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Collaborative approach to address mental and physical health

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 4:31 pm | Joint Press Release

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) are delighted their “Equally Well” was launched in Australia today by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission ... More >>

Waimauku Village Pharmacy - Community Pharmacy of the Year

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 8:49 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) congratulates Waimauku Village Pharmacy for winning the Community Pharmacy of the Year award at the 2017 Pharmacy Awards held on Saturday night (22 July). This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Pullman ... More >>

Throat cancer - an unexpected journey

Monday, 24 July 2017, 3:23 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Ear ache and a lump in her throat turned into an unexpected cancer journey for Cosette Calder. More >>

Poi study points to health benefits for over 60s

Monday, 24 July 2017, 2:06 pm | University of Auckland

A clinical trial conducted between the Centre for Brain Research and the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland has established the benefits of poi on physical and cognitive function in healthy older adults. More >>

Love your bones

Monday, 24 July 2017, 1:48 pm | Massey University

Osteoporosis is one of the leading healthcare issues worldwide. Characterised by reduced bone tissue and changes in bone structure, osteoporosis increases fragility and risk of fractures in older adults. It is estimated about 22 per cent of women ... More >>

Paul Ego is Back with an Important Health Message

Monday, 24 July 2017, 10:40 am | Become a Heart Saver

How do you get across a very, very serious message about life & death? You get a comedian to make a video about it! More >>

Experts Call for Action to Fill Gaps on Healthy Food Policy

Monday, 24 July 2017, 9:08 am | Auckland University

New Zealand needs major improvements in food policies if it is going to seriously tackle the country’s obesity epidemic, according to findings in the University of Auckland’s second Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) published ... More >>

NZ has major fitness problem

Monday, 24 July 2017, 8:21 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand has a major problem committing to active participation, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. More >>

Philip Shouler on Bowel Cancer Screening

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 4:07 pm | Philip Shouler

I can imagine that with this weeks' announcement of the first 2 DHB's in NZ to start bowel cancer screening that those responsible will be beating their chests with pride and self importance. More >>

Ngati Ruanui & Maihealth: Innovative Health Solution Patea

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 1:18 pm | Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust (Ngati Ruanui) is pleased to be supporting a much needed solution for the Doctor shortage in Patea. Dr Lance O’Sullivan 2014 New Zealander of the year will be providing a pop-up virtual medical service in Patea. More >>

Spike in Synthetic Cannabis Related Incidents And Deaths

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:35 pm | Joint Press Release

St John and Auckland District Health Board and are asking the public to refrain from taking synthetic cannabis products due the detrimental effect they are having on health, lives, and emergency health care. More >>

Waitemata: Repairs underway to hospital water main

Friday, 21 July 2017, 2:10 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) has initiated an emergency management response at North Shore Hospital due to a rupture of a water main supplying the hospital. This has caused an interruption to water supplied to inpatient wards, theatres and ... More >>

EU's Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed

Friday, 21 July 2017, 11:44 am | Union of Producers and Employers of Meat Industry

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed as a guarantee of safety of EU pork, beef and their products More >>

Government message to DHB heads: ‘Keep quiet or else’

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Treasury’s release of papers about Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) financial performance appears to have been deliberately designed to intimidate and silence senior DHB officials who have dared to question the adequacy of government ... More >>

Waitemata DHB – winter illness and an aging population

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:44 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) is experiencing increased demand from sick patients who are requiring admission to inpatient beds and is asking patients to only present to North Shore and Waitakere hospital emergency departments in emergency ... More >>

Leading the way on infection control

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:23 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Wellington Regional Hospital is leading the way in using an anti-staph bundle to help prevent staph infections among cardiac surgery patients. More >>

RACS applauds launch of Bariatric Surgery Registry

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:15 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds the launch of the Bariatric Surgery Registry in New Zealand this week. More >>

Canterbury GP teams stand with their hospital colleagues

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:11 pm | Joint Press Release

As chairs of the three Primary Health Organisations representing all Canterbury general practices we fully support our hospital colleagues’ position as outlined by Dr Alistair Humphrey in the Christchurch Press 19 July 2017. More >>

Maxigesic now licensed in 124 countries worldwide

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:52 pm | AFT Pharmaceuticals

AFT Pharmaceutical’s painkiller Maxigesic now licensed in 124 countries worldwide AFT Pharmaceuticals (‘AFT’) has added to its existing agreements in concluding an alliance with a private European pharmaceutical company, Amicus SA Switzerland ... More >>

Communities Win And Lose Against Alcohol Industry

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:27 am | Alcohol Healthwatch

Community and public health groups working to reduce alcohol-related harm are thrilled that community calls to halt the proliferation of alcohol outlets in Auckland have been heard. More >>

Bariatric Surgery Registry Launches in New Zealand

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:24 am | Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zeal

Thursday 19 July, 2017 - New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes for patients who have undergone an operation for obesity across public and ... More >>

Bowel Cancer Screening Cost-Effective

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:08 am | Otago University

Bowel-cancer screening in New Zealand will improve health cost effectively, according to University of Otago research just published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. More >>

Intellectual disability missing from announcement

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 5:18 pm | IHC

IHC is questioning why people with intellectual disabilities are invisible in new prison mental health plans unveiled today by the Government, at a cost of $14 million dollars. More >>

Process to restore DHB computer systems progresses slowly

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:59 pm | Ministry of Health

A fire early on Monday in the DHB's main computer server room on the Rotorua Hospital site caused a major outage which has affected computer and patient management systems, along with email and Internet access. More >>

UC study aims to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:39 pm | University of Canterbury

\A world-leading new University of Canterbury research trial aims to help pregnant women improve symptoms of anxiety and antenatal depression through better nutrition. More >>

Busy Winter Workload for St John

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:10 am | St John

St John experienced a significant increase in workload in June and it looks likely to continue as New Zealand experiences a cold snap with freezing conditions. More >>

Blenheim cryptosporidium outbreak lingers

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 4:52 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Cases of cryptosporidiosis continue to be confirmed in Blenheim, with the public health focus now on reminding early childcare centres how to avoid preventing more cases. More >>

Breast Screening Booklet Demystifies Mammograms

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 12:22 pm | Northland District Health Board

A newly released booklet guiding Northland women who have an intellectual disability through the breast cancer screening process is hoped to help patients nationwide. More >>

'Sailor the Puffer Fish' Educates 14,000 Children on Asthma

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 9:54 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Puffer Fish educates 14,000 children on asthma Sailor the Puffer Fish is nearing the finale of his 2017 North Island tour, educating 14,000 school children about asthma, tips on how to manage it, and what to do in an emergency. Sailor the Puffer ... More >>

Fresh Fish Oil Lowers Diabetes Risk in Rat Offspring

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 9:00 am | Auckland University

Fresh fish oil given to overweight pregnant rats prevented their offspring from developing a major diabetes risk factor, Auckland researchers have found. More >>

MedRecruit moves to new premises

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:32 pm | MedRecruit

MedRecruit moves to new premises to accommodate exciting business growth Prompted by accelerated business growth over the last few years, MedRecruit has moved its Queenstown head office to the brand new Remarkables House building on Hawthorne Drive. ... More >>

NZ 2nd in the world to register KEYTRUDA - chemo combination

Monday, 17 July 2017, 12:49 pm | Merck Sharp and Dohme NZ

New Zealand second in the world to register KEYTRUDA® - chemo combination July 14 , 2017, New Zealand follows the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in being the second country worldwide to register KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in combination ... More >>

Eastern Bay of Plenty Medical Group launched

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:53 pm | Te Puna Ora o Mataatua

Eastern Bay of Plenty Medical Group launched at Matariki celebration Te Puna Ora o Mataatua has announced the launch of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Medical Group, at a large Matariki celebration in Whakatāne last night. The event, held to acknowledge ... More >>

Spectrum Care respite support options welcomed into Wgtn

Friday, 14 July 2017, 3:32 pm | Spectrum Care

A whakatau was held on Thursday 13 July to commemorate the handing over of two residential respite support houses in Porirua and Lower Hutt to disability support provider Spectrum Care Held at Pataka Museum in Porirua, the event was well attended by families and ... More >>

Review heralds new era for rural PRIME service

Friday, 14 July 2017, 3:02 pm | Rural General Practice Network

A wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service has been successfully completed and work will soon begin to implement its recommendations, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive ... More >>

Altogether Autism conference

Friday, 14 July 2017, 1:28 pm | Life Unlimited

Altogether Autism conference Auckland 19 and 20 July, 2017 Conference to deal with autism’s life-challenging transitions More than 50 speakers, some who have lived experience of autism, will participate in Altogether Autism’s biennial conference ... More >>

Waitemata DHB’s data science partnership wins big

Friday, 14 July 2017, 1:08 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB is thrilled to have won the Research and Business Partnership Award with partners the University of Auckland and Orion Health at this year’s KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards. More >>

Leadership in the workplace about Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:14 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

The National Foundation for the Deaf is calling for registrations for its annual online fundraising event on the 4 August called ‘The Silent Leadership Challenge;’ this is to raise awareness about Noise Induced Hearing Loss in the workplace and ... More >>

Help Waitemata DHB fight the flu

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 1:40 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) has launched a call-to-action campaign to help fight the spread of influenza in hospitals this winter. More >>

Taranaki DHB launches winter ED campaign

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 11:32 am | Taranaki District Health Board

With winter illnesses and sports injuries adding to the workload at Taranaki DHB’s Emergency Department (ED), an awareness campaign called ‘Should you be at ED?’ has been launched to help educate the Taranaki community about what is considered ... More >>

Surge in winter illnesses impacting Bay’s health system

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 5:20 pm | Hawkes Bay District Health Board

The surge of winter illnesses in Hawke’s Bay is impacting the whole of the Hawke’s Bay health system and there is important advice for locals on how to best manage their care. More >>

Leading the fight against Rheumatic Fever

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 3:03 pm | Alliance Health Plus

“Absolutely brilliant” is what Lita Foliaki, Pacific Planning and Funding Manager- Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) describes the work being carried out by Alliance Health Plus (AH+) in their fight to reduce the alarming rates of Rheumatic Fever ... More >>

New health service helps people with osteoarthritis

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 3:00 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

A new online programme is helping people manage their osteoarthritis and share with others who have the condition. More >>

Orthopaedic design up in the clouds

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 3:55 pm | Formus Labs

Waiting times for complex hip and other joint replacements could be slashed in the not-too-distant-future if Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) spin-out company Formus Labs has anything to do with it. Named New Zealand’s Best Translational ... More >>

Brave Kiwi Children Take Life Saving Seriously

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 10:58 am | St John

Brave Kiwi children made more than 400 emergency 111 calls to St John in the 12 months ending March 2017 and 321 of them related to life-threatening and urgent situations such as cardiac arrest. More >>

We need to talk about sugar

Monday, 10 July 2017, 4:18 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

We need to talk about sugar The public health risks associated with sugar are just as serious as smoking and should be treated as a priority by governments, doctors and medical specialists, a key meeting of anaesthetists has been told. According ... More >>

Kiwis go cold and tough it out to save money

Monday, 10 July 2017, 12:57 pm | HRV State of the Home Survey

Well over a third of Kiwis are toughing it out during the cold winter months to save money on their power bills, according to a new survey. More >>

Wellington to get new $50 million children’s hospital

Monday, 10 July 2017, 11:05 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Wellington Regional Hospital will get a new $50 million children’s hospital thanks to Wellington property developer Mark Dunajtschik. More >>

Conference to deal with autism’s life-challenges

Monday, 10 July 2017, 10:48 am | Life Unlimited

10 July 2017 - Every two years Altogether Autism, New Zealand’s leading provider of trusted autism information and advice, brings together a top line up of international and New Zealand speakers and advisors on autism. More >>

Children continue to be exposed to second-hand smoke in cars

Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:04 am | University of Otago

New evidence shows one in five children continue to be exposed to smoking in cars, and that exposure even increased in 2015. These findings by ASPIRE2025 researchers contradict Government claims that current initiatives are sufficient to protect children ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at Capacity

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 7:18 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at Capacity Hawke’s Bay Hospital is at capacity, and unless it’s an emergency, people are urged to seek medical care from their family doctor, medical centre, pharmacy or to call Healthline. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Gommans ... More >>

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $1.28m

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 3:53 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $1.28 million to medical researchers in the first half of 2017 More >>

Gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 3:06 pm | Joint Press Release

Study finds gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use disorders and common physical health problems More >>

Waitemata DHB wins public sector excellence award

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 2:55 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board [Waitemata DHB] Bowel Screening pilot has been honoured at this year’s Deloitte IPANZ Awards 2017, held at Wellington’s TSB Arena on July 5th 2017. More >>

Under-resourcing of neurology means NZ falls short on MS

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 1:58 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Drastic under-resourcing of DHB neurology services means NZ is falling well short of internationally-approved standards of care for people with multiple sclerosis More >>

Genetics a game changer in getting Kiwis fitter

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:57 pm | Make Lemonade

The role of genetics, and how it relates to people’s nutrition, exercise and health is an absolute game changer when it comes to Kiwis improving their lives, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. More >>

Abbott's FreeStyle® Libre Now Available for NZ Diabetics

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 9:37 am | Abbott

Improved Glucose Control without Routine Finger Pricks now a Possibility for New Zealanders Living with Diabetes More >>

New Zealand is closer to eradicating chickenpox

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 8:49 pm | GlaxoSmithKline

A New Zealand scientist believes that chickenpox, a disease that can lead to serious complications and even death and that causes hundreds of hospitalisations annually, is closer to being eradicated in New Zealand. More >>

Worse than inappropriate to ignore Canterbury mental health

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 1:14 pm | Public Service Association

The Government’s rejection of an urgent request from Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) for additional mental health funding to address increasing demand is short-sighted and shows they aren’t listening to those on the frontline, says the ... More >>

Getting A Sporting Chance to Beat Glaucoma

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 10:47 am | Glaucoma New Zealand

A chance encounter with a Kiwi sporting legend and his wife saved Andy Dickerson’s eyesight from serious damage. More >>



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