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Sentencing on Health Fraud Charges

Friday, 29 July 2016, 5:06 pm | Ministry of Health

An Auckland man charged with making multiple fraudulent applications for health funding and carer support has been sentenced to home detention, as well as being ordered to make reparation after appearing in Manukau District Court. More >>

Monitoring for Congenital Zika Syndrome to start in NZ

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:26 am | University of Otago

Friday 29 July 2016 Monitoring for Congenital Zika Syndrome to start in New Zealand From August 2016, paediatricians are being asked to report all cases of infants and children less than six months of age with microcephaly or other brain abnormalities, ... More >>

Gastroenteritis at Grey Base Hospital

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:41 am | West Coast District Health

Entry to Grey Base Hospital’s Morice Ward is restricted after some patients and staff have had diarrhoea and vomiting. Medical Director Patient Safety and Outcomes Dr Vicki Robertson says visitors are asked to refrain from visiting Morice patients ... More >>

Head and neck cancer group welcomes Pharmac decision

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:08 am | Head and Neck Cancer Survivors' Support Network

The Pharmac decision to broaden the Gardasil vaccination and offer it free to boys is being welcomed by a head and neck cancer support network. More >>

Musicians to give a voice to autism at national conference

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:59 pm | Autism NZ

A young musician who has written a song which he hopes will change the way people think about an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is to launch his debut single We Are One at the Autism New Zealand national conference next month with Mike Chunn, of ... More >>

International keynotes headline national Autism conference

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:58 pm | Autism NZ

Two world-renown autism researchers from the University of California are headlining Autism New Zealand’s strongest ever national conference at Wellington’s Shed 6 on August 19-20. More >>

Alliance Health Plus announces new community initiatives arm

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:34 pm | Alliance Health Plus

Alliance Health Plus Trust (AH+) today announced the establishment of Alliance Community Initiatives Trust (ACIT). More >>

Over 100,000 people set to benefit from vaccines decisions

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:44 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people, says PHARMAC Director of Operations Sarah Fitt. More >>

Don’t visit your loved ones in hospital if you’re sick

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:33 am | Canterbury District Health Board

If you’re sick please don’t come visiting at Christchurch Hospital – that’s the message from Mary Gordon, Canterbury DHB’s Executive Director of Nursing. More >>

Good news for Wellington Coeliacs

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:12 am | Coeliac New Zealand

For those Wellingtonians for whom ‘gluten-free’ is anything but a passing fad, there is finally some good news. Help is on the way. More >>

Council’s sugar decision a good first step

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

Auckland Council announced today that it is dropping sugary drinks from vending machines in its 21 leisure centres in a show of leadership in the battle against obesity and type 2 diabetes. The sugary drinks will be replaced with water, unflavoured milk, ... More >>

Kiwis Need to Exercise Harder for Less Time

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:46 pm | Les Mills

A leading American exercise scientist visiting New Zealand says high intensity interval training could be the key in reducing our chronic obesity statistics. More >>

Support Groups for Suicide Loss

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 1:41 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is pleased to share our suicide bereavement resources in honour of Loss and Grief Awareness Week: Support groups for suicide loss: video series and handbook. More >>

First survey identifies extent of DHB’s snr doctor shortage

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 1:19 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors and dentists has begun surveying the heads of departments in public hospitals to get an accurate picture of specialist shortages. More >>

Pacific female doctors honoured

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:21 am | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) congratulates five Pasifika female doctors who will be honoured as Fellows of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners this Saturday at an award ceremony in Auckland. More >>

NZ research key to reducing spend on Spinal Cord Injuries

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:09 am | CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust

Greater investment in New Zealand research has the potential to deliver massive future savings on the country’s $820m annual healthcare spend on spinal cord injuries (SCI) says CatWalk – the country’s foremost research funding trust for SCI. More >>

Heart Kids delivers initiatives to save babies’ lives

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:32 am | Heart Kids

27 July, 2016 – Heart Kids, the only charity supporting children suffering from congenital heart defects, is teaming up with dairy company Yashili to help the lives of many of the 12 babies born each week with a heart condition. More >>

New Stop Smoking Service to benefit Auckland

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:32 am | The Fono

New Stop Smoking Service to benefit Auckland’s Pacific communities A new regional Stop Smoking Service has been launched to improve smoke-free numbers in Pacific, as well as Maori and pregnant communities. The Fono, Auckland’s largest Pacific-owned ... More >>

Just a few minutes could save you from a stroke

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:38 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Just a few minutes out of your day for a pulse check could save you from a stroke – that’s why Capital & Coast DHB is inviting people to come in and get their pulse checked at Wellington Regional Hospital tomorrow (28 July). More >>

Mental capacity law needs updating

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:10 pm | The New Zealand Law Foundation

People with impaired decision-making capacity need better legal protection to ensure their confinement in care arrangements is warranted, important new research has found. More >>

Minister Wrong to Reject Organ Donor Register

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:19 am | Give life

Minister Wrong to Reject Organ Donor Register Public submissions on how to improve our organ donor system are due to close later this week. The public are invited to have their say on what improvements to our current system can be made. Just don't ... More >>

Skills Training to Keep Mothers and Babies Safe

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:11 am | Pacific Society for Reproductive Health

Thirty-five doctors and midwives from eleven Pacific Island countries are arriving in Auckland this weekend for five days to undergo training in how to train other health workers in their countries to keep mothers and babies safe in pregnancy and ... More >>

Help create a better future for disabled New Zealanders

Monday, 25 July 2016, 2:13 pm | Office for Disability Issues

A nationwide conversation starts today on how to create a better future for the one in four New Zealanders who are limited by an impairment. More >>

Kiwi cooperative launches into battle against dementia

Monday, 25 July 2016, 12:30 pm | Make Lemonade

The New Zealand Dementia Cooperative (NZDC) today launches an interactive online community to help health professionals in the serious fight against dementia, one of the world’s most important health issues. More >>

Pink Lady Apples launch health challenge

Monday, 25 July 2016, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Pink Lady

Pink Lady Apples launch the ‘5-Minute Take a Bite for Breast Cancer’ health challenge More >>

Evidence strong that alcohol causes cancer

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:29 am | National Addiction Centre

The evidence that alcohol causes cancer in at least seven tissues of the body is outlined in a new paper by Professor Jennie Connor, published yesterday in the prestigious international journal ADDICTION. More >>

New prescription for community pharmacies

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:24 am | Victoria University of Wellington

The changing role of local pharmacists will be examined in-depth in a new research project led by Victoria University of Wellington. More >>

Study shows long-term benefits of weight loss surgery

Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:00 am | Health Research Council

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes in New Zealand have had good long-term results after weight loss surgery, according to a new study. The findings support other studies that indicate weight loss surgery is an effective and durable treatment for obesity ... More >>

World Head & Neck Cancer Day, July 27

Monday, 25 July 2016, 10:52 am | Head and Neck Cancer Survivors' Support Network

New Zealand has a new cancer advocacy and support group. Incorporated on June 15, 2016, the Head and Neck Cancer Survivors’ Support Network is applying for registration as a charity. More >>

Time to get your head around the signs of cancers

Monday, 25 July 2016, 10:13 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Time to get your head around the signs of head and neck cancers before it’s too late More >>

Alcohol And Cancer

Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:55 am | Spirits New Zealand

A just released opinion piece by Otago University’s Prof. Jennie Connor would have us believe drinking causes cancer. This is not supported by credible research and hides or simplifies the complex relationship between the development of cancer in ... More >>

IAS present awards for outstanding research

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 12:18 pm | International Aids Society

Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize; Prize for Excellence in HIV Research Related to Children; IAS TB/HIV Research Prize; Lange/van Tongeren Prizes for Young Investigator Awards; and Special HIV Cure Prize Awarded at AIDS 2016 More >>

No food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 12:01 pm | Ministry of Primary Industries

No food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Health are confident a recent study provides no evidence of a food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements currently ... More >>

Red Ribbon award for NZ Māori HIV/AIDS

Friday, 22 July 2016, 3:24 pm | Emerge Trust

In appreciation of the vital work done at the grass-roots level by community based organizations, the XXI International AIDS Conference devoted a Special Session to the Red Ribbon Award Winners for 2016. Participants in AIDS2016 came to the award ... More >>

Massey tests team weight loss for Māori and Pasifika

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:44 am | Massey University

A new team weight loss competition for Māori and Pacific people is to be trialled by Massey University’s School of Public Health. The study, led by Associate Professor Marewa Glover, will involve three competitions, in Northland, Manawatū and a Pasifika ... More >>

Nurturing a homegrown nursing workforce

Friday, 22 July 2016, 10:23 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A new initiative to be piloted by Capital & Coast DHB will see nursing students benefit from a more comprehensive and collaborative learning experience, and become better prepared for their entry into the health care workforce. More >>

Home Grown tobacco claims about protecting profits

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 5:20 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

It is common practice for the Tobacco Industry to play on fears about illicit trade as they have done recently here in New Zealand with home grown tobacco. More >>

NZ Māori HIV organisation receives AIDS conference award

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 5:15 pm | INA

NZ Māori HIV organisation receives Red Ribbon Award for outstanding community leadership on AIDS More >>

TOAH-NNEST meets with US Vice-President Joe Biden

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:25 pm | Toah-Nnest

United States of America, Vice-President Joe Biden is currently on a Pacific tour, visiting Aotearoa and attended a reception in Auckland last night hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully. More >>

Stomach bug widespread in community

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:04 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

More people presenting to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in the past 24 hours with a stomach bug has seen the hospital close its Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) to act as an isolation unit for people with the bug. More >>

People with intellectual disabilities still seen as 'other'

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:31 am | IHC

A new report from IHC shows that while there have been significant advances for people with intellectual disabilities, progress is still too slow. More >>

Spencer vs Ministry of Health

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:08 am | Human Rights Commission

Spencer vs Ministry of Health: Human Rights Commission welcomes decision on disabled New Zealanders and their caregivers More >>

Working together for a safer, healthier New Zealand

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 2:33 pm | ACC

ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand today launched the inaugural ‘Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces Action Plan’. The Plan supports their collaborative efforts to meet the government’s target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in ... More >>

Developing New Zealand norms to assess health outcomes

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 11:49 am | University of Waikato

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of long-term disability worldwide. Research findings in the past few years have suggested that rates of TBI in New Zealand are far higher than those found in other developed countries, which is a great concern. More >>

New endoscopy tower improves view

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 5:28 pm | West Coast DHB

A new endoscopy tower at the Grey Base Hospital means surgeons can see more clearly when they need to carry out gastroscopies and colonoscopies. More >>

New Zealand ready to move on standardised tobacco packaging

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:53 pm | Cancer Society Auckland

The New Zealand government’s consultation on the draft standardised tobacco product packaging will close at the end of July. Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Tobacco Issues Committee and renowned global authority on standardised tobacco packaging, ... More >>

The Silent Leadership Challenge

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:53 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

The Foundation’s CE challenges all leaders to front-up for the hard-of-hearing More >>

Keep health care services at PMH

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:37 pm | Save PMH

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Influenza has arrived – immunise now

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:19 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Local residents are being urged to get immunised as influenza activity increases in the region. More >>

Epilepsy Association CEO shares his opinion with Liam Butler

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:10 pm | Liam Butler

How ENZ can assist the aged care and retirement sector develop the skills to serve older people who manage Epilepsy? More >>

Keep well this winter by keeping active indoors

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 10:11 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It’s not an uncommon story; the best laid exercise plans being derailed by inclement weather and low temperatures. That run or walk gets put off and the heater gets turned up. Let’s face it, sometimes the heat pump is more attractive than the outdoors. ... More >>

Mental health patients, whānau and staff deserve dignity

Monday, 18 July 2016, 4:26 pm | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling for a mental health system that treats every patient and staff member with the dignity they deserve. More >>

Site blessing, ground breaking for Outpatients Building

Monday, 18 July 2016, 1:40 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board Chair, Murray Cleverley, and the Christchurch Hospital chaplains led a site blessing and ground breaking ceremony this morning, (Monday, 18 July) on the site of the new Christchurch Outpatients building. More >>

The evidence for patient centred care

Monday, 18 July 2016, 1:14 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

If patient centred care is ultimately determined by the quality of the interaction between patient and doctor, the first question to address is how good that interaction is. More >>

Northland GP practices target smokefree goal with mobile tec

Friday, 15 July 2016, 3:50 pm | Vensa Health

AUCKLAND, NZ., July 15, 2016 – Northland’s Te Tai Tokerau PHO is supporting its GP practices and patients to use Vensa Health’s ( ) innovative practice-patient solution as it targets non-smoking status by 2025. Primary health ... More >>

Northland Immunisation Rate Poor

Friday, 15 July 2016, 12:03 pm | Northland DHB

Deciding not to immunise your baby is a choice that affects not only your child, but also their grandparents, their future children and the whole community. More >>

NZ health IT company helping Queenslanders

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 1:44 pm | Make Lemonade

NZ health IT company helping Queenslanders with chronic diseases July 14, 2016 A New Zealand health IT company has teamed up with Queensland health authorities to begin a $NZ28.1 million project, funded by the Queensland state government, to wage ... More >>

Poster campaign aims to prevent life-threatening condition

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 11:43 am | Liggins Institute

Every year, around 60 children under the age of 15 years are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Auckland. If diabetes is not diagnosed early enough, it can lead to life-threatening complications. More >>

Patient airlifted from Te Kaha

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 5:19 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

This afternoon the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Te Kaha medical centre where a 44 year old Cape Runaway man had presented with a potentally serious medical condition. More >>

$300,000 ambulance fee increase upsets aged care homes

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 3:29 pm | Aged Care Association

A surprise increase in emergency ambulance charges has come without any consultation and will place an additional burden of $300,000 annually on the aged residential care sector, says the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA). More >>


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