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Wahakura policy good for all families

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 6:09 pm | Whakawhetu National SUDI Prevention for Maori

Whakawhetū, a SUDI prevention programme for Māori was delighted with the Green Party’s policy announcement of a ‘Wahakura welcome for every newborn’. Māori infants have more than four times the SUDI death rates of non-Māori and non-Pacific ... More >>

Have you spotted one of the hidden gerberas yet?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 2:00 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand has teamed up with 20 well-loved retail stores across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and hidden a standing orange gerbera (looks a bit like a sunflower) in each store for their ‘Hidden Gerbera’ campaign. More >>

NZ’s First Medical App Wins Health Quality Awards

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 12:44 pm | NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association

New Zealand’s first medical manual app has won the top non-clinical prize in the biennial Leaders in Quality Awards run by the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA). More >>

Shaken Baby Prevention Education launches

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 11:59 am | Northland District Health Board

Jaysha was born a healthy baby but, at four weeks old, was shaken by her father and, from that day, her life took on a different path. More >>

Call to action on climate change and health

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 11:31 am | OraTaiao

Ten New Zealand health organisations have released a joint ‘Call to Action on Climate Change and Health’ today. More >>

Christchurch Communication Festival

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 10:37 am | Joint Press Release

On Friday October 3 from 1:00-2:00pm, adults with neurogenic communication disorders will gather at the Cashmere High School Performing Arts Centre to entertain an expected audience of 300-400 for the Christchurch Communication Festival. More >>

New Zealand to lead rheumatic fever vaccine search

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 10:00 am | Joint Press Release

AUCKLAND: A trans-Tasman research coalition between New Zealand and Australia is undertaking a unique global project to accelerate the development of a vaccine for rheumatic fever, which disproportionately affects Māori, Pacific Islanders, Australian ... More >>

Flaw in tobacco industry’s “informed adult choice” stance

Monday, 15 September 2014, 10:19 am | University of Otago

Flaws in the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers exercise “informed adult choice” when they start smoking have been highlighted in new study. The University of Otago research involved 15 in-depth interviews with 18-25 year olds who had started ... More >>

Membership Bodies’ Agreement Set to Benefit NZ Health

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 5:17 pm | NZISM

Two membership organisations today announced an agreement to work together to support health and safety professionals in New Zealand. More >>

Upper Hutt City Council announces Positive Ageing Week

Friday, 12 September 2014, 4:13 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 12 SEP 2014—To celebrate United Nations International Day of Older Persons, Upper Hutt is having a week of events to recognise this. Positive Ageing Week, 20 – 27 September, is a chance for our mature residents to have fun, ... More >>

Cycle ride to raise awareness of mental health

Friday, 12 September 2014, 4:07 pm | Ride Out of the Blue

Cycle ride to raise awareness of mental health Ride Out of The Blue, the 22 -day cycle ride throughout New Zealand commences on October 10 from Bluff and finishes at Cape Reinga on November 1. More >>

Oscar Pistorius trial highlights issue of domestic abuse

Friday, 12 September 2014, 3:51 pm | Shine

In the wake of the Oscar Pistorius trial, it is vital for the public to understand some facts about domestic abuse: Domestic abuse cuts across demographics and cultures. It happens to and is perpetrated by the rich and poor, and in every country and ethnic ... More >>

New Medical Ward For Gisborne Hospital

Friday, 12 September 2014, 1:07 pm | Joint Media Statement

A new Medical Day Ward, used for cancer treatment, will be built at Gisborne Hospital next year East Coast MP Anne Tolley announced today. The announcement signals a new era of treatment for cancer and other medical conditions for Tairawhiti people. More >>

Milk contributes to iron deficiency in New Zealand newborns

Friday, 12 September 2014, 12:45 pm | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 12 September 2014 – Pregnant women who drink three or more servings of milk per day might put their babies at risk of being iron deficient during an important phase of their development, according to new research from Growing Up in ... More >>

HCHA welcomes settlement on travel funding

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:32 am | Home and Community Health Association

The Home and Community Health Association welcomes the government’s decision to support, in both principle and with funding, an agreement on in between travel time. From mid-2015 support workers will be paid for their time travelling between client ... More >>

NZ fluoridation report trashed by international reviewers

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:23 am | NZFIS

“Almost everywhere in the report, scientific evidence is selectively cited to produce a biased view of the evidence.” More >>

Agreement means big changes for NZ’s growing heath Sector

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:06 am | Joint Media Statement

Joint media release – The Public Service Assocation; The Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota; Healthcare of New Zealand Ltd; Access Homehealth; Home and Community Health Association More >>

Waitemata excels against primary care quit smoking target

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:02 am | Waitemata District Health Board

In less than a year Waitemata DHB has gone from secondtolast to bestperformer out of 20 DHBs in the primary care component of the better help for smokers to quit national health target. More >>

Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:00 am | University of Otago

University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu. More >>

Red Cross App will help Kiwis Save Lives

Friday, 12 September 2014, 10:40 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross will launch a free app offering step-by-step first aid and emergency advice to mark World First Aid Day on Saturday 13 September. More >>

School Children Help Create New Mobile Ear Clinics

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 5:11 pm | Starship Foundation

An alarm clock, toaster, cow, plane, tui, bell, hot air balloon and iPod are just some of the illustrations adorning Starship’s two new mobile ear clinics that were launched at an Auckland primary school today. More >>

Three-Legs for a Good Cause

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 3:45 pm | CanTeen

Silver Fern and CanTeen ambassador, Maria Tutaia, threw her support behind CanTeen this afternoon at their ‘Never Alone’ Three-Legged Challenge. More >>

Paramedics in NZ jump at opportunity of London career

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 3:43 pm | London Ambulance Service

Paramedics hoping for a chance to work for the world’s busiest ambulance service - will be interviewed and assessed by a team from London Ambulance Service this week (12-13 September) in New Zealand. More >>

Major investment in refurbishing operating theatres

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:56 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

A major refurbishment of four operating theatres at North Shore Hospital will deliver state-of-the-art facilities for patients undergoing surgical procedures. More >>

Light a Candle for Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 1:15 pm | Samaritans

Samaritans is urging New Zealanders to light a candle in their window for World Suicide Prevention Day at 8pm on the 10th of September to show support for those affected by suicide. More >>

Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 12:27 pm | University of Otago

Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows. The study, published in the latest edition of Lancet , also shows daily users are nearly seven times more ... More >>

Public health experts call for an inquiry on conflicts

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 12:21 pm | Joint Media Statement

A group of 33 senior population health researchers and practitioners have made public a letter they sent to the Prime Minister last week calling for an investigation into the apparent serious conflicts of interest on the Board of the Health Promotion Agency. More >>

Auckland Eye Surgeon to Learn New Sight-Saving Surgery

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:55 am | Impact PR

An Auckland eye surgeon is heading to the Solomon Islands to learn a new cataract surgery technique that will deliver first world results to patients in developing countries. More >>

Waka Hourua: Suicide Prevention for Māori and Pasifika

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:17 am | Waka Hourua

Building the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide is the focus for Waka Hourua, the national suicide prevention programme for Māori and Pasifika. More >>

A connected Aotearoa will help prevent suicide

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 4:28 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day – a day to recognise the part we all have in preventing suicide in Aotearoa, to remember those we have lost to suicide, and support the loved ones they left behind. More >>

Pat lobbied for dialysis unit she now uses

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 3:35 pm | Tairawhiti DHB

Pat Middlemiss is one patient who is very grateful dialysis treatment is now available in Gisborne. After years of peritoneal dialysis and then home haemodialysis with the help of her husband Dave, things changed in November 2013. More >>

New Kiwi website launches to help NZers combat cancer

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 2:33 pm |

Every day in New Zealand around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer, making it the country’s leading cause of death*. To help those diagnosed with cancer combat the disease Yasmin Farry, a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer has launched a new ... More >>

Event this Saturday evening as part of the Laughter Wellness

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 2:20 pm | Workplace Wellbeing

Gap Filler's Cycle Powered Cinema event this Saturday evening as part of the Laughter Wellness Conference More >>

SurfAid Cup Malibu raises more than $127,000

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 2:03 pm | SurfAid

PRESS RELEASE: Monday September 8, 2014 Team Firewire has convincingly won the SurfAid Cup Malibu in four foot surf at the iconic pointbreak, with 12 teams raising more than $127,000 for humanitarian organization SurfAid. More >>

Taiohi Tū training will focus on health needs of youth

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 1:42 pm | Taranaki DHB

Seven local youth workers from South Taranaki, including high school alternative education teachers, will be taught how to deliver kaupapa Māori Youth Health workshops. The Taiohi (Youth) Tū training will take part over two days, Wednesday 10 and Thursday ... More >>

Patients Surveyed on their Hospital Experience

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 12:00 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 >>

Growing base of safe second-hand vehicle choices

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 12:00 pm | NZ Transport Agency

Growing base of safe second-hand vehicle choices New Zealand’s fleet of second-hand vehicles is growing safer as revealed in the latest release of the Used Car Safety Ratings guide today. More >>

Bringing music back to life for hearing impaired NZ

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 11:16 am | One Plus One

Auckland-based creative corporate communications agency, One Plus One, is bringing back the joy of music for hearing-impaired New Zealanders, thanks to its latest trans-Tasman work with GN ReSound ® . More >>

Research aims to further improve health and safety in NZ

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 10:35 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury project is seeking to find out why health and safety on New Zealand construction sites is improving and how improvements can be maintained. More >>

Kiwis invited to “Pop into the Pink Caravan"

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 9:59 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Pink Caravan hits the road to mark 20 years of breast cancer awareness – Kiwis invited to “Pop into the Pink Caravan” More >>

Patients Surveyed on Their Time in Waikato Hospitals

Monday, 8 September 2014, 3:11 pm | Waikato District Health Board

If you spent time last month as an inpatient at one of Waikato DHB’s five hospitals, you may have been asked to fill in a survey on your experiences. More >>

Prevocational e-portfolio tracks doctor’s learning skills

Monday, 8 September 2014, 3:09 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

For the first time, new doctors, from November 2014, will be able to record and keep track of their learning anywhere, anytime through a new e-portfolio system. More >>

Alcohol during pregnancy

Monday, 8 September 2014, 3:07 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

On the eve of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day (Tuesday 9 September 2014) the Taranaki DHB wants to remind pregnant women as well as those women planning to become pregnant to avoid all alcohol. More >>

Climate Change

Monday, 8 September 2014, 2:51 pm | NZ Psychological Society

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) passed a remit at its AGM to promote the use of psychology to help government and non-government agencies to tackle climate change. More >>

Iron Māori Hot topic for Tū Kaha Conference

Monday, 8 September 2014, 2:50 pm | Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Iron Māori founder Heather Skipworth will join experts in public health, innovators in health delivery and leaders of Māori development as a speaker at the bi annual Tu Kaha Conference at Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre, Hastings from 29th to 31st October. ... More >>

Southern DHB Celebrates World Physiotherapy Day

Monday, 8 September 2014, 2:48 pm | Southern District Health Board

Today is World Physiotherapy Day with this year’s theme being “Movement for Life,” highlighting physiotherapist’s key role in promoting full participation by people with injury, chronic disease or disabilities to help them fulfill their potential. More >>

Spring into good health with 5+ A Day

Monday, 8 September 2014, 2:14 pm | 5 Plus A Day

Spring’s wide selection of vibrant produce makes it easy for Kiwis to create healthy, tasty and affordable meals. More >>

Liam Butler interviews Dr Rosamund Vallings

Monday, 8 September 2014, 11:53 am | ElderNet

Dr Rosamund Vallings MNZM, MB BS has been working hard for many years to help lift the stigma surrounding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME). More >>

Mobile health some potential in Pacific

Monday, 8 September 2014, 11:10 am | University of Auckland

Mobile health some potential in Pacific Mobile health services are not the hoped for silver bullet to improved disease prevention and control in the Pacific, according to researcher, Elaine Umali. More >>

Big turn-out to Alliancing workshop

Friday, 5 September 2014, 3:56 pm | Rural General Practice Network

More than 80 representatives from rural general practices New Zealand-wide, DHBs, PHOs and other allied rural sector organisations attended a workshop in Wellington on September 4 to hear about and discuss the new Alliancing era and its impact on ... More >>

World Physiotherapy Day

Friday, 5 September 2014, 3:46 pm | Physiotherapy New Zealand

There is much more to physiotherapy than you may know, so for World Physiotherapy Day (8 September), physiotherapists are making New Zealander’s aware of the diversity of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists are well known for treating injuries, but it is ... More >>

Patients surveyed on their experience of hospital

Friday, 5 September 2014, 3:06 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury 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 Canterbury DHB region who spent at least one night in hospital from 4 to 17 August have been sent an invitation ... More >>

Health Before Socks

Friday, 5 September 2014, 2:53 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“As you pass over the socks for Father’s Day this year remember that if your Dad is one of the 89,000 men living with gout his feet may be tender. If it’s a garden voucher you are thinking about and your Dad has been complaining about back ... More >>

New research shows New Zealanders' views on child poverty

Friday, 5 September 2014, 2:10 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The findings of a survey into what New Zealanders think about child poverty in our country have been released today. Child Poverty Action Group commissioned MMResearch, in association with Research Now to conduct an online survey sampling 1013 members ... More >>

One Day to Go! Kids Child Poverty March in Auckland

Friday, 5 September 2014, 1:58 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Only one more sleep until we march up Queen St! More than 800 people have signed up to 'take steps against child poverty' on our Facebook page and loads more have emailed us they're coming too. We're expecting a fantastic crowd! This is going to ... More >>

Maternal Smoking Messages a Focus at Waikato Hospital

Friday, 5 September 2014, 1:33 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato Hospital will actively promote the message for pregnant mums to quit smoking starting from Monday. More >>

Health experts to speak in Auckland

Friday, 5 September 2014, 12:59 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Vaccine development and treating unmet medical needs will be discussed at public talks in Auckland this month as part of Victoria University of Wellington’s 2014 Public Lecture Series. Dr Bridget Stocker, a senior lecturer in Victoria’s School ... More >>

Investment in children’s health will improve economy

Friday, 5 September 2014, 12:00 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) is urging the new Government to develop a national cross-sector child poverty strategy. More >>

Heart Foundation weighs in on sugary drinks debate

Friday, 5 September 2014, 11:00 am | The Heart Foundation

With the 2014 election just weeks away the Heart Foundation says it’s time our politicians took a stand, on behalf of future generations, on the availability and consumption of sugary drinks. More >>

Kiwis urged to make eye health checks a regular event

Friday, 5 September 2014, 10:49 am | New Zealand Association Of Optometrists

The New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) is urging New Zealanders to have their eye health checked on a regular basis, in order to detect diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration – all of which are treatable if ... More >>


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