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Research will help flu fight

Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:53:29 +1200 | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

Health experts say recent media reports on the upsurge of people arriving at hospitals with influenza like illnesses is further evidence of the importance of international efforts to better understand the burden of the influenza virus and how to prevent ...More >>

Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: research

Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:32:31 +1200 | University of Otago

Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research. More >>

More action needed on alcohol law reform, says NZMA

Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:37:18 +1200 | New Zealand Medical Association

An editorial in today’s [29 August] New Zealand Medical Journal drives home the message that New Zealand has too many risky drinkers, and too little alcohol law reform, says the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).More >>

Ebola Caseload Could Exceed 20,000 in Course of Emergency

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:42:11 +1200 | UN News

A health worker checks a blood sample for Ebola at Kenema government hospital, Sierra Leone. Photo: IRIN/Tommy Trenchard More >>

Fertiliser company fined after worker loses finger

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:21:05 +1200 | WorkSafe NZ

Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative Limited has been fined $33,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $5,000 after an employee’s hand was pulled into a machine in its Napier packing plant.More >>

Reducing pain, increasing prevention

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:50:35 +1200 | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Sandra Kirby, welcomed Hon. Tony Ryall’s ‘promise’ yesterday that a re-elected National government will invest $36m over the next three years in a plan to help New Zealanders live free from bone, muscle ...More >>

Disability Focused Politicians’ Forum

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:45:14 +1200 | CCS Disability Action

A group of Disabled People’s Organisations, providers and disabled people have organised a forum for disabled people and their families to hear how the main parties plan on tackling the big issues that effect disabled people.More >>

Now’s the time for cervical screening

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:57:22 +1200 | MidCentral District Health Board

Cervical Screening Awareness Month is coming up in September and MidCentral DHB is encouraging women who are due, or overdue, to book a smear test now. More >>

South Island Patient Information Care System Approved

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:37:02 +1200 | South Island Alliance

The South Island Alliance, a collaboration of the five South Island DHBs, is one-step closer to realising its vision for a more efficient and sustainable South Island health and disability system, as one of its core IT programmes has been signed off ...More >>

Cervical Screening Awareness Campaign begins

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:03:11 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes Cervical Screening Awareness Month this September encouraging women to get up to date with their cervical smears. More >>

First Global Conference on Science Advice to Governments

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:39 +1200 | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

I want to welcome you to Auckland. When we planned this meeting we did not expect to be in the middle of an election campaign - an election which has been brought forward because NZ has the chance for the first time to be at G20 and there is broad ...More >>

Reducing pain, increasing prevention

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:56:12 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

A re-elected National government will invest $50 million extra of new money over the next three years in a plan to help New Zealanders live free from bone, muscle and joint pain and provide thousands more people with elective surgery. More >>

Cancer treatment to be sped up even further

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:53:28 +1200 | New Zealand Government

If your doctor suspects you have cancer, the Government will ensure you see a cancer specialist and receive treatment faster than ever before. More >>

Whitewash Reviews: Part 1, New Zealand

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:43:06 +1200 | Paul Connett

This is the first of a two-part series on the whitewash reviews which are produced by pro-fluoridation governments in an attempt to defuse the growing efforts to end this foolish practice worldwide. Part 1 is on the whitewash review produced by the ...More >>

Initiative increases access to medical care for under 6s

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:12:38 +1200 | Health Research Council

Reducing the cost of subsidised co-payments appears to have led to an increase in the number of children under 6 using after-hours accident and medical clinics, according to a government-commissioned report released today.More >>

FSANZ to consult public on gluten free beer labelling

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:53:06 +1200 | Coeliac New Zealand

Coeliac New Zealand is delighted Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will raise a proposal to change a rule which prevents alcohol, including beer, from being labelled as gluten-free.More >>

Big push for healthy, warm and dry homes

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:36:09 +1200 | Hutt City Council

Lower Hutt is leading the region in getting property owners to take up the Warm up New Zealand: Healthy Homes insulation programme. Recent figures released by EECA show 946 houses have been insulated using the subsidy.More >>

UPDATE: Ebos outlook subdued after Symbion boosts FY profit

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:14 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Aug. 27 (BusinessDesk) - Ebos Group is unlikely to repeat a trebling of annual profit fuelled by last year acquisition of the Symbion pharmaceutical wholesaler and distributor in Australia, where regulatory changes are putting pressure on the sector.More >>

Auckland DHB achieves all six national Health Targets

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:00:14 +1200 | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland District Health Board (DHB) is celebrating after achieving all six national Health Targets, proving its dedication and commitment to provide high quality services for patients and their families.More >>

Congratulating Hard Work and Healthy Hearts

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:45:47 +1200 | The Heart Foundation

Today’s National Health Target results announcement for quarter four, paint a positive picture across the board for the primary care and health sectors. More >>

 

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