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Lifehack Weekends head to the regions

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:07:23 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Lifehack Weekends are back and young people from across the country are getting together to create technology-based solutions to mental health issues. “Part of the Government’s $2 million Social Media Innovations Fund, Lifehack events give young people the reins ...More >>

ACC Privacy ruling welcomed for Sensitive Claimants

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:50:14 +1200 | NZ Psychotherapists Association

Yesterday’s District Court ruling, that the standard ACC release of information form the “ACC 167” is illegal, has been welcomed by psychotherapists and clinicians working with sexual abuse survivors.More >>

Research on African Children Reveals Emotional Tendencies

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:40:48 +1200 | University of Houston

Houston, April 14, 2014 - Research on children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa may provide insight on how to identify and help children with emotional behavior issues in other areas of the world, which may have limited access to healthcare and ...More >>

Pay disparity in New Zealand

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:09:50 +1200 | Steve Hart

This week Auckland journalist Steve Hart looks at pay disparity in New Zealand with an extended interview with Paul Barber of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services.More >>

Dunne Speaks, 10 April 2014: Psychoactive Substances Act

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:48:24 +1200 | United Future NZ Party

A year ago the country was up in arms about the sale of synthetic cannabis in corner stores, dairies, groceries and convenience stores around the country. There were no restrictions on who could purchase these substances, and there was a cumbersome ...More >>

First Bachelor of Youth Development Degrees to be Awarded

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:46:25 +1200 | Wellington Institute of Technology

An opportunity to learn alongside leading practitioners in youth work was the catalyst for Wilson Chan to study on the Wellington Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Youth Development degree.More >>

Recognition for two Palmerston North eldercare initiatives

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:07:08 +1200 | Palmerston North City Council

Bringing library services to the door of the infirm and sharing memories with dementia care residents are two Palmerston North City Council initiatives that were recognised at the Eldercare Innovation Awards in Singapore last week. The Palmerston North Living ...More >>

Addressing misconceptions about psychopaths

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:16:10 +1200 | Victoria University of Wellington

Psychopaths are often portrayed as untreatable supercriminals but Professor Devon Polaschek from Victoria University will question these depictions in her inaugural professorial lecture next week.More >>

World Autism Awareness Day Breakfast

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:14:39 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Ka nui te mihi rawa atu ki a koutou kua tae mai nei ki te tautoko i te kaupapa o te hunga hauā. Tēnā koutou. More >>

New framework works towards a world without dementia

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:19:59 +1200 | Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand has launched a new framework that will see organisations within the New Zealand dementia community working together more closely, with a shared direction and towards a shared vision.More >>

Rural health group applauds mental health initiative

Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:36:26 +1200 | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ), an organisation that has a focus on the health and wellbeing of all rural New Zealand communities, welcomes the announcement from Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew that rural voices will ...More >>

Service gives farmers a voice

Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:55:19 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is thrilled by the Health Promotion Agency’s, National Depression rural project. In light of the horrifying suicide statistics in rural New Zealand the initiative has rightly tailored the John Kirwan Depression.org website to be ...More >>

Don’t Stand Idly By Whilst Legal Highs Ruin Teenage Lives

Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:22:58 +1200 | TOUGHLOVE

Parents don’t need to stand idly by, whilst their teenage children ruin their own lives and those of other family members through use of legal highs, says TOUGHLOVE. The parent support organisation has issued a list of recommendations or parents who ...More >>

UC PhD student seeks solutions to child behavioural problems

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:46:14 +1200 | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury health sciences PhD student is investigating a different approach to solving behavioural and emotional problems in young children. More >>

Aged between 15 to 18? Want to make a difference?

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:43:19 +1200 | Youthline

Youthline Wellington is currently recruiting for its Youth Development Programme starting May 9th. The free programme aims to increase confidence, provide job opportunities and develop new friendships for young people, via a variety of team activities and ...More >>

Rural depression given a voice

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:25:21 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the expansion of the National Depression Initiative (NDI) to include voices from rural communities. More >>

Gambling and addiction transition must be well-managed

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:43:05 +1300 | National Committee For Addiction Treatment

The National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT) is warning recent changes to the way gambling and addiction treatment will be provided in New Zealand could have profound effects upon the sector workforce and, more importantly, the many New Zealanders ...More >>

Stand celebrates re-opening of children’s village in Chch

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:23:25 +1300 | Stand Children's Services

Stand Children’s Services opened its new facility at Glenelg Spur in Christchurch yesterday, with the organisation’s patron His Excellency Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of New Zealand, doing the ...More >>

A new voice for schizophrenia

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:04:44 +1300 | Victoria University of Wellington

Personal circumstances inspired a Victoria University of Wellington student to invent new technology that helps family members of people with schizophrenia understand what it’s like hearing voices. Me_04As part of her Master’s in design innovation, ...More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: An end to secrecy

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:33:04 +1300 | Martin Doyle

The lack of reporting [and discussion] of suicide in New Zealand media has resulted in a sort of blindness to the true nature of our own society. More >>

 

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