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Progress being made on organ donation and transplants

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:27:41 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand’s rates of organ donation and transplants are slowly increasing. More >>

Minister can take big step to save babies’ lives

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:11:12 +1200 | Green Party

Minister can take big step to save babies’ lives Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman needs to save babies’ lives by directly funding pepi-pods for at-risk families across the country, the Green Party said today. Professor Ed Mitchell, a world-renowned ...More >>

Minister Wrong to Reject Organ Donor Register

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:19:42 +1200 | Give life

Minister Wrong to Reject Organ Donor Register Public submissions on how to improve our organ donor system are due to close later this week. The public are invited to have their say on what improvements to our current system can be made. Just don't ...More >>

Skills Training to Keep Mothers and Babies Safe

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:11:15 +1200 | Pacific Society for Reproductive Health

Thirty-five doctors and midwives from eleven Pacific Island countries are arriving in Auckland this weekend for five days to undergo training in how to train other health workers in their countries to keep mothers and babies safe in pregnancy and ...More >>

New prescription for community pharmacies

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:24:35 +1200 | Victoria University of Wellington

The changing role of local pharmacists will be examined in-depth in a new research project led by Victoria University of Wellington. More >>

45,000 Kiwis sent back to their GPs

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:36:25 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Last year nearly 45,000 Kiwis were sent back to their GPs without getting to see specialists they were referred to, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

More kids benefiting from Fruit in Schools

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:32:14 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves Washington today to visit Honolulu, where he will meet with Admiral Harry Harris, Commander United States Pacific Command. More >>

Battling with three diseases and still going strong

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:27:08 +1200 | CNS

(Based on an exclusive interview given by Nqobile Zungu, and her doctor Dr Samele Madela to CNS – Citizen News Service) More >>

No food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:01:54 +1200 | Ministry of Primary Industries

No food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Health are confident a recent study provides no evidence of a food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements currently ...More >>

Pilot to support patients with diabetes and mental illness

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:51:44 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes two new innovative pilot programmes which aim to help patients with both diabetes and mental health issues. More >>

Home Grown tobacco claims about protecting profits

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:20:01 +1200 | Hapai Te Hauora

It is common practice for the Tobacco Industry to play on fears about illicit trade as they have done recently here in New Zealand with home grown tobacco. More >>

NZ Māori HIV organisation receives AIDS conference award

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:15:48 +1200 | INA

NZ Māori HIV organisation receives Red Ribbon Award for outstanding community leadership on AIDS More >>

Stomach bug widespread in community

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:04:16 +1200 | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

More people presenting to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in the past 24 hours with a stomach bug has seen the hospital close its Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) to act as an isolation unit for people with the bug.More >>

People with intellectual disabilities still seen as 'other'

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:31:08 +1200 | IHC

A new report from IHC shows that while there have been significant advances for people with intellectual disabilities, progress is still too slow. More >>

Spencer vs Ministry of Health

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:08:04 +1200 | Human Rights Commission

Spencer vs Ministry of Health: Human Rights Commission welcomes decision on disabled New Zealanders and their caregivers More >>

Gordon Campbell on what John Key should be asking Joe Biden

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:49:42 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Key needs to be asking Biden about how – and why – the White House is busily circumventing the TPP deal signed in Auckland earlier this year. More >>

New hospital portal for the Central Region

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:54:55 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes a new Central Region hospital portal which enables secure and faster sharing of patient information. More >>

New endoscopy tower improves view

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:28:29 +1200 | West Coast DHB

A new endoscopy tower at the Grey Base Hospital means surgeons can see more clearly when they need to carry out gastroscopies and colonoscopies. More >>

New Zealand ready to move on standardised tobacco packaging

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:53:34 +1200 | Cancer Society Auckland

The New Zealand government’s consultation on the draft standardised tobacco product packaging will close at the end of July. Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Tobacco Issues Committee and renowned global authority on standardised tobacco packaging, ...More >>

GP’s visits get more expensive

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:07:52 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Visiting the GP is set to become more expensive after the Government ignored warnings that people were not receiving access to affordable healthcare, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.More >>


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