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Cultural care plan and psychiatric review of at-risk patient

Monday, 20 May 2019, 2:12 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding Southern District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for failing to provide services to a woman with reasonable care and skill. More >>

NZ’s Largest Digital Health Event Announced

Monday, 20 May 2019, 10:40 am | HINZ

New Zealand’s largest digital health event is the key feature of a newly-named Digital Health Week NZ. More >>

Breakthrough Asthma Study Set to Revolutionise Treatment

Monday, 20 May 2019, 9:19 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Findings from a New Zealand-led asthma study published in the New England Journal of Medicine today have discovered a way to significantly improve the treatment and management of asthma – the world’s most common form of respiratory illness. The ... More >>

Heart Kids applauds announcement of $12m funding boost

Monday, 20 May 2019, 9:08 am | Heart Kids

The money, announced by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa yesterday (Saturday 18th May), will go towards supporting programmes that will reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever among Maori and Pacific people and better management of the illness. More >>

We don’t know what to do about children not eating veges?

Friday, 17 May 2019, 4:54 pm | Supergrans

SuperGrans know what to do! Our life skills work is exactly as research suggests to rectify this situation. We’re just need to be in more communities to create real, measurable change. More >>

Further Compelling Clinical Evidence Supporting Cxbladder

Friday, 17 May 2019, 2:27 pm | Pacific Edge

• Cxbladder providing enhanced diagnostic outcomes not currently available from existing technology. • Enables physicians to remove the diagnostic dilemma faced, when existing gold standard tests and procedures are not able to determine a clear ... More >>

Health professionals increaingly accept tobacco alternatives

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 3:19 pm | Frost And Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan discovers growing acceptance in New Zealand's Healthcare Professionals support for alternatives to cigarettes More >>

Pink Shirt Day has arrived

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 1:42 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Tomorrow Aotearoa will turn into a sea of māwhero/pink to celebrate the global bullying prevention campaign, Pink Shirt Day. More >>

Newborn hearing screening turns 10

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 1:26 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Little Indie Addy recently joined the thousands of newborns to have their hearing screened in Wellington each year. More >>

Canterbury measles outbreak declared officially over

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:50 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury health authorities have today declared the measles outbreak that started in the region on 16 February officially over. More >>

NZMSA disappointed by lack of student input

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:33 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

New Zealand’s Medical Students are disappointed that a health sector meeting held this week on a new rural training proposal failed to engage with the students who are going to use them. More >>

Study finds being overweight is likely to cause cancer

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:01 am | QIMR Berghofer

A QIMR Berghofer study has found people who are overweight could reduce their risk of dying from cancer later in life by up to 30 per cent, by shedding some kilograms and maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI). More >>

Continued dramatic decline in national HIV diagnoses

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:59 am | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

The latest HIV epidemic data from Dunedin School of Medicine’s AIDS Epidemiology Group shows a sustained decline and an encouraging trend. More >>

Medicinal cannabis users focus of new research

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:18 am | Health Research Council

An independent study of medicinal cannabis users in New Zealand will begin next month. The study comes ahead of the government’s plans to introduce a new licenced medicinal cannabis scheme to broaden access to cannabis products for a wider range of patients ... More >>

Chiropractic a key role in managing back pain

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:14 pm | NZ Chiropractors Association

The efficacy of chiropractic in managing low back pain and its key role in reducing the use of pharmaceuticals has been highlighted by one of the biggest studies of its kind. More >>

Loneliness and isolation pushing elderly into aged care

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:04 pm | University of Otago

Loneliness and isolation are pushing healthy elderly into aged care facilities More >>

The ‘flu season is hitting hard and fast

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 2:19 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

If you haven’t had your free flu vaccination, now is the time to do so – and urgently – as the flu season starts to hit the community hard and fast. More >>

Healthcare group again suspend low-paid workers

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 1:47 pm | Public Service Association

Access Community Health has suspended workers without pay for a second time this week, in response to low-level industrial action by union members. The move comes ahead of a full day of strike action planned for Friday. More >>

Suicide prevention and mental health

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 3:43 pm | New Zealand Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the Government to fundamentally reform the way mental health and suicide is dealt with. Matthew Tukaki, Councils Executive Director and Chair of the National Maori Authority has released a series of recommendations ... More >>

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Life

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 3:28 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth More >>

Southern DHB Commissioner appoints two new deputies

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 3:12 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB Commissioner Kathy Grant has announced the appointments of esteemed oncologist Dr David Perez and experienced health executive Jean O'Callaghan as two new deputies, to support the remainder of her term and the transition to a new board. ... More >>

Record number of illegal cigarette sales to teenagers

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 3:12 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) last month identified nine retailers illegally selling tobacco to teenagers over just a two-week period. More >>

Does your GP wear a cape? You bet they do!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 2:23 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

We all need one, most of us have had the same one for years, they know our most personal details, and are trained to care for us. Who are these mysterious superheroes? They’re your GPs. More >>

Chief clinical information officer appointed for three DHBs

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 12:11 pm |

A chief clinical information officer has been appointed to provide clinical input and oversight of health IT projects at Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs. More >>

One million doses of influenza vaccine distributed

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 10:15 am | Ministry of Health

More than one million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have now been distributed and The Ministry of Health is encouraging even more New Zealanders to get vaccinated. More >>

Want to Get Stronger, Leaner & Healthier?

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 9:37 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Want to Get Stronger, Leaner & Healthier? Strength Training Is For You More >>

Myopia in Children Growing at Alarming Rates

Monday, 13 May 2019, 5:52 pm | Matthews Eyewear

The majority (69%) of New Zealand (with children 0-17-years old) parents do not know what child myopia is and alarmingly, only 12% of parents recognise the health risk that their children might develop later in life from myopia. Auckland optometrist ... More >>

Nurses to network in Napier

Monday, 13 May 2019, 2:18 pm | NZNO

Hawke’s Bay nurses will convene in Napier tomorrow for the annual New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Te Matau a Māui /Hawkes Bay Regional Convention. The theme for the day-long event will be "Nurses a Voice to Lead - Health for All" ... More >>

Training hubs critical as rural health workforce declines

Monday, 13 May 2019, 2:06 pm | Rural General Practice Network

Government commitment to establishing a network of rural health training hubs is now critically important to reversing a continued decline in the rural health workforce, according to the organisation representing almost every rural medical practice in ... More >>

Health training hubs critical

Monday, 13 May 2019, 11:46 am | Rural General Practice Network

Government commitment to establishing a network of rural health training hubs is now critically important to reversing a continued decline in the rural health workforce, according to the organisation representing almost every rural medical practice in ... More >>

Advice, not probiotics, helps pregnant mums gain less weight

Sunday, 12 May 2019, 3:48 pm | University of Auckland

Women gain less weight during pregnancy when given personalised healthy eating advice, but probiotics do not reduce health risks in pregnant women with obesity, according to a new University of Auckland-led study. Researchers say this shows tangible benefits ... More >>

Nursing workforce the largest it's ever been

Saturday, 11 May 2019, 11:44 am | Ministry of Health

It's International Nurses Day tomorrow and the Ministry of Health's Chief Nursing Office is celebrating New Zealand’s largest ever nursing workforce. More >>

Marton community rejoices at re-opening of dementia unit

Friday, 10 May 2019, 4:17 pm | Masonic Villages

The Masonic Villages Trust is pleased to announce the re-opening of its dementia suite of seven beds at Edale in Marton on the 13th May 2019. More >>

KEYTRUDA trial demonstrates effectiveness

Friday, 10 May 2019, 3:57 pm | Medsafe

KEYTRUDA trial demonstrated effectiveness in patients with lung cancer that had spread to the brain and liver More >>

Get immunised against measles if you're going overseas

Friday, 10 May 2019, 3:24 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is reminding travellers to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go overseas. More >>

Sunday 12 May a day to thank nurses personally

Friday, 10 May 2019, 12:59 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) wants New Zealanders to take a pause this Sunday to honour all New Zealand nurses and nursing staff. More >>

2019 International ME Awareness Day - Research

Friday, 10 May 2019, 9:57 am | ANZMES

Approximately 20,000 individuals in New Zealand are currently diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a complex and debilitating neuroinflammatory illness. More >>

RANZCP calls for urgent action on mental health care crisis

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 7:06 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) along with other peak bodies, health professionals, people with lived experience of mental illness and carers calls on governments to urgently improve the quality of crisis mental ... More >>

Early access proposal welcomed, but questions need answers

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 5:30 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson welcomed the news that Pharmac is working with the Ministry of Health to consider a scheme that would offer faster access to drugs for Kiwi cancer patients. She urged both organisations to ... More >>

Wānanga Wahakura – Preparing to welcome new life

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 12:42 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Following on from the popularity of past events, another weaving wānanga is to be held at Linton Community Centre this weekend, 10-12 May. The event is held by Mokopuna Ora, in partnership with local community groups, and teaches the wahakura waikawa ... More >>

Cancer patients benefitting from extra testing

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 10:59 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Additional testing is helping ensure that almost 1800 cancer patients per year are receiving safe and appropriate radiation doses during radiation oncology treatment. More >>

Keep gums healthy & prevent decay

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 9:46 am | Dental Experts

Even with excellent home oral hygiene, you can’t clean your teeth as well as a professional hygienist. By seeing a hygienist regularly, you’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy and help prevent tooth decay. It’ll save you money in the long ... More >>

Hāpai supports new SUDI prevention resources

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 3:27 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

The Hāpai Te Hauora SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) Prevention Coordination Service supports the release by the Ministry of the Health of the National SUDI Prevention Programme: Needs Assessment and Care Planning Guide and the National Safe Sleep Device ... More >>

New safe sleep device guidelines to reduce SUDI

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 2:52 pm | Ministry of Health

New Ministry of Health resources will help infants have quality sleep, while also protecting them from SUDI (sudden unexpected death in infancy). More >>

World Class Professor Joins Stroke Central Region

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 2:46 pm | Stroke Central Region Inc

Stroke Central has appointed Professor Valery Feigin to its board of governors as Honorary Medical Doctor. The new role is key to the development of stroke prevention and support services for the central region, including Wellington. More >>

New hope for cancer patients accessing leading-edge drugs

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 10:04 am | Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ

New hope for cancer patients accessing leading-edge unfunded drugs More >>

Leukaemia patients call for funds for life-saving treatment

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 9:30 am | Chronic Lymphotic Leukaemia Advocates New Zealand

A newly-launched group advocating for New Zealanders with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) has joined the ‘Right to Live’ fight for access to life-saving medicines for aggressive cancers. Around 2000 New Zealanders live with CLL, an incurable cancer ... More >>

Blood cancer patients advocate pleads for treatment funding

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 9:26 am | Myeloma New Zealand

Patient advocacy group Myeloma New Zealand has joined forces with other patient groups to petition Parliament to approve funding for state-of-the-art cancer treatments for New Zealanders. Myeloma NZ is petitioning for funding for a suite of six life-extending ... More >>

Waikato DHB Board sacking confirmed

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 1:54 pm | Dave Macpherson

The announcement today that the Minister of Health has sacked the members of the Waikato DHB was described by elected Board member Dave Macpherson as “New Zealand’s worst kept secret”. More >>

Summit On Access to Life-Saving Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 1:51 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

Improving access to potentially life-saving radiation therapy for thousands of New Zealand cancer patients will be the key message of the vital first-ever Radiation Oncology Horizon Summit. More >>

International Harm Reduction Day

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 1:43 pm | Needle Exchange NZ

Today marks the 6th International Harm Reduction Day, a day focussed on promoting evidence based public health policy, practices and human rights. More >>

New guidelines cove digital therapy for anxiety

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 1:15 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

In recent years there has been an increase in the availability of digital therapy options for the support and treatment of people with anxiety, but we haven’t known much about their effectiveness. More >>

The unacceptable death toll behind march to Parliament

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 10:16 am | Joint Press Release

This is the stark reality of the many thousands of people who are diagnosed with these debilitating, cruel diseases every year. For these people it is not only a matter of how long they will live but also how well they will live. All these New ... More >>

Asthma rivals malaria’s death toll

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 9:51 am | University of Auckland

Malaria is recognised as a killer – particularly in low-income countries, but less known is that worldwide asthma has a similar death rate and affects nearly one of every 20 people. More >>

Monitoring of repeat PSA testing

Monday, 6 May 2019, 2:18 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a General Practitioner (GP), and the medical centre he worked for, in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for failing to carry out ... More >>

Coordination of care for toddler at fault

Monday, 6 May 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a District Health Board (DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. The DHB failed to provide a 16-month-old boy with adequate care, ... More >>

Students welcome hard fought Piki announcement

Monday, 6 May 2019, 12:09 pm | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations has welcomed today’s further roll-out of the mental health trial ‘Piki’, which will provide free counselling for youth between 16 and 25 in the greater Wellington region, along with a website ... More >>

Schools get involved for World Asthma Day tomorrow

Monday, 6 May 2019, 9:26 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Over 130 schools throughout New Zealand have signed up to celebrate World Asthma Day tomorrow May 7, to educate children and teachers on the triggers and management of asthma. More >>

Sugar in drinks more dangerous than sugar in foods - study

Sunday, 5 May 2019, 12:42 pm | University of Auckland

Sugar in drinks is more dangerous than sugar in foods, according to a major new review of international evidence. More >>

Support for Doctors Opting Out Of Abortion Referrals - Poll

Sunday, 5 May 2019, 12:40 pm | Family First

A poll has found that a strong majority (78%) believe that medical professionals with ethical objections should be lawfully allowed to opt out of performing or arranging abortions. In the independent poll by Curia Market Research of 1,000 New Zealanders, ... More >>



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