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NZORD - the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:20 pm | NZORD

Yesterday, founder and Executive Director, John Forman, announced that he is stepping down from his current position with The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders. NZORD is a not-for-profit that exists to inform and support rare disease families, ... More >>

Reducing pain and increasing prevention great investment!

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:16 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby is delighted to see an additional $12 million has been allocated to increasing elective surgery and $11m towards reducing pain and increasing prevention in yesterday’s Budget. She is now looking forward ... More >>

Bay of Plenty Beca Project Management Team Shines

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:47 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Beca’s Whakatane Hospital project management team is the proud recipient of the Project Management Team of the Year Award. The accolade was announced at the 2015 RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) New Zealand awards evening held in ... More >>

A time to act: Implementation Solutions

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:02 am | PHO Alliance

The PHO Alliance is today presenting the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jonathan Coleman, with a copy of its latest publication A time to act: Implementation solutions. More >>

Lack of funding for growing dementia problem disappointing

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:28 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand is disappointed and concerned about the lack of investment in services for people affected by dementia included in yesterday’s Budget, and believes this oversight means people won’t get the help and support they need. More >>

Anti-euthanasia campaigner to visit New Zealand next week

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:28 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

Dr Kevin Yuill, author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case against Legalization and anti-euthanasia campaigner from the UK, is visiting New Zealand next week for two days. He will give public lectures in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington and is ... More >>

Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:21 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes New Zealand surgeons are urging the Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children under the age of 16, following comments by the Children’s Commissioner that voluntary guidelines are not working. More >>

Palliative care funds and services must filter to rural area

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:10 pm | Health Promotion Agency

“Elective surgery, more bowel cancer screening and additional palliative care funding are the health highlights in today’s Budget and are all commendable initiatives, but we need to ensure that funds and services filter through to rural communities,” ... More >>

Local league clubs setting smokefree example

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:02 pm | Tui Ora

Taranaki’s sports fields are the latest venue for the smokefree message as advocates encourage the junior rugby league community to get behind World Smokefree Day on May 31. More >>

Budget Prevents Doctors from Graduating

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

The release of Budget 2015 confirms the fears of medical students with future hopes of joining the medical workforce in New Zealand. They won't have the opportunity to finish their degrees. A Medical degree in New Zealand requires 6 years of study, ... More >>

Government fails - again - to invest in health workforce

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:31 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government has failed, yet again, to use its Budget to invest in the health workforce which is the prime source of maintaining and improving the quality of patient care. This leaves hospital specialists to wonder what services might be compromised ... More >>

College of Public Health Medicine applauds Budget 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:04 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

College of Public Health Medicine applauds Budget 2015 measures The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) has welcomed the Budget 2015 announcements about additional investment in bowel cancer screening and the expansion of urban ... More >>

Southern DHB calling for nurses wanting to return to Nursing

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:34 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern District Health Board's Return to Nursing Programme will run another course in Southland starting the 13th of July, with a call going out to all Registered and Enrolled Nurses who are interested in returning to the workforce. More >>

Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 1:07 pm | Northland District Health Board

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer, accounting for more than 600 deaths every year and is the most common cancer in women. More >>

New company to advance potential treatment for cancer

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 1:04 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

An immunotherapy technology for treating cancer and other diseases, jointly developed by Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has been patented and will be the initial focus of ... More >>

New Group Targets Child and Adolescent Diabetes Care

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:42 am | South Island Alliance

A new working group has been established which brings together a team of professionals from the South Island health sector with a focus on child and adolescent diabetes care. More >>

Bay of Plenty Paediatrician Awarded Top Honour

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:00 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A Bay of Plenty paediatrician says his receipt of a prestigious Australasian award for services to rural medicine is a reflection of teamwork rather than individual accomplishment. More >>

SimplHealth launches white paper on aged care

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:40 am | Simplhealth

SimplHealth launches white paper on aged care A white paper released today by New Zealand health IT specialist, SimplHealth, calls for urgent changes to aged care and aged disability care to address the issue of providing the best healthcare for ... More >>

New World Helps Bring Modern Technology to Starship

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:27 am | New World

New World has helped fund a leading-edge nerve monitor, which will improve surgical outcomes for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital. More >>

Time Lost is Vision Lost – Early Detection Saves Sight!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 1:52 pm | Macular Degeneration

MEDIA RELEASE: MACULAR DEGENERATION NZ May 2015 Time Lost is Vision Lost – Early Detection Saves Sight! Awarness Week 25 To 31 May 2015 Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in NZ for people over 50 years of age, affecting ... More >>

GPs welcome practical steps to reduce alcohol harm

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:35 am | The Royal New Zealand College of GPs

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (‘the College’) welcomes today’s release of the New Zealand Medical Association’s 10-step plan for reducing alcohol harm. More >>

New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – expert

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:42 am | University of Otago

New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – expert New Zealand should be one of the safest places in the world to give birth with maternity statistics that are as good as or better than most other countries, says Professor Stacie Geller, ... More >>

Dietary change key to saving sight for thousands of NZers

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:26 am | Macular Degeneration

Making simple dietary changes and stopping smoking could help to save thousands of New Zealanders’ sight every year, according to a leading ophthalmologist. Dr Dianne Sharp, Chairperson of Macular Degeneration New Zealand, says research shows ... More >>

Public health doctors call for change to alcohol policies

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 2:21 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) hopes the government will respond to New Zealanders’ concerns about the social impact of alcohol abuse. President, Dr Caroline McElnay, says stories appear almost daily in the media highlighting both ... More >>

New NZMA Chair confirmed

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:18 pm | NZMA

Dr Stephen Child, a Canadian-trained general physician with a respiratory interest, has today been confirmed as the new Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. Dr Child replaces Napier-based GP Dr Mark Peterson, who has completed his two-year ... More >>

Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:10 pm | The Asthma Foundation

Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research. More >>

NZMA releases briefing on reducing alcohol-related harm

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:56 am | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association has released a policy briefing — Reducing Alcohol-related Harm —that recommends a suite of measures to be considered as part of an approach to reducing the harm caused by drinking alcohol. More >>

A big thumbs-down to NZ on International Clinical Trials Day

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:38 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Kiwis have nothing to celebrate this International Clinical Trials Day (tomorrow, Wednesday May 20), says the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. More >>

Coeliac disease testing arrives at Unichem and Life

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:17 am | Green Cross Health

Coeliac disease testing arrives at Unichem and Life pharmacies Green Cross Health is now making it possible for people to get screened for coeliac disease quickly and conveniently at their local Unichem or Life pharmacy. Approximately one in 100 ... More >>

Travellers warned to declare pre-existing medical conditions

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:07 am | Insurance Council of New Zealand

The peak season for booking travel starts this month and the Insurance Council warns travellers to ensure they take out travel insurance and tell their insurer everything they need to know to assess the risk. More >>

Alzheimers Auckland needs your help

Monday, 18 May 2015, 2:35 pm | Intelligent Ink

Alzheimers Auckland’s annual Countdown Appeal is coming up in the month of July, and they need volunteers to help out by collecting outside their local Countdown during July. Every year the appeal raises a vital amount of money that goes towards ... More >>

Specsavers Puts Spotlight on Eye Health

Monday, 18 May 2015, 2:20 pm | SpecSavers

Macular Degeneration is the number one cause of blindness in New Zealand. So this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week, Specsavers is encouraging Kiwis to have regular eye exams to keep on top of their eye health and has partnered with food writer Trudi ... More >>

NZBCF announce first Wellington Medical Advisor

Monday, 18 May 2015, 12:59 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Radiologist Dr Madeleine Wall has become the first Wellington-based member of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s medical advisory committee, a role that includes advising the NZBCF on clinical matters, reviewing proposed grants and programmes, ... More >>

Warriors in Paradise Raise $1718.10 for SCBU

Monday, 18 May 2015, 11:19 am | Northland District Health Board

Wanting to give something back to the team who helped care for their new baby is what motivated Shelly and Nik Jessop from Bay of Islands Lee Gar Gym to host a kick boxing event, known as Warriors in Paradise. More >>

Nepal: 12 babies born every hour without basic healthcare

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:56 am | UNICEF NZ

Nepal Earthquakes: 12 babies born every hour without basic healthcare in worst hit areas – UNICEF More >>

Government figures mask true level of medical workforce need

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:04 am | ASMS

“The Government’s latest figures on the state of the medical workforce overlook one essential fact – New Zealand needs an extra 100 senior doctors every year on top of the modest increases we’re seeing in the health workforce,” says Ian Powell, ... More >>

Pharmacy goes live with regional electronic system

Friday, 15 May 2015, 3:44 pm | Waikato District Health Board

After five years of scoping, planning and delivery Waikato Hospital Pharmacy joined the Midland Regional ePharmacy solution in early May. More >>

Diagnosis delays put lives at risk

Friday, 15 May 2015, 1:54 pm | HAE Australia

Diagnosis delays put lives at risk for those with hereditary angioedema Patient group calls for better treatment and diagnosis More >>

Don’t let the flu slow you down

Friday, 15 May 2015, 12:29 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Don’t let the flu slow you down May 15, 2015 With the Christchurch rebuild ramping up, the last thing Cantabrian’s need is influenza slowing them down. Dr Ramon Pink says the flu can be debilitating and can take you out of work for weeks. “This ... More >>

Free Dental Care for Adults

Friday, 15 May 2015, 9:47 am | Southern Cross

Free dental care is being provided for up to 1500 low income adults through a new initiative - Smile New Zealand - funded and organised by Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA). More >>

Experts recommend compulsory food education in schools

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 2:42 pm | Public Health Association

New Zealand health experts say it misses the point to claim healthy eating is a personal responsibility issue when many Kiwis don't understand how to do it and aren't equipped to make healthy food choices. Furthermore, many don't have the skills to ... More >>

New Roles Support Earlier Dementia Diagnosis in South Island

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 11:56 am | South Island Alliance

The South Island Alliance’s Health of Older Peoples group (HOPSLA) has announced the recent appointment of two new part-time Primary Care Dementia Education Co-ordinator roles, a move which looks set to support improved diagnosis and quality of life for ... More >>

Otago researchers to pursue projects benefiting NZ health

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 10:40 am | Otago University

Otago researchers funded to pursue projects benefiting NZ health Eight of the nine ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ awarded nationally in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) 2015 funding round have been won by up-and-coming Otago researchers. ... More >>

Study to tackle NZ’s growing obesity via rugby clubs

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 10:35 am | Health Research Council

A new study announced today will determine if a weight management programme delivered throughout New Zealand rugby clubs could help to curb the nation’s growing obesity problem, particularly among Māori and Pacific men. More >>

Peter Dunne gains first hand emergency ambulance experience

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 6:28 pm | Wellington Free Ambulance

Associate Minister for Health, Hon Peter Dunne, will get a taste of life as a paramedic when he goes out on the road with a crew from Wellington Free Ambulance tomorrow (May 14). More >>

World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day, May 19th

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 3:57 pm | NZ Society of Gastroentorology

Across the globe 5 million people live with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). IBD leads to inflammation of the intestine, and is characterised by periods when the disease is active, and ... More >>

District Health Board IT initiative gathers momentum

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 1:47 pm | Health Benefits Limited

District Health Board IT initiative gathers momentum Ministry of Health joins DHBs for National Infrastructure Platform Auckland, 29 April 2015 : The Ministry of Health, along with the Bay of Plenty, MidCentral, Taranaki, Lakes, Whanganui, Nelson Marlborough ... More >>

Smokefree Car on the Move for World Smokefree Day 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 12:57 pm | Southern District Health Board

‘Quit now – it’s about whānau’ is the message for this year’s World Smokefree Day, and it starts in Southern homes and communities. More >>

Plunket celebrates rebirth of its Christchurch home base

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

Four years after Plunket’s Canterbury Area Office was damaged in the February 2011 earthquakes, Plunket’s Christchurch staff and volunteers have a new home-base. Prime Minister John Key officially opened Plunket’s new Canterbury Plunket Office ... More >>

NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 11:01 am | NORML

NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree patients should have more access to effective medicinal cannabis. The question is How? More >>

NORML and Family First agree cannabis policy needs change

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 10:59 am | NORML

NORML is pleased to note that the conservative group Family First is calling for reforms to our outdated policies around medicinal cannabis. In their recent press release , Family First says they are now calling for: More >>

Pink Ribbon Breakfast -Whangarei

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 4:16 pm | Northland DHB

Everyone will be in ‘the pink’ next Tuesday (19 May) with the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) shouting staff at the Mauri Ora Breast Clinic service breakfast in acknowledgment of their work towards detecting breast cancer in Northland. The ... More >>

Bleak winter ahead for dunstan hospital services

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 4:08 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Winter is coming for Dunstan Hospital in central Otago as it faces a $1 million budget shortfall, closure of hospital beds, and staff and service reductions,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Sparkle 2015 Set to Light up Hawke’s Bay

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 4:00 pm | Cranford Hospice

Get set to ‘sparkle’ at Hawke’s Bay’s new premier black tie event, a glamorous fundraiser taking place at Mana Lodge on Saturday, 23 May in aid of Cranford Hospice. More >>

Recognising excellence in health innovation and improvement

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 3:18 pm | APAC Forum

The APAC Forum is Asia Pacific’s premier healthcare conference and will this year take place over 23 to 25 September at Auckland’s SKY City. Set to attract a capacity delegation of 1,700, attendees include CEOs, senior managers, policy makers, clinicians ... More >>

Two Measles Cases Confirmed in Hamilton

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 1:25 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board’s public health unit has been notified of two cases of measles in the same family. More >>

5 million people live with it worldwide

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 11:38 am | Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand

NZ takes part in global campaign for World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day on May 19 More >>

More PVC recycling rolled out across Dunedin Hospital

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 10:26 am | Southern District Health Board

A pilot recycling scheme started last year at Dunedin Hospital has gone so well that it’s been rolled out across a further five wards, bringing the total number of wards at the hospital offering PVC recycling to nine. More >>

Bayer’s Grants4Apps® Accelerator Program 2015

Monday, 11 May 2015, 2:57 pm | Bayer NZ

Bayer New Zealand Ltd is inviting health technology start-up companies looking for support to bring their innovation to market to apply to the Grants4Apps® Accelerator program. More >>

STIHL Ramps up Chainsaw Safety Campaign

Monday, 11 May 2015, 11:36 am | STIHL Shop

STIHL Chainsaw Safety Awareness Week returns this May to make some noise about tackling New Zealand’s high accident statistics. More >>


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