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Shortland Street storyline reminder of support available

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 5:26 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

With this week’s depression and suicide storyline on Shortland Street, the Taranaki DHB would like to remind youth and their families and friends of the support available. More >>

CPLF looks forward to focus on pharmacists

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 5:20 pm | Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) is extremely pleased to hear that there will be a focus on enhancing the role of pharmacists as part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement announced on Monday between National and UnitedFuture. More >>

Bubbles Week 13-19 October 2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 5:08 pm | Cystic Fibrosis Association

It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s for a good cause. Bubbles Week from 13 to 19 October is New Zealand’s national awareness week for Cystic Fibrosis and will see thousands of Kiwis helping to raise money for those living with the condition. More >>

Anti-fluoride ad is pulled after yet another ASA ruling

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The NZ Dental Association acknowledges the Advertising Standards Authority on their recent decision, that of finding yet another Fluoride Free NZ advertisement to be misleading. More >>

Southern DHB kicks off Awareness Campaign

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 1:58 pm | Southern District Health Board

This week sees the launch of a Southern DHB campaign to help the general public understand the options available to them if they are unwell and to ensure they get the right care in the right place at the right time in the right place. More >>

New Room for Stillbirth and Neonatal Loss at Whangarei

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 1:51 pm | Northland DHB

A special room dedicated to stillbirth and neonatal loss in Whangarei Hospital’s new maternity unit will be fantastic, says a mother who delivered a still born earlier this year. More >>

Heart Foundation gets behind Stoptober

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 12:57 pm | National Heart Foundation

Quitting smoking is the most important thing a person can do to reduce their risk of heart disease, says the Heart Foundation. More >>

No ‘Health Halo’ for Sports Drinks

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 11:54 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is opposing proposed changes to food regulations that would see sports drinks marketed as healthy. More >>

Plunket and Public Trust partner for the next three years

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 11:42 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

Public Trust has committed to becoming a ‘Pick Me Help Plunket’ partner for the next three years. This means the two organisations are now allies, intent on growing a sustainable, long term relationship designed to support New Zealand families and ... More >>

Use it or lose it!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 5:30 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

There are 278,800 New Zealanders aged over 65 who have been diagnosed with arthritis. And given one of the most beneficial things they can do is to remain active, Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby reminds us of the importance of exercise, ... More >>

Kirwan in Wellington for Author Talk

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 4:56 pm | Penguin Books

Blues rugby coach, and spokesperson for mental health awareness, Sir John Kirwan will be in Wellington for one night this October to talk about his new book, Stand By Me: Helping your teen through tough times. Wellington based clinical psychologists, ... More >>

Countdown to Mental Health Awareness Week

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 3:02 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is next week, and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is encouraging New Zealanders to Keep Learning – be curious, embrace new experiences, and see opportunities. More >>

Auckland All for Smokefree Outdoor Dining

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 1:47 pm | Cancer Society

In a bid to encourage the Auckland Council to make outdoor dining Smokefree, Cancer Society Auckland are showing Auckland’s large support for the cause with a pop up Smokefree restaurant in Aotea Square on Friday, October 3rd 12-2pm. More >>

Privatisation of Laboratory Services Not the Answer

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 1:32 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is worried public hospital managers are poised to privatise all or part of the hospital laboratories that look after the health needs of the greater Wellington region. More >>

NZMA shares concerns on DHB lab services

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) shares the concerns of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) about the possibility that the three Wellington regional District Health Boards (DHBs) may outsource their hospital laboratory services ... More >>

Waikato women accessing top class services

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 10:12 am | Waikato District Health Board

Two thirds of all Waikato women are registering with a lead maternity carer within the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy, a just-published Waikato District Health Board Maternity Annual Report shows. More >>

Early detection key to avoiding large Ebola outbreaks

Monday, 29 September 2014, 4:53 pm | Massey University

Improved diagnosis of people with severe fevers is essential in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus, a study published in the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries has found. More >>

Celebrities stand up for cancer rehab in 4th Paddle for Hope

Monday, 29 September 2014, 4:51 pm | Paddle for Hope

Well-known Kiwi faces and personalities are getting behind this year’s Starboard Paddle for Hope festival in an effort to raise funds for Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust. More >>

Mental Health Foundation Opens a ‘Wellbeing Bank’

Monday, 29 September 2014, 3:05 pm | Mental Health Foundation

As a nation we’re living longer than ever before. With the tail end of the ‘baby boomer’ generation now turning 50, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has opened a ‘wellbeing bank’ at More >>

Snapshots Show Excellent Older Persons Care

Monday, 29 September 2014, 2:41 pm | Waikato District Health Board

When Older Persons and Rehabilitation group manager Barbara Garbutt asked her team of people working in the service for examples of care excellence, the response staggered her. More >>

Auckland Deaf Society launches bequest programme

Monday, 29 September 2014, 1:50 pm | Auckland Deaf Society

According to the Department of Internal Affairs’ Charities Services there are 27,422 registered charities in New Zealand which generate a combined income of $15.7 million a year[2]. More >>

NZSMI reminds pregnant women to check medication with doctor

Friday, 26 September 2014, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

September 26, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI), today reminded consumers that over-the-counter analgesics, like all other medicines, should only be used during pregnancy on the ... More >>

Specialists call for more senior doctors to cope with demand

Friday, 26 September 2014, 3:53 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Hospital specialists surveyed about the staffing of their departments are telling us loud and clear they need more senior doctors on the clinical front line,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Outing Gout 5 Hui

Friday, 26 September 2014, 2:54 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

The latest research in causes and management. 26th September 2014 Treating gout seriously New Zealand leads the world in a condition that is debilitating and incredibly painful – gout! There are nearly 120,000 New Zealanders living with a current diagnosis ... More >>

Grey Hospital to Get New CT Scanner

Friday, 26 September 2014, 2:35 pm | West Coast District Health

Grey Base Hospital’s new $800,000 CT scanner arrives soon and should be installed and operational by Thursday 16 October. More >>

Healthier Homes Project Expands to Other Parts of the House

Friday, 26 September 2014, 11:25 am | PRINZ

A Warm our Whare initiative, which saw 1000 Waikato homes insulated within a 30km radius of Hamilton and in the South Waikato district, has now expanded into the Thames and Hauraki regions and the provider is now looking to launch a new service model ... More >>

NZMA shares climate change concerns

Friday, 26 September 2014, 10:03 am | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) shares the concerns of fellow health professionals about the health effects of climate change, expressed in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal . More >>

New Zealand ahead in self-managing common conditions

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 5:43 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand and the United Kingdom are the most progressive countries for empowering consumers to self-manage common conditions, according to recent research. More >>

Jan Adams Denies Her New Job Linked to MOH Review

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 4:44 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board chief operating officer Jan Adams has today strongly denied any suggestions her appointment to a primary care strategic liaison role was in direct response to the Ministry of Health report “Review of opportunities for ... More >>

NZ Animal Law Association: Official Launch Function

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 2:32 pm | NZALA

By way of introduction, my name is Lucy Leadbetter and I am the publicity officer for a newly formed non-profit organisation called the New Zealand Animal Law Association. We were formed in September this year, and already have a membership of well over ... More >>

Daylight Saving Means Time to Be Sunsmart

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 1:36 pm | Health Promotion Agency

The arrival of daylight saving this weekend signals that ultraviolet (UV) levels are rising rapidly and it’s time for New Zealanders to be SunSmart, says Wayde Beckman, the Health Promotion Agency’s (HPA) SunSmart spokesperson More >>

Fizzy-Free at DHB Well-Received

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 12:36 pm | Northland DHB

The decision to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from Northland DHB hospital cafeterias and vending machines after October 1 has been met with enthusiastic approval from both staff and public. More >>

Te Kākano Nurse-Led Clinics begin

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 11:35 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern nurse-led health clinics are being piloted thanks to Ministry of Health funding (Te Ruinga - spreading proven innovations) combined with Southern DHB and Southern PHO support. “Everybody is extremely excited that we have been given the ... More >>

Protecting trust and privacy in electronic health records

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 10:19 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

A new report by the Privacy Commissioner on three electronic shared care record (SCR) systems says they are well-managed projects that are appropriately mitigating privacy risks, but that continued attention to privacy is needed if health consumer and provider ... More >>

Ballance calls for Ward B director nominations

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 9:58 am | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Ballance Agri-Nutrients is calling for director nominations for its Ward B, following the resignation of Mr Dean Nikora as a director of the company. Mr Nikora is taking up an overseas appointment as Group Director Food Safety Advisory for AsureQuality. More >>

Are pregnant women getting enough key nutrients?

Monday, 22 September 2014, 5:16 pm | Massey University

A research study at Massey University aims to uncover more about the dietary habits of pregnant women in New Zealand. More >>

Southern DHB reminding staff to “Get Ready”

Monday, 22 September 2014, 1:16 pm | Southern District Health Board

This week is Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management “Get Ready Week” and Southern DHB is asking staff if they’re ready in the event of a disaster. More >>

Sky lanterns – safety tips

Monday, 22 September 2014, 11:47 am | Ministry Of Consumer Affairs

Sky lanterns are popular at festivals, weddings, and remembrance ceremonies. While they appear beautiful while floating in the night sky, care should be taken when releasing them. More >>

Registrations are open for the Wellbeing Game 2014!

Monday, 22 September 2014, 10:18 am | Mental Health Foundation

Do you care about your mental wellbeing? Do you enjoy a little friendly competition? Would you like to be in with the chance to win amazing prizes? More >>

Former All Black captain tackles dementia

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 11:12 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

Former All Black captain Reuben Thorne is helping to support the approximately 50,000 New Zealanders with dementia, by becoming Alzheimers NZ’s second Champion for Dementia. The role will see Reuben working alongside Alzheimers NZ to raise awareness of dementia ... More >>

Parkinson’s visual art and poetry competition announced

Friday, 19 September 2014, 3:19 pm | Parkinsons New Zealand

A nationwide art competition encouraging New Zealanders to think out loud about what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s disease has been launched today by Parkinson’s New Zealand in advance of Parkinson’s Awareness Week 1-7 November. More >>

Crisis in Autism Early Intervention

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:44 am | Autism Action NZ

Kim Hall coordinator for Autism Action NZ says that the “current support for children with Autism, provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education is abysmal”. More >>

Canterbury nephrologist Nick Cross leading National Service

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:35 am | Canterbury DHB

Dr Nick Cross has been appointed Clinical Director of the National Renal Transplantation Service and chaired the service’s first meeting on Wednesday (September 17, 2014). More >>

Dementia care Canterbury, World Alzheimer’s Day

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:32 am | Canterbury DHB

World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2014: Dementia care Canterbury going from strength to strength More >>

First graduates to “Walking in Another’s Shoes” porgramme

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 2:48 pm | Southern District Health Board

World Alzheimer’s Day - 21st September 2014: Southern DHB Celebrating first graduates to “Walking in Another’s Shoes” training programme More >>

First “Young nurse of the year” chosen

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:53 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The first ever NZNO Young Nurse of Year, Plunket nurse Katrina Coleman was honoured this evening at an awards dinner in Wellington. More >>

Whanganui nurse honoured

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:26 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Whanganui nurse Barbara Hammond was honoured for her long service to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) at an awards ceremony in Wellington last night. More >>

Palmerston North nurse honoured

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:03 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Palmerston North nurse, Nicki Twigge was honoured for her service to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) at an awards ceremony in Wellington last night. More >>

Hawkes Bay nurse honoured

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:54 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Hawkes Bay nurse, Rosemary McGillicuddy was honoured for her service to nursing and midwifery at an awards ceremony in Wellington last night. More >>

Nurse wins prestigious Te Akenei Hei Māori health award

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:52 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Maureen Allan, Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi and Tainui, is the latest recipient of Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa NZNO’s prestigious Akenehi Hei Award. The award is for a significant contribution to Māori health. A nurse with a long career community health, a Masters ... More >>

Students will SpeakOut against mental health stigma

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:29 am | SpeakOut NZ

Stigma surrounding mental health will be tackled by a new youth-led, non-profit initiative called SpeakOut. More >>

Dementia Care in South Going from Strength to Strength

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:00 am | South Island Alliance

World Alzheimer’s Day - 21st September 2014: Dementia Care in South Island Going from Strength to Strength More >>

Stoptober 2014 - the biggest stop-smoking challenge ever

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 3:07 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB urging people to sign up for Stoptober 2014 - the biggest stop-smoking challenge ever More >>

Kiwi Eye Health App Wins Award for Excellence

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:10 pm | Fleur Revell

An app designed to help New Zealand GPs and optometrists confidently diagnose eye disorders has won a prestigious health award. More >>

Lifestyle changes may reduce risk of dementia

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:56 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

The latest World Alzheimer Report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International indicates there are a number of simple lifestyle changes people can make to reduce their risk of developing dementia in later life. More >>

Volunteer Selflessly Helps Women Who Have Had Breast Cancer

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:32 pm | YWCA

Local Karitane resident Tonelle Horner is a facilitator for Encore, a free programme run by YWCA Auckland that helps women who have had breast cancer deal with the physical and emotional effects of treatment. She will soon be holding another Encore programme ... More >>

New Appointments to Expanded Ryman Board

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:10 pm | Ryman Healthcare

Ryman Healthcare today announced the departure of a long-serving Board member and the addition of two new directors to its Board. More >>

Waikato measles outbreak declared over

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:39 am | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato has not had a confirmed measles case since 12 August prompting Waikato District Health Board’s medical officer of health Dr Anita Bell to declare the outbreak over. “I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to all those ... More >>

Which six will it be?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 9:46 am | shine

Did you know that 1 child dies at the hands of a family member in NZ, every 5 weeks ? You probably agree that these statistics are horrendous, and you aren’t alone. More >>

Wahakura policy good for all families

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 6:09 pm | Whakawhetu National SUDI Prevention for Maori

Whakawhetū, a SUDI prevention programme for Māori was delighted with the Green Party’s policy announcement of a ‘Wahakura welcome for every newborn’. Māori infants have more than four times the SUDI death rates of non-Māori and non-Pacific ... More >>


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