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Laboratory Specialists Oppose Wellington Privatisation

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:10 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Pathologists and infection control specialists working in the Wellington region’s public hospital laboratories are expressing strong concern about possible privatisation of the laboratory service and the clinical risks that will arise if privatisation ... More >>

New PGP programme serves up healthier lamb

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 12:30 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Lamb lower in saturated fat could soon be on the menu with the approval of the business case for a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Alliance Group and Headwaters New Zealand. More >>

1,000th baby enrolled on child health service

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 12:12 pm | Midlands Health Network

Midlands Health Network’s ground-breaking National Child Health Information Platform has reached a major milestone with its 1,000th enrolment. More >>

Multivitamins a Kiwi Winner

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:24 am | Canstar Blue

A new survey by consumer satisfaction company, Canstar Blue, has revealed that the majority (72%) of Kiwis are convinced that multivitamins are effective and three quarters say they feel better when they take them regularly. More >>

Rugby Takes on Adventure Racing to Help Cure Kids

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 9:50 am | Cure Kids

Meet the Cure Kids team: NZRPA CEO Rob Nichol, former All Black Ian Jones, former Blues player Ben Meyer and adventure racer Sia Svendsen says GODZone will be “nothing compared to what the Cure Kids ambassadors and their families face every day”. More >>

Keep New Zealand smiling

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:34 am | Acumen Republic

From the time their first teeth cut through, young children around the country are at risk of early childhood caries; a common oral health disease. This February, Colgate, Plunket and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are working together again ... More >>

Iced Tea Party™ campaign set to be the coolest yet

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:22 am | Australasian Lymphology Association

Throughout February and March, the Iced Tea Party™ campaign will aim to raise more than $35,000 towards research and education for early diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema, a debilitating, life-long disorder which may affect up to 300,000 Australians ... More >>

Pharmacies provide relief for Hutt Valley and Wgtn patients

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:03 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Patients can now dispose of used needles more conveniently and safely, thanks to a new disposal scheme funded by the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards. More >>

Fruit and vegetables help kids thrive

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:59 pm | Bloom PR

As parents gear up for a new year of school lunches, research has found children who regularly eat fresh fruit and vegetables at school are better behaved, more alert and healthier. More >>

New General Manager appointed to Medicines New Zealand

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 12:40 pm | Medicines New Zealand

The start of the New Year was marked at Medicines New Zealand by the appointment of a new General Manager, Dr. Graeme Jarvis. Dr. Jarvis brings over 22 years’ experience in both domestic and international private sector and government organisations. More >>

Skin Cancer is a Timebomb for New Zealanders

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 12:08 pm | Accuro Health Insurance

A leading New Zealand dermatologist says skin cancers are a time bomb for New Zealand’s ageing population. Dr Louise Reiche, a member of the New Zealand Dermatological Society, has made submissions to the Minister of Health personally and on behalf of the Society ... More >>

Ensuring the Power Stays On For Turangi Patients

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:55 am | BayTrust

If a civil emergency were to strike the central North Island, staff at Turangi’s Community Health Centre would be right on the front line. Volcanic eruptions from nearby Mt Ruapehu, lahars, earthquakes or other natural disasters could occur at ... More >>

Aucklanders to Benefit from Keyhole Surgical Laser

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:16 am | Impact PR

A new, less invasive laser surgery technique could allow more Kiwis to benefit from corrective surgery according to some of the country’s top ophthalmologists. The technique, called SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction), offers patients a ... More >>

Recent mission: SH50 Maraekakho

Monday, 26 January 2015, 5:28 pm | Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew responded to a male in his 30’s who had fallen from his motorbike and collided with a van on SH50 near Maraekakaho. The motorbike rider was deceased on arrival. More >>

Planned birthing to recommence in Buller

Monday, 26 January 2015, 4:42 pm | West Coast DHB

A new provider has been contracted by the West Coast District Health Board to run the Buller Hospital’s Kawatiri Birthing Unit, Chief Executive David Meates announced today. More >>

Woman airlifted to hospital

Monday, 26 January 2015, 3:18 pm | TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter

Today around lunch time the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to the Te Kaha Medical centre where a 40 year old Waihau Bay woman was suffering from a serious medical event. The woman was stabilised at the medical centre ... More >>

Overseas markets ban pesticides commonly used in New Zealand

Monday, 26 January 2015, 11:01 am | Food Matters Aotearoa

The Food Matters Aotearoa conference will be looking closely at food production and the nutritional value of food, through to the regulations surrounding food safety. More >>

Contributors to NZ Fluoride Review shown to be toothless

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:12 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Contributors to the New Zealand Fluoride Review shown to be toothless. Monday, 26 January 2015, Press Release: Fluoride Free NZ Fluoride Free NZ calls for an open transparent public discussion of fluoridation where both sides of the argument can ... More >>

Focus On Fluoridation Wrong: Kids Suffering

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:29 pm | FIND

Around one in 15 kids under the age of 14 are having teeth extracted, according to recently released health department figures. More >>

Recall of Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:23 pm | Countdown Supermarket

Saturday, 24 January 2015: Countdown has issued a voluntary recall of Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g sold in Countdown, FreshChoice and SuperValue stores nationwide, including all best before dates. This product is being recalled as it may contain ... More >>

South Auckland residents' health concerns about motorway

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:59 pm | University of Canterbury

Many South Auckland residents have expressed concern regarding the long-term health implications of living close to New Zealand’s busiest motorway, University of Canterbury researchers have found. More >>

Research tests shows stroke patients’ memories do improve

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:57 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury lab study tests show people’s memory can improve after a stroke. More >>

Liam Butler interviews Kate Russell

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 10:40 am | Fundraising Institute of New Zealand

Kate Russell is a fellow of The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) , chair of the FINZ Ethics Committee and past FINZ board member. Kate is chair of Pharmac's Consumer Advisory Committee , a board member of Pacific Pathways and a Paediatric ... More >>

No holiday for victims

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 9:55 am | Victim Support

During this past December when the country was in holiday mode, Victim Support staff and volunteers were responding to a massive 30.9% increase in calls to support victims. Last December it received 4641 calls compared to 6074 this year. More >>

The benefits of fish oil supplements

Friday, 23 January 2015, 2:51 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“There is strong evidence that taking Omega 3 has health benefits that include reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis. So we advise people who find fish oil supplements beneficial to continue taking them,” Arthritis New Zealand ... More >>

Guild supports continued sale of non-prescription diclofenac

Friday, 23 January 2015, 12:07 pm | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) supports the continued sale of non-prescription diclofenac tablets and capsules from community pharmacy despite classification changes overseas. More >>

Surgeons support ARLA finding - addressing alcohol harm

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:42 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority’s reported rejection of the Wellington City Council’s proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until ... More >>

Sports help young people with psychosis get back on track

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:39 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Weekly sport sessions are helping young Wellingtonians who access mental health support to connect with each other and reduce their risk of preventable illness. More >>

Ministry of Health official joins Ebola response

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 1:08 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health’s director of emergency management is heading to West Africa to assist with the international fight against Ebola. More >>

Smart inhaler delivers results for kids with asthma

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:34 pm | University of Auckland

A new smart asthma inhaler with an audio-visual function has dramatically improved child and adolescent use of preventative asthma medication. More >>

New CT scanners at Dunedin Hospital

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:09 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern patients are benefitting from new state of the art CT scanners in the Oncology and Radiology Departments at Dunedin Hospital. More >>

NZ born dental expert - managing teeth without fillings

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:57 am | Waikato District Health Board

The key-note speaker at an annual conference for oral health professionals in Hamilton on Friday will talk on why fillings in teeth are unnecessary because they are avoidable. More >>

Northland Youth to Showcase Art Skills

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:24 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland youth will have an opportunity to showcase their creative skills this month at the Common Room Graffiti Art Competition. More >>

Hawke’s bay health boss gets his foot stuck in his mouth

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 5:02 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Hawke’s bay health boss gets his foot stuck in his mouth; surgery recommended to remove it” More >>

Life Flight Transports injured horse rider from Castlepoint

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 4:58 pm | Life Flight Trust

At 12:30pm this this afternoon the Life Flight Trust was responded to Castlepoint on the Wairarapa Coast to a horse rider who had been kicked by a horse. More >>

Worldwide Market for NZ Firm’s Breakthrough Medical Device

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 4:57 pm | Nexus6

Media Release January 22, 2015 Worldwide Market for New Zealand Firm’s Breakthrough Medical Device More >>

Machine guards are there for a reason

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 1:58 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Commercial laundry company Alsco NZ has been fined $38,250 and been ordered to pay $7,500 in reparation after a worker had their hand crushed in the rollers of an unguarded folder machine. More >>

Tariana Turia to receive international tobacco control award

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 11:38 am | Smokefree Coalition

A nomination by the Smokefree Coalition for Associate Health Minister Hon Tariana Turia to receive a 2015 Luther L Terry Award has been accepted. Hon Ms Turia will be presented with the award in March 2015 in Dubai. More >>

Leaving home for Uni? Get your immunisations up to date

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 11:16 am | Toi Te Ora

If you’re getting prepared to head off to University or other tertiary study, now is a good time to check you’re up to date with your immunisations. It is never too late to catch up and most immunisations are free until you turn 18. More >>

10 years of Operating Room induction program

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 11:06 am | Auckland District Health Board

Nursing staff at Auckland DHB are celebrating this month after completing the 10th year of a successful Operating Room (OR) education program. More >>

Health warning lifted for Ashley and Kahutara rivers

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 10:47 am | Canterbury District Health Board

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued at Ashley River near SH1 and Kahutara River near Peketa (SH1). More >>

Research suggests people should be paid for donating organs

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:59 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury study suggests people should be paid for donating organs to address New Zealand’s issue with one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the developed world. More >>

Dietary supplement may protect the brain from injury

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

The dietary supplement creatine can protect the brain when its oxygen supply is reduced, a University of Auckland study has found. More >>

STI Vaccine for Year Eight Girls Campaign

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:41 am | Northland District Health Board

A campaign has been launched this week enlightening parents and caregivers of Year Eight girls to the benefits of having a vaccine preventing a sexually transmitted infection which can lead to cancer. More >>

Call for water fluoridation to cut childhood tooth decay

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:31 am | New Zealand Dental Association

21 January 2015 M edia Release Call for water fluoridation to cut childhood tooth decay More >>

Health funds needs boost to invest in workforce, not bosses

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 2:47 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says that health sector funding needs to increase and be targeted at the workforce who have struggled with wages falling further below the cost-of-living at the same time as workloads intensify. More >>

Woman injured on Tongariro crossing

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 2:44 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Taupo Based Greenlea Rescue helicopter was dispatched to The Tongariro Alpine crossing yesterday, to a woman in her fifties who had slipped over and fractured her ankle near the Emerald lakes. More >>

Evidence Based Exercise Pre-Screen Tool Raises NZ Standards

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

REPs has released its evidence-based pre-screening tool to deliver high quality care to the NZ exercising public, and further encourage collaboration with allied health professionals. More >>

Otago study indicates exercise sharpens young adult brain

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:08 am | University of Otago

Regular physical activity improves brain function even in young adults considered in their prime and at the height of cognitive ability, according to a new University of Otago study. More >>

Caution advised over swimmer’s itch

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:50 am | Toi Te Ora

Members of the public are being advised to exercise caution when in contact with shallow water following two reports at the south end of Lake Taupo to Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) of allergic rash. More >>

2014 Provisional Drowning Toll at 90 Deaths

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:37 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Ninety people – mostly men and including eight pre-school children - drowned in New Zealand in 2014. More >>

Southern health bosses need a new year’s resolution

Monday, 19 January 2015, 7:29 pm | ASMS

“Southern District Health Board bosses need to adopt a New Year’s resolution as they return from their summer break committing themselves to changing their top-down leadership culture,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

ProCare Nursing Director appointed

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:47 pm | ProCare Health

Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens begins her new role today as ProCare’s Nursing Director. Clinical Director Dr Allan Moffitt says the PHO took some time to select the right candidate for this position because nursing leadership is integral to the future ... More >>

Wellington Free Ambulance expands Capital’s food rescue

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:22 pm | Wellington Free Ambulance

Wellington Free Ambulance is now partnering with Kaibosh food rescue and Wellington Hospital’s Wishbone café to plug a gap in the Capital’s food rescue chain. More >>

Riddet Institute: Beyond the sugar debate

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 10:22 am | Riddet Institute

Fundamental research, carried out by the Riddet Institute's Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) members Professor Jim Mann and Dr Lisa Te Morenga, has given rise to new knowledge allowing food producers the opportunity to create scientifically-backed, high-value, ... More >>

Lakes DHB statement about privacy breach

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 10:32 am | Lakes District Health Board

Lakes DHB chief executive Ron Dunham says it is deeply disappointing that an excel document containing coded patient information has been released to a member of the media. More >>

A royal blunder

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 10:25 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and the Royal Society of New Zealand admitted yesterday, Thursday 15th January, that a serious blunder had been made in their report “Health effects of water fluoridation: a Review of the scientific ... More >>

Union gobsmacked at hospital bosses’ pay hikes

Friday, 16 January 2015, 4:46 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The union representing cooks, cleaners, security staff and orderlies in district health board hospitals is shocked to hear reports of massive pay hikes for DHB CEOs today. More >>

Interview: Richard MacManus on Technology and Health

Friday, 16 January 2015, 3:11 pm | ElderNet

Liam Butler interviews Richard MacManus author of Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health. More >>

DHB Double Standards on Wages Shows Contempt for Staff

Friday, 16 January 2015, 1:31 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The size of the pay rises received by public health service bosses in the past financial year beggar belief given that the people who actually deliver the services have been forced to accept real pay cuts,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>


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