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Community Mental Health Services a Priority

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 4:56 pm | People's Mental Health Review

The People’s Mental Health Review welcomes the Health Minister’s commitment to funding mental health services as a priority over tax cuts. More >>

Controlled Purchase Operations brings disappointing result

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 4:05 pm | Northland District Health Board

Two recent Controlled Purchase Operations, conducted at licensed premises throughout Northland by Northland DHB and NZ Police staff, has resulted in a very disappointing result in one of the regions. More >>

Updated Information on Cannabis-based products

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:54 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Customs Service are providing updated information which may be of interest to travellers arriving from the United States. More >>

Flawed proposal to cut Auckland sexual health specialists

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:27 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“People already struggling to access sexual health treatment in the Auckland region could face even more of an uphill battle if changes to the sexual health service proposed by Auckland District Health Board bosses go ahead,” says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

Building a sustainable future medical workforce

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:23 pm | Joint Media Statement

The following is a joint statement from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA). More >>

Fluoride bill positive but Government could go further

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:44 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s new bill giving District Health Boards the responsibility of managing the fluoridation of local public water supplies is a good move but the legislation could go further. More >>

Champion for compassion receives NZMA Chair’s Award

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:27 pm | NZMA

Dr Robin Youngson, a New Zealand anaesthetist internationally renowned for his leadership in compassionate healthcare, was last night awarded the New Zealand Medical Association’s Chair’s Award. Dr Youngson is the co-founder of Hearts in Healthcare, which is ... More >>

Burns victim flown to hospital

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:42 pm | TrustPower

Last night at 2100 hrs the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched Kawerau township where a 13 year old local boy has sustained serious burns to his hands and legs. The young boy had fallen from a motorbike and fuel was spilled over ... More >>

GP fees too high for cancer patients

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:57 am | Head and Neck Cancer Survivors' Support Network

A head and neck cancer patient moving to Auckland after 40 years in Rotorua and Whangarei couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the high GP fees nearly everywhere north of the bridge. More >>

Sad passing of midwifery Kaumatua, Mina Timutimu

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:26 am | NZ College Of Midwives

The NZ College of Midwives has today received the very sad news that our beloved Kaumatua, Mina Timutimu has passed away after a short illness. More >>

New alcohol delivery services prompt concern

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 9:59 am | Hapai Te Hauora

In recent weeks several alcohol delivery services have promoted their businesses in the New Zealand media. The news website Stuff reported on one in Hamilton and another in Auckland. More >>

New health campaign cracks down on unnecessary treatment

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 9:14 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

A new campaign looking to cut down the number of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures carried out by health professionals has been launched in New Zealand today. More >>

Munch Food Awards 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:54 pm | Munch Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners (and losers) in the Munch Food Awards 2016. The Munch Food Awards raise awareness about kids food marketing and products and allow parents to give players in this industry some feedback. More >>

Dr Kuldeep Singh Sachdeva for a disease-free India

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:51 pm | Citizen News Service

(CNS): "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies" are the immortal words of Saint Mother Teresa, which sum up what Dr Kuldeep Singh Sachdeva asserts to hasten the pace of progress for a disease-free India. Dr KS Sachdeva ... More >>

Greater investment in medical workforce needed

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:20 pm | Joint Press Release

The organisations representing both medical students and senior hospital doctors are calling for a greater focus on building a sustainable future medical workforce. More >>

Safekids unveils interactive exhibition on home safety

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:11 pm | Safekids

Safekids Aotearoa today announced the Safekids Safety Whare — a travelling exhibition that will visit 10 regions throughout New Zealand in 2017, to raise awareness about the leading injuries in tamariki; those that happen in the home. More >>

Call for more mental health support following quakes

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Association Of Psychotherapists

The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists Canterbury Branch is concerned about the emotional wellbeing of the people of Kaikoura and throughout Canterbury following the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. From our experience ... More >>

Public Lecture: "What do we mean by the word 'health'"?

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:43 am | University of Otago

University of Otago, Wellington, Dean’s Open Lecture Series 2016: Professor Sir David Skegg, Politics and Public Health: “What do we mean by the word ‘health’? To what extent do New Zealanders enjoy good health?“ More >>

New drug deal a bitter pill for 160 long-suffering patients

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:08 am | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Pharmac’s decision to fund pertuzumab (trade name Perjeta) from January 2017 for New Zealanders with advanced (metastatic) HER2+ breast cancer will be good news for patients diagnosed from the New Year onwards, but is a bitter pill for the 160 Kiwis ... More >>

Many patients will still miss out on breast cancer drug

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 9:43 am | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is thrilled that New Zealand women with advanced breast cancer will finally be able to get the breakthrough breast cancer drug Perjeta from next year, but is bitterly disappointed that a large number will ... More >>

Cancer patients gain in Roche’s new multi-medicine agreement

Monday, 5 December 2016, 12:46 pm | Roche

Cancer patients are among those who will benefit from an innovative multi-medicine funding agreement between Pharmac and Roche Products (NZ), announced today. More than 2,000 New Zealand patients, most with life-threatening illnesses, are expected ... More >>

New insights on limb evolution from Auckland

Monday, 5 December 2016, 11:58 am | University of Auckland

An Auckland medical scientist has contributed to a better understanding of the role of muscles in limb evolution from fish to land animals, in research published recently. More >>

Flawed proposal to cut Auckland sexual health specialists

Monday, 5 December 2016, 11:19 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“People already struggling to access sexual health treatment in the Auckland region could face even more of an uphill battle if changes to the sexual health service proposed by Auckland District Health Board bosses go ahead,” says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

Ambulance officers step up strike, refuse to attend events

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:23 pm | First Union

From 17 December 2016 more than 800 Ambulance professionals in the North Island will undertake an ‘events ban’ and refuse to provide cover for summer events like Christmas in the Park. More >>

New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:25 pm | University of Otago

There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study. More >>

Collective action needed to further reduce SUDI

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:23 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Around 3000 lives have been saved in the past 20 years because of efforts to prevent sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI). More >>

Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:20 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s a bad look for Waikato District Health Board to be dragging the chain on disclosing the expenses of its chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Providing NZ Mums with tools and knowledge

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:13 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora celebrate Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna Ora on Friday 02 December in recognition of the urgent need to address safe sleep for NZ babies. Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) can be a terrifying topic for new parents to think about. ... More >>

Three Cheers for Our Volunteers

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:19 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Like many charity-based organisations, Arthritis New Zealand says it honours this day because the organisation could not function without its many volunteers. More >>

New Pharmac Funded Drug to Benefit Maori

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:11 pm | Impact PR

Māori will benefit from Pharmac’s decision to fund a new medicine that combats HIV, an advocate for Māori living with the life-threatening disease says. More >>

Baby safe sleep practice vital after earthquakes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:18 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

It’s natural for new parents to want to keep their babies close after the recent earthquakes but Plunket is advising families to continue following safe sleep practices. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health Zoe Tipa says for parents who choose ... More >>

A lifeline for Lifeline

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:17 am | Presbyterian Support Northern

Leading counselling service, Lifeline, has been thrown a lifeline by Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN), which has committed 18 months of operational support while also looking to help solve Lifeline’s long-term funding issues. More >>

Awatoto fire may affect people with breathing conditions

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:39 am | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Health officials are urging people living near Awatoto or downwind of the Ravensdown Factory to close windows and doors and to turn off air-conditioning units as fire burns through sulphur in one of the factory’s storage sheds. More >>

Psychosocial consequences of the Kaikoura earthquakes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:12 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS Chief Science Advisor 1 December 2016 In light of the 14 November M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake and the potential for ongoing, significant aftershocks, we have updated our advice on the likely psychosocial ... More >>

Decline in falls and broken hips a success story for health

Friday, 2 December 2016, 9:37 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is celebrating the success of New Zealand public hospitals in reducing the number of in-hospital falls that result in a broken hip. New Zealand appears to be the first country to achieve this on a national scale. More >>

NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs

Friday, 2 December 2016, 9:15 am | University of Otago

Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Light up Christmas with fresh fruit and vegetables

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 1:54 pm | Five plus a day

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, colourful food with loved ones. More >>

Maritime NZ promotes lifejackets with national retailer

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:50 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ has launched a national lifejacket promotion “Nobody’s faster than disaster”, with national retailer Rebel Sport, to get more Kiwi boaties into the “best survival gear you can wear on a boat - your lifejacket,” said Director ... More >>

Concern regarding lack of conversation around HIV in NZ

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 10:12 am | GSK New Zealand

Stigma and silence about sexual health has seen an increase in the number of New Zealanders contracting HIV, according to a local expert. More >>

Compensation for Live Organ Donors

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 9:53 am | Kidney Health NZ

Today’s unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More >>

News coverage potential additional stressor for families

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 5:17 pm | Start with You

The earth moved for many New Zealanders this month – and following what for many people were concerning US election results, there’s been plenty to stress about. News coverage can accentuate the seriousness or danger of these events and exacerbate ... More >>

All Kiwis urged to support the 1 in 4 with an impairment

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 4:14 pm | Munistry of Social Development

All Kiwis have a role to play in making New Zealand a non-disabling society for the one in four New Zealanders with an impairment, says the Office for Disability Issues. More >>

AVCA is now officially registered as Charity in New Zealand

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 4:03 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) is pleased to announce that we have been approved and are now a registered New Zealand Charity (CC53899). This development will allow us to continue the work we are currently doing and expand upon it to deliver ... More >>

Child resuscitation under scrutiny

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 3:24 pm | University of Auckland

A new study to assess how surf lifeguards are doing with child resuscitation skills is underway in the north this summer. More >>

Trust Welcomes Refreshed Disability Strategy

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:08 pm | Life Unlimited

29 November, 2016 - Life Unlimited chief executive Mark Brown today welcomed the update and refresh to the New Zealand Disability Strategy. More >>

Mental health change champ wins ACC Supreme Attitude Award

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1:18 pm | Attitude Trust

A woman at the forefront of driving attitudinal change in New Zealand’s mental health system, Debra Lampshire, has won the ACC Supreme Award at the 2016 Attitude Awards. More >>

HealthCare NZ congratulates Attitude Awards winners

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:21 pm | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ congratulates the winners of the 2016 Attitude Awards, who were recognised at the Awards dinner last night at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. More >>

Role of “cancer bubbles” in deadly clotting uncovered

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 11:50 am | University of Otago

Chemotherapy stimulates the release of tiny bubbles from the surface of cancer cells that cause potentially fatal blood clots, new University of Otago research has found. More >>

Plunket AGM records historic vote

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 4:36 pm | Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket’s vision is that ‘In the first 1000 days, we make the difference of a lifetime’ . In an historic vote at its National AGM today, Plunket agreed that the best way to achieve that vision is to move away from its current Area Society ... More >>

Top prize awarded at World Congress on Integrated Care

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:10 pm | Equally Well

Equally Well, a New Zealand collaborative initiative to improve physical health for people experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues, was the topic of a presentation that won the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Best Paper Award ... More >>

Therapists and Bodyworkers Volunteer for Earthquake Relief

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:45 pm | Emergency Response Therapists

A group of massage therapists, acupunturists, Bowen Therapist and other bodywork specialist and yoga teachers are volunteering their time to offer therapies to the recent earthquake affected people of Kaikoura, Waiau, Scargil areas and the Emergency ... More >>

The Smokefree South 12 days of Christmas!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:50 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB Smokefree team are going festive by celebrating with their own version of the 12 days of Christmas! More >>

A quarter of SMOs intend to leave in next five years

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:07 pm | ASMS National Direct

A quarter of all senior doctors and dentists who took part in a survey by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) intend to leave either medicine or their district health board in the next five years. More >>

New immunotherapy against cancer launched

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:51 pm | Malaghan Institute

Malaghan Institute of Medical Research to launch new immunotherapy against cancer in partnership with Chinese research group. More >>

‘Neonatal Secret Santa’ launched for neonatal families

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11:34 am | Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust is looking to provide a special package to the families with a baby in a neonatal unit on Christmas Day. Christmas day is a day for families to get together, be together and make memories. While neonatal families would much rather ... More >>

Achieving a modern healthcare system for NZ

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11:07 am | NZHIT

The message from the healthcare sector has been loud and clear – we need collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare and we need it now. This message was further reinforced when New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman ... More >>

CanTeen Announces Claudine Young as Acting CEO

Monday, 28 November 2016, 5:39 pm | CanTeen

Claudine Young has been announced as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of CanTeen, the organisation supporting young people aged 13-24 living with cancer. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes indigenous health professionals

Monday, 28 November 2016, 2:04 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

This week in Auckland Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, is the host for the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctor’s Congress PRIDoC. More >>

U of Otago receives grant to support severe typhoid research

Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:33 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern ... More >>

Southern DHB opens dedicated Education Centre

Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:02 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB opens dedicated Education Centre Simulation suites, which can be set up to replicate operating theatre or an emergency department resuscitation bay, are a feature of a purpose built education centre opened at Southland Hospital today. ... More >>


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