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Kiwis Asked To Put Their Best Feet Forward

Monday, 3 August 2015, 1:53 pm | Camp Quality New Zealand

3 August 2015 : Established 30 years ago children’s cancer charity Camp Quality New Zealand (CQNZ) dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children living with cancer, is looking for New Zealanders young and old to put their best feet forward ... More >>

New Zealand Doctors Can Now Access Univadis®

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:41 am | MSD

New Zealand doctors now have access to Univadis, a free medical education and unbiased health information website for healthcare professionals. More >>

Northland DHB Paving Way for Future Healthcare

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:09 am | Northland DHB

Northland DHB is paving the way for future healthcare by trialling a high-tech, potentially life-saving telemedicine system. More >>

Next stage in development of Waitakere Hospital underway

Monday, 3 August 2015, 10:26 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB (District Health Board) is set to almost double the number of medical teams at Waitakere Hospital, building on its programme of investment in services and facilities for West Auckland. More >>

Affordable medicines at risk in trade deal

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 10:45 am | Doctors for Healthy Trade

“Once again the pharmaceutical industry is pumping out misleading information, suggesting that there’s no need to worry about price hikes to New Zealand medicines under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)” says Public Health Physician ... More >>

More dollars for training Nurse Practitioners groundbreaking

Friday, 31 July 2015, 5:29 pm | Rural General Practice Network

More health dollars for training Nurse Practitioners ground breaking – NZRGPN chair The announcement by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman that an additional 20 training places would be allocated to Nurse Practitioners next year has been hailed ... More >>

Seminar Series on Family Justice Touches Down in Blenheim

Friday, 31 July 2015, 5:22 pm | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) and Ebborn Law are inviting providers who deal with domestic violence, and the wider social services and government sector, to a free workshop in Blenheim to review the changes to the Family Justice System. More >>

Achieving Patient-Centred Care Or Floccinaucinihipilfication

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:15 pm | ASMS

Thank you for the opportunity to address you again. As always my comments are personal observations, although in broad terms at least I believe they are consistent with the Association’s view on the matters discussed. In this address I would like to ... More >>

Otago selects leading historian as next Head of Humanities

Friday, 31 July 2015, 12:56 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago has selected Professor Tony Ballantyne as its next Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Professor Ballantyne is currently Head of Otago’s Department of History and Art History and Director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture. Announcing ... More >>

200 primary health care nurses meet in Wellington

Friday, 31 July 2015, 10:38 am | NZNO

From today in Wellington over 200 primary health care nurses from around New Zealand meet to discuss and learn of innovation in nursing practice at their annual conference. Among the delegates are nurse practitioners and intern nurse practitioners who are ... More >>

Patients to receive text reminders

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:42 am | West Coast District Health

Patients to receive text reminders The West Coast District Health Board will send out reminder texts to patients with specialist appointments from next week. Where the DHB has not received confirmation from a patient that they will attend an appointment ... More >>

CloudM welcomes Apple Watch going on sale in New Zealand

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:38 am | CloudM

New Zealand’s leading health and safety app Blerter is now available on Apple’s revolutionary wearable the Apple Watch, officially on sale in New Zealand for the first time. More >>

“New Era” In Supporting Cancer Affected People.

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:26 am | The Marketing Bureau

One of the most complex diseases known to man is Cancer. Diagnoses, types, management & treatment can both work or fail and the patient journey can be difficult at best and a painful, stressful nightmare at worst. More >>

It’s time for action on Hepatitis C in New Zealand

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 5:01 pm | Joint Media Statement

“It’s time for action on Hepatitis C in New Zealand”– Hepatitis C can be eliminated. More >>

Southern DHB Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 2:45 pm | Southern District Health Board

It’s World Breastfeeding Week next week and the theme this year is “ Breastfeeding and Work: Making it work.” More >>

Majority of our packaged foods unhealthy

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 2:09 pm | University of Auckland

The majority of packaged food available in New Zealand supermarkets is ultra-processed and so is also the unhealthiest food available. More >>

Pertussis reports from Central Otago

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:17 am | Southern District Health Board

Pertussis reports from Central Otago This week, Public Health South has been notified of at least five cases of people with pertussis in Wanaka and Hawea. There are also two confirmed cases in the Taieri area outside of Dunedin. Public Health South is ... More >>

Kiwi coffee lovers prefer an instant fix

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:05 am | Southern Cross

Hold onto your flat white! Despite being a country renowned for our coffee culture a new survey shows the preferred drink is instant. More >>

Hung over Kiwis still show up for work

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:04 am | Southern Cross

New Zealanders are more likely to show up for work hung over than take a day off to nurse their sore heads. More >>

Southern DHB get behind Māori Language Week

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:47 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB Tautoko Te Wiki o Te Reo (Southern DHB get behind Māori Language Week) More >>

TPPA implications for PHARMAC raise serious concerns

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:43 am | Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) is extremely concerned by the potential implications of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for people with multiple sclerosis. More >>

I am MORE than Biomedical

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:30 am | Marama Pala

Māori woman living with HIV addresses the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention 19-22 July 2015 in the closing plenary More >>

Treating HIV early after testing positive works!

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:29 am | Marama Pala

The Executive Director of INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation Marama Pala attended the above conference in Vancouver, Canada last week. More >>

Marama Pala elected ICASO’s board chair

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:28 am | ICASO

Toronto, Canada. July 15, 2015 -- ICASO is pleased to announce that Marama Pala has been elected chair of its board of directors. Marama Pala was the first Māori woman to publicly disclose her HIV status; she has since become a powerful activist for ... More >>

Public Health Supports Local Government Remit

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 3:20 pm | Toi Te Ora

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) supports the recent Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) decision to advocate for legislation to prohibit smoking in the outdoor areas of bars, cafes and restaurants. More >>

Health sector reforms would take us back to the dark ages

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 2:13 pm | NZNO

The health of New Zealanders seems to have been completely side-lined in the Ministry of Health’s leaked “Capability and Capacity” report says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). More >>

Home is where the heart is

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:25 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A mother is grateful for the help she received to keep her family warm and well over winter after one of her sons was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. Mel Aspinall lives in a Johnsonville rental property with her husband and four children. Last ... More >>

Otago/Southland residents most generous regions

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:10 am | Impact PR

Otago and Southland residents have proved they are an encouraging and compassionate bunch by donating nearly $22,000 to back their buddies taking on the Dry July Challenge – a popular nationwide fundraiser where participants take a break from the booze ... More >>

Cartright Collective hosts Cancer Screening Forum

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:39 am | Cartright Collective

The Cartwright Collective · is hosting a one-day forum, “ The Future of Cancer Screening in New Zealand: Balancing the Benefits and Risks ,” onFriday, 7 August 2015 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm at the Potters Park Events Centre in Auckland. More >>

“It's time for action – Hepatitis C can be eliminated”

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:04 am | Senate SHJ

Yesterday, on World Hepatitis Day, a broad range of clinicians, nurses, healthcare workers, service providers, and patient advocacy groups agreed on a Consensus Statement which includes targets to reduce the impact of Hepatitis C in New Zealand. More >>

Adult Vaccinations: WHO Cares…. does New Zealand?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:00 am | Medicines New Zealand

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions known. More >>

Women’s Refuge raise funds for youth development programme

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:57 pm | Wellington Womens Refuge

Lens cloths sold over the counters at The Warehouse will help to make a huge contribution to the Women’s Refuge this year. More >>

Alzheimers Auckland helps those supporting people

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:39 pm | Intelligent Ink

For anyone working with or supporting people with dementia, Alzheimers Auckland’s third annual Symposium, Remember Me , sponsored by HHL Group, is an event not to be missed. Held on Sunday 30 August from 1pm until 5pm at Diocesan School for Girls ... More >>

Visiting driver safety training for travel sellers

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:25 pm | Tourism New Zealand

Visiting driver safety training for travel sellers A new online training module focusing on safe driving in New Zealand provides offshore travel sellers with the information they need to prepare people for a Kiwi self-drive holiday. The module, ... More >>

Breastfeeding Celebrated Nationwide at The Big Latch On

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:03 pm | Big Latch On

From en-masse marae sit-ins and mum ‘n bub coffee groups in city malls, to a mammillary gathering on a pig farm and a maternal meeting at a cheese factory, Big Latch On events celebrate the all-important role breast feeding plays in babies’ lives, ... More >>

Proposed DHB funding shake-up makes no sense

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 12:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Changing the way public hospitals are funded without proper consideration risks fragmenting health funding, disrupting patient services and undermining innovation,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Life expectancy increasing in all New Zealand regions

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:57 am | Statistics New Zealand

Life expectancy at birth has increased in all regions since 2005–07, with Hawke's Bay increasing the most, Statistics New Zealand said today. Life expectancy at birth was highest for females in the Tasman region (84.1 years) and males in the Auckland ... More >>

Experts unite in their aim to eliminate Hepatitis C

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:27 am | Senate SHJ

A Summit on Hepatitis C in New Zealand meets on World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of a disease affecting an estimated 50,000 Kiwis1. More >>

Issue of ballooning future medicine costs

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 8:13 am | Doctors for the Protection of Health in Trade Agre

Trade Minister puts up smoke screen on the real issue of ballooning future medicine costs More >>

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

Monday, 27 July 2015, 5:26 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 >>

More signs of growing unmet health need

Monday, 27 July 2015, 2:55 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The latest figures out of a district health board are further evidence that an increasing number of people are not getting the health care they need from public hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Flu arrives on West Coast

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:47 am | West Coast District Health

Health officials are urging West Coasters to get their flu vaccination after a recent sharp rise in cases of influenza-like illness. More >>

It’s Time for Action on Hepatitis C in New Zealand

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:44 am | Needle Exchange NZ

It’s Time for Action on Hepatitis C in New Zealand Urgent action is needed to turn the tide of New Zealanders infected with Hepatitis C each year. Hepatitis C infects about 1000 people in New Zealand every year, a number virtually unchanged ... More >>

DHB investigates potential identity fraud

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 11:16 am | Waikato District Health Board

The Waikato DHB is in the process of contacting the approximately 25 patients who may have been directly affected by a former staff member who appeared in court today in Hamilton on a fraud charge. More >>

Fraudulent 'Psychiatrist' Found Working for Waikato Dhb

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 10:39 am | Dave Macpherson

In a news release timed to be well-hidden on Saturday evening, Waikato DHB has announced that a person who was employed by the DHB as a consultant Psychiatrist has been charged with fraudulently using a false identity to work for the DHB’s Mental Health & ... More >>

1 in 3 Victims of Family Violence Are Male

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:53 pm | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that research in association with the Department of Internal Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand and the Canterbury Men’s Centre has found that 38% of recent victims of family violence in the Canterbury region ... More >>

WHO Commission on Obesity consultation in Auckland

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 11:17 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity to hold regional consultation in Auckland July 27-28 More >>

Nepal Earthquake: Three Months on

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 11:05 am | NZ Red Cross

On 25 April 2015, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal were changed by the worst earthquake the country has experienced since 1934. More >>

Car v Power pole, Taumarunui

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 11:04 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Taumarunui, late yesterday evening, to retrieve a couple who were injured when their vehicle collided with a power pole. A 29 year old man, and a 34 year old woman were flown to Waikato Hospital ... More >>

Fears safely relieved by Health and Safety amendments

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:48 am | Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand is pleased that many volunteers’ fears that their roles and responsibilities would be increasingly complicated by the Health and Safety Reform Bill will today be relieved following the release of the revised report from the ... More >>

Mt Ruapehu Rescue for injured Skier

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:29 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter responded to Mt Ruapehu this afternoon for skier injured after falling on ice and plummeting 30 meters over a bluff and down a steep slope. The patient, an Auckland woman, in her 50's, was rescued off the slopes ... More >>

Euthanasia rates have not increased

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:18 am | Euthanasia-Free New Zealand

According to an anonymous survey published today, 16 New Zealand GPs have explicitly hastened a patient’s death by prescribing, supplying or administering drugs. That represents 4.5 % of 359 respondents. More >>

Canterbury health alliance wins Prime Minister’s Award

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:33 pm | Canterbury Clinical Network

The Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) has proudly accepted the Prime Minister’s Award for Public Sector Excellence at the 2015 Deloitte Fujitsu Public Sector Excellence Awards. More >>

Starship’s New Operating Rooms Opened

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:21 pm | Starship Foundation

Patient Does the Cutting at Opening of Starship’s New Operating Rooms And Surgical Facilities More >>

Plunket Launches ‘Asian People’s Strategy’

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:08 pm | Plunket Foundation

Plunket seeks feedback on plans to improve services for Asian families Plunket is launching its draft ‘Asian People’s Strategy’ today, inviting feedback from the Asian community on its plans to ensure its services are relevant and accessible ... More >>

Role for Farmers in Global Health Challenge

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:03 pm | Tru-Test Group

Farmers can do their bit to help combat antibiotic resistance in our national dairy herd. A close eye on individual animals, a committed focus on infection prevention and excellent in-shed practice are three things farmers can do now to help manage ... More >>

New discharge lounge puts patient experience first

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:01 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) has today opened a new purpose-built patient discharge lounge on the ground floor of North Shore Hospital. Equipped with 24 chairs for patients and visitors and three beds, the new lounge has been custom designed ... More >>

Falling dollar and Capex investments boosting PharmaZen

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 5:21 pm | PerceptionPR

Falling dollar and Capex investments boosting PharmaZen Having resolutely invested in new facilities and plant during tough times, and backed by a falling dollar, biological company PharmaZen is starting to reap rewards for its “long game” strategy. In ... More >>

Adherium & AstraZeneca Partner to Improve Lives

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 5:20 pm | Adherium

First-in-class collaboration combining digital health with class leading inhaled medications - Long term international supply agreement targeted at AstraZeneca’s patient support programs - Adherium’s Smartinhaler proven to substantially improve ... More >>

Porirua Medic in Australia’s Largest Warfighting Exercise

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 8:13 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

As former ship’s medic, Navy Lieutenant Kasey Vissers has provided health care for hundreds of people for weeks at a time. More >>


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