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Keeping Christmas memories alive

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:28:59 +1300 | Alzheimers Wellington

When a family member has dementia, Christmas can be a time of extra stress and overwhelming emotions, but there are things families can do to make the festive season happier for everyone.More >>

Have Your Say on the End of Life Choice Bill

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:16:59 +1300 | Clerk of the House

Parliament’s Justice Committee is now seeking public submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

A welcome step towards improved addiction services

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:36:46 +1300 | DAPAANZ

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand ( dapaanz ) welcomes Hon David Clarke’s designation this week of dapaanz registered practitioners as health professionals under the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) ...More >>

More than 15,000 frail elderly New Zealanders are lonely

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:12:34 +1300 | University of Otago

More than 15,000 frail elderly identified as being lonely according to a world-first study of 72,000 older New Zealanders. That equates to one in five older people. More >>

Embedding cultural practices into mental health services

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:33:32 +1300 | Health Research Council

Despite growing evidence for the role of culturally-centred programmes in addressing mental health needs, few programmes have been embedded into practice, says one researcher who hopes to change all that. More >>

Labour's medicinal cannabis bill a step forward

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:23:14 +1300 | NORML

Medicinal cannabis advocates have welcomed news the Labour-led Government will introduce legislation next week to legalise medicinal cannabis, but say it should allow botanical cannabis, have immediate effect, and let patients and doctors choose self provision ...More >>

Better Mental Health Services for Māori

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:04:37 +1300 | Te Rau Matatini

The annual report for 2017 by the Office of the Director of Mental Health Services highlights real concerns regarding the increasing rates of restrictive practice (seclusion, restraint and the Mental Health Act) being used upon Māori by mental health services.More >>

Director of Mental Health’s Annual Report for 2016 Released

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:20:46 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The 12th annual report of the Office of the Director of Mental Health has been released today by the Ministry of Health. More >>

Government name calling doesn’t help vulnerable kids

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:34:25 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE Government name calling doesn’t help vulnerable kids 11 DECEMBER 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

Wellbeing survey shows need to resolve outstanding claims

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:32:12 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The latest Canterbury District Health Board’s Canterbury Wellbeing Survey shows good progress on the Canterbury recovery but underscores the urgency of resolving outstanding EQC and insurance claims, says Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister ...More >>

Post-quake wellbeing levels stabilise

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:52:00 +1300 | Canterbury District Health Board

The tenth Canterbury Wellbeing Survey of people in greater Christchurch since the 2011 earthquakes suggests that life has settled into a ‘new normal’ for many. More >>

UN Launches First Global Monitoring System for Dementia

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:38:13 +1300 | United Nations

7 December 2017 – The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global ...More >>

‘Hope Night’ to Inspire Eating Disorder Sufferers

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:40:12 +1300 | NZ Eating Disorders Clinic

A free event for those in the midst of an eating disorder is aiming to provide hope for them and their families. More >>

Insanity Acquittals Continue to Rise

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:15:53 +1300 | Graeme Moyle

Killer Simon Frank has joined the ranks of those acquitted of murder by reason of insanity, a group of offenders that are steadily on the rise. More >>

Nutrition May Play Key Role in Early Psychosis Treatment

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:36:51 +1300 | Western Sydney University

AUSTRALIA, Sydney – December 1, 2017 – Early psychosis is associated with nutritional deficiencies, new research from Australia has found, potentially presenting new avenues for improving health among the millions of people affected worldwide.More >>

Cricket Stars Go to Bat for Youth Mental Health

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:21:23 +1300 | Opening Up Cricket

Kiwi cricket stars Rob Nicol, Daryl Mitchell and Christi Viljoen have teamed up with non-profit Opening Up to draw attention to youth mental health, inspire young people to seek help, and raise funds for Lifeline. More >>

A space where diversity, different abilities are 'the norm'

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:18:55 +1300 | MyKind

Waikato woman Sue Pairaudeau is breaking barriers launching an online social space where diversity and different abilities are ‘the norm’. More >>

Refugee youth say NZ welcomes refugees “in theory”

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:37:32 +1300 | Refugees As Survivors

Participants in a Refugee Youth Forum in west Auckland yesterday say New Zealand provides core services to refugees, but that there are numerous barriers to accessing them.More >>

Kindness Outbreak in Canterbury

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:37:16 +1300 | All Right

Cantabrians are being encouraged to draw on their biggest strength to create an epidemic of kindness this Christmas. More >>

“The Art of Recovery” by those who have experienced it

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:29:33 +1300 | Burwood Academy of Independent Living

Each person who endures a serious illness or injury followed by a journey of rehabilitation has a compelling story to share. More >>


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