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Link between time spent in nature and positive mental health

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 6:17 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Survey findings* released by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) today reveal the positive impact spending time in nature has on the mental health of New Zealanders. Of those Kiwis surveyed following last year’s Mental Health Awareness ... More >>

Book investigates why some humans want to kill themselves

Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:38 am | University of Otago

University of Otago research psychologist Jesse Bering has explored the dark experiences of being suicidal, in his new book: A very human ending, how suicide haunts our species. More >>

Up to 40% of older Kiwis drink hazardously

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:45 am | Massey University

There is a common misconception that hazardous or risky drinking is something only young people do, but new research shows that between 35 to 40 per cent of New Zealanders aged 50 years or older may also drink hazardously. More >>

Kiwi teenagers less fit than a generation ago

Friday, 21 September 2018, 8:58 am | University of Otago

New Zealand teenagers are less fit and weigh more than their parents were at the same age, new University of Otago research reveals. More >>

Christchurch Hospital warning over synthetic cannabis

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7:27 pm | Canterbury DHB

Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department has seen a number of people suffering from probable severe synthetic cannabis toxicity, with seven people treated in the past 24 hours and three needing admission to the Intensive Care Unit. More >>

Applications closing soon for the Value of Medicines Award

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:26 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Only 1 week until applications close for the Value of Medicines Award 2018. The national award recognises translational, fundamental, or clinical research into existing emerging medicines or vaccines. It is open to researchers, professors, clinicians, students ... More >>

Minister asked to put pathology back on short supply list

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:05 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The senior doctors’ union has asked the Minister for Economic Development, David Parker, to reverse his Ministry’s decision to remove pathology from the Government’s list of essential skills in short supply. More >>

“Hugely positive” response to app for people with addictions

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 12:43 pm | Health Informatics

A one-year trial of a smartphone app to support people recovering from alcohol or drug addictions at Waikato DHB is proving successful and is likely to be extended. More >>

International recognition for Tauranga Hospital

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:15 am | Bay Of Plenty DHB

A Tauranga Hospital healthcare initiative has been recognised for its excellence at an international conference held in Australia. More >>

NZNO Services to Nursing and Midwifery Awards

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:30 am | NZNO

Each year the New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO) presents Service to Nursing and Midwifery Awards as a way of recognising nurses or midwives who are NZNO members and who have made a positive difference to nursing or midwifery practice or practice ... More >>

Experts urge government to invest in public health

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 8:48 am | College of Public Health Medicine

The NZ College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) urged the government to prioritise public health at the College’s 10-year Anniversary Dinner in Wellington. More >>

Patient Care Compromised by Decision Not to Amend HPCAA

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 5:19 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

Patient care in New Zealand has been compromised by the decision not to recommend changes to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) Amendment Bill to ensure overseas teleradiologists are registered, The Royal Australian and New ... More >>

Murchison Health Centre to join Nelson Bays Primary Health

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 3:39 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

Murchison Health Centre is joining Nelson Bays Primary Health, the primary health organisation (PHO) that organises and delivers primary and community health services across the Nelson and Tasman district. More >>

‘Revolutionary’ PPP may help with health’s ‘nightmare’

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:27 pm | SEQURE Health

New Zealand’s newfound surgical “nightmare” could easily be fixed if District Health Boards are willing to invest in in-sourcing a competent workforce, says one medical expert. More >>

Growing need for Health Transport Services

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 10:33 am | St John

A report released today by St John shows a burgeoning need for coordinated, free or very-low-cost health transport services at a national level to support New Zealand’s ageing population. More >>

Cigna supports mental health for Kiwi kids

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:53 am | CIGNA

Cigna New Zealand has partnered with Life Education Trust to support mental health education in schools. The children’s mental and physical health charity is conducting a new evaluation project to gain a better understanding of the daily challenges faced ... More >>

Online gaming: what’s the fuss?

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:45 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Concerns over the addictive nature of online gaming and its effects will be addressed by a national expert at a free event in Tauranga. More >>

Tiny Life Support Success

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 4:34 pm | Northland DHB

There will be no shortage of premature jumpsuits in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Whangarei Hospital after a large donation of outfits were dropped off by a grateful family, who said without the support from the unit, their baby wouldn’t be here ... More >>

Well Child app 2.0

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 2:33 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

An app that helps New Zealand whānau transition into parenthood has had an upgrade. More >>

Waikato woman helping breast cancer survivors

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 1:22 pm | Lady Ink

Waikato woman helping breast cancer survivors with cosmetic tattooing Media release September 2018 For immediate release A Waikato woman who has overcome two types of cancer is giving back by helping other women who’ve battled breast cancer. As the ... More >>

Tennex seeks authorisation to acquire San-i-pak

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:46 am | Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has received an authorisation application from Tennex Capital Limited (Tennex) to acquire the medical and quarantine waste collection and treatment assets of San-i-pak Limited (San-i-pak). More >>

Te Iti me te Rahi ‘Everyone Counts’ Māori Health Workforce

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:01 am | Te Rau Matatini

Te Rau Matatini have developed a survey Te Iti me te Rahi ‘Everyone Counts’ Māori Health Workforce to contribute to the improvement of Māori health. The survey was launched on the 9th of July 2018 and will end on the 31st of October 2018. The ... More >>

ASH Year Ten Smoking Survey Data Release - Vaping

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:48 am | Action On Smoking And Health

Results from the ASH year 10 smoking survey show that in 2017 fewer than 2% of Year 10 students use e-cigarettes daily. More >>

More than 500 Kiwis living with undiagnosed HIV

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:02 am | AIDS Foundation

There are around 3500 people living with HIV in New Zealand, but estimates show that over 500 don’t know it. More >>

Canterbury DHB hosts physiotherapy simulation course

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 8:24 am | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB has hosted New Zealand’s first ever Intensive Care Unit (ICU) physiotherapy simulation course. More >>

New App That Helps Doctors to Grow Their Practice

Monday, 17 September 2018, 8:12 pm | Medora

Specialist From Wellington & Local GP Join Forces to Create a New App That Helps Doctors to Grow Their Practice. For Immediate Release As a specialist doctor, you spend 7-9 years in Medical School & then you come out into practice & realise ... More >>

Meat Free Week – Little changes can make a big difference

Monday, 17 September 2018, 12:50 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand invites you to take part in the seven-day meat free challenge from Monday 24 September and discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference. More >>

Primary Health Care Federation must be radical

Friday, 14 September 2018, 5:56 pm | Hauora Coalition

Primary Health Care Federation must be radical if it is to achieve equity where others have failed More >>

All elderly need greater support

Friday, 14 September 2018, 5:23 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

All elderly need greater support, not just those in rest-homes Alzheimers New Zealand says any rest-home sector shake-up must focus on how to provide greater and better support to all New Zealand’s elderly, many of whom are living with dementia. More >>

Father’s blindness leads to sons vision for eye disease cure

Friday, 14 September 2018, 11:44 am | University of Auckland

An Auckland bioengineer has made research into screening for eye diseases his life’s obsession in honour of his father who went blind as a boy. Dr Ehsan Vaghefi of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is behind the innovative ... More >>

Libelle Group collaborates with the Heart Foundation

Friday, 14 September 2018, 10:59 am | Lisa Williams PR

Menus at tuck-shops in schools are set to get the Heart Foundation “Fresh Made” registration with a cutting-edge menu by school tuck shop service provider Libelle Group. More >>

Heart Foundation research funding hits $70 million

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 6:16 pm | The Heart Foundation

Heart Foundation research funding hits $70 million in 50th Year The Heart Foundation announced $4.3 million dollars of funding today for heart research and specialist training for New Zealand cardiologists in 2018, bringing the total awarded by the ... More >>

Palmerston North Hospital Electrical infrastructure upgrade

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 5:22 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Work to upgrade Palmerston North Hospital’s electrical infrastructure systems will begin this Friday, 14 September More >>

Bloody idiots on the run

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:58 pm | Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand

Haematology staff from Dunedin hospital has shown their support for blood cancer by entering a team called the ‘Bloody Idiots’ in the Dunedin Stadium Climb this Sunday 16th September. More >>

NZDA urges NZ not to be left behind on sugary drinks

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

Media release Dental Association urges New Zealand not to be left behind on sugary drinks More >>

National Screening Solution delays a “risk”

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 12:55 pm |

The initial planning and design phase of the National Bowel Screening Programme IT system is running behind schedule with national roll-out planned for March 2019. A new independent review of the NBSP says the large-scale, complex IT project presents ... More >>

AUT neurologist honoured for innovation in stroke prevention

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:14 am | AUT University

Professor Valery Feigin, an internationally renowned neurologist at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Stroke Award in recognition of his ground-breaking contribution to stroke prevention. More >>

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:46 am | DAPAANZ

Dapaanz media release, 12 September 2018 “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.” More >>

Time to change tack on how we view ageing

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:15 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Lower birth rates and lower death rates are resulting in our population becoming increasingly older in number and in age. More people are living in their nineties and reaching over 100 years. More >>

Otago researchers decode genetics to understand disease

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:10 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have helped characterise a genetic variant that enables new understanding of why some people are at risk of gout, a painful and debilitating arthritic disease. Gout is caused by persistently elevated levels of urate in the ... More >>

Older people encouraged to discuss medication

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:08 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is encouraging older people to talk to their doctor about whether they could take fewer medicines. The College coordinates the Choosing Wisely campaign which encourages patients and health professionals to discuss ... More >>

Ngā Taonga Mātauranga o Ngā Pou Mana Awards

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:05 am | Joint Press Release

PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana Māori Allied Health Professionals (NPM) are calling for award nominations for allied health professionals who have had a positive impact on whānau, hapū and iwi. More >>

Insourcing is public health service’s answer

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 4:26 pm | SEQURE Health

Despite Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) the unavoidable increase in outsourcing surgery to private providers, a medical expert says there is a more economical option. More >>

How overmedication is injuring and killing our elderly

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:54 pm | University of Otago

Elderly taking multiple high-risk medications for sleeping, pain or incontinence are twice as likely as others to fall and break bones, with many dying within a year of their injury, new research shows. The University of Otago, Christchurch study ... More >>

ANZASW statement for World Suicide Prevention Day

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:49 pm | ANZASW

Yesterday, Monday 10th September, was World Suicide Prevention Day. Mindful of the devastatingly high rates of suicide in this country, The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) calls for more to be done to confront this urgent issue. More >>

Time to Acknowledge Family Violence as a Health Issue

Monday, 10 September 2018, 6:38 pm | Aviva

Time to Acknowledge Family Violence as a Health Issue Aviva welcomes the findings of a report released today by Women’s Refuge that emphatically demonstrates, in the words of women themselves, the significance of family violence as a mental and ... More >>

Honouring Te Reo Māori could save lives

Monday, 10 September 2018, 5:00 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Honouring Te Reo Māori could save lives: A Māori Language Week collaboration between Hāpai Te Hauora and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand More >>

Take up ASB St John in Schools

Monday, 10 September 2018, 4:33 pm | St John

ASB Hato Hōne i rō Kura te reo curriculum launches this week, supported by ACC, and St John is seeking kura kaupapa and kōhanga reo to take up the in-school first aid training. More >>

Nepalese Barefoot Surgeon Pays Tribute to Sir Ray Avery

Monday, 10 September 2018, 4:13 pm | Medicine Mondiale

Nepalese Barefoot Surgeon Pays Tribute to Sir Ray Avery For Sight Restoring Lenses In Dr Sanduk Ruit’s recently released biography “The Barefoot Surgeon” he pays tribute to Sir Ray Avery for his contribution to making low cost interocular lenses ... More >>

$200,000 funding pool available for charities

Monday, 10 September 2018, 3:40 pm | ProCare Health

$200,000 funding pool available for charities focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Auckland’s diverse population More >>

Primary Health Alliance elects new Chairman

Monday, 10 September 2018, 10:09 am | Primary Health Alliance

The Primary Health Alliance (the Alliance) has elected a new Chairman following the retirement of its long-standing previous post-holder, John Ayling. At their AGM on 7 September 2018, Alliance members elected the following nominees to the organisation’s ... More >>

Working together to prevent suicide

Friday, 7 September 2018, 4:36 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB and WellSouth mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 encouraging connection and conversation to support vulnerable people in our communities Southern DHB and WellSouth, primary health network, are supporting the message of hope that marks ... More >>

Trust-Funded Study Uncovers Cancer Drug Resistance Secrets

Friday, 7 September 2018, 2:41 pm | Perpetual Guardian

The force behind a breakthrough University of Otago cancer study has been revealed as a long-running Trust that has amassed and distributed more than $5 million in donations since it was established in 1986. Most recently, the New Zealand Institute ... More >>

Kiwi women die twice as fast; health system turns its back

Friday, 7 September 2018, 12:47 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Kiwis are dying of advanced breast cancer (ABC) twice as fast as people in comparable countries – and it’s not just about the lack of new drugs. More >>

Probiotic health benefits after antibiotics

Friday, 7 September 2018, 10:20 am | Science Media Centre

Embargoed until 3am NZT Friday 7 September Just taking probiotics won't necessarily mean they actually take up residence in your gut. Through a series of experiments looking inside the human gut, researchers from Israel show that many people's digestive ... More >>

Technology platform ensures children get health checks

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 2:25 pm |

The National Child Health Information Platform is being used to help locate vulnerable children and ensure they get appropriate health checks. More >>

Infant And Fetal Pathologist Warns Against Fluoride

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 11:10 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

About three hundred people turned up to Otago University on Tuesday night to hear three overseas experts talk about the evidence and the potential mechanisms of how fluoride effects the brain. The three experts were unanimous in their recommendation ... More >>

Baby boom prompts advice on First 1,000 Days

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 4:29 pm | Early Life Nutrition Coalition

Baby boom prompts advice on First 1,000 Days September is officially the baby arrival month, with more children born in September than any other month and 30th September the most common birth date in New Zealand [1] . More >>

Contact Energy Renal Fund Reduces Stress

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 3:17 pm | Northland District Health Board

The last two winters have been a little easier to get through for Ruakaka renal patient Desiree Goldsmith thanks to a $1000 grant she received from the Contact Energy Renal Fund that helps pay hefty power bills to keep her lifesaving dialysis machine running. More >>

Arthritis report finds significant impact on Māori

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 9:05 am | Arthritis New Zealand

Tomorrow a major report on the Economic Cost of Arthritis in New Zealand*, will be launched by Kaiponapona Aotearoa, Arthritis New Zealand - a report that has major implications for Māori health. More >>



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