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Press release from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of NZ

Friday, 24 April 2015, 5:24 pm | Voluntary Euthanasia Society

Reference Judge David Collins decision approving the VESNZ as intervenor in the case of Lecretia Seales v Attorney-General. More >>

New laboratory service for lower North Island

Friday, 24 April 2015, 4:11 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

The lower North Island will have a new integrated community and hospital laboratory service from 1 November. The new service will see laboratory equipment upgraded in the region which will improve patient experiences, turnaround times, and access to ... More >>

Plunket lends its support to World Immunisation Week

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 5:32 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket says World Immunisation Week, which kicks off today (24 April), is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand. More >>

Scaremongering over Colorado University Multivitamin Study

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 5:24 pm | Radford Communications

The industry body for New Zealand’s natural products sector is concerned that media scaremongering over a recent Colorado University multivitamin study’s findings could do consumers more harm than good. More >>

Health insurance claims hit $1 billion

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:33 am | Health Funds Association of NZ

Health insurance has funded a billion dollars in healthcare in the past year, according to statistics released today by the Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ). More >>

Better hospital care needed for obese patients

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:53 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Healthcare services are not always suitable for morbidly obese patients, a Victoria University of Wellington researcher has found. For her PhD thesis ‘Misfits: An ethnographic study of extremely fat patients in intensive care’, Caz Hales, who ... More >>

Human clinical trials planned for new anti-cancer compound

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:52 am | Auckland University

After 10 years of discovery and research, two University of Auckland medical oncology researchers along with their dedicated teams have developed a new anti-cancer compound that will advance to human phase two clinical trials. More >>

Efficiency in Health

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:36 am | Australian Government

A Productivity Commission research paper — based on views offered at a roundtable held with health policy experts in November 2014 — has found that there are significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of Australia’s health care system through ... More >>

Can we trust the label ‘organic’?

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:30 am | Soil and Health Association

More than ever, consumers need to know they can trust food labels, but the word ‘organic’ is being misused by some producers. The Soil & Health Association is therefore disappointed that the Ministry for Primary Industries has abandoned ... More >>

Board Declines to Pay Legal Fees for Nicky Stevens Family

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 5:14 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) today declined a request from the family of Nicky Stevens to pay their legal fees. More >>

DHB refuses legal funding for Nicky Stevens’ family

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 4:50 pm | Dave Macpherson

The Waikato DHB Board today turned down a request by the family of deceased patient Nicky Stevens for funding to cover the legal costs faced in an upcoming Coroner’s inquest and other legal processes. More >>

Comvita Discusses Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 2:33 pm | Comvita New Zealand

Comvita recently published a blog on their website pointing out the link between Type 2 Diabetes and obesity, which is reproduced here. More >>

Victoria designs transportable MRI machine

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 9:27 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington has designed a transportable MRI machine to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. More >>

New long-acting contraceptive Jaydess now available

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 5:11 pm | The PR Shop

Women in New Zealand now have an extra choice in contraception with the launch of Jaydess, a new long-acting, reversible intrauterine contraceptive system from Bayer. More >>

Don’t Quit on Quitting

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 4:53 pm | Quitline

New Zealand’s leading cessation service Quitline believes the smokefree target for 2025 is achievable with increased efforts to help smokers quit and stay quit. More >>

Cold snap sparks ANZAC outdoor safety awareness message

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) recommends people heading outdoors this ANZAC weekend pay special attention to weather forecasts and ensure they are well prepared, following an April characterised by unsettled weather and a high number ... More >>

Free Flu Vaccinations at Waikato Pharmacies a NZ First

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 12:40 pm | Waikato District Health Board

People 65 years and over have the choice of getting their free flu vaccination at one of 23 pharmacies in the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) region from today (Tuesday 21 April) or from their general practitioner. More >>

Addiction symposium tackles multiple issues

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 10:03 am | Massey University

The sixth annual National Addiction Research Symposium gets underway on April 22 at Massey University’s SHORE & Whariki Centre in central Auckland, aiming to tackle both traditional and ‘new’ substance use issues. More >>

Key element in bacterial immune system discovered

Monday, 20 April 2015, 4:43 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago scientist is a member of an international research team that has made an important discovery about the workings of a bacterial immune system. The finding could lead to the development of tailor-made RNA-editing tools. More >>

It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

Monday, 20 April 2015, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

The risks of sedentary lifestyles are well known and have an impact of the health of people at all ages. We understand that in order to live a longer and active life we need to be engaged in regular physical activity throughout our lives. While we ... More >>

Immunisation Week 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:46 am | Immunisation Advisory Centre

Last week hundreds of people in South Auckland were potentially exposed to one of the world’s most contagious diseases. A disease that remains in the air two hours after an infected person has left the room. A disease that in 2013 killed 145,700 ... More >>

Call for compulsory vaccination by prominent GP “alarming”

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:17 am | No Forced Vaccines

The statement by GP Dr. Lance O’Sullivan who won the “New Zealander of the Year Award” in 2014 that vaccination should become “compulsory” is “frankly alarming”, according to Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines. More >>

NZ Due For Whooping Cough Epidemic - Experts

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:04 am | Impact PR

New Zealand parents are being warned to immunise themselves, their children, extended families and friends ahead of a potential whooping cough outbreak predicted to start in the next two years. More >>

John Key to be congratulated for parental and humnan rights

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 11:55 am | No Forced Vaccines

Prime Minister John Key deserves the gratitude of every thinking New Zealander for his sensible decision not to follow the example of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott whose government is now linking children’s vaccinations to childcare subsidies ... More >>

Osteopathy Recognised Globally & Celebrated Locally

Friday, 17 April 2015, 8:15 pm | Osteopaths NZ

Osteopathy and its contribution to global healthcare will be celebrated next week by 400 registered and practicing New Zealand Osteopaths during the National Osteopathy Awareness Week 19-25 April. More >>

DHB unwillingness to level the legal playing field

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:26 pm | Family of Nicky Stevens

Waikato DHB happy to set precedent leading to our Nicky's death – but won't set precedent to support grieving family More >>

Pharmacist made fraudulent claims

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:22 pm | Ministry of Health

A pharmacist has been sentenced in the Auckland District Court today to nine months home detention for dishonest use of documents after a case was successfully taken by the Ministry of Health. More >>

NZSMI congratulates global award winner

Friday, 17 April 2015, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

NZSMI congratulates global award winner April 17, 2015 : Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI), congratulates one of its member companies, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, on winning “The Most Innovative ... More >>

PSA misrepresenting the facts, says Waikato DHB

Friday, 17 April 2015, 3:38 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is disappointed by the NZ Public Service Association’s (PSA) actions to protest outside Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre in Hamilton today and the continued misrepresentation of the facts to both its members and the media. More >>

Have a conversation that counts… before it’s too late

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:37 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Well-known TV household personality, Tammy Wells, is encouraging New Zealanders to start thinking, talking and planning for their future and end-of-life care before it is too late. More >>

Health Families programme ‘useful start’

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:00 pm | NZMA

The NZMA welcomes the Health Families programme, launched by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman in Gisborne today. More >>

Volpara Solutions density software expands into India

Friday, 17 April 2015, 12:07 pm | Volpara Solutions

New Zealand breast density software Volpara Solutions has made its first sale into India as the technology continues its rapid global expansion, now in 31 countries and with revenues doubling year on year. More >>

New Health Minister - no pressure!

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:47 am | ASMS

Since the last Industrial Coordination Committee the environment in New Zealand has changed. This includes: More >>

More pregnant women receive support from midwives, earlier

Friday, 17 April 2015, 10:58 am | Ali Jones

That from the New Zealand College of Midwives today following the release of a Ministry of Health report on maternity care – Report on Maternity 2012 – More >>

Health workers to protest for better mental health services

Friday, 17 April 2015, 10:45 am | PSA

Waikato DHB mental health workers, members of the PSA, will protest on Friday April 17 for the inaugural Better, Safer, Fairer day in support of their system for rostering that the DHB is currently proposing to scrap, to the detriment of mental health staff ... More >>

Kiwis waiting up to 8 years for key medicines

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:54 am | Medicines New Zealand

A study* published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that New Zealand has a ‘waiting list’ of new medicines that have been recommended for funding but are not yet funded by PHARMAC. More >>

Confirmed Measles Case - Auckland

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:52 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland has a new confirmed case of measles. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says the person visited several public places while they were infectious before being diagnosed. More >>

Unichem and Life pharmacists ready for flu season

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:25 pm | Green Cross Health

Unichem and Life pharmacists ready for flu season Every year one in five New Zealanders are affected by flu and more than a million get an annual flu jab. With the chilly season rapidly approaching, Unichem and Life Pharmacies have more than 250 pharmacists ... More >>

Influenza vaccinations begin for Capital & Coast DHB staff

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:18 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Influenza vaccinations begin for Capital & Coast DHB staff Capital & Coast DHB are doing their bit to protect patients from influenza this winter, with immunisation clinics for staff to receive free vaccinations starting this week. Director of nursing ... More >>

Dementia And Dancing

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:52 pm | Alzheimers Auckland Inc

When you think of ways to improve brain function, dance is not the first thing that might come to mind, and yet a recent Alzheimers Auckland socialisation project has investigated the role the dance could play for people with dementia. More >>

Support Conversations that Count Day

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:40 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB is asking people to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’ this month. Today (April 16, 2015) marks the second national awareness day for advance care planning, to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future health care. ... More >>

154 Lives Changed through Radio Appeal

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:40 pm | Rhema Broadcasting Group

Rhema’s Cure One Hundred Day exceeds expectation with 161 people affected with Leprosy in the Third World given a new future. More >>

Why electronic referrals are good news for the region

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:31 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board welcomes the Minister of Health’s recent announcement that the Electronic Request Management System (ERMS) South Island DHBs. ERMS is an electronic referral tool developed in Canterbury six years ago to improve the way ... More >>

Haemophilia Foundation launches Buddy Awards

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:26 pm | Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand

World Haemophilia Day is observed around the world on 17 April to increase awareness of haemophilia and other bleeding disorders, with an ultimate goal of ensuring better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who have a rare bleeding disorder yet ... More >>

A Day for ‘Conversations That Count’ About End-of-Life Care

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:16 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A Day for ‘Conversations That Count’ About End-of-Life Care David Galler describes keeping his promise to honour his mother’s final wishes about how she was cared for before she died as the best thing he has ever done. Now Dr Galler, an intensive ... More >>

More pregnant women receive support earlier

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 11:43 am | New Zealand Government

More pregnant women receive support earlier Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows more women are receiving maternity care from the early stages of their pregnancy. The Ministry of Health’s Report on Maternity provides statistics ... More >>

Tips for Staying Safe on ATV’s (Quad Bikes)

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 11:40 am | Motor Industry Association

The Motor Industry Association is reminding owners of all-terrain vehicles (often referred colloquially to as quad bikes) that known safety practices and training will help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe while using their vehicles. More >>

Overlooked Law Requires Rentals to Be Free of Dampness

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:13 am | Otago University

A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington. More >>

Canterbury researcher explores living with chronic pain

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:01 am | University of Canterbury

Canterbury researcher explores how one in six New Zealanders live with chronic pain A University of Canterbury researcher who graduates with her PhD this week has been examining how one in six New Zealanders live with chronic pain. More >>

Taranaki DHB encourage conversations that count

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 9:29 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB and Hospice Taranaki are teaming up to help promote Conversations that Count Day on Thursday 16 April. Part of the day is about encouraging people to start conversations about planning for their future and end-of-life care. This is called ... More >>

Proposal to Change Structureof Rural Health Services

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 4:16 pm | Canterbury DHB

A proposal to change the existing leadership and management structure of Ashburton and Rural Health Services has been released to affected staff this week. More >>

CDHB launches Clever Commuters

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 3:33 pm | Christchurch District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board is launching a campaign to encourage staff to make changes to how they get to and from work. More >>

Northland DHB Doctor Returns From Midst of Ebola

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:41 pm | Northland DHB

After spending three months helping in a country overwhelmed by the largest Ebola outbreak ever known, Northland DHB’s Dr Clair Mills says there’s much more she could’ve stayed and got on with. More >>

Diabetes Camp for Northland Youth

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:24 pm | Northland DHB

For three nights a year Whangarei couple Mark and Liz Askew sleep soundly. The rest of the 362 days, they are fretting about their 12-year-old daughter Maeve. More >>

Wellington’s City Menzshed looks to expand

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:02 am | Medibank

A Wellington organisation that cares for the city’s older and often isolated men hopes to be able to expand its operating hours, thanks to a $13,500 Medibank Community Fund grant. More >>

Faster cardiac care for Wairarapa patients

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 9:39 am | Wairarapa DHB

Wairarapa patients are benefiting from faster specialist cardiac treatment, thanks to a new agreement between Wairarapa and Capital & Coast DHBs, and Wellington Free Ambulance. Now when a patient in the Wairarapa suffers a heart attack, the responding ... More >>

Surgeons Acknowledge Public Interest in Job Conduct

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 3:55 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is keen to engage in discussions on a framework for the public release of surgical data. More >>

New technology brings advanced eye care to the Southern Lake

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 3:47 pm | Eyes on Ardmore

A new state-of-the-art eye examination machine in Wanaka has opened up the opportunity for specialist outpatient services to be accessed in the resort. More >>

Southern DHB is having ‘Conversations that Count’

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:49 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is asking people to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’ on Thursday (16th April), the second national awareness day for advance care planning, to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future health care. More >>

ACC rating system rewards unsafe cars

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:48 pm | The Dog and Lemon Guide

ACC’s new safety-related tier system for annual car licensing, which is supposed to give discounted ACC levies to owners of safer vehicles, does the exact opposite in some cases, says the car review website . More >>


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