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Motorists urged to slow down, buckle up and stay safe

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 11:24 am | New Zealand Police

Motorists are being reminded to stick to the basics following a tragic Easter weekend on the nation's roads. Four people died in crashes this Easter weekend, the highest number of road deaths for the period in three years. More >>

Canterbury researcher to investigate swallowing disorders

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:25 pm | Canterbury University

A researcher who is highly trained in dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, has returned from Baltimore to the University of Canterbury to continue her laboratory investigations into facilitating the recovery of swallowing in New Zealand stroke ... More >>

ALRANZ Supports Suspended Doctor and Unlawful Abortions

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:09 pm | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

Why does ALRANZ Support Violence Against Women? Sabrina Muck, a spokesperson for the Abortion Law Reform Association .made a media release on 16 April following the suspension of a rural doctor known as Dr N, by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary ... More >>

Sustainable DHBs good for health too

Monday, 21 April 2014, 2:58 pm | South Island Alliance

DHBs in the South Island are working together to address climate change and promote environmental sustainability to improve the health of current and future populations. More >>

Plunket: Keep kiwi kids safe in cars this Easter

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:00 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads over the long Easter and holidays. “Have a great Easter and holidays, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be ... More >>

Inaugural National Osteopathy Awareness Week

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:15 pm | Osteopaths NZ

Osteopathy Mainstream Healthcare Choice in World First ACC Report Osteopathy is experiencing exponential growth and has doubled over the last decade with over 130,000 practitioners working in over fifty countries according to a recent global study ... More >>

Expert nurses as good as doctors – new research

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:25 pm | Massey University

Nurse practitioners are just as good as registrars in making patient diagnoses – even very complex ones – and planning the correct care, says a new Doctor of Philosophy from Massey University. More >>

Rescue helicopters called to Waioeka gorge crash

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:18 pm | TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter

Today the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT and Rotorua Bay trust rescue helicopters were called to Opotiki where a car had crashed into the river in the Waioeka gorge. More >>

Speak out: Create Change by marking World Haemophilia Day

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:16 pm | Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand

An estimated 6.9 million people have a bleeding disorder, yet 75 percent of them don’t know it. Every year on April 17, World Haemophilia Day is observed around the world to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. More >>

Conversations that Count

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:33 pm | Ministry of Health

An advisory committee for ethical issues in healthcare supports the National Advance Care Planning Cooperative’s national awareness day, Conversations that Count. More >>

Tranter questions CEO’s assurances

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:33 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Media Release Wednesday 16 April 2014 Tranter questions CEO’s assurances “There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, ... More >>

Midlands Marae to Receive Safe Sleep Devices

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:32 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The sad tale of the death of a five-month Wellington baby of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) reported this morning is the exact reason iwi in the Midland Region are being issued safe sleep devices. More >>

Cigarette branding: time to act - the choice is plain

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:30 pm | Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More >>

Celebrating 50 years of breastfeeding support in New Zealand

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:51 am | La Leche League

The country’s leading breastfeeding support organisation is celebrating 50 years in New Zealand this month. More >>

Polio is still only a plane ride away

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 3:02 pm | Rotary

Rotary New Zealand is committed to ensure that New Zealanders continue to play their part as global citizens to eradicate polio. Polio, a highly contagious viral infection may lead to paralysis, breathing problems, or even death. More >>

ACC inflicts ‘double jeopardy’, says claimant

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 9:45 am | Peter de Waal

A disabled man in Auckland has twice had his weekly compensation stopped by ACC for amending the corporation's standard privacy release form despite a District Court ruling in the claimant’s favour. More >>

Workforce resourcing essential for screening programme

Monday, 14 April 2014, 3:13 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Labour Party’s announcement of an extended national bowel screening programme is good news for patients and front line clinical staff, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Have a Conversation that Counts

Monday, 14 April 2014, 12:00 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Have a Conversation that Counts Discussing what you want to happen when you die is not something we often do, but it is one of the most important ‘Conversations that Count’ in your lifetime. This Wednesday (April 16, 2014) is “Conversations that ... More >>

Rare Disease Patients to confront Pharmac

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:15 am | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Two dozen rare disease patients and their advocates will front up to talk to Pharmac directly onTuesday 15 April in Wellington. The drug buying agency is hosting a half day consultation meeting to discuss proposed changes to their decision criteria, ... More >>

Don’t let flu spoil your Easter holidays

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:01 am | National Influenza Specialist Group

Don’t let flu spoil your Easter holidays Health experts at the National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG) [1] say Kiwis should make sure they get an influenza vaccination before they head off for the school holidays. Clusters of influenza cases have been ... More >>

Time to get your influenza vaccination

Monday, 14 April 2014, 9:59 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Influenza can be a serious disease resulting in hospital admission, severe complications and even death, MidCentral Medical Officer of Health Dr Rob Weir says. There have already been cases of influenza in New Zealand this year, with a serious outbreak ... More >>

Smoking cessation expert visits MidCentral Health

Friday, 11 April 2014, 10:44 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral Health welcomed Ministry of Health smoking cessation expert Dr Hayden McRobbie to Palmerston North Hospital today. His day was spent with various departments; discussing how MidCentral Health’s already implemented smoking cessation plans ... More >>

Waikato Doctor Receives Top National Prize

Friday, 11 April 2014, 3:03 pm | Waikato DHB

Accolades for the Waikato nurse practitioner behind the life changing Sugar Babies study just keep coming. Dr Deborah Harris’ thesis on neonatal hypoglycaemia has received a University of Auckland’s Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral ... More >>

Over-the-counter pain medicines fine for short term use

Friday, 11 April 2014, 12:21 pm | NZSMI

11 April 2014 – The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) today reassured consumers that over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) continue to play an important role for temporary relief of pain. SMI executive director ... More >>

Take care Kiwis … our most ‘injurious’ day is almost upon us

Friday, 11 April 2014, 9:09 am | ACC

Julius Caesar was warned to beware the “Ides of March”. And perhaps Kiwis should take extra caution this Sunday. More >>

Health warning for Okawa Bay and Okere Arm on Lake Rotoiti

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 3:57 pm | Toi Te Ora Public Health

A health warning has been issued for the Okere Arm on Lake Rotoiti. This means that a health warning now applies to both Okawa Bay and Okere Arm on Lake Rotoiti. Routine monitoring results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed ... More >>

Dark Days: Driveway Safety Reminders for Autumn, Winter

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 2:24 pm | Safekids

Safekids Aotearoa reminds parents of toddlers and young children to be extra vigilant around driveways during these shorter days and longer nights. More >>

New framework works towards a world without dementia

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 9:19 am | 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 >>

Dame Kate Harcourt supports April Falls 2014 themes

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 4:00 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Dame Kate Harcourt knows first-hand the impact a fall can have, and is telling her story as April Falls month gets under way. She supports the idea that preventing falls is everyone’s business. More >>

Lorraine Downes and mother spearhead breast cancer education

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 10:59 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes and her mother Glad are the faces of a new campaign from the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, aiming to educate older women about their breast cancer risk and the importance of continued mammogram screening for healthy women ... More >>

Interactive tool to help older women decide on mammograms

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 10:52 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation today launched Screen70+, an interactive online decision aid to help women over 70 – and their GPS – decide if they should continue with screening mammograms. More >>

90% of older NZ women underestimate their breast cancer risk

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 10:49 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

New research commissioned by the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation reveals that older women mistakenly believe their breast cancer risk is lower in their seventies, when they no longer qualify for free mammograms, than it was in their fifties. More >>

Rural health group applauds mental health initiative

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 10:36 am | 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 >>

National Engineering Centre team grows at SimplHealth

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 12:58 pm | Simplhealth

This year is progressing well for SimplHealth with two new senior project managers coming on board as the company looks to expand its business at home and overseas. More >>

HIV prevention not possible without community support

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 12:51 pm | AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is deeply grateful for the support it receives from the community. Without that support, preventing HIV would be a difficult task. More >>

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

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 12:22 pm | 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 >>

Genesis Oncology Trust-funded researchers win US competition

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 12:17 pm | Genesis Energy

Two New Zealanders, who completed their PhDs with funding from the Genesis Oncology Trust, are members of a joint team from Auckland and Stanford Universities to gain funding that will help accelerate the commercialization of their innovative breast ... More >>

Pharmacy Guild welcomes new website

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 11:37 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (The Guild) launched their updated website last week. Guild Chief Executive, Lee Hohaia, says “The website was updated to make finding information and resources much easier for members. More >>

Promoting competition key for high cost medicines

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 11:12 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has announced its intention to test out a contestable fund for high cost medicines for rare disorders, which could be seeking proposals from pharmaceutical companies by the end of 2014. More >>

Project to Give Half a Million Kiwis Voice

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 10:28 am | NZ Speech-language Therapists' Association

Up to half a million Kiwis are faced with significantly reduced quality of life because they aren’t given the support to simply communicate, the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association says. More >>

Health warning for Lake Ngaroto

Monday, 7 April 2014, 4:45 pm | Waikato District Health Board

A new health warning has been issued today for Lake Ngaroto, near Te Awamutu. The lake has had a rise in the number of cyanobacteria cells and a rise in biovolume since last tested one month previously. Biovolume is the measure used to decide when ... More >>

Female Condoms Finally Given the Stamp of Approval in NZ

Monday, 7 April 2014, 2:07 pm | Positive Women

Positive Women Inc. (PWI), the national support organisation for women and families living with HIV and AIDS is very pleased to announce that Tony Ryall, Minister of Health has approved an amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion ... More >>

You know your voice matters when you’ve lost it

Monday, 7 April 2014, 1:21 pm | Therapy Professionals

Is ageing, disability, injury or illness affecting your ability to be heard? The pitch, pace, pause, tone and volume of your voice comprises about 38% of all your communication. More >>

Piri Weepu’s stroke demands FAST action by all of us

Monday, 7 April 2014, 12:21 pm | Stroke Foundation

Piri Weepu’s recent stroke comes as an unhappy but timely reminder that stroke can affect anyone at any time, said the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand at the beginning of its 2014 Awareness Week (7-13 April). More >>

New online health record a big step forward for patients

Monday, 7 April 2014, 12:14 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

From 7 April 2014, health record summaries from General Practices will be immediately available to hospital clinicians and afterhours GPs, as a new system for accessing primary care health records online is launched in Wellington, Porirua and the Kapiti ... More >>

Female Condom – Approved For Use in NZ

Monday, 7 April 2014, 11:34 am | Glyde Healthcare

After more than 3 years of campaigning, the female condom is legal in New Zealand. Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall has approved an amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 to allow for the sale of female condoms within ... More >>

Vitamin D a nutrient of public health significance

Monday, 7 April 2014, 11:02 am | Trio Communications

7 April 2014 – The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) today said that the importance of Vitamin D continues to be recognised. This was in response to two papers and an editorial published in the latest British Medical Journal which found ... More >>

St John Annual Appeal Starts Today

Monday, 7 April 2014, 10:53 am | St John

There are so many stories… Every day St John responds to over 1000 calls for help; that’s one call every minute and a half; 400,000 calls a year. More >>

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

Monday, 7 April 2014, 10:43 am | 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 >>

Compliance and marketing of infant formula key topics

Monday, 7 April 2014, 10:18 am | Infant Nutrition Council

Manufacturers and marketers of infant formula will gather in Auckland tomorrow to take part in a workshop hosted by industry body the Infant Nutrition Council (INC). Council Chief Executive Jan Carey said the workshop was an opportunity for all members ... More >>

Doctors call for immediate climate treatment – not denial

Friday, 4 April 2014, 5:10 pm | OraTaiao

With the release of the latest report this week by the world’s leading climate scientists, New Zealand doctors are calling for a real response to climate change, whichrepresents a huge risk to every aspect of society including human health. More >>

Gambling and addiction transition must be well-managed

Friday, 4 April 2014, 4:43 pm | 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 >>

Medical first in Waikato offers hope to heart patients

Friday, 4 April 2014, 3:54 pm | Midland Cardio Vascular Services

Two weeks ago, Hawera farmer Glen Williamson could barely stagger 300m. He struggled to breathe, his legs were cold and clammy and he was as pale as a ghost. More >>

Steer clear of Queensland jobs, senior doctors advised

Friday, 4 April 2014, 3:29 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is advising senior doctors in New Zealand not to apply for permanent jobs in Queensland, Australia, until the employment contracts dispute there has been satisfactorily resolved. More >>

Youth efforts to be flu strong recognised

Friday, 4 April 2014, 2:24 pm | Canterbury DHB

The Canterbury Health System wants to thank its youth for their efforts to be flu strong. Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says last year our youth were the best in the country and we hope to do better still this year. More >>

See better and be seen to avoid injury after daylight saving

Friday, 4 April 2014, 1:38 pm | Accident Compensation Corporation

After daylight saving ends this Sunday, more of us will be coming and going from our homes in the dark – which can increase the risk of injury. “Two things you can do to reduce your risk of injury this winter are make sure you have good outdoor ... More >>

Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Run/Walk “Support your mum”

Friday, 4 April 2014, 11:01 am | Jennian Homes

Thousands of women across the country are expected to take part in the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day fun run and walk on May 11. More >>

St John Annual Appeal is Next Week! (7-13 April)

Friday, 4 April 2014, 9:40 am | St John

Every day St John responds to over 1,000 calls for help; that’s one call every minute and a half. Last year we cared for over 415,000 patients. Our Ambulances travel over 18,700,000 kilometres every year. More >>

Little Kickers supporting the 'Little Fighters'

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 4:32 pm | Little Kickers

Little Kickers NZ, soccer classes found throughout Auckland for kids 1 – 7 years, is supporting the much smaller ‘little fighters’ in the world, premature babies in NZ who need our support to survive. They have chosen The Neonatal Trust as their ... More >>

ASH Year 10 survey by DHB region

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 4:19 pm | Action On Smoking And Health

The Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Year 10 smoking survey by DHB results are: More >>


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