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Life and death in New Zealand

Friday, 24 October 2014, 3:34 pm | University of Auckland

Non-Māori New Zealanders held the record for the highest life expectancy in the world from 1870 to 1940. No other country has ever held the record for that long. More >>

The cost of obesity - Professor Boyd Swinburn

Friday, 24 October 2014, 3:30 pm | ElderNet

Liam Butler interviews Boyd Swinburn Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health University of Auckland More >>

Waikato Continues to Provide Good Maternity Services

Friday, 24 October 2014, 3:02 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators yearly report released today by the Ministry of Health demonstrates that women in Waikato are receiving good maternity care and Waikato is doing well against the national average for all district health ... More >>

Southern DHB needs to hang onto Queenstown’s Hospital

Friday, 24 October 2014, 1:08 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s looking more and more as if the Southern DHB’s management is so obsessed with turning around its financial deficit that it’s prepared to throw everything overboard in a bid to stay afloat – even the lifeboats and the passengers,” says ... More >>

Christchurch Cancer Mum’s Trip for Life

Friday, 24 October 2014, 11:20 am | Durning PR

Courageous wife and mum of three with terminal breast cancer heads to Australia next week in her own fight for time – and in a bid to find hope for others. More >>

Board Confirms Maternity Units’ Closure

Friday, 24 October 2014, 10:36 am | Waikato DHB

Primary birthing facilities run by Waikato District Health Board (DHB) in Morrinsville and Te Awamutu will close in February next year, the board confirmed at its monthly meetingon Wednesday. More >>

No increase for routine consultations

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 3:27 pm | West Coast District Health

Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice will not change with the new fee schedule being introduced next month. At $17.50 for adults and $11.50 for children aged 6 – 17 years (children under six ... More >>

Counselling Funding Still Not Being Measured for Effectivene

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:53 pm | Steve Taylor

I read with interest the news that Australian Health Insurance provider Medibank had secured Counselling service contracts with ACC, and observed the angst of the NZ Counselling spokespeople in response. More >>

Students over-estimate fertility

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:02 pm | University of Auckland

University students in New Zealand significantly over-estimate both age-related fertility and the efficacy of fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), according to a recent study. More >>

Pet proof your garden

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 11:56 am | Southern Cross Medical Care Society

With warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight, spring and summer are when New Zealanders are most active in the garden – unfortunately this can also coincide with an increase in dog accidents. More >>

Enzymes Provide a Great Gut Reaction

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 11:12 am | Natural Meds

Statistics show over 30% of New Zealanders suffer from poor digestion – with modern lifestyles being blamed. “Surprisingly, our body’s production of enzymes starts to reduce at around the age of 25 years old, and it’s thought lifestyle and poor ... More >>

Kickstarting Build of World’s Biggest Waterslide

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:53 pm | Live More Awesome Foundation

After putting New Zealand and depression firmly on the global map in 2013 with their ‘World’s Biggest Waterslide’ event in Helensville, local charity ‘Live More Awesome’ are at it again – except this time its bigger, better and the public ... More >>

Fats in margarine good for your heart

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:17 pm | Network Communication

Do you know your MUFAs from your PUFAs? Are you eating too much saturated fat? And are you eating the right balance of omega fatty acids? It’s all a bit confusing isn’t it? More >>

Network established to support families

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:51 pm | FASD-CAN

FASD-CAN Incorporated, a non-profit organisation set up to support people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), is thrilled to announce that Auckland Judge Tony FitzGerald has accepted their invitation to be the organisation’s first ... More >>

Auckland’s primary healthcare industry prepares for Ebola

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:57 pm | University of Auckland

Primary healthcare workers from around the greater Auckland region will attend a seminar on how to prepare for the threat of Ebola, at the University of Auckland next week. More >>

Taranaki DHB celebrates workplace wellness week

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:22 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB’s Workplace Wellness Committee is kicking off Workplace Wellness Week from Monday 20 – Friday 24 October and will promote healthy activity, healthy eating and a healthy body and mind. More >>

Risks of using potting mix or compost

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:13 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Bay of Plenty and Lakes residents are being reminded of the risks of potting mix and compost when gardening this Labour weekend and into the summer months. More >>

International Infection Prevention Week

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:47 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality ... More >>

New medicines improve options for respiratory conditions

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:33 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC decisions to fund four new medicines will improve treatment options for over 10,000 people with a wide range of respiratory conditions. More >>

Celebrating Special Care Babies at Lakes DHB

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:17 pm | Lakes District Health Board

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) staff at Rotorua Hospital, are keen to celebrate premature babies and raise awareness of the challenges families face by recognising World Prematurity Day on Monday 17 November. More >>

Annie Parker’s message for NZ women

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

The Canadian woman whose cancer battles inspired a Hollywood movie has a message for Kiwis. More >>

Health of children the focus of MDHB Health Award winners

Monday, 20 October 2014, 9:08 am | MidCentral District Health Board

In a celebration of a decade of excellence, with a record 64 entries, the tenth MidCentral DHB Health Awards’ Supreme Award went to those helping our youngest and most vulnerable. More >>

Maori & Pacific Island Children Overrepresented in ICU

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 7:25 pm | Impact PR

Maori & Pacific Island Children Overrepresented in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Due to Chickenpox - Study More >>

So many people to thank

Friday, 17 October 2014, 5:02 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

So many people to thank, volunteers, members, businesses, mall owners and donors in local communities across New Zealand who helped make our recent annual appeal a success. Your contributions will help us to help the 530,000 New Zealanders who ... More >>

The right blend of treatment for deep vein thrombosis

Friday, 17 October 2014, 3:05 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Vascular surgeons at Wellington Hospital are pioneering a new safer, faster treatment for patients with deep vein thrombosis in New Zealand. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) describes a clot that forms in deep leg veins, interrupting blood flow. It affects ... More >>

Sir John Kirwan Welcomed as NZCCP Patron

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:59 pm | NZCCP

Sir John Kirwan was welcomed as the first patron of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) at an afternoon tea held in his honour on Tuesday 7 October. More >>

West Coast gears up for Ebola

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:40 pm | West Coast District Health

The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring it is prepared for Ebola, in line with national and international preparations in case the disease reaches New Zealand. West Coast DHB hospital physician Dr Paul Holt and Community and Public Health Medical ... More >>

Aphasia Patients Given New Lease on Life

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:24 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A gavel is predominantly associated with a court room, but a new ‘Gavel Club’ for people dealing with aphasia is doing wonders for improving their language and communication skills. More >>

Looking out for vulnerable children

Friday, 17 October 2014, 12:56 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Protecting and keeping our children safe from harm is a key aim of the new Vulnerable Children Act 2014. It is also the subject of the first Issue of Policy Brief, a new publication that has been developed and written by the Royal New Zealand College ... More >>

Pharmac funded drug to provide huge benefits for asthmatics

Friday, 17 October 2014, 12:39 pm | Asthma Foundation

The Asthma Foundation welcomes the recent announcement by Pharmac on the funding of omalizumab for the treatment of severe allergic asthma. More >>

Stoptober – Halfway through

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:54 am | Southern District Health Board

New Zealand’s first national stop smoking campaign Stoptober is halfway through, and to date just over 5,000 people across the country have heard the campaign’s call to action and signed up to the website . More >>

Change to life jacket safety by-laws

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:28 am | New Zealand Police

In October the Auckland region Navigation and Safety By-laws will change in relation to the wearing of Life Jackets. More >>

Resthome food sterotypes busted with national award

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:16 am | Ranfurly Village Hospital

Imagine a world where the elderly order restaurant quality food off a computer tablet. They dine when they feel like eating, enjoy beautifully plated food served on quality crockery and white linen, and there is not a single whiff of boiled cabbage. More >>

Pharmacy access to erectile dysfunction treatment

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:10 am | Douglas Pharmaceuticals

Kiwi men will be the first in the world to access a generic erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, known as Silvasta (sildenafil), direct from trained pharmacists without a prescription. More >>

The problem of hunger in our schools

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:07 am | NZEI

When it came out this week that Treasury had advised the government that school breakfasts had no measureable impact on educational performance, principals of low decile schools around the country were flabbergasted. More >>

Consumers get easier access to effective medicines

Friday, 17 October 2014, 10:44 am | NZSMI

October 17, 2014 : Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says the announcement yesterday that New Zealand men will be the first in the world to access a generic erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, ... More >>

Safer Boating Week puts spotlight on boaties’ behaviour

Friday, 17 October 2014, 9:53 am | Maritime New Zealand

The first ever Safer Boating Week (17-24 October) puts the spotlight firmly on ensuring boaties walk the safety talk when they’re out on the water this summer, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. More >>

Canterbury Health System preparing for Ebola

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 5:18 pm | Canterbury DHB

With the alert on Ebola being stepped up internationally, there’s been a rapid response within the Canterbury Health System in preparing for the disease if it was to reach our shores. More >>

Waikato chosen to be FAST learners for stroke

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 2:17 pm | Stroke Foundation

Waikato residents will be the first in New Zealand to benefit from a large-scale public education campaign on how to recognise the symptoms of stroke. More >>

Source of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis outbreak unconfirmed

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 2:02 pm | United Fresh

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 16 October 2014 Source of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis outbreak remains unconfirmed More >>

Exercise is the wonder drug for people affected by cancer

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 1:09 pm | Wright Communications

On November 1st New Zealand’s largest stand up paddle board event, Starboard Paddle For Hope, and The PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust will come together to raise funds for people affected by cancer in New Zealand. More >>

Hospitals support “Stoptober” for National Anaesthesia Day

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists

National Anaesthesia Day is an opportunity for patients to consider the health benefits of stopping smoking for a short time, or permanently, when they are having surgery, says the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. More >>

NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 12:01 pm | Auckland University

Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s parents want a lot more than ... More >>

Federated Farmers mourns the passing of its chairperson

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 11:41 am | Federated Farmers

Members of Federated Farmers Wanganui are saddened by the untimely death of its Dairy Industry Chairman, Tony Rogers. More >>

Dalson Foods Opens Its Virtual Doors in New Zealand

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 11:11 am | Dalson Foods Ltd

Dalson Foods Opens Its Virtual Doors in New Zealand with a Heavy Emphasis on Quality And Organic Goods. More >>

Retailer breaks law selling tobacco to underaged

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:20 am | Westcoast DHB

A tobacco retailer in the Grey District could face a fine of $500 after they were caught selling cigarettes to an underage customer. During a controlled purchase operation by Community & Public Health held earlier this month, one of the 28 premises visited ... More >>

New $1-a-Day Dental Care Plan Unique to New Zealand

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:16 am | DentalCare West

Regular dental care is about to get a lot more affordable, thanks to a new one-of-a-kind payment plan launching in Auckland this November. For many Aucklanders, the rising cost of living means regular dental care is a low priority. More >>

International White Cane Safety Day – 15 October

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:06 am | Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand

International White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on 15 October, in recognition of the White Cane, the international symbol of blindness and independence. More >>

Speech to Polio NZ Inc. Wednesday 15 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 9:54 am | Rotary New Zealand

It is significant that Polio NZ Inc have chosen to celebrate the 25th Jubilee in October for two reasons. More >>

High-risk medicines must be treated with respect

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 9:48 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

16 October 2014 The consequences of an adverse drug event (ADE) are only too clear to Taranaki man John Smith, who became seriously ill after taking warfarin, following a heart attack. An integral part of Mr Smith’s treatment was an International Normalised ... More >>

Forum comment on injuries

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 4:54 pm | Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum

The Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum is encouraging chief executives and directors of agriculture, forestry and fishing companies to continuing working to reduce the high rate of injuries in their industries. More >>

Southern DHB celebrates National Anaesthesia Day

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 4:50 pm | Southern District Health Board

Anaesthetists across New Zealand are urging smokers scheduled for surgery to “stop before the op” as part of National Anaesthesia Day tomorrow (October 16), organised by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. More >>

Media Release from the NZ LAM Trust

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 4:19 pm | LAM Charitable Trust

Look around you. If you can see a dozen people, then one of them may have something you don’t ... a rare disease. More >>

Dunedin ICU Staff Celebrate Patient Safety Milestone

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 1:56 pm | Southern District Health Board

Staff at Dunedin Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are celebrating 1,000 days with no Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB). CLAB is a blood stream infection caused by central line catheters which can lead to longer hospital stays and associated ... More >>

Improve Your Sex Life by Visiting Your Family Chiropractor

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 11:18 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

Feel Better And Improve Your Sex Life by Visiting Your Family Chiropractor on World Spine Day (16th October) More >>

New Zealand leads the way in helping patients stop smoking

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 10:53 am | ANZCA

The New Zealand policy of mandatory collection of the smoking status of every health service patient, as well as support to stop smoking, has been trialled in a pilot project in Australia. Based on the New Zealand model, where it is compulsory to ask, ... More >>

Low-risk patients will benefit from active surveillance

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 10:04 am | University of Otago

Low-risk prostate cancer patients will benefit from active surveillance guidelines New guidelines for active surveillance of prostate cancer will improve health outcomes for those with low grade diagnoses, according to two University of Otago, Wellington ... More >>

Taranaki DHB commended for collaborative approach to rebuild

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 4:21 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Taranaki District Health Board is to be commended for the excellent way it has worked with senior doctors on the planning and rebuild of the region’s base hospital in New Plymouth,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Oasis Beauty On Sun Protection

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 1:16 pm | Oasis Beauty


Southern DHB releases strategic plan for public consultation

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 11:30 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB releases strategic plan for public consultation Southern District Health Board is releasing a draft 10-year district-wide strategic health services plan, asking staff, health providers and the general public for their input into its most ... More >>


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