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Community Advocate appalled at Suicide Figures

Friday, 3 July 2015, 4:18 pm | TeRata Rangi Hikairo

I am deeply saddened by figures released saying that we have had a huge increase in the number of suicides this year. More >>

“I Choose Living”

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:44 pm | The Marketing Bureau

When someone is diagnosed with Cancer, the effect at that moment as well as throughout their management & treatment journey can be nightmarish. Everything in their world can come to a halt as they navigate, effectively or otherwise, the realities of their ... More >>

Patient Safety Priority for NZ Dentists After Aus HIV Scare

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:32 pm | Lumino The Dentists

3 July 2015: Warnings that thousands of dental patients in New South Wales may have been exposed HIV and hepatitis has put the spotlight on equipment dental sterilisation and infection control practices in New Zealand as well as in Australia. The New Zealand ... More >>

Teamwork key to local dentists’ awards success

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:10 pm | The PR Company

Wellington dental practice, Simply Dental, say excellent teamwork is the reason they are a finalist in this year’s Wellington Gold Awards. More >>

The time is right for a sugar sweetened beverages tax

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:06 pm | FIZZ New Zealand

New Zealand doctors and researchers say new evidence about the effectiveness of a sugary drinks tax on reducing childhood obesity, and rising public support, mean the time is right to introduce such a tax in New Zealand. More >>

Heart Foundation keen to get kids back in the kitchen

Friday, 3 July 2015, 9:44 am | National Heart Foundation

Inviting your kids into the kitchen can leave it covered in flour and sticky fingerprints, but the Heart Foundation is keen to see more Kiwi parents involve their children in the cooking. More >>

"Our" issues

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:14 pm | UNFPA

Every now and then, the New Zealand Parliamentarian's Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) will have an open hearing, which the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) supports. More >>

Review of the Medical Council’s statements

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:17 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Review of the Medical Council’s statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) is currently reviewing its statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse , and ... More >>

Mould and damp driving people from homes

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:05 pm | Boyd PR

Mould and damp driving people from homes A nationwide survey has revealed more than a quarter of New Zealanders have moved out of a house because it was cold, damp and mouldy. The second HRV State of Home Survey, conducted by independent research company ... More >>

Official launch of the NZ Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:46 pm | Merlin Consulting

$900,000 in grants kick starts Trust dedicated to New Zealand-based Multiple Sclerosis research The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (“NZMSRT”) today announces it has received a combined $900,000 investment portfolio as founding capital for ... More >>

Award brings disability health issues into the spotlight

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:15 am | Venture Communications

Award brings disability health issues into the spotlight Radio programme featuring Nelson charity wins international award A New Zealand Radio programme about health and sex education for young people with learning disabilities has scooped a presitigous ... More >>

How hot is your bedroom?

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:27 am | Boyd PR

How hot is your bedroom? How many times have you turned to flannelette pyjamas, woolly socks, hot water bottles and electric blankets when the temperature drops at night and you struggle to stay warm in bed? You might be surprised to learn how ... More >>

Life begins at 40 – or does it?

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 9:45 am | CIGNA

Wellington, 2 July 2015 – In 1983 the Kiwi band Dave & The Dynamos released their anthemic pop-ditty “Life Begins at 40”. It was an instant classic; number one on the charts for three weeks in a row and staying in the Top 40 for a whopping ... More >>

Half-Year Drownings up Thirty Percent

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 7:57 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Preliminary drowning figures show 61 people have drowned in New Zealand waters so far this year, up a third on the same time last year (46) and the highest year to date toll since 2011. More >>

Braving the open waters to change the perceptions of MS

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 4:50 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Braving the open waters to change the perceptions of MS Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis was life changing for both Neil Barnett from Akaroa and Russell Watts, Taupo. However, on July 5 for four weeks both gentlemen will board and become part ... More >>

Taumata welcome Marita Ranclaud

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 4:47 pm | Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust

Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust is pleased to welcome Marita Ranclaud who joined the trust today as the Manager for Excel Rotorua. More >>

Fight the Furry Feeling in Oral Health Month

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 3:25 pm | Colgate

Today Colgate-Palmolive and the New Zealand Dental Association are launching Oral Health Month across New Zealand, and are urging Kiwis to Fight the Furry Feeling in their mouths. That sensation we all get if we neglect to brush, floss or rinse ... More >>

Christchurch Māori health researcher on HRC board

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 3:16 pm | University of Otago

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu) from the University of Otago, Christchurch has been appointed to the Health Research Council’s Board and to the position of Chair on its Māori Health Committee, replacing Professor Linda Tuhiwai ... More >>

Zero GP and Prescription Fees for Under 13s

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 3:14 pm | West Coast District Health

If your child is under 13 years and enrolled with a general practice team then getting medical care from today could be a whole lot cheaper. More >>

Get vaccinated before the flu gets you

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 2:49 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury health officials are urging people to get vaccinated before the worst of the flu season arrives. More >>

Leading health tech company winning global awards

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:31 am | Make Lemonade

Leading health tech company winning global awards for improving people’s health A cutting-edge Wellington-based international health start-up is winning awards for their innovative mobile health platform, which is benefitting New Zealanders in need. ... More >>

International Action to Combat Organ Transplant Abuse

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 7:56 am | Margo MacVicar

Wellington — Nobel Peace Prize nominee and renowned human rights lawyer will be visiting Wellington on 1 July. Author of Bloody Harvest and State Organs, David is known globally for his investigation into the organ harvesting trade in China which ... More >>

Women’s Refuge Votes for Teuila Blakely as Ambassador

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:53 pm | Women's Refuge

“Teuila Blakely has done herself, her family and friends and Women's Refuge proud with her fabulous performances during Dancing with the Stars," says Women's Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury. More >>

Southern DHB Celebrating Enrolled Nurses Day today

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:36 pm | Southern District Health Board

Today is National Enrolled Nurses’ Day and to celebrate the day this year the Southern Region Enrolled Nurse Section, one of 11 Regional Sections in New Zealand, presented a framed Enrolled Nurse pledge form to the Southern District Health Board for their ... More >>

Man missing since yesterday rescued by Life Flight

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:25 pm | Life Flight Trust

At Approximately 12 midday today The Life Flight Trust was Tasked to Rescue a man in his 60’s who had been missing since yesterday. Life Flight responded in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic on-board. The ... More >>

Southern Cross to cover pharmacy surcharges for members

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 3:36 pm | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) appreciates the support Southern Cross Health Society is showing community pharmacy by reimbursing any surcharges their members with eligible policies have incurred from a pharmacy. More >>

Zero GP and Prescription Fees for Under 13s in Taranaki

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 3:35 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

From tomorrow, Tuesday 1 July 2015, all Midland Health Network general practices (GP’s) in Taranaki will offer zero-fee visits for children under 13. Parents and caregivers of children under 13 will no longer need to pay the $5 charge for each ... More >>

Movember radio: Richie McCaw Talks tough guys taking action

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 3:33 pm | Haystac

Quick facts: • Movember Foundation launches podcast series – Movember Radio • All Black captain and legend Richie McCaw features as one of the first interviews available for download • One man dies by suicide every minute, and three times ... More >>

Long-acting reversible contraceptives for youths advocated

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 11:55 am | University of Otago

Tuesday 30 June 2015 Long-acting reversible contraceptives for adolescents advocated Senior lecturers in bioethics, and obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Otago have called for a free, universal LARC (long-acting reversible contraceptive) ... More >>

Why family violence investigations continue to rise

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 11:02 am | shine

Why family violence investigations continue to rise & the solution The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) data summaries released today report statistics from government and non-government agencies. According to the data, police conducted ... More >>

Katherine Rich Finally Leaving the Board of the HPA

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10:01 am | Alcohol Action NZ

The public statement (below) by Brent Webling of the Food and Grocery Council, published today, conceals the fact that while Katherine Rich was a Health Promotion Agency Board member she was allegedly found to be engaging in activities in conflict with ... More >>

NZ children still suffer rickets from lack of Vitamin D

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 9:30 am | University of Otago

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. ... More >>

Child Cancer Foundation Opens Christchurch Family Place

Monday, 29 June 2015, 2:46 pm | Child Cancer Foundation

Four years after it was demolished, the doors to the Child Cancer Foundation’s new Family Place are open to children, and their families, receiving treatment at Christchurch Hospital as well as local families on the cancer journey. More >>

Children’s Cooking Competition Aims to Tackle Obesity

Monday, 29 June 2015, 12:18 pm | Goode PR

New Zealand is raising a generation of kitchen strangers, a trend that concerns the NZ Nutrition Foundation. More >>

Company fined after worker loses leg

Monday, 29 June 2015, 11:04 am | WorkSafe NZ

Company fined after worker loses leg Tree Scape Limited has been fined $24,750 and ordered to pay reparation of $35,000 after an employee had his right leg amputated after it got pulled into a wood chipper machine. Tree maintenance company Tree Scape ... More >>

Sharing raw patient information presents potential risks

Monday, 29 June 2015, 9:54 am | The PR Company

Relying on unmoderated, raw patient health information acquired from health providers’ practice management systems may present serious and unintended risks for both health practitioners and their patients, says the chief executive of MedicAlert® Foundation ... More >>

Help Glaucoma NZ to continue to save New Zealanders’ sight

Monday, 29 June 2015, 9:31 am | Healthy Communications

Help Glaucoma NZ to continue to save New Zealanders’ sight before it’s too late More >>

ALRANZ announces new president

Sunday, 28 June 2015, 5:14 pm | Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand

The Abortion Law Reform Association, New Zealand’s oldest reproductive rights organisation, has a new president: Terry Bellamak. More >>

Coleman: We'll tackle obesity but no tax or legislation

Sunday, 28 June 2015, 4:43 pm | TVNZ

Speaking to Q+A’s Corin Dann this morning, health minister Jonathan Coleman said tackling obesity was at the top of the Government’s priority list, but there was “no evidence” a sugar tax worked, and further regulation was unnecessary. More >>

Culture of Death Descends on Parliament

Sunday, 28 June 2015, 4:33 pm | Right To Life

Representatives of the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF] will descend on Parliament next week to attend a meeting of Pacific Members of Parliament. These organisations are at the forefront ... More >>

Woman airlifted from Murupara

Sunday, 28 June 2015, 11:54 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Rotorua based BayTrust Rescue helicopter was dispatched to Murupara, 55 km SE of Rotorua, at midday on Saturday to provide assistance to a woman having a serious medical event. More >>

Man winched from forest near Taupo after fall

Saturday, 27 June 2015, 10:01 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Friday afternoon at approximately 1pm, the Rotorua based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was despatched to a forest near Mission Bay, South of Taupo. More >>

Slight increase in qualified midwives in the workforce

Friday, 26 June 2015, 2:41 pm | Midwifery Council of NZ

New data released today from the Midwifery Council shows a small increase in the number of qualified midwives working in New Zealand - from 2,938 in 2013 to 2,971 today. By the end of this practising year, the number is expected to be around 3,100. More >>

Planning underway for Allen Bryant residents

Friday, 26 June 2015, 11:45 am | West Coast District Health

Plans are being made to ensure the appropriate placement and care of the people displaced from their aged residential care home, Ultimate Care Allen Bryant, due to last week’s flooding. Extensive flooding of the Hokitika CBD last week resulted in the emergency ... More >>

Shortage of Paediatric Surgeons

Friday, 26 June 2015, 9:17 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Paediatric surgeons are struggling to keep up with the level of need in New Zealand’s communities, and are working short-handed,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

DHBs need to be democratised and adequately funded

Friday, 26 June 2015, 7:43 am | Democrats for Social Credit

The thin veneer of democracy which DHB boards have put on the running of health services since 2001 is again exposed by the government's sacking of the Southland board, according to DSC health spokesman David Tranter. More >>

Starship Reveals New Life-Saving Air Ambulance

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 4:28 pm | Starship

The new Starship National Air Ambulance plane may look fun on the outside – but there’s serious stuff going on in the inside. More >>

Dutch court ruling on climate change

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 4:27 pm | OraTaiao

Health professionals say Dutch court ruling on climate change ‘duty of care’ relevant to New Zealand In a world first, the Dutch court has ordered the state to reduce its climate-changing emissions by 25 percent (on 1990 levels) in the next ... More >>

No new Legionnaires’ cases linked to cooling towers pleasing

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 4:15 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

With no new notifications for a month, health officials are confident that the source of the Legionella bacteria, which hospitalised six Cantabrians, is no longer a public health risk. More >>

ASMS Urges Government to Better Support, Not Punish DHB

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 3:12 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Canterbury District Health Board has an enormous amount of work on its plate due to the prolonged impact of the devastation of the earthquakes and not enough money to do it – but it also has some of the best DHB leadership in the country,” says ... More >>

Cantabrians need quality public health, not implied threats

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 2:21 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Canterbury DHB (CDHB) needs to be given all necessary assistance to meet the needs of local residents still feeling the impact of a post-quake environment, not implied threats from the ministers of health and ... More >>

Asthma Auckland is here for you this winter

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 1:52 pm | Intelligent Ink

It’s winter, and we all know what that means: colds, flus and general sickness. But for the over 20% of New Zealanders – including 25% of Kiwi kids – who have asthma, this can have a much more drastic effect than a desire to stay in bed all ... More >>

Al-Anon Family Groups Welcome Loved Ones of Problem Drinkers

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 1:09 pm | Al-Anon Family Groups

Alcoholism is devastating to all members of the family not just the drinker. It is an especially appropriate realisation leading up to Dry July when thousands of Kiwis & Australians voluntarily pledge not to drink alcohol for one month in support of ... More >>

DHB records of Nicky Stevens' treatment go 'missing'

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 11:39 am | Hamilton City Council

Nicky Stevens’ family is devastated and angry to find out today from Waikato DHB management that crucial patient records for Nicky have disappeared from the Henry Bennett Centre at Waikato Hospital. More >>

Stress and depression unwelcome visitors after recent events

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 11:06 am | Rural Women

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is concerned that as rural people clean up after the disastrous floods, and snow, their resilience and resourcefulness will be challenged by overwhelming distress. For farming families in more remote areas their sense of ... More >>

Drive Sober campaign: Magic opportunity for Waikato netball

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 10:46 am | Waikato Regional Council

Drive Sober campaign: Magic opportunity for Waikato netball centres Three lucky Waikato netball centres have won an opportunity to host Kia Magic netball players as part of a Drive Sober campaign. Drive Sober was launched in 2013 by the Waikato ... More >>

Ronald McDonald House and Sealy NZ partner

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 10:24 am | Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) NZ is proud to announce a new partnership with Sealy New Zealand who are committed to meeting the Houses bedding needs. More >>

Kiwis urged not to turn their back on chronic back pain

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 9:58 am | Senate SHJ

25 June 2015: Survey results released today revealed that too many New Zealanders are putting on a brave front when it comes to dealing with chronic back pain, suffering for too long and often in silence. The ‘Don’t Turn Your Back On It’ online ... More >>

ASMS Support for Reseaarch into Unmet Health Need

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 9:09 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand’s public hospitals is throwing its weight behind a research project to measure the true extent of unmet adult health need in this country. More >>

Action to Combat Organ Transplant Abuse in China

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 7:51 am | Margo MacVicar

Wellington — Nobel Peace Prize nominee and renowned human rights lawyer will be visiting Wellington on 1 July. Author of Bloody Harvest and State Organs, David is known globally for his investigation into the organ harvesting trade in China which ... More >>


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