO

The Independent Panel established to resolve the impasse in the NZNO/DHB Nursing and Midwifery Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (DHB MECA) negotiations released its final report and recommendations on Tuesday 22 May. Our members have today received ...More >>

Independent Panel makes recommendations on MECA agreement

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:06:08 +1200 | Ministry of Health

The Independent Panel, which was set up to help reach a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) between the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation and the 20 District Health Boards, has made a series of recommendations to address issues impacting settlement.More >>

Government needs to act to meet Smokefree 2025

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:01:15 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

The Health and Maori Affairs Select Committees received a blunt message yesterday – act now or we will fail to meet our Smokefree by 2025 goal, National MP Nicky Wagner says.More >>

Nurse Practitioners can now issue cremation certificates

Thu, 24 May 2018 12:01:01 +1200 | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health’s acting Chief Nursing Officer says the move to allow Nurse Practitioners to sign cremation certificates shows how important these professionals are to our health system. More >>

New study aims to understand workplace wellbeing

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:20:44 +1200 | Massey University

Massey University’s Healthy Work Group has launched a new research project to comprehensively measure the relationship between working conditions and stress-related illness in New Zealand.More >>

NZ Blood Service benefits from $8m investment in new IT

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:06:41 +1200 |

A new IT system for New Zealand’s blood banks means patient files are available digitally nationwide and allows for innovations such as smart fridges to be trialled. The $8 million project by the New Zealand Blood Service took more than two years ...More >>

Research: exercise does a lot of good for ageing muscles

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:39 +1200 | University of Otago

Getting old doesn’t necessarily mean getting weak and frail – just a little bit of exercise can help maintain muscle mass and strength, Otago research has revealed. More >>

Governments still too slow at tackling the dementia epidemic

Wed, 23 May 2018 16:34:49 +1200 | Alzheimer's Disease International

Greater progress is needed by countries to implement national plans to respond to dementia, a new report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has revealed. Around the world, dementia is the 7th leading cause of death. Every 3 seconds someone ...More >>

ACC proposes slashing medical advisory staffing

Wed, 23 May 2018 11:16:52 +1200 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

ACC plans to cut its medical advisory staffing by almost 20%, says Lloyd Woods, Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Spinal Cord Injury Registry releases first report

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:09:44 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Falls, sports, and vehicle accidents are the leading causes of traumatic injuries among the 161 people covered by the New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry’s first report, says ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.More >>

New evidence supports traditional Māori birthing practices

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:24:00 +1200 | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora says "ground-breaking" new research on umbilical cord clamping simply reflects traditional Māori birthing practices. The research, reported this week by Newshub, champions the benefits of waiting for at least a minute to ...More >>

Minister welcomes new Director-General of Health

Tue, 22 May 2018 14:22:30 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the new Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has the skills and experience to be an outstanding leader for the Ministry of Health. More >>

Director-General of Health appointed

Tue, 22 May 2018 14:00:33 +1200 | Ministry of Health

Director-General of Health appointed The Deputy State Services Commissioner has today announced the appointment of Dr Ashley Bloomfield as Director-General of Health and Chief Executive, Ministry of Health. “The Director-General of Health is a pivotal ...More >>


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