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Measles outbreak in the Waikato

Friday, 18 January 2019, 10:28 am | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Richard Hoskins is urging people to catch up on measles immunisations and to take appropriate action if they think they might have measles. The Medical Officer of Health has been notified of six cases of measles ... More >>

Doctors, drugs of dependence and discipline: new review

Friday, 18 January 2019, 9:01 am | University of Auckland

Only 24 doctors in 20 years have faced disciplinary action for inappropriate prescribing of drugs of dependence in Aotearoa New Zealand, a new review has revealed. The review’s lead author says the low number probably reflects that discipline is a last resort, ... More >>

AI Conference Designed to Lift Health Outcomes for Maori

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 5:30 pm | Hack Aotearoa

A Global Artificial Intelligence Conference starting tomorrow at the Auckland Business School will explore the use of predictive data, robotics and new smart technologies to develop better health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders with a strong ... More >>

DHBs challenge RDA claims; remain committed to bargaining

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 5:07 pm | District Health Boards

Hospitals are coping well with the Resident Doctors’ Association 48-hour strike, which ends at 7am tomorrow, while District Health Boards remain open to negotiating a settlement, DHBs’ spokesman Dr Peter Bramley says. More >>

Think twice about that medical test or treatment this summer

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 2:26 pm | Council Of Medical Colleges

January 2019 Summer in New Zealand is about days at the beach, the sound of cicadas and the smell of melting tar. More >>

Stroke Awareness Week 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 1:36 pm | Stroke Central Region Inc

Stroke Awareness Week will have the Big Blue theme in 2019, this can take various forms, whether it is The Big Blue Brunch or any other kind of Big Blue Event that you feel will attract your friends or colleagues to support the cause! More >>

New Detox Beds for Northland

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 12:33 pm | Northland District Health Board

Wait times for patients referred to Northland’s only addiction detox unit, Timatanga Hou at Dargaville Hospital are likely to be reduced after a portion of funding awarded to the Te Ara Oranga project was allocated to them to expand and enhance responsive ... More >>

New Zealand doctors prepare nationwide strike

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 11:18 am | Socialist Equality Group

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Care around the clock to continue throughout strike

Monday, 14 January 2019, 3:09 pm | Northland District Health Board

With the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association 48 hour strike action starting tomorrow at 7am, Northland District Health Board is reminding people that they can help take the pressure off emergency services by always making their general practice ... More >>

Three-Year-Old unable to access Life-Saving Treatment in NZ

Monday, 14 January 2019, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Pompe Network

A little Kiwi girl currently living in Texas with her Kiwi parents is unable to live in New Zealand because the medicine she needs to survive is not available to her here. More >>

Fluoride Reduces IQ advert - NOT socially irresponsible

Monday, 14 January 2019, 8:22 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

There was nothing socially irresponsible or misleading about an advertisement regarding fluoride lowering children’s IQ, the Advertising Standards Complaints Appeal Board has ruled , overturning part of a decision by the Complaints Board in November 2018. ... More >>

DHBs dispute union’s claims about bargaining

Friday, 11 January 2019, 5:20 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards strongly dispute the claims made by the Resident Doctors’ Association about bargaining discussions related to a collective agreement for Resident Medical Officers (often called junior doctors). More >>

Planning underway for Resident Medical Officer strike

Friday, 11 January 2019, 10:35 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Contingency planning is well underway at MidCentral DHB for an intended 48-hour strike by Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZDRA). More >>

Electronic marking in high-stakes medical registration exam

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 2:46 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

The NZREX Clinical tests clinical skills and knowledge at the level of a recent New Zealand medical graduate. About 80 overseas trained doctors choose to sit the examination each year with successful candidates able to register as a doctor in New Zealand. ... More >>

Bite and sting searches spike

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 2:36 pm | Ministry of Health

Kiwis appear to be curious about summer misfortunes, with the Ministry of Health's website seeing a spike in the number of people searching for information on jellyfish stings, wasp and bee stings, spider and insect bites this holiday season. More >>

Waka Ama NZ recognised for role in promoting Māori health

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 12:20 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora congratulates the Ngā Kaihoe o Aotearoa (Waka Ama New Zealand) for its commitment to Māori wellbeing during the national championship festival. First established in 2000, this year will be the 30th year for the festival, and ... More >>

New Zealand’s public healthcare crisis worsens

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 12:01 pm | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led coalition government took office in October 2017 promising to address the severe crisis caused by more than a decade of cuts to the public health system. The previous National Party government underfunded healthcare ... More >>

0800 number to check if appointments affected by strike

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:01 am | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB sets up 0800 number for people to check if their planned surgery or outpatient appointment is affected by the junior doctors’ strike action on the 15th and 16th January More >>

Wellington Medical Researchers invited to apply for grants

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 2:32 pm | Research for Life

Research For Life invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for the next round of applications is Friday, 22 March 2019. More >>

Why we need a reality check on dairy robberies

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 11:58 am | Hapai Te Hauora

"There would be no cigarettes to steal if they weren’t available": Why we need a reality check on dairy robberies More >>

Health Research Council CEO to step down

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 11:31 am | Health Research Council

The chairman of the Health Research Council of New Zealand, Dr Lester Levy, has announced that the chief executive, Professor Kathryn McPherson, will step down from the role in mid-2019. More >>

ASMS Advice on RMO National Strike(s)

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10:14 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

In the last national ASMS Direct I reported on the challenges facing ASMS on navigating our way through anticipated but not confirmed resident medical officer national strikes. This included providing some context and discussing the DHBs’ bargaining strategy. ... More >>

Holiday period drowning toll stands at four

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 9:49 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable fatal drowning toll for the official holiday period (running from 4.00pm 24th December 2018 to 6.00am 3rd January 2019) is four. More >>

DHBs to reinforce existing healthcare partnership in Ōtaki

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 5:29 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board has reaffirmed its close working partnership with the neighbouring Capital & Coast District Health Board in Ōtaki. More >>

Nelson Marlborough Health prepares for NZRDA strike

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:45 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is preparing contingency plans to minimise disruption to the public during the planned nationwide strike of Resident Medical Officers (doctors in training) who are covered by the New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association (NZRDA) ... More >>

Junior doctors’ strike will affect some surgery and clinics

Monday, 7 January 2019, 4:11 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Planned junior doctors’ strike will affect some surgery and outpatient clinics planned for next Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of January More >>

Dear David – A new year challenge

Monday, 7 January 2019, 2:44 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Health Minister David Clark could make a good start to 2019 by admitting there is a crisis in the specialist workforce, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Executive Director Ian Powell says. More >>

ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs

Friday, 28 December 2018, 1:56 pm | ESR

Following more than 50 deaths in New Zealand now associated with synthetic cannabinoid use, ESR is offering a unique service to all DHBs in the country. More >>

Festive fare for patients on Christmas Day

Monday, 24 December 2018, 7:28 pm | Canterbury DHB

If you thought planning and cooking a Christmas meal for the whanau was a big undertaking, spare a thought for Canterbury DHB’s WellFood team who are busy prepping today for the 1100 Christmas meals they’ll be plating up for patients who find themselves ... More >>

Christmas Eve strike at five Wellington practices

Sunday, 23 December 2018, 1:58 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Doctors at five Wellington practices will strike for a full day tomorrow in the final action in a set of rolling strikes. More >>

New champion for ageing well calls time on loneliness

Saturday, 22 December 2018, 3:54 pm | University of Auckland

Professor Ngaire Kerse has two questions for the holiday season: who made your Christmas cake? And if you know an elderly person who is lonely, why not invite them to share some? More >>

MenW Vaccination Campaign reaches mid-point in Northland

Friday, 21 December 2018, 4:01 pm | Northland DHB

While nearly 11,000 Northlanders have been vaccinated in just 16 days; Medical Officer of Health Dr Jose Ortega Benito cautions the public not to become complacent, as we have only reached the mid-point of the campaign. More >>

Myth busting the effects of vaping

Friday, 21 December 2018, 2:44 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

"I want to quit cigarettes for my pregnancy, does that mean I can vape?": Myth busting the effects of vaping More >>

Plunket Society joins the Federation

Friday, 21 December 2018, 1:34 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand (the Federation), whose purpose includes fostering effective partnerships and collaborations, has welcomed The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (Plunket) to their growing list of member organisations. More >>

Syphilis. It's back. Get Tested. Get Treated

Friday, 21 December 2018, 12:33 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Cases of syphilis, a sexually transmissible infection (STI) that can cause serious health problems if left untreated and poses a serious risk to unborn babies, are expected to rise in Hawke’s Bay with national figures more than doubling since ... More >>

Have yourself a ‘mindful eating’ Christmas

Friday, 21 December 2018, 10:46 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation dietitian Hannah Keddell says if you focus on “mindful eating”, you needn’t feel guilty about enjoying Christmas treats. More >>

Hui Aligns Healthcare for Māori Across Northern DHBs

Friday, 21 December 2018, 10:20 am | Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi

Iwi from across the upper North Island have come together in an historic health-sector first, paving the way for a unified approach to the delivery of healthcare to Māori More >>

Care around the clock continues over the holidays

Friday, 21 December 2018, 9:47 am | Canterbury District Health Board

This summer, wherever your holidays take you around New Zealand, remember that you can still get free health advice whenever you need it. More >>

Syphilis cases on the rise in Manawatū

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 3:03 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Syphilis cases on the rise in Manawatū It is coming into the holiday period and syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection that was almost gone from New Zealand, is now a public health issue again. There has been a large increase in the number ... More >>

Achievements celebrated in this year’s Quality Account

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 12:10 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Improvements and achievements celebrated in this year’s Quality Account Work by MidCentral District Health Board and Central Primary Health Organisation to improve the services provided to the community have been highlighted in the 2017/2018 Quality ... More >>

PHA applauds MenW campaign

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:56 am | Public Health Association

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHANZ) applauds the great progress being made in the fight against Meningococcal W currently underway in Northland. More >>

Choose Well This Holiday Period.

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:41 am | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay people and visitors are encouraged to Choose Well for health care this Christmas/New Year holiday period. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Chief Medical and Dental Officer – Hospital, Dr John Gommans stressed the importance ... More >>

Cancer sufferers once again let down by PHARMAC

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:38 am | Maori Council

The New Zealand Maori Council has called on both the Maori Affairs Select Committee and the Health Select Committee of the New Zealand Parliament to “explain” where things are at with the Inquiry call into life saving and life extending medications ... More >>

MCANZ Wants Cannabis Vaporizers legalized for Christmas

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:26 am | MCANZ

With the Government's Medical Cannabis Bill gaining Royal assent this week, MCANZ would now like to see a rapid amendment to allow a certain class of cannabis utensils to be legalized. More >>

70% of clinicians concerned about unnecessary interventions

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 7:53 pm | Council Of Medical Colleges

Survey finds nearly 70 percent of clinicians concerned about unnecessary medical interventions 19 December 2018 A survey of around 800 doctors and nurses has found that nearly 70 percent consider the provision of unnecessary tests, procedures or ... More >>

Women who petitioned Parliament get nothing from PHARMAC

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 7:26 pm | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Women who petitioned Parliament get nothing from PHARMAC’s Santa Women who stood on the steps of Parliament in October to present petitions to MPs calling for the funding of two important breast cancer medicines have been given a setback by PHARMAC ... More >>

Stay Strong - Live Longer

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 5:32 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

With the rise in popularity of more movement and mindfulness based exercise options, and with proven benefits and results, it can be tempting to think the days of pure strength and resistance training in a traditional gym environment are losing popularity. More >>

An increase to the minimum wage is an increase to wellbeing

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 4:24 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation welcomes the increase to the minimum wage announced today and commends the Government for its commitment to the health and wellbeing of low paid workers. More >>

Hawke’s Bay DHB releases third health equity report

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 3:58 pm | Hawkes Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s third Health Equity report provides a stark reminder that constant attention, and new ways of working are needed to maintain progress to eliminate inequities in health. More >>

Uninvited biting guests over the summer season

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 2:32 pm | Northland District Health Board

As the warm, humid summer season quickly approaches, Northlanders may be visited by the ever- annoying mosquito while gathering around the BBQ. More >>

Phone your GP day or night for medical advice

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 7:19 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Phone your GP day or night for healthcare advice is the message going out to Western Bay of Plenty residents this Christmas and New Year. More >>

Prepare in advance to avoid unnecessary summer GP visits

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 5:12 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Prepare in advance is the message going out to the Eastern Bay of Plenty residents this Christmas and New Year. More >>

Funded Family Care stakeholder engagement report released

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 2:36 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has published a report as a result of targeted engagement on the Government’s intention to change Funded Family Care. More >>

One Step Closer to Eliminiating a Chronic Disease

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 2:18 pm | Hep C Action Aotearoa

Hep C Action Aotearoa welcomes the announcement from Pharmac to fund a medicine that will treat hepatitis C. This is great news for New Zealanders who have for years struggled to access funding for their treatment. More >>

Insulation can worsen unhealthy home issues

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 11:41 am | Tether

An air tight home does not equal a healthy home and may even exacerbate the damp, stagnant conditions that lead to mould, mildew and respiratory problems likes asthma and pneumonia among children and older adults in New Zealand. More >>

Overdiagnosing, overtesting causing harm

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 10:59 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

The first New Zealander elected to lead the peak body for emergency medicine in New Zealand and Australia says there are a lot of things being done in medical practice that are not supported by evidence and are not free from harm. More >>

New Drug Offers Hope for Kiwis Living With Rare Disorder

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 10:53 am | Roche

New Zealanders living with a rare blood disorder which can cause spontaneous, fatal internal bleeding and excruciating arthritis-like symptoms are set to benefit from the Medsafe registration of a new medicine. More >>

Red Nose Day enables life-changing child health research

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 10:21 am | CureKids

Ground-breaking medical research to improve, extend and save the lives of Kiwi kids will go ahead thanks to the generosity of Kiwis who raised nearly $1 million for Cure Kids in this year’s Red Nose Day appeal. More >>

Tooth-conscious toddlers to win oral health challenge

Monday, 17 December 2018, 3:08 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Tooth-conscious toddlers ‘Whakārohia te Māngai, Whakārohia te Hauora’ to win oral health challenge More >>

New Treatment Available for Hepatitis C1

Monday, 17 December 2018, 2:33 pm | Porter Novelli

Wellington, 17 December 2018 – AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) New Zealand today announced MAVIRET® (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir) would be fully funded by PHARMAC from 1 February 2019 giving New Zealanders living with all major genotypes of hepatitis C access ... More >>



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