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NZDA President calls out school dental service

Monday, 20 August 2018, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) President used his opening address at the annual conference to call on the government to improve the school dental service. More >>

Expertise of clinicians needs to be valued in health sector

Monday, 20 August 2018, 10:26 am | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that unions were supporting a public health system that listened to and valued the advice of clinicians, in response to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialist’s concerns about our pathology ... More >>

People living with dementia need to be treated with dignity

Monday, 20 August 2018, 8:55 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers NZ has welcomed the Human Rights Commission report into the provision of aged residential care without consent, saying it highlights many of the very concerning issues impacting New Zealanders living with dementia. More >>

More transparency around health funding formula needed

Friday, 17 August 2018, 9:53 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are calling for more transparency and dialogue around the formula used to distribute funding between the country’s 20 district health boards, integral to the functioning of the New Zealand health system. More >>

NZers using more antipsychotics, especially older females

Friday, 17 August 2018, 9:43 am | University of Otago

New Zealanders using more antipsychotics, especially older females The prescription of drugs designed to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions has increased in New Zealand by ... More >>

Growing drug resistance will lead to long-term harm

Friday, 17 August 2018, 8:58 am | University of Auckland

Drugs that fight many common infectious diseases are becoming less effective because of increased antibiotic resistance, a direct consequence of persistent high levels of community antibiotic use in New Zealand. A University of Auckland study has analysed ... More >>

HiNZ speaker to detail Scotland’s approach to digital health

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:18 am | HINZ

Scotland plans to spend more of its health IT funding centrally as part of the implementation of its new Digital Health and Care Strategy, a HiNZ 2018 speaker says. More >>

Safe staffing and healthy workplaces a Ministry priority

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:11 am | Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health’s acting Chief Nursing Officer Dr Jill Clendon says the safe staffing accord sends a clear message the health sector is committed to the safety of all staff and patients. More >>

Winter illness advice

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 4:58 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

The Royal New Zealand College of GPs is advising people to go to their GP first if they are suffering from winter ailments, because their GP knows their conditions well and can provide ongoing, specialised care. More >>

New study shows vast majority of melanomas are self-detected

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 3:46 pm | Firstcheck

New study shows vast majority of melanomas are self-detected – with home-grown technology here to help More >>

National Bowel Screening Programme making a difference

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:26 pm | Southern District Health Board

It's just four months since the National Bowel Screening Programme was launched in the Southern district, but it's already making a real difference to the lives of many residents and their families. More >>

Boxing classes better for people with brain diseases

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 1:46 pm | Make Lemonade

A New Zealand boxing-fitness expert is urging Kiwis with chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s to lead more physically active lives and start boxing. More >>

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 12:01 pm | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week – can you help New Zealanders living with Cystic Fibrosis increase their life expectancy? More >>

7th World Alzheimers Month

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:48 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand marks the 7th World Alzheimers Month with a range of events and activities throughout the country. World Alzheimers Day is on September 21. More >>

New Tapuhi Kaitiaki awards

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2:14 pm | NZNO

PHARMAC and Te Pōari o Te Rūnanga o Āotearoa and their Tiriti partner Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Āotearoa (NZNO) are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Tapuhi Katiaki Awards. More >>

Family hopeful of receiving rare disease drug

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:36 am | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Elizabeth Hunt’s family in New Zealand may finally get treatment for their rare genetic condition – treatment available to other family members who live in Australia, and around 30 other countries. More >>

Kiwis share their dementia experience in documentary

Monday, 13 August 2018, 12:37 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

Before Helen Doyle’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, she knew something was wrong. She just didn’t know what. More >>

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal launch at Dunedin Hospital

Monday, 13 August 2018, 11:25 am | Southern District Health Board

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal launch at Dunedin Hospital A gathering in the Whānau Room at Dunedin Hospital tomorrow will mark the launch of the 12th Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal for Otago. Thousands of Kiwi kids visit hospital wards each year, ... More >>

Māia Health Foundation’s Feast Raises Over $145,000

Sunday, 12 August 2018, 12:12 pm | Maia Health Foundation

Māia Health Foundation’s Feast Raises Over $145,000 for Rooftop Helipad at Christchurch Hospital More >>

Free wellbeing resource boosting mental health in schools

Friday, 10 August 2018, 2:09 pm | All Right

Free wellbeing resource boosting mental health in schools Media Release for All Right? 10 August 2018 (Embargoed until 1.30pm today) From innovative trust games to traditional Maori breathing and mindfulness sequences, new online resources for ... More >>

Southern DHB places emphasis on sustainable LMC workforce

Friday, 10 August 2018, 12:26 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB has released its final plan for its Integrated Primary Maternity System of Care with a strong emphasis on greater sustainability of the LMC midwifery workforce, as it seeks to provide greater support for women and their families across the district. More >>

New Northland Cancer Clinic Opens Tomorrow

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 3:35 pm | Canopy Cancer Care

Northland cancer patients can now access private cancer treatment closer to home as the first private cancer treatment clinic opens tomorrow in Whangarei. More >>

Mental Health Foundation statement

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 2:58 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is supportive of the news of a new, national mental health unit at Rātonga-Rua-O-Porirua today, but is more encouraged by the Minister of Health’s comments that suggest more mental health initiatives will follow the ... More >>

Standards group looks to accelerate adoption of SNOMED

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 2:55 pm | HINZ

The Health Information Standards Organisation is repurposing its SNOMED implementation working group to become the SNOMED Adoption Accelerator NZ and is looking for new projects to support. More >>

New ageing strategy to highlight community connectivity

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:00 pm | Selwyn Foundation

New ageing strategy to highlight community connectivity In a keynote address at the 2018 Selwyn Centres Annual Conference, Director of the Office for Seniors, Diane Turner, told delegates that dramatic demographic changes in the senior community ... More >>

Closing NZ’s border in severe pandemics cost-effective

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:52 am | University of Otago

Closing NZ’s border in severe pandemics cost-effective – New study Closing the border may make sense for New Zealand in some extreme pandemic situations, according to a newly published study of the costs and benefits of taking this step. “In a ... More >>

St John welcomes BeautyNZ First Aid Day

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 8:54 am | St John

In a New Zealand first, the Association of Registered Beauty Professionals has booked the largest number of St John First Aid tutors in a single day to deliver first aid training to almost 200 members. More >>

Free Counselling Submission accepted by Inquiry

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 5:02 pm | Kyle Macdonald

Today the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction officially accepted the Free Counselling for all Kiwis: Open Submission to the Mental Health Review . Over the last three months more than 5000 people have signed the Open Submission ... More >>

The Countdown Is On To Support Northland Children

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:43 pm | Northland District Health Board

Four year-old Whaiawa Tito, who like her dad Pat, has Type 1 diabetes. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, and it requires constant careful self-management and good medical care. More >>

Otago researcher secures Neurological Foundation funding

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 1:55 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago researcher has received funding from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand to investigate a new therapy which could potentially prevent disorders developing in children born prematurely. More >>

More screening, more lives saved say Cancer Society

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 12:14 pm | Cancer Society New Zealand

The Cancer Society welcome the positive review of the National Bowel Screening Programme released today . More >>

Positive step forward for bowel cancer screening

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:16 am | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand is pleased the Ministry of Health has accepted the series of recommendations from the bowel screening review, and looks forward to working with the Ministry going forward. Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) spokesperson Professor ... More >>

Shining light on IBD in Kiwi kids

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 10:25 am | Cure Kids

A leading paediatric gastroenterologist and Cure Kids’ newest Chair of Paediatric Research says New Zealand has some of the highest rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the developed world and he’s committed to doing something about it More >>

Beyond Type 1 x Diabetes NZ - The Kiwis Are Taking Over!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 4:27 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

The Kiwis are taking over! This week, Beyond Type 1 and Diabetes New Zealand are joining forces to present the second annual Kiwi Takeover of Beyond Type 1 social media. So, if you’re seeing more than the average number of New Zealanders on your ... More >>

The Exercise and Dementia Link

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:20 am | REPS

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect how a person’s brain works. 60,000 Kiwis have dementia & that number is expected to almost triple by 2050. While Dementia can affect anyone, the chances of developing ... More >>

Otago demonstrates its commitment to rural health

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:06 am | University of Otago

The University of Otago has reiterated its commitment to training and education in rural health with the establishment of a new Section of Rural Health, believed to be the first dedicated rural health unit currently operating within a New Zealand ... More >>

Pioneering mental health care in GP clinic

Monday, 6 August 2018, 1:25 pm | Massey University

A pilot scheme to base psychologists in a general practitioner (GP) clinic may help prevent more serious mental health crises through early intervention. More >>

Life-skills programme for kids dubbed “Huge Success”

Monday, 6 August 2018, 12:47 pm | InnerFit

Media Release Gisborne, 6 August 2018: A two-year pilot programme teaching kids key life skills has been deemed a “huge success”, capturing 85% of Gisborne’s primary school population. According to a recent report by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, ... More >>

Clocking the Km’s for Kiwi Health

Monday, 6 August 2018, 11:57 am | Diabetes New Zealand

During July hundreds of people of all ages and stages of life walked, ran, cycled and rowed their way around New Zealand to raise awareness and much-needed funds for diabetes in the Cardio Kms for Diabetes challenge. More >>

Suicide Bereaved to meet with Mental Health Inquiry panel

Sunday, 5 August 2018, 10:08 pm | National Suicide bereaved whanau families network

Suicide Bereaved whanau/families from around the country will gather in Auckland tomorrow to meet with the Mental Health Inquiry Panel. Jane Stevens whose son Nicky Stevens died while in the care of mental health services says “she has high expectations ... More >>

Mandatory fortification of packaged bread

Sunday, 5 August 2018, 2:03 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Joint report of Chief Science Advisor and Royal Society Te Apārangi finds that the evidence supports mandatory fortification of packaged bread with folic acid More >>

New Zealand "isn’t treating its cancer patients fairly "

Friday, 3 August 2018, 10:25 am | Medicines New Zealand

One of Australia’s top oncologists, Professor John Zalcberg, will be in New Zealand next week highlighting New Zealand’s appalling cancer rates and its substandard outcomes for particular cancer patients. More >>

Helping Change Lives One Dog At A Time

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 1:28 pm | Assistance Dogs New Zealand

For many people in New Zealand a dog is much more than just a friend, an exercise companion or a guard dog. More >>

Canterbury builds paper-light hospitals

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:17 am |

Two new hospital buildings due to open in Christchurch over the coming year have been designed not to take the usual weight of paper as patient files will be kept online. Canterbury District Health Board is opening a new digital-ready Outpatients ... More >>

Wahakura as a model for Whānau Ora

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:37 am | MidCentral District Health Board

This weekend (3 -5 Aug), Te Kohanga Whakawhaiti Marae in Pahiatua will host a wahakura wānanga focusing on hapū māmā and their whānau. This is a first for the Pahiatua community with all the health and social service providers working together to ensure ... More >>

Duty Calls for Temporary Healthcare Assistants

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:28 am | Healthcare NZ

Duty Calls, a division of HealthcareNZ Ltd, has been awarded a contract with Mid Central District Health Board for the provision of Temporary Healthcare Assistants. HealthCare New Zealand has recently been identified as one of three preferred providers ... More >>

Counting down to the start of bowel cancer screening

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 2:50 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

Counting down to the start of bowel cancer screening ________________________________________ After more than a year in the planning, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is two weeks away from launching the National Bowel Screening Programme in the region. More >>

Down syndrome Community appalled by Shortland Street story

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association is appalled by the insensitive and ignorant story lines used in recent episodes of Shortland Street. More >>

St John launches mental health first aid

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:09 am | St John

While most New Zealanders are comfortable openly discussing physical health, the stigma of talking about mental health remains. St John launches its Mental Health First Aid training course today to help reduce that gap, stating that we can all ... More >>

World Lung Cancer Day: NZ's biggest cancer killer

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10:00 am | Lung Foundation New Zealand

Every year for fifty years, lung cancer has killed more New Zealanders than any other cancer More >>

Rural communities warned of toxin producing bacteria

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:18 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki’s rural communities are being warned to be on alert for illness caused by bacteria carried in the intestines of cattle and other animals which can cause severe gastroenteritis in young children. More >>

Time to ditch old fashioned ‘kiwi bloke’ mentality

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:15 pm | All Right

Canterbury men are being asked to ditch the stereotypes and just be themselves, as part of the latest campaign by All Right? More >>

Kiwis top for skin cancer rates

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 11:32 am | Consumer NZ

A new study which shows New Zealand has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world confirmed the need to ban sunbeds and make sunscreen standards mandatory, Consumer NZ says. More >>

Big Latch On connecting isolated families

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 11:07 am | Women's Health Action Trust

On Friday the 3rd and Saturday 4th of August, thousands of kiwi parents will be gathering at registered locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to take part in the annual Big Latch On. More >>

Two More Cafes Join The Fresh Air Movement

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:36 am | Northland District Health Board

Milk & Honey in Kamo and The Deck in Reotahi have joined 24 other Whangarei cafes that offer smokefree outdoor dining. More >>

Local mums celebrate breastfeeding

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:21 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

The benefits of breastfeeding on the health and welfare of babies is the focus of the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August. The slogan for this year is ‘Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life’. More >>

Research & Travel Grants Up for Applications

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:02 am | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL) invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for RFL’s next round of grant applications is Friday, 21 September 2018. More >>

Youth Charity Organisation Celebrated

Monday, 30 July 2018, 6:29 pm | Youthline

Youth Charity Organisation Celebrated By New Zealand’s First LGBTI Awards By Ciaran Warner A charity devoted to providing protection and support for young people in New Zealand has been selected as a charity partner by an organisation that celebrates ... More >>

World Hepatitis Day: Get tested, get treated

Monday, 30 July 2018, 3:00 pm | Southern District Health Board

Get tested, get treated – this is the message Southern DHB will be promoting again this year as part of World Hepatitis Day. More >>

District Health Boards welcome signing of Accord

Monday, 30 July 2018, 1:46 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards say the Effective Implementation Accord signed today is an important part of addressing staffing and workforce issues at the heart of the current negotiations with the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. The Accord was signed at Parliament ... More >>



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