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Ireland shows the way with plain packaging tobacco law

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:54:47 +1300 | The Maori Party

The Māori Party congratulates the Irish Government for passing plain packaging tobacco legislation this week. More >>

New Research Links Water Fluoridation to ADHD

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:54:37 +1300 | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Strong research published in the British Medical Journal this week shows a significant relationship between fluoridated water and ADHD , with each 1% increase in artificial fluoridation prevalence in 1992 being associated with approximately 67,000 to 131,000 ...More >>

A decade of ensuring a world free from tobacco-related harms

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:39:47 +1300 | World Health Organisation

MANILA, 27 February 2015 – As the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) marks a decade of saving lives, WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging governments and policy-makers to continue efforts to protect ...More >>

TDH’s finances expected to improve

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:23:40 +1300 | Tairawhiti DHB

A very busy winter, more cancer patients getting more treatment and extra hip and knee operations have contributed to a poor financial result for Tairāwhiti District Health seven months into the financial year.More >>

Faster treatment for cancer at TDH

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:22:13 +1300 | Tairawhiti District Health

Faster treatment for cancer at TDH More people are getting access to elective surgery and more people are getting faster treatment for cancer as Tairāwhiti District Health (TDH) comes close to achieving national Health Targets.More >>

Coleman meets Australian counterpart

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:12:31 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with his Australian counterpart Sussan Ley, Minister of Health and Minister for Sport. More >>

Challenge to NZ after 10 years of global tobacco control

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:12:35 +1300 | Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition wants New Zealanders everywhere to mark the tenth anniversary of an international tobacco control treaty by striking a blow against Big Tobacco. More >>

Orphan Drug negotiations hampered by inadequate budget

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:15 +1300 | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Pharmac’s announcement that it’s in active negotiation with 8 companies for supply of medicines for rare disorders, is welcome news for patients currently denied access to approved “orphan” medicines. But the NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders says ...More >>

Orion Health named top vendor in major healthcare IT report

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:39:57 +1300 | Orion Health

Orion Health received the highest rankings for market execution, market vision, product capabilities and product vision More >>

More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:24:10 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines. Pharmac has announced that 28 proposals from eight suppliers emerged from its request for proposals for ...More >>

Minister Has Bigger Fish to Fry than Preschool Food

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:29:31 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

The cost of new food safety regulations have the potential to be the last straw for small, rural and isolated community-based early childhood centres, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education Tracey Martin.More >>

Council to start Smokefree Review

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:45:53 +1300 | Auckland Council

A recommendation to bring forward Auckland’s Smokefree Policy review was well received by councillors at today’s Governing Body meeting and the review will start in the coming months. More >>

Government shrugs off health sector crisis

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:43:25 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Despite new evidence showing that cuts to health spending are costing lives the Government continues to deny the sector is struggling, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.More >>

Bishop welcomes improved Hutt Valley health results

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:56:04 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Chris Bishop says the latest National Health results show the Hutt Valley’s frontline health services continue to improve. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : Three-Person Babies

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:25 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Well done, UK, for taking a brave but well-reasoned step forward into the exciting world of mitochondria. [Putting the 'brave' into Brave New World] More >>

Alcohol consumption decline a drop in the bucket

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:42:02 +1300 | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch Director Rebecca Williams says figures released by Statistics NZ yesterday showing a 2 percent decline in alcohol availability are positive, but that New Zealand still has a long way to go in terms of reducing heavy drinking.More >>

Dunne Speaks on Being Mortal

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:54:50 +1300 | Peter Dunne

26 February 2015 American surgeon and health researcher Atul Gawande’s new book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is an extremely readable, radical and powerful critique of contemporary society’s approach to the inevitable ...More >>

Consumer, Cancer Society call for outright ban on sunbeds

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:11:53 +1300 | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ and the Cancer Society are calling for an outright ban on commercial sunbeds. More >>

More one on one time for mental health patients

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:14:16 +1300 | New Zealand Police

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health More one on one time for mental health patients More >>

Connecting to the environment for better health outcomes

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06:44 +1300 | Toi Tangata

“Exploring Māori health from our own indigenous knowledge base, rather than as a reaction to prevailing Māori health crises is what we call a ‘kaupapa Māori approach’ for Māori health outcomes” says Leonie Matoe, Managing Director for ...More >>


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