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Shoe donations kick in for mental health

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 3:40 pm | Sport Wellington

A Shoe Clinic donation is helping young people experiencing psychosis to exercise and build confidence to aid their recovery. More >>

Nicotine e-cigarettes legalised - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:43 pm | Science Media Centre

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be legalised. The Science Media Centre gathered expert reaction on the announcement. More >>

Quitline supports decision to legalise nicotine e-cigarettes

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:38 pm | Quitline

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline ( ) is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More >>

Industry Frustrated by Government Inertia

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:22 pm | Natural Health Alliance

The Natural Health Alliance today called on the Government to withdraw the Natural Health Products Bill expressing concerns at an industry meeting with Act Party Leader David Seymour. More >>

Legalising nicotine for vaping supportive move by Government

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:15 pm | End Smoking NZ

There’s been no sympathy for smokers or the retailers who sell cigarettes. Harsh measures to stub out smoking means just 15% of New Zealanders still smoke. Sales of tobacco have continued to drop on average by 5% per year. But, academics have ... More >>

Over-reliance on medical tests and treatments symposium

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 12:45 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Health professionals from around the country will gather in Wellington tomorrow Thursday 30 March to consider how to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora backs legislative progress on E-cigarettes

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:33 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Today the Ministry announced changes which will improve the quality of E-cigarettes available in New Zealand and increase access to these successful smoking cessation products. More >>

Nicotine e-cigarettes to become legal

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:26 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal with appropriate controls. More >>

WellSouth programmes to be presented to World Congress

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:25 am | WellSouth

Health programmes developed and implemented by the Health Promotion Team at WellSouth Primary Health Network have been accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Public Health. Programmes that will be presented include; GoodYarn, Breastfeeding ... More >>

‘Quake brain’ affecting our memory and abilities

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10:18 am | University of Otago

Cantabrians cognitive abilities – or their ability to do simple tasks – appear to have been significantly affected by exposure to earthquakes, new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has found. More >>

More sleep for deprived New Zealanders Saturday night

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 9:50 am | Southern Cross Healthcare

With daylight saving time ending Saturday night, sleep-deprived New Zealanders can look forward to an extra hour of sleep. And for some of us, that could be just what the doctor ordered. More >>

Dunedin children’s exposure to lead linked to lower IQ

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 9:35 am | University of Otago

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today’s adults. More >>

High patient numbers causing longer waits in Wellington ED

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 4:42 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

People may wait longer to be seen at Wellington Regional Hospital emergency department because of high patient numbers. More >>

Gut Crunching For A Cure! #LoveYerGuts

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 3:36 pm | Gastrointestinal Cancer Institute

#LoveYerGuts - An awareness campaign for gastro-intestinal cancers is providing a great reason to get down on the floor and do something about it! More >>

$1.5m cash injection to Ashburton Hospital

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 12:47 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Ashburton Hospital has received a $1.5 million cash injection thanks to community generosity. Advance Ashburton trustee Gary Fail today presented David Meates, Canterbury DHB Chief Executive with a cheque for $1.5m to go towards the upgrades of Ashburton ... More >>

Conventional CPR Best for Cardiac Arrest

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 12:21 pm | NZ Resucitation Council

Any person who is unresponsive and not breathing normally should be treated with conventional CPR. More >>

Would you hear your smoke alarm?

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 11:21 am | Life Unlimited

If you are changing smoke alarm batteries this weekend for the end of daylight saving and either live with someone or have a hearing impairment yourself, then you might want to consider investing in a better smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are essential for ... More >>

Respiratory disease cost jumps to $6 billion per year

Monday, 27 March 2017, 9:36 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Respiratory disease cost jumps to $6 billion per year Respiratory disease continues to make a substantial contribution to New Zealand’s health burden. Over the past 15 years, hospitalisation rates have increased for bronchiectasis, childhood bronchiolitis ... More >>

Porirua after-hours GP clinic to remain open

Friday, 24 March 2017, 5:00 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

People in Porirua and Kapiti will continue to have access to quality after-hours healthcare close to home. More >>

Altogether Autism Rejects Measles Vaccine Myth

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:47 pm | Altogether Autism

24 March 2017 - THE COUNTRY’S leading provider of trusted autism information and advice has come out strongly against claims of a link between vaccinations and autism in its latest Altogether Autism journal published today. More >>

New research findings paint damning picture

Friday, 24 March 2017, 2:15 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

New research findings published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal paint a damning picture of the level of unmet health need in this country, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

National rural health conference Wellington

Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

Dr Peter Moodie, Dr Robyn Toomath, Dr Eric Crampton, mental health campaigner Matt Shirtcliff, former All Black Norm Hewitt, and clean water campaigner Marnie Prickett are amongst the line-up of keynote speakers at this year’s National Rural Health ... More >>

National Rural Health Conference 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

A line-up of keynote speakers will cover topical health issues such as “Is General Practice funding sustainable and equitable?” and “Are Health Care Homes our salvation?” (Dr Peter Moodie), bullying and family violence (Norm Hewitt), water quality (Marnie ... More >>

New measles case confirmed in Auckland

Friday, 24 March 2017, 11:29 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a new case of measles and is asking people who may have come in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. More >>

Dr Amanda Oakley takes out TechSoup’s Lifetime Service Award

Friday, 24 March 2017, 11:07 am | Waikato DHB

Waikato DHB’s dermatologist Dr Amanda Oakley took out best Google Technology Service in the New Zealand Charities Lifetime Service Award sector. More >>

NZDSN not surprised at IHC decisions

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:52 pm | Disability Support Network

While NZDSN has no specific comment to make about IHC’s recent actions it is important to highlight that many disability service providers are having to be realistic about how they can maintain quality services and ensure long term financial viability in ... More >>

Speaking tour by Dr Charles Lapp

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 1:19 pm | Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Soci

ANZMES (Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society) is pleased to host a speaking tour by Dr Charles Lapp, Physician and Medical Director of Hunter Hopkins Centre in North Carolina, USA. Dr Lapp is widely recognised both nationally and internationally ... More >>

Managing tuberculosis (TB) with your smart phone

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:44 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Public health nurse Carolyn Pye is celebrating world TB day this Friday with two awards under her arm after her project team won accolades for using digital devices to manage the disease. More >>

New policy for major trauma patients

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:19 pm | St John

Transporting patients with severe injuries directly to the most appropriate hospital whenever it is feasible and safe to do so is the objective behind a Major Trauma policy launched today by St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and the National Major ... More >>

Exercise, the golden ticket for elderly independence

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:44 am | Make Lemonade

The golden years can be the most enjoyable years of people’s lives and New Zealand exercise experts say regular exercise is a golden ticket for those who strive for elderly independence. More >>

Proposed School of Rural Health a timely initiative

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 2:15 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

Today’s announcement by Otago and Auckland universities for a proposed School of Rural Health couldn’t be better timed and if implemented will underpin the rural health workforce for the medium to long term future, says New Zealand Rural General ... More >>

Survey Reveals High Levels Of Salt In Bread

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:59 pm | Stroke Foundation

A new study has found families may be eating surprisingly high levels of salt in their morning toast and lunchtime sandwiches – possibly as much as a bag of potato chips. More >>

Mylan Initiates Recall of EpiPen® Auto-Injector in NZ

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:42 pm | Mylan New Zealand

Mylan New Zealand Ltd, following consultation with Medsafe, Ministry of Health, New Zealand is recalling the following batches of EpiPen® 300 microgram (µg) Adrenaline Auto-Injectors due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part ... More >>

Study improves prediction of movement recovery

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:24 pm | Health Research Council

Kiwi researchers have developed a new and simple process that is helping therapists accurately predict how well their patients will regain the use of their hands and arms after a stroke.   Associate Professor Cathy Stinear and her team at the University ... More >>

Getting to Zero: Global Social Work Responds to HIV

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:28 pm | Massey University

With 2030 fast approaching, the goal of ending the world HIV/AIDS epidemic is an ambitious one. Now a new joint publication from the International Association of Schools and Social Work (IASSW) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS ... More >>

Safe asbestos management crisis - information lacking

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8:56 am | Asbestos Removal NZ

Most of us know that asbestos in a residential or commercial building poses significant risk to the health of anyone working on it. The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), which came into effect last April, has shifted some of the legal responsibilities ... More >>

New School of Rural Health not the solution

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 3:46 pm | University of Waikato

New Zealand’s health workforce crisis cannot be solved through the creation of the proposed new national School of Rural Health says University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley. More >>

World Social Work Day 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:27 pm | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Ms Shannon Pakura, President of the New Zealand Association of Social Workers celebrates World Social Work Day, Tuesday 21 March, a day when social workers all over the world celebrate and promote the contributions of the profession to individuals, families, ... More >>

Fewer hospital stays for Tairāwhiti kids

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:53 am | Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

Health providers in the Tairāwhiti-Gisborne district have worked together to reduce the rate of avoidable hospital admissions among the district’s most vulnerable babies and young children. More >>

Is a Sugar Tax the Best Solution to Obesity?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:27 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Increased use of sugary food and drink plays a big role in New Zealand’s high obesity rate. It also contributes to other health problems, such as type two diabetes and dental issues. Taxes on soft drinks have been implemented by some countries to help ... More >>

Positive changes to intern training programme

Monday, 20 March 2017, 5:12 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

An independent review of extensive changes to training for doctors in their first two years after medical school, has found the programme is working well and the experience for those involved is largely positive. More >>

Taranaki DHB OIA – Information Heavily Redacted

Monday, 20 March 2017, 2:23 pm | NZ Medical Laboratory Workers Union

Following a request from The New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workers Union and a subsequent complaint to the Ombudsman for failing to meet the statutory deadline for the information requested, Taranaki DHB (TDHB) has finally supplied the union with a heavily redacted ... More >>

OTC labels the key to safe use of NSAID painkillers

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:11 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

OTC labels the key to safe use of NSAID painkillers March 18, 2017 – Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), acknowledges that a Danish study examining the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ... More >>

Stedy as she goes

Friday, 17 March 2017, 2:37 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

The generosity of Raumati man Tony Smith and his football mates is helping keep Wellington cancer patients mobile. More >>

Event presents latest research on our "Diabesity" epidemic

Friday, 17 March 2017, 10:08 am | National Science Challenges

Getting teenagers more active and how our gut hormones impact on obesity are just two of a wide range of topics being discussed at a major gathering of top national and international researchers at Auckland City Hospital today. (Friday, 17 March). More >>

Charity mobile dental clinic clocks up 400 smiles

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:28 am | Southern Cross Health Society

Just four months into its journey, New Zealand’s first charity mobile dental clinic has already given more than 400 disadvantaged patients new reasons to smile, with free dental procedures. More >>

Too many antibiotics for New Zealand children

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:43 am | University of Auckland

Almost all New Zealand children have taken antibiotic medications by the time they are five years of age, according to new research from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara Ki Mua. More >>

Free flu shots to be available to pregnant women & 65+

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:11 am | Green Cross Health

16 March 2017, AUCKLAND, NZ: For the first time, pregnant women and people aged 65 and older will have access to free flu vaccinations at selected Unichem & Life community pharmacies across New Zealand from April 1, following an announcement from ... More >>

Guild welcomes increased access to funded flu vaccinations

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 5:00 pm | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund the provision of influenza vaccinations to eligible patients through community pharmacy. More >>

DHBs lack consistency for safety of Deaf patients

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:44 pm | Deaf Action NZ

Deaf Action urges DHBs to make a commitment to the safety of Deaf people across New Zealand by ensuring access to NZSL interpreters at all times. More >>

Collaboration w/ Medical Colleagues to boost Flu Jab Uptake

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:36 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Society welcomes the announcement that from 1 April, subsidised flu vaccinations will be available to the over 65s and pregnant women through pharmacies. More >>

$1.6 million study to validate new diabetes programme

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:04 pm | Health Research Council

The New Zealand Health Research Council (NZHRC) has injected $1.6 million into a research project to study an innovative self-management programme for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes. More >>

Funded influenza vaccines for pregnant women and 65+

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:37 pm | PHARMAC

Funded influenza vaccinations will be available from more community pharmacies this year. More >>

Overcoming healthcare information overload

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:41 am | Massey University

A Massey University PhD student is testing a new way of dealing with information overload when making healthcare decisions – and she is seeking participants to help verify the approach works. More >>

Auckland scientists seek to shed light upon endometriosis

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:37 am | Auckland University

It affects at least one in ten New Zealand women, can cause severe abdominal pain and fertility problems, and costs the public health system an estimated $1 billion a year. More >>

Disabled people in rentals most likely to be cold at home

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:59 am | Statistics New Zealand

Thirty-eight percent of those disabled people in rented homes said they have difficulty heating, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Taranaki DHB misses OIA request deadline

Monday, 13 March 2017, 1:21 pm | NZ Medical Laboratory Workers Union

The New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workers Union has today lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman over Taranaki DHB’s failure to supply official information requested by the union within the statutory timeframe of 20 working days. More >>

Resident Doctors Thank Public for Supporting Safer Hours

Monday, 13 March 2017, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

NZRDA members have accepted the proposal reached between the union and DHBs in response to their Safer Hours campaign. More >>

Eye Exams Crucial to Fighting Blindness in Ageing Population

Monday, 13 March 2017, 11:35 am | SpecSavers

Despite growing awareness of debilitating eye conditions, a quarter of New Zealanders are still not having regular eye exams according to latest research from Specsavers, putting their eyesight at risk. More >>

Adequate time needed for outpatient appointments

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:21 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The tragic situation of a woman who wasn’t told she had cancer until it was too late raises questions about the amount of time being allocated for outpatient appointments at the Waikato District Health Board, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the ... More >>


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