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Activist Spouts Nonsense: Evidence Supports Fluoridation

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 8:15 pm | Making Sense of Fluoride

Thousands of rigorous studies - including recent large scale data from Sweden and Canada (as well as our own famous Dunedin Study ) confirm that community water fluoridation improves oral health and has no detrimental effect on IQ. More >>

Barnardos welcomes boost to mental health support

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4:48 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos says the Prime Minister’s announcement today that Canterbury children will receive more mental health support should help make a positive difference to children’s health and well-being. Claire Achmad, Barnardos Manager – Advocacy, ... More >>

Auckland hospitals struggling to cope

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:18 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The strong message about a public health system at breaking point that Auckland hospital leaders have given politicians will resonate with senior doctors and other front-line staff who deal with the consequences every day,” says Angela Belich, ... More >>

Canterbury DHB Welcomes More Funds For Children

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:26 am | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB Welcomes Announcement of More Funds to Support the Wellbeing of Children in Greater Christchurch, Hurunui & Kaikoura More >>

Cancer support care services to increase

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:00 am | Sunrise Foundation

Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast (CSGEC) will use the grant they received from The Sunrise Foundation to increase supportive care services in the Tairawhiti region. More >>

Rise in heart disease coincides with biggest ever collection

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:14 pm | The Heart Foundation

As the latest statistics show more Kiwis are being touched by heart disease, a record number of New Zealanders will be out on the streets this Friday and Saturday, collecting donations for the Heart Foundation to fund more heart research and training. More >>

15,000 signatures supporting a better deal for nurses

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:25 pm | NZNO

15,000 signatures supporting a better deal for nurses NZNO delegates today handed over to district health board multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) lead advocate, Kevin McFadgen 15000 signatures to an open letter supporting a better deal for nurses. ... More >>

Exhibition shows Kiwis Issue of Lifestyle Interruption

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 1:47 pm | Partners Life

The travelling global exhibition BODY WORLDS Vital is a sight to behold, and in April this year, when the exhibition opens in Auckland, Kiwis will be given an eye-opening look at human anatomy, to see up close how our lifestyles truly affect our bodies. ... More >>

NZ perfectly poised to save the lives of Pacific babies

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:42 am | UNICEF

Babies from the best places to be born up to 50 times less likely to die in the first month of life. More >>

Focus on health technology at D5 Digital Government Showcase

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:10 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is partnering with The University of Auckland to share health technology innovations at the D5 Digital Government Showcase in Wellington today. More >>

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meets with Health Minister

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:34 pm | Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum

This morning the Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met with Health Minister Dr David Clark. More >>

Women’s healthcare at Auckland DHB far from ‘excellent’

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

In the face of staffing shortages and a poor culture in Women’s Health at ADHB, NZNO shares the concerns expressed by the College of Midwives about patient and staff safety. Auckland Lead Organiser Carol Beaumont says it is utterly inappropriate for ... More >>

Lance O’Sullivan slams NZ health system

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 1:55 pm | Make Lemonade

Pioneering digital doctor Lance O’Sullivan today blasted the New Zealand health system at the international Digital Nations summit in Auckland. More >>

Camp caters for kids with arthritis

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 12:54 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Camp caters for kids with arthritis Around 25 children with arthritis and their families are looking forward to a camp designed especially for them at Totara Springs, Matamata next weekend (23-25 February). At the camp, run by Arthritis New Zealand, ... More >>

Balance needed in reporting about Arthrem

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:48 am | Promisia Ltd

The makers of the Arthrem joint support product are calling for balanced news reporting around the recent Medsafe advisory relating to Arthrem's active ingredient, Artemisia annua. More >>

The Importance of Managing Stress in the Workplace

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 10:46 am | REPS

While the problem of workplace stress is not new, awareness of managing it, and the responsibility that employers play, has gained traction in recent years. More >>

Health advice ahead of severe weather

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:47 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Cyclone Gita is currently moving southeast across the upper and central South Island and the lower North Island, as predicted. Severe gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to hit Canterbury this afternoon (Tuesday 20 Feb) and continue into ... More >>

Hearing NZ celebrates Hearing Awareness Week 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:35 am | Hearing Association

New Zealand Hearing 2018 Awareness Week occurs between the 3rd to the 9th of March with the theme of Noise Destroys! The intention of this week is to encourage all New Zealanders, both young and old alike, to turn their attention to the health and ... More >>

Unique disease fighting chemistry found in the NZ glowworm

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:30 am | University of Otago

Unique chemistry - which one day might help fight serious disease - found in the New Zealand glowworm More >>

Historic moment for health care in New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:41 am | Primary Health Alliance

Dame Annette King has been confirmed as the inaugural independent Chair of a new Federation of primary health care providers and representative agencies which has been formed following a high level summit held in Wellington on Friday 16 February ... More >>

Talks begin on e-cigarettes and vaping advice

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:59 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Ministry of Health (MoH) and Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ begin talks on e-cigarettes and vaping More >>

Warning: potential liver harm associated with Arthrem

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:53 pm | Medsafe

STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 98 OF THE MEDICINES ACT 1981 - Warning of potential harm to liver associated with the natural medicine Arthrem More >>

Public Health Hazards When There Is Elevated Bacteria Levels

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:28 pm | Northland DHB

Heavy rain events have caused bacteria contamination of popular swimming and seafood gathering locations in Northland. More >>

Mike King, advocates and artists join hands

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:57 pm | I am Hope

In a significant cross-industry collaboration spear headed by comedian and mental health educator Mike King, the I AM HOPE TOUR launches to promote addressing youth suicide by shedding the stigma associated with it, and empowering communities to ... More >>

Christchurch researcher easing the pain of gout

Friday, 16 February 2018, 10:03 am | University of Otago

A Christchurch rheumatologist has won New Zealand's top prize for research into how increasing dosages of gout medicines can dramatically improve patients’ lives. More >>

Shared Electronic Health record To Enhance Patient Care

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 5:17 pm | Northland District Health Board

Increasing the likelihood of a person being treated where they want to be, and how they want to be, is a priority for Northland DHB and North Haven Hospice. More >>

NZ research influences international treatment for gout

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 9:50 am | Medicines New Zealand

Otago University’s Professor Lisa Stamp will receive the Medicines New Zealand 2017 Value of Medicines Award tonight for her breakthrough research into gout. Her research was the first randomized controlled trial to demonstrate an improved dosing ... More >>

Wearing Red This Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 3:40 pm | Heart Kids

While many people angst over what to get their loved ones today, others are ‘showing their love in a different way this Valentine’s Day’. More >>

National ASMS Direct Feb 14

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 3:39 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Welcome to the 2nd issue for 2018 of ASMS Direct , our national electronic publication. You can also keep in touch with the latest news and views on health issues relevant to public hospital specialists via our website , which contains links ... More >>

Please Complete: ADL Community Survey

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 3:18 pm | Auckland Disability Law

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) invites you to fill in our community survey on disability related legal services and activities. We work with disabled people around their disability related legal issues, and provide legal education and law reform work ... More >>

Gearing up to welcome thousands of new bubs in 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 11:56 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

The old year is out and the new year is in – and midwives, nurses, medical teams and lead maternity carers (LMCs) across the Wellington region are gearing up for another busy 12 months. More >>

Heart disease on the rise

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 11:54 am | National Heart Foundation

Latest health report reveals the biggest rise in heart disease in a decade, prompting Dame Jenny Shipley and Sir Richard Hadlee to lend their support to the Heart Foundation’s annual appeal. The Heart Foundation launches its Big Heart Appeal in the wake of ... More >>

Andrew Connolly re-elected chair of the Medical Council

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 11:03 am | Medical Council of New Zealand

At the Council’s first meeting of the year, Mr Connolly was unanimously elected chairperson of Council for another 12 months. More >>

Latest ASH survey shows youth smoking is at an all time low

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10:29 am | Action On Smoking And Health

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released today show that only 2.2 percent of year ten students smoke daily. The lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999 when 15.2 percent of students smoked daily. More >>

Dementia Auckland launches online Auction

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10:07 am | Dementia Auckland

Dementia Auckland are thrilled to announce their first ever TradeMe online charity auction – an exciting new fundraising initiative with amazing products and experiences for avid rugby fans, collectors, families and foodies alike. More >>

Third vaccine dose needed to protect young NZers from mumps

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 2:59 pm | University of Otago

Urgent proactive action is needed to protect young people from the current mumps outbreak in New Zealand, says Dr Ayesha Verrall, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand is in the grip ... More >>

Reminder to avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rain

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 2:53 pm | Toi Te Ora

With the heavy rain in much of the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, the local Medical Officer of Health would like to remind the public of the standard public health advice to always avoid swimming in streams, rivers and beaches for 48 hours after heavy ... More >>

Food allergy & personality traits - FIRST study

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 11:04 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground in the area of food allergies, with a study showing that personality traits impact people living with a food allergy published in the international medical journal Frontiers in Psychology . More >>

Ministry of Health Lack of Action Disappoints Heart Kids NZ

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:18 am | Heart Kids

Heart Kids NZ is extremely disappointed at the length of time it has taken the Ministry of Health to release information about the risk of a potentially fatal infection to patients who’ve undergone major heart surgery. More >>

Third measles case confirmed – Cantabrians warned

Monday, 12 February 2018, 6:16 pm | Canterbury DHB

Third measles case confirmed – Cantabrians warned to be vigilant Another case of measles has been confirmed in Canterbury with public health officials urging the community to be extra vigilant, and get vaccinated. An 18 year-old woman is the third ... More >>

Stemming the Rising Tide of STIs: What is our role?

Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:19 pm | University of Auckland

A world-leading expert in sexually transmitted infections and control will speak at the University of Auckland this week. More >>

CPH nutritionist selected for leadership course

Monday, 12 February 2018, 10:30 am | West Coast District Health

Greymouth-based Community and Public Health Nutrition Health Promoter Jade Winter has just been selected to attend a prestigious Oceanic leadership development course in Queensland in July. More >>

Looking to Get Your Children More Active?

Monday, 12 February 2018, 10:00 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It’s been a great summer, awesome weather means plenty of opportunities for kids to get outside and get active, which means they eat better, sleep better and burn up any excess energy, as well as a chance for families to get moving together. However, ... More >>

Don’t put your sight out of mind

Monday, 12 February 2018, 8:40 am | Canstar Blue

Auckland, 12 February 2018. Over 70 percent of over 40’s in New Zealand don’t have regular eye tests and it could be causing them long-term problems. More >>

Māori doctor to present link between childhood diseases

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 1:59 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Māori doctor to present link between childhood diseases of poverty and pokies at international gambling conference More >>

Measles warning for Christchurch

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:08 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Community and Public Health is investigating a second case of measles in Christchurch. An 11-year-old child is recovering at home after contracting the virus in a general practice waiting room. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, ... More >>

Ageing with a disability sucks, says long-time advocate

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:44 pm | Life Unlimited

JOHN McINTOSH is pretty blunt when asked what it’s like growing older with a disability. More >>

DHB announces closure of Dunsford residential care facility

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:19 pm | West Coast District Health

The West Coast District Health Board has today announced to staff that it intends to proceed with the closure of the Westport-based Dunsford Ward rest home and hospital level aged residential care facility by 1 March 2018. More >>

Online directory for access to mental health services in Sth

Friday, 9 February 2018, 10:45 am | Health Point

A new national online directory will improve access to mental health and addiction services for people in the southern region, says the chair of Alliance South, Mental Health and Addictions Network, John MacDonald. More >>

Concern over increased mental health calls to police

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 12:57 pm | Lifeline Aotearoa

Lifeline is concerned to hear recent reports of increased calls to the police for mental health issues and agrees that it should not be the role of police to support those in distress, only those at imminent risk of suicide. More >>

Private surgical hospitals propose plan to cut surgery waits

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:51 am | NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association

Private sector hospitals are calling for a formal partnership with government to help meet the unmet demand for elective surgeries. The President of the NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) Richard Whitney says New Zealand has a growing ... More >>

Switching to vaping not always straightforward

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:13 am | University of Otago

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control . The study, which involved in-depth ... More >>

Community Exercise and education for management of diabetes

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 3:45 pm | University of Otago

Community Exercise and education for long-term management of diabetes and multi-morbidity - University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy Research team: More >>

NZ ahead of the pack in funding PrEP

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:18 pm | AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation applauds PHARMAC’s decision to become one of the first countries in the world to publicly fund the HIV-prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – meaning those at high risk of HIV have another way to protect ... More >>

PHARMAC widening access for Truvada

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:04 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC widening access for Truvada for the prevention of HIV infection 7 February 2018 A decision to widen access to Truvada to prevent infection with HIV is a great opportunity to reduce transmission rates of HIV infections in New Zealand, says PHARMAC ... More >>

Judgment: Chamberlain v Minister of Health

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 1:31 pm | NZ Court of Appeal


Incentives for desk-dwellers to get up and move

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:01 am | University of Otago

Taking regular activity breaks while sitting for long periods does not increase your appetite, University of Otago academics have discovered. More >>

Human trial for game-changing diabetes treatment begins

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:50 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are ready to take a significant step in the development of a new natural product that could potentially prevent diabetes. More >>

RANZCP strengthens their commitment to Māori

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:30 am | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

Nau mai, haere mai e te rangatira ki te Tu Te Akaaka Roa! The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) welcomes Mr Wikepa Keelan (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu) as the RANZCP’s new Kaumātua. More >>

Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation

Monday, 5 February 2018, 10:49 am | Joint Press Release

The New Zealand Society of Diversional Therapists welcomes a qualification that they now recognise as meeting the requirement for their members. NZSDT Inc. is the professional organisation for individuals currently employed in the field of Diversional Therapy. ... More >>



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