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Recommendations for methamphetamine contamination clean-up

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:33 pm | Ministry of Health

A Ministry of Health funded report provides key recommendations for the country's first national standard for methamphetamine contamination. More >>

Launch of the Gluten Management Association in NZ

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:54 pm | Gluten Management Association

Launch of Gluten Management Association in New Zealand Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11.30am Press Release: Gluten Management Association More >>

Action plan to improve Pacific health and wellbeing

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:28 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Pacific peoples living throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti will be better supported to live healthier and more independent lives through Capital & Coast DHB’s (CCDHB) new Pacific action plan – ‘Toe timata le upega’. More >>

AIA Healthy Kids Challenge gets underway today

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:14 pm | AIA NZ

Today a staggering 15,000 children from 499 classes at 110 primary schools across New Zealand get underway with the AIA Healthy Kids Challenge. The five-week health and wellbeing programme aims to inspire children, and their families, to get active ... More >>

Cost-effectiveness of Herceptin® for breast cancer

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 10:49 am | University of Otago

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) found that the cost-effectiveness of the drug trastuzumab (known more commonly as Herceptin®) in treating early stage breast cancer was highly variable depending on the disease characteristics and age ... More >>

Exercise is Still Possible!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 3:44 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Debbie Hardy was diagnosed with septic arthritis at the age of 33. She had never heard of the condition before, or the impact this diagnosis would have on her life. More >>

Low nicotine cigarettes could help achieve Smokefree goal

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 3:20 pm | University of Auckland

Low nicotine cigarettes could help achieve Smokefree goal Media Release - University of Auckland - 25 October 2016 Nicotine reduction, such as very low nicotine cigarettes, has huge benefits and few potential harms, according to a new study from the University ... More >>

The Real Cost of Physical Inactivity

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

With bills to pay and a range of costs increasing, it’s not unexpected that we have to look at what we spend and limit where we spend it. When the budget comes under scrutiny it is often our recreation and exercise costs or memberships that ... More >>

The role of online networks for head & neck cancer patients

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 2:17 pm | Head and Neck Network

Being connected across space and time. That is what an online cancer community can offer head and neck cancer patients from all corners of New Zealand. More >>

The “internet of care” - a surgeon’s perspective

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 2:15 pm | Head and Neck Network

All doctors (including surgeons) are encouraged to practice ‘patient centred care’. There are varying interpretations of this but an accepted view is that it requires good communication, partnership with patients and their families as well as health ... More >>

GPs can do more to help patient weight loss

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 12:17 pm | University of Auckland

Primary care approaches to obesity need a rethink with GPs providing more support for patient weight loss, according to two University of Auckland public health academics. In an editorial published today in leading medical journal, The Lancet, Professor ... More >>

Perinatal Depression And Anxiety Awareness Week

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 11:31 am | Mothers Helpers

Charity organisation Mothers Helpers is using Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) Awareness Week (31 Oct. – 6 Nov.) to start a conversation with mums about their mental health. More >>

First NZ Alcoholics Anonymous Survey in Over Ten Years

Monday, 24 October 2016, 10:07 pm | alcoholics anonymous

First NZ Alcoholics Anonymous Survey in Over Ten Years Shows Current Trends in Recovery The results of the first New Zealand survey of members of Alcoholics Anonymous since 2004 have been published to mark the Fellowship’s 2016 AA Awareness Week. Almost ... More >>

Canterbury part of NZ’s first kidney exchange

Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:43 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury part of NZ’s first kidney exchange The Canterbury DHB has played a key role in New Zealand’s first three way kidney transplant exchange this month. Dr Nick Cross, Clinical Director National Renal Transplant Service and Christchurch ... More >>

Rare disease advocate welcomes statement from UNDP

Friday, 21 October 2016, 4:51 pm | John Forman

Rare disease advocate John Forman, has been working on the promotion of a rare disease agenda in public policy here in New Zealand, and internationally, since the late 1990s. He is delighted that UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark has ... More >>

Diabetes New Zealand and Pita Pit plate up

Friday, 21 October 2016, 4:21 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

Diabetes New Zealand is delighted to announce a new partnership with Pita Pit NZ Ltd that will see both organisations dishing up aligned messages around the importance of healthier food choices. More >>

RCEP patent clauses lack compassion says PHA

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:52 pm | Public Health Association

Health organisations call on trade ministers to reject provisions that would negatively affect access to generic medicines in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement. More >>

Dunedin rugby clubs promote healthy culture

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:40 pm | WellSouth

Several rugby clubs have received recognition from Southern DHB and WellSouth for their commitment to creating a healthy culture within their club. More >>

Safer Hours Campaign Launches Public Petition

Friday, 21 October 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

The New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association is providing the public with a direct way to show their support for resident doctors in their campaign for safer working hours in the form of an online petition. More >>

SurfAid Humanitarians of the Year Recognized

Friday, 21 October 2016, 12:20 pm | SurfAid

Legendary big wave rider Shane Dorian, and 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater were recently awarded SurfAid’s highest honor – Humanitarians of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who make an exceptional contribution on behalf of SurfAid’s ... More >>

RHĀNZ welcomes proposed rurally-focussed medical school

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:41 am | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) welcomes the proposal to establish a new rurally-focussed medical school for New Zealand. More >>

Screentime An Emerging Factor In Child / Adolescent Health

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:36 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that a survey highlighting the concerns of parents about screentime for their children is a very real problem which the government and the Ministries of Health and Education are ignoring. More >>

Heart Foundation commends ASA for strengthening codes

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:24 am | National Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation welcomes the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) announcement to strengthen the code of advertising to children, but says the new measures still don’t go far enough. More >>

Resident Doctors give back to communities whilst on strike

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

The recent 48-hour strike by resident doctors saw NZRDA members take the opportunity to participate in a number of positive activities across the country. More >>

New Zealand hosts SNOMED CT conference

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:10 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is hosting the international SNOMED CT Expo and Conference on 27-28 October at Te Papa museum, with the theme ‘Trusted, actionable health information’. More >>

Clinical research trial for Alzheimer’s medication

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:52 pm | Canterbury Geriatric Medical Research Trust

Calling all cell phone losers, milk-forgetters and the car-park confused: here’s a research clinical trial just for you More >>

NZ College of Midwives joins Canterbury’s health alliance

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:34 pm | Canterbury Clinical Network

The Canterbury Health System has welcomed the Canterbury/West Coast Region of the New Zealand College of Midwives to Canterbury’s district health alliance, the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN). More >>

Take This 30 Second Test for World Osteoporosis Day

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:14 pm | Fonterra

Today is World Osteoporosis Day and Fonterra is encouraging New Zealanders to take a 30 second 'sit-to-stand test' to gauge their resilience against osteoporosis. More >>

New book of poetry inspires those with mental illness

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:57 pm | Spinal Injury Association

A new compilation of poems has been launched today to provide inspiration to people living with mental illness. The author, Luke Butler Taveta, is himself living with mental illness; formerly in the Army Officer Cadet Corps he suffered a nervous breakdown ... More >>

Services at Whangarei Hospital Fully Operational

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:23 pm | Northland District Health Board

Over the two day strike action at Whangarei Hospital 21 operations were delayed and approximately 99 adult and 22 Paediatric outpatients’ appointments were rescheduled. More >>

OT Week 2016: 24th- 28th October

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:17 pm | Occupational Therapy New Zealand

This year the theme is " Occupation without Exception " meaning with no one or nothing excluded. It also incorporates the value of Occupational Therapists Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau in the community. #ValueYourOT. More >>

Move for Men’s Health This Movember

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 11:59 am | Movember

For the past ten years, Movember has been synonymous with the Mo . While the iconic moustache is still a symbol of Movember, this year the foundation is encouraging people to MOVE. More >>

‘No excuses’ fines for no lifejackets and speeding boats

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 11:03 am | Maritime New Zealand

As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21), Maritime NZ and Regional Councils have announced eight councils will be trialing a “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water. More >>

GP shortage not cured by new Waikato Medical School

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:52 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) warns the proposed Waikato Medical School could have unintended negative consequences. More >>

Government decision seems senseless

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 9:34 am | College of Public Health Medicine

Cutting funding and significantly reducing the size of the Growing Up in New Zealand study will drastically affect its potential to improve the health of New Zealanders and reduce health and social inequities, says the College of Public Health Medicine. More >>

Health Industry Big Day Out opens doors in Northland

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 9:06 am | Careers New Zealand

Wellington, 20 October 2016 – Today over 40 subject teachers, deputy principals, careers advisors and co-ordinators will get a unique insight into the numerous career opportunities available in the Northland health industry, as part of Careers New ... More >>

Commitment to renewable energy earns CDHB accolade

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 5:03 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury DHB has today (Wednesday 19, October) been awarded an Energy-Mark Bronze Award in an official ceremony for its commitment to energy management, by New Zealand’s leading environmental certification authority, Enviro-Mark Solutions. More >>

Retailers still prepared to sell tobacco products to minors

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 4:11 pm | Northland District Health Board

Health Officials were very disappointed three Northland retailers were prepared to sell cigarettes to underage purchasers in a recent controlled purchase operation (CPO). More >>

Five healthy habits to pick up this summer

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 2:22 pm | Automobile Association

19 October 2016 Five healthy habits to pick up this summer It’s the time of year where toning and detoxing becomes part of the everyday, but will it make you feel good in the long term? AA Directions has pulled together a guide to wellness for ... More >>

Essential food safety tips this BBQ season

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 1:38 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

If you’re dragging out the BBQ this long weekend, public health is reminding people to remember the four Cs clean, cook, cover and chill. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board director population health, Caroline McElnay, said about 200,000 New Zealanders ... More >>

Mental health and addictions leaders talk solutions

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 12:21 pm | Platform Trust

Mental health and addictions leaders from across the country will meet together for two days in Wellington this week. More >>

DHB staff challenged to come up with innovative ideas

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 11:48 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is challenging its staff once again to come up with innovative ideas to improve services to the community. More >>

Protect yourself from Legionnaires’ disease

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 10:00 am | Toi Te Ora

Labour Weekend is a popular time to get back in the garden and while gardening at this time of the year is enjoyed by many, it’s also important to keep yourself safe from a potentially serious illness. Compost and potting mix often contain the ... More >>

Walks after meals may prove important in managing diabetes

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 9:36 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research suggests that people managing type 2 diabetes should walk after meals to gain the greatest blood sugar-lowering benefits. More >>

Junior Doctor’s strike update from Southern DHB

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:45 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s contingency planning in preparation for today’s strike by Resident Medical Officers (RMO) has so far been effective, says Chris Fleming Southern DHB Interim Chief Executive Officer. More >>

NZ woman slows progression of her MS

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:38 pm | Curves

Kay Baird from Ashburton, NZ had one goal: not letting the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) stop her from living life she wanted More >>

Cancer support site to go online soon

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:41 pm | Head and Neck Network

Head and neck cancer patients all over New Zealand will soon be able to get support and information from a dedicated website. More >>

Rotarians Recognise World Polio Day 24th October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:00 pm | Rotary Club

Rotary members in New Zealand will be among thousands worldwide reaching out during the week commencing on World Polio Day, 24th October 2016, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children ... More >>

Emergency calls show mental health system overwhelmed

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:58 am | People's Mental Health Review

Information released to the People’s Mental Health Review shows that calls made to Police Communication Centres (“1-1-1” calls) have been steadily increasing over the last five years, and for the financial 2015/ 2016 up 50% on 2011/ 2012, ... More >>

Heart Foundation Retires Tick Programme

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:21 am | National Heart Foundation

Twenty-five years after it was launched to help consumers make healthier food choices, the Heart Foundation’s Tick will be gradually phased out next year. More >>

Archibalds Motors Partners with Māia Health Foundation

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:18 am | Maia Health Foundation

Māia Health Foundation is gaining traction in the Canterbury landscape and are very pleased to announce and welcome its second founding business partner, Archibalds Motors Limited. More >>

Resident Doctors Use Strike To Help Communities

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 9:48 am | NZRDA

Resident doctors are looking for the best possible outcome to their strike, hoping not only for safer hours, but to use their time to help and teach people. More >>

Research from the Healthier Lives Challenge

Monday, 17 October 2016, 5:28 pm | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Early stage research projects, such as using New Zealand’s huge resource of health data to find out the impact of Canterbury earthquake damage on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease, will be presented at a National Science Challenge symposium ... More >>

Funding crisis forces ambulance staff to strike

Monday, 17 October 2016, 4:32 pm | FIRST Union

Over 1000 Ambulance officers across New Zealand have issued a 14 day notice of industrial action at St John Ambulance. More >>

NZRDA Strike Action Update

Monday, 17 October 2016, 2:00 pm | Northland District Health Board

Unfortunately, we need to reschedule some non-urgent surgery and appointments over the next two days (7am Tuesday 18 October through to Thursday 7am 20 October) due to strike action. More >>

Clever Kiwi Creation Combating Diabetes Confusion

Monday, 17 October 2016, 1:33 pm | Medicine X

The nation’s largest and fastest growing health issue is anything but simple, but now Kiwis with type 2 diabetes have an easier way to understand and control the condition, with new app Type 2 Diabetes Xplained. Embracing modern technology and ... More >>

Kiwi rescue heroes to represent NZ at world challenge

Monday, 17 October 2016, 12:12 pm | Geraldine Road Crash Rescue Team

In a true story of humble kiwi spirit, combined with dedicated teamwork and expertise that saves lives on New Zealand’s roads, the Geraldine Road Crash Rescue Team has secured entry to compete in the 2017 World Rescue Challenge after winning the Australasian ... More >>

Standing tall brings sheer delight

Monday, 17 October 2016, 11:48 am | Lions Club of Aotearoa

The sheer delight of being able to stand upright and walk hands-free by himself is written all over six-year-old Daemon Heather’s face, when he showed off his skills at Belmont Domain yesterday (Sunday October 16). More >>

MoU signing for University of Otago and Ngāti Toa

Monday, 17 October 2016, 10:25 am | University of Otago

The University of Otago will renew an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira on Monday this week. More >>

Asbestos guide a first for New Zealand

Monday, 17 October 2016, 10:22 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has released guidance for managing and removing asbestos in the workplace, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos will help contribute to WorkSafe’s target of a 50% reduction ... More >>


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