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Life and death in New Zealand

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:34:32 +1300 | University of Auckland

Non-Māori New Zealanders held the record for the highest life expectancy in the world from 1870 to 1940. No other country has ever held the record for that long. More >>

Waikato Continues to Provide Good Maternity Services

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:02:14 +1300 | Waikato District Health Board

The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators yearly report released today by the Ministry of Health demonstrates that women in Waikato are receiving good maternity care and Waikato is doing well against the national average for all district health ...More >>

Do It Yourself Drug Testing Not the Answer Warns Expert

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:58:25 +1300 | NZ Drug Detection Agency

Auckland, 24 October 2014: Companies trying to save money by conducting their own staff drug testing is highlighting bad practices and does not address workplace safety, warns New Zealand’s leading drug testing agency.More >>

Wairarapa’s needs assessments a one stop shop

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:50:48 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today seen first-hand Wairarapa DHB’s innovative approach to streamlining the region’s needs assessments. “We want New Zealanders to live healthier lives away from hospitals,” says Dr Coleman.More >>

Greens urge Govt to help eradicate polio

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:47:21 +1300 | Green Party

On World Polio Day, the Green Party is urging the National Government to resume funding for polio eradication. The New Zealand Government stopped contributing to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 2010.More >>

Christchurch Cancer Mum’s Trip for Life

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:20:08 +1300 | Durning PR

Courageous wife and mum of three with terminal breast cancer heads to Australia next week in her own fight for time – and in a bid to find hope for others. More >>

Board Confirms Maternity Units’ Closure

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:36:53 +1300 | Waikato DHB

Primary birthing facilities run by Waikato District Health Board (DHB) in Morrinsville and Te Awamutu will close in February next year, the board confirmed at its monthly meetingon Wednesday.More >>

Time to have your say on the sale of legal highs

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:18:05 +1300 | Auckland Council

Aucklanders are being urged to have their say on where psychoactive substances, commonly known as legal highs, can be sold in the city. The council’s Local Approved Product Policy consultation, which will decide where the products can be sold, opens ...More >>

Love in the Time of Ebola

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:18:25 +1300 | Glen Barry

Overpopulation, ecosystem loss, climate change, and Ebola itself are all growing exponentially. The human family must come together now to stop Ebola in West Africa or risk a global pandemic that could potentially kill billions – even as we commit ...More >>

Despite Gains Against Tuberculosis, Better Research Funding

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:40:30 +1300 | UN News

Patients wait to take their daily tuberculosis treatment at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Bhutan. Photo: The Global Fund/John Rae More >>

Counselling Funding Still Not Being Measured for Effectivene

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:53:35 +1300 | Steve Taylor

I read with interest the news that Australian Health Insurance provider Medibank had secured Counselling service contracts with ACC, and observed the angst of the NZ Counselling spokespeople in response.More >>

Health Impact assessment findings to inform Air Plan

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:46 +1300 | Environment Canterbury

Canterbury’s Air Plan is being updated for the first time in more than ten years to make sure everything is being done to ensure the community has clean, healthy air to breathe.More >>

Health sector passes annual check-up

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:19:14 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the annual report on Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2014 shows that public health and disability services continue to offer better access to safe and effective care. “Waiting times are reducing, and ...More >>

Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:21:32 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand. More >>

Ebola: Are U.S. Bioweapons Labs the Solution or the Problem?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:18:54 +1300 | Institute for Public Accuracy

On Friday, the New York Times published the article "White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study," which states: "Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily ...More >>

ACC annual profit more than halves as claims mount

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:12:44 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Accident Compensation Corp, the state-owned accident insurer, reported a 57 percent drop in annual profit after it faced more claims than anticipated, and as its investment portfolio returns missed expectations.More >>

Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:15:38 +1300 | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party’s work on child poverty, will pick up Mr Harawira’s ...More >>

Kickstarting Build of World’s Biggest Waterslide

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:53:42 +1300 | Live More Awesome Foundation

After putting New Zealand and depression firmly on the global map in 2013 with their ‘World’s Biggest Waterslide’ event in Helensville, local charity ‘Live More Awesome’ are at it again – except this time its bigger, better and the public ...More >>

Ebola: Treatments And Vaccines Could Help Control Outbreak

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:30:17 +1300 | MSF

Dr Bertrand Draguez is MSF’s Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, ...More >>

WHO Declares End of Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:27:32 +1300 | WHO

The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa's most populous city. The man, who died in hospital 5 days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of ...More >>


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