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Pure Food Co Addresses New Research on Elderly Malnutrition

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:28 pm | The Pure Food Co

May 26, 2017 - A new study released today by Massey University has highlighted the issue of malnutrition in the elderly. The study found 23 per cent of older people living independently in the community, or newly-admitted to hospital or residential ... More >>

Measles case confirmed in Wellington

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:12 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

Regional Public Health (RPH), Wellington has been notified of a confirmed case of measles and is asking people who may have been in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. The infected person visited several public places before they were ... More >>

Superhero Saturday to help fight Superbugs

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:57 pm | Cure Kids

Customers visiting Briscoes or Rebel Sport stores this weekend could find themselves served at the checkout by Superman, Wonder Woman or possibly even Captain America with staff donning superhero outfits all in aid of fighting superbugs. More >>

Strategies needed to prevent malnutrition in older people

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:24 pm | Massey University

New research from Massey University shows concerning levels of malnutrition among older people living independently in the community or newly admitted to hospital or a residential care facility. More >>

Auckland District Health Board signs RACS Respect Agreement

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:18 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. More >>

Auckland DHB signs RACS Respect Agreement

Friday, 26 May 2017, 1:17 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. More >>

RACP calls for health equity in all government policies

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:00 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

RACP calls for health equity in all government policies 26 May 2017 The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is supportive of increases to the Accommodation Supplement announced by the New Zealand Government in its 2017 Budget, but warned that issues ... More >>

NZMSA Supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan: Vaccines Save Lives

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:27 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan’s comments that promotion of falsehoods about vaccination results in harm to our children, the most vulnerable members of society. Healthcare providers, such as Dr. O’Sullivan, ... More >>

Historic Win For Midwives

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:08 am | New Zealand College of Midwives

For the first time in New Zealand history, community based midwives (Lead Maternity Carers - LMCs) will be designing their own funding model for the country’s midwifery-led maternity system. More >>

ACEM statement on 2017 New Zealand Budget

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:15 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) offers the following comments on some of the specific measures in the 2017 New Zealand Budget. More >>

Health funding falls short of what is needed - again

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:22 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government’s decision today not to fund public health care to the level needed is a serious blow for New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Rural health – still on the waiting list

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

The Government’s election year budget has not delivered much-needed funding to primary care in rural New Zealand at a time when pressure is growing across a number of fronts for the sector, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairperson ... More >>

Alliance Health Plus Staggering Patient Portal Increase

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 1:36 pm | Alliance Health Plus

In just six weeks Alliance Health Plus (AH+) has increased its overall Patient Portal registrations by 3,235 thanks to a competition run between its practices. The competition ran from 1 April till 15 May, involved all 25 practices and 109,000 patients. The ... More >>

Under-fives at risk from exposure to household chemicals

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 9:43 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The National Poisons Centre fields more than 6,000 calls a year about under-fives’ exposure to chemicals. One in 10 of them result in a visit to the doctor or a stay in hospital. More >>

Be smokefree for World Smokefree Day (and win!)

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 8:42 am | Oranga Ha Tai Poutini

Stop smoking service Oranga Ha - Tai Poutini is encouraging West Coast smokers to join thousands of others around the world and become smokefree on World Smokefree Day, 31 May. More >>

Int'l Public Health Scientist to Brief NZ Govt

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 4:46 pm | Dr Lisa Bonadonna

An international scientist says New Zealand can solve many of its social problems by encouraging cooperation between government, local charities, and the private sector, and is well positioned to provide a greater role in emergency response and specific ... More >>

Proposed closure of ACC call centres "disappointing"

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 3:17 pm | Public Service Association

PSA members are surprised and disappointed at the Accident Compensation Corporation’s proposals to close two call centres in Auckland and Wellington. More >>

Manchester attack and trauma in young people — Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 1:45 pm | Science Media Centre

Monday's deadly attack at a pop concert at the Manchester Arena, has led to the UK raising the national threat level to 'critical'. More >>

Altogether Autism announces programme for 2017 conference

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 1:11 pm | Altogether Autism

Final keynote speakers and full conference programme announced We're delighted to confirm the programme for the 2017 Altogether Autism Conference at Auckland Airport Holiday Inn, 19-20 July. More >>

Our kitchen rules

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 1:02 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Wellington Regional Hospital kitchen staff are full of beans after scoring 100 percent in their latest food safety audit. More >>

Tongan youth suicide prevention

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 12:06 pm | AUT University

Tongan Youth Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa was developed in collaboration between researchers at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Auckland, with funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. More >>

Genes to blame for gout, not food

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:31 am | Arthritis New Zealand

Advances in genetic research into gout underline Arthritis New Zealand’s message to people living with this extremely painful disease. Gout causes excruciating pain and swelling in the joints of the hands and feet, usually the big toes. It’s the ... More >>

Psychopathy in the wild and in prison

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:11 am | University of Waikato

When people are asked to define a psychopath, examples from popular culture such as Psycho’s Norman Bates, Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter or the Saw series’ John Kramer might spring to mind. But psychopathy is a widely misunderstood form ... More >>

Community based methamphetamine pilot

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 10:27 am | Consultancy Advocacy and Research Trust Inc. CART

Ministry of Health awards $800,000 contract from Proceeds of Crime to Wellington Charity, CART, to combat methamphetamine addiction ( More >>

Too many Kiwi women tolerate bladder leaks

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 9:36 am | Make Lemonade

National award-winning personal trainer Renee Riley is encouraging more discussion about pelvic health because too many Kiwi women tolerate bladder leaks unnecessarily More >>

Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 9:22 am | Murdoch Children's Research Institute - MCRI

Children from disadvantaged households are more likely to hit puberty early and could face poorer health later in life as a result, an Australian study has shown. More >>

Mental Health Poll: Govt not doing enough

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 9:12 am | Public Service Association

Only one in ten New Zealanders think the Government is doing enough around mental health, says a poll released today. More >>

Canterbury health system working hard to keep Cantabs well

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 4:53 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury DHB's performance in Quarter 3 of the 2016/2017 National Health Targets show the DHB continues to strive toward keeping Cantabrians well. More >>

Support for smoke-free alternatives key to Smokefree goal

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 4:27 pm | End Smoking NZ

The Government’s recent decision to legalise nicotine for e-cigarette vaping shows just how serious it is about New Zealand Smokefree 2025 goal, according to a group of leading public health researchers. More >>

HealthPathways bridges gap created by ransomware attacks

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 2:52 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

While health systems across much of the world were crippled by the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks, there were oases of relative calm – the New Zealand health system in general and in the UK where the National Health Service (NHS) was severely ... More >>

Health targets success repeated in Bay

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:42 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Repeated success has been a key feature of this quarter’s health target results in the Bay of Plenty. Of the Ministry of Health’s six quarterly targets the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has exceeded three and was 3% from achieving ... More >>

Government response to suicide miss-placed

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:41 pm | Closing The Gap

The current debate about high levels of suicide in New Zealand misses the point says Peter Malcolm, National Secretary of Income Inequality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc—Closing the Gap. More >>

Doctoral research informed by global and local crisis

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 11:27 am | Massey University

Clinical psychologist Maureen Mooney has confronted crisis situations all over the world but returned to Christchurch to complete her PhD researching children’s behaviour in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. More >>

Sustainability core to the health of people

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 10:42 am | College of Public Health Medicine

Nearly a quarter of all deaths each year around the world could be prevented by healthier environments. More >>

New Research calls for Personal Injury Commissioner

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 9:26 am | The New Zealand Law Foundation

Changes including establishing a Personal Injury Commissioner are needed to help the hundreds of thousands of injured New Zealanders whose claims are declined each year by ACC, important new research has found. More >>

The Hits Puts the Rhythm into CPR

Monday, 22 May 2017, 1:26 pm | NZME.

22 May 2017 – This week, The Hits are shining the spotlight on songs that have 104 beats per minute, the same rhythm to remember if you ever have to perform CPR. More >>

Health researcher awarded HRC grant

Monday, 22 May 2017, 12:36 pm | Massey University

Dr Kathryn Beck from Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition has been awarded nearly $250,000 from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to find out how diet and lifestyle patterns affect older people. More >>

Sleep problems focus of new study on Kiwi kids with autism

Monday, 22 May 2017, 12:34 pm | Health Research Council

New research will look at developing effective treatments for sleep problems that affect the growing number of New Zealand children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More >>

Chronic shortage of doctors

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:48 am | Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Te Runanga O Ngati Ruanui say it’s time for the Taranaki District Health Board and the Midlands Primary Health Organisation to formulate a plan to reverse the chronic shortage of doctors. More >>

Healthcare getting closer to home

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:53 am | Make Lemonade

The accelerating changing face of Kiwi healthcare will in the coming years see health services get closer to where people actually live, a leading national health IT expert says. More >>

Portable operating theatres key for NZ hospitals

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:51 am | Make Lemonade

Mobile operating theatre units will soon significantly help struggling New Zealand hospitals during periods of high patient surgery demands, Mobile Health chief executive Mark Eager says. More >>

Media reporting of Chris Cornell’s death

Friday, 19 May 2017, 5:14 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is deeply saddened to hear of Chris Cornell’s tragic death. More >>

Fred Hollows makes 1 million people see in a year

Friday, 19 May 2017, 4:39 pm | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation has reached a remarkable record with over one million eye operations and treatments achieved in just one year, for the first time in its history. More >>

Fairhaven School Shoots for the Stars

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:49 am | Toi Te Ora

Fairhaven School’s ongoing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their school community has recently been recognised by Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service. More >>

Auckland City BMW recognised for years of support

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:12 am | Mercy Hospice Auckland

The late Bob McMillan of Team McMillan BMW Ltd now Auckland City BMW, will be recognised for his philanthropic support towards Mercy Hospice Auckland at its popular fundraising event ‘Ten – A Celebration of Tastes’. More >>

Youth health and development services are struggling

Friday, 19 May 2017, 9:09 am | Ara Taiohi

Youth development services are working to prevent mental health concerns from escalating and providing much needed health promotion. However, this work is being side-lined by crisis and urgent social issues. A wealth of evidence from Aotearoa and overseas ... More >>

Are you getting your A to Z of Vitamins?

Friday, 19 May 2017, 8:55 am | Canstar Blue

Auckland 19 May 2017. In todays on the go world, full of fast and processed foods, 46% of Kiwis report to feel better when regularly taking multivitamins. This rises to 50% amongst Gen Xers. The finding from the latest Canstar Blue survey reveal a ... More >>

Measles warning issued in Canterbury

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 5:35 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Health officials have issued a measles warning following a Christchurch man being confirmed to have contracted measles while holidaying in Bali. More >>

Nationwide #ChangeDayNZ Pledge For Hospice Awareness Week

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 5:19 pm | Geneva Health

As part of Change Day 2017, Geneva Healthcare CEO, Josephine Wallis, continues to lead change and improvement in the healthcare industry through a company-wide pledge to donate goods to the Hospice retail shops nationwide. The proceeds from the sale ... More >>

Home Support transfer to ensure uninterrupted services

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:37 pm | IHC New Zealand

IHC is pleased to announce quality home support services for people will continue uninterrupted. More >>

NZCare Disability to take over home-based support services

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:33 pm | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ is pleased to advise that it has reached an agreement with IDEA Services regarding IDEA Services’ exit from its contract for home support for people with intellectual disabilities. HealthCare NZ’s specialist disability provider NZCare ... More >>

Ceremony reaffirms partnership promoting Māori health

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:47 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A longstanding partnership promoting Māori health across the Bay of Plenty has been reaffirmed in an official ceremony. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the continuing spirit of the relationship between the Bay of Plenty District Health ... More >>

We Need to Talk to You About Our Gums, Tums And Bums

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:44 pm | Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand today called for kiwis to start talking about their stomach and bottom issues, to promote better understanding of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) to mark World IBD day on May 19. More >>

19th May is designated World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:13 pm | NZ Society of Gastroentorology

In New Zealand there are approximately 20,000 people living with Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis: almost 1 in 225 people. This group of conditions is called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Studies originally from Canterbury and confirmed ... More >>

Patient wifi available at Grey Base

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 12:18 pm | West Coast DHB

Free public wifi internet access is now available in parts of the Grey Base Hospital. More >>

Speaker Announced for Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:48 am | Lecretia's Choice

Professor Doug Sellman has been named as this year’s speaker for the annual Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture in Law Reform. Professor Sellman will discuss the consequences and effects of the government’s Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012, in a lecture ... More >>

Hon. Winston Peters & the Natural Health Products Bill

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:45 am | Guy Hatchard

In a press release yesterday, our local MP in Northland Winston Peters, leader of the NZ First Party and former Deputy Prime Minister has asked that the Natural Health Products Bill be scrapped. This Bill would have a huge effect on the availability ... More >>

New measles case confirmed

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:44 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has been notified of a new case of measles from recent travel overseas, and requests people watch for symptoms of measles if they have been to the following public places at the same times as the infected person. More >>

DHB being pushed into funding deal

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:17 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government is trying to force a public ‘private’ partnership on the West Coast District Health Board that would take money away from patient care and hand it to third party investors,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

13 Reasons How We Can Help Young People Survive and Thrive

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:03 am | Lynne Holdem

“Let 13 Reasons Why turn to 13 Reasons How to make a difference to the wellbeing of our young people. These could be made a priority in Election Year. We could make a big change in the terrible statistics of youth suicides in New Zealand and to the ... More >>



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