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Oticon Foundation grants to assist hearing impaired

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 5:01 pm | Oticon Foundation

Grant applications are now being sought for projects and activities to improve the lives of hearing impaired New Zealanders. In 2014, the Oticon Foundation donated close to $260,000 to support human rights advocacy, research, hearing care professional ... More >>

Hospital patients urged to take part in care survey

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 12:53 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is encouraging people to join the growing number of patients helping district health boards (DHBs) assess the quality of care in public hospitals. For the Commission’s third patient experience survey, 6000 ... More >>

Melanoma Deadlier Than Road Fatalities

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 12:33 pm | Accuro Health Insurance

More people die from melanoma each year than are killed annually in road crashes. This statistic is part of a comprehensive submission made to parliament’s Health Select Committee which is considering outlawing sunbeds for people under the age ... More >>

Use painkillers with care

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 12:26 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby today urged people who use paracetamol not to be alarmed by recent reports of potential health risks. She was referring to media reports of potential risk of death, or kidney, intestinal and heart problems. More >>

A New Zealand Solution to a Global Problem

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:30 am | Tuatara Natural Products

A NEW ZEALAND SOLUTION TO A GLOBAL PROBLEM A little pill is providing an exciting answer to one of the world’s greatest and fastest growing problems: Obesity. More >>

Infant formula marketing decision welcomed

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:11 am | Infant Nutrition Council

The Infant Nutrition Council (INC) is pleased that the Commerce Commission has come to a preliminary decision to authorise the INC's Code of Practice for marketing infant formula. More >>

Free CPR training helps save lives in Waikanae

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 3:53 pm | Wellington Free Ambulance

Free CPR training helps save lives in Waikanae Waikanae residents will soon be better equipped to save lives, thanks to Wellington Free Ambulance and the Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade. More >>

Southern DHB launches New “Safety1st” System

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 1:58 pm | Southern District Health Board

The new electronic risk management system - Safety1st – went “live” across Southern today, part of a regional initiative to support continuous improvements in safety and the experience of care within hospitals and associated community services. More >>

World Birth Defects Day is launched

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 11:24 am | NZORD

NZORD is pleased to see the development of an international effort to recognize the impact of birth defects and acknowledges the lead taken by the NZ Birth Defects Registry to fly the NZ flag in this wider network. You can join in the network by signing ... More >>

Stroke campaign takes FAST-track to success

Monday, 2 March 2015, 4:55 pm | Stroke Foundation

Improved public awareness around the signs of stroke will now FAST-track more stroke survivors to hospital care, increasing their chances of survival and recovery. Last year a six-week stroke awareness campaign funded by the Ministry of Health was piloted ... More >>

ACC launches new recovery service for clients

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:13 pm | Accident Compensation Corporation

ACC is formally launching its new Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims or ISSC. The service has been underway since November 2014 and provides people who have experienced sexual violence with safe and flexible access to a range of support, assessment and ... More >>

Flying High for Waikato’s Future

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:12 pm | Waikato District Health Board

One of Waikato’s own has been invited to Harvard as part of a programme that aims to train global leaders in child oral health and prevention. More >>

Gobsmacking Lack of Financial Analysis for Lab Proposal

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:11 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of ... More >>

Kawatiri planned birthing recommences

Monday, 2 March 2015, 12:07 pm | West Coast District Health

Kawatiri planned birthing recommences The planned birthing service for pregnant women who are assessed as being low risk recommences in the Kawatiri Birthing Unit from today. A 2013 review of West Coast DHB maternity services, undertaken by clinicians ... More >>

Line up of experts to address GBS national conference

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:13 pm | GBS Support

The seventh national conference organised by the Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group of New Zealand will be held from 8 to 10 May 2015 at the Sudima Hotel in Rotorua. More >>

Press Release from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of NZ

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:45 am | Voluntary Euthanasia Society

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand has launched a petition urging Parliament to debate a law change that would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients end their suffering. More >>

New Research Links Water Fluoridation to ADHD

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 12:54 pm | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Strong research published in the British Medical Journal this week shows a significant relationship between fluoridated water and ADHD , with each 1% increase in artificial fluoridation prevalence in 1992 being associated with approximately 67,000 to 131,000 ... More >>

TDH’s finances expected to improve

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:23 am | Tairawhiti DHB

A very busy winter, more cancer patients getting more treatment and extra hip and knee operations have contributed to a poor financial result for Tairāwhiti District Health seven months into the financial year. More >>

Naki Boys Roll Out Yellow Welcome to Help Kiwi Kids

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:09 am | Variety Bash

Nigel Williams knows a lot of soft-hearted Taranaki blokes. He runs the Naki Boys, a loose-knit group of Kiwi mates who run fund-raisers in aid of Variety – The Children’s Charity, and each year form a team to run the bright yellow Naki fire engine in the ... More >>

Top chef focused on the ‘recipe for life’

Friday, 27 February 2015, 1:54 pm | Melanoma New Zealand

Josh Emett, a Michelin star winner, judge of TV One’s MasterChef , co-owner of Queenstown restaurants Madam Woo and Rata and Food Director at Auckland’s Ostro, knows the importance of keeping his skin from getting cooked in the searing New Zealand ... More >>

Routine testing for increased tech time

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:59 am | Campuspecs

Independent Auckland CBD optometry practice, Campuspecs, is asking the public to invest in their personal wellbeing by making time for a routine eye examination. More >>

Challenge to NZ after 10 years of global tobacco control

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:12 am | Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition wants New Zealanders everywhere to mark the tenth anniversary of an international tobacco control treaty by striking a blow against Big Tobacco. More >>

Orphan Drug negotiations hampered by inadequate budget

Friday, 27 February 2015, 10:54 am | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Pharmac’s announcement that it’s in active negotiation with 8 companies for supply of medicines for rare disorders, is welcome news for patients currently denied access to approved “orphan” medicines. But the NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders says ... More >>

Gluckman Review downplays risk to IQ from fluoridation

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:06 am | New Health New Zealand

The panel convened in 2014 to review water fluoridation has been forced to quietly amend an error in its report about the effects of fluoridation on IQ following international peer review. In an open letter to co-commissioners of the report, Sir Peter Gluckman ... More >>

PHARMAC in negotiations over rare disorders medicines

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:03 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is in active negotiations with several suppliers as a result of its competitive process for rare disorders medicines. On the eve of World Rare Diseases Day, PHARMAC has announced that 28 proposals from eight suppliers emerged from its request for ... More >>

Just growing pains or something more serious?

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 3:47 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“Growing pains” are not uncommon in children, with up to 20% of children experiencing leg pain during periods of growth. However Arthritis New Zealand CEO Sandra Kirby notes for some children pain in the legs is a symptom that might need further investigation. More >>

"Cellphones Don't Cause Brain Cancer" – Yeah Right!

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:24 pm | Journal of Natural Medicine

In the same great tradition that has seen NZ "punching above its weight" and besting "overseas experts" a new paper from a group of researchers at the University of Auckland is being promoted as showing that there’s no connection ... More >>

Mobile phones not causing increase in brain tumours

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:11 pm | University of Auckland

The risk of brain tumours has not changed significantly with increased mobile phone use, according to new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Alcohol consumption decline a drop in the bucket

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:42 am | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch Director Rebecca Williams says figures released by Statistics NZ yesterday showing a 2 percent decline in alcohol availability are positive, but that New Zealand still has a long way to go in terms of reducing heavy drinking. More >>

Lack of exercise causes 12.7 percent of all deaths in NZ

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:28 am | College of Public Health Medicine

A lack of physical exercise is one of the most significant causes of death in New Zealand, and a national action plan is needed to increase Kiwis’ everyday levels of activity. The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine says physical activity ... More >>

NZ clinical trials give hope to cataract sufferers

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 4:13 pm | Abbott

New Zealand surgeons are leading the way in cataract surgery outcomes with local clinical trials of a new cataract lens technology proven to give people with cataracts an extended range of vision and a higher level of independence from eyeglasses [1,2]. More >>

Consumer NZ and Cancer Society call for ban on sunbeds

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 3:29 pm | Consumer

Consumer NZ and the Cancer Society are calling for an outright ban on commercial sunbeds. Although both organisations support amendments to the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill banning the provision of sunbed services to under-18s, they argue ... More >>

Connecting to the environment for better health outcomes

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 12:06 pm | Toi Tangata

“Exploring Māori health from our own indigenous knowledge base, rather than as a reaction to prevailing Māori health crises is what we call a ‘kaupapa Māori approach’ for Māori health outcomes” says Leonie Matoe, Managing Director for ... More >>

Southern DHB patients getting cancer treatment faster

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 5:27 pm | Southern District Health Board

The new faster cancer treatment health targets show that Southern patients are getting their treatment faster. More >>

NZORD - the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 3:54 pm | NZORD

February 28th is Rare Disease Day and an opportunity for those who often slip below the radar in our health system, to have some focus on their needs and interests. Getting a timely and accurate diagnosis can be one of the major hurdles they face, ... More >>

Who are the happiest and healthiest New Zealanders?

Monday, 23 February 2015, 3:14 pm | Network Communication

Already more than 31,500 Kiwis have taken the Choose Wellness Quiz since end October last year and our septuagenarians have come out on top! The Nestlé Choose Wellness Quiz gives a score of up to 100 based on happiness, diet, exercise, health behaviours, ... More >>

Organ Donation New Zealand release Annual Report

Monday, 23 February 2015, 2:07 pm | Organ Donation NZ

Figures released by Organ Donation New Zealand (ODNZ) show the number of deceased organ donors in 2014 was 46, up from an average of 36 donors per year between 2004 and 2013. More >>

NZ’s First Bilingual Emergency Service Vehicles

Monday, 23 February 2015, 11:27 am | Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori

Tūranganui-a-Kiwa to be home to NZ’s First Bilingual Emergency Service Vehicles. More >>

Chiropractic Care May Boost Strength And Prevent Fatigue

Monday, 23 February 2015, 11:03 am | NZ College of Chiropractic

New research into the effects of chiropractic care suggests that it may have an important role to play in maximising sporting performance and aid recovery from a range of conditions where muscle function has been compromised. More >>

Well Child Week starts today

Monday, 23 February 2015, 10:09 am | Well Child

This week is ‘Well Child Week’ (February 23 to 28), and it is evident that more work is needed to ensure infants receive all the health checks they are entitled to. Recent data from the Ministry of Health shows that one in four babies is not ... More >>

Farewell to Northland Pioneer Doctor

Friday, 20 February 2015, 4:46 pm | Northland District Health Board

He’s the man responsible for introducing the ‘Grommet Blitz’ to Northland and much more but today the well-respected Northland ear, nose and throat surgeon was farewelled for a joint retirement with anaesthetist wife Sue. More >>

NZ-Japan research to unlock health benefits in food

Friday, 20 February 2015, 2:17 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced three collaborative research projects with Japan, which will focus on functional foods. Functional foods are innovative food products or ingredients that provide added benefits to human ... More >>

Andrew Connolly re-elected chairperson of Medical Council

Friday, 20 February 2015, 12:37 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Mr Andrew Connolly has been re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand. More >>

People encouraged to ask pharmacists about their medicines

Friday, 20 February 2015, 11:33 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Taking control of your medicines to help stay on the right track with your health could be as simple as talking to a pharmacist, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission. More >>

Research Highlights the Link Between Alcohol And Cancer

Friday, 20 February 2015, 11:29 am | National Addiction Centre

Research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today shows that although injury is the biggest cause of alcohol-related deaths overall, the leading cause of death in women, both Maori and non-Maori women, is breast cancer. In fact, Maori women ... More >>

Pink bales make a difference for breast cancer

Friday, 20 February 2015, 11:21 am | Sweet Louise

Pink bales make a difference for breast cancer $23,000 will go a long way in supporting women and men living with secondary breast cancer thanks to the pink bales spotted all around the country. Agpac, crop packaging suppliers, sold all 3000 kilometres ... More >>

Canterbury researchers surveying people in palliative care

Friday, 20 February 2015, 10:47 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s School of Health Sciences is appealing for people to take part in interviews to help understand the context of end-of-life and palliative care in the community. More >>

Government revisit of food regulation urged

Friday, 20 February 2015, 9:59 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago economist has written in the latest issue of the prestigious medical journal The Lancet that Government policy-makers serious about curbing the obesity epidemic should take into account the evidence from behavioural sciences ... More >>

‘WE HEART TARANAKI’ campaign receives major boost

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 1:44 pm | Taranaki Health Foundation

The Taranaki Health Foundation is thrilled to announce Methanex New Zealand as the major corporate sponsor of the WE HEART TARANAKI community fundraising campaign launched in Stratford today. The campaign aims to raise $1.2 million towards the cost of a ... More >>

Acclaimed Fluoridation Experts Touring NZ in February

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 10:39 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

On invitation from public health education and advocacy organisation Fluoride Free New Zealand, international fluoridation experts Professor Emeritus Paul Connett and Dr Bill Hirzy will be in New Zealand next week, 22nd to the 28th of February. Dr ... More >>

Canterbury clinical audiologist researching the ringing

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 10:15 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury clinical audiologist is investigating treatments and training approaches, to help improve management of hearing loss and tinnitus, which is a ringing in people’s ears. More >>

Children and young people deaths reduced by half since 1980

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 9:55 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The number of children and young people who die in New Zealand each year has more than halved since 1980, a new report shows. More >>

Smokefree cars driving us to 2025

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 5:24 pm | Te Ara Ha Ora

There has been a lot of noise nationally about the banning of smoking in cars with children . It has been on the TV and in the paper and it’s the subject matter of much discussion throughout New Zealand communities. Additionally the new Associate ... More >>

Are you Physically Prepared for your Sport?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Whether you are a sports competitor, a weekend warrior or an armchair athlete, you can benefit from a safe and effective exercise programme that reflects the needs of your body, as well as the needs of your sport. Receiving safe advice that suits ... More >>

District Health Board IT initiative to reduce outage risks

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 11:42 am | Health Benefits Limited

Auckland, 17 February 2015: District Health Boards (DHBs) across the country are set to introduce new IT infrastructure which will increase security, reliability, and service levels, and reduce the risk of critical outages. More >>

7 actions which will help sustain the NZ health service

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 11:18 am | PHO Alliance

A time to act: 7 actions which will help sustain the New Zealand health service for future generations More >>

Scholarships encouraging more Māori to become nurses

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 11:15 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Twenty seven young Māori nursing students were awarded scholarships to Whitireia’s nursing school from Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) last week. More >>

Reorganisation of Pathology Services

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 10:29 am | NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Science

The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science expresses concern at the withdrawal of Aotea Pathology’s bid for Wellington Regional Pathology contract The executive of the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science were disappointed ... More >>

Linda finds freedom in running

Monday, 16 February 2015, 2:16 pm | CIGNA

WELLINGTON – February 16, 2015 – Auckland woman, Linda Fraser is one of 20 Achilles International athletes from around the country travelling to Wellington to run in the Cigna Round the Bays event, thanks to a grant from the Cigna Foundation. The ... More >>

Innovative lab initiative may fall under privatisation

Monday, 16 February 2015, 2:08 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Privatising the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories would probably sound the death knell for another, more innovative initiative that district health board chiefs should be considering,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>


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