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Woman failed to treat 10cm x 10cm wound on cat

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 4:44 pm | SPCA

A Huntly woman failed for several months to seek veterinary treatment for a wound on her cat’s back that eventually grew to measure 10cm x 10cm. More >>

Autism New Zealand Conference 2016

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 4:00 pm | Autism NZ

The Autism New Zealand Conference 2016 provides a unique opportunity for delegates to network with the New Zealand autism community, experts and international speakers –and share our celebrations at the inaugural Autism New Zealand awards dinner. More >>

Child Injury Stats for Asian Children in NZ Released

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:20 am | Auckland District Health Board

Every year 3 children of Asian descent in New Zealand are killed as a result of an unintentional injury. A further 391 Asian children are injured severely enough to be admitted to hospital. That’s at least one child seriously injured every day. ... More >>

Bowel cancer atlas – brings greater transparency

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 11:01 am | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ), the nationwide charity for bowel cancer patients and whānau, has been calling for increased transparency since 2010 and warmly welcomes today’s release of the Bowel Cancer Atlas of Healthcare Variation. More >>

Flu vaccine prevents struggling lungs

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 10:44 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

For three-year-old Chloe Crump from Tauranga having the flu is life threatening, as she has obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), brittle asthma and bronchiolitis. More >>

Bowel cancer focus of latest Atlas domain

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 10:33 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Bowel cancer is the most commonly reported cancer in New Zealand, with approximately 3000 cases and 1200 deaths each year. More >>

Counties Manukau Health – making improvement count

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 1:29 pm | Counties Manukau District Health Board

It’s a bold objective, but a recent report by the University of Otago shows the South Auckland District Health Board (DHB), which serves a population of 500,000, is well on its way to becoming one of the top health systems in Australasia. More >>

Cecily is feeling charitable towards Glaucoma New Zealand!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 1:14 pm | Glaucoma New Zealand

Cantabrian Celia Allison, the creator of the popular Cecily cartoon character, is joining forces with Glaucoma New Zealand for the charity’s annual appeal month. More >>

Avoid mozzie-borne illnesses when travelling overseas

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 10:43 am | Ministry of Health

In some countries an annoying itch is the least of your worries if you’re bitten by a mosquito. More >>

Scleroderma – Hard to say; harder to live with

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 10:35 am | Arthritis New Zealand

Wednesday 29th June is World Scleroderma Day and Arthritis New Zealand, joins organisations around the world to raise awareness of this condition. This year’s theme is Hand in Hand recognising that for many people with scleroderma the support of others is ... More >>

Colgate recruits everyday Kiwis to spread the word

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 10:27 am | Colgate Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive and the New Zealand Dental Association are launching Oral Health Month across New Zealand on 1st of July to encourage Kiwis to adopt healthy habits for healthy smiles. More >>

Pharmacists go under the microscope for their patients

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 5:35 pm | Canterbury Clinical Network

“It is easy to get stuck in your ways and it was refreshing to have a new eye look at things. We do have more time now.” Steve Thompson Pharmacist More >>

Fewer mothers and babies dying but much work still to do

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:27 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the findings of the Perinatal and Mortality Review Committee report that show a consistent decline in the number of women and babies dying during pregnancy and childbirth. More >>

AVCA group’s Vape It Forward programme

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:22 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy group’s Vape It Forward programme continues to help family and whanau to become smoke free More >>

Sue Wells shares her opinion with Liam Butler

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 3:57 pm | Liam Butler

Sue Wells shares her opinion with Liam Butler on CVD Risk Assessment in Older People How can the aged care and retirement sector apply the CVD and diabetes care e-health initiatives? Sue Wells, Associate Professor Health Innovation and Quality Improvement, ... More >>

MSD signs KEYTRUDA agreement and offers bridging programme

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 3:51 pm | MSD

MSD has signed a provisional agreement with PHARMAC (subject to stakeholder consultation and PHARMAC board approval) to fund MSD’s anti-PD1 immunotherapy KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of advanced melanoma that has spread. Mr Paul Smith, MSD New Zealand ... More >>

World Scleroderma Day 29th June

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 2:26 pm | Scleroderma New Zealand Inc

World Scleroderma day gives the chance for the people with Scleroderma and their families to burn the torch, to the world, to help raise awareness. You need to be strong to cope with this condition and we stand together. More >>

The Mobile Surgical Unit helps people off the waitlist.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12:51 pm | Southern District Health Board

Surgeons and Anaesthetists from Southern DHB spent four days of last week working on the Mobile Surgical Unit that was located in Oamaru and Balclutha. More >>

Alcohol is unnecessarily causing cancer in New Zealand

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12:09 pm | University of Otago

A new study* has shown that nearly a third of all alcohol-related deaths in New Zealand are due to cancer; and that the cancers involved include two of the most common cancers in New Zealand – breast cancer in women, and bowel cancer in men and women. More >>

Kindness to the fore in Canterbury

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 9:43 am | All Right

In the last three weeks nearly 4,500 Cantabrians have discovered their hidden strengths as part of the All Right? campaign’s latest project. Throughout June All Right? has been encouraging Cantabrians to spend 15 minutes doing an online quiz so they ... More >>

Applications close Friday 1st July for $3000 Scholarship

Monday, 27 June 2016, 3:36 pm | Rural Women New Zealand

Applications close this week for $3000 education scholarship for health professionals with an interest in the rural sector. More >>

The path to patient centred care in NZ’s health system

Friday, 24 June 2016, 4:09 pm | ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has produced the first of a series of short papers arguing for patient centred care to be clearly driving changes in the health system. More >>

Picture perfect scans for mums and bubs

Friday, 24 June 2016, 3:59 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Women across the lower North Island and upper South Island now have free access to the latest in ultrasound technology, with Wellington Regional Hospital having this week installed two new maternal fetal medicine (MFM) ultrasound scanners. More >>

WERO a success among mental health patients and staff

Friday, 24 June 2016, 2:23 pm | WERO

WERO was designed to appeal to the competitive nature of smoking Maori, and after a successful pilot in Te Taitokerau and Hawke's Bay, was funded through the innovation fund for national competitions. Teams of 10 could register their waka and with a ... More >>

CCDHB helps kids get energized

Friday, 24 June 2016, 2:01 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Eating right and getting active is the name of the game at Rangikura School in Porirua, which has today become the latest school to enrol in Capital & Coast DHB’s new initiative to combat childhood obesity – Project Energize. More >>

Professor Henry Brodaty wins the 2016 Ryman Prize

Friday, 24 June 2016, 11:15 am | Ryman Healthcare

Professor Henry Brodaty wins the 2016 Ryman Prize World class researcher, clinician, advocate and pioneer recognised for three decades of work More >>

NTCELL® Parkinson’s trial results to be presented in Berlin

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:55 am | LCT Global

As advised in our 7 June announcement of the trial results, Dr Barry Snow is presenting 81 week+ data on the safely and clinical effects of NTCELL in patients with Parkinson’s disease at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement ... More >>

NCHIP will help make sure no child falls between the cracks

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 12:35 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The health of children in the Taranaki region will be better off with the launch of the National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) and Child and Youth Coordination Service (CaY-C) this week. More >>

Calling for the return of loan equipment no longer required

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:16 am | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

If you are no longer using Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy equipment, please return it to your local hospital. The Allied Health team are asking clients to return loan equipment which is no longer required to ensure there is enough in stock for ... More >>

Weighty future in store for pre-term babies

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:13 am | Liggins Institute

Parents of premature babies need to be extra vigilant in ensuring their children eat a good diet and remain active, with researchers today revealing a link between pre-term birth and weight-related health complications in later life. More >>

Vensa Health recognised in NZ Health IT Innovation Awards

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:53 am | Vensa Health

AUCKLAND, NZ., June 22, 2016 – Vensa Health ( www.vensa.com ), New Zealand’s leading Mobile Health solutions company, was one of five New Zealand Health IT companies recognised for innovation at the NZ Healthcare Congress Awards Dinner in Auckland ... More >>

New steps to tackle worsening Asian heart health

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:52 am | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is taking action to help address the declining heart health of Asians living in New Zealand, as indicated by concerning statistics. More >>

Multiples NZ celebrates volunteers who give their time.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 3:06 pm | Multiples NZ

When you have a family it can be hard to find time to give to others. Yet, regardless of numerous commitments, Multiples NZ has a strong, dedicated base of volunteers who freely give their time to support families with twins and triplets. More >>

$7.9m for long-term health conditions research

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the opening of applications for a new $7.9 million research fund to help improve the management of long-term health conditions. More >>

Sky Bridge next major step

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:41 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key today opened North Shore Hospital’s new Sky Bridge linking the Elective Surgery Centre (ESC) with the main hospital tower as part of plans to further integrate and expand services on the North Shore Hospital ... More >>

GMRI backs extension of free HPV vaccination to boys

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:22 am | Gillies McIndoe Research Institute

Renowned plastic surgeon and cancer researcher Dr Swee Tan has come out in support of PHARMAC’s proposal to introduce free vaccinations to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) induced throat cancers. More >>

Doctor to rub shoulders with Kiwi rugby elites

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:12 am | Lincoln University

An orthopaedic surgeon who works with Japan’s under-20 rugby team has come to Lincoln University to get more experience working with professional rugby players. More >>

Commissioner invests in Primary Health Care for South

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 4:09 pm | Southern District Health Board

More clinical pharmacists, and greater access to “telehealth” were two significant investments in a safer, more patient-centred health system approved by Commissioner Kathy Grant, discussed at today’s Southern District Health Board Commissioner team ... More >>

Unlocking Family Medical History Is Key To Glaucoma Preventi

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:40 pm | SpecSavers

Less than half of the New Zealand population are aware of family eye health history, potentially putting their sight at risk More >>

Kiwi kids need to kick screens to the curb and exercise more

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:32 pm | AIA Group

Kiwi kids need to kick screens to the curb and exercise more New healthy living statistics released by AIA New Zealand More >>

Winter fire safety tips can save lives

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 10:24 am | Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand is urging its tenants to follow the New Zealand Fire Service’s winter fire safety messages after a recent spate of fires. More >>

Veterans And First Responders Struggle

Monday, 20 June 2016, 4:02 pm | Rannerdale Veteran Care

“When a Kiwi war veteran needs crowd fundraising to help pay for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, theres clearly a problem with the level of care and support were providing,” says Steve Shamy, General Manager of Rannderdale ... More >>

Motor Neurone Disease- Latest News

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:24 pm | MND Association

Global MND/ALS Awareness Day is June 21, 2016 • Walks 2 D'Feet MND to be held in 12 New Zealand cities and towns on September 25th • Three inspiring women with MND take the lead • Well-known Kiwis join upcoming campaign More >>

South Island DHBs join forces to tackle childhood obesity

Monday, 20 June 2016, 12:47 pm | South Island Alliance

The five South Island district health boards (DHBs) have agreed on a regional approach to address childhood obesity and meet the new Ministry of Health target, which comes into effect on 1 July. More >>

Tuia Te Ao Marama: Māori Nursing History Online

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:43 am | New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses

The first Oral History website of Māori nurses who practiced in mental health services between 1950 to 1990 was launched at Whatu Kaimarie, Māori Health Services in Auckland. The website is a resource that will ensure the history, knowledge and experiences ... More >>

Volunteers vital in fight against heart disease

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:36 am | The Heart Foundation

As the country celebrates National Volunteer Week, the Heart Foundation is offering its heartfelt thanks to the thousands of volunteers who give their time to support the fight against heart disease. More >>

Visitors to New Plymouth may have exposed others to Measles

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:27 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB’s Medical Officer of Health said today that two people who have recently visited New Plymouth have been confirmed with having measles. More >>

Pelvic Floor Focus

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:08 am | Continence NZ

As the popularity of extreme exercise grows, so does the prevalence of pelvic floor damage but public awareness and knowledge among the fitness profession remain seriously insufficient. As a response to the issue and in an effort to empower and inform women ... More >>

KGI Professor Animesh Ray Granted Funding

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 10:44 am | Keck Graduate Institute

KGI Professor Animesh Ray Granted Funding by the Department of Defense for Research on Lung Cancer Drug Resistance More >>

Women’s health should not pay the price

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 7:01 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (17 June 2016) – The United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice today called on Governments to take urgent, immediate and effective actions to address the global challenge of safeguarding women’s right ... More >>

1000 + have benefitted from hospital flight service

Friday, 17 June 2016, 4:28 pm | Hauora Tairawhiti

In 2012 the then Tairāwhiti District Health Board made the decision to launch its own flight service. Faced with increasing costs and lengthy delays getting patients urgent access to specialist care in larger hospitals, an innovative solution was ... More >>

Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2015

Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:42 pm | Statistics New Zealand

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2015 was comparable to last year, Statistics New Zealand said today. A total of 13,155 induced abortions were performed, compared with 13,137 in 2014. More >>

Minister of Health honours Totara Hospice Youth Ambassadors

Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:10 pm | Totara

The work of a group of young people helping those with life-limiting illness in the South Auckland region has been recognised with a special award from the Minister of Health. More >>

RHĀNZ delighted with Rural Mental Wellness Initiatives

Friday, 17 June 2016, 12:47 pm | Federated Farmers

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) is delighted to be taking a lead role in two of the Government’s rural mental wellness initiatives announced at Fieldays today More >>

Bringing stroke specialists to bedsides – via video

Friday, 17 June 2016, 11:13 am | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Nelson Marlborough Health is one of three district health boards to pilot a tele-stroke service that will give doctors 24/7 access to a neurologist based at Wellington Regional Hospital. More >>

Movember funded registry to transform treatment outcomes

Friday, 17 June 2016, 9:11 am | Movember

The way men are treated for prostate cancer is set to change with the launch of the world’s largest national prostate cancer registry that incorporates clinical data alongside patient feedback of their lived experiences. More >>

Incident at Ravensdown Hornby plant

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 4:08 pm | Ravensdown

An incident involving an independent contractor happened on site at Ravensdown’s Hornby manufacturing plant in Christchurch today (Thursday 16 June) at 9.30am. The contractor had been undertaking maintenance on a circuit breaker. More >>

Medsafe highlights dangers of online medicines

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 1:07 pm | Ministry of Health

Medsafe is reminding New Zealanders of the dangers of purchasing medicines online from overseas, following a global week of action led by INTERPOL. More >>

$890,000 funding to investigate nursing fatigue

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:26 am | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is thrilled to be part of a 3-year research project that aims to find ways of managing fatigue in hospital-based nurses. More >>

Loss of PAFT massive blow to families of twins and triplets

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:24 am | Multiples NZ

Multiples NZ is saddened and worried by the loss of a key support agency available to parents of multiples. Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) has provided families of twins, triplets and higher order multiples with support, guidance and understanding ... More >>

 

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