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Annual Māori public health hui to focus on whakapapa

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1:28 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Tomorrow is the regional Hāpai Te Hauora hui-a-tau where kaimahi and invited guests share knowledge and insights about the health of whānau, hapū and iwi in Tāmaki Makaurau. More >>

Brain scans of preterm babies could reveal best feeding plan

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:50 am | University of Auckland

Brain scans of days-old premature babies could help researchers determine the best feeding style for brain development, lowering the babies’ risk of learning difficulties. More >>

Dental Association says low-cost prevention measures work

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The recent Healthy Auckland Together monitoring report shows poorer oral health outcomes for children in the poorest neighbourhoods, being 12 times more likely to have worse oral health compared to children from affluent areas. More >>

Rise in obesity rates in school children

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:34 am | Healthy Auckland Together

Auckland’s level of obesity in under-fives has continued to fall for the third year in a row but new data indicates children are putting on excess weight in their school years. More >>

Reduction in HIV diagnoses in New Zealand

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 9:21 am | University of Otago

There has been a significant reduction in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand over the past year. More >>

IHC Volunteer Programme celebrated

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 5:03 pm | IHC New Zealand

We are delighted that the IHC Volunteer Programme has been named a winner at this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. Yesterday the programme was chosen as the joint winner of the "Community or NGO Health Service Volunteer Team Award”. More >>

Care of Pasifika elders under the spotlight

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 4:38 pm | Massey University

Pacific elders (Matua) are traditionally cared for at home by extended family who consider it a blessing, not a burden. A Massey University study will investigate how these traditions are being played out in 21st century Aotearoa amid new economic ... More >>

Waikato-based charity wins innovation award

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 4:32 pm | Life Unlimited

Waikato-based charity wins innovation award 19 June 2018 A series of short videos featuring disabled people talking openly and honestly about their lives has been recognised with an innovation award from the New Zealand Federation of Disability ... More >>

New Zealanders’ exposure to environmental chemicals

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 11:25 am | Massey University

New research from Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research shows for the first time the levels of certain environmental chemicals in the New Zealand population. More >>

A heart for dementia patients, and their carers

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 11:23 am | Dementia Auckland

Lynfield resident Naomi Johnson knows what it is like to care for someone with dementia and to feel all alone in the heartache and frustration, which is why she is volunteering for this year’s Dementia Auckland’s Annual Countdown Appeal from 28 June to 1st ... More >>

Price of ‘healthy food basket’ continues to rise

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:54 am | University of Otago

The cost of buying healthy food in a weekly supermarket shop continues to grow, the latest New Zealand Food Cost Survey carried out by the University of Otago shows. More >>

DHBs look to prevent strike action

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:55 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards will do everything they can to settle this agreement and find a way to prevent industrial action following the NZNO members’ rejection of the latest DHB pay offer. More >>

Funding boost helps NZ researchers

Monday, 18 June 2018, 11:05 am | Health Research Council

Funding boost helps New Zealand researchers protect our minds and memories Keeping our brains sharp and memories alive is the focus of at least two research projects that have just received a significant funding boost from the Health Research Council ... More >>

New Zealanders are more likely to die of MND

Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:54 am | MND New Zealand

Trapped inside a body that no longer works, unable to speak, move or, eventually, breathe. People living with motor neurone disease know this is how their life will end, and it is a terrifying fate. More >>

Volunteers the Heart of St John

Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:52 am | St John

Volunteers the Heart of St John - National Volunteer Week 17-23 June MEDIA STATEMENT : 18 June 2018 More >>

Facility relaunch marks step forward in primary birthing

Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:20 am | Birthcare

Auckland District Health Board, Birthcare and Auckland University of Technology’s Primary Birthing Project support value of primary, midwife-led birth. More >>

Eight hour ‘Live Well’ benefit

Monday, 18 June 2018, 9:29 am | Southern Cross Health Society

Southern Cross Health Society has announced the one-year trial of a ‘Live Well’ day: offering all employees up to eight hours’ paid leave to attend personal health, wellbeing and ‘life admin’ appointments. More >>

Scientists identify bug likely to cause bowel cancer

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 2:27 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand scientists have identified a toxic bug they believe may cause bowel cancer and could lead to a life-saving vaccine or early detection test for the too-often deadly disease. More >>

Starting the continence conversation

Friday, 15 June 2018, 2:55 pm | Continence NZ

Despite the fact one in four New Zealanders are impacted by incontinence, it’s something we’re simply not talking about. More >>

Author Hopes to Help People with Depression

Friday, 15 June 2018, 1:36 pm | Leanne Warr

A Palmerston North author hopes that a new book project will help people battling depression. More >>

Special women thanked for 50 years of volunteering

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:50 am | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Two very special women who have been putting smiles on children’s faces for nearly 50 years are being celebrated. More >>

Health care system performs well, but faces challenges

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:19 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

-- The latest snapshot of the quality of New Zealand’s health care shows a health system that continues to perform well in the face of a number of challenges. More >>

Fonterra Joins Drive to Prevent Malnutrition in the Elderly

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 11:51 am | Fonterra

In a quest to find solutions to the growing issue of malnourishment in older people, Fonterra has joined with 24 scientific and nutritional organisations in a major international project. More >>

Long-term funding for independent research organisations

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 10:40 am | Health Research Council

A robust review of independent research organisations (IROs) receiving funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has driven home the benefits of long-term stable funding. More >>

Trust launched to help those at risk of losing vision

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 10:02 am | Eye Institute

Four hundred New Zealand children at risk of developing permanent eye impairment will get free glasses over the next 12 months thanks to a just-launched Community Trust. More >>

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation joins GARD

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:01 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is welcomed into the Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) More >>

New Zealand on new Global Digital Health Index

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:21 pm | Health Informatics

New Zealand is in phase three of its use of digital technology for health, according to a new international index. More >>

Hula Hooping in Great Heart As NZ Record in Sights

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:25 am | Heart Hoop Off

Wresting a New Zealand hula hooping record from the deep south will be a key part of the Super Heart Hoop-Off in October. Registrations open on June 18th at a special launch. More >>

Enrol your children to give them the best start in life

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:20 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

As a parent do you want to give your child the best start in life? More >>

‘Rural Proofing’ vital to protecting rural communities

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:14 am | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network today welcomed a refreshed ‘rural proofing’ policy that will ensure rural communities are ‘at the heart of policy making across government’. More >>

Cultural factors key to health of older Māori

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:14 am | Massey University

New research from Massey University and the University of Auckland suggests more focus in the health sector is needed to foster culturally appropriate food practices for older Māori that may lead to less hospitalisations and lower mortality rates. More >>

Drinking and drug use in pregnancy: It’s not OK

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 3:16 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

“We have campaigns against drinking and driving. We have a powerful social campaign against family violence. But where is the focused campaign to stop drinking and drug use during pregnancy?” says Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft. More >>

Consumers reminded to check paracetamol use

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:54 am | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

June 12, 2018 – Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), today reminded consumers that over-the-counter analgesics, like paracetamol, should only be taken at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time. ... More >>

Alcohol Consumption and Exercise

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 9:23 am | REPS

80% of people aged 15 years or over were drinking alcohol on a regular basis according to statistics in NZ. More >>

Media guidelines: Mental illness and mental health issues

Monday, 11 June 2018, 4:19 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Media guidelines: Portrayal of people living with mental illness and mental health issues in Aotearoa. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) has launched media guidelines to equip journalists with the confidence and understanding to report ... More >>

Join the ‘Movemeant’ And Kick the K’s for Diabetes

Monday, 11 June 2018, 1:30 pm | Anytime Fitness

Champion Sponsor of Diabetes New Zealand, Anytime Fitness NZ is leading the charge to run, walk, cycle or row 257,000 kilometres in the month of July to support Diabetes New Zealand and help Kiwis get to a healthier place. More >>

NZBS Announces Updates to Popular Donor App

Monday, 11 June 2018, 11:18 am | New Zealand Blood Service

NZBS Announces Updates to Popular Donor App New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announces major updates to its already successful and user-friendly Donor App. First launched in 2016, the NZ Blood Service Donor App was created to enhance the donor experience ... More >>

Reporting of high-profile suicides

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 7:27 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Reporting of high-profile suicides The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) is reminding media of the importance of using care and caution when covering the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. “We’ve known about the dangers of ... More >>

Here’s the evidence – time to play fair Pharmac

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 11:42 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Here’s the evidence – time to play fair, Breast Cancer Foundation tells Pharmac In light of new clinical trial results, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urging Pharmac to consider giving life-extending drug Perjeta to patients who’ve been missing ... More >>

A great first step – Ombudsman monitoring of aged care

Friday, 8 June 2018, 2:03 pm | Inclusive NZ

A great first step – Ombudsman to monitor private residential aged care facilities This week the Office of the Ombudsman announced that it will soon monitor the treatment of patients in private residential aged care facilities and detainees in court cells. ... More >>

Ethnic disparities in access to chronic pain services

Friday, 8 June 2018, 12:24 pm | Auckland University of Technology

With New Zealand's high prevalence of chronic pain, diverse cultural mix and disparities in healthcare, it seems pertinent to examine whether our chronic pain services are meeting the needs of the population. More >>

Get Inspired at the National Zero Suicide Forum 2018

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:41 am | Grow Ltd

Each week I see news reports and read data telling me that there is a growing need to increase and improve the support that those experiencing mental distress can access in New Zealand. That is part of the story that the current Mental Health Inquiry ... More >>

Dementia NZ Applauds Strengthened Monitoring

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:39 am | Dementia New Zealand

Dementia NZ Applauds Strengthened Monitoring of Dementia Units – and Calls for Better Support for Those Living Independently More >>

Vote No to Sellout of New Zealand Nurses

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:07 am | Socialist Equality Group

The struggle of New Zealand hospital workers for decent wages and conditions is at a crossroads. This week and next, 27,000 public hospital nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are voting on an offer from District Health Boards (DHBs) to ... More >>

Ryman makes record donation to Alzheimers NZ

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:10 pm | Ryman Healthcare

A record $390,000 donation by Ryman Healthcare to Alzheimers NZ will significantly benefit the many thousands of Kiwis living with dementia. More >>

More than 1.3 million GP appointments booked online

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 12:55 pm | eHealthNews.nz

More than 1.3 million GP appointments have been booked online via a patient portal in New Zealand. More than 400,000 repeat prescriptions have also been ordered electronically, saving patients a phone call or visit to their GP. Figures gathered by eHealthNews ... More >>

Taranaki DHB Laboratory Privatisation Bid Ditched

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 12:10 pm | ASMS

“Senior doctors are delighted the DHB has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatise its hospital laboratory after dragging its heels on the matter,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Cattle vs Kid : What‘s More Important?

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 12:05 pm | Heart Kids

Heart Kids, the New Zealand charity representing those children affected by Rheumatic Heart Disease is calling for more action over eradicating the disease. Chief Executive Rob Lutter says if more than a billion dollars can be budgeted for getting rid of ... More >>

Microplastics: Small Plastics, Big Problem

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11:58 am | Aurecon

In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, Paul Stephenson argues that that aside from plastic bottles and candy wrappers, it’s the plastics that we don’t see, the microplastics, that are about to damage the world we are living in. Contrary ... More >>

Novel Smart Technology Explores Smoking-to-Vaping Transition

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11:44 am | University of Otago

Novel smart technology used in a University of Otago-led study explores smoking-to-vaping transitions, suggesting vaping is a complicated process and that some vapers may need additional cessation support to become smoke free. More >>

New Clinical Chief Advisor for Primary Health Care

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:35 am | Ministry of Health

Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased to announce the appointment of the Ministry of Health’s new Clinical Chief Advisor with a focus on primary health care. “New Zealand-trained public health physician and epidemiologist, Dr Juliet ... More >>

Food Addiction is a Real Thing, but so is the Power of Hope

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:07 am | PR Newswire Association

Recovered Food Addict develops a proven program to release suffers from the bonds of Food Addiction and move them into a life of hope and Food Serenity. More >>

St John Urges Public to Prioritise Their Health This Winter

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:11 am | St John

The most important thing you can do this winter is be immunised against influenza and seek advice from a health professional if you are unwell, St John Medical Director Dr Tony Smith says. More >>

Plain package cigarettes now in full effect but critiqued

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 4:53 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

From today, it is illegal for tobacco companies in New Zealand to sell cigarettes in branded packaging but the implementation has had a mixed response. This is the final week of the 3 month ‘wash out’ period in cleansing the market of existing ... More >>

American Interference in New Zealand Public Health

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 4:31 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

Hāpai Te Hauora, New Zealand’s largest Māori public health collective, is disappointed at the recent media coverage of a lab-based scientist flown to our shores which created unnecessary confusion among communities around the use of vaping devices. Last night ... More >>

Unisys Survey: Healthcare Providers Cite Specific Struggles

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 12:08 pm | Unisys

Healthcare Providers Cite Struggles with Medical Device Security, Data Management – Unisys Survey Less than half have budget allocated to support security strategy; while less than one-third utilise real-time device data capture and analytics to ... More >>

Improving oral health crucial to improving mental health

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 11:21 am | NZDOHTA

Improving oral health crucial to improving mental health and well-being of all New Zealander’s More >>

'Too many gaps' across mental health system

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:39 am | IHC New Zealand

IHC is calling on the Government to take into account the rights, needs and circumstances of people with intellectual disabilities when addressing the factors that can lead to poor mental health and abuse. More >>

New research on antidepressant addiction and withdrawal

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:23 am | Auckland University

A study of more than 1800 New Zealanders has found a significant number of people on antidepressants believe the drugs are addictive and more than half report experiencing withdrawal symptoms. More >>

Ground-breaking Study: Too Much Oxygen Risks Patient Death

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:04 am | Lorelei Mason Health

Oxygen … it’s routinely given to support acutely sick patients around the world every day. But a new study, co-authored by a New Zealand doctor and researcher, now shows that too much of it increases the risk of death for acutely unwell patients. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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