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Free Stop Smoking Service helping Smokers to Quit

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:02 pm | Takiri Mai Te Ata

A free Stop smoking service set up to help Wellington, Hutt Valley, Kapiti, Porirua and Wairarapa Communities whanau to quit smoking is up and running. More >>

Warning of back-to-school spike in asthma

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 12:03 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

A spike in asthma hospitalisations when children return to school has prompted a warning for parents, caregivers and schools to be prepared. More >>

Whakatāne to get trainee doctors

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 2:26 pm | Joint Press Release

The first fifth year medical students in a new Regional-Rural Programme will soon be working at Whakatāne Hospital and in local GP rooms. More >>

Talking Healthy Ageing, Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implants

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 11:51 am | Pindrop Foundation

For the first time in New Zealand, internationally renowned doctor and researcher in the field of healthy ageing and hearing loss, Frank Lin, M.D, PhD., will be presenting the findings of his research at the 2017 Pindrop Foundation Adult Cochlear Implant ... More >>

New era of inter-disciplinary collaboration

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 9:13 am | NZ College Of Midwives

The New Zealand College of Midwives has become a full voting member of the Primary Health Alliance in a move which signals a new era of inter-disciplinary collaboration for New Zealand’s primary care sector. More >>

Southern DHB prepared for junior doctors strike tomorrow

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:08 pm | Southern District Health Board

New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) has confirmed members will take strike action from 7am Tuesday 17th January until 8am Friday 20th January 2017. More >>

Resident Doctors Set to Strike Again

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:45 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More >>

Union’s strike action to hit thousands of patients

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:40 pm | DHB Shared Services

Several thousand patients’ nationwide will be directly impacted by the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association’s decision to proceed with a 73-hour strike at 18 of the 20 DHBs next week. More >>

Talks fail to avert strike action in doctors’ dispute

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:39 pm | DHB Shared Services

13 January 2017 Talks fail to avert strike action in doctors’ dispute Ongoing talks between the NZRDA, the resident medical doctors’ union and the 20 DHBs, have failed to avert a three day strike by junior doctors which begins at 18 DHBs at 7.00am on ... More >>

Canterbury DHB prepared for second strike

Friday, 13 January 2017, 8:27 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB prepared for second strike planned for next week by members of the RDA More >>

New Cath Lab Means One-stop Care for Heart Patients

Friday, 13 January 2017, 10:32 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A new cardiology centre at Tauranga Hospital will provide care close to home in a one-stop-shop for heart patients. The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) will take its first patient on the afternoon of Monday 16 January. The Cath Lab forms ... More >>

Go Low This Summer

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 12:00 pm | Go Low Action Group

12 January, 2017 Go Low This Summer Thin, watery and tasteless – that’s what low-alcohol beer used to be. More >>

Be prepared in the event of an asthma attack

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 10:19 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

While on a 2.4km run near Coogee beach in Sydney a few years ago, professional rugby player Issac Luke came across a teammate having an asthma attack. At the time Luke didn’t know the correct steps to take. “I ran past him and stopped, but didn’t ... More >>

Advice to campers and trampers: How to avoid catching gastro

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 3:14 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

While there have been no further outbreaks of suspected norovirus since the cluster of cases among visitors to Nelson Lakes National Park, campers and trampers in the region are urged to exert caution to avoid catching the debilitating virus. More >>

Media Prize For Stories On Anaesthesia Or Pain Medicine

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 2:03 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Journalists in Australia and New Zealand are invited to enter this year’s ANZCA Media Award. ANZCA will award a prize of $A5000 for the best news story, feature or series about anaesthesia or pain medicine that appears in print, on radio, on ... More >>

Women exercisers face health risk if not eating enough

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9:25 am | University of Otago

Many New Zealand women who exercise recreationally could be risking their health by not eating enough to match the energy they expend, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Health bosses happy to receive, less willing to give

Monday, 9 January 2017, 1:30 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The latest report on district health board chief executive salaries shows that health bosses are continuing to get higher pay rises than they’re prepared to give others,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More >>

Making New Year’s resolutions stick

Monday, 9 January 2017, 10:40 am | ExcerciseNZ

New Zealand’s leading exercise industry group ExerciseNZ has today appealed to Kiwis to make increased physical activity their resolution for 2017 but it also warned that keeping resolutions isn’t easy and is offering tips on how to make them stick. More >>

Stop smoking Taranaki 2017 campaign launched

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 4:29 pm | Tui Ora

The launch of a New Year New You stop smoking campaign for Taranaki is timely – it comes as smokers contemplate the first of many price hikes. More >>

Importance of wearing lifejackets correctly highlighted

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 2:08 pm | Waikato Regional Council

An incident at a Rotorua lake highlights the importance of boaties and other water users wearing a correctly fitting lifejacket, says Waikato Regional Council. More >>

Care needed on the water these holidays

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 12:51 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ is reminding boaties to take care on the water with two fatalities reported in the official holiday period to 6 am yesterday. More >>

Top International Post Goes to New Zealand Midwife

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:15 am | International Confederation of Midwives

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the global “voice” for the midwifery profession, has chosen New Zealander Sally Pairman as its next CEO. More >>

People asked to stay away from Travers-Sabine circuit

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 4:51 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is warning trampers to avoid the Travers-Sabine circuit in the Nelson Lakes National Park because of a suspected norovirus outbreak. More >>

Zero drownings between the flags these holidays

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 3:42 pm | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

MEDIA RELEASE Lifeguards are praising the public for their cooperation at patrolled beaches as the official holiday period (4pm on December 23, 2016 - 6am on January 4, 2017) ended with zero drownings between the flags. Around 4,500 lifeguards are ... More >>

ASMS advice in respect of the next RMO strike

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 3:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

This is not the way I anticipated greeting members at the start of 2017. But we are at where we are at. It has now been confirmed that there will be a further (second) national strike by resident medical officers, this time for 72 hours commencing at ... More >>

The need for greater physician advocacy in the 21st century

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 2:50 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Senior doctors naturally advocate for their patients as part of providing quality health care but there are interesting questions to consider about what form this advocacy should take and how far it should go,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

Holiday period drowning toll stands at eight

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:34 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable drowning* toll for the official holiday period (running from 4.00pm 23rd December to 6.00am 4th January 2017) is eight. More >>

Hospital specialists saddened by tragic death

Monday, 2 January 2017, 1:50 pm | ASMS

“Hospital specialists are saddened by the tragic death of our Whanganui Branch President Dr Chris Cresswell while mountain bike riding last Saturday,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

New Tobacco Tax Increases encourage Smokefree New Year

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:59 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

In March 2011 the New Zealand Government committed to a goal of becoming smoke free by 2025. Recently the government re-committed to a further four 10% annual tobacco tax increase to nudge more people to quit so we can all reach the Smokefree 2025 ... More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora is fighting the fizz for whānau

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:57 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

MEDIA RELEASE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 9AM JANUARY 1 2017 Hāpai Te Hauora is fighting the fizz for whānau this New Year Hāpai Te Hauora is encouraging whānau to go 'fizz free' this summer by launching #FizzFreeWhānau on New Year's Day 2017. This campaign ... More >>

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:52 pm | Quitline

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking. Quitline ( ) has today revealed the top five reasons New Zealanders who contacted Quitline decided to give up smoking in 2016. Nearly half stated they wished to improve their overall health ... More >>

Further Strike Action by Resident Doctors Planned

Friday, 30 December 2016, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

Further Strike Action by Resident Doctors Planned for the New Year New Zealand’s Resident Doctors have voted to take further strike action in support of settlement of their MECA (Multi Employer Collective Employment Agreement) which will cease to ... More >>

Healthy pets make for healthy people

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:43 pm | Agcarm

Pets play an important role in providing emotional support to their owners, reducing feelings of stress and loneliness, and increasing social contact. With over 223 million dogs and 220 million cats worldwide, excluding stray animals, pets have truly become ... More >>

Service can help your New Year’s Resolution come true

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:16 pm | Oranga Ha Tai Poutini

A new West Coast smokefree service will make it easier for Coasters wanting to beat the 1 January tobacco price rise and achieve their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. More >>

ED swells under pressure from holidaymakers

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 4:58 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

28 December 2016 ED swells under pressure from holidaymakers Holidaymakers are flooding into Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department with non-urgent medical conditions and are encouraged to first seek help from an accident and medical centre or pharmacy. ... More >>

Alarm bells going off in the public health sector

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 1:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“How many times do alarm bells have to go off in the public health sector before the Government and hospital bosses sit up and take notice,” asks Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Statement on behalf of 2 Tongan men in Hawke’s Bay Hospital

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 1:11 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

The two men in Hawke’s Bay Hospital, (male in his early-30s and an18-year-old male) following the Christmas Eve Gisborne bus crash, have asked Hawke’s Bay District Health Board to release the below statement on their behalf. They have also asked ... More >>

Make exercise the top goal for a happier 2017

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 9:54 am | ExerciseNZ

The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) wants people to put their mental wellbeing first when considering New Year’s resolutions and is emphasising how physical activity leads to people being happier and having a healthier state of mind. More >>

A ‘Neonatal Unit Christmas’ for hundreds of babies

Saturday, 24 December 2016, 5:11 pm | Neonatal Trust

If the averages play true, there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand on Christmas Day. A number more will need specialist care as a result of health issues and complications. They will join the hundreds of other babies already in a neonatal ... More >>

Police National Dive Squad: reminder to divers

Friday, 23 December 2016, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Police

The Police National Dive Squad is reminding everyone to take care of yourself and those you’re with as the holiday period gets underway. More >>

Medicinal Cannabis – harms or benefits? Who decides?

Friday, 23 December 2016, 2:33 pm | University of Otago

Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine. In a recent article in the New Zealand Medical Journal , Dr Giles Newton-Howes, from the University of Otago, Wellington, and Dr Sam McBride, ... More >>

Put children's health first this Christmas and New Year

Friday, 23 December 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Put children's health first this Christmas and New Year Media Release 23 December 2016 Nurses say children’s needs must come first at Christmas and New Year More >>

When, and when not to attend ED

Friday, 23 December 2016, 12:11 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Over the Christmas/New Year period they are especially busy. Time is critical in an ED and patients are seen in the order of the seriousness of ... More >>

Regulating accountability of senior health bosses

Friday, 23 December 2016, 11:15 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A call by the head of an inquiry into one of the United Kingdom’s worst hospital scandals for better regulation of senior health managers raises questions about whether something similar should be looked at in New Zealand, says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

Enjoy food safely over summer

Friday, 23 December 2016, 10:51 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding people of the importance of the 3C’s – Clean, Cook and Chill – to make sure they can properly enjoy food over the holiday period. More >>

Additional funding for eye health care service improvement

Friday, 23 December 2016, 10:23 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health says work is ongoing to improve the delivery of ophthalmology services available across New Zealand. More >>

Financial review on Canterbury DHB informs future direction

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 4:44 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Minister of Health has today released the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Report that provides advice and options for Canterbury DHB to consider in dealing with its current financial position. This report and the statement from the Minister can be ... More >>

Revolutionary health technology

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 4:07 pm | HMC Communications

The way New Zealanders interact with their health information, family doctors and other health providers is going high tech. More >>

GAS Omapere is Proudly Tobacco-free

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:42 pm | Northland District Health Board

Congratulations to Taryn and Joeseph Taurima of GAS Omapere in the Hokianga who have made the courageous decision not to sell tobacco products. More >>

New Playhouse Brings Joy To Sick Children

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:39 pm | Northland District Health Board

Being sick and in hospital it isn’t much fun especially if you are young but now children in Ward 2, Whangarei Hospital, have a brand new playhouse to help ease the stress. More >>

Four Unions Ratify Agreement with St John NZ

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:37 pm | St John

MEDIA RELEASE - 22 December 2016 FOUR UNIONS RATIFY AGREEMENT WITH ST JOHN NZ Please find attached a joint statement from Amalgamated Workers Union New Zealand Southern Incorporated (AWUNZ), Central Amalgamated Workers Union Incorporated (CAWU), New ... More >>

Save ED for Emergencies campaign launched

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:08 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

This holiday season, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is urging people to remember that the Emergency Department is for emergencies and urgent healthcare only. More >>

Is your New Year’s Resolution to quit?

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 2:35 pm | Canterbury DHB

There is great news for those planning to give up smoking in the New Year, with a new service offering free help and support for Cantabrians to quit. The news comes as an increase on tobacco prices is announced. Canterbury District Health Board Smokefree ... More >>

1 in 3 Be Free App: A gift to New Zealand women this season

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 1:41 pm | Inner City Women's Group

Inner City Women’s Group (ICWG) in Auckland is encouraging women to screen their relationships for violence and abuse. More >>

‘Glo boxes’ help educate on hand hygiene

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:17 pm | Department Of Corrections

Prisoners at Tongariro Prison have made Glo boxes to help the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service deliver hand hygiene education at schools, health expos and other hand hygiene awareness events. More >>

Fight NZ’s biggest killer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:04 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation will be appealing for donations during February 2017 to continue its fight against heart disease, New Zealand’s biggest killer. More >>

Keeping your new pool safe

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:02 pm | Palmerston North City Council

If a new pool arrives at your place this summer, make sure you know the fencing rules. More >>

Coastguard strongly urges boaties to be vigilant this summer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 3:33 pm | Coastguard New Zealand

Two high profile boating incidents occurring in the last 24 hours are pertinent reminders for boaties to keep safe at sea over the holiday season. Coastguard Bluff came to the rescue of a critically damaged yacht last night which struck a submerged object ... More >>

New service increases smokefree support for Coasters

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 2:41 pm | Oranga Ha Tai Poutini

A new free service set up to help West Coasters stop smoking is now up and running. More >>

Alcohol is no ordinary commodity – It’s official!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 1:47 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, has triumphed in a landmark case in the Court of Appeal, which means supermarkets can only display alcohol in separate designated areas, away from checkouts and entrances. More >>


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