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Support for Mental Health and Addictions Issues Matters

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:36 pm | Platform Trust

At some stage in their lives, all New Zealanders are affected by mental health and addictions issues, either in their own lives or in the life of someone they know. The it matters! campaign declares that when people want and need it, support should ... More >>

Spirits NZ Welcomes Release of Health Research Strategy

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:26 pm | Spirits New Zealand

A specific action focused on building industry partnerships and approaches closely aligned with the New Zealand Health Strategy are two highlights from the just released Health Research Strategy. More >>

Young lads support people with dementia

Friday, 23 June 2017, 11:49 am | Dementia Auckland

When 17-year-old Blake Nicholson was just six-years-old he lost his grandmother to dementia, something he did not fully understand at the time, but the sadness that surrounded his family is a memory he still carries with him today. More >>

Drowning terminology hung out to dry

Friday, 23 June 2017, 11:40 am | NZ Resucitation Council

Drowning is ‘the process whereby a person experiences respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in liquid’. This means that when a person drowns, the airway is blocked by water or another liquid, and this prevents them from breathing. More >>

Supporting delivery of the 2016 New Zealand health strategy

Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:24 am | Primary Health Alliance

The Primary Health Alliance has today published the latest in its series of discussion papers One team, many businesses: Supporting delivery of the 2016 New Zealand Health Strategy (copy attached). More >>

Simple act to protect against Legionnaire’s disease

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:06 am | University of Otago

Washing hands after using compost could protect gardeners from contracting a common but dangerous strain of Legionnaire’s disease, new University of Otago research shows. More >>

Claire Austin appointed to Health Workforce NZ

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:16 pm | Ministry of Health

The Director-General of Health, Chai Chuah, is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Austin as the new Group Manager - Health Workforce New Zealand. More >>

UNZ welcomes first Health Research Strategy

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:13 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

By 2020 New Zealand will be investing over $120 million annually on health research so it’s critical the Health Research Strategy released today has the greatest impact possible. More >>

NZ Health Research Strategy to help ‘change the face of heal

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 1:17 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland DHB welcomes the inaugural New Zealand Health Research Strategy, which sets a vision of creating a world-leading health research and innovation system by 2027. More >>

Otago welcomes new government health research strategy

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 12:45 pm | Otago University

The University of Otago welcomes the newly announced 10-year strategy for health research in New Zealand, and is pleased by the joined-up approach planned by ministries and agencies for putting it in place. Otago Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and ... More >>

New strategy firmly backs NZ’s health research workforce

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:58 am | Health Research Council

New Zealand’s first health research strategy will help nurture and grow a strong health research workforce that can provide solutions to New Zealand’s unique health challenges, says Dr Tania Pocock, Acting Chief Executive at the Health Research Council ... More >>

Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals in New Zealand Products

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:53 am | Cawthron Institute

A group of 200 scientists and medical professionals have called on the international community to further restrict the use of two chemicals in the US- triclosan and triclocarban. Research suggests these chemicals have a number of adverse health and environmental ... More >>

Students Start Petition to Improve Mental Health Awareness

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:05 am | Wellington Girls' College

Hundreds of New Zealanders suffer from Mental Health disorders without realizing. In a recent 2016 survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, only 3.2% of New Zealanders suffering from Mental Health Disorders felt they had access to good support ... More >>

Committee Says More Needs to be Done to Prevent Infant Death

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:00 am | CYMRC

The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) is calling for the Government’s SUDI Prevention Programme to better serve whānau and families to prevent babies dying from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). More >>

Dairy shown to improve bone health of Kiwi children

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 3:03 pm | Massey University

New Massey University research shows children drinking milk at school have greater increases in the size and strength of their bones, compared to children who are not involved in the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. More >>

Kaitaia Hui on Suicide Solutions Starts Saturday

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 1:29 pm | Northland DHB

A hui near Kaitaia this weekend aims to improve local resilience against suicides of youth and other people. More >>

Car wrecking can be a vehicle for stroke rehab

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 1:27 pm | Massey University

Dismantling car engines and sorting parts is proving to be a successful form of rehabilitation for stroke survivors under 65 in a unique project at the Manfeild Raceway, near Feilding. More >>

Music Therapy Week 2017: Finding Your Voice

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 12:05 pm | Great Things

Music Therapy New Zealand is shining a light on the life-changing impact of music therapy during our second annual Music Therapy Week, running from 1-9 July. As well as celebrating the work of our therapists around the country, we invite people to ... More >>

New toolkit to help schools support student wellbeing

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 12:03 pm | Canterbury DHB

All Right? has launched a free wellbeing toolkit to support young people with their mental health and wellbeing. More >>

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation Supports Health Literacy

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:54 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ fully support improving health literacy across New Zealand. Our commitment to this focus area was evident in the 2015 Ministry of Health, University of Otago and Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ collaborative ... More >>

World expert endorses New Zealand’s bowel screening approach

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:44 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has welcomed the endorsement of New Zealand’s soon-to-be-implemented National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) by a world expert. More >>

Aniva Programme Celecbrates Success

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 9:48 am | Aniva

The success of New Zealand's Pacific nurses will be the focus of a special event at Te Papa Museum this evening with the Prime Minister and a number of Pacific health leaders in attendance. More >>

More Women Choose Life for Their Baby in 2016

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 9:17 am | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

In 2016 there were 12,823 abortions reported in New Zealand. This represents a three per cent decrease on the 13,155 abortions reported in 2015. This is the lowest abortion total in 25 years. Right to Life welcomes the continued decrease and applauds the ... More >>

Warm your home up quickly

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 12:07 pm | EECA

The World Health Organisation recommends we heat our homes to at least 18 degrees to stay healthy. EECA ENERGYWISE expert Christian Horning has five, low-cost tips for warming up your home faster. More >>

Yoga major part of soaring Kiwi exercising momentum

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:42 am | Make Lemonade

If exercise was considered a sport, it would be the biggest sport in New Zealand, by more than 50 percent, Exercise New Zealand chief executive Richard Beddie says. More >>

New head and neck cancer initiative

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:35 am | Head and Neck Cancer Survivors' Support Network

Head and neck cancer is the “most unkindest cut of all” according to patients who have been through this disabling and disfiguring disease. And yet unlike breast and prostate cancer there has been no nationwide support for this cancer - until ... More >>

Red carpet for inventor of world’s first cancer vaccine

Monday, 19 June 2017, 4:18 pm | Medicines New Zealand

NZ rolls out red carpet for inventor of world’s first cancer vaccine. Pioneering Australian researcher and 2006 Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer, is paying a short visit to New Zealand this week. He is a guest of honour at the Medicines ... More >>

Senior business leader appointed to chair FoodHQ

Monday, 19 June 2017, 1:52 pm | FoodHQ

Sue Foley, a senior New Zealand business leader, has been appointed as the first independent chair of FoodHQ™. More >>

Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2016

Monday, 19 June 2017, 10:50 am | Statistics New Zealand

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand decreased in 2016, Stats NZ said today. A total of 12,823 induced abortions were performed, compared with 13,155 in 2015. More >>

NZISM Announces New Advisory Board Chair Mike Cosman

Monday, 19 June 2017, 10:18 am | New Zealand Institute of Safety Management

The New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) is delighted to announce that Mike Cosman will become the new Chair of its Advisory Board with effect from 16 June 2017. Samantha Sharif, the current Advisory Board Chair, will step down as Chair, ... More >>

Euthanasia Poll Conducted for Voluntary Euthanasia Society

Monday, 19 June 2017, 9:32 am | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

Right to Life questions the findings of this latest Horizon poll conducted on behalf of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society NZ. The question was worded to obtain the result the Voluntary Euthanasia Society wanted. The Horizon poll found 75 per cent of the ... More >>

Health Ministry Confirms Bill Enables Mandatory Fluoridation

Monday, 19 June 2017, 9:16 am | Fluoridegate Legal Action NZ

“The intent of the Bill is to enable the extension of fluoridated areas” says the Ministry’s document responding to submissions to Select Committee on the Fluoridation Bill. More >>

NZ Babies Exposed to a High-Sugar Diet

Friday, 16 June 2017, 11:02 am | Auckland University

A leading child health and obesity expert is warning babies are being weaned into a high sugar diet from as young as four months old – and the problem is being unheeded by health officials. More >>

Trial Pioneers New Standard of Care for Skin Cancer Patients

Friday, 16 June 2017, 10:58 am | TROG Cancer Research

Patients with advanced skin cancer can now be spared from having to undergo chemotherapy, with results from a new Australian study showing that surgery combined with radiotherapy is a more effective treatment. More >>

Report Finds "Unacceptable Discrepancies" in Death Rates

Friday, 16 June 2017, 10:45 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC) has identified what it says are unacceptable discrepancies in the mortality rates for New Zealand’s most deprived populations. More >>

Cancer and HIV patients and children to benefit from PHARMAC

Friday, 16 June 2017, 9:49 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has announced the funding of five new treatments and wider use of over 30 existing treatments, which are set to benefit many New Zealanders from 1 July 2017. PHARMAC helps New Zealanders live healthier and better lives every day, and this ... More >>

Volunteering meaningful and rewarding

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4:32 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Volunteering meaningful and rewarding “I wanted to do something meaningful with my time and helping others has given me that and more,” says mother-of-two, and volunteer, Lynne Riddle. Lynne has been volunteering at Tauranga Hospital’s Ward ... More >>

DRC NZ Launches Sweet Friends

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4:15 pm | DRC

DRC NZ Launches Sweet Friends - For sugar free alternatives using Xylitol that sweeten & protect your teeth Auckland, June, 2017: DRC NZ is announcing the release of their new website Sweet Friends. The website has now been live since ... More >>

All Blacks players visit Starship Children’s Hospital

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:59 pm | ASB Bank

Ten All Blacks brought smiles to the faces of Starship patients and their families as they visited the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland on Wednesday morning. More >>

Youth project launches to end mental illness discrimination

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:24 pm | Mental Health Foundation

One year after Lucy McSweeney took part in the Mental Health Foundation’s social change programme, POD (Point of Difference), the 21-year-old was standing on the steps of Parliament to present her petition. More >>

Two Massey Health Researchers Secure Over $6M in HRC Funding

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 10:16 am | Massey University

Two health researchers from Massey University’s College of Health have been awarded more than $6 million in the latest round of funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), targeting occupational disease in New Zealand as well as international ... More >>

US Trial to Screen Diabetics for Pancreatic Cancer

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 9:43 am | Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has just announced the launch of a $2.7 million 3-year research study that will investigate the link between new-onset diabetes and pancreatic cancer. The main goal is to detect the often lethal cancer at a curable ... More >>

Mobile Health leads the Fieldays’ health hub

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 9:06 am | Make Lemonade

At least 22 health nationwide organisations have been inundated with the rural community seeking advice from the landmark health hub at New Zealand’s Fieldays in Hamilton this week. More >>

Supreme Court gives big tick to dangerous DHB policy

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 8:59 pm | Dave Macpherson

Supreme Court decision supporting Waitemata DHB ban on smoking areas in ‘secure’ mental health units called “stupid” by father of Waikato DHB patient whose death arose from the policy Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision supporting the Waitemata ... More >>

Annual Investment in rural health services is essential

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:21 pm | Federated Farmers

Annual Investment in rural health services is essential says Feds Source: Federated Farmers -- Government investment in rural health services for the third consecutive year provides essential ongoing support for the provinces says Federated Farmers. ... More >>

Supreme Court Decision – “a Win for Patient Health”

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 3:47 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board welcomes today’s decision in the Supreme Court to uphold its smokefree policy. More >>

Second Chance At Life Thanks to Kidney Conversations

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:26 pm | Northland DHB

Second Chance At Life Thanks to Kidney Conversations It is essential for people suffering kidney failure to talk to their whānau and spread awareness that they will need a kidney donated to them at some point. Anybody in good health with two ... More >>

Judgment: B v Waitemata DHB

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 1:58 pm | NZ Supreme Court

This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment and reasons ... More >>

Leakage is no laughing matter!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 10:39 am | Gratitude Fitness

With over 30 per cent of women with children experiencing leakage and all menopausal women at risk of leakage it makes sense for every woman to exercise their pelvic floor muscles. More >>

Going to Sleep on Your Back Increases Risk of Stillbirth

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 10:30 am | University of Auckland

New University of Auckland research has found that women who go to sleep on their back in the last three months of pregnancy are almost four times more likely to experience a stillbirth. More >>

Elder Abuse Awareness Week

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 10:01 am | Northland District Health Board

This Thursday, seven days of elder abuse and neglect awareness begins. It’s a time to acknowledge social workers like Rachel MacKinnon and Sally Raymond who protect our most vulnerable people every day by intervening when family fail to care for ... More >>

Keynote Speakers Announced for NZ Resus 2018

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 9:41 am | Resuscitation Council

Professor Myra Wyckoff, Associate Professor Marcus Ong, and Dr Jasmeet Soar have today been announced as keynote speakers for the New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s next conference, NZ Resus 2018 – Coming of Age , to be held in Wellington on 19-21 ... More >>

Final autism conference keynote speakers confirmed

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 1:31 pm | Altogether Autism

13 June 2017 - Altogether Autism has confirmed the final two keynote presentations for the 2017 learning event at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport on July 19 and 20. More >>

Does Regular Exercise Compensate for Higher Bodyweight?

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 10:44 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

There is a growing understanding that health and wellness are not simply related to body size or ability to perform feats of physical fitness. Even the terms ‘fit’ and ‘fat’ come with a range of meanings. However it is clear that there are some ... More >>

NZ research shows link between gambling and family violence

Monday, 12 June 2017, 1:00 pm | Problem Gambling Foundation

Recent New Zealand research shows that family violence and abuse is common in people seeking help for their own or for someone else’s gambling. More >>

Making safer havens for our older people

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:41 am | Massey University

Nursing homes should be safe places for our older people, but unfortunately, the number of cases of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and residential care facilities continues to grow. More >>

Rural Academic GP to merge with Grey Medical Centre

Monday, 12 June 2017, 10:50 am | West Coast District Health

In anticipation of the new Grey Integrated Family Health Centre opening next year, two of Greymouth’s general practices will merge at the start of July. More >>

Nicky Stevens’ family echoes call for Mental Health Inquiry

Monday, 12 June 2017, 10:12 am | Family of Nicky Stevens

Tonight’s TVNZ News Poll showing 77% of New Zealanders support the call for an Independent Mental Health Inquiry has been described by the family of Nicky Stevens as a “stinging rebuff for the head-in-the-sand attitude of Prime Minister Bill ... More >>

Mental health of rural NZ at tipping point

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:37 am | Make Lemonade

The health of New Zealand’s rural communities is at an all-time low, a leading mobile health expert says. More >>

NZ a nation of sports watchers on the couch

Sunday, 11 June 2017, 11:19 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand guys need to get out and start exercising more or the severe preventable death rate will continue to soar, a leading national exercise expert says. More >>



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