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Kiwis Waistlines Forcing Us to Find New Sleep Positions

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:28 am | Ecosa

Kiwis’ expanding waistlines and higher BMIs are forcing us to adopt new sleep positions to help them breathe - according to new research. More >>

Most of our packaged food is ultra-processed, unhealthy

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 9:51 am | University of Auckland

Fallen stars: most of our packaged food is ultra-processed, unhealthy A new, in-depth snapshot of packaged food sold in New Zealand supermarkets reveals most of it is unhealthy, with nearly 70 percent classified as ultra-processed. Authors are calling ... More >>

‘Precautionary Approach’ to vaping will cost lives

Friday, 16 August 2019, 2:20 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

If the government is serious about harm reduction it should do the exact opposite of what the Cancer Society recommends, says harm reduction advocacy body AVCA (Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy). More >>

Research confirms importance of information and education

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:29 am | Family Planning

Family Planning says new research on the age at which New Zealand girls have their first period confirms how important information and education is for young people - before they enter puberty. More >>

NZ Doctors at risk of being ‘Hung out to Dry’ on Cannabis

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:07 am | Medical Research Institute

There are concerns that government ‘haste’ to widen patient access to cannabis-based medicines by year’s end will expose doctors to legal threat, leaving them caught in the crossfire between patient demand and their professional obligations. More >>

Northland Babies Sleep Safely Thanks to Lions Club

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:41 pm | Northland District Health Board

The Mangakahia Lions Club have kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations by donating funds to Health Fund PLUS to purchase lifesaving equipment for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal underway

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:38 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The 2019 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is officially underway, with the aim of raising more than $1 million to help make a significant difference to thousands of sick Kiwi kids and their families. More >>

Research highlights need for healthier homes

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:02 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

New research on the link between damp housing and children’s respiratory health supports Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ’s assertion that there is a strong need for proper housing for all New Zealanders, says Chief Executive Letitia O’Dwyer. More >>

Small change to IV lines yields big results

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:03 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

An innovative change to intravenous drip lines has seen rates of phlebitis – vein inflammation – in cardiology patients drop by almost half. More >>

Why you should go jump off a table

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

Stress might be bad for our mental health, but subjecting our bones to stress is likely to be good for them, and the earlier the better, says Associate Professor Thor Besier from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. More >>

Children of opioid-dependent mothers have complex needs

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:06 am | University of Canterbury

Increased opioid and other drug use in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world is affecting children’s readiness for learning when they start school, according to a new five-year study by a leading child development expert at the University ... More >>

Cantabrians reminded to bring in their medicines

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 4:11 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Being admitted to hospital is often a challenging time but being prepared can make your stay and return home a little easier. More >>

Connecting, moving, nourishing, appreciation key to health

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:30 pm | CIGNA

Connecting with each other, moving each day, nourishing your body and appreciating yourself and others are key rituals Kiwi families from over 150 schools around the country have incorporated into their daily routines to combat rising mental health ... More >>

MyRivr app connects vulnerable communities to services

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:36 pm |

An app that connects vulnerable communities to local health and social services plans to launch next month. More >>

New Guidelines for TB Control

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:40 pm | ESR

ESR welcomes the release of the new Guidelines for Tuberculosis (TB) Control by the Ministry of Health today. More >>

Sir Graham Henry and New Zealand Blood Service Join Forces

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Blood Service

Every 18 minutes in New Zealand, someone needs blood. For some, it’s the difference between life and death. Sir Graham Henry is teaming up with New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) and making it his mission to ensure the country is match fit by strengthening ... More >>

Improving health equity the focus of new TB guidelines

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:41 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has today released new Guidelines for Tuberculosis (TB) Control in New Zealand 2019, an important step towards eradicating the disease and improving health equity. More >>

Which F* will you give? Cystic Fibrosis NZ annual appeal

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:11 am | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

This August Cystic Fibrosis NZ is asking the public to ‘give an F* for CF’ by donating to its Annual Appeal, which officially runs from 12 – 18 August 2019, including street collections on the Friday and Saturday. More >>

Sir Graham Henry asks Kiwis to help fill our Reserve Bench

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:55 am | Youngshand

Kiwis understand the need for a strong reserve bench; it’s what makes our national sporting teams such formidable opponents. The same can’t be said, however, for blood donation. With less than 4% of New Zealanders currently registered as donors, ... More >>

Transforming Complex Clinical Moments

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:23 am | Grow Ltd

Internationally acclaimed author and innovator in clinical interviewing, Dr Shawn Shea returns to New Zealand in October 2019 to present this latest workshop series that will provide front-line clinicians with practical, specific interviewing techniques ... More >>

Experiential Training on CASE delivered for first time in NZ

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:22 am | Grow Ltd

Internationally acclaimed suicide prevention innovator Shawn Shea MD returns to New Zealand to deliver training to clinicians, counsellors and social workers working with patients with thoughts of suicide. More >>

Settlement agreed with NZ Resident Doctors’ Association

Monday, 12 August 2019, 3:57 pm | All District Health Boards

Resident Medical Officers who are members of the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association have accepted a new pay settlement agreed by their union and District Health Boards. More >>

Forget the great body, get a great life

Monday, 12 August 2019, 3:16 pm | Kia Puawai

When Annah Stretton first met the CEO of Waikato Women's Refuge back in 2013, they could never have predicted the life-changing impact this connection would have. More >>

Advice to discontinue medication

Monday, 12 August 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding a provider of alternative health services in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for advising a man with an anxiety disorder to stop ... More >>

Resuscitation of rest home resident

Monday, 12 August 2019, 2:09 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for a failure relating to the resuscitation of an 85-year-old woman who ... More >>

Pattern of poor care in assessment 17HDC00975

Monday, 12 August 2019, 2:07 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Capital and Coast DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for a pattern of poor care in the assessment of a woman who was ... More >>

New Zealand Ranks Last in OECD for Medicines Access Again

Monday, 12 August 2019, 9:43 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

The 2019 IQVIA ‘International Comparisons of Modern Medicines’ (ICoMM) Report, which compares the public funding of modern medicines in 20 OECD countries, paints a bleak picture for New Zealanders who desperately need access to medicines. Despite ... More >>

2019 PHARMAC Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards presented

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 11:54 am | NZNO

The Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards were presented tonight during the Awards Dinner at the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference at the Pullman Hotel, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). More >>

Urgent efforts needed to restore confidence

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 1:18 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The head of the senior doctors’ union has commended hospital specialists at Canterbury District Health Board for drawing attention to significant problems with Christchurch Hospital’s planning process. More >>

Measles on last Tuesday's flights between Auckland to Napier

Friday, 9 August 2019, 3:10 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking passengers on flights between Auckland and Napier last Tuesday, August 6th, to check their immunity to measles. More >>

Ministry right to urge reduced meat and dairy in hospitals

Friday, 9 August 2019, 12:17 pm | Ora Taiao

The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population. More >>

Tether partners with MOE in healthy classrooms study

Friday, 9 August 2019, 11:23 am | Tether Ltd

The Government wants all New Zealand schools to provide quality learning environments by 2030, and that includes the air quality, the temperature and relative humidity within each classroom. It’s a safe assumption that children find it harder to learn ... More >>

Ministry supports action on measles

Friday, 9 August 2019, 10:33 am | Ministry of Health

As measles continues to circulate in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health says it's vital to continue working on prevention and control measures. More >>

More evidence of public hospitals under pressure

Friday, 9 August 2019, 9:35 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Reports of yet another full public hospital struggling to cope with the winter influx of patients is more evidence of a public health system under extreme pressure,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

More effort needed to fix the gaps in health care

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 12:49 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

To relieve the mounting pressure on health services, the divide between hospitals and community health services must be fixed, according to a Research Brief published today by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Cannasouth favours prescription of medicinal cannabis by GPs

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 11:55 am | Cannasouth

Cannasouth has made its submission to the Ministry of Health (MOH) on the Government’s proposals for medicinal cannabis regulations to support the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme. More >>

NZ’s flu season may have peaked

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 9:22 am | ESR

The latest influenza surveillance shows a continuing drop in numbers of flu and flu-like illnesses around the country for the fourth week running. More >>

Best for babies if mothers exercise during pregnancy – study

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 8:39 am | Make Lemonade

Women who keep moving during pregnancy may produce children with stronger motor skills, a US university study has found. Researchers at East Carolina University discovered mothers who did regular aerobic exercise during pregnancy tended to have ... More >>

Vital drug to be funded for advanced HER2 breast cancer

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 4:53 pm | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Today PHARMAC released a proposal to fund Kadcyla (trastuzumab emtansine, T-DM1) for women with advanced HER2 positive breast cancer. More >>

Statement from public health experts on pharma advertising

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 4:42 pm | Professor Les Toop

The new Consumer NZ Poll shows the majority of the New Zealand public support banning drug advertising, otherwise known as direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines (DTCA). Support for a ban has strengthened considerably since the same ... More >>

Meningococcal case confirmed in Palmerston North

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 4:02 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

A person with meningococcal disease has been admitted to Palmerston North Hospital this week. The case was confirmed by Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Weir, who said MidCentral District Health Board’s Public Health team is following up with ... More >>

Budget health spend analysis - ASMS/CTU

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 3:41 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A significant tightening in District Health Board mental health funding has been revealed as the Government appears to be shuffling money around mental health. More >>

Majority support banning medicine ads

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 2:22 pm | Consumer NZ

A majority of Kiwis want advertisements for prescription medicines to be banned, a Consumer NZ survey shows. More >>

Patient advocacy group presents to Health Select Committee

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 9:35 am | Myeloma New Zealand

Dr Ken Romeril, chief executive, Myeloma New Zealand, is appearing today before the Health Select Committee in support of their submission asking for funding of six life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma patients. More >>

Pacific women and depression in pregnancy

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 8:48 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

New research highlights the importance of primary healthcare for pregnant Pacific women in New Zealand – around a quarter of whom experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy. More >>

Workshop focuses on Ministry’s digital maturity assessment

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 10:26 am |

Eight more DHBs will be assessed on their digital maturity using HIMSS Analytics maturity assessments, over the next 12 months. More >>

Abortion law reform Bill – Expert reaction

Monday, 5 August 2019, 8:47 pm | Science Media Centre

A new Bill proposes to change the laws governing abortion in New Zealand to treat the procedure as a health issue rather than a crime. More >>

The Kiwi app using AI to teach resilience to the world

Monday, 5 August 2019, 3:49 pm | Resilience Institute

A pioneering app that can recognise and respond to your state of mind is helping people across the globe become mentally stronger. More >>

Hospital specialists welcome boost for cancer care

Monday, 5 August 2019, 2:31 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The senior doctors’ union is welcoming the Government’s announcement of improvements to cancer care. More >>

Provision of methadone treatment to wrong patient

Monday, 5 August 2019, 2:12 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding a pharmacist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to adequately check the identification of a woman before giving ... More >>

Inappropriate co-administration of anticoagulants

Monday, 5 August 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Lakes District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided to a woman in relation to a medication ... More >>

Care of elderly woman in rest home

Monday, 5 August 2019, 2:08 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failings in the care provided to an 87-year-old woman. More >>

Achieving health equity needs actions, not just rhetoric

Monday, 5 August 2019, 10:52 am | Ministry of Health

A newly-released Ministry of Health publication is making sure equity is at the front and centre of all newly-commissioned work in the health sector. More >>

Radio Hauraki’s No Talk Day has mental health message

Monday, 5 August 2019, 10:13 am | Radio Hauraki

Talking – it’s what radio announcers do for a living. But this Friday Radio Hauraki’s team of talkers will shut up, and go silent for the day to encourage others to make a noise about mental illness. They have released a video to spread awareness in advance ... More >>

Dietitians not in favour of guidelines for health sector

Monday, 5 August 2019, 9:13 am | Dietitians NZ

Dietitians across New Zealand are disappointed in some of the food related recommendations included in sustainability guidelines for the health sector, announced by Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter last week. More >>

Government funding for new linear accelerators welcomed

Sunday, 4 August 2019, 3:01 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral DHB welcomes today’s announcement in Wellington by the Prime Minister and Minister of Health that the Government will provide funding for the replacement of 12 linear accelerators (LINACS) throughout the country. More >>

‘Complex, fragmented’ health system is fuelling inequities

Sunday, 4 August 2019, 12:44 pm | University of Auckland

A complex, fragmented health system is compounding inequalities in New Zealanders’ access to care and health outcomes, University of Auckland experts argue in a new, sweeping critique. Māori, Pacific and low-income New Zealanders in particular are ... More >>

Thousands of Kiwis Living with Asthma at Risk

Sunday, 4 August 2019, 12:01 pm | GSK New Zealand

Thousands of Kiwi adults living with common respiratory diseases such as asthma risk potentially life-threatening complications from whooping cough this winter. More >>

Gout arthritis - improvements in prescriptions called for

Friday, 2 August 2019, 4:15 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand and Gout Action Aotearoa have called for improvements in the prescription of uric acid lowering medication for Māori and Pacific peoples who have gout arthritis. This call comes in the wake of news on Radio New Zealand this ... More >>

Bowel cancer campaign highlights impact on families

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 8:33 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

The dramatic impact of New Zealand’s second biggest cancer killer, bowel cancer, on families is the subject of a new, national awareness campaign launching today. More >>



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