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Quitline Celebrates its 40,000 Quitters

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 12:39 pm | Quitline

This World Smokefree Day (Sunday 31 May) Quitline is paying special tribute to the 40,000 New Zealanders who sign up to quit smoking with the service every year. More >>

Make HIV medication available early in New Zealand

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 12:36 pm | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Following the release of findings from an international trial on early benefits of treatment, New Zealand AIDS Foundation is calling PHARMAC to fund the immediate access to medication for people living with HIV. More >>

Celebrating World Smokefree Day in Canterbury

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:33 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Cantabrian’s are being encouraged to use World Smokefree Day on Sunday (May 31, 2015) to think about how they can contribute to a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, believes that by working together we can ... More >>

End of an Era for Long-Serving Duty Nurse Manager

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 9:47 am | Waikato District Health Board

The day Jude Olsen told his grandmother Maria Roberts that he wanted to be a nurse, it bowled her over with surprise quickly followed by immense pride. More >>

Counsellors concerned about lack of specialist services

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 4:31 pm | The PR Company

The New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) wants specialist couples and family counselling services established to replace Relationships Aotearoa. More >>

‘Conductor of people’ key note speaker at APAC conference

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 4:17 pm | APAC Forum

Itay Talgam is a world-renowned orchestral conductor turned ‘conductor of people’ and has taught leadership to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and universities, and at conferences around the world, including TED, Google’s Zeitgeist, and the ... More >>

Canterbury DHB recognised for improving staff wellbeing

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:34 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB is among key business leaders publicly recognised for their commitment to improve staff wellbeing. More >>

Relationships Aotearoa closed down for speaking up?

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:23 pm | PSA

Kerry Davies, PSA assistant national secretary, said “There are a lot of questions about how things ended up at this stage with Relationships Aotearoa now being closed.” More >>

Smokefree campaign tunes into Maori and Pasifika

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:10 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The drive over the decade to the nation’s Smokefree 2025 goal must see more smokefree programs tailored to help Maori and Pasifika quit smoking, according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. More >>

Heart kids on Warfarin staying cosy this winter

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 1:22 pm | Heart Kids

As the winter weather draws in, a number of vulnerable children with heart conditions will benefit from a generous gift from The NZ Toy Distributors Association. The Association has made a significant donation of 20 CoaguChek kits to the Paediatric Cardiology ... More >>

Sparkling Extravaganza Raises Thousands for Cranford Hospice

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 12:58 pm | No 9

A glittering, first-time fundraiser has raised thousands for Cranford Hospice and showcased Hawke’s Bay’s finest. More >>

Hoarding isn’t rewarding

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:42 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

Hoarding isn’t rewarding Animal hoarding is a recognised psychiatric condition that results in a serious public health and animal welfare issue with evidence of increasing frequency as people become more isolated from family support systems. ... More >>

Whitireia dean appointed to expert advisory group

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:26 am | Whitireia

Whitireia Faculty of Health Dean Dr Kathryn Holloway has been appointed to the Expert Advisory Group assisting the Ministry of Health in the development of a draft refresh of the New Zealand Health Strategy. More >>

Shorter waiting times at Hutt Hospital ED

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:07 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

People visiting Hutt Hospital’s emergency department have experienced shorter waiting times with 10,309 out of 10,895 people admitted, discharged or transferred within the 6 hour national health target. More >>

West Coast health system makes spectacular gains

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:56 pm | West Coast DHB

The West Coast health system has improved its performance in most of the Government’s health target categories thanks to efforts of teams across the Coast health system. More >>

CHEP safety focus prompts yard redesign

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:47 pm | Catalyst Communications

A cross-functional team, including forklift drivers, supervisors and dispatchers, recently came together to review the process of truck loading and unloading at CHEP’s Wiri service centre in order to mitigate potential hazards and risks for truck drivers ... More >>

Taranaki DHB performs well in a number of health target area

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:04 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The quarter three 2014/15 health targets have been released by the Ministry of Health • Ministry of Health - Health Targets website More >>

Hard work pays off on targets

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 12:37 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Focus and hard work are paying off for Hawke’s Bay District Health Board as it hits the shorter stays in Emergency Departments target in the 2014/15 quarter three national targets released today. Chief executive Kevin Snee said the Emergency Department ... More >>

Health target results – Faster ED care for Wellingtonians

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:50 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Health target results – Faster ED care for Wellingtonians Nearly 500 more people were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours of presenting to Wellington Hospital’s emergency department between January and March this year, an increase ... More >>

‘Make Cystic Fibrosis Invincible’

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:13 am | Choice Hotels

Stay Over at Choice Hotels And Help Those Living with Cystic Fibrosis Become Invincible To celebrate its two year partnership, Choice Hotels will donate $2 to Cystic Fibrosis NZ from every night stayed at any Choice hotel across New Zealand from 25 May until ... More >>

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Statistics on the Rise

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:58 am | Northland District Health Board

Health and community workers across Northland are concerned at the growing number of young people who are being diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). At a forum on ‘FASD and Justice’ held in Whangarei last Friday, attended by more ... More >>

Response to Sunday Star Times article on immunisation

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:54 am | Midwifery Council of NZ

The Midwifery Council was concerned to read an article in the Sunday Star Times yesterday which stated that some midwives were undermining Ministry of Health messages about immunisation. More >>

Southern DHB leading the way

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:14 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB leading the way with working with the children of parents with mental illness and/or addiction (COPMIA) More >>

Warren & Mahoney to lead Buller IFHC design team

Monday, 25 May 2015, 4:25 pm | West Coast District Health

Warren & Mahoney Architects will lead the design team for the new Buller Integrated Family Health Centre (IFHC).  More >>

Ruby’s Cake Pop Tea Towel Art Raises $50k for Starship

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:47 pm | Starship

Ruby Seeto’s latest Cake Pop tea towel has raised $50,232 to help upgrade the operating theatres and surgical facilities at Starship. More >>

Priority actions identified to tackle child obesity

Monday, 25 May 2015, 11:52 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand health experts have endorsed three priority policy actions to tackle child and adolescent obesity. More >>

Capital & Coast DHB chief executive appointment

Monday, 25 May 2015, 11:45 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast DHB Board Chair Dr Virginia Hope said the Board has taken a fresh and independent look at what skills it needed going forward and Mrs Chin was chosen from a large field of high quality candidates. More >>

Home Health Check Month helps Kiwis stay warm

Monday, 25 May 2015, 11:36 am | Green Building Council

It’s easy to make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient during the cold winter months – and some quick fixes won’t cost you a cent. More >>

'Living Well With Endometriosis'

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:04 am | Insight Endometriosis

Waikato women and teenage girls with endometriosis will benefit from a night class series hosted by Insight Endometriosis titled “Living Well with Endometriosis” to be held on six consecutive Tuesdays commencing 2 June, from 7-9pm More >>

NZORD - the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:20 pm | NZORD

Yesterday, founder and Executive Director, John Forman, announced that he is stepping down from his current position with The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders. NZORD is a not-for-profit that exists to inform and support rare disease families, ... More >>

Reducing pain and increasing prevention great investment!

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:16 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby is delighted to see an additional $12 million has been allocated to increasing elective surgery and $11m towards reducing pain and increasing prevention in yesterday’s Budget. She is now looking forward ... More >>

Bay of Plenty Beca Project Management Team Shines

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:47 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Beca’s Whakatane Hospital project management team is the proud recipient of the Project Management Team of the Year Award. The accolade was announced at the 2015 RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) New Zealand awards evening held in ... More >>

A time to act: Implementation Solutions

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:02 am | PHO Alliance

The PHO Alliance is today presenting the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jonathan Coleman, with a copy of its latest publication A time to act: Implementation solutions. More >>

Lack of funding for growing dementia problem disappointing

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:28 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand is disappointed and concerned about the lack of investment in services for people affected by dementia included in yesterday’s Budget, and believes this oversight means people won’t get the help and support they need. More >>

Anti-euthanasia campaigner to visit New Zealand next week

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:28 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

Dr Kevin Yuill, author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case against Legalization and anti-euthanasia campaigner from the UK, is visiting New Zealand next week for two days. He will give public lectures in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington and is ... More >>

Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:21 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes New Zealand surgeons are urging the Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children under the age of 16, following comments by the Children’s Commissioner that voluntary guidelines are not working. More >>

Palliative care funds and services must filter to rural area

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:10 pm | Health Promotion Agency

“Elective surgery, more bowel cancer screening and additional palliative care funding are the health highlights in today’s Budget and are all commendable initiatives, but we need to ensure that funds and services filter through to rural communities,” ... More >>

Local league clubs setting smokefree example

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:02 pm | Tui Ora

Taranaki’s sports fields are the latest venue for the smokefree message as advocates encourage the junior rugby league community to get behind World Smokefree Day on May 31. More >>

Budget Prevents Doctors from Graduating

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

The release of Budget 2015 confirms the fears of medical students with future hopes of joining the medical workforce in New Zealand. They won't have the opportunity to finish their degrees. A Medical degree in New Zealand requires 6 years of study, ... More >>

Government fails - again - to invest in health workforce

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:31 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government has failed, yet again, to use its Budget to invest in the health workforce which is the prime source of maintaining and improving the quality of patient care. This leaves hospital specialists to wonder what services might be compromised ... More >>

College of Public Health Medicine applauds Budget 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:04 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

College of Public Health Medicine applauds Budget 2015 measures The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) has welcomed the Budget 2015 announcements about additional investment in bowel cancer screening and the expansion of urban ... More >>

Southern DHB calling for nurses wanting to return to Nursing

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:34 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern District Health Board's Return to Nursing Programme will run another course in Southland starting the 13th of July, with a call going out to all Registered and Enrolled Nurses who are interested in returning to the workforce. More >>

Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 1:07 pm | Northland District Health Board

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer, accounting for more than 600 deaths every year and is the most common cancer in women. More >>

New company to advance potential treatment for cancer

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 1:04 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

An immunotherapy technology for treating cancer and other diseases, jointly developed by Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has been patented and will be the initial focus of ... More >>

New Group Targets Child and Adolescent Diabetes Care

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:42 am | South Island Alliance

A new working group has been established which brings together a team of professionals from the South Island health sector with a focus on child and adolescent diabetes care. More >>

Bay of Plenty Paediatrician Awarded Top Honour

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:00 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A Bay of Plenty paediatrician says his receipt of a prestigious Australasian award for services to rural medicine is a reflection of teamwork rather than individual accomplishment. More >>

SimplHealth launches white paper on aged care

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:40 am | Simplhealth

SimplHealth launches white paper on aged care A white paper released today by New Zealand health IT specialist, SimplHealth, calls for urgent changes to aged care and aged disability care to address the issue of providing the best healthcare for ... More >>

New World Helps Bring Modern Technology to Starship

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:27 am | New World

New World has helped fund a leading-edge nerve monitor, which will improve surgical outcomes for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital. More >>

Time Lost is Vision Lost – Early Detection Saves Sight!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 1:52 pm | Macular Degeneration

MEDIA RELEASE: MACULAR DEGENERATION NZ May 2015 Time Lost is Vision Lost – Early Detection Saves Sight! Awarness Week 25 To 31 May 2015 Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in NZ for people over 50 years of age, affecting ... More >>

GPs welcome practical steps to reduce alcohol harm

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:35 am | The Royal New Zealand College of GPs

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (‘the College’) welcomes today’s release of the New Zealand Medical Association’s 10-step plan for reducing alcohol harm. More >>

New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – expert

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:42 am | University of Otago

New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – expert New Zealand should be one of the safest places in the world to give birth with maternity statistics that are as good as or better than most other countries, says Professor Stacie Geller, ... More >>

Dietary change key to saving sight for thousands of NZers

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:26 am | Macular Degeneration

Making simple dietary changes and stopping smoking could help to save thousands of New Zealanders’ sight every year, according to a leading ophthalmologist. Dr Dianne Sharp, Chairperson of Macular Degeneration New Zealand, says research shows ... More >>

Public health doctors call for change to alcohol policies

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 2:21 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) hopes the government will respond to New Zealanders’ concerns about the social impact of alcohol abuse. President, Dr Caroline McElnay, says stories appear almost daily in the media highlighting both ... More >>

New NZMA Chair confirmed

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:18 pm | NZMA

Dr Stephen Child, a Canadian-trained general physician with a respiratory interest, has today been confirmed as the new Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. Dr Child replaces Napier-based GP Dr Mark Peterson, who has completed his two-year ... More >>

Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:10 pm | The Asthma Foundation

Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research. More >>

NZMA releases briefing on reducing alcohol-related harm

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:56 am | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association has released a policy briefing — Reducing Alcohol-related Harm —that recommends a suite of measures to be considered as part of an approach to reducing the harm caused by drinking alcohol. More >>

A big thumbs-down to NZ on International Clinical Trials Day

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:38 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Kiwis have nothing to celebrate this International Clinical Trials Day (tomorrow, Wednesday May 20), says the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. More >>

Coeliac disease testing arrives at Unichem and Life

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:17 am | Green Cross Health

Coeliac disease testing arrives at Unichem and Life pharmacies Green Cross Health is now making it possible for people to get screened for coeliac disease quickly and conveniently at their local Unichem or Life pharmacy. Approximately one in 100 ... More >>

Travellers warned to declare pre-existing medical conditions

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:07 am | Insurance Council of New Zealand

The peak season for booking travel starts this month and the Insurance Council warns travellers to ensure they take out travel insurance and tell their insurer everything they need to know to assess the risk. More >>

Alzheimers Auckland needs your help

Monday, 18 May 2015, 2:35 pm | Intelligent Ink

Alzheimers Auckland’s annual Countdown Appeal is coming up in the month of July, and they need volunteers to help out by collecting outside their local Countdown during July. Every year the appeal raises a vital amount of money that goes towards ... More >>

 

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