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How well are we looking after our young women?

Friday, 31 October 2014, 5:24 pm | Mental Health Foundation

In the wake of the police decision not to prosecute those implicated in the Roastbusters investigation, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) believes now is the time for all New Zealanders to consider how we can best protect the wellbeing of our young women. More >>

Promise to Northland Fulfilled and Celebrated

Friday, 31 October 2014, 4:39 pm | Northland DHB

Raising three million in three years to build a local cancer treatment unit sounded nigh on impossible when first suggested but Northland has done it and the public are invited to celebrate this Saturday at its open day. More >>

Community health workers prepare for Ebola

Friday, 31 October 2014, 3:23 pm | University of Auckland

More than 400 primary healthcare workers from throughout the Auckland region have upskilled on preparations and protocols for Ebola cases. More >>

NZCCP endorses the Ministry's National Depression Initiative

Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:36 pm | NZCCP

The NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) endorses the Ministry of Health’s National Depression Initiative’s (NDI) emphasis on destigmatisation and the promotion of evidence based treatments for depression. More >>

Improving access to mental health care

Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:13 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury Specialist Mental Health Services (SMHS) is streamlining its systems to ensure people get faster access to urgent or crisis mental health care. The SMHS Adult Service has developed a new model of care aimed at providing improved access ... More >>

Exercise Wisdom Tooth Boosts Oral Health in Far North

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:10 pm | Northland DHB

They came and, like knights in shining armour, boosted the oral health of almost 750 high-need Far North residents, before leaving again two weeks later. In partnership with the Northland DHB oral health service, a team of New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) ... More >>

Seafood Important for Growing Minds and Bodies

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:07 pm | Seafood New Zealand

It pays not to shy away from seafood when pregnant, with some seafood providing health benefits to both expectant mums and their babies. Prioritising higher fish consumption in pregnant women and young children is among the key dietary recommendations of ... More >>

Governor General presents awards to children

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:59 am | Wellington Down Syndrome Association

PRESS RELEASE Monday 20 October 2013 The Governor General presents awards to children with Down Syndrome To celebrate the achievements of young people with Down Syndrome, the Governor General of New Zealand, Lt Gen TheRt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady ... More >>

Gender-based pay decision highlights under-paid workforce

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:56 am | Disability Support Network

Disability service providers say under-funding from Government is the major issue for gender pay parity in the sector. More >>

New medicine funded to combat multi-resistant infections

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:26 am | PHARMAC

New Zealand hospitals are about to strengthen their defences against multi-resistant bacterial infections with the funding of a new antibiotic. More >>

Understanding Caregiver Wages in Aged Residential Care

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:03 pm | Aged Care Association

A number of inaccurate statements have been made in the media about aged residential care following the findings of the Court of Appeal in favour of the Service and Food Workers Union and aged care worker Kristine Bartlett. These myths have been addressed ... More >>

Inaugural Stoptober Delivers Smoke Free Life for Thousands

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:48 pm | Stoptober

Twice as many females commit to stop smoking and over half of quitters are aged 25-44 More >>

Sod-turned for first national youth forensic facility

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:46 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast welcomed the beginning of works on a new $15 million national youth forensic facility this morning, as Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman turned the first sod. As a 10-bed secure unit, Nga Taiohi will provide the first dedicated ... More >>

Increased reporting and learning from events focus of report

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:48 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Increased reporting and a growing focus on learning from events are features of the release of the 2013/14 serious adverse events (SAEs) reported by district health boards (DHBs). The annual report, released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission ... More >>

Making Our Hospitals Safer

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:46 pm | West Coast DHB

The Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand report ‘Making Our Hospitals Safer’ was released today. This is their eighth report on serious adverse events that have occurred in the country’s hospitals in the past year. The report can ... More >>

More resources needed so patient safety can come first

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:15 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Nurses believe many serious and adverse events are a symptom of an under resourced health sector and stressed and overworked staff. When nursing staff don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything they need to do, the result is rationed ... More >>

Only One in Four Kiwi Men Happy And Healthy

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:28 pm | The Movember Foundation

25 – 34 is the charmed decade for men to feel the happiest • 18 – 24 year olds perceive themselves to be the healthiest • Middle aged men (45 – 54 year olds) believe they are the unhappiest and unhealthiest • Seven times as many guys would ... More >>

Duty-Free Tobacco Reduces This Weekend

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says on Saturday 1 November, the duty-free limit for bringing tobacco into New Zealand will reduce from 200 to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products. More >>

Reducing harm from falls remains focus for Canterbury DHB

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:41 pm | Canterbury DHB

A Health Quality and Safety Commission report shows Canterbury District Health Board remains committed to making its hospitals safer through transparent and open reporting of Serious Adverse Events. More >>

Selwyn Foundation purchases four healthbots for facilities

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:23 am | Selwyn Foundation

One of the world’s most acclaimed robot developers, Dr Takanori Shibata, together with retirement village and aged care operator - The Selwyn Foundation - will welcome companion healthbots to Auckland on Friday, 31 October, when the Foundation becomes ... More >>

Scholarship great incentive for South Auckland nurse

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 5:10 pm | Medibank Health Solutions New Zealand

South Auckland community Māori mental health nurse Donna Tearii says being awarded a Medibank Community Fund post graduate scholarship for Māori nurses is a great incentive to further her studies. More >>

All Systems Go with Hospital Park & Ride Shuttle

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 5:08 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board’s Park & Ride shuttle service got fully into gear at Christchurch Hospital yesterday (Tuesday, October 28, 2014). More >>

On Your Feet - Boot Camp for the elderly

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 5:07 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Getting back on her feet after hip surgery became achievable for Phyllis Gibbison, 84, from Hamilton thanks to a team effort at Waikato District Health Board’s Older Persons and Rehabilitation service. More >>

Hapu Wananga hits the right note for young Maori

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:30 pm | Waikato District Health Board

“Awesome! Everyone made learning fun and interesting.” That is just one of many favourable comments from participants in the Hapu Wānanga antenatal and parenting programme, a two-day course developed by Waikato DHB’s Te Puna Oranga (Maori Health) ... More >>

Just released Global Asthma Report offers hope

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:12 pm | Asthma Foundation

The Global Asthma Network’s (GAN) just released 2014 Global Asthma Report notes with asthma today there is much to be concerned about however with good long-term management the burden of asthma can be reduced. More >>

Waikato Hospital dental staff to bring smiles to Fijians

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:49 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Dr Marguerite Paterson is a dental surgeon at Waikato Hospital, but in late March next year she and six dental colleagues will be changing the modern facilities of a hospital in New Zealand for the challenges of a small village in rural Fiji. More >>

Free suicide prevention seminar in Hamilton, 20 November

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:07 pm | The Vine Community Centre

“The Vine, in association with Life Line Aotearoa, are pleased to confirm a Suicide prevention seminar taking place Thursday November 20th 2014 7:00-8:30pm at The Vine Community Resource Centre, 272 Borman Road, Rototuna. More >>

Sir Ray Avery Seeks Funds for Lifesaving Incubator

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:11 am | Medicine Mondiale


50 Years of Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 10:58 am | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), the professional association of social workers is celebrating 50 years of representing Social Workers in Aotearoa by hosting an Anniversary Event in Christchurch on November 28th and 29th 2014. More >>

Living with Psoriasis is more than skin deep

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 10:19 am | Senate SHJ

29 October 2014 - Living with psoriasis can affect many aspects of your daily life including your overall physiological and emotional health1. To coincide with World Psoriasis Day (29 October) and help people understand and manage their condition ... More >>

Small lungs, Big voices

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 3:02 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Who says you need a big set of lungs to bust out a ballad? That’s the motto staff and patients at Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) are living by as patients with chronic lung disease are now singing for therapy. Chronic obstructive ... More >>

Children in Laos Benefit from Kiwi Ophthalmologist’s Skill

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 2:18 pm | Impact PR

A top paediatric ophthalmologist from Auckland Eye is helping train a specialist eye surgeon in Laos to deal with high levels of preventable blindness amongst children. More >>

“Ladies Losing locks” for Children’s Hospital Appeal

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 12:11 pm | Southern District Health Board

The Dunedin Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is "coming to a head," again at Dunedin Hospital on Friday 31 October with a "ladies losing locks" Shave off. The Appeal, now in its eighth year, has raised nearly $7 million for the 10 children’s hospitals ... More >>

NZ Deet Too High by International Standards - Pharmacist

Monday, 27 October 2014, 2:30 pm | Fleur Revell

New Zealand needs to review the high levels of Deet in its insect repellents, with many products containing up to 50% more of the neuro-toxic substance than recommended by international health regulations, according to a Kiwi pharmacist. More >>

Integrated Operations Centre goes live at Capital & Coast

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 10:35 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast staff celebrated a new era for patient care and staffing this week with the launch of a new Integrated Operations Centre for Kenepuru and Wellington Hospitals. An integrated operations centre (IOC) is a central hub from where the ... More >>

Life and death in New Zealand

Friday, 24 October 2014, 3:34 pm | University of Auckland

Non-Māori New Zealanders held the record for the highest life expectancy in the world from 1870 to 1940. No other country has ever held the record for that long. More >>

The cost of obesity - Professor Boyd Swinburn

Friday, 24 October 2014, 3:30 pm | ElderNet

Liam Butler interviews Boyd Swinburn Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health University of Auckland More >>

Waikato Continues to Provide Good Maternity Services

Friday, 24 October 2014, 3:02 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators yearly report released today by the Ministry of Health demonstrates that women in Waikato are receiving good maternity care and Waikato is doing well against the national average for all district health ... More >>

Southern DHB needs to hang onto Queenstown’s Hospital

Friday, 24 October 2014, 1:08 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s looking more and more as if the Southern DHB’s management is so obsessed with turning around its financial deficit that it’s prepared to throw everything overboard in a bid to stay afloat – even the lifeboats and the passengers,” says ... More >>

Christchurch Cancer Mum’s Trip for Life

Friday, 24 October 2014, 11:20 am | Durning PR

Courageous wife and mum of three with terminal breast cancer heads to Australia next week in her own fight for time – and in a bid to find hope for others. More >>

Board Confirms Maternity Units’ Closure

Friday, 24 October 2014, 10:36 am | Waikato DHB

Primary birthing facilities run by Waikato District Health Board (DHB) in Morrinsville and Te Awamutu will close in February next year, the board confirmed at its monthly meetingon Wednesday. More >>

No increase for routine consultations

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 3:27 pm | West Coast District Health

Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice will not change with the new fee schedule being introduced next month. At $17.50 for adults and $11.50 for children aged 6 – 17 years (children under six ... More >>

Counselling Funding Still Not Being Measured for Effectivene

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:53 pm | Steve Taylor

I read with interest the news that Australian Health Insurance provider Medibank had secured Counselling service contracts with ACC, and observed the angst of the NZ Counselling spokespeople in response. More >>

Students over-estimate fertility

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:02 pm | University of Auckland

University students in New Zealand significantly over-estimate both age-related fertility and the efficacy of fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), according to a recent study. More >>

Pet proof your garden

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 11:56 am | Southern Cross Medical Care Society

With warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight, spring and summer are when New Zealanders are most active in the garden – unfortunately this can also coincide with an increase in dog accidents. More >>

Enzymes Provide a Great Gut Reaction

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 11:12 am | Natural Meds

Statistics show over 30% of New Zealanders suffer from poor digestion – with modern lifestyles being blamed. “Surprisingly, our body’s production of enzymes starts to reduce at around the age of 25 years old, and it’s thought lifestyle and poor ... More >>

Kickstarting Build of World’s Biggest Waterslide

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:53 pm | Live More Awesome Foundation

After putting New Zealand and depression firmly on the global map in 2013 with their ‘World’s Biggest Waterslide’ event in Helensville, local charity ‘Live More Awesome’ are at it again – except this time its bigger, better and the public ... More >>

Fats in margarine good for your heart

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:17 pm | Network Communication

Do you know your MUFAs from your PUFAs? Are you eating too much saturated fat? And are you eating the right balance of omega fatty acids? It’s all a bit confusing isn’t it? More >>

Network established to support families

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:51 pm | FASD-CAN

FASD-CAN Incorporated, a non-profit organisation set up to support people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), is thrilled to announce that Auckland Judge Tony FitzGerald has accepted their invitation to be the organisation’s first ... More >>

Auckland’s primary healthcare industry prepares for Ebola

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:57 pm | University of Auckland

Primary healthcare workers from around the greater Auckland region will attend a seminar on how to prepare for the threat of Ebola, at the University of Auckland next week. More >>

Taranaki DHB celebrates workplace wellness week

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:22 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB’s Workplace Wellness Committee is kicking off Workplace Wellness Week from Monday 20 – Friday 24 October and will promote healthy activity, healthy eating and a healthy body and mind. More >>

Risks of using potting mix or compost

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:13 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Bay of Plenty and Lakes residents are being reminded of the risks of potting mix and compost when gardening this Labour weekend and into the summer months. More >>

International Infection Prevention Week

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:47 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality ... More >>

New medicines improve options for respiratory conditions

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:33 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC decisions to fund four new medicines will improve treatment options for over 10,000 people with a wide range of respiratory conditions. More >>

Celebrating Special Care Babies at Lakes DHB

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:17 pm | Lakes District Health Board

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) staff at Rotorua Hospital, are keen to celebrate premature babies and raise awareness of the challenges families face by recognising World Prematurity Day on Monday 17 November. More >>

Annie Parker’s message for NZ women

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

The Canadian woman whose cancer battles inspired a Hollywood movie has a message for Kiwis. More >>

Health of children the focus of MDHB Health Award winners

Monday, 20 October 2014, 9:08 am | MidCentral District Health Board

In a celebration of a decade of excellence, with a record 64 entries, the tenth MidCentral DHB Health Awards’ Supreme Award went to those helping our youngest and most vulnerable. More >>

Maori & Pacific Island Children Overrepresented in ICU

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 7:25 pm | Impact PR

Maori & Pacific Island Children Overrepresented in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Due to Chickenpox - Study More >>

So many people to thank

Friday, 17 October 2014, 5:02 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

So many people to thank, volunteers, members, businesses, mall owners and donors in local communities across New Zealand who helped make our recent annual appeal a success. Your contributions will help us to help the 530,000 New Zealanders who ... More >>

The right blend of treatment for deep vein thrombosis

Friday, 17 October 2014, 3:05 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Vascular surgeons at Wellington Hospital are pioneering a new safer, faster treatment for patients with deep vein thrombosis in New Zealand. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) describes a clot that forms in deep leg veins, interrupting blood flow. It affects ... More >>


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