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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 >>

New research: one in three adults have pre--diabetes

Friday, 22 August 2014, 11:08 am | Lily and Louis

With diabetes predicted to cost New Zealand more than $1 billion a year, blueberries could cut risk by 26%. More >>

Come feast on our vegetarian history!

Friday, 22 August 2014, 10:45 am | Compassionate Contrarians

The first comprehensive history of vegetarianism in Aotearoa New Zealand will be launched by Rebel Press next weekend. The Compassionate Contrarians , by local writer Catherine Amey, describes how animal-free diets evolved in New Zealand from Victorian ... More >>

Blast Your Way to Better Health

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 2:45 pm | The PR Shop

VitalZing’s brand new range of supercharged waters give you amazing combinations of vitamins, minerals and nutrients – but with none of the sugar, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives you’re used to. More >>

Five Years of Waikato Productive Wards Celebrated

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 1:53 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Patients in Waikato District Health Board’s Older Persons and Rehabilitation service are reaping the practical benefits of the DHB’s five-year commitment to the internationally acclaimed Productive Wards programme. More >>

Children to Learn to Eat And Drink Again

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 1:52 pm | Starship Foundation

A groundbreaking pilot programme has just been launched at Starship Children’s Hospital, which aims to help hundreds of children get off feeding tubes, and learn to eat and drink again. More >>

Operative care needed for NZ homes

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

Medical students can normally be found tucked away in a library, but today they ventured onto the streets to perform an ‘operation’ on a ‘sick’ house, taking their call for improved housing standards to unfamiliar territories. More >>

Unique support after suicide for New Zealand communities

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 12:52 pm | Skylight

Skylight is pleased to announce that their Waves programme, which supports those bereaved by suicide, is now going to be more widely available throughout New Zealand, thanks to new funding from the Ministry of Health. The Skylight Waves Programme is ... More >>

Māori a priority to address poor stomach cancer survival

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:31 am | University of Otago

New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori. More >>

St John to recruit 158 additional frontline ambulance staff

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 9:53 am | St John

St John to recruit 158 additional frontline ambulance staff in 35 key locations by July 2015 More >>

Barefeet NZ set to look after Kiwi soles

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 5:21 pm | Barefeet NZ

With New Zealand Fashion Week in the sights of many of the nation’s most well-known designers, models and fashionistas, there’s no better time to rummage through the wardrobe and take a look at what’s in there and evaluate how much is really needed ... More >>

Obesity affects breast cancer treatment

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:07 pm | University of Auckland

Obesity may affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Obesity is now defined as a global pandemic and it’s predicted that more than half of the world’s population will be obese ... More >>

GPs use mobile tech to support smoking cessation targets

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 2:16 pm | Vensa Health

GPs use mobile technology to support smoking cessation targets Practice-patient communications platform, TXT2Remind, allows GPs to take a proactive approach to smoking cessation support Auckland, 20 August 2014 – General Practice (GP) clinics around ... More >>

Social networks key to improving health in NZ

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:43 pm | Massey University

Turning conventional thinking about health and healthcare on its head by championing social networks is vital if New Zealanders want to improve their health outcomes, and ultimately save the nation money, says a leading public health expert. More >>

Alzheimers Wellington launches new dementia guide

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:53 am | Alzheimers Wellington

This practical guide is designed to help customer service staff better support customers who have a dementia, recognise signs which suggest customers may be having problems and gives practical advice on how to help. More >>

Future of healthcare pay-for-performance schemes in doubt

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:49 am | Warwick Business School

The effectiveness of the widespread use of pay-for-performance schemes in hospitals has been thrown into doubt by new research revealing reductions in patient death rates are just a short-term effect. More >>

STAR treatment for South Auckland patients

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:35 am | Healthy Communications

People with diabetes, gout, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease will soon be getting STAR treatment in Otara. More >>

Two new treatments funded for blood disorders and cancers

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 10:56 am | PHARMAC

Up to 400 patients a year are likely to live longer as a result of PHARMAC funding two new medicines. More >>

Kiwis applauded for generosity on World Humanitarian Day

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 9:27 am | Council for International Development

New Zealand aid organisations who work in disaster relief and emergency management are thanking New Zealanders for their generosity towards humanitarian work around the globe on World Humanitarian Day today (19th August, 2014). More >>

ALRANZ using front website to target medical professionals

Monday, 18 August 2014, 3:44 pm | The Leading Edge blog.com

Brendan Malone of The Leading Edge blog.com has just published an exclusive article exposing the Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ (ALRANZ) for their dishonesty and hypocrisy in using a new front website to target NZ medical professionals who ... More >>

Successful second implant of NTCELL for Parkinson’s

Monday, 18 August 2014, 3:34 pm | Living Cell Technologies

18 August 2014 – Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies Limited today announced that a second patient has been successfully implanted at Auckland City Hospital in the clinical trial of the regenerative cell therapy NTCELL® ... More >>

Twitter study finds powerful potential

Monday, 18 August 2014, 1:27 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

A feasibility study by ESR's Business Intelligence team has shown that combining the data contained in existing fact-based surveillance systems with social media comment could enrich the information that helps inform policy and response decisions. More >>

Malaghan Institute unravels mysteries of allergic response

Monday, 18 August 2014, 12:41 pm | Malaghan Institute

Researchers at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington are a step closer to unravelling some of the mysteries surrounding what triggers an allergic response. More >>

Autism NZ Conference

Monday, 18 August 2014, 9:24 am | Autism NZ

In a week, Autism New Zealand will be gearing up for its Inaugural Awards Dinner. Part of Autism New Zealand’s 2014 Conference, the dinner is designed to bring together people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families/whanau and professionals ... More >>

Secret Fluoridation Review Totally One-Sided Admits Chair

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 10:47 am | Mark Atkin

The secret ‘review’ of water fluoridation will only look at research that supports fluoridationists’ belief in ‘the safety and efficacy of fluoride in water’, says Sir Peter Gluckman, co-chair of this thereby-admitted ‘kangaroo review’. More >>

Vast Improvements Possible for Children with Dyslexia

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 10:39 am | Speld

Specialised, early intervention can significantly boost success at school for a child with dyslexia, according to research findings. More >>

Lifehack social innovation lab to improve youth wellbeing

Friday, 15 August 2014, 12:08 pm | LIFEHACK

“We are thrilled to have twenty of New Zealand’s brightest young people from around the country join us in Wellington today to begin Lifehack Labs. It’ll be five weeks of intensive learning, research, mentoring, coaching and prototyping of ... More >>

Death from cancer more likely in New Zealand

Friday, 15 August 2014, 11:27 am | University of Auckland

Death from cancer more likely in New Zealand Media Release University of Auckland 15 August 2014 More >>

New lung cancer handbook achieves WriteMark Standard

Friday, 15 August 2014, 11:16 am | WriteMark

Cancer has a wide reach. When someone gets cancer, they desperately need clear information—and so do their family and friends. The information has to meet their needs and answer their questions, in as simple and straightforward a way as possible. More >>

SleepDrops’ new sleep remedy

Friday, 15 August 2014, 11:03 am | SleepDrops NZ

Natural sleep company, SleepDrops, have developed a new sleep remedy to help people to sleep through the night naturally. SleepDrops Essential Sleep and Stress Nutrients - also known as, SleepDrops Powder - joins a number of products developed by Kirsten ... More >>

Savings for DHBs in medical equipment agreement

Friday, 15 August 2014, 10:54 am | PHARMAC

DHBs will save another $650,000 a year from lower priced wound care and surgery equipment through a new national PHARMAC agreement with a major medical device supplier. More >>

Pioneering Pacific health organisation re-launches

Friday, 15 August 2014, 10:48 am | The Fono

Pioneering Pacific health organisation re-launches as The Fono offering broader, more affordable services to Auckland communities More >>

NZDA Inaugural Young Dentist Employment Fair – August 2014

Friday, 15 August 2014, 10:22 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The Young Dentist Employment Fair will take place on Friday 22nd August, 1 – 5pm, during the New Zealand Dental Association’s Annual Conference in Christchurch. This is the first event of its kind to be held within the profession and is proudly ... More >>

Auckland's Dog Owners urged to join "The Desexy Revolution"

Friday, 15 August 2014, 10:20 am | Verve Training

Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming Trust urges Auckland's Dog Owners to "Join the Revolution!" 15 August 2014 An Orewa based animal welfare organisation has won praise from Auckland Council for its latest initiative. Animal Management ... More >>

Get immunised now and avoid flu stopping you this spring

Friday, 15 August 2014, 10:15 am | Canterbury DHB

Time is running out to get a free flu vaccination for those who are eligible. Act now and avoid flu putting a dent in your spring plans but remember free flu vaccinations are only available to those who are eligible until the end of this month August 31. ... More >>

Kiwi Kids Need Red Meat

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 4:24 pm | Beef And Lamb NZ

There are few things Kiwis wish to liken with our cousins across the ditch, but a recent published study out of Australia has shown our toddlers are not the only ones who aren’t eating enough iron-rich red meat. More >>

It’s Blue September! Save the date!

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 1:58 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

It’s September and time to Get Blue! o Get Blue! Face up to prostate cancer! o Get tested! If you’re over 40 get a PSA blood test - it may save your life. o Wear a blue ribbon! Show your support! o Donate and fundraise online at www.blueseptember.org.nz More >>

Grey Hospital re-build funding explained

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 1:52 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

Wednesday 13 August 2014 Grey Hospital re-build funding explained Recent discussion about the funding of the Grey Hospital re-build may be confusing for some people but the position is actually very simple, according to David Tranter, Democrats for ... More >>

Māori men at 70% increased risk of dying of prostate cancer

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 12:25 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

Graeme Woodside, Chief Executive Officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand says, “New Zealand has significant disparities in survival for Māori men living with prostate cancer. As a community, it is absolutely critical we support ... More >>

Forestry safety blueprint required – WorkSafe NZ

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 11:28 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ says there’s an urgent need for a forestry sector-led Safer Forests Blueprint for Action to be developed and implemented. More >>

First women’s ward for Waitemata DHB gynaecology patients

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 11:11 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB will build its firstever dedicated women’s inpatient ward – a 15bed gynaecology facility scheduled to open at North Shore Hospital in mid2015. More >>

Mentoring Tomorrow's Rural General Practitioners

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 3:13 pm | Pat Farry Rural Health Foundation

For the third successive year, the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust is offering an undergraduate scholarship to fund up to two sixth year medical students’ trainee intern elective in innovative and challenging overseas situations. More >>

First dedicated blood cancer research unit for NZ

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 2:58 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s first dedicated Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Research Unit was opened at the University of Auckland this week. More >>

$105.7 million Palmerston North Hospital plans endorsed

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 2:31 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board has endorsed plans for a major redevelopment of Palmerston North Hospital that could cost around $105.7 million and cater for the region’s surgical and acute needs for the next 20 years. More >>

Arthritis NZ agrees with ACC complaints recommendations

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 1:23 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand welcomes the report from the Auditor General regarding the ACC complaints process. “We receive a number of enquiries from people who find ACC processes and procedures difficult to understand and navigate.” says Sandra ... More >>

Free flu immunisation ends soon

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 1:15 pm | National Influenza Specialist Group

New Zealanders eligible for free influenza immunisation have only a short time left to be vaccinated before the Government-subsidised campaign ends for this year on August 31. More >>

Waikato Reports Only One New Case of Measles

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 12:55 pm | Waikato DHB

There has been only one case of measles notified to Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health in the last week. The case was a household contact of a laboratory confirmed case and was already in quarantine. More >>

25,000 School Children to help People with Disabilities

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 11:31 am | StarJam

This Friday, the 15th of August over 25,000 school children across New Zealand will Jump Jam for charity StarJam. More >>

Keeping standards high for the medicines industry

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 9:48 am | Medicines New Zealand

Medicines New Zealand’s Code of Practice (the Code) has been reviewed and the 16th edition is out now. More >>

Gaming Device Reinvigorates Rehabilitation

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 5:22 pm | Healthvision

Splatting mosquitoes and catching butterflies are now a core part of rehabilitation for some Healthvision clients with disabilities, thanks to an innovative gaming device originally developed for stroke patients. More >>

New Zealand Red Cross Newswire / Tuesday 12 August 2014

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 5:18 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross aid worker, Gail Corbett is based in Gaza helping to provide emergency medical services to the wounded and affected populations. Read more here. More >>

AEDs And Training For Samoa

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 5:09 pm | Vivere NZ

Next week one of three trustees from Vivere, Byron Williams is travelling to Apia Samoa to deliver 3 new AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) and training on how to use them to both FESA (the Fire Emergency Service Authority) and the NHS (National ... More >>

Mesh surgery disasters are a national scandal

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 12:39 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

The appalling mistreatment of New Zealand women who have undergone disastrous surgery involving the use of mesh is a national scandal which requires immediate action from the authorities, according to Democrats for Social Credit (DSC) leader Stephnie de ... More >>

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō Launches Upgraded Nursing EPortfolio

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 11:51 am | Nga Manukura o Apopo

National Māori Nursing and Midwifery workforce development programme Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō has launched its upgraded and new look Nursing ePortfolio. The Nursing ePortfolio is an essential tool designed for all registered nurses to store evidence ... More >>

 

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