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President’s Address to the ASMS Annual Conference

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 3:05 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

My Dad recently passed away and one of my tasks was to tidy his study, back-up his still running computer, and shut it down. More >>

Children’s Health Rights Violated Say Researchers

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:19 pm | Northland DHB

New Canadian research1 makes it clear that children’s health rights are being violated by smoking in vehicles. A ban on smoking in cars while carrying children under the age of 18 would be one specific measure New Zealand could take to protect ... More >>

Support people living with HIV in NZ this World AIDs Day

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:37 pm | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation and the organisations representing people living with HIV (Body Positive, Positive Women and INA) are asking Kiwis to give generously this World AIDS Day to help raise awareness of the stigma people with HIV still face ... More >>

Patients surveyed on their experience of hospital

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:40 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland DHB is encouraging people to respond to a new survey asking for feedback on their stay in hospital. More >>

New health minister hears rural health’s big issues

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:34 pm | Rural General Practice Network

Key rural health priorities and issues were on the agenda when New Zealand Rural General Practice Network leaders met with new health minister Jonathan Coleman this week. More >>

Two Ticks And Special K is in

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:26 pm | Pead PR

The New Zealand Heart Foundation’s new Two Ticks identifies core foods for a healthy diet - with Kellogg’s new Special K one of the first cereal brands to gain the accreditation. More >>

Beams, Mats And Socks Prevent Falls in Hospital

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 5:27 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Modern technology is keeping Te Awamutu resident Audrey Evans safe from falling during her stay in Waikato Hospital. Like every patient, the 81-year-old had an assessment when she came into charge nurse manager Hayley Colmore-Willliams’ ward in the Older ... More >>

We need your pjs for our Waikids, say Chiefs

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 5:03 pm | Waikato DHB

The Chiefs Super 15 rugby team are running a “We Need your PJs” campaign and are calling upon Chiefs fans to donate new kids warm sleepwear, singlets and socks that will be given to patients at Waikids and families in need upon leaving Waikato ... More >>

Organ donor numbers on the increase

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 4:41 pm | Organ Donation NZ

Organ donor numbers on the increase Organ donor numbers in New Zealand are on the way up this year. So far, there have been 44 donors, compared to 36 last year and an average of 37 over the previous 21 years. Organ Donation New Zealand (ODNZ) believes ... More >>

Oticon Foundation in New Zealand

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 4:22 pm | Oticon Foundation

Oticon Foundation in New Zealand, Wednesday 26 November 2014 Early detection and intervention of hearing impairment is key to a baby’s language and social development More >>

Poor understanding of stroke signs causes concern

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:49 pm | Stroke Foundation

Latest figures show a lack of awareness and understanding in New Zealand of stroke signs, which will have a significant impact on stroke survivors having the best chance of recovery. More >>

Coeliac NZ calls for gluten free beer to remain on menu

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:36 pm | Coeliac New Zealand

This could be the last Christmas that New Zealanders living with coeliac disease can consume beer and other alcoholic drinks safely if they don’t take action. More >>

Hurdles for NHS workers wishing to transfer UK pension to NZ

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 1:01 pm | GBP Pensions

With the UK Treasury’s proposed 31st March 2015 deadline looming, many former public sector employees are already scrambling to get their pension transfer underway. However, there is now another issue of which ex-NHS workers should be aware. More >>

Northland Scores Top of Country for Exclusive Breastfeeding

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 12:17 pm | Northland DHB

Northland has, once again, come out on top with the highest rates in the country for exclusive breastfeeding on discharge from maternity facilities. With an overall rating of 94.7 per cent, it exceeds other regions with Whanganui at 90.6 per cent ... More >>

Southern DHB gets behind NZ Safety Week

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 12:13 pm | Southern District Health Board

This week (24-30 November) is Safety Week. The main areas of focus are alcohol and sport and recreation activities focusing on keeping people safe over the summer period, and highlighting the change in the blood alcohol limit for driving from 1 December. More >>

Norway Increases Trials of NZ Breast Screening Technology

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:31 am | Volpara Density

The Cancer Registry of Norway is expanding trials of New Zealand breast imaging software Volpara Solutions to include seven of the 16 screening sites in the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Programme. More >>

Navigating stepping stones to good health

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:21 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Navigating stepping stones to good health New support roles funded by Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) are enabling people with mental health issues to access what they need to live healthy, independent lives, CCDHB staff say. Navigators ... More >>

West Coast DHB health target update

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 10:37 am | West Coast District Health

West Coast DHB health target update The West Coast District Health Board once again leads the country’s DHBs in the health targets for shorter stays in emergency departments, achieving 100%. The target of 95% measures what proportion of patients are admitted, ... More >>

Maori Diabetes service launched in Whanau Centre

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 10:22 am | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

The launch of a new service in Whanau Centre will help whanau in west Auckland deal with the diabetes epidemic. More >>

Health target first quarter results on track

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 4:57 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB’s first quarter results in the 2014/2015 National Health Targets show targets on track to being achieved. More >>

Patients asked about hospital experience

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:52 pm | West Coast DHB

A random selection of people on the Coast who spent at least one night in hospital between 3 – 16 November have been sent an invitation to participate in a national patient experience survey. More >>

White Ribbon Campaign well-supported

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:43 pm | Northland District Health Board

Whangarei police attend around 60 call-outs a week due to domestic violence in the area and that number is expected to rise around Christmas time. More >>

Free Dental Story Books for our Tamariki

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:25 pm | Northland DHB

Over 60 per cent of Northland pre-schoolers have experienced tooth decay and, in a bid to address this, dental health promoters from across Northland have produced free story books. The books, written in both Maori and English, will be used as a ... More >>

Kiwi Blokes Should Talk to Their Mates For Support

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:40 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Kiwi Blokes Should Talk to Their Mates When They Need Support A new survey by the Mental Health Foundation shows that Kiwi men experiencing emotionally stressful times seek support from a range of people, but should start asking for a little help from ... More >>

Sleep Could Slow Cognitive Decline - Study

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 11:13 am | Tru2U

A study has shown getting quality sleep could slow the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease, which affects around 1 in 100 New Zealanders. More >>

Southern Patients encouraged to respond to survey

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:49 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is encouraging people to respond to a new survey asking for feedback on their stay in hospital. A random selection of people in the Southern DHB region who spent at least one night in hospital from 3 to 16 November have been sent an ... More >>

Health bureaucrats’ nonsense is laughable

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:18 am | Democrats for Social Credit

The nonsensical statements spouted by DHB bureaucracies in trying to justify their ever-expanding management empires has reached new heights with the WCDHB's latest production of a supposedly new administrative position of "General manager, ... More >>

Jan Adams appointed Bupa Director Nursing, Quality and Risk

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 9:48 am | Waikato District Health Board

Jan Adams, until recently the chief operating officer and now primary strategic liaison for Waikato DHB, has resigned and will next year take up the role as Bupa New Zealand’s Director Nursing, Quality and Risk. More >>

Cancer Society names Chief Executive

Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:26 pm | Cancer Society New Zealand

Claire Austin has been named as Chief Executive of the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Announcing her appointment, National President, Murray MacCormick said “Claire brings a diversity of experience to the role. She has first-hand knowledge of the ... More >>

Minister elected Honorary Life Member

Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:22 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand was delighted that at their AGM on Saturday, members unanimously elected Hon Michael Woodhouse an Honorary Life Member. Honorary Life Memberships are awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to Arthritis New Zealand. More >>

Canadian researchers back NZ ban on smoking in vehicles

Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:19 pm | Smokefree Coalition

Breaking research from Canada lends unequivocal weight to calls for New Zealand to ban smoking in vehicles carrying children, says the Smokefree Coalition. More >>

PHARMAC to change how it makes funding decisions

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:09 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC will change the way it makes funding decisions from late next year. Its nine Decision Criteria will be replaced by 15 Factors for Consideration. The change will occur in late 2015 once PHARMAC is certain that people understand the new Factors ... More >>

Kiwis urged to vote for Medibank grant winners

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:05 pm | Medibank

There are only two weeks left for New Zealanders to vote for the community wellbeing projects most deserving of winning 2015 Medibank Community Fund (MCF) grants. More >>

Keeping up with appearances, New Zealand’s Changing Attitude

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:58 pm | Caci

Overdone, pricey, scary. Some of the words that may be thrown around at first mention of cosmetic injections. Despite these clichés, the number of people getting cosmetic injections in New Zealand is increasing, with Botox® remaining to be one of the ... More >>

New sun bed law hits home for melanoma survivor

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Dermatological Society

A FORMER intensive sunbed user and melanoma survivor, Debra Duke, has applauded a move to tighten controls on operators and ban under 18-year-olds and fair-skinned adults from using sunbeds. More >>

Patient Experience Survey

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:40 pm | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB is encouraging people to respond to a new survey asking for feedback on their stay in hospital. More >>

How to avoid 'text neck'

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:01 pm | Physiotherapy

Poor posture from staring at your smartphone, or 'text neck' as it's sometimes known, is damaging your spine according to research published in Surgical Technology International. More >>

Southern Cross Welcomes Discussion on Health Spending

Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:38 am | Southern Cross Healthcare

The Southern Cross Healthcare Group supports The New Zealand Initiative’s efforts to bring some of the pressing issues facing New Zealand to the fore. Corporate Office CEO, Rachel Cunningham says, “We share their concerns about the pending healthcare ... More >>

Influenza estimated to kill about 400 NZers each year

Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:37 am | University of Otago

New Zealand has an average of 401 influenza-associated deaths each year according to estimates published for the first time. This is an average annual mortality rate of 10.6 per 100,000 population. More >>

Dropping ANZTPA joint regulatory agency a wise decision

Friday, 21 November 2014, 5:32 pm | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

Dropping the proposed Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA) is a wise decision, says the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ). More >>

GastroFest raises over $70,000 for Research

Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:48 pm | Gastrointestinal Cancer Institute

The Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute (GICI for short) raised more than $70,000 at its annual GastroFest event to improve outcomes of gastro-intestinal cancer by funding clinical trials and raising awareness of New Zealand’s most prevalent form ... More >>

Decision to abandon ANZTPA welcomed by NZ Health Trust

Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:15 pm | SweeneyVesty

Decision to abandon ANZTPA welcomed by NZ Health Trust Natural and Traditional Healthcare industry and consumers welcome news that the joint agency for regulating medicines and medical devices (ANZTPA) has been abandoned. This millstone has been hanging ... More >>

Living Well With Endometriosis – Seminar in Hamilton

Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:48 pm | Insight Endometriosis

Waikato women and teenage girls with endometriosis will benefit from a seminar hosted by Insight Endometriosis titled “Living Well with Endometriosis” on Saturday 29 November. The meeting will be held in Hamilton, 10am-3.30pm. More >>

Potentially toxic cyanobacteria health warnings

Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:39 pm | Canterbury DHB

Health warnings have been put in place at two Canterbury rivers following the detection of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria), while a health warning has been lifted for potentially toxic algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) for Lake Forsyth//Wairewa. More >>

Significant funding for career development

Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:58 am | University of Auckland

Research into pancreatic diabetes was boosted with the award of a prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship to the University of Auckland’s Dr Max Petrov this week. More >>

Careful prescribing proves superbug resistance not futile

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:49 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Good management of antibiotic use in hospital has delivered “better than expected” results for patients at Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), an infectious diseases expert says. More >>

Clean hands tested during patient safety month

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:00 am | Tairawhiti District Health

A sea of green has welcomed Gisborne Hospital patients each Wednesday this month as the organisation has taken part in a national campaign to highlight patient safety. One hundred staff members have been wearing green ‘it starts with me’ tee shirts ... More >>

Risks of hospital privatisation in Greater Wellington region

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:36 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is so concerned by plans to privatise the public hospital laboratories at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals in the greater Wellington region that it is taking steps to alert local mayors, district ... More >>

Acupuncture is big business in NZ

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:29 am | The PR Company

New Zealanders spend nearly $70 million a year on acupuncture treatments, new figures show. Acupuncture treatments in New Zealand are covered by ACC as long as the treatment is provided by a member of the NZ Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) or the New Zealand ... More >>

Acting early is a key to reducing pressure injuries

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:04 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Today is World Wide Stop Pressure Injury Day, and Waikato DHB is marking it with information for staff and public and an update on the DHB’s own project to reduce pressure injuries in hospital. Sometimes called pressure ulcers or bed sores, pressure ... More >>

Forum focuses on educating health professionals

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 1:29 pm | Ako Aotearoa

How New Zealand’s education and training system can support a strong, sustainable health workforce is the focus of a forum being held in Wellington today. More >>

$2.2m awarded to promising Maori health researchers

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:47 pm | Health Research Council

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has today announced more than $2.2 million in funding for Maori health researchers as part of its career development awards programme – up from $1.5 million last year. More >>

Effects of chronic stress on our brains

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:44 pm | Health Research Council

The pressure of last-minute Christmas shopping can be stressful, but it’s the damaging effects on our bodies and brains from chronic or prolonged stress that’s the focus of a new health research fellowship announced today worth nearly $500,000. More >>

Surgery offers sound to a man plunged into a life of silence

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:58 am | MED-EL Implant Systems Australasia Pty Ltd

“My hearing loss was not sudden but frighteningly rapid,” explains Colin Anderson, whose life changed forever 8 years ago when he completely lost his hearing after complications following a routine Arthroscopy in 2007. More >>

NZ charity launches first mobile eye clinic for Pacific

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:05 am | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announces the launch of a new mobile eye clinic for Fiji. Designed, produced and funded by New Zealanders, the clinic is the first of its kind in the Pacific region: a state-of-the-art 11.5 metre facility which will ... More >>

Wellington Hospital nearing full capacity

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 5:15 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) is encouraging people with minor injuries and illnesses to seek medical help from their GP or call HealthLine. More >>

Imagine if New Zealand was smokefree

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 2:44 pm | Asthma Foundation

On World COPD Day we encourage the government to continue to work towards our goal of a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. More >>

Five individuals and a business to receive Arthritis Awards

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 2:07 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

At the Arthritis New Zealand Awards function in Christchurch on Friday 21 November, five individuals and one business will be acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to the lives of the 530,000 New Zealanders who are living with arthritis. Arthritis ... More >>

Dissolving the Dangers of Sugar Loaded Drinks

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 1:21 pm | Just Water

New Zealand’s battle of the bulge is getting bigger and sugar loaded drinks are a key culprit. But instead of putting water in the picnic basket an alarming number of Kiwis continue to put the switch from fizzy and fruit juice to plain H20 in the ... More >>

Innovative Staff Battle it out at Southern DHB

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 12:54 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is challenging its staff once again to come up with innovative ideas to improve health service delivery. This year sixteen applications will be judged in the Southern Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to give DHB staff the ... More >>

 

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