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Pink envelopes smooth transition to hospital

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:50 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Transferring patient information between aged residential care providers and Palmerston North Hospital emergency services and wards has been made easier with the implementation of a bright ‘pink envelope’ service. More >>

What is Sjogrens Syndrome?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:55 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Today is World Sjogren’s Day, and Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby reminds New Zealanders that Sjogrens is one of the more that 140 different forms of arthritis. More >>

Be Medicinewise This National Pain Week

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:28 pm | NPS MedicineWise

This National Pain Week (21 – 27 July 2014), NPS MedicineWise is urging people living with pain to know how to use pain relieving medicines safely, and to have a conversation with their health professional about both the type and dose of pain ... More >>

Measles update: Waikato DHB

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:22 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health has been notified of 114 confirmed measles cases to date (23 July 2014). Over a third of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and were already placed in quarantine before they were ... More >>

Lasting impact of pre-birth environment on future health

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:06 pm | Liggins Institute

The Liggins Institute’s newest professor, paediatrician Paul Hofman will present his Inaugural Lecture “Persistent echoes of early life” at the University of Auckland on Wednesday 30 July at 5pm. More >>

St John is New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:33 am | St John

St John is proud to announce it has been voted the Most Trusted Charity in the highly competitive and respected Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Awards. In a double endorsement, paramedics also came second in the Most Trusted Professions category ... More >>

Is there a doctor in the house?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:55 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Around 500 GPs and other delegates are converging on Christchurch this week for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' annual conference. More >>

Nurses serving their community through faith

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association

The New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association will be looking at ways to keep the ministry sustainable at its annual conference in September this year. More >>

Study shows lowest HIV rates ever among injecting drug users

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:11 pm | Needle Exchange NZ

A recent study by the New Zealand Needle Exchange has revealed the HIV prevalence rate amongst injecting drug users in New Zealand to have fallen to just 0.2 percent; the lowest ever recorded in New Zealand and likely the lowest anywhere in the world. More >>

National Conference –“Prostate Partners – Working Together”

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 1:32 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s National Conference will be held in Wellington and a number of significant speakers are involved, including Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall. More >>

Conference Aims to Build Resilient Connected Teen Whanau

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:46 pm | Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust

Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust’s Manager, Cinnamon Whitlock has expressed her support and acknowledged the bravery of Georgia Hagerman in sharing her story in the media. “We wish Georgia all the best on her new journey of motherhood,” she ... More >>

Heart Foundation Welcomes Health Star Rating System

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:30 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation has welcomed the Government’s decision to adopt the Australian Health Star Rating System which will help consumers identify more healthy food products. The Foundation has been advocating for ‘front of pack’ labelling for many years ... More >>

Waikato doctor takes up key Fiji role for eye care charity

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:05 am | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announces the appointment of a prominent Kiwi eye doctor to a key leadership role in the Pacific. Dr Jim Stewart from Hamilton will begin work as the Director of the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji in early September. More >>

Waikato DHB’s New CEO Part of the Family

Monday, 21 July 2014, 5:06 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Nigel Murray is now a member of a very “special family” of dedicated health professionals at Waikato District Health Board (DHB), board chair Bob Simcock told more than 100 guests at a welcoming powhiri at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Mangakotukutuku Campus in ... More >>

Resuscitation – “Everybody can help”

Monday, 21 July 2014, 3:37 pm | Resuscitation Council

International resuscitation experts will soon arrive in Queenstown for ‘Science to Sensibility’, a scientific meeting hosted by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. More >>

Government needs to focus on stroke rehab

Monday, 21 July 2014, 12:04 pm | Stroke Foundation

Government needs to focus on stroke rehab The Stroke Foundation is calling for more funding for post-stroke rehabilitation services. As highlighted in yesterday’s Sunday programme on TVNZ many stroke survivors have the ability to regain mobility ... More >>

Flu vaccinations available until August 31

Monday, 21 July 2014, 11:42 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board says it’s great news that flu vaccinations are now available until 31 August. They are free for pregnant women, people 65 and over and those with chronic illnesses (such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, mental ... More >>

New Approach Needed to Identify Vulnerable Children Earlier

Monday, 21 July 2014, 10:37 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Routinely collected health data on pregnant women could be used in a better way to identify ‘at risk’ children earlier and more effectively, according to a new report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study released today. More >>

First dementia research clinic for New Zealand

Monday, 21 July 2014, 10:00 am | University of Auckland

Treatment options to help slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will be trialled at New Zealand’s first Dementia Research Clinic, in Auckland later this year. More >>

From Adrenaline rush to Endorphins rush

Friday, 18 July 2014, 1:18 pm | Public Fitness and Wellbeing Trust

From Adrenaline rush to Endorphins rush Media Release 18/07/14 Have you ever found yourself turning and tossing in the bed despite feeling exhausted? After a long day at work, rushing home to cook, taking care of your children and finally it was your ... More >>

Researchers investigate impact of brain protein on memory

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:53 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers are investigating a brain protein which may impact on the memory of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Memory problems are common in many diseases of the brain and they are the hallmark of dementia, including Alzheimer’s ... More >>

Plunket encourages Kiwis to take advantage of free vaccine

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:10 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is encouraging New Zealanders at greatest risk of catching influenza to get immunized this winter, and protect themselves from the illness for free. More >>

Serious flaws in rare disorders medicine fund proposal

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Patient advocates are rallying support for submissions to Pharmac about the U-turn they have made on medicine funding for ultra-rare disorders. After repeated refusal to fund novel and expensive treatments for disorders that affect mostly just a handful ... More >>

Precautionary recall of Amoxicillin Actavis Powder

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 12:16 pm | Actavis

Actavis New Zealand Ltd confirms that as a precautionary measure and in close co-ordination with the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, Medsafe, in New Zealand, the company has issued a consumer level recall of all batches of Amoxicillin ... More >>

Network applauds extra rural medical student allocation

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 12:06 pm | Rural General Practice Network

The announcement by Health Minister Tony Ryall of an additional 34 medical places for students next year at the country’s two medical schools, 17 of which will be earmarked for rural students is extremely encouraging, says New Zealand Rural General ... More >>

Glass Fragments in Liquid Amoxicillin Prompts Recall

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 10:54 am | Ministry of Health

Glass fragments found in two bottles of the Actavis brand of amoxicillin oral liquid have prompted a recall by the company. More >>

PHARMAC looks to Pasifika community for advisory committee

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 3:11 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has appointed three new members to its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), all with strong links to the Pasifika community. More >>

English car smoking ban a model for New Zealand

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 2:10 pm | Tala Pasfika

Tala Pasifika has welcomed the launch of a consultation bringing a ban on smoking in cars carrying children a step closer in England, saying its information will usher the measure along in New Zealand. More >>

Waikato Measles Update

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 9:55 am | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health service has to date been notified of 106 confirmed measles cases. Over a quarter of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and were already placed in quarantine before they were ... More >>

Fewer medicines subsidised in New Zealand than Australia

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 3:09 pm | Auckland University

New Zealand has economical medicines policies, but subsidises fewer medicines and fewer new drugs, compared to Australia and other countries. More >>

Ann Andrews QSM author of Positively Parkinsons

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1:27 pm | ElderNet

Ann you live with Parkinson's and have written an insightful guide written in a confident and warm manner. How do you suggest people learn the most from their visits to their Doctors? More >>

First NZ patient to have groundbreaking post-cancer surgery

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1:22 pm | Macquarie University

Auckland's Brenda Frearson will become the first New Zealand patient to have groundbreaking specialised surgery on her leg in Sydney's Macquarie University Hospital tomorrow, Tuesday 15 July, as she seeks to alleviate the debilitating condition of lymphoedema. More >>

Concussion Can Have Effect on Spines of Young Athletes

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 12:53 pm | NZ Chiropractors Association

The New Zealand public is largely unaware that concussion injuries can also affect the spine and this is especially of concern in young athletes, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. More >>

Having it out with Gout

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 12:34 pm | Pacific Peoples Health

For gout sufferers, the inflammatory affliction can cause feelings of embarrassment, denial, guilt and a lot of pain. Issue 3 of Pacific Peoples Health describes how New Zealand has been tagged the ‘Gout Capital of the World’ with many people ... More >>

Wellington Hosts International Breast Cancer Conference

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 12:02 pm | Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group

Wellington, New Zealand, will host the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group’s (ANZBCTG) 36th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) from 16-19 July 2014. More >>

NZAF to take its distinctive perspective to AIDS2014 Melbour

Monday, 14 July 2014, 5:16 pm | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has committed to a large programme at the upcoming conference in Melbourne, Australia. The team has several opportunities to present and share why our HIV prevention programme works. More >>

Former Starship CEO now heading Waitemata charitable trust

Monday, 14 July 2014, 4:43 pm | Well Foundation

The new Well Foundation charity can claim first success with the news it has snagged fundraising maestro Andrew Young as its inaugural CEO. More >>

Rachel Hunter Lends Strong Support

Monday, 14 July 2014, 4:42 pm | Well Foundation

It may have been the windiest day on record this winter, but with the wild weather came three international homegrown superstars to boost the success of our VIP launch at The Spencer on Byron Hotel on Wednesday evening. More >>

Sporting greats help launch new Well Foundation

Monday, 14 July 2014, 4:41 pm | Well Foundation

The Well Foundation is thrilled to launch with the support of its amazing sporting ambassadors, Olympian discus champion Beatrice Faumuinā and Breakers’ basketball star Tom Abercrombie. More >>

Well Foundation launches campaign for training unit

Monday, 14 July 2014, 4:39 pm | Well Foundation

The brand new Well Foundation is getting off to a “model” start with its first fundraising project for Waitemata DHB – establishing New Zealand’s first teaching unit using lifelike mannequins to train medical staff in specialist procedures and ... More >>

Well well well… we’re the Well Foundation

Monday, 14 July 2014, 4:38 pm | Well Foundation

A dynamic new charity – the Well Foundation – has launched and is ready to help Waitemata District Health Board meet its promise of “best care for everyone”. More >>

How to Get Safe & Effective Exercise in New Zealand

Monday, 14 July 2014, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

How to Get Safe & Effective Exercise in New Zealand Not all exercise advice is created equal. While there are changes to the science of the way we exercise and how our body can get the most effective workouts, any new theories or ideas need ... More >>

Appointment to new Quality Clinical Advisor position

Monday, 14 July 2014, 1:06 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has today announced the appointment of Shelley Frost to the new position of Quality Clinical Advisor. The role will be part-time and will complement Shelley's continuing roles with General Practice New ... More >>

HPV vaccination for school boys not yet cost-effective

Monday, 14 July 2014, 11:48 am | University of Otago

HPV vaccination of New Zealand school boys is not yet a value-for-money option, according to a study just published by the University of Otago, Wellington. More >>

Long-Serving Staff Give DHB Sense of Belonging

Monday, 14 July 2014, 10:54 am | Waikato District Health Board

Outgoing Waikato District Health Board chief executive Craig Climo always made it a priority to attend staff service recognition award ceremonies wherever they were so it was fitting, as he enters his last week in the job, that a full house greeted ... More >>

Solo kayaker’s journey across Tasman world first for asthma

Friday, 11 July 2014, 1:09 pm | Asthma New Zealand

On the 19th of April, Scott Donaldson left Coffs Harbour, on a mission to be the first person to kayak across the Tasman Sea alone. Now he’s about to arrive on New Zealand shores. In partnership with Asthma New Zealand, Scott has been raising ... More >>

What manufacturers call Electronic Stability Control

Friday, 11 July 2014, 10:40 am | Oceania Media

Helping Pacific patients and their families overcome language barriers and gain at least a grasp of their respective medical condition is vital to improve general health and wellbeing according to interpreters Vaelua Faauma Lamb and Ikamafana Tameifuna. More >>

Minister launches innovative project helping young people

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 5:39 pm | Mental Health Foundation

On Thursday 10 July, Minister for Social Development, Hon Paula Bennett, will launch Common Ground – a place of support - at the Mental Health Foundation’s Auckland offices. More >>

$10,000 Donation of Toys, Equipment to Child Health Centre

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 5:34 pm | Northland District Health Board

Staff at Whangarei Hospital’s Child Health Centre were in for a lot of fun today as they opened boxes containing $10,000 worth of brand new donated toys and equipment to benefit the children of Northland. More >>

Fergusson the Purrfect Remedy

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 5:17 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato Hospital has 215 incredible and selfless volunteers – but just one, who with her family cat provides pet therapy to Waikato Hospital’s Older Persons and Rehabilitation patients. More >>

Health sector opportunities for students

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 4:26 pm | West Coast District Health

The West Coast District Health Board is reaffirming its commitment to the next generation of health tertiary students with the 2014 West Coast Health Scholarship and Studentship Awards. More >>

Aroha from Hope

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 3:26 pm | Northland District Health Board

Tarchia Joll can relate to many of the fears and anxieties felt by parents of SCBU babies. Nearly three years after losing one of her twin daughters at 24-weeks gestation, Tarchia is able to share her empathy with other grieving parents in SCBU through ... More >>

Value of Clinical Engagement Highlighted

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 3:17 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The progress being made at MidCentral District Health Board to improve patient safety highlights the benefits of clinical engagement,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

A trusted alarm solution for Bethlehem residents

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 3:11 pm | Tunstall Healthcare

Bethlehem Country Club and telecare solutions provider Tunstall LifeCare have recently completed a successful emergency call system transition for over 100 village residents. More >>

Coromandel MP: Make Sure You Get Your Free Flu Jab

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 1:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

With the free flu vaccination programme ending soon, Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is encouraging people who’re eligible to get their immunisations. Scott Simpson MP says ‘GPs and hospitals are reporting a growing number of cases of the flu, ... More >>

Youthline launches its new online space

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 11:56 am | Youthline

Youth development organisation Youthline is broadening the way it interacts with young people on July 11 with the launch of its online community. The digital space is a completely redesigned website, with accessible, interactive information and ... More >>

International Student Counselling Centre achieving well

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 11:09 am | International Student Counselling Centre

The International Student Counselling Centre (ISCC), launched just 3 months ago, is already showing some impressive client outcomes, says Steve Taylor, Head of Faculty for the Diploma in Counselling & Family Therapy at the National Tertiary Education ... More >>

Maternity web pages born

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 5:23 pm | West Coast District Health

After several months of gestation, health professionals and educators up and down the coast would like to announce the birth of the West Coast maternity services web pages. More >>

Pacific Edge e-commerce site for bladder cancer testing

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 11:18 am | Joint Press Release

Cancer diagnostic developer and service provider Pacific Edge is set to launch an e-commerce platform later this month to make its Cxbladder technology available to all New Zealanders from the convenience of their home. More >>

Child Health Information Programme: no child left behind

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 11:08 am | Joint Press Release

A new Midlands Health Network regional programme to prevent children getting lost in the health system and missing out on important health services has been welcomed by Health Minister Tony Ryall. More >>


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