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Fluoridation to be reintroduced in Whakatane and Ohope

Friday, 12 February 2016, 3:39 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Water fluoridation will be reintroduced for the Whakatane and Ohope communities now that Whakatane District Council has revoked last month’s decision to discontinue fluoridation for these areas. More >>

Long Serving Taranaki DHB Chief Executive Resigns

Friday, 12 February 2016, 3:36 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Pauline Lockett, Taranaki DHB Chair today announced with regret the resignation of Tony Foulkes after 12 years as Chief Executive of Taranaki District Health Board. More >>

February update from the Southern Partnership Group

Friday, 12 February 2016, 2:41 pm | Southern District Health Board

The Southern Partnership Group is pleased to announce Sapere Research Group have been contracted to help develop the business case for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital. More >>

Fonterra Milk for Schools Celebrates Major Milestone

Friday, 12 February 2016, 12:36 pm | Fonterra

Fonterra has delivered more than 50 million packs of milk to Kiwi kids since its Milk for Schools programme began – that’s more than 10 million litres of milk. 1,480 primary schools throughout New Zealand including the Chatham, Great Barrier ... More >>

We need a frontline drug for Melanoma

Friday, 12 February 2016, 11:18 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Pharmac’s latest refusal to fund Keytruda means thousands of melanoma sufferers are still without a front line drug, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

Hamilton Psychiatrist and Professional Swimmer to Raise Fund

Friday, 12 February 2016, 10:18 am | Sashbear Foundation

Hamilton psychiatrist Marilyn Korzekwa, 58, is training to become the first Canadian to swim the Cook Strait, the body of water that separates the north and south islands of New Zealand. Only 84 swimmers have successfully crossed the Cook Strait in the ... More >>

Maori And Pacific Island Cyclists Raise Awareness for Cancer

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 5:15 pm | Hastings District Council

It is not often you see a team of Maori and Pacific Island cyclists on the road, says the organiser of the Uso Bike Ride – but the unusual sight will wend its way through Hawke’s Bay next week. More >>

800+ Families on IHC’s Waitlists for Funded Autism Support

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3:06 pm | IHC

More than 800 Families Are on IHC’s Waiting Lists for Funded Autism Support – And They’re Desperate for Help. More >>

Modernised school dental service launches

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 1:03 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

The final stage of a multimillion makeover of the school dental service in Wellington, Kapiti and Hutt Valley launches today. More >>

Robotic seal "colony" expanded for aged care

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 11:51 am | Selwyn Foundation

Charitable trust, The Selwyn Foundation, has welcomed some new arrivals to its aged care communities – in the form of nine robotic companion seals! More >>

‘Books for Babies’ Launches on 12 February

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 11:16 am | Neonatal Trust

Publisher Book Island has partnered up with The Neonatal Trust, donating some of its online picture book sales to support New Zealand’s smallest and sickest babies and their families. More >>

Kiwis want to lose weight, but prioritise family

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 10:33 am | CIGNA

For the second year in a row, the Cigna 360° Wellbeing Score reveals poor physical wellbeing More >>

2016 Arthritis New Zealand Awards, celebrating 50 years

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:53 am | Arthritis New Zealand

This year's Arthritis New Zealand Awards marks a very special occasion. Not only will we be acknowledging the outstanding contributions of the award recipients, but 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of Arthritis New Zealand. More >>

Worrying increase in children and pets locked in vehicles

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:48 am | New Zealand Automobile Association

There is an alarming rise in children and pets locked inside vehicles this summer creating a spike in emergency AA Roadservice callouts. About 210 children and pets were rescued from vehicles by the AA from December 1 to January 31, an increase of ... More >>

Dads Can Help Boost Child Immunisation Rates

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:41 am | University of Auckland

Auckland, 11 February 2016 – Aiming immunisation campaigns specifically at fathers-to-be could be a promising new approach to get more New Zealand children immunised on time suggests new research by the Growing Up in New Zealand study. More >>

Bronchiectasis in NZ–the Growing Problem That Goes Unnoticed

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:15 pm | The Asthma Foundation

The Dominion Post’s recent cover story (9 February) pays tribute to the tragic passing of beautiful young toddler Ataahua, who died of bronchiectasis just shy of three years of age. More >>

District Health Board support for water fluoridation

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 2:48 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s CEO Helen Mason said she is disappointed with the Whakatane District Council’s recent decision to discontinue water fluoridation. More >>

National health & safety awards now open for entries

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 1:44 pm | Thomson Reuters

Entries are now open for the 2016 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. In operation since 2005, the awards are run by Safeguard magazine and proudly supported by WorkSafe New Zealand. They are the only cross-sector national awards celebrating ... More >>

David Matthews on the 2018 Disability Survey

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 2:28 pm | Liam Butler

David Matthews Chief Executive CCS Disability Action gives his opinion to Liam Butler regarding the cancellation of the 2018 Disability Survey. More >>

More treatments funded for respiratory disease

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 2:12 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is funding six new medicines that will improve treatment options for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). More >>

Understanding Addiction and Recovery

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 12:01 pm | Familial Trust

Find out how to help children from addicted families heal from one of the world's top specialists in addiction recovery. More >>

Wellington Medical Researchers Invited to Apply for Grants

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:57 am | Wellington Medical Research Foundation

WELLINGTON MEDICAL RESEARCHERS INVITED TO APPLY FOR RESEARCH & TRAVEL GRANTS The Wellington Medical Research Foundation invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for the Foundation’s ... More >>

Suicide Prevention – Breaking the Silence

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:56 am | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

Suicide is a serious health and social issue. Suicide rates are a sign of the mental health and social well-being of any population. For the year June 2014- May 2015, 569 people died by suicide or suspected suicide in Aotearoa-NZ. The Dunedin based ... More >>

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation warns of spike in illness

Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:18 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Back to school and breathless: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ warns of spike in illness If your child falls sick not long after returning to school, you’re not alone. Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is encouraging parents to prepare ... More >>

One Stop Guide to Best Practice

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 4:39 pm | Council Of Medical Colleges

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) today launched A Best Practice Guide for continuous practice improvement for doctors. More >>

Decision to delay Grey Hospital rebuild questioned

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:14 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

West Coast senior doctors want to know why the Grey Hospital rebuild is being delayed because of a relatively small budget over-run due to previously undetected earthquake vulnerability, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Taranaki Students Reducing Maori Health Inequalities

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:07 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Maori students in Taranaki are gaining valuable work experience throughout secondary and tertiary education and in turn, contributing to the aim of decreasing Maori health inequalities thanks to the Why Ora employment pathways program run through ... More >>

Diabetes and Healthy Lifestyles Camp An 'Amazing' Experience

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:03 pm | Northland District Health Board

Nineteen young Northlanders, some with Type 1 diabetes, enjoyed three nights and four days at the annual Diabetes and Healthy Lifestyles camp last month. More >>

The moon-shot to cure cancer

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:32 am | Malaghan Institute

Today is World Cancer Day, a day marked around the globe by activities to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. More >>

Better nutrition policies needed for children

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:24 am | University of Auckland

Most early childhood education services strive to encourage healthy eating among children, but need stronger and more detailed nutrition policies to support change in everyday staff and parent behaviours. More >>

Back to School Bike Safety Tips

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:00 pm | Massey University

For many parents, this week heralds the return to getting the kids ready for school and sitting in cars in traffic for the drop off and pick up. But in some households, cycling will be the preferred way to get to school for New Zealand children. So what ... More >>

New Software to Solve Back Pain Associated with Poor Posture

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 4:04 pm | Prometheus

Poor posture is linked to numerous negative long term health issues including backpain. The associated costs including health-care and absenteeism costs can have serious implications for a business’s bottom line. More >>

Measles Alert Over Infected Plane Passenger

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:58 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Passengers on board the China Southern Airlines flight CZ305 arriving at Auckland International Airport on Saturday 30th January 2016 may have been exposed to measles. More >>

5 Burning Questions Kiwi Cancer Researchers Could Answer

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:39 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

February 4, World Cancer Day, is a chance to reflect on the burning questions that remain unanswered for the disease that is now the single biggest cause of death for New Zealanders.[1] More >>

Colgate and Plunket celebrate a decade of smiles

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 12:39 pm | Colgate-Palmolive

This month Plunket and Colgate celebrate 10 years of working together to promote healthy oral hygiene for all New Zealand children. More >>

Women Can Avoid Pain and Improve Life Say NZ Chiropractors

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Chiropractors' Association

A Sideways Glance Might Help Women Avoid Pain And Improve Life Say New Zealand Chiropractors Paying attention to their side profile could help women avoid neck and back problems and improve their quality of life in many other areas according to the New Zealand ... More >>

Important Message About New Grey Base Hospital

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:44 am | West Coast District Health

Statement from West Coast District Health Board Chief Executive David Meates: The Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group has made a decision to delay the start of the Grey Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre [IFHC] project. This delay ... More >>

Sports Injury Clinics Kept Busy at New Zealand Masters Games

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:56 am | Southern Trust New Zealand Masters Games

On day four at the Southern Trust New Zealand Masters Games the Sports Injury Clinic co-ordinator, Graeme Harvey, said he and his medic team had treated 170 competitors with injuries. Most injuries have been lower limb injuries from hip to ankle: sprains, ... More >>

As Zika Spreads, UNICEF Works to Help Keep Communities Safe

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:47 am | UNICEF

As Zika Spreads, UNICEF Works to Help Keep Communities Safe With the Zika virus now a public health emergency affecting more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect ... More >>

Expert: Identifying Snacks vs Treats a Key to Healthier Diet

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 4:20 pm | Food and Grocery Council

Balancing snacks and treats is a challenge for many people but the secret is in identifying them, according to food and nutrition expert Nikki Hart in a new video on healthy eating released by the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council. More >>

CatWalk Trust To Benefit from RWTS

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 11:48 am | Catwalk Trust

CatWalk Trust To Benefit from RWTS Riding With The Stars organisers didn’t have to think twice when choosing a charity to align with. More >>

NZ heart health trails OECD average

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 10:05 am | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is concerned New Zealand is lagging behind most OECD countries when it comes to deaths from heart disease. More >>

Dates Announced for the First Services to Move to Burwood

Monday, 1 February 2016, 4:58 pm | Christchurch District Health Board

The first of Canterbury's new Christchurch-based hospital facilities will be open and in use in just over four months. More >>

Low Intensity Help for Depression under Spotlight

Monday, 1 February 2016, 2:22 pm | Massey University

Psychologists at Massey University are investigating whether a form of low intensity psychological intervention, which has been successful in England, could be adapted to New Zealand to help thousands suffering depression and less severe mental health ... More >>

Government must act

Monday, 1 February 2016, 11:00 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

Making Sense of Fluoride believes Whakatane is the latest local community to pay a high price for the government’s continued lack of action on its own child health report into fluoridation. More >>

Dentist group supports Council’s Fluoride decision

Monday, 1 February 2016, 10:57 am | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Recent comments made by Te Te Ora advisor, Dr. Neil De Wet, warning of dire consequences following Whakatane’s dumping of water fluoridation are unsupported by current science and are alarmist, according to FIND, a group of ... More >>

Woman Airlifted From Whakamaru

Sunday, 31 January 2016, 4:04 pm | Rescue Helicopter Trust

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to an area of the Waikato River Saturday afternoon at 6pm near Whakamaru (51 km SW of Rotorua) to attend a woman that had received injuries from a fall. More >>

Repeat supplies of oral contraceptives from pharmacists

Friday, 29 January 2016, 4:58 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

New Zealand women to have access to regular repeat supplies of oral contraceptives directly from their community pharmacist. More >>

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - February 2016

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation

One women dies of ovarian cancer every 48 hours in New Zealand, yet most women don’t even know what the symptoms are. More >>

Zika Update

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:36 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has extended its Pacific travel advice around the ZIka virus to include Tonga as well as Samoa as an area of active transmission. More >>

Lancet series - more evidence breastfeeding is lifesaving

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:24 pm | UNICEF

Reductions in child mortality and reduced breast and ovarian cancer rates for women who breastfeed More >>

New operating theatre to increase elective capacity

Friday, 29 January 2016, 12:20 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Public and private elective services consumers will benefit from a new operating theatre to be added to the Wairau Hospital Theatre Complex. More >>

Continuing disparity between gout prevalence and treatment

Friday, 29 January 2016, 11:37 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The latest Atlas of Healthcare Variation shows a continuing gap between populations with the largest prevalence of gout and those being prescribed the most effective drug for its treatment. More >>

Tecfidera® (Dimethyl Fumarate) Funded in New Zealand

Friday, 29 January 2016, 9:37 am | Biogen New Zealand

Tecfidera® (Dimethyl Fumarate) Funded in New Zealand as a New Treatment for Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis From February 2016 New Zealand multiple sclerosis (MS) patients will soon have affordable access to an additional option for the treatment of relapsing ... More >>

Aria Gardens Opens State-of-the-Art Dementia Care

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 3:45 pm | Aria Gardens

Aria Gardens in Albany is excited to announce the opening of their newly refurbished state-of-the-art Dementia Care Unit on Thursday 28 January. The Kauri Wing, catering specifically to cognitively impaired residents, now provides specialized accommodation ... More >>

Medical Council reviewing its Statement on Telehealth

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 12:47 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

‘Our June 2013 statement does not require a significant overhaul as it adequately covers various aspects of telehealth and Council’s expectations of doctors in New Zealand and overseas who practise in this area. More >>

Guild welcomes oral contraceptive recommendation

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 11:20 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) recommendation to reclassify selected oral contraceptives as restricted medicines, allowing trained pharmacists to dispense repeat supplies of oral contraceptives ... More >>

First private Cardiac Diagnostic service in Taranaki

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 3:57 pm | Fast Pace Solutions

Fast Pace Solutions Ltd is the first and only private Cardiac Diagnostic service in Taranaki that has been set up by Taranaki Base Hospital's local qualified Cardiac Physiologist, Michael Maxim. More >>

ALRANZ Applauds Over-the-Counter ‘Pill’ Sales

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 2:15 pm | Abortion Law Reform Association NZ

Medsafe’s decision to allow limited sales of oral contraceptives without a prescription is a good start that must eventually lead to unlimited access, the president of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ), Terry Bellamak, said today. More >>

EPA Revokes Approvals for Some Vet. Meds. and Insecticides

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:52 pm | Environmental Protection Authority NZ

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has revoked approval for 18 veterinary medicine and insecticide products because of the risk to people and the environment from organophosphates and carbamates (OPCs). More >>


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