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Fat People Hitting Smokers In The Pocket

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:18 pm | New Zealand First Party

Hiking tobacco taxes in the 2016 “Get-Stuffed” Budget is just a lot of fat people sitting in their ivory towers telling smokers what to do, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Taking the fight against rheumatic fever into the community

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:05 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Porirua parents can now get their children’s sore throats checked and treated at any time throughout the year, free of charge and without an appointment. More >>

e-cigarettes and managing memory loss

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:36 pm | Liam Butler

Marewa Glover share her opinion with Liam Butler on the evidence surrounding e-cigarettes and consumers trying to quit who manage memory loss? More >>

Pathway to Leadership is Service - Call for abstracts

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:12 pm | Pasifika Medical Association

The call for abstracts is now open for the Pasifika Medical Association 20 years celebration conference to be held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland from 24-26 August 2016. More >>

Crucial areas of the NZ health sector adressed in Budget

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:55 pm | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

Guild pleased that crucial areas of the New Zealand health sector have been addressed in Budget 2016 More >>

Construction beginning for new Grey Base Hospital

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:52 pm | Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group

The West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group has welcomed the Minister of Health’s announcement of additional funding for the new Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre. More >>

Free MMR vaccine reminder from Ministry of Health

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:49 pm | Ministry of Health

Don't let measles make you lose your spot at the tractor pull at Fieldays next month – make sure you’re fully vaccinated before you go. More >>

DHB applauds Government’s commitment to West Coast

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:35 pm | West Coast District Health

West Coast District Health Board Chair Peter Ballantyne has applauded the Government’s commitment to the health of West Coasters with today’s announcement of extra funding to allow the new Grey Base facilities to proceed. More >>

Time for an honest look at funding of public health system

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:23 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

An article in the latest New Zealand Medical Journal , out today (Friday), dismantles claims that the cost of public health care in this country is excessive and unsustainable. More >>

WellSouth Success with Health Target

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:15 pm | WellSouth

WellSouth Primary Health Network is helping more people in Otago and Southland quit smoking than ever before. Ministry of Health results were released today showing the southern region has moved from a ranking of 32 at 1 January 2015 to second place ... More >>

Ex-smoker shares quitting tips for World Smokefree Day

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:36 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

“Imagine if I’d smoked for the last 25 years, well I’d be dead I’m sure of it,” says Pauline Mohi. World Smokefree Day will take place on 31 May, and the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is encouraging people across New Zealand to ... More >>

Researchers find new ways to reduce smoking in NZ

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:25 am | University of Auckland

AUCKLAND: May 27, 2016: It will take radical, fresh ideas and new technology to break some New Zealanders of their smoking habit and for smoking prevalence to be less than the Government’s goal of five percent in NZ by 2025. More >>

Health Strategy facing a missed opportunity

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:20 am | PHO Alliance

Health Strategy facing a missed opportunity The PHO Alliance has responded to today's Budget announcement of additional health and social investment funding saying that it is good in parts but misses the opportunity to appropriately recognise that a ... More >>

Pharmaceutical Society delighted over extra health funding

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:03 am | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society is delighted to see an extra $2.2B of Health funding over the next four years in the Budget announced this afternoon by Finance Minister the Hon Bill English. More >>

Project Team formed for FACS Prevention

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:49 am | FACSNZ

Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome New Zealand are pleased to announce a FACS Project Team has been formed in collaboration with ACC Treatment Injury Prevention, Ministry of Health, Medsafe, PHARMAC, Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, HQSC, Te Awakairangi Health, ... More >>

Funding shortfalls for health set to continue under

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:47 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government had an opportunity to fund public hospitals and health care properly after years of funding shortfalls – and decided not to,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Massive Mass Quit Smoking Challenge

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:18 pm | National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service

Smoking prevalence remains high amongst people using mental health and addictions services, with a prevailing attitude that they are already under enough stress and smoking is a great way to relieve that stress. This attitude was fostered by a past ... More >>

Plan for full rollout of bowel cancer screening programme

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:05 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand welcomes the budget announcement today of a plan to fully implement a national bowel cancer screening programme. The nationwide charity for bowel cancer patients and whānau has been calling for the introduction of a screening ... More >>

Heart Foundation supports tobacco tax increase in Budget

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:58 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation supports the continuation of tobacco taxes, as announced in the Government’s 2016 Budget today. More >>

Kiwi health age wake up call

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:52 pm | Sovereign

A unique snapshot of how Kiwis are faring on the health front, including potential bonus or penalty ‘health age’ years, based on the lifestyle choices we make, has shown the degree to which everyday behaviour can impact our wellbeing outlook. More >>

New charity to receive $1.2 million donation

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:06 am | Brown Bread Ltd

The Māia Health Foundation is set to take Canterbury’s health service from good to great thanks to a significant gift to be announced at tonight’s launch, while New Zealanders now have a new way to support Canterbury’s health system. More >>

Winners announced for new nib Health Scholarship

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 3:49 pm | nib New Zealand

The nib Health Journalism Scholarship was introduced to this year’s Canon Media Awards and winners of the junior and senior scholarships were announced last Friday at Te Papa, Wellington. More >>

Report identifies solutions to keep people with MS at work

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:59 am | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Media Release: Global report identifies simple solutions to keep people with MS in the workplace More >>

Low-carb, high fat diet advice questioned

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:17 am | Science Media Centre

Experts are questioning the findings of a new report from UK health charities that has called for an overhaul of dietary guidelines. More >>

High Intensity Interval Training – It’s Here to Stay

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release - 24 May 2016 FROM: The New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) More >>

Immunisation rates well covered for Canterbury

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:19 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Protecting our vulnerable children from diseases is high on the radar for Cantabrians, according to the latest National Health Target results. More >>

More tools needed to combat HIV

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:12 am | University of Auckland

More tools needed to combat HIV University of Auckland - Media release - 24 May 2016 New prevention tools are needed to reduce the rising number of HIV transmissions in New Zealand, according to an HIV researcher. The call comes in response to record ... More >>

International nitric oxide trial shows great results

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:29 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

An international trial assessing the effectiveness of nitric oxide in treating stroke patients shows New Zealanders had significantly better outcomes than people from other countries around the world. More >>

SBS Bank helps to keep families close

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:14 am | SBS Bank

SBS Bank helps to keep families close at the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital More >>

New Zealand’s health budget must keep up with need

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:45 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and registered nurse Bronwyne Albright is calling on the Government to increase health spending by at least 4.7 percent in Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain our health care services. More >>

Budget needs to prioritise primary health

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:43 am | Newtown Union Health Service

A primary health care service in South Wellington - Newtown Union Health Service has grave fears for patient services if Thursday's health budget results in reduced funding for Capital & Coast DHB says its chairperson, Eileen Brown. More >>

Counties Manukau DHB needs at least an extra $21 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:31 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate, registered nurse and midwife Judith Couch is calling on the Government to invest at least an extra $21 million over what is expected in Thursday’s Budget for Counties Manukau DHB, just to maintain Counties ... More >>

Capital and Coast DHB needs at least an extra $16 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:30 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and registered nurse Freya Head is one of many calling on the Government to invest to invest at least $16 million over what is expected for Capital and Coast DHB Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain ... More >>

Hawkes Bay DHB needs at least an extra $8 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:28 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and clinical nurse specialist Sara Mason is calling on the Government to invest at least $8 million over what is expected for Hawkes Bay DHB in Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain Hawkes Bay’s health ... More >>

Canterbury DHB needs at least an extra $35 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:27 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and registered nurse Cheryl Hanham is calling on the Government to invest at least $35 million over what is expected for Canterbury DHB in Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain Christchurch’s health ... More >>

Senior Doctors Urge Govt to Properly Fund Public Health

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:15 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government has an opportunity this week to fix the longstanding problems which are preventing thousands of New Zealanders each year from getting the health care their doctors know they need,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

High level of HIV diagnoses in New Zealand persists in 2015

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:00 am | University of Otago

224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. More >>

World Smokefree Day 31 May 2016 - Smokers keen to quit

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:36 pm | Northland District Health Board

The rate of smoking in Northland continues to drop, with rates going from 22.7% in 2006 to 16.8% in 2013 according to the Census . More >>

New research to help Kiwi’s maintain great eye sight

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:29 pm | St George's Hospital

New Zealanders are set to benefit from innovative new research identifying optimum weekly diets for preventing age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness. More >>

World Smoke Free Day 31st May 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:27 pm | National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service

May 31st is World Smoke Free Day. This year we have decided to commemorate the day by presenting a special prize giving for the Wero Challenge , a fun stop smoking competition that allows participants to raise money for a good cause. The teams work ... More >>

Most smokers want to quit - World Smokefree Day 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016, 2:56 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Nelson Public Health Smokefree Coordinator, Karen Vis says according to the census the rates fell from 20.7 per cent in 2006 to 15.1 per cent in 2013. More >>

Sexual violence services and the Rainbow community

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:30 am | Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura

More funding for sexual violence agencies is fantastic and much needed – but will it mean takatāpui, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex survivors get the help they need? More >>

Call to action to quit

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:18 am | West Coast District Health

West Coast smokers are being urged to quit for the sake of their family and to protect them from the dangers of second hand smoke. What better time to do it than World Smokefree Day: Tuesday 31 May? In New Zealand 5000 people a year die from smoking. ... More >>

Good hand hygiene no laughing matter

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:12 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board is working with the Clown Doctors to emphasise the importance of having clean hands to patients and staff. More >>

DHB activates 0800 222 030 for information about Measles

Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:22 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB has activated a local 0800 number so that Northlanders can access timely information about measles. People can call 0800 222 030 at any time to get up to date information and measles and immunisation. More >>

More Measles Vaccination Clinics Planned in Mid North

Friday, 20 May 2016, 4:51 pm | Northland District Health Board

With four cases of measles notified in Northland, and further cases expected, Northland DHB has extended the free vaccination clinics in the Mid North. More >>

Measles update for Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions

Friday, 20 May 2016, 4:05 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service confirms that there have been no more cases of measles notified by GPs in the Nelson, Marlborough or Tasman regions to date. More >>

Plunket and ACC are joining forces to make Kiwi kids safer

Friday, 20 May 2016, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

Each year more than 110,000 children are injured at home and in the wider community, so Plunket and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) are teaming up to help prevent injuries and make Kiwi kids safer. By the time they are two years old, 28 ... More >>

New database and funding improve access to clinical trials

Friday, 20 May 2016, 10:51 am | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Around the world, the 20th May is regarded as the anniversary of the first ever clinical trial1 and is recognised as International Clinical Trials Day. The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) is acknowledging the importance of clinical trials in breast cancer ... More >>

Music for improved health

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:02 pm | Massey University

New Zealand’s inaugural Music Therapy Week begins this weekend, highlighting the healing qualities of music, and raising awareness of music therapy. The theme of the week is Celebrating Music Therapy. More >>

A Bit Early to Break Out the Champagne, Minister

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 12:52 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s always good to have more doctors and nurses working in our public hospitals but the picture isn’t as rosy as the Government is suggesting,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>


Thursday, 19 May 2016, 10:29 am | NRMPI

NRMP International joins a global community committed to high-quality physician education, physician training, and patient safety and care. More >>

Screening for breast and cervical cancer is imperative

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 5:12 pm | Citizen News Service

Screening for breast and cervical cancer is a public health imperative Akanksha Sethi Photograph is online at: Breast and cervical cancers are two major cancers among women. For decades, cervical cancer was the most common ... More >>

Genetically engineered crops are safe

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. More >>

Food safety partnership to protect $50b industry

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 3:51 pm | Massey University

A scientific collaboration aimed at protecting and enhancing New Zealand's $50 billion-plus food sector was officially launched today. More >>

I will march for Moko

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 2:25 pm | Angels Saving Kids

This Sunday, 22nd of May at various centres around the country the New Zealand public is invited to join together as a nation to march against Child Abuse. More >>

Dementia: Give up, Give in, Or Give It All You Got!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 2:18 pm | Alzheimers Canterbury

You only get three choices with dementia, give up, give in, or give it all you got! For the month of May, Z Carlton Corner is supporting Alzheimers Canterbury’s comprehensive Activities Programme through their ‘Good in the Hood’ campaign. People can vote ... More >>

Free BOP Seminar: 'Fertility & Treatment Options'

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:32 pm | Insight Endometriosis

BOP women and their partners will benefit from a presentation by local fertility expert Dr Brad Chittenden “Fertility & Treatment Options” on Wednesday 25 May. The meeting will be held at the Fulton Hogan office, 54 Aerodrome Rd, Mt Maunganui. More >>

Mangere Town Centre Celebrating Nine Years Smokefree

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:26 pm | ASH

Mangere residents have reason to celebrate this month with their town Centre set to commemorate nine years since it became Smokefree in 2007. ASH New Zealand invites Mangere’s local residents and wider community to come together on Saturday the ... More >>

Step change funding boost for health research

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:16 pm | University of Auckland

Step change funding boost for health research Media Release - University of Auckland - 18 May 2017 Medical research in New Zealand had a major boost this week with an extra $97 million funding over four years committed to the Health Research Council ... More >>


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