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Connectivity and health facilities top priority

Friday, 6 May 2016, 4:05 pm | Federated Farmers

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHANZ) has concluded their inaugural RuralFest conference with a priority list sent to Parliament to contemplate. More >>

Tobacco sold to under-aged customers

Friday, 6 May 2016, 2:01 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Two tobacco retailers were caught selling cigarettes to an underage customer during an operation by the Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service last week. More >>

A tasty start to our ‘Tap Into Water’ campaign

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:42 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

An assortment of naturally-flavoured water will be available to sample at the launch of Nelson Marlborough Health’s Tap Into Water campaign. More >>

Former BlackCap speaks out about Infertility

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:38 pm | Fertility New Zealand

One in four New Zealanders is affected by infertility, with both men and women equally affected. More >>

DHB initiates legal proceedings regarding hospital plumbing

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:35 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast District Health Board (DHB) has initiated legal proceedings in the High Court in relation to the pinhole leaks discovered in the plumbing at Wellington Regional Hospital. More >>

Fashion for a Cure Auckland 2016

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:34 pm | Breast Cancer Cure

Breast Cancer Cure (BCC) is New Zealand's only not-for-profit organisation established solely to support research into breast cancer. Throughout the year it hosts an array of exclusive events to help raise funds – attending one of these events is the ... More >>

Applications now open for oral health grants

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The Wrigley Company Foundation and NZDA open 2016 Community Service Grants to help high risk groups access dental care Dental professionals across New Zealand are encouraged to apply for one of 12 Community Service Grants to provide support and access to ... More >>

HRC honours top University of Auckland researchers

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 3:40 pm | Health Research Council

New Zealand’s pre-eminent brain researcher and a talented up-in-coming eye researcher have received the first Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence at the University of Auckland’s ... More >>

Guild announces second Pharmacy Business Network

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 12:03 pm | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) is excited to announce that the second Pharmacy Business Network (PBN) will be held on Saturday 6 August 2016, at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. More >>

Meet New Zealand Women and Their Midwives in Video Vignettes

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 5:31 pm | New Zealand College of Midwives

Comments from New Zealand College of Midwives members who recently saw two new videos which are being released tomorrow to celebrate International Day of the Midwife. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa Hosts World Federation of the Deaf

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 3:51 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa is proud to be hosting the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Board members during New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week, May 9th - 15th, 2016. More >>

Southern DHB spreading the message to ‘See Your Hands’

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 3:11 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB spreading the message to ‘See Your Hands’ for World Hand Hygiene Day Use Me Group Shot2Tomorrow, Southern DHB will be celebrating World Hand Hygiene Day (Thursday 5 May 2016). The theme this year is ‘See Your Hands - hand hygiene ... More >>

Professor calls for inquiry into mental health services

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 1:48 pm | AUT University

Professor Max Abbott, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, is calling for an independent commission of inquiry into mental health services. The former president of the World Federation for Mental ... More >>

Southern DHB celebrating International Midwives Day

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 1:46 pm | Southern District Health Board

Tomorrow is International Day of the Midwife, and Southern DHB will be recognising and celebrating the work of its midwives who play an indispensable and critical role at every point of maternity care. More >>

Medicines New Zealand Welcomes Investment Announcement

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 1:39 pm | Medicines New Zealand

“New Zealanders have been waiting for 81 medicines recommended by PHARMAC’s pharmacology technical advisory committee (PTAC) for up to twelve years and it is pleasing that the Government is addressing this” said Hon Heather Roy, Medicines New Zealand ... More >>

Avoidable early deaths costing $3.1 billion annually

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:26 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the New Zealand economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists who have released a report which calculates the economic cost of ... More >>

Commitment to improve freedom camping management

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:12 pm | Tourism Industry Association

The tourism industry, local government and other stakeholders have committed to working together to improve the management of freedom camping in communities around New Zealand. More >>

Rotorua mum ditches fast food and turns life around

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 11:39 am | Air New Zealand

When Alison King moved to New Zealand in 2003, she would never have imagined that 13 years later she would have completed four Ironman races in Taupo, 11 marathons, roughly 15 half marathons and five half Ironman races. More >>

Protecting the Long-Term Health of Kiwi Women Seniors

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 10:30 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Today in the Banquet Hall of Parliament Buildings, Wellington a group of breast cancer supporters, MPs, and VIP guests gathered at a special Pink Ribbon Breakfast event, where the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) presented a petition to Government ... More >>

Surgeons recognised for contribution to Aboriginal health

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 10:22 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Two surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane. More >>

Southern DHB Encouraging Expectant Mums to be Immunised

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 10:10 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern District Health Board is celebrating Immunisation Week (May 2-8) along with the rest of New Zealand with the theme of ‘protecting baby starts in pregnancy’. Expectant mums are encouraged to be immunised during pregnancy, immunise baby on ... More >>

Celebrating midwives on 5 May

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 9:23 am | NZNO

Midwives, nurses and parents everywhere celebrate International Day of the Midwife tomorrow (5 May). This year’s theme is 'Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery'. More >>

Confirmed case of measles in Northland

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 2:12 pm | Northland District Health Board

A case of Measles has been confirmed in the Kaeo area. The person had participated in the national Kapa Haka event at Claudelands Events Centre, in the Waikato on the 16 April 2016. More >>

Kind doctors have healthier patients

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 12:32 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Kind doctors who treat their patients with empathy are linked to better health outcomes for patients, the annual scientific meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists will hear tomorrow (Wednesday). Patients who are treated with compassion ... More >>

Does ketamine prevent chronic pain after surgery?

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 11:57 am | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Using a pain-reliever called ketamine during surgery and as part of pain relief afterwards could cut the risk of the patient developing chronic pain by up to half. More >>

Real Meals Coalition challenges Compass to DHB Cook-off

Monday, 2 May 2016, 5:28 pm | Real Meals Coalition

Commercial provider, Compass has a 15 year contract with Southern DHB to provide ready-made meals, which opponents have criticised as disgusting and inedible. More >>

Melanoma New Zealand delighted with OPDIVO registration

Monday, 2 May 2016, 3:53 pm | Melanoma New Zealand

Melanoma New Zealand is delighted that anti-PD1 immunotherapy OPDIVO (Nivolumab) has been approved by Medsafe and is now a registered medicine in New Zealand. More >>

Asthma - can we live with it?

Monday, 2 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Citizen News Service

Asthma - can we live with it? Akanksha Sethi World Asthma Day is Tuesday, 3rd May 2016 More >>

The new Akaroa Integrated Health Facility is one step closer

Monday, 2 May 2016, 1:13 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The new Akaroa Integrated Health Facility is one step closer Canterbury DHB is pleased to announce it is tendering for the design of the new Integrated Health Facility in Akaroa, on the site of the former Akaroa Hospital. David Meates, Canterbury DHB ... More >>

Southern DHB turning ‘Listening into Action’

Monday, 2 May 2016, 12:51 pm | Southern District Health Board

This week, Southern DHB is sharing its draft values, and discussing how to turn these into actions, with patients, their whānau, staff and partner healthcare providers in a series of ‘Listening into Action’ sessions. These sessions are part of the ... More >>


Monday, 2 May 2016, 12:13 pm | Truscreen

Cancer technology company TruScreen Limited (NZAX: TRU) advises that supply and export of its second generation cervical cancer screening device, known as TruScreen Ultra, has commenced with initial shipments to Latin America (Mexico) and the Middle East ... More >>

Surgeons gather in Brisbane

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:55 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will next week join their counterparts of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses ... More >>

Surgeons want more Māori specialists

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:50 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Monday 2 May, 2016 Four Māori junior doctors interested in surgical training are in Brisbane this week as guests of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for their Annual Scientific Congress. More >>

Exercise has more impact on health than diet

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:47 am | ANZCA

Exercise has more impact than dieting on people’s health. Even among people who are obese, those who exercise regularly have a lower death rate than both obese and slender people who do not exercise. More >>

Pain is the hidden side of the obesity epidemic

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:16 am | ANZCA

People who are obese are more likely to suffer from chronic pain and need special help to manage it, an international speaker told a meeting of Australian and New Zealand pain specialists today. More >>

Kiwi kids welfare a core concern for The Salvation Army

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:14 am | Salvation Army

Despite the economy growing by over 12 per cent in the last five years, 300,000 New Zealand children [1] live in income poverty. Children’s welfare remains a key concern of The Salvation Army as it launches its Red Shield Appeal on Monday, May 2. More >>

New technique revolutionises treatment for stroke

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:08 am | ANZCA

A revolutionary treatment for stroke that involves removing the clot using a tiny device inserted into an artery results in more people able to go home independent, and has no higher rate of injury or death than conventional treatments. More >>

NZ women urged to get serious about heart health

Monday, 2 May 2016, 9:57 am | National Heart Foundation

With heart disease claiming the lives of more than 50 women each week, the Heart Foundation is urging Kiwi women to start taking their heart health seriously and initiating discussions with GPs before it’s too late. The stark warning comes as ... More >>

Velvetleaf search and destroy nears completion

Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:40 pm | Velvetleaf

The management of the pest weed Velvetleaf is entering a new phase as property searches across the country draw to a close. More >>

Immunisation Week 2016: Protection starts during pregnancy

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:03 pm | University of Auckland

Expectant mums can start protecting their babies from serious illnesses before their baby is born. More >>

Breastfeeding Left Out of National Obesity Strategies

Friday, 29 April 2016, 2:13 pm | NZ Breastfeeding Alliance

As New Zealand policy makers and health advocates continue to grapple with rising childhood obesity rates, the role of breastfeeding as a preventative measure continues to be overlooked, according to the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA). More >>

RACS signs MoU with Monash Health on Building Respect

Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:02 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Monash Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today forged a landmark agreement to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery. More >>

Global Study Confirms Benefit of Moderate Drinking

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:34 pm | Spirits New Zealand

A just released global study has found the benefit of moderate drinking on a healthy heart is much stronger than previously thought. The study, published in the British medical journal BMC Public Health yesterday, has found that the number of cardiovascular ... More >>

Positive results from investment in health of young Māori

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:27 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand is making gains at improving underlying factors affecting the health of Māori children and young people, a new report by the University of Otago-based NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service shows. More >>

Guild and Grey Power sign Memorandum of Understanding

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:44 am | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) and Grey Power New Zealand Federation Inc. (Grey Power) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2016 to facilitate both parties to work closely together in pursuit of common interests. More >>

Boosting health outcomes in Northland

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:46 am | Healthy Homes Northland

Outgoing Manaia PHO boss Chris Farrelly ranks Northland’s Healthy Homes Te Tai Tokerau programme the most important and effective health initiative of his 25 year health career – and a stand-out for New Zealand. More >>

Retinal surgeon visits Wanaka

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:37 pm | Central Vision Optometry Wanaka

Doctor Mr Harry Bradshaw has completed his first private ophthalmology clinic in Wanaka this Saturday. Dr Bradshaw is a vitreo-retinal surgeon who has undertaken his training in Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, then he returned to Dunedin in ... More >>

Pregnancy Help is celebrating Waste Free Parenting Week

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:13 pm | Pregnancy Help

Pregnancy Help is celebrating Waste Free Parenting Week by holding Clothing and Nappy drives in seven centres across New Zealand (Auckland, Taupo, Taranaki, Central Hawkes Bay, Greater Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin). More >>

Applications now open for Rural Women and Access Scholarship

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 2:16 pm | Rural Women

A $3000 education scholarship is available for health professionals with an interest in the rural sector. More >>

New Health Strategy Offers Hope for Better Outcomes

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 2:02 pm | Platform Trust

Community mental health and addiction advocacy organisation Platform applauds the changes announced in the refreshed New Zealand Health Strategy. More >>

NZME Shines Spotlight on Women’s Sport Coverage

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:03 am | New Zealand Media and Entertainment

28 April 2016 – New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) kicks off its Olympic Games coverage with the launch of She’s Got Game , a fortnightly video show highlighting the incredible accomplishments of New Zealand’s female athletes. More >>

CONZTRUCT – Helping ReBuild a TradesPerson for CanTeen

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:57 am | CONZTRUCT

When the CONZTRUCT Tradeshow Tour opens at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on May 3 it will also be the start of a project to rebuild a broken tradesperson and at the same time raise funds for youth cancer charity, CanTeen. More >>

Food retailers need to consider school students

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 5:32 pm | University of Auckland

Food retailers near schools may need to consider ways to reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy foods before and after school. That’s the conclusion from the first nationwide spatial analysis of retail food environments around schools in New Zealand. More >>

Public Warning re Christopher Savage

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 5:26 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is warning the public not to follow medical or treatment advice of Christopher Savage. More >>

Record number of Registered Nurse Graduates

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:46 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB has reached an all-time record with 79 Registered Nurse (RNs) graduates participating in two structured integration nursing programmes this year. These programmes have been designed specifically to guide and assist nursing graduates as they embark ... More >>

Surgeons Support Publication of Referral Data

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 1:30 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports the publication of Phase 1 data from the Ministry of Health’s National Patient Flow project. More >>

Insulating houses keeps children out of hospital

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:19 pm | University of Otago

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that retrofitting insulation to current 2008 standards in existing houses reduces hospitalisation rates for all children by six percent. Department of Public Health researchers analysed ... More >>

Government data on patient referrals falls short

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 9:59 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The information on patient referrals released by the Government needs to be seen for what it is: a partial snapshot that falls seriously short of what we need to know about access to health care in this country,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

Ministry figures confirm waiting list pressure

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 5:20 pm | Health Funds Association of NZ

Ministry figures confirm waiting list pressure District Health Board data released today has confirmed more and more people are waiting for elective surgery. The Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ) says the latest specialist referral figures ... More >>

First data from new national collection

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 2:14 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has today published the first release of developmental data from Phase 1 of the new National Patient Flow national collection. More >>


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