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Worse health outcomes for Pacific women

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 10:04 am | AUT University

A new study shows that indigenous Fijian women living in New Zealand are not benefitting from the higher level of resources available. In fact, they are worse off in terms of their awareness and practice of family planning. More >>

People with Down syndrome celebrate Word Down Syndrome Day

Monday, 19 March 2018, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

People with Down syndrome celebrate Word Down Syndrome Day by calling for the right to live a happy and healthy life! More >>

Stroke Awareness Week: 3rd-14th April 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018, 12:35 pm | Stroke Central Region Inc

THE BIG BLUE BRUNCH! It’s a simple idea: Groups all over the region will host their own BIG BLUE BRUNCH and invite people from all over the community. This social event is a chance for people from all walks of life to gain some extra knowledge ... More >>

Vitamin D could provide psoriasis relief

Monday, 19 March 2018, 11:45 am | Massey University

New research suggests increasing vitamin D intake could reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammatory skin condition psoriasis. More >>

Raising awareness for allergy-triggered asthma

Monday, 19 March 2018, 9:20 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

World Allergy Week: Raising awareness for allergy-triggered asthma Organised by the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), World Allergy Week is an annual event set to take place from 22-28 April this year, with the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ focussing ... More >>

Tobacco control policies under the spotlight

Monday, 19 March 2018, 8:40 am | Hapai Te Hauora

The Ministry of Health will be commissioning a review of the impact of tobacco tax increases. This will include specific analysis of the existing policies, their effectiveness for Māori and Pacific people and how tobacco tax correlates with outcomes like crime ... More >>

Babies and Parkinson’s sufferers benefit from $2m gift

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:10 pm | University of Auckland

A generous gift of $2 million from the Hugo Charitable Trust has been given to the University of Auckland to conduct research into growth restriction in babies and to help those with Parkinson’s disease. More >>

Fight the Bite

Friday, 16 March 2018, 3:21 pm | Ministry of Health

Fight the bite – day and night. That’s the message the Ministry of Health is promoting to raise more awareness of the diseases mosquitoes in some countries can carry. More >>

Consumers reminded to take care when drinking raw milk

Friday, 16 March 2018, 10:29 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is reminding consumers to take care when drinking raw unpasteurised milk as raw milk is a high risk food. More >>

Money Well Spent on Women’s Health in the Sex Trade, or Not?

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:56 am | Bronwyn Williams

The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) was founded in 1987, ostensibly to aid New Zealand government efforts to address the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STIs. Since then, the organisation has received ongoing government funding. In 2010, they ... More >>

NZDF Dental Outreach Revives Tuhoe Smiles

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Residents of a small Bay of Plenty town credit the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for helping reverse a generation of dental health neglect after about 550 adults were provided dental treatment as part of a two-week exercise. More >>

Deaf people with disabilities navigate three worlds

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:32 am | Deaf Action NZ

Deaf people with additional disabilities navigate three different worlds on a daily basis: the Deaf world, the hearing world, and the disability world. Today, Deaf Action NZ released “Inclusive NZSL Communities,” a series of video clips highlighting ... More >>

Bridgestone donates $50,000 to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 3:18 pm | Bridgestone

Bridgestone New Zealand has shown its commitment to its new charity partner, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand, with the first significant contribution from its ‘Brighten Your Wheels’ campaign. More >>

Tobacco sticks claims of reduced harm questioned

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 1:10 pm | Science Media Centre

New US research finds that iQOS heat stick devices become hot enough to char tobacco and melt plastic, releasing toxic chemicals and increasing the amount of nicotine inhaled. More >>

Survey launched about epilepsy services

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:31 am | Ministry of Health

New Zealanders with epilepsy and people supporting them have been invited to have their say on which health services work well and what can be improved. More >>

Otago researchers call for more in fight against tobacco

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 9:16 am | University of Otago

Standardised packaging a good move, but Otago researchers call for more in fight against tobacco More >>

Another measles case in Auckland: Call for vigilance

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 2:40 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has confirmed a second case of measles. It is likely this person has caught the disease on flight SQ285 which landed in Auckland on 22 February 2018. More >>

Mind Over Matter

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:01 am | New Zealand Amateur Sport Association

Last week, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario enacted a new law concerning concussion safety for organisations engaged in amateur competitive sport. More >>

Traumatic brain injury an increasingly “hidden” threat

Monday, 12 March 2018, 9:30 am | Laura Ferguson Trust

The Laura Ferguson Trust is urging New Zealanders, particularly children and adolescents, who have experienced any head trauma to immediately seek advice from their GP to assess if they have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). More >>

Suspected case of Meningococcal Disease prompts reminder

Sunday, 11 March 2018, 1:37 pm | Taranaki DHB

A suspected case of Meningococcal Disease in New Plymouth has prompted a reminder from Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Greg Simmons for our community to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of the disease. More >>

Coast pertussis cases on the rise

Friday, 9 March 2018, 4:24 pm | West Coast DHB

Coast pertussis cases on the rise Pregnant women and babies under one need to be vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough), Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says. “There is a national epidemic of pertussis and the number of cases ... More >>

Smoking cessation interventions needed among Māori

Friday, 9 March 2018, 1:16 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

A recent study has sought to understand smoking trends among nurses and doctors in New Zealand and has identified disparities between Māori and non-Māori healthcare workers. The Otago University study, led by Dr Richard Edwards and colleagues, found ... More >>

Smokefree 2025 goal can be achieved

Friday, 9 March 2018, 8:55 am | University of Otago

A new study on smoking trends among doctors and nurses in New Zealand finds smoking has declined steadily within these healthcare professions. Researchers say this shows that very low smoking rates can be achieved in large occupational groups, suggesting ... More >>

Taking the fight to dementia

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 2:10 pm | Public Trust

Currently more than 60,000 New Zealanders have dementia, with the figure expected to grow to 170,000 and cost the economy more than $4.5 billion by 2050. More >>

International Women’s Day “Support our Midwives"

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:38 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

8 March: International Women’s Day “Support our Midwives, Women and Babies” Women and midwives have come together on International Women’s Day in a series of video clips to highlight the issues facing the midwifery-led maternity system ... More >>

Feedback helps mental health services plan

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:30 pm | West Coast DHB

Feedback from people with experience of mental health or addictions is helping redesign local mental health services. More >>

Revolutionary Diabetes Sensing Technology

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 11:30 am | Abbott

Freestyle® Libre gains expanded indication for people (age 4 to 17 years) with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus in New Zealand system measures glucose levels through small sensor on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days, requiring no routine ... More >>

Calling on Sustainable Funding for Cochlear Implants

Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 2:43 pm | Pindrop Foundation

Hearing Week 2018 is here and what a time to celebrate the power of cochlear implants to change lives for the better. But we need help to change more lives for the better, and the Pindrop Foundation is calling on sustainable funding for the New Zealand ... More >>

Surgical teams hone their skills with cutting edge training

Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 11:23 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Surgical teams are being put through their paces in new training that challenges them to improve their communication and teamwork. More >>

NZMA disappointed in position on alternative medicines

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 6:25 pm | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association is disappointed that the Pharmacy Council has weakened its stand on selling non-evidence based products. More >>

Warnings Regarding Energy Drinks and Exercise

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 11:42 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has recently released a statement detailing the effects of energy drinks, with their guidelines for safe usage, and warnings for vulnerable populations, including children. More >>

Bug could invade New Zealand homes

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 11:02 am | Bio Protection Research Centre

New Zealand’s homes, not just its horticulture and viticulture industries, could be at risk if the brown marmorated stink bug establishes in this country, a scientist has warned. More >>

How can we promote safe practices in unregulated industry?

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 10:49 am | Skills Active

In 2017, there were 52,964 ACC claims for gym-related injuries in New Zealand – more than doubling the 17,694 claims made in 2011. Despite a 50% increase in gym users over that time, the injury rate is moving faster. In an unregulated industry, ... More >>

Plunket takes PWC advice to cut senior nursing positions

Monday, 5 March 2018, 9:55 pm | Health Sector Workers Network

Plunket takes PWC advice to cut senior nursing positions—Does business advice override best practice? More >>

A Journey to hell and back for injured cyclist

Monday, 5 March 2018, 3:45 pm | Life Unlimited

ELTJE MALZBENDER has been to hell and back since crashing off her bike while cycling on an isolated King Country road two years ago today (5 March 2018). The demons which plagued her like “why me?” and “my life will never be the same again” are ... More >>

Private hospitals can reduce burden on struggling DHBs

Saturday, 3 March 2018, 2:42 pm | NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association

Private surgical hospitals should be used to alleviate the growing pressures on DHBs whose emergency departments have just had their busiest month ever. More >>

Anaesthesia and pain medicine stories joint winners

Friday, 2 March 2018, 6:28 pm | ANZCA

Anaesthesia and pain medicine stories joint winners of $5000 ANZCA Media Award New Zealand journalist Donna Chisholm and Australian writer Kate Cole-Adams are the joint winners of the 2017 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Media Award ... More >>

Warning after Tutu berry poisoning

Friday, 2 March 2018, 4:28 pm | Canterbury DHB

Warning after Tutu berry poisoning A 51 year-old hunter has survived a severe case of tutu berry poisoning. The man was hunting in the South Island and consumed a significant amount of tutu berries, unaware they are highly toxic. Dr Paul Gee, Emergency Medicine ... More >>

Toolkit to help parents with mental health issues

Friday, 2 March 2018, 3:58 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

A New Zealand first-of-its-kind resource toolkit for community-based services to help parents struggling with mental health problems or addictions was launched in Palmerston North yesterday. More >>

Update: Gastroenteritis outbreak in Nelson

Friday, 2 March 2018, 3:14 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

The outbreak of gastroenteritis that is occurring at Nelson Hospital is continuing and the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has renewed its advice about how to prevent the spread in the community. More >>

Beating the Flu

Friday, 2 March 2018, 11:53 am | ESR

SHIVERS-II (Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance) has arrived in Wellington! More >>

Gastroenteritis outbreak in Nelson

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 6:47 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Gastroenteritis outbreak in Nelson: Public health advice ________________________________________ Six patients at Nelson Hospital are currently in isolation with gastroenteritis and tests are being conducted by the ESR to determine the exact cause. More >>

New Canterbury specialist mental health services architect

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 4:54 pm | Joint Press Release

Klein Ltd, architects who specialise in health projects and recently completed the health planning on the new Burwood Hospital, have been awarded the contract for designing new facilities for Canterbury DHB’s specialist mental health services currently ... More >>

Public health follow up of mumps cases

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 3:07 pm | Toi Te Ora

Toi Te Ora Public Health, the public health service for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, has been notified of several mumps cases at the Fire and Emergency New Zealand National Training Centre in Rotorua. More >>

Complete your Census to help fund future health services

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 1:51 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Complete your Census to help fund future health services Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is asking everyone in Hawke’s Bay to make sure they complete their Census forms by March 6 so health doesn’t miss out on future Government funding. ... More >>

Community urged to complete Census to secure millions

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 1:16 pm | Taranaki DHB

Taranaki DHB is urging the community to get their census completed so that the Government is well informed when making funding and policy decisions that directly impact on the Taranaki population. The census information will assist to inform a range of ... More >>

HiNZ launches dedicated news service for health IT sector

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 12:31 pm | HINZ

New Zealand’s health IT sector is getting a dedicated local news service this month with the launch of More >>

Bike Month marked with 800-helmet giveaway

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 11:37 am | AMI Insurance

Hundreds of New Zealanders are now the proud owners of top quality cycle helmets as the result of an AMI Insurance initiative during Bike Month in February. More >>

Syphilis cases increasing among women

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 10:46 am | MidCentral District Health Board

There has been a large increase in the number of cases of syphilis reported in New Zealand but many cases are going unreported, because it is often mistaken for other conditions. More >>

Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight health isssues

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:52 pm | Liggins Institute

Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight-related health issues in children? Research underway in Auckland could give expectant mothers a new, simple way to improve the lifelong health of their child. Researchers from the University of Auckland-based ... More >>

Call for stronger focus on mental well-being and recovery

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 1:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan says New Zealand needs to broaden its focus from mental illness and addiction to mental well-being and recovery. He today released New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services: The monitoring and advocacy ... More >>

Hearing Awareness 2018 - Noise Destroys!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:50 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

The National Foundation for the Deaf is extending World Hearing Day on 3 March 2018 in New Zealand into a week of awareness-raising to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. More >>

Commissioner’s report shows scale of mental health challenge

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:41 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes the recommendations made by Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan in his report New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services: The monitoring and advocacy report of the Mental Health Commissioner. More >>

Measles alert for Singapore flight passengers

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:37 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Travellers who arrived at Auckland International Airport on Singapore Air flight SQ285 from Singapore at 11.45am on February 22 may have been exposed to measles, says the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS). More >>

Completing the Census is vital

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:19 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Completing your Census form and being counted as a Cantabrian is important and will help ensure your DHB is funded correctly. Everybody counts. That’s the message from the Canterbury District Health Board. More >>

Feeding the mind and body for overall wellbeing

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:47 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Work to nurture healthier diets and lifestyles is helping improve the overall wellbeing and increase the life expectancy of people with serious and enduring mental health needs. More >>

Paediatrician Roger Tuck Retires

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:25 am | Northland District Health Board

Paediatrician Dr Roger Tuck retires from Northland DHB on March 1 and leaves a legacy of 37 years of seeking the best for the young people of Northland. Roger was for many years head of child health, then clinical director and for a time was chief ... More >>

7 year old girl ageing prematurely

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 2:14 pm | NZORD

7 year old girl ageing prematurely Seven-year-old Gabrielle Stephens from Nelson is one in a million. She lives with an extremely rare and incurable genetic disorder called Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC) that affects only 7,000 people worldwide. More >>

MD Anderson and RaySearch announce strategic alliance

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 9:46 am | RaySearch Laboratories

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and RaySearch Laboratories today announced a strategic alliance with the aim of enhancing cancer radiation therapy through several initiatives, including more precisely targeting of tumors and improving ... More >>

Health advice while under a boil water notice

Monday, 26 February 2018, 3:36 pm | Taranaki DHB

New Plymouth is still under a boil water notice and the health of our community remains everyone’s highest priority, says Jonathan Jarman, Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health. More >>



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