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Youngster airlifted to hospital

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 5:50 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Today the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to the Te Kaha medical centre to meet an ambulance who had picked up a 12 year old Cape Runaway boy who was suffering a serious asthma attack, the boys condition deteriorated ... More >>

BPW NZ congratulates midwives

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 11:22 am | NZBPW

The New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates the College of Midwives for taking action on low remuneration for Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs/midwives). More >>

“Give two hours” – Breast cancer appeal needs volunteers

Saturday, 5 September 2015, 10:30 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation is enlisting volunteers to help with its Pink Ribbon Street Appeal on Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10. “Give two hours” is the plea – volunteers might choose to sign up for just their own two-hour stint ... More >>

Strain of living with a chronic condition highlighted

Friday, 4 September 2015, 3:32 pm | Multiple Sclerosis Society

Multiple sclerosis forced former Aucklander Amanda Kilford to stop working and more away from the city she loved. More >>

ProCare Network excels in National Health Targets

Friday, 4 September 2015, 3:19 pm | ProCare Health

The ProCare network’s hard work has paid off over the last 12 months, with excellent results in the recently released National Health Target PHO results. Associate Clinical Director Dr Janine Bycroft says Aucklanders are better off for being checked, immunised ... More >>

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day – Wed Sep 9

Friday, 4 September 2015, 2:45 pm | Northland DHB

This Wednesday is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, created to increase our recognition of the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. There is no known type, or amount, of alcohol that is safe to drink at any time during ... More >>

$10 million gift for cancer research in Auckland

Friday, 4 September 2015, 1:10 pm | University of Auckland

A Chinese entrepreneur who has worked hard to build up a successful business since he arrived with his family 20 years ago, will make a $10 million donation to cancer research in Auckland. More >>

CCS Disability Action welcomes partial victory

Friday, 4 September 2015, 11:22 am | CCS Disability Action

National community organisation CCS Disability Action has welcomed a turnaround to the Earthquake Strengthening Bill; one which will benefit tens of thousands of disabled Kiwis. More >>

VCare International launches VCare Any-ware

Friday, 4 September 2015, 11:18 am | VCare Software

VCare International launches VCare Any-ware at New Zealand’s Aged Care Association Conference 2015 More >>

Does your dad need your help on Sunday?

Friday, 4 September 2015, 11:01 am | Arthritis New Zealand

Father’s Day is a special day to recognise and celebrate the role fathers play in our life. Whether it’s your Dad, step-dad, foster dad or just a special father figure who has helped you along the way, Father’s Day is your chance to say ‘Thank ... More >>

We don’t stop caring

Friday, 4 September 2015, 10:59 am | Lifewise

We don’t stop caring: Petition calls on government to raise the age of those leaving foster care More >>

Baby boomers support wellbeing by connecting with young

Friday, 4 September 2015, 9:22 am | New Zealand Police

Baby boomers support wellbeing by connecting with young people Creating family dramas, laughing in the snow together, handing down cultural values and crafts are all part of ‘Connecting the Generations’. This new section of the Mental Health Foundation’s ... More >>

Keeping the foot on the pedal for Multiple Sclerosis

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:54 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Adam Muir is your average kiwi bloke, an upbeat family man, outgoing and mad about cars, muscle cars to be precise. However there is one little devil sitting on Adam’s shoulder, his constant companion, Multiple Sclerosis. More >>

From darkest moments to greatest. Life after diagnosis

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:53 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Multiple Sclerosis is often thought of as a woman’s disease. It is true that women are three times more likely to be diagnosed but the impact the condition can have on men can often be far greater. Jamie Martin of Auckland was 43 when he was diagnosed ... More >>

Cross-party climate action is essential health investment

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:50 pm | OraTaiao

“New Zealand is missing out on too many health opportunities by leaving real climate planning to just a couple of political parties” says Dr Alex Macmillan, co-convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council. More >>

In Search of the Truth. The long road to diagnosis

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:49 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

For many the story of how they were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is one that they will never forget. A large part of that is due to the often long process they go through, misdiagnosis, treatment of symptoms, repeated visits to health professionals ... More >>

Proposed changes to Food Services feedback reviewed

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:47 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Since 1999 the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has contracted the provision of food services. The Board is presently considering whether to join a national arrangement which would see Compass Group become the single provider of food services to New ... More >>

Prestigious Awards in Psychology

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 2:51 pm | NZ Psychological Society

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) -the largest membership association for psychologists in New Zealand, offers awards for excellence in practice and research related to psychology and social justice issues. More >>

Hundreds of Babies Kept Safe Each Year

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 2:35 pm | Pregnancy Help

In the past 10 years Pregnancy Help has made a significant impact on keeping babies safe by providing nearly 5,000 bassinets (baby beds) and 52,000 items of baby bedding. More >>

Housing conditions force allergy sufferers from homes

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 1:14 pm | Boyd PR

A quarter of Kiwis who suffer from asthma or allergies blame the condition of their home for aggravating their symptoms, a recent survey has revealed. More >>

Educators Get ‘Sugar-Free’ Message

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 1:11 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Principal Dental Officer, Dr Rob Beaglehole is taking the ‘sugar free’ message to principals, heads of departments, health co-ordinators and other educators during the region’s Oral Health week. More >>

The best start B4 School

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 12:17 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

One free assessment was all it took for Cannons Creek mother Tiata Robati to learn that her twins may have vision or hearing problems that could affect their performance in school. More >>

Rotary New Zealand Calls on Government to Add Global Value

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 11:32 am | Rotary Club

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held on Malta from November 27th to 29th. The biennial meeting is an opportunity for Commonwealth leaders including New Zealand to discuss matters of pressing concern and for Commonwealth citizens ... More >>

Leaving a legacy for the future

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 11:31 am | National Heart Foundation

With Include A Charity Week fast approaching, now is a perfect time for Kiwis to think about supporting the Heart Foundation’s life-saving work. More >>

Warnings About Immunisation Prove More Influential

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:34 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 3 September 2015 – Negative messages about immunisation have a far greater impact on parents’ decision to delay vaccinations than encouraging information has on vaccinating children on time, reveals a new policy brief released today by ... More >>

HOPE-Selwyn Foundation Knowledge Exchange

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:30 am | Selwyn Foundation

Researchers in ageing and gerontology will come together this Friday, 4 September, for the second annual HOPE-Selwyn Foundation Knowledge Exchange for Research on Ageing. This packed, full-day event will include a line-up of the cream of New Zealand’s ... More >>

New Zealand Optics changes hands

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 9:04 am | New Zealand Optics

New Zealand Optics, the industry publication for New Zealand’s ophthalmic community, is under new ownership. More >>

Dying to breathe

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 3:29 pm | Butyeko Breathing

Fifteen years ago I almost died from asthma in London. For Asthma Awareness week I am taking the opportunity to share the story of overcoming my own asthma and how I now help others do the same. More >>

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Unable to Access World Cup Games

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 4:54 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

Rugby is the game of our nation and we love to follow it and support our boys in black! More >>

Rural Women NZ and Access Homehealth scholarship awared

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 3:19 pm | Rural Women

The 2015 Rural Women NZ and Access Homehealth scholarship has been awarded to Heather Leong, a rural Waikato nurse. More >>

How to Take the World’s Most Popular Vitamin

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 1:15 pm | Lifestream

We all know the world’s most popular vitamin in its synthetic form: a little orange tablet, tangy to the taste. But did you know it’s best to get your daily intake of Vitamin C naturally as possible to ensure effectiveness? More >>

Wellsford School preparing their students for a tasty future

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 1:02 pm | Kids Can Cook

Wellsford School is preparing their students for a tasty future - teach kids how to cook and they will eat for a lifetime More >>

Doctors use of self-disclosure positive with patients

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:30 pm | Auckland University

Doctors often use their own experience to enhance communication with a patient during a clinical consultation. These “self-disclosures” were the focus of a recent study led by Dr Bruce Arroll, a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health ... More >>

New study to identify genetic link with obesity and diabetes

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:11 am | Auckland University

The largest ever study to identify genes that predispose New Zealanders to obesity and type-2 diabetes was announced today by the Maurice Wilkins Centre at the annual Queenstown Research Week. Study researchers will analyse up to 500 genes suspected ... More >>

Spring Clean for Starship

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 7:47 am | Starship Foundation

Starship Spring Clean launches tomorrow Tuesday 1 September – a campaign that asks Kiwis across the country to clean out their cupboards, sell their unwanted goods and pledge some or all of the proceeds to Starship. More >>

Extended regional air service a good start

Monday, 31 August 2015, 3:25 pm | NZ Rural General Practice Network

Today's announcement that Jetstar will offer four extra regional destinations to its New Zealand routes and the suggestion that more will likely be added is positive news for regional and rural communities, says New Zealand Rural General Practice ... More >>

Thousands of kiwis urged to stop smoking this October

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:10 pm | Northland DHB

From October 1, thousands of kiwis will be taking part in the 31-day stop smoking challenge. Stoptober is only in the second year in New Zealand but organisers are expecting swelling participant numbers to double. More >>

Kaikoura’s new family health centre has an official name

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:01 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

It is ‘Kaikoura Health, Te Hā o Te Ora’. Kaikoura Service Level Alliance (SLA) members, who are overseeing development of the model of care and service design for the $13.4 million facility, asked Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura to gift a name for the centre. ... More >>

Nikko Asset Management wins mandate from nib New Zealand

Monday, 31 August 2015, 11:50 am | Nikko Asset Management

Nikko Asset Management wins mandate from nib New Zealand Nikko Asset Management New Zealand has won a new mandate to manage private health insurer nib New Zealand’s investment funds, of over $100 million, following a competitive review process. “We ... More >>

Aged care supermodels debut at Fashion Weekend

Monday, 31 August 2015, 10:09 am | Ryman Healthcare

Aged care supermodels debut at Fashion Weekend A team of 25 first-time models lit up the Fashion Week runway modelling Annah Stretton’s new designs for Ryman Healthcare. The models came from all over New Zealand and included nurses, caregivers, administration, ... More >>

Help Keep the Emergency Departments for Medical Emergencies

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:55 am | Nelson Malborough District Health Board

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is urging people in the region to see their GP and call the 24/7 Healthline if they feel unwell and it is not a medical emergency. More >>

Father's Day: Men’s Health Is No Joking Matter

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:53 am | NZ Men's Health Trust

Men’s Health is continuing their cheeky advertisements with a Father’s Day campaign - the aim of reminding men they need to ‘start talking about their health’. Their latest marketing campaign, created by Leah Royden and Glen Drake from the Image Centre ... More >>

Historic Bill of Rights Case to be filed in the High Court

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:53 am | New Zealand College of Midwives

That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More >>

Clinical trial shows that a NZ kanuka honey helps acne

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:47 pm | Honey Lab

New Zealand researchers have shown that a kanuka honey formulation can help with the scourge of teenage life - acne. More >>

Health and safety: An Industry suicide prevention approach

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:35 pm | Lifeline Aotearoa

Health and safety - An Industry suicide prevention approach World Suicide Prevention Day is fast approaching and Lifeline Aotearoa is urging the public to learn vital skills to help prevent suicide. Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ ... More >>

Study reveals how much women drink alcohol during pregnancy

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 11:12 am | Superu

Today, the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) released new research on drinking during pregnancy, Patterns and dynamics of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in a recent New Zealand cohort of expectant mothers, using data from the ... More >>

Vitamin D important to protect against bowel diseases

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:27 pm | Auckland University

Wider use of vitamin D fortified foods and dietary supplements to benefit bowel health, are suggested by new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Caregiver wage increases highlight broader challenges

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:06 pm | NZACA

“There is a need for a carefully considered solution to the pay equity issue in aged care involving all parties, including the providers of residential care in the sector,” says Simon Wallace, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association ... More >>

CYF must adopt a Whanau Ora approach

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:13 am | Te Pou Matakana

The chair of the North Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency says CYF must adopt a Whanau Ora approach when working with children and young people. More >>

Health and Safety Bill a major step forward

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Today’s passing of the Health and Safety Reform Bill marks a major step in addressing New Zealand’s unacceptable workplace death and injury toll, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse. More >>

Health and Safety Reform Bill: A failed opportunity

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:49 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The damaged, flawed Health and Safety Reform Bill has been voted through its final stage this afternoon. More >>

Clarity needed on Health and Safety Reform Bill

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:42 pm | NZ Recreation

The New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) is calling on the Government to clarify the implications of the Health and Safety Reform Bill passed in Parliament today, to ensure New Zealanders aren’t stripped of the recreation opportunities enjoyed ... More >>

Antenatal depression missed in a quarter of mums with PND

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:39 pm | Mothers Helpers

Founder of PND-support charity Mothers Helpers, Kristina Paterson, estimates up to a quarter of mums with PND have undiagnosed depression when they are pregnant and is calling for nationwide screening. More >>

No Sales in Controlled Purchase Operation

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:11 pm | Northland District Health Board

A Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) was carried out by Northland Police and Northland District Health Board recently. The operation audited 16 Off-licensed premises in the Mid North and Bay of Islands area. More >>

Improving mouldy damp homes

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:30 pm | HRV

FROM: HRV Chief Executive Bruce Gordon Prime Minister John Key is right when he says ventilation is key to reducing dampness and mould in New Zealand homes. But to ensure a significant improvement in the standard of New Zealand’s housing stock a combination ... More >>

Nurses not responsible for the state of the health system

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:26 pm | NZNO

Any suggestion by DHBs or any other party that nurses’ modest pay increases are the cause of budgetary difficulties are entirely unreasonable says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. NZNO industrial adviser for the DHB sector, Lesley Harry says, ... More >>

Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:42 pm | Kidney Health NZ

Hundreds of New Zealanders will today be celebrating the safe passage of the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill through its first reading in Parliament – not least the more than 600 who still remain on the national waiting list for a kidney ... More >>

Nurses And DHBs Agree on Pay And Conditions

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 1:44 pm | Morris PR

One of New Zealand’s largest collective employment agreements has been settled for the next two years. More >>

Asthma Awareness Week is the 31 August – 6 September

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:14 am | The Asthma Foundation

Asthma Awareness Week is the 31 August – 6 September with Balloon Day on Friday, 5 September. More >>

New Zealand Red Cross Improves It Resilience

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 11:06 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross Improves It Resilience New Zealand Red Cross has moved 95 per cent of its IT infrastructure to the cloud to improve its resilience from natural disasters. McDonalds IT is working with Red Cross to reduce the organisation’s ... More >>


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