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More action needed on alcohol law reform, says NZMA

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:37 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

An editorial in today’s [29 August] New Zealand Medical Journal drives home the message that New Zealand has too many risky drinkers, and too little alcohol law reform, says the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA). More >>

International Maternity Expert Praises New Zealand Care

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:57 pm | Ali Jones Public Relations

New Zealand has a “stunning” maternity care system according to a visiting international expert in childbirth and midwifery. Professor Lesley Page, president of the Royal College of Midwives in the United Kingdom, told midwives meeting in Hamilton over ... More >>

Tired Attempt to Pass Off Venal Campaign as Debate

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:03 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The decision to bring British anti-tax spin doctor Christopher Snowdon to New Zealand last week was just another tired disingenuous attempt to dress up a venal campaign as a genuine debate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

App allows those with Asthma to Breathe Easy

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:57 pm | Asthma New Zealand

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world - second only to the UK. Asthma affects approximately 20% of the population, and is the leading cause of hospitalisation for children. More >>

Southern women are urged to think about the ones they love

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:52 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern women are urged to think about the ones they love this September and have a smear More >>

Auckland Disability Community Unite on First Feedback to UN

Monday, 1 September 2014, 11:38 am | CCS Disability Action

A group of 25 Disabled People’s Organisations, interest groups and service providers, along with countless disabled people and family members have released their first assessment on New Zealand’s disability rights record to the United Nations. And ... More >>

Paint Yourself Blue This September for Prostate Cancer

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:24 am | Mango Communications

With more than 3000 Kiwi men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, the PlaceMakers Blue Streak is yet again zipping around the length and breadth of the country to raise awareness of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Blue September appeal. More >>

New Zealand's first breastfeeding seminar for physicians

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:11 pm | La Leche League

31 August 2014 The country’s first breastfeeding seminar for physicians is to be held in Auckland next month. ‘What Every Doctor Needs to Know’ will provide up-to-date research and clinical information on current issues in breastfeeding medicine. The ... More >>

Experts gather to discuss action on Fetal Alcohol Disorder

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:08 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

Experts gather to discuss action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand A national symposium ‘FASD in New Zealand: A Time to Act’ will be held on Friday 5 September at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki campus. The Symposium is a collaboration ... More >>

Spring Clean for Starship

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:24 pm | Starship Foundation

Starship Spring Clean launches on Monday 1 September – a campaign that asks Kiwis across the country to clean out their cupboards, sell their unwanted goods and pledge some or all of the proceeds to Starship. More >>

Mental Health review

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:04 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

An independent external review of MidCentral District Health Board’s mental health service following the apparent self-inflicted deaths of two inpatients earlier this year, has made 44 recommendations for improvements to the service. More >>

Halberg partners with Flight Centre Foundation

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:49 pm | Halberg Disability Sport Foundation

29 August 2014 HALBERG PARTNERS WITH FLIGHT CENTRE FOUNDATION TO ‘HANG 10’ Surf events to be held over summer for physically disabled young Kiwis More >>

Reducing pain, increasing prevention

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:50 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Sandra Kirby, welcomed Hon. Tony Ryall’s ‘promise’ yesterday that a re-elected National government will invest $36m over the next three years in a plan to help New Zealanders live free from bone, muscle ... More >>

Disability Focused Politicians’ Forum

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:45 pm | CCS Disability Action

A group of Disabled People’s Organisations, providers and disabled people have organised a forum for disabled people and their families to hear how the main parties plan on tackling the big issues that effect disabled people. More >>

Drivers more likely to run red lights in noon peak hours

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:25 pm | University of Canterbury

Drivers are more likely to run red lights in week day afternoon peak hours then in the mornings, a University of Canterbury engineering research team has confirmed. More >>

Now’s the time for cervical screening

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:57 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Cervical Screening Awareness Month is coming up in September and MidCentral DHB is encouraging women who are due, or overdue, to book a smear test now. More >>

South Island Patient Information Care System Approved

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:37 am | South Island Alliance

The South Island Alliance, a collaboration of the five South Island DHBs, is one-step closer to realising its vision for a more efficient and sustainable South Island health and disability system, as one of its core IT programmes has been signed off ... More >>

Natural disasters focus of major international conference

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:29 am | New Zealand Fire Service

Almost 900 people from Australasian and Pacific fire and emergency services will meet in Wellington next week to discuss the latest in disaster-related research and experience. More >>

Natural disasters focus of major international conference in

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:29 am | New Zealand Fire Service

Almost 900 people from Australasian and Pacific fire and emergency services will meet in Wellington next week to discuss the latest in disaster-related research and experience. More >>

Clinic making a difference in the Solomons

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:13 am | Peak Appearance

Hawke’s Bay’s leading appearance and cosmetic medicine practice, Peak Appearance has partnered with Interplast Australia and New Zealand to sponsor a nurse educator training programme in the Solomon Islands. More >>

Annual Carnation Day Street Appeal

Friday, 29 August 2014, 10:42 am | Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Society

Many of us are affected by Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease, with one person in 1,000 living with MS and one in 500 living with Parkinson’s. More >>

Dementia is Scariest for Baby Boomers - expert here in NZ

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:00 pm | PRaxis Public Relations Ltd

Getting dementia tops the list of fears for older people including baby boomers, says a celebrated world authority on ageing and spirituality. More >>

New CEO for The Phobic Trust

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 1:29 pm | Phobic Trust

Fresh start for the upper North Island’s only non-profit specialist in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders More >>

Concussion in sport: debunking the myths

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:50 pm | Physiotherapy New Zealand

Physiotherapy New Zealand says that despite a high media profile there are still misconceptions around concussion in sport. More >>

No New Waikato Measles Cases

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:11 pm | Waikato District Health Board

There have been no new cases of measles notified to Waikato District Health Board’s public health unit, Population Health, in the last fortnight. More >>

Initiative increases access to medical care for under 6s

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 11:12 am | Health Research Council

Reducing the cost of subsidised co-payments appears to have led to an increase in the number of children under 6 using after-hours accident and medical clinics, according to a government-commissioned report released today. More >>

FSANZ to consult public on gluten free beer labelling

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:53 am | Coeliac New Zealand

Coeliac New Zealand is delighted Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will raise a proposal to change a rule which prevents alcohol, including beer, from being labelled as gluten-free. More >>

Ball starts rolling on Taranaki Stoptober event

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 2:21 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

A giant red disc rolls into town on September 12 as New Plymouth prepares to join the country’s first stop smoking month, Stoptober. More >>

MDHB patients being surveyed on healthcare

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 12:55 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board is urging hospital patients to take part in a new survey asking them for feedback on their healthcare. More >>

Showcasing the newest member of the Tick family

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 12:23 pm | National Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation’s Tick family has grown even bigger with the introduction of ‘Two Ticks’, making it easier for Kiwis to identify the core foods used in a healthy diet. More >>

Ebola, Gaza-Israel conflict, Day of the Disappeared

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 12:09 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross nurses in Sierra Leone describe the realities of nursing in an Ebola epidemic - assessing patients over a fence 1.5 metres away, under layers of hot protective equipment. More >>

Kaiser Permanente signs up for Cxbladder

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 12:05 pm | Pacific Edge

Pacific Edge Ltd has signed an agreement with Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) to research its User Program to evaluate its bladder cancer technology Cxbladder within the clinical settings of Kaiser Permanente’s health care network. More >>

Aix spa therapy revamp captures male attention

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 10:48 am | Shine pr

The world of water therapy has been taken to higher luxurious levels at Polynesian Spa with new Italian Aix Therapy beds and stone tile floors creating the perfect space for your body’s ultimate indulgence. More >>

Bee safety meeting

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 9:30 am | Environmental Protection Authority NZ

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Plant & Food Research have co-hosted a meeting of key stakeholders in the bee world to discuss bee safety. More >>

Book Urges Aus to Adopt 'Lazy Loser' way to Weight Loss

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 9:20 am | Lazy Loser

Australian weight-loss myth buster Marie Bean is touring Australia with her new publication ' Lazy Loser ', a revolutionary book that encourages readers to slim down by avoiding dieting and to get fit the “lazy way”. More >>

Government funding boost for aged care a good start

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 5:53 pm | Aged Care Association

Yesterday Health Minister Tony Ryall announced a 5% funding boost for the elderly in rest home level care starting from 1 October 2014. New Zealand Aged Care Association Chief Executive Martin Taylor says it is a good injection of funding for the sector. More >>

Auckland DHB achieves all six national Health Targets

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 5:00 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland District Health Board (DHB) is celebrating after achieving all six national Health Targets, proving its dedication and commitment to provide high quality services for patients and their families. More >>

Rights Commission welcomes Todd Foundation’s investment

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 3:42 pm | Todd Foundation

The Todd Foundation’s investment in the children and young people of Christchurch has been welcomed by the Human Rights Commission. More >>

Workplace Stress - Do You Fight or Flight?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Managing Workplace Stress - Do You Fight or Flight? One of the benefits of being in the modern world is that on an average day, we do not need to outrun an animal larger than us who is planning to eat us for dinner. However our bodies still retain ... More >>

Congratulating Hard Work and Healthy Hearts

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 2:45 pm | The Heart Foundation

Today’s National Health Target results announcement for quarter four, paint a positive picture across the board for the primary care and health sectors. More >>

NZMA welcomes fluoride report

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) welcomes the report released by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Peter Gluckman, examining the scientific evidence for and against community water fluoridation. The report Health Effects ... More >>

Christmas is on the move!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 2:10 pm | Child Cancer Foundation

The King George Christmas Shoppe is moving from the township of Bayview to the Taradale Town Hall, a move hailed to be the catalyst for an even bigger and better event showcasing Christmas - Taradale style! More >>

Performance in primary health targets almost doubles

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 1:26 pm | Canterbury DHB

MEDIA RELEASE August 26, 2014 Performance in primary health targets almost doubles in past year The Canterbury District Health Board’s performance against its toughest health targets have paid off with an almost 40 percent increase over the past year. ... More >>

Waikato Improves Health Targets Performance

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 12:14 pm | Waikato District Health Board

A feature of the health targets performance by Waikato District Health Board (DHB) out today (Tuesday 26 August) is the exceptional team work shown by health professionals in both primary care and hospitals. More >>

West Coast DHB health targets improve

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 12:09 pm | West Coast District Health

The West Coast District Health Board’s fourth quarter performance against the National Health Targets has improved or equalled in all results, bar immunisations. More >>

Healthier Future Ahead for 4000 Waikato People

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 11:51 am | Waikato District Health Board

More than 4000 Waikato people with high health needs, the majority of them children, now face a healthier future thanks to a project run by Te Puna Oranga, Waikato District Health Board’s Maori Health Service. More >>

New Maori chaplain for Waikato Hospital

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 10:42 am | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato Hospital’s new Maori chaplain says he feels greatly privileged to participate in the holistic health and wellbeing of all people coming to the hospital. More >>

Treble Cone Chairlifts to Become Smoke Free

Monday, 25 August 2014, 3:11 pm | TrebleCone

The chairlifts and lift queuing areas at the South Island’s largest ski area Treble Cone (Wanaka, New Zealand) will be becoming ‘smoke free’ areas from the 1st of September. More >>

Goodbye Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Monday, 25 August 2014, 2:18 pm | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB will soon be walking the talk by eradicating all sugar-sweetened beverages on-site. More >>

NZ Junior Rugby and Netball Festivals

Monday, 25 August 2014, 1:49 pm | Global Games

The healthiest rugby and netball tournament in New Zealand will return to Taupo from September 13-14th followed a week by the South Island leg in Queenstown 20 – 21st. The events have a newfound focus to be the most environmentally friendly junior sporting ... More >>

Red Nose Day raises over $1 mil for child health research

Monday, 25 August 2014, 11:53 am | Cure Kids

For the first 22 days of August, Kiwis helped paint the country red for a serious cause and raised $1,042,267 for vital child health research. More >>

Curiosity catching during Mental Health Awareness Week

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 2:30 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Kiwis can get excited about Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) now, because it’s just over a month away! Over 6-12 October, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is calling for people to KEEP LEARNING – be curious, embrace new experiences and see ... More >>

Two-thirds of New Zealanders are touched by dementia

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 11:31 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

New research released by Alzheimers NZ reveals that two out of every three Kiwis know or have known someone with dementia. For 64 percent of those people it is a family member and a third have been involved in their direct care and support. More >>

The Real Housing Crisis

Friday, 22 August 2014, 4:45 pm | Waitakere Housing Call To Action

Housing Call to Action are launching a campaign to raise awareness of homelessness and the lack of housing in West Auckland from 1st - 8th September. More >>

DHB investing in radiology services, new CT scanner

Friday, 22 August 2014, 3:02 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Faster scans are on the way for Waitemata District Health Board patients with the board approving the purchase of a new stateoftheart CT scanner for North Shore Hospital this month. More >>

Northern DHBs welcome expert fluoridation findings

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:23 pm | Joint Media Statement

DHBs across the Northern region have welcomed the findings of an expert scientific review of fluoridation of public water supplies finding ‘compelling evidence’ of dental health benefits for New Zealanders. More >>

Community Water Fluoridation is safe for everyone

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:19 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Report released today by Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and the Royal Society of New Zealand confirms the safety and effectiveness of community water fluoridation. More >>

Political parties back calls for a rare diseases policy

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:06 pm | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

It is time for some optimism. There is now strong political support for our call for a government policy and action plan for rare disorders. In response to our survey of the seven political parties in Parliament, the Greens, Labour, Mana and NZ First ... More >>

The Myth of Unsustainable Health Funding

Friday, 22 August 2014, 12:07 pm | ASMS

"The idea that New Zealand spends too much on public health care and cannot sustain the current level of funding is both wrong and damaging," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Time NZ Got Serious About Suicide Prevention

Friday, 22 August 2014, 11:37 am | CASPER

Suicide prevention charity CASPER believes the key message from the release of today’s suicide statistics is that its time New Zealand woke up and got serious about preventing suicide. More >>


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