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Measles case on Auckland to Gold Coast flight

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 3:24 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealand passenger travelling from Auckland to the Gold Coast on October 6. More >>

Voting open for Clinical Informatics Leadership Award

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:04 pm |

The three finalists for the 2019 award are; David Ryan, IS clinical change manager, Waitematā DHB; Rebecca George , clinical lead allied health informatics Canterbury DHB; and Robyn Whittaker, associate professor at the National Institute for Health ... More >>

Incompatible kidney transplants a reality in Wellington

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:01 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Patients needing incompatible kidney transplants no longer need to travel to Auckland or Christchurch thanks to close collaboration between the Renal Service and the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS). More >>

Events inspire workplaces to address mental health crisis

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:17 am | Ignite Aotearoa

Leading employers and wellbeing experts will explore how workplaces can address New Zealand’s poor mental health statistics next week. More >>

New measles case confirmed in South Canterbury

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:11 am | South Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health team has been working to identify all close contacts of this man both at work, and in his private life, determining their immunisation status and offering advice regarding what further action they ... More >>

Demand for funded devices puts pressure on appointments

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 2:15 pm | Family Planning

Family Planning says demand for the fully-funded Mirena and Jaydess contraceptive devices is so high that just two days after PHARMAC’s announcement, it is already booking clients into appointments in early 2020. More >>

Five Ways with Strawberries Through Spring and Summer

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 2:11 pm | 5 Plus A Day

AUCKLAND, Wednesday 16th October 2019: The taste of summer is finally here with plump New Zealand-grown strawberries now on sale and plenty of ways to enjoy eating them throughout the day. More >>

Measles alert for North Island school holiday camp

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 2:06 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Children and adults who were at a Seventh Day Adventist camp in Rotorua may need to go into quarantine if not immune to measles, after being exposed to the virus during the school holidays. More >>

Joint approach to help prevent measles spreading

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 12:06 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education have signed a memorandum of understanding, so they can work together to help prevent the spread of measles in schools. More >>

Do You Know How to Restart a Heart?

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:22 am | St John

16 OCTOBER 2019 Every year, cardiac arrest kills more New Zealanders than road accidents, a statistic everyone can change. More >>

New Zealand gets its own surgical risk calculator

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:06 am | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Unique New Zealand data has been used in a surgical risk calculator that allows patients to better understand the risks versus the benefits of their operation, taking into account their age, the type of surgery, pre-existing health conditions and ethnicity. More >>

World Spine Day “Get Spine Active” (#getspineactive)

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 8:17 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging Kiwis to get spine active and stay healthy as part of the NZCA’s contribution to World Spine Day (16th October 2019). Back pain is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, ... More >>

Let’s Talk Cancer Hui

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:38 pm | Northland District Health Board

Both speakers and attendees took away learnings from the well-attended Let's Talk Cancer Hui last month in Rawene. More >>

Nothing else matters when you can't breathe

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1:37 pm | Asthma New Zealand

Nothing else matters when you can’t breathe and knowing how to do it well, improves how you live. Most people take their breathing for granted until something goes wrong. Asthma, hay fever, snoring, sleep apnoea or panic attacks are just a few of the signs ... More >>

Kiwi researchers make TB discovery

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1:23 pm | University of Auckland

Worldwide approximately one in four people is infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and while overall New Zealand has relatively low rates of TB, Māori and Pacific people are eight times more likely to be affected than Pākehā. More >>

Forgotten and neglected: The late effects of poliomyelitis

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 12:08 pm | University of Otago

Survivors of New Zealand’s Poliomyelitis epidemics in the 1950s and 60s are largely being forgotten and neglected as they suffer from the late effects of Polio, says the University of Minnesota’s Emeritus Professor of Neurology, Dr Gareth Parry. More >>

Eliza McCartney backs Kiwis to Switch to Water

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:49 am | New Zealand Dental Association

New Zealand Olympic pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney is pushing the ‘water works wonders’ message this November as part of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) Switch to Water challenge. More >>

Fingers Crossed for Christchurch Youth Hub Resource Consent

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:23 am | Youth Hub

The dream to build New Zealand’s first, purpose-built ‘one-stop-shop’ for Youth Health and well-being moves a step closer to reality, with finalised plans soon heading to the Christchurch City Council for resource consent. More >>

Co-ordination of care in neurosurgery ward

Monday, 14 October 2019, 2:52 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Capital & Coast District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for its care of a woman in her mid-fifties. More >>

Postoperative care following bowel surgery

Monday, 14 October 2019, 2:51 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Nelson Marlborough District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for its care of a 65-year-old woman who had undergone ... More >>

Measles case on flight from Sunshine Coast to Auckland

Monday, 14 October 2019, 12:22 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a passenger with measles flying from Australia’s Sunshine Coast to Auckland last Wednesday. More >>

PHARMAC decision supports equity

Monday, 14 October 2019, 9:42 am | Family Planning

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21,000 to benefit from Mirena and Jaydess

Monday, 14 October 2019, 9:27 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is widening funded access to Mirena, as well as listing a new long-acting reversible contraceptive option, Jaydess, which will benefit around 21,000 New Zealand women. More >>

Measles update

Friday, 11 October 2019, 4:54 pm | Southern District Health Board

Seven Queenstown residents and one Gore resident have been confirmed as new measles cases this week, bringing the total number of Southern DHB cases to 66. Total cases for each location is: Dunedin: 2 Oamaru: 1 Wanaka: 2 Queenstown: 60 Gore: 1 The Gore ... More >>

Pharmacy technicians’ essential role in healthcare system

Friday, 11 October 2019, 3:02 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacy Technician Day (15 October 2019) is a great time to reflect on the essential role that pharmacy technicians play within the New Zealand healthcare system. More >>

Guidelines for the Diagnosis And Monitoring of Silicosis

Friday, 11 October 2019, 1:48 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

MEDIA STATEMENT 11 October 2019 RANZCR Unveils Guidelines for the Diagnosis And Monitoring of Silicosis More >>

Smoking is Becoming A Dying Habit in Aotearoa

Friday, 11 October 2019, 8:35 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora is quietly celebrating the release of Census 2018 figures which shows a drop in the proportion of regular smokers aged 15 years and over decreasing to 13.2 per cent, compared to the 2013 Census figures of 15.1 per cent. More >>

NZ hit by Cananbidiol (CBD) Shortages

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 3:08 pm | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

For the second time in as many months, medicinal cannabis supplies in New Zealand have been depleted. 2 of main Cannabidiol (CBD) products generally available in New Zealand are out of stock, with neither of the products expected to have stock until ... More >>

New Suicide Prevention Director

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 1:10 pm | Ministry of Health

Work targeted at reducing New Zealand’s historically high suicide rates takes another step forward with the appointment of Carla na Nagara to lead the establishment of the Suicide Prevention Office. More >>

Diet Plays a Key Role for Mental Health

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:24 am | Doctors for Nutrition

A diet high in fats, sugars, junk foods and processed meats is contributing to the current general malaise in the community and a high incidence of poor mental health, according to Doctors For Nutrition. More >>

ACC Shutting Out Māori Health Providers

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 2:10 pm | Te Kohao Health

Despite Māori having the poorest health of any group in New Zealand, and Māori missing out on crucial Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) services, the system is failing them by excluding Māori organisations from providing care to Māori according ... More >>

New research to get a better night’s sleep for tamariki

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 2:10 pm | A Better Start National Science Challenge

A new strategic research project with the aim of improving sleep for pepi and their whanau has been awarded $1.7 million over three years by A Better Start National Science Challenge. As well as improving sleep, this project also aims to reduce excessive ... More >>

Warning as health/social policy ignores Asian mental health

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:33 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Suicide Mortality Review Committee says health and social policy should not ignore Asian mental health. More >>

Women patients pay price of staffing shortages

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 8:19 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Women patients are paying the price for gaping holes as dire staffing shortages put hospitals on the edge, says Angela Belich, Acting Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

RANZCP President's new taskforce tackling suicide prevention

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 3:11 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is putting together a new taskforce to better channel the efforts of psychiatry and achieve a meaningful reduction of suicide and deliberate self-harm in our communities. More >>

Health data hack - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 1:47 pm | Science Media Centre

Cyber hacks targeting a major primary health organisation (PHO) that holds large amounts of patient information have sparked a wider investigation to see if other PHOs or health boards are vulnerable to attack. More >>

UVA Identifies Surprising Contributor to Multiple Sclerosis

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:16 am | University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 7, 2019 – Cells that scientists have largely ignored when studying multiple sclerosis are actually key contributors to MS development, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. The discovery ... More >>

How can homelessness be harmful to health?

Monday, 7 October 2019, 4:17 pm | Lifewise

The average life expectancy of someone experiencing chronic homelessness is 55 years. That’s over 20 years younger than the average New Zealander. Every year across the world, World Homeless Day aims to shine a light on this global symptom of inequality. ... More >>

Hundreds with Multiple Sclerosis ‘Abandoned’

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:32 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

There’s concern that a Pharmac decision to fund the drug Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) for certain patients with multiple sclerosis from December 1st will still see hundreds missing out due to the national drug-buying agency’s ‘inhumanely strict’ treatment ... More >>

Interpretation and reporting of CT colonography

Monday, 7 October 2019, 2:06 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a diagnostic radiologist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to correctly interpret a man’s computed tomography ... More >>

Tupuna close-by at new Māori cancer support group

Monday, 7 October 2019, 1:54 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

"Te Pō is about the beginning of time. Everything was dark. There was nothing. That’s like getting the diagnosis." More >>

PHARMAC signs bundle deal for more cancer medicines

Monday, 7 October 2019, 1:41 pm | PHARMAC

420 New Zealanders with lung cancer, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis and respiratory disease will benefit each year from a bundle deal PHARMAC has finalised with a medicine supplier. More >>

Increase in doctors welcome amid unprecedented demand

Monday, 7 October 2019, 12:13 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Figures showing an increase in District Health Board employed doctors are positive, but the health service is under immense pressure, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Acting Executive Director Angela Belich says. More >>

NZMJ retracts article from Vol 132 No 1502 ISSN 1175-871

Monday, 7 October 2019, 9:46 am | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Journal has retracted an article published in NZMJ’s Vol 132 No 1502, 20 September 2019 issue entitled: Are over-the-counter fish oil supplements safe, effective and accurate with labelling? Analysis of 10 New Zealand fish oil ... More >>

First to treat multiple brain tumours with new therapy

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 1:23 pm | Acurity Health Group

First in New Zealand to treat multiple brain tumours with new advanced radiation therapy technology A Wellington cancer patient has become the first person in New Zealand to have multiple brain tumours treated at the one time with a new radiation ... More >>

Canadian neurosurgeon wins the 2019 Ryman Prize

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 4:28 pm | Ryman Healthcare

Dr Michael Fehlings has won the 2019 Ryman Prize in recognition of his long career dedicated to helping older people suffering from debilitating spinal problems. More >>

Say what? What are children in New Zealand eating?

Friday, 4 October 2019, 5:50 pm | The Heart Foundation

Just what New Zealand children are eating isn’t clear and new research aims to find out. Dr Helen Eyles, Senior Research Fellow at The National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, has been awarded a Heart Foundation Senior Fellowship ... More >>

Measles update

Friday, 4 October 2019, 5:12 pm | Southern District Health Board

One Queenstown resident was confirmed as a new measles case today, bringing the total number of Southern DHB cases to 58. Total cases for each location is: Dunedin: 2 Oamaru: 1 Wanaka: 2 Queenstown: 53 The Australian Government Department of Health ... More >>

One new measles cases confirmed in Hawke’s Bay

Friday, 4 October 2019, 2:25 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

A new measles case has been confirmed, today, (4 October) in Hawke’s Bay – a toddler from Hastings. This takes the total number of measles cases in Hawke’s Bay, this year, to six. More >>

Transplant hui first to be held in Hawke’s Bay

Friday, 4 October 2019, 12:30 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

For the first time in New Zealand, a transplant hui, to better inform Māori healthcare providers and influencers about organ donation, is to be held in Hawke’s Bay to support patients/whānau who face transplant conversations, or the receiving of a ... More >>

Tauranga man thriving eight years after terminal diagnosis

Friday, 4 October 2019, 11:50 am | Pedal4Prostate

When specialists told Tauranga man Tony Dodunski he should go home and prepare for the worst he never dreamed he would be riding in a four-hour endurance cycling race a year later with his children. More >>

Vaccinations protect people and animals

Friday, 4 October 2019, 9:47 am | Agcarm

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Vaccinations protect people and animals from life-threatening diseases) By Mark Ross More >>

Cultural identity key to treating Māori with dementia

Friday, 4 October 2019, 9:05 am | University of Auckland

The largest-ever study of Māori affected by dementia has found the disease is poorly understood and that whānau do not know how to access information that might help. More >>

Thriving after breast cancer in MidCentral

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 5:32 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) and Midcentral DHB are partnering to offer Thriving, a new support service that’s an alternative to outpatient clinic follow-up for low-risk early breast cancer patients who’ve completed surgery and radiation therapy. More >>

Measles update 3 October

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:51 pm | Southern District Health Board

New measles cases were confirmed yesterday in a previous media release, taking the total number of Southern DHB cases to 57. Of the seven new cases confirmed this afternoon five are Queenstown residents, one is an Oamaru resident and one is a Dunedin resident. ... More >>

New measles cases confirmed in Hamilton makes Waikato 23

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:19 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The Medical Officer of Health Dr Richard Hoskins has confirmed two new measles cases today (3 October 2019) taking Waikato numbers to 23 since 1 August 2019 (total cases since January 2019 is 37). More >>

2019 - the Flu season that was

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 3:44 pm | ESR

ESR has called an end to its annual flu surveillance with indicators for influenza and influenza like illness (ILI) having dropped below baseline figures for the last two months. More >>

CCDHB to ditch Ronald McDonald Family Room?

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 2:20 pm | Letitia Isa

Capital & Coast District Health Board looks like it will block a Ronald McDonald Family room in the new Wellington Children’s hospital with the DHB to use health money on “Whānau rooms” instead. More >>

Launch of tāngata whenua determined health strategy

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 2:13 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

On Wednesday 9 October at Manuka Tūtahi Marae in Whakatāne, the Māori Health Rūnanga of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board will launch Te Toi Ahorangi 2030 Toi Ora Strategy. Te Toi Ahorangi affirms the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Te ... More >>

Boot camp to develop CHIA for NZ

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 1:46 pm | Health Informatics

A boot camp to develop New Zealand content and questions for the Certified Health Informatician Australasia certification, is being held this month. More >>



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