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RACS, Ramsay Health sign MoU to improve respectful culture

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 5:26 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Ramsay Health Care and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the purpose of which is to build respect among staff and doctors and improve patient safety in surgery. More >>

Breathe Easy - Exercise!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the term used to cover a range of respiratory conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. COPD affects one in six kiwis. More >>

NZ’s childhood obesity needs ‘addressing urgently’

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 12:33 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

Action to reduce New Zealand’s alarming childhood obesity rate needs to focus on the physical and social environments we live in, says the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. More >>

AVCA Vape It Forward succeeds where others have failed

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 12:02 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

AVCA VIF provides resources and training to mentors who support those who wish to switch to ENDS from combustible tobacco.   (The figures contained herein are from April 2016, which is the official start date of AVCA -  when it became organised ... More >>

Increasing nursing mothers’ vitamin D may benefit babies

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 12:00 pm | University of Otago

New research from the University of Otago has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies’ vitamin D status. More >>

Wellington to mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 11:51 am | Drugs Health and Development Project

Friends and family of people who have died of overdoses will gather at the Wellington needle exchange on Wednesday 31 August to remember those who have died and to build awareness of overdoses, as part of International Overdose Awareness Day More >>

Community Nurses And Doctors Recognised With Awards

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 9:15 am | Northland District Health Board

The Northland Health and Social Innovation Awards are returning in November this year. This time around, primary healthcare workers are being recognised with their own category and four distinct awards. More >>

Diversity presents unique health service challenges

Monday, 29 August 2016, 3:28 pm | University of Auckland

The unique opportunities and challenges facing health and social service access and delivery for New Zealand’s increasingly diverse society will be discussed in Auckland next week. More >>

Softening police attitude on meth addiction welcomed

Monday, 29 August 2016, 2:26 pm | Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa

The Addiction Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa New Zealand (dapaanz) commends recent comments by Waitemata Police after they successfully concluded their investigations into a methamphetamine supply ring. More >>

Cancer Society Powers Up the Care for Wellington Patients

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:57 am | Cancer Society

The Cancer Society’s Margaret Stewart House in Wellington has launched a fundraising appeal to pay for solar panels that will generate predicted savings on power bills of $300,000 over the next 25 years. More >>

Maternity Services Project kicks off this week

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:35 am | Southern District Health Board

Over the next few weeks women, midwives, primary facility providers and other community providers of services, which support primary maternity services will have the chance to have their say about how best to provide sustainable primary maternity services ... More >>

Lifeline launches ad campaign in fight for survival

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:14 am | LifeLine

Lifeline Aotearoa today launched a “Help Keep Lifeline Alive” campaign as part of its fight for survival. More >>

Surgical Mesh - Why do we have a Minister of Health?

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:06 am | Democrats for Social Credit

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman's latest evasive response to long-standing concerns about the widespread failures of surgical mesh again highlights the selective hands-off approach of successive health ministers, according to the Democrats for Social Credit ... More >>

74% of Belgian mental suffering euthanised were women

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:54 am | Not Dead Yet Aotearoa

They’re killing psychiatric patients in Belgium and the Netherlands – and most of them are women More >>

KEYTRUDA now registered to treat lung cancer

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:26 am | Merck Sharp and Dohme NZ

August 29th 2016, MSD today announced that its anti-PD1 immunotherapy KEYTRUDA®(pembrolizumab) has been registered by Medsafe for New Zealand patients who have previously been treated for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and whose tumours express ... More >>

Nutrition experts defend dietary guidelines

Friday, 26 August 2016, 2:08 pm | University of Otago

Nutrition experts defend dietary guidelines New Zealand nutrition experts are calling for an end to the pitting of carbohydrates against fats and say we should instead focus on what is most important – the quality of food in our diets. Current nutrition ... More >>

Dr Tukuitonga honoured for contribution to Pacific health

Friday, 26 August 2016, 1:22 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Auckland, New Zealand – The Pacific Community’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, has been honoured with a Life Award from the Pasifika Medical Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution and active commitment towards improving Pacific health ... More >>

AUT stroke expert’s global contribution recognised

Friday, 26 August 2016, 1:01 pm | Health Research Council

Professor Valery Feigin has tonight been recognised for his outstanding contribution to stroke and traumatic brain injury research at a special ceremony at Auckland University of Technology. The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) presented Professor ... More >>

Full EUS service reducing pain and the need for surgery

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:56 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Two highly-trained specialists and the latest in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) technology are enabling Capital & Coast DHB to detect some cancers earlier, reduce the need for surgery, minimise pain, and lower recovery times for many patients. More >>

Awards recognise outstanding contribution to Pacific health

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:17 am | Pacific Health Service

The Pasifika Medical Association Service Awards and Life Awards 2016 recognises the outstanding service made by Pacific medical practitioners to their communities. More >>

Winner of a Week for Smokefree 2025

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:14 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai, the holders of the National Tobacco Control Advocacy service applaud the Governments progress this week on New Zealand’s smokefree2025 goal. This week the proposed Tobacco Plain Packaging legislation passed the Committee stage by 108 votes ... More >>

Equally Well wins TheMHS award for innovation and excellence

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:06 am | Equally Well

The Equally Well collaborative has scooped the top prize in the Physical Health and/or Primary Care category at the TheMHS Learning Network Awards in Auckland. TheMHS is the largest mental health and addiction services conference in Australia, New ... More >>

WellSouth Recognised for Farming Mental Health Programme

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5:07 pm | WellSouth

Southern Primary Health Provider WellSouth has been recognised at TheMHS Awards (The Mental Health Services Awards) in Auckland this morning. More >>

Imported Vitamin C soon to be unavailable in New Zealand

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5:05 pm | Natural Health Alliance

The Natural Health Alliance today called on Government to reconsider the Natural Health Products Bill expressing concerns that the legislation will mean many popular household natural products will no longer be available to be purchased from kiwi ... More >>

EnviroNZ gets behind Cancer Society

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:05 pm | EnviroNZ

Waste collection in South and West Auckland is about to get a lot more colourful with the unveiling of a new EnviroNZ waste collection truck design in support of Cancer Society. More >>

SBS Bank steps up (twice) to help meet growing demand

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:59 pm | Ronald McDonald House

SBS Bank steps up (twice) to help meet growing demand at both Ronald McDonald House South Island facilities More >>

Leading Midwifery Expert to Address NZ Midwives

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 2:09 pm | New Zealand College of Midwives

Less than a fortnight after New Zealand midwives began mediation with the Ministry of Health to progress their struggle for gender pay equity, midwifery conference delegates will hear of a similar battle currently underway in Canada. More >>

Mental illness among fathers

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:18 pm | University of Waikato

University of Waikato masters student Jonathon Ashe is conducting research into how men sustain their relationships and manage their parenting responsibilities through times of illness and stress. More >>

New Kiwi Nappy Company ‘Getting in Behind’ Starship

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:51 pm | Starship Foundation

A new entrant into the nappy market, Rascal+Friends, has little Kiwis covered in more ways than one. More >>

West Coast meets majority of health targets

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:02 pm | West Coast DHB

The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring shorter stays in the emergency department, is delivering more than expected volumes of elective surgery, and eligible people are getting assessed for cardiovascular risk as evidenced in the latest national ... More >>

Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita opens PMA conference

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 10:57 am | Pasifika Medical Association

Partnerships will be celebrated this week with the 20th anniversary conference, marking a successful Pasifika Medical Association journey, from 1996 to 2016, which will be opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita of Tonga. More >>

Dunedin Hospital celebrates 150th Anniversary

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:59 pm | Southern District Health Board

Long-serving and retired employees will have a chance to share their fond memories and proudest work moments when the Southern District Health Board marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Dunedin Hospital on the Great King Street site ... More >>

EIT Nursing Academic to Address International Conference

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:28 pm | Eastern Institute of Technology

Associate professor in EIT’s School of Nursing, Pamela Wood is to speak at a symposium in London which will consider past and existing practices in exploring possible innovative strategies to control and prevent infection in hospitals in the future. Part of a ... More >>

It’s time to radically rethink mental health and addictions

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 1:43 pm | Platform

Platform congratulates Network 4 on the release today of Closing the Loop. With it the group of primary health organisations joins the chorus strongly declaring that New Zealanders are being let down by the current mental health and addictions system, ... More >>

Kiwi Instagram Sensation Shares Story of Depression

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 1:29 pm | Zeal NZ

Teen Instagram Celebrity Liam Miscellaneous (19), whose impersonations of celebrities garnered him almost 2 million followers, today launches a campaign video calling for more open conversation about depression. More >>

Southern DHB continues steady progress on Health Targets

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 11:38 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB Chief Executive Carole Heatly says the latest results show the DHB is making consistent gains to achieve the Ministry of Health goals for health boards. More >>

Apple Co-Founder Awards NZ Startup

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 10:51 am | oDocs Eye Care

An Auckland social enterprise restoring eyesight to the blind with smartphones has had its work recognised by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson. More >>

Play your game for Steve - Prostate Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 10:39 am | New Zealand Football

All Whites legend Steve Sumner was never one to shirk a challenge on the pitch and he is taking the same approach to his battle with prostate cancer, which will be in the spotlight this weekend as New Zealand Football urges teams all over the country ... More >>

20 Years of Successful Navigation

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 10:34 am | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) tonight launches its 20 year history book, “The Pasifika Medical Association Journey – 20 Years of Successful Navigation 1996–2016” , as part of the 20th anniversary conference. More >>

Upsurge in whooping cough cases in Taranaki

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 4:21 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB confirmed today that two children aged less than 6 months old have developed whooping cough and a total of 37 people have been notified with the disease in Taranaki, so far this year. Most cases are in older people and the average age being 27 years ... More >>

Research shows new cancer medicines pay for themselves

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 4:06 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Research by prominent American economist, Professor Frank Lichtenberg, proves New Zealand’s investment in cancer medicines reduces hospital spending, contributes to improved survival rates and decreases premature mortality rates. More >>

Breastfeeding Likely to Have Played Key Role

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 3:44 pm | NZ Breastfeeding Alliance

BREASTFEEDING LIKELY TO HAVE PLAYED KEY ROLE IN PROTECTING HAVELOCK NORTH BABIES Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to prevent illness in young children, and becomes even more critical in an emergency says New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA) ... More >>

New funding for research into heart disease

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 1:10 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation has today announced $1.5 million in new funding for life-saving research into heart disease, New Zealand’s leading cause of death. More >>

Helping people with Tourette’s through Camp Twitch

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 1:06 pm | Harcourts

Most people’s knowledge of Tourette’s Syndrome is that it involves loud and involuntary swearing. More >>

Ministry takes further step towards electronic health record

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 12:54 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is taking a further step towards using technology to reduce the number of times patients have to provide their health details to the many different health professionals providing their treatment. More >>

Our health system taking care of you

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 12:29 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

More people than ever are getting their operations and the care they need, according to the latest health targets. Canterbury’s performance in quarter four of the 2015/2016 targets show the District Health Board planned to deliver 20,474 elective surgical ... More >>

Herbalife Family Foundation Launches Its First NZ Programme

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:49 pm | Herbalife Family Foundation

Herbalife Family Foundation Launches Its First Programme in New Zealand to Support Sick Children and Their Families More >>

Funding from Spark ensures free exercise program continues

Monday, 22 August 2016, 3:09 pm | Live Life Well Trust

Funding from Spark ensures free exercise program for people with Parkinson’s can continue to grow More >>

ADNZ raises a new record total during annual Appeal Week

Monday, 22 August 2016, 12:10 pm | Assistance Dogs New Zealand

New Zealanders have dug deep into their pockets and helped Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust (ADNZ) raise a new record total of $45,000 during their annual appeal week. More >>

Neurological Foundation Appeal passes $100,000 target

Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:41 am | Neurological Foundation

The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand is thrilled to acknowledge the support of Mitre 10 staff and customers nationally and record that the fundraising total for the 2016 Annual Appeal campaign has passed the $100,000 mark. More >>

Economist visits NZ to present cancer research

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:54 am | Medicines New Zealand

Renowned American economist, Professor Frank Lichtenberg, has been commissioned by Medicines New Zealand to analyse the impact new cancer medicines have on New Zealand patients and the healthcare system. More >>

Playing with Pokémon helps Jethro through transfusions

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:38 am | Northland District Health Board

Shannon Gantley brings her son Jethro Morrow to Whangarei Hospital’s Children’s Ward on a Thursday each week. While the caring nurses and play specialists keep Jethro entertained, Jethro receives a transfusion of plasma to keep him alive. More >>

Largest NZ programme to fight child obesity kick started

Sunday, 21 August 2016, 9:51 pm | The Warehouse

Largest NZ programme to fight child obesity kick started at 2016 Warehouse Group Gala Dinner More >>

Victoria University health researchers honoured

Friday, 19 August 2016, 2:30 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Two Victoria University of Wellington researchers have been recognised by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) for their work into understanding social issues of health and wellbeing. Professor Kevin Dew and Dr Kirsten Smiler were honoured ... More >>

Government’s child obesity plan flawed

Friday, 19 August 2016, 2:04 pm | University of Auckland

The Government's Childhood Obesity Plan is based on outdated evidence, shows the Government values corporate profit over public good, and is unlikely to solve the New Zealand obesity crisis, according to a new critique. More >>

Nurses support ‘Oranga Tamariki’

Friday, 19 August 2016, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Responding to the announcement of the new name for the government agency the ‘Ministry for Vulnerable Children’, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Kaiwhakahaere says she will be choosing to use its Māori name, ‘Oranga Tamariki’. More >>

Burwood Hospital’s New Facilities Officially Opened

Friday, 19 August 2016, 1:25 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Prime Minister John Key has today unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Burwood Hospital’s new facilities for Older Persons’ Health and Rehabilitation. More >>

#MissingType goes viral

Friday, 19 August 2016, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Blood Service

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) #MissingType campaign has gone viral, hitting the top three trending topics on Twitter and amassing nationwide support for the call to get 10,000 New Zealanders to register as first-time blood donors. More >>

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: the economic cost revealed

Friday, 19 August 2016, 12:38 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch says a new report revealing the hidden costs of FASD shows more needs doing to reduce alcohol consumption. More >>

AIA launches free digital school kids activity challenge

Friday, 19 August 2016, 11:48 am | AIA NZ

The AIA Healthy Kids Challenge uses leading NZ athletes to inspire, motivate and educate primary school children and their parents to lead healthier lives. International Rugby winger Cory Jane is getting behind the Challenge. Launched by AIA Insurance ... More >>


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