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Clinical trial shows that a NZ kanuka honey helps acne

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:47 pm | Honey Lab

New Zealand researchers have shown that a kanuka honey formulation can help with the scourge of teenage life - acne. More >>

Health and safety: An Industry suicide prevention approach

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:35 pm | Lifeline Aotearoa

Health and safety - An Industry suicide prevention approach World Suicide Prevention Day is fast approaching and Lifeline Aotearoa is urging the public to learn vital skills to help prevent suicide. Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ ... More >>

Study reveals how much women drink alcohol during pregnancy

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 11:12 am | Superu

Today, the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) released new research on drinking during pregnancy, Patterns and dynamics of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in a recent New Zealand cohort of expectant mothers, using data from the ... More >>

Vitamin D important to protect against bowel diseases

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:27 pm | Auckland University

Wider use of vitamin D fortified foods and dietary supplements to benefit bowel health, are suggested by new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Caregiver wage increases highlight broader challenges

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:06 pm | NZACA

“There is a need for a carefully considered solution to the pay equity issue in aged care involving all parties, including the providers of residential care in the sector,” says Simon Wallace, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association ... More >>

CYF must adopt a Whanau Ora approach

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:13 am | Te Pou Matakana

The chair of the North Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency says CYF must adopt a Whanau Ora approach when working with children and young people. More >>

Health and Safety Bill a major step forward

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Today’s passing of the Health and Safety Reform Bill marks a major step in addressing New Zealand’s unacceptable workplace death and injury toll, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse. More >>

Health and Safety Reform Bill: A failed opportunity

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:49 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The damaged, flawed Health and Safety Reform Bill has been voted through its final stage this afternoon. More >>

Clarity needed on Health and Safety Reform Bill

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:42 pm | NZ Recreation

The New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) is calling on the Government to clarify the implications of the Health and Safety Reform Bill passed in Parliament today, to ensure New Zealanders aren’t stripped of the recreation opportunities enjoyed ... More >>

Antenatal depression missed in a quarter of mums with PND

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:39 pm | Mothers Helpers

Founder of PND-support charity Mothers Helpers, Kristina Paterson, estimates up to a quarter of mums with PND have undiagnosed depression when they are pregnant and is calling for nationwide screening. More >>

No Sales in Controlled Purchase Operation

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:11 pm | Northland District Health Board

A Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) was carried out by Northland Police and Northland District Health Board recently. The operation audited 16 Off-licensed premises in the Mid North and Bay of Islands area. More >>

Improving mouldy damp homes

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:30 pm | HRV

FROM: HRV Chief Executive Bruce Gordon Prime Minister John Key is right when he says ventilation is key to reducing dampness and mould in New Zealand homes. But to ensure a significant improvement in the standard of New Zealand’s housing stock a combination ... More >>

Nurses not responsible for the state of the health system

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:26 pm | NZNO

Any suggestion by DHBs or any other party that nurses’ modest pay increases are the cause of budgetary difficulties are entirely unreasonable says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. NZNO industrial adviser for the DHB sector, Lesley Harry says, ... More >>

Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:42 pm | Kidney Health NZ

Hundreds of New Zealanders will today be celebrating the safe passage of the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill through its first reading in Parliament – not least the more than 600 who still remain on the national waiting list for a kidney ... More >>

Nurses And DHBs Agree on Pay And Conditions

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 1:44 pm | Morris PR

One of New Zealand’s largest collective employment agreements has been settled for the next two years. More >>

Asthma Awareness Week is the 31 August – 6 September

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:14 am | The Asthma Foundation

Asthma Awareness Week is the 31 August – 6 September with Balloon Day on Friday, 5 September. More >>

New Zealand Red Cross Improves It Resilience

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:06 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross Improves It Resilience New Zealand Red Cross has moved 95 per cent of its IT infrastructure to the cloud to improve its resilience from natural disasters. McDonalds IT is working with Red Cross to reduce the organisation’s ... More >>

Best practice at Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:36 am | Best Practice Vets

Assured best practice at Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital has become a BEST PRACTICE accredited veterinary hospital, one of only two in New Zealand. BEST PRACTICE is New Zealand’s only quality assurance ... More >>

Disability Community to Lobby Auckland Council

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 7:41 am | Save Auckland Council Disability Advisors

Disability Community to Lobby Auckland Council over loss of specialist Disability Advisors - Tomorrow - 9am Wed 26 August More >>

Quarter 4 health targets – Canterbury improves or maintains

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 5:40 pm | Canterbury DHB

The Canterbury Health system continues improving against National Health Targets and is exceeding them in areas such as emergency department wait times, elective surgery and hospital smoking cessation. More >>

Taranaki DHB performs well in Q4 national health targets

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 3:31 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The results for Quarter Four of 2014/15 have been released by the Ministry of Health. Taranaki DHB has performed well in the majority of national health targets in Q4. Taranaki DHB Acting Chief Executive, Rosemary Clements said, “A focus on the six ... More >>

West Coast DHB meets majority of health targets

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 3:26 pm | West Coast District Health

West Coast DHB meets majority of health targets The West Coast District Health Board has met five out of seven national health targets, topping the country in one target and narrowly missing two targets by eight and two patients respectively. The DHB’s ... More >>

Guild keen to support rural communities to tackle depression

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:12 am | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) is keen to see community pharmacy play a part in supporting rural communities to tackle depression. More >>

Still no good news for new grad nurses

Monday, 24 August 2015, 4:48 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

A release from Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today, congratulating himself that more new graduate nurses are finding jobs sooner has student nurses and other NZNO members rolling their eyes. More >>

Rotorua turning blue for prostate cancer campaign

Monday, 24 August 2015, 2:00 pm | Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua will be alight with blue hues next month as part of Prostate Cancer Foundation’s national awareness campaign. Blue September will once again feature iconic Rotorua buildings and landmarks lit up with blue lighting. They include Rotorua Lakes Council’s ... More >>

Fatalities up as Fire Service launches smoke alarm campaign

Monday, 24 August 2015, 1:56 pm | New Zealand Fire Service

Fatalities up as Fire Service launches smoke alarm campaign A working smoke alarm could have saved nearly all eight lives lost in house fires in the past two months, says the Fire Service. Yesterday, the Fire Service began an advertising campaign ... More >>

Support key to treating antenatal depression

Monday, 24 August 2015, 1:16 pm | Perinatal Mental Health Trust

The Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust (PMHNZT) welcomes new research released to today which found that one in eight Kiwi mums are depressed during their pregnancy. More >>

One in Eight Pregnant Women Affected by Depression

Monday, 24 August 2015, 9:27 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 24 August 2015 – One in eight New Zealand women suffer from depression symptoms while pregnant, with Pacific and Asian women twice as likely to be affected, reveals new research from Growing Up in New Zealand. More >>

Maori health expert to present at Taranaki DHB

Monday, 24 August 2015, 9:12 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB will host public health advocate, psychiatrist and Maori Health expert Sir Mason Durie at Taranaki Base Hospital, where he will present on the Ministry of Health’s Maori Health strategy, Pae Ora. More >>

Increased focus on rural depression

Sunday, 23 August 2015, 7:18 pm | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) is pleased to be working with the Ministry of Health to provide increased training for health professionals, business networks and communities to tackle depression in rural communities. More >>

No Community for Sick Children

Sunday, 23 August 2015, 10:17 am | Glen Innes Defence Committee

A recent story in the news of a mother whose child is suffering from severe health problems due to their mouldy home in Glen Innes is yet another reminder of the Government's failure to provide adequate and safe housing for vulnerable New Zealanders. More >>

Counter-Protest Anti-Abortion Action at Planned Parenthood

Saturday, 22 August 2015, 10:30 am | Stop Patriarchy

August 21, 2015. New York, New York. Raising the demands “ Stop the Attack on Planned Parenthood ” and “ Abortion on Demand & Without Apology, ” the women’s liberation group, , announced today they will counter-protest ... More >>

New equipment makes a difference for sick kids

Friday, 21 August 2015, 4:45 pm | Tairawhiti District Health

The hot cross bun you ate last Easter may just be helping to make a difference for sick children in Planet Sunshine. Five cents from every pack of buns sold, plus hours of fundraising efforts from Countdown staff contributed to the National Countdown ... More >>

Conference will highlight spirituality in palliative care

Friday, 21 August 2015, 4:05 pm | Selwyn Foundation

The Selwyn Foundation’s Centre for Ageing and Spirituality will be hosting a one-day conference on spirituality in palliative care, with a focus on older people, on 17 September 2015. More >>

More doctors on the way for North Shore Hospital

Friday, 21 August 2015, 11:09 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB (District Health Board) is staffing four new medical teams at North Shore Hospital to care for acutely unwell patients receiving treatment in the Assessment and Diagnostic Unit (ADU). Waitemata DHB Chief Executive Dr Dale Bramley says within ... More >>

Research reveals the secret to a happier and healthier life

Friday, 21 August 2015, 10:08 am | Haystac

New research has revealed the secret ingredients for living a happier, healthier life and why wellbeing amongst Kiwis increases with age. More >>

More focus needed in rural suicide prevention

Friday, 21 August 2015, 8:10 am | Suicide Crisis Helpline

Regions across New Zealand are participating in Lifeline Aotearoa’s suicide prevention courses and Lifeline is hoping more people in the rural community will sign on. More >>

Suicide First Aid, important as CPR

Friday, 21 August 2015, 8:07 am | Suicide Crisis Helpline

Suicide First Aid, important as CPR. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and nothing says this clearer than the provisional coronial data for 2014/2015. With 569 suicides it’s fair to say that New Zealand has a lot of work to do. No one ... More >>

Grants for Canterbury kids as charity road rally kicks off

Friday, 21 August 2015, 7:47 am | Variety Club

Two talented young Canterbury dancers and a group of families with deaf children accepted cheques from Variety – The Children’s Charity last night, to celebrate the kick-off of a charity road run, The Variety Great Southern Dash. More >>

Kiwis get REDiculous for Red Nose Day appeal

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 5:13 pm | Cure Kids

Thousands of Kiwis around the country are taking part in the iconic Red Nose Day appeal (Friday 21st August) to raise money for vital medical research into dozens of serious illnesses that affect our children. More >>

Quality Hotel Elms Puts on a Feast And a Show for CF

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 4:05 pm | Undertow Media

Quality Hotel Elms Puts on a Feast And a Show for CF Quality Hotel Elms, part of Choice Hotels Australasia, is showing its support for those living with cystic fibrosis by hosting a charity auction evening expected to raise over $10,000 for Cystic Fibrosis ... More >>

Doctors concerned at lack of information on TPPA

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 3:55 pm | Doctors for Healthy Trade

Doctors are calling upon the government to provide more information about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in response to claims by the Prime Minister that last weekend’s protesters were “misinformed”. Doctors, other health professionals, ... More >>

Pain and Heartbreak What Happens When the Media Furore Ends

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 2:40 pm | Barnardos

Shock, heartbreak and misery. Though the eye of the public has moved on, the two families who have lost children in the last two months, allegedly at the hands of adults, will not have. What is next for these families? More >>

Get walking to support those with dementia!

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 11:52 am | Intelligent Ink

Alzheimers Auckland is calling for people to join their annual Memory Walk at 9am on the 20th of September at Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay. More >>

Gabi Hollows wins the inaugural Ryman Prize

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 11:29 am | Ryman Healthcare

Decades of work to restore sight for older people recognised Gabi Hollows has been awarded the inaugural Ryman Prize in recognition of her tireless work over more than two decades to help restore sight to more than 1 million people. The Ryman Prize ... More >>

Problem gambling still a significant health issue

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:45 am | University of Auckland

Problem gambling continues to be a significant public health issue for more than 40,000 New Zealanders, according to new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Experts warn of school-based oral health crisis by 2025

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 8:16 am | SCDSS

An aging workforce could lead to the demise of school-based community oral health care services for children and adolescents living in rural areas by 2025, a recent survey has revealed. More >>

Speld NZ Challenges Claim That Dyslexia Label is Harmful

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 8:09 pm | Speld

A controversial author’s claim that the term dyslexia should be abandoned is disappointing and misleading. That’s the view of SPELD NZ, a not-for-profit organisation that has assisted people with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities for the ... More >>

Update on the Save Disability Advisors Campaign

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 8:06 pm | Auckland Disability Law

We are passing on this update from the campaign to retain specialist disability knowledge in Auckland Council to our networks. Auckland Disability Law supports this movement's efforts as specialist advisors are critical to ensuring disabled people ... More >>

Contractor fined $8,607 for potential asbestos exposure

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 5:08 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Yakka Contracting Limited has been fined $8,607 after an employee broke up large sheets of cladding, with asbestos in it, at Bayfield Primary School in Herne Bay. The demolition and earth moving contracting company was sentenced in the Auckland ... More >>

Patients to be surveyed about out of hospital care

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 4:38 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Wednesday 19 August 2015 Patients from over 20 general practices across New Zealand will be asked about their care outside of hospital, in a trial of an online survey taking place from July to October. The survey, created by the Health Quality & ... More >>

Progress towards an Integrated Family Health Centre

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 4:37 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Progress towards an Integrated Family Health Centre in Akaroa - formal consultation on the sale of part of the Akaroa Hospital site begins Canterbury DHB has begun consultation on its proposal to sell land on the Akaroa Hospital site to support the development ... More >>

Doctors across the country at TPPA protests

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 4:19 pm | Doctors for Healthy Trade

Doctors have responded angrily to statements from the Prime Minister that last weekend’s protesters were “misinformed” and “rent-a-crowd”. Doctors, other health professionals, and their families braved the weather and turned out across the country to protest ... More >>

New Zealand answers call for help

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 2:06 pm | ChildFund

ChildFund New Zealand helps launch Papua New Guinea’s first free, nation-wide family and sexual violence hotline New Zealanders have had a hand in answering a long and loud call for help through the launch of a new family and sexual violence ... More >>

Kiwi Cancer Screening Tech Sought After

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 6:03 pm | Impact PR

A New Zealand company's cervical cancer screening technology has been met with enthusiasm by the largest association of Chinese gynecologists. More >>

UK dyslexia expert sheds light on NZ problem

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 5:37 pm | Massey University

The views of a visiting British co-author of a controversial book on dyslexia highlights how the term ‘dyslexia’ has hindered efforts to help children with reading difficulties in New Zealand. More >>

Otago researchers set to develop new diabetes treatment

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 5:21 pm | University of Otago

A nutraceutical developed by University of Otago researchers that could help type II diabetes patients enjoy better regulation of their blood sugar levels has won the University’s 2015 Proof of Concept grant. More >>

New Breastfeeding Support Website for Otago And Southland

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 5:06 pm | Breastfeeding Support Otago and Southland

Breastfeeding Support Otago and Southland (BFSOS) has created a new website to ensure mothers and their supporters can easily access information during this important time. More >>

Pharmaceutical companies don’t want affordable medicine

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 4:46 pm | NZNO

Tens of thousands of nurses around the country are hoping against hope that Trade Minister, Tim Groser does the right thing and walks away from TPP negotiations. More >>

New study highlights gaps in colorectal cancer treatment

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 11:51 am | University of Auckland

AUCKLAND: August 17, 2015: Around 30 percent of colon cancer patients in New Zealand (NZ) first learned they had the disease when they presented acutely to hospital. In the UK, around 20 percent of people are detected in this way. More >>


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