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Governments still too slow at tackling the dementia epidemic

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 4:34 pm | Alzheimer's Disease International

Greater progress is needed by countries to implement national plans to respond to dementia, a new report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has revealed. Around the world, dementia is the 7th leading cause of death. Every 3 seconds someone ... More >>

Campaign Ups the Ante on Drinking During Pregnancy

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 3:39 pm | Cheers

A new multi-media campaign aims to send a strong message to pregnant women that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix. More >>

Dr Bloomfield brings breadth and depth to chief health role

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:38 pm | NZNO

Chief Executive Memo Musa congratulates Dr Ashley Bloomfield on his appointment to the Director-General of Health. NZNO is anticipates that his leadership, skill and knowledge will be good for the health sector and for tackling issues facing nursing ... More >>

ACC proposes slashing medical advisory staffing

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 11:16 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

ACC plans to cut its medical advisory staffing by almost 20%, says Lloyd Woods, Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

International alcohol reduction expert coming to NZ

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 10:34 am | Joe Public Relations

It’s Friday night, the end of an arduous week at work. You’ve already had a couple of beers or a few glasses of wine – but do you really need another one? A common scenario for many people who struggle saying no to that extra glass. More >>

Time running out for participation in Mental Health Inquiry

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 10:18 am | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) is urging all New Zealanders to send written submissions to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry before the set closing date of Tuesday 5 June - less than two weeks from today. More >>

Hamilton Primary School Kids Learn About Epilepsy

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 8:47 pm | Kids Night Hunt

Hamilton Primary School Kids Learn About Epilepsy at the Kids Night Hunt HAMILTON, May 2018: University of Waikato students held a Kids Night Hunt on Sunday 20 May 2018 around the lake area on the University of Waikato campus. The event attracted ... More >>

New evidence supports traditional Māori birthing practices

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 5:24 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora says "ground-breaking" new research on umbilical cord clamping simply reflects traditional Māori birthing practices. The research, reported this week by Newshub, champions the benefits of waiting for at least a minute to ... More >>

DG appointment and new interim chief executive at CCDHB

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 4:25 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

The Capital and Coast DHB Board today congratulated Dr Ashley Bloomfield on his appointment to the role of Director-General of Health, and is pleased to announce former Whanganui DHB chief executive Julie Patterson as interim chief executive to replace Dr Bloomfield. More >>

'My Asthma' app update launches today

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 10:41 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Released today, 22 May 2018, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ launches an update to the 'My Asthma' app to help keep asthma management simple for the many kiwi families that have members with this condition. This is an important development ... More >>

Thank you Sir Peter: Prostate Cancer Foundation

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 10:29 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

After many years of reminding blokes to ‘get checked’ and raising awareness of the number one cancer in Kiwi men, Sir Peter Leitch is stepping down as Patron of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. More >>

US$18 Million Financing for AK Uni Developed Cancer Therapy

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 9:29 am | Auckland UniServices Ltd

Rain Therapeutics Closes US$18 Million Financing to Support Cancer Therapy Developed at the University of Auckland More >>

Hope for New Zealand kids battling cancer

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 9:28 am | Cure Kids

An innovative child cancer clinical trial launches today which aims to use a state-of-the-art genetic test to improve outcomes and quality of life for New Zealand children with difficult-to-treat and relapsed forms of cancer. More >>

Pelvic pain a major issue for women nearing mid-life: study

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 9:23 am | University of Otago

Many women nearing mid-life suffer some form of pelvic pain like period pain, or pain with sex however, pregnancy and childbirth appears to offer some protection, latest findings from the University of Otago's Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and ... More >>

Correcting delivery of in-home care

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 8:38 am | Mycare

Sam Johnson’s campaign to correct the “broken” way we deliver in-home care to NZ’s most vulnerable citizens More >>

Telehealth a Clot-Busting Game-Changer

Monday, 21 May 2018, 2:18 pm | Telestroke

The chance of patients avoiding permanent brain damage or disability from stroke looks set to dramatically improve, thanks to the success of a New Zealand hospital telehealth pilot now being progressively rolled out nationwide. More >>

Thanks to New Zealand Clinical Trial Patients

Monday, 21 May 2018, 1:39 pm | Merck Sharp and Dohme NZ

Sunday May 20, marks International Clinical Trials Day and the chance to say thank you to New Zealand clinical trial patients around the country. More >>

Let's track the flu so we can help you

Monday, 21 May 2018, 1:36 pm | Ministry of Health

Date: 21 May 2018 The Ministry of Health's Director of Public Health welcomes the introduction of a new way to track influenza online in New Zealand. More >>

Study: waiting a minute can save premature babies’ lives

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:17 am | University of Auckland

A major international study that involved 312 babies from Aotearoa New Zealand has led to life-saving changes in the care of premature babies around the world. More >>

Text messages provide support for people with diabetes

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:14 am | University of Auckland

An innovative University of Auckland trial using text messages has proven a success in getting people to manage their diabetes better. Academics at the University’s National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), part of the Faculty of Medical and ... More >>

Warning labels on alcohol containers highly deficient

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:06 am | University of Otago

Current health warning labels on alcohol beverage containers in New Zealand are highly deficient, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows. More >>

Reports highlight failure of specialist workforce planning

Monday, 21 May 2018, 9:27 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Reports that much-needed medical graduates from overseas are unable to find jobs in New Zealand highlight the appalling failure of workforce planning for hospital specialist positions by the Government’s agency Health Workforce New Zealand and ... More >>

Can caffeine from birth prevent disability in preterm babies

Monday, 21 May 2018, 9:15 am | Health Research Council

Could caffeine given from birth help prevent developmental impairment in babies born four to six weeks early? More >>

Wairarapa Nurses and Midwives Educational Fund

Friday, 18 May 2018, 5:12 pm | Nikau Foundation

Lucy McLaren, Chair of the Wairarapa Fund presents Kate Jurlina from the Bring It to Colombo Trust with her certificate for the $3,000 grant made from the Nikau Foundation. More >>

Pharmacy Guild on Budget

Friday, 18 May 2018, 4:35 pm | Pharmacy Guild

Guild sees Budget 2018 will help increase access to primary health care and supports landing a favourable outcome in ongoing contract negotiations More >>

Encouraging kids to play for health

Friday, 18 May 2018, 1:42 pm | Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council, with the support of naming rights partner Cummings Kilgariff and Co, is launching a new programme for Lower Hutt schools, designed to address a lack of free, undirected play in children. Build & Play will be launched at ... More >>

Obesity a tough topic for GPs, Otago research reveals

Friday, 18 May 2018, 10:10 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research highlights the difficulties for GPs of discussing obesity with patients who are overweight and signals the need for resources to support them and other community health providers in this role. More >>

Ngatai pleased with Health Budget increase

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 7:00 pm | George Ngatai

The Whanau Ora Community Clinic Director George Ngatai has said his Service is pleased with the health spend in Labour’s first budget especially for high needs communities. More >>

No windfall but boost and direction welcome

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 6:46 pm | NZNO

Media Release 17 May 2018 No windfall but boost and direction welcome Chief Executive Memo Musa says today’s government Budget shows commitment to a decent increase in health spending for the first time in a long time but there is still a way to ... More >>

ACEM statement on 2018 New Zealand Budget

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 6:43 pm | ACEM

The peak body for emergency medicine in New Zealand and Australia has welcomed the government’s commitment to health in today’s Budget, and acknowledges the sentiment that not everything can be addressed in one announcement. More >>

Midwives: Budget Announcement Disappointing

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 6:31 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

The New Zealand College of Midwives appreciates the funding announced today for Community Midwives however is sounding a word of caution. This will not stop the shortage of midwives. More >>

Relief for public health in sight but a lot more needed

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 3:57 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government’s health budget revealed today offers some relief to the cash-strapped public health system but clearly much more will be required to reverse years of under-resourcing,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Good news for patients ahead of World Family Doctor Day

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 3:53 pm | The Royal New Zealand College of GPs

Today’s Budget announcements will provide welcome relief for patients needing to see their GP, says Dr Tim Malloy, President of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. More >>

Private hospitals offer to cut surgical waiting lists

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 3:51 pm | NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association

Private hospitals want to work collaboratively with DHBs to help them reduce surgical waiting lists, and the sector has welcomed the $126 million allocated for this in Budget 2018. More >>

Technology enables a new model of care at Midlands practices

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 12:30 pm |

A new model of care involving patients getting GP advice over the phone and email at some Midland general practices has resulted in 20 per cent fewer avoidable hospital admissions, a new report shows. An EY evaluation of the impact of the Health Care ... More >>

Realistic, low-cost medical simulator developed

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 11:58 am | Canterbury District Health Board

A team headed by Christchurch Hospital anaesthetic specialist Dr Daniel Hartwell has designed a low-cost, highly-realistic simulator that plugs in to everyday medical equipment. More >>

Winter’s arrived, but how to stay active?

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:53 am | Make Lemonade

It's not always easy, but many New Zealanders do keep active in winter with some simple adjustments, according to research. More >>

Join the trend – STOP smoking for World Smokefree Day

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:32 am | Northland District Health Board

With fewer New Zealanders smoking Bridget Rowse from Northland District Health Board is challenging anyone who’s thinking about stopping smoking to join the trend. More >>

Say goodnight to cancer with National Sleep-in Day

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 9:51 am | Vodafone

Thousands of Kiwis have taken up the opportunity to say goodnight to cancer through the Vodafone Foundation DreamLab app. More >>

Regional IT system connects health services

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 3:49 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

Regional IT system connects health services across the Top of the South ________________________________________ Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) has launched a regional IT system that will seamlessly connect patient information across all its health services for the first time. More >>

Digital workflow helps staff optimise operating theatre use

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 3:30 pm | Canterbury DHB

In 2013, Christchurch Hospital introduced new software called ScOPe, originally designed to replace paperwork for surgical staff. More >>

Rollout of South Island Patient Administration Care System

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 2:50 pm | South Island Alliance

South Island patient administration system travels to the top of the south Nelson Marlborough Health has become the second South Island district health board (DHB) to move onto SI PICS, the South Island Patient Administration Care System. The move ... More >>

Former Mental Health Commissioner calls for a system change

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 1:41 pm | ActionStation

Submission to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry advocates open access to a full menu of services: A public submission to the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction outlines a completely ... More >>

Blind Foundation technology initiatives help people

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 1:28 pm | Blind Foundation

Blind Foundation technology initiatives help people bridge the gap between disabled and abled Wednesday 16 May In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 17, the Blind Foundation is celebrating how smart technology can level the ... More >>

Another measles case confirmed in Christchurch (updated)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 4:54 pm | Canterbury DHB

Community and Public Health has recently confirmed another case of measles in Christchurch. This case is related to the current South Island measles outbreak, which has now infected 15 people. More >>

ASSM: Fingers crossed for the budget

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:22 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Public hospital specialists are desperately hoping the first Budget from the new coalition government will make a real difference to waiting lists, high levels of unmet health needs and the increasingly bare cupboards,” says Lyndon Keene, Director ... More >>

Another measles case confirmed in Christchurch

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 1:55 pm | Canterbury DHB

Community and Public Health has recently confirmed another case of measles in Christchurch. This case is related to the current South Island measles outbreak, which has now infected 14 people. More >>

Keeping Active While Pregnant

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 1:17 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Bodies are designed to move, and in pregnancy it’s no different. Pregnancy and the early months of having a new baby are times of big changes for a woman’s body and life. When it comes to exercise, there are plenty of ideas about what women should ... More >>

Research For Life awards $132,000 to Medical Researchers

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:53 pm | Research for Life

Thirteen Wellington-based medical researchers received grants in the first funding round of the year from the Research For Life . Nine research grant applicants received a total of $120,602 to undertake innovative medical research and four travel grants ... More >>

HealthTech Week brings you the future

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:24 pm | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

The annual showcase of technology by and for the health sector kicks off on June 11 in Auckland with a series of clinical trials and workshops. More >>

Courtney Acts to improve HIV knowledge

Monday, 14 May 2018, 6:48 pm | AIDS Foundation

Hot on the heels of her Celebrity Big Brother UK win, drag superstar Courtney Act is taking her quest to educate the world about LGBTQ issues to the next level – joining a New Zealand campaign about advances in HIV treatments. More >>

How much do Northlanders spend on tobacco each year?

Monday, 14 May 2018, 4:12 pm | Northland DHB

This World Smokefree May Toki Rau Stop Smoking Services Northland want to raise awareness of just how much money Northlanders who smoke are actually spending on tobacco in one year. A conservative estimate is around $147,694,353.00 . More >>

‘Take Life Back’: new call to action

Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:45 pm | Southern Cross Health Society

Southern Cross Health Society this week launched a fresh new brand platform ‘Take Life Back’, urging Kiwis to reclaim the things that are important to their health and wellbeing. More >>

Otago study shows “giant” problem looms for ageing Kiwis

Monday, 14 May 2018, 9:55 am | University of Otago

Urgent attention needs to be paid to frail older New Zealanders’ oral health, a University of Otago study has highlighted. More >>

The Sugar Conspiracy

Monday, 14 May 2018, 8:31 am | AUT University

Professor Grant Schofield at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has co-authored the most comprehensive report on ‘the science against sugar’ alongside two leading international experts on obesity. They are advocating an eight-point plan, to reverse ... More >>

Why is noise an issue in ECE?

Sunday, 13 May 2018, 11:03 am | Susan Bates and Dr Wyatt Page

Dr Wyatt Page, Associate Professor of Acoustics and Human Health in the School of Health Sciences at Massey University, has researched noise and the effects on human health for over 10 years. More >>

‘Neonatal Mother’s Day’

Friday, 11 May 2018, 11:47 am | Neonatal Trust

There are over 350 incubators and cots in neonatal units across New Zealand. On Sunday 13 May many mothers will be spending time in a neonatal unit with their premature or sick full-term baby. More >>

Exposure to second hand smoke doubles rates of asthma

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 6:43 pm | University of Otago

In a New Zealand first, University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers analysed nicotine levels in infants’ hair to get a true measure of the impact of passive smoking on respiratory problems. More >>

Lack of seatbelt use increasing major trauma risk

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 4:41 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Lack of seatbelt use increasing major trauma risk Over 100 patients were admitted to Bay of Plenty hospitals due to car crash trauma last year at a cost of $1.35 million. As Road Safety Week (May 7-13) is observed it is revealed that 16% of those injured ... More >>

UNICEF calls for the gift of support this Mother’s Day

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 3:38 pm | UNICEF

Kiwi babies enjoy some of the highest initial breastfeeding rates in the world, but much more support is needed to ensure those breastfeeding rates continue, according to new analysis by UNICEF. More >>



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