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Look after yourself this Easter and school holidays

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 5:38 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Cantabrians are reminded to look after themselves this Easter and school holidays by taking a few easy steps to stay well. More >>

Flow on effect of health targets concerning

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Nurses are saying the Health Minister’s target of 6 hours waiting time in emergency departments is causing trouble right through the hospital system. More >>

Housing Crisis And Stress - a Toxic Combination

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:26 pm | Canterbury Family Violence Collaboration

Cantabrians should be extremely concerned about the effect of severe housing pressures on children and their families. More >>

NZ schools get free filter system to improve water quality

Monday, 30 March 2015, 2:11 pm | Boyd PR

A new project to improve the water quality in schools will see new innovative filtration systems installed in 60 schools around the country. More >>

Leading innovators in wellbeing establish a fresh direction

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 10:28 pm | Dragon Institute

Driven by the need to foster innovation and quality in developing wellbeing solutions, globally respected health professionals Dr Hayden McRobbie and Nigel Chee have founded the Dragon Institute. The co-founders felt that the creation of the Dragon Institute ... More >>

Inspiring Limited announces management developments

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 10:26 pm | Inspiring Limited

Inspiring Limited, a leader in non-communicable disease treatment programmes, has announced a new management structure. The company has relationships with the Ministry of Health, various DHBs and primary health organisations throughout New Zealand. More >>

A ‘fit note’ not a ‘sick note’ is the key to good health

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:03 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

A ‘fit note’ not a ‘sick note’ is the key to good health in the workplace More >>

Ten years of stepping out against poverty

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:00 am | Oxfam NZ

Kiwis take part in special Oxfam Trailwalker in Taupō to raise funds for families living in poverty More >>

Teaming up to quit smoking with the Wero Challenge

Friday, 27 March 2015, 4:13 pm | Tairawhiti District Health

Gisborne people are teaming up to stub out a habit that is still rife in the Gisborne community. Smokers are forming teams and pledging to quit smoking for three months, as part of a national competition, the WERO Challenge, which kicks off on 1 April, ... More >>

New campaign offers hope for those with gout

Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:41 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Hope and treatment are available for more than 110,000 New Zealanders* who have gout, a potentially crippling form of arthritis that can strike anyone, at any time. More >>

Government signs another under-the-radar treaty

Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The Government has signed another trade treaty that will affect health in New Zealand. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that New Zealanders have had no say at all on the content of the Government Procurement Agreement deal, and ... More >>

Four highest polling nominees for Medical Council named

Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:28 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Four highest polling nominees for Medical Council named The Medical Council today named the four highest polling nominees in its recent election. Mr Philip Pigou, the Council’s Returning Officer and Chief Executive said that the election process ... More >>

Crusaders Join the First Aid Club with St John

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:00 pm | St John

Members of the Crusaders have been learning some important new skills – though not on the rugby field. More >>

Heart help at the click of a mouse

Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:08 am | The Heart Foundation

Isolated heart attack survivors can now access cardiac rehabilitation from the comfort of home, thanks to a ground-breaking website launched by the Heart Foundation. More >>

Podiatry service saves lives, and limbs

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:00 am | Midlands Health Network

A ground breaking service started by Midlands Health Network is improving the lives of hundreds of people with diabetes and helping reduce the number of amputations. More >>

Canterbury measles free

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:25 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says a combination of factors have allowed health authorities to declare Canterbury measles free. More >>

Lorraine Downes says host a brekkie for cancer research

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:02 pm | Pink Ribbon

Lorraine Downes says host a brekkie for breast cancer research – May is Pink Ribbon Breakfast month More >>

Nurses welcome new Director General of Health

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 5:24 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) warmly welcomes Chai Chuah to his new role as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health. More >>

New Care Home for Wanaka

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:30 pm | Presbyterian Support

When work begins on the Aspiring enliven Care Centre in July it will be the first step towards solving the Upper Clutha’s dilemma of a serious lack of care options for residents. More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at capacity

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:23 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at capacity Hawke’s Bay Hospital is operating at capacity and anyone presenting to its Emergency Department (ED) with minor injuries or illnesses can expect to wait a significant time as staff prioritise emergency patients. The ... More >>

Quitline Launches New Ads in Successful Crayons Campaign

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:51 pm | Quitline

The Crayons campaign, which went to air in August 2014, has been one of Quitline’s most successful ever, leading to a 29.1% increase in demand for the Quitline service. The quit smoking service has now launched a new series of television advertisements ... More >>

Senior Doctors Union Welcomes Top Health Appointment

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:26 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Senior Doctors Union Welcomes Top Health Appointment The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) welcomes the appointment of Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health. More >>

Director-General of Health Appointed

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:25 am | State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Mr Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health. More >>

Fight Allergies with a Healthy Home

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:19 am | Lassoo

A well-ventilated house with circulating fresh air is a powerful weapon in the fight against allergies. More >>

Inaugural Respiratory Health Media Awards

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:54 am | Asthma Foundation

To acknowledge and support the close partnership the Asthma Foundation enjoys with New Zealand’s media, chief executive Angela Francis is proud to announce the establishment of the Respiratory Health Media Awards. More >>

Better Data – the benefits to the profession and the public

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:37 am | Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council today released a discussion paper on the value of performance and outcome data, and how such data promotes the competence of doctors. More >>

ALRANZ: MPs’ Inaction Over Poor Auckland Abortion Services

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:06 pm | Abortion Law Reform Association NZ

The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) today expressed its disappointment at the failure of the Justice and Electoral select committee to examine access to abortion services across Auckland, and particularly the burden on women in South ... More >>

Increased Childhood Illnesses Linked to Herbicide Exposure

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:03 pm | GE Free NZ

An increase in chronic illness in children is being linked to the increased sub lethal exposure to herbicides in food. [1] More >>

Elderly Matakana resident flown to hospital

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:48 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

This evening the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Is where a local resident had suffered serious respiratory difficulties as a result of a pre existing medical condition, the man, in his sixties, was flown ... More >>

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:20 pm | Physiotherapy New Zealand

The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy has just been released with open access and gives insight to some current physiotherapy research. It is the official Journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand and below are some summaries of items appearing in the ... More >>

Southern DHB is 'Going Spotty'

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 12:53 pm | Southern District Health Board

March is Melanoma Awareness month and the Melanoma Foundation is holding its third national ‘Go Spotty’ Mufti Day this Friday to raise awareness of this disease that is affecting over 4000 kiwis every year. More >>

Conference to focus on high performing health care

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:43 am | MidCentral District Health Board

A conference being run by the MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) and Central Primary Health Organisation (CPHO) in May will feature international speakers, and focus on how to develop a high performing health care system. More >>

Herbicides can cause bacterial antibiotic resistance

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 5:10 pm | University of Canterbury

Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. More >>

Youth smokers fired up to quit

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 1:37 pm | Massey University

Massey University’s ‘It’s My Life’ smokefree campaign proves that young people are most responsive to messages created by their peers, says project leader Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley. More >>

Scanner brings world leading CT capabilities to Northland

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 12:14 pm | Northland District Health Board

Reducing wait times and providing a wider range of scans are just two of the benefits Northlanders will experience with the arrival of the new GE Revolution CT Scanner at Whangarei Hospital this month. More >>

NZ Brain Research Institute’s Kate Russell Q&A

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 12:02 pm | ElderNet

Living with Parkinson's disease didn't hamper local businessman, Cas van der Veer's drive toward success and indeed his determination to live his life well with the condition allowed him to accumulate an estate that has enabled the NZBRI to carry ... More >>

Edible gardens in schools providing food for thought

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 11:57 am | University of Otago

Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found. Researchers at the University’s Cancer Society Social ... More >>

Spinal Health Is Brain Health

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 10:27 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

The spinal cord is literally an extension of the brain, which means that spinal health is brain health says the New Zealand Chiropractors’Association, as part of a drive to explain how improved brain-body communication is vital to improving ... More >>

Gift to enhance the future care of our most fragile babies

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:43 am | Neonatal Trust

Our most vulnerable babies may in the future get an even better start to life and have fewer long-term health problems due to the kindness of The Neonatal Trust New Zealand and ICAP New Zealand. The Trust has gifted Wellington Hospital’s Neonatal ... More >>

Go Spotty For Melanoma Awareness

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:39 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma in the world and, with March being Melanoma Awareness month, now is a good time to get your spots checked, says a local general surgeon and consultant. More >>

Red Cross Distributes Aid in Vanuatu

Monday, 23 March 2015, 8:08 pm | NZ Red Cross

On Friday, Red Cross was the first organisation sanctioned by the Government of Vanuatu to begin relief distributions to communities devastated by Cyclone Pam. More >>

“Is your Brain shrinking?” - Hearing Week 23 – 29 March 2015

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 9:08 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

If you read little else today, we urge you to consider this excerpt from a blog titled “ Listen up – or risk losing your mind” which is a fascinating read that was released this month by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf/Action ... More >>

DHB Decision A Bureaucratic Leadership Incompetence Response

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 1:32 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The decision to appoint separate chief executives for the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa district health boards is under the circumstances probably a pragmatic response to bungling top-down bureaucratic decision-making by the top leadership of the two DHBs,” ... More >>

Decision to cut disability allowance payments disappointing

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 1:24 pm | Asthma Foundation

Life can be expensive for a family with a sick child. The 8-year-old Manurewa boy whose asthma is so bad that he missed one in every four school days last year evidenced this situation. Every month there is Ventolin at $18 a month, Serevent, at $5 a month ... More >>

WHO: Sugar Causes Tooth Decay, Fluoridation No Use

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:35 pm | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Newly published guidelines from the World Health Organization recommend a reduction of sugar intake to below 10 percent of daily energy intake, in order to reduce tooth decay, and other diseases, particularly in children More >>

Family Violence Services Set to Improve

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 10:52 am | Ministry of Men's Affairs

Support for male victims of family violence in New Zealand is set to improve following training of local agencies by Greg Millan from the Men’s Health Forum NSW Inc and the Australian 1-in-3 Programme. Counsellors, therapists and psychologists from around ... More >>

Dying with Dignity Lies In Love and Best Palliative Care

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 10:48 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that the heartbreaking situation that Lecretia Seales faces should not be solved in the courtroom or by a change in law, but through the guarantee of the best palliative care that the country can offer her and others in a similar ... More >>

Celebrating Caregivers Week

Friday, 20 March 2015, 9:51 pm | NZNO

Caregivers all around the country will celebrate Caregivers Week from 22 – 28 March. Events are being held in resthomes, community halls and parks during the week. More >>

Tennis elbow clinical trial at Dunedin School of Medicine

Friday, 20 March 2015, 2:36 pm | Ultrasonic Pain Relief NZ

( ) Globally, 3% of the population suffers from a Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) inflammation. A highly successful experimental device has been recently tested in Germany using a very densed acoustic pressure which loosens both inflammation ... More >>

NZ 2nd ‘last in class’ for first-in-class medicines

Friday, 20 March 2015, 1:08 pm | Medicines New Zealand

A newly released report shows Kiwis are missing out on many innovative medicines, with New Zealand ranked in last place out of 20 comparable OECD countries. The report compares access to 247 new medicines that were first registered between 2009 and ... More >>

Visiting U.S. Therapist, Author, Songwriter Dr. John Murphy

Friday, 20 March 2015, 12:24 pm | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Visiting U.S. Therapist, Author, Songwriter Presents Workshops and Gig for New Zealand Community Sector More >>

Distraction a therapy for children at Waikato

Friday, 20 March 2015, 11:52 am | Waikato District Health Board

Play specialists have found a way to make traumatic experiences for children less stressful by creating ‘distraction kits’. More >>

Portable defibrillator saves life

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 5:28 pm | Schiller

A Leamington man who had a cardiac arrest at his doctor’s surgery this week met the chief executive of the company who made the pocket sized public access defibrillator that likely saved his life. More >>

NZ Dental Association Pedals Fluoridation Misinformation

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 4:03 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The non-profit health advocacy group Fluoride Free New Zealand is concerned about misinformation and ongoing scaremongering perpetrated by the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) regarding water fluoridation. The NZDA have shown pictures of children with ... More >>

Kiwis taking steps to improve dental health

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 2:57 pm | nib NZ

The number of New Zealanders taking preventative steps to maintain their dental health has doubled in the last six months, according to the latest claims data from nib, New Zealand’s second largest health insurance provider. More >>

From Cook Islands ED to Whangarei

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 2:46 pm | Northland District Health Board

Switching from a five-bed emergency department to a 27 was an eye-opener for a Rarotongan doctor and registered nurse duo who recently spent two weeks working at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

Second measles case confirmed

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 2:11 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury District Health Board is urging people to get immunised following a second confirmed case of measles in Christchurch. More >>

Child Cancer Foundation Street Appeal - Friday and Saturday

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:52 pm | Child Cancer Foundation

Ryu, Kimberly, Te Paea and Jock are this year’s Child Cancer Foundation National Ambassadors, chosen to represent the children throughout the country that the Foundation supports. More >>

Te Kuiti Medical Centre now on solid ground

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:47 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Te Kuiti Medical Centre practice manager Bernie Barry-Addy no longer has to worry that he and his office would be the first to slide down the slope in the event of a natural disaster at the Te Kuiti Hospital site. More >>

Tackling childhood obesity

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:13 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Today the WHO released the interim report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity . Sir Peter Gluckman is Co-Chair of this Commission arising from his research background and expertise, and independently of his role as Chief Science Advisor to the Prime ... More >>


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