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Whangarei couple get to the root of dental problem

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 10:17 am | Kowhai Dental

Whangarei couple Jeff and Jana Joy are fighting back against New Zealand’s appalling dental health, one mouth at a time. More >>

Nutrition concern for older adults at home

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 9:55 am | Massey University

Researchers are calling for screening of vulnerable older adults at risk of poor nutrition and diminished physical performance, in an effort to identify those in need of dietary intervention. More >>

Midwives Join Call For Better Postnatal Resourcing

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 7:15 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

Midwives agree that access to high quality care for 48 hours after birth is vital to the wellbeing of mothers and babies and should be an urgent priority for the health service. More >>

Advanced Paramedicine receives funding boost

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 4:04 pm | Paramedic Education and Research Charitable Trust

New Zealand Paramedic Education and Research Charitable Trust has provided paramedicine with an extra boost, following the announcement of this year’s recipients of the Tait Communications Paramedicine Scholarships 2018. More >>

Kiwi Ingenuity Bolsters Health Education Toolbox

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 1:49 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

What do you get when you combine a cheap Android tablet, some skilled wood carving, grey paint, an old bedside hospital locker, and a good dose of clever software engineering? More >>

Our research is saving lives, tomorrow we might save yours

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 1:24 pm | Neurological Foundation

Over 9000 New Zealander’s suffer from strokes every year. Using the Endovascular Clot Retrieval method, many of these people could return home unharmed provided they reach medical attention quickly. More >>

Changing the world, from New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 1:11 pm | Hep C Action Aotearoa

Hep C Action Aotearoa is a small group with big ideas. Responding to the crippling stigma that surrounds the now curable infectious disease, they are calling for a 180 degree change in attitudes More >>

It’s time to get beardly serious about bowel cancer

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 1:07 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Every day, on average 8 New Zealanders are diagnosed and 3 will die from bowel cancer. During December alone 250 of us will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 100 will die from this disease, now that is something to get serious about. More >>

HRC fellowship recognises potential in CAR T-Cell therapy

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 10:01 am | Malaghan Institute

The Malaghan Institute’s ground-breaking CAR T-cell therapy programme has received a significant boost from the Health Research Council (HRC) as part of its 2019 Career Development Awards. More >>

Mothers Matter Puts a Spotlight on Postnatal Care

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:52 am | Mothers Matter

Mothers Matter, a new campaign launched today, aims to empower all women and their families to make an informed choice about their postnatal care. More >>

Māori Scholarship could revive rare fertility treatment

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:46 am | Health Research Council

A Victoria University of Wellington researcher hopes to improve the success of a fertility treatment that’s rarely used in New Zealand but may potentially provide a safer alternative to current artificial reproductive technologies (ART). Matire ... More >>

Simple cancer tests potential lifeline for Pacific patients

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:44 am | Health Research Council

A simpler means of cancer diagnosis and monitoring, using small fragments of tumour DNA circulating in the bloodstream, could be a lifeline for Pacific patients in particular. Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University of Otago, Wellington, ... More >>

Tackling racism in New Zealand’s health system wins funding

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:35 am | Health Research Council

Racism in New Zealand's health system is firmly in the sights of newly-funded research into how to combat it and bring positive changes to practice and policy. Natalie Talamaivao, a senior advisor in Māori Research at the Ministry of Health (MoH), ... More >>

14th annual Exercise NZ awards in Auckland this week

Monday, 19 November 2018, 11:29 am | Make Lemonade

The country’s fitness experts and exercise facilities who help half a million Kiwis get physically active and healthier will be vying for the Exercise NZ annual awards in Auckland on Saturday night. The exercise industry awards, now in their 14th year, ... More >>

World Prematurity Day

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 6:28 pm | Neonatal Trust

Today is World Prematurity Day. Officially launched and celebrated for the first time in 2011, in less than a decade, it has grown exponentially as a global day around the world marked in more than 50 countries. More >>

Federation Supports the WHO Declaration of Astana

Friday, 16 November 2018, 7:32 pm | Federation of Primary Health

Federation States its Support for the World Health Organisation’s Declaration of Astana The newly elected Board of the Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand (the Federation) met for its first meeting this week and immediately stated ... More >>

Proposal for National School of Rural Health

Friday, 16 November 2018, 3:33 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago remains committed to the collaborative proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. More >>

Dr Samantha Murton wins College Presidential election

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:38 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Dr Samantha Murton, a GP from Wellington, has been elected President of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College), winning the Presidential election by a clear margin. More >>

Hazardous drinkers top three-quarters of a million

Friday, 16 November 2018, 9:21 am | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch is disappointed, but not surprised, with new statistics from the Ministry of Health showing no change in New Zealand’s hazardous drinking culture. More >>

Kiwis Invited to Phase 2 of Coeliac Vaccine Trials

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 7:33 pm | Coeliac New Zealand

Kiwis Invited to Phase 2 of Coeliac Vaccine Trials A coeliac disease vaccine currently undergoing investigation with the aim to protect patients from the harmful effects of gluten is looking for kiwi volunteers for the Phase 2 clinical trial. Having achieved ... More >>

Commitment to addressing rural health workforce crisis

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 7:21 pm | Rural General Practice Network

Commitment to addressing rural health workforce crisis welcomed; detail now needed The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network welcomed government acknowledgment that the current rural health workforce is not sustainable and action is required ... More >>

NZMA calls for an immediate ban on boxing

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 5:37 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association strongly supports the World Medical Association’s position on boxing , and in particular the statement that boxing is qualitatively different from other sports because of the injuries it causes, and that it should ... More >>

Canterbury transfers one million patient records to SI PICS

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 1:08 pm | eHealthNews.nz

More than one million patient records have been transferred to Canterbury DHB’s new patient management and administration system, the South Island Patient Information Care System. SI PICS went live across CDHB on 6 October. Provided by Orion Health, ... More >>

Te Ara Oranga Supreme Winner

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:41 am | Northland District Health Board

An initiative to reduce the hold that methamphetamine has over the Northland region, Te Ara Oranga was awarded the Cedric Kelly Supreme Award at the 2018 Northland Health and Social Innovation Bi-annual Awards at Forum North on Wednesday. More >>

Call for volunteers to help fight NZ’s largest killer

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 4:08 pm | National Heart Foundation

With one in five Kiwis dying from heart disease, the Heart Foundation is calling for people to join with it and help tackle the sobering health statistic, by volunteering as a street collector for its Big Heart Appeal 2019. Heart Foundation Medical Director ... More >>

Southern DHB supporting Stop Pressure Injury Day

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 3:56 pm | Southern District Health Board

Pressure injuries can be a painful and unnecessary experience. Everyone in a caring role – both formal and informal – can play a part in helping to avoid them. To spread this message, Southern DHB is supporting International Stop Pressure Injury ... More >>

Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 11:01 am | Grow Ltd

Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH) is an approach that has been demonstrated to lead to a reduction of self-harm risk for people with emotional dysregulation. It can increase confidence in clients to maintain more effective coping strategies, as well ... More >>

Sunrise hearing assistance grants now available

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 4:45 pm | Sunrise Foundation

When the Gisborne Hearing Association closed in 2016 they established the Hearing Assistance Fund at Sunrise to ensure those with hearing impairments in Tairawhiti-Gisborne will be supported forever. More >>

Difficult choices for clinical leaders

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 3:35 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

An informal poll of medical students highlights the difficult choices that clinical leaders have to make in an environment of ongoing resource constraints, according to Professor Murray Barclay, President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

The Marlin Hotel goes Smokefree

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 2:02 pm | Northland DHB

The only smoking you will find at the Marlin Hotel in Whangaroa is smoked marlin on the menu. The Marlin Hotel has gone totally smokefree and believed to be the first ‘local pub’ in Northland to do so. More >>

Dr Andrew Chan Mow Recognised for Services to Pacific Health

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 12:12 pm | South Seas Healthcare Trust - SSHT

Le Tagaloa Tugaga Dr Andrew Chan Mow, Clinical Director of SouthSeas Healthcare was recognised recently at the 4th annual SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards for his services to the Pacific in primary health care. More >>

Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:47 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health. In a randomised, controlled trial, mindfulness app users reported modest improvements ... More >>

Inspiration to Live Well, Eat Well

Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:41 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

A new recipe book with a fresh take on healthy, tasty meals will make life much easier for the quarter of a million New Zealanders living with diabetes. More >>

Volpara reaches milestone in tech-driven cancer fight

Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:36 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

New Zealand, 12 November 2018 – Some of the greatest advances in the fight against breast cancer are happening not in the lab but in a Kiwi software company. Wellington-based Volpara® Solutions™ is helping save lives around the globe with its revolutionary ... More >>

World Antibiotic Awareness Week focuses on working together

Monday, 12 November 2018, 11:49 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

12 November 2018 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is supporting this year's World Antibiotic Awareness Week theme of ‘Together we can keep antibiotics working’. Research shows that the global growth of antimicrobial resistance is undermining ... More >>

Use antibiotics responsibly, urge health organisations

Monday, 12 November 2018, 9:19 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

With very few new antibiotics having been developed in recent years, health agencies say their responsible use is absolutely critical to people’s health. More >>

Kiwi Parents Urged to Immunise Infants & Teens

Sunday, 11 November 2018, 7:57 pm | GlaxoSmithKline

Kiwi parents of infants, toddlers and adolescents can now immunise their children against the country’s most common type of meningococcal disease (meningococcal B) with the launch of a new vaccine. More >>

Systemic racism to blame for Maori health inequality

Friday, 9 November 2018, 2:29 pm | Joint Press Release

Systemic racism is to blame for New Zealand’s glaring ethnic health inequalities, which lead to poorer health outcomes and lower life expectancy for Maori, says Dr Owen Sinclair, a Maori Paediatrician based at Waitakere Hospital whose research focuses ... More >>

Mental health service wait times unacceptable

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:38 am | Counsellors Association

Christine Macfarlane has seen the effects of the prolonged wait times on youths seeking mental health support. More >>

Boost in training health professionals rurally

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:24 am | University of Otago

The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling body” that would lever off the expertise of the existing tertiary institutions to undertake more teaching ... More >>

Tauranga Pharmacist in winning team at World Congress

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:15 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Developing a care plan to a tight deadline alongside three teammates with English as their second language was one of the challenges a young Tauranga pharmacist overcame to triumph at an international event. More >>

Māori and Pacific peoples more likely to suffer from gout

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:10 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Māori and Pacific peoples are less likely to receive appropriate treatment for gout, despite being significantly more likely to be affected by the disease than other ethnicities. More >>

The antibiotic resistance apocalypse is coming

Friday, 9 November 2018, 10:21 am | ANZCA

The antibiotic resistance apocalypse is coming and New Zealand is not immune with increasing superbug outbreaks giving us a taste of more to come says an infectious diseases expert, Dr Stephen McBride. More >>

Urgency required on rural health training

Friday, 9 November 2018, 9:35 am | Rural General Practice Network

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network today said a decision on the training of rural health professionals was urgently needed to head-off a pending crisis in the rural health workforce. More >>

Digital mental health tool trialled at three DHBs

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 3:25 pm | eHealthNews.nz

A digital self-management tool for New Zealanders living with schizophrenia is being trialled at three district health boards. More >>

Full Suite of Cxbladder Tests Adopted by DHB

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 1:32 pm | Pacific Edge

Full Suite of Cxbladder Tests Adopted by New Zealand Public Healthcare Provider Capital & Coast Dhb Pacific Edge signs agreement with Capital & Coast District Health Board, providing access to full suite of Cxbladder products Cancer diagnostics company, ... More >>

How New Zealand can avoid a US-type opioid crisis

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 12:13 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Anaesthetists are key players in helping New Zealand avoid replicating the United States’ deadly opioid crisis according to a visiting Mayo Clinic specialist, Dr Steven Clendenen. More >>

Three Mumps cases confirmed in Hastings

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 11:49 am | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay health officials are urging parents to check their children’s immunisation status following three cases of mumps recently being confirmed in Hastings. More >>

New educational tear off pads for patients

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:39 am | Pharmacy Guild

Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) has redesigned a series of tear off pads, designed to educate patients about some common questions in community pharmacy. More >>

New health group set up

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:12 am | Health Coalition Aotearoa

New health group set up to tackle much-needed health prevention measures - launches today at parliament More >>

Raising meningococcal disease awareness amongst doctors

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 4:50 pm | Northland DHB

It is truly tragic that three people in Northland have lost their lives to this dangerous disease, however we question the assertions that we should have warned the public earlier. More >>

Action needed to prevent opioid crisis in New Zealand

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists

The overuse of prescription opioid medications overseas and skyrocketing opioid addiction that has followed is one of the greatest public health crises of our time and New Zealand needs urgent action to ensure we avert a similar disaster, says Dr Mike Foss, ... More >>

The time is right to ban smoking in cars with kids

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 3:19 pm | Cancer Society

The Cancer Society say the time is right to protect the thousands of children exposed to a cocktail of pollutants in smoke-filled cars every day. Cancer Society is lending its support to a petition launched this week calling for a ban on smoking in cars ... More >>

Federation Elects Substantive Governance Board

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 12:16 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand (the Federation), whose purpose includes promoting primary health as the central function and main focus of New Zealand’s health system, has confirmed the outcome of the election to appoint its substantive ... More >>

Hand Hygiene – Spread the Message Not the Germs

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 10:58 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB is getting behind this year’s Patient Safety Week (PSW 2018) topic of infection prevention and control, with the focus on good hand hygiene. Effective hand hygiene helps stop the spread of microorganisms (‘germs’), including those ... More >>

Increased vigilance needed for meningococcal disease

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 12:58 pm | Ministry of Health

GPs and emergency departments nationwide have been asked to boost their vigilance for people seeking medical help with possible symptoms of meningococcal disease. More >>

Millennials to redefine mental health crisis

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 10:03 am | Seed Waikato

Millennials from across the Waikato will join forces with multiple organisations to tackle the mental health crisis. More >>

Working together to reduce Asthma hospitalisations

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 9:19 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) and Asthma New Zealand Inc (ANZ) working together to reduce Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) hospitalisations. More >>

Neurological disorders are major threats to health

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 9:03 am | Auckland University of Technology

Professor Valery Feigin at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) says neurological disorders are one of the biggest threats to your health, despite being largely preventable. More >>

NZ AI can predict retinal and eye diseases

Monday, 5 November 2018, 1:17 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand-designed artificial intelligence framework MedicMind which enables the development and design of AI without coding has been used to develop an advance set of algorithms to detect a range of common eye diseases. Findings are published on ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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