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Public warned on dangers of synthetic cannabinoids

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:49 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB is warning the public of synthetic cannabinoids’ dangerous effects and the risks that people take by using these drugs. More >>

Guideline for reducing antibiotic prescribing

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 10:44 am | Best Practice Advocacy Centre

Guideline for reducing antibiotic prescribing in self-limiting respiratory tract infections Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says a new guideline will help to support General Practitioners in adopting delayed or no antibiotic prescribing strategies ... More >>

Early detection and management of Chronic Kidney Disease

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 10:41 am | Best Practice Advocacy Centre

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says an electronic decision support tool will help General Practitioners improve the detection and management of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). More >>

“Fear of missing out” linked to alcohol harm in students

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 10:38 am | University of Otago

University students who have a greater “fear of missing out” (FoMO) are much more likely to experience negative consequences from drinking alcohol, new University of Otago psychology research suggests. FoMO refers to the uneasy and often all-consuming ... More >>

White Ribbon Day focus on healthy, respectful relationships

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 4:48 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB is supporting the week of White Ribbon Day, Wednesday 25 November, with a number of displays at Taranaki Base Hospital, including three 18-metre white ribbons outside the main entrance of Taranaki Base Hospital and two exhibitions in the main ... More >>

StarJam launch new Annual Appeal

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 3:14 pm | StarJam

On Thursday 3rd December, StarJam launches a new annual appeal to celebrate and raise awareness of International Day of People with Disability. This special day is celebrated globally and aims to promote the understanding around disability in New Zealand and ... More >>

Special donation is the next best thing to a fairy-tale

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 3:08 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

November 25, 2015 Special donation is the next best thing to a fairy-tale A school girl who knows what it is like to be in hospital has spent hours making fairy dresses for Christchurch Hospital Children’s Activity Room. Eliza Mcdonald and her mother ... More >>

Nationwide tradeshow makes disability equipment accessible

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 2:36 pm | Show Your Ability

People with disabilities, their families and caregivers can now access the best mobility equipment, information and resources available, thanks to disability equipment trade show, Show Your Ability. More >>

ED and Women’s Refuge team up to take on domestic violence

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 12:15 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Wellington Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) now has 24/7 support for victims of domestic violence, thanks to a new partnership with Wellington Women’s Refuge. In ED all women over the age of 16 are screened for domestic violence and ... More >>

NZCOM Applauds Opening of New Health Hub

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 10:42 am | NZ College Of Midwives

NZCOM Applauds Opening of New Health Hub and Maternity Service The New Zealand College of Midwives congratulates the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) on the opening of the Rangiora Health Hub. Karen Guilliland, Chief Executive Officer of the College ... More >>

Medical community supports ending violence against women

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 5:24 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is one of 22 medical colleges and peak health bodies in Australia and New Zealand who have released a joint statement in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign. More >>

Southern DHB Staff Show Support For White Ribbon Day

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 2:43 pm | Southern District Health Board

This Wednesday (25 November) is White Ribbon Day and the Southern District Health Board’s Violence Intervention Programme team is already on the job with a series of initiatives to show support for Violence Free Families. More >>

Re-enacting old memories for a good cause

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 2:11 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers Auckland is calling upon local communities and keen photographers to re-enact old photographs and share them on social media, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the more than 15,000 people in greater Auckland living with dementia. More >>

Largest ever study of alcohol harm in EDs reveals huge toll

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 2:02 pm | ACEM

Research conducted by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has found that, at peak times, one in eight presentations to emergency departments (EDs) is alcohol related. More >>

Cutting Edge Exercise Research and Science Shared

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It’s just been the busiest weekend in the New Zealand exercise industry calendar. The FitEx conference which features over 100 presentations and workshops on the latest in science and trends for every facet and role within the fitness and exercise industry, ... More >>

New Zealand’s Health Care Home gains international interest

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 1:08 pm | Pinnacle

New Zealand’s Health Care Home gains international interest The New Zealand Health Care Home and its harnessing of data to improve long term health outcomes gained international attention at a recent conference in Sydney. Pinnacle Midlands Health ... More >>

ANZCOR calls for comment on resuscitation guidelines

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 1:07 pm | ANZCOR

The Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR) invites comments on revised and new guidelines that are currently in draft form. These ANZCOR guidelines will replace existing Australian and New Zealand Resuscitation Council guidelines ... More >>

Canterbury DHB sustains strong performance

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:27 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB sustains strong performance in health targets Q1, 2015-2016 The Canterbury Health System continues to perform strongly in the National Health Targets, release today. Mary Gordon, Acting Canterbury DHB chief executive, says the strong results ... More >>

Rangiora Health Hub officially opened

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:03 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury Health System has today welcomed Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman who officially opened the Rangiora Health Hub. After almost five years of community consultation, planning and construction, the $7 million purpose-designed facility ... More >>

NZ leading the way on heart and diabetes checks

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 11:57 am | The Heart Foundation

New Zealand’s health sector should pat itself on the back for reaching a major milestone in the fight to reduce our country’s high rates of cardiovascular disease, says the Heart Foundation. More >>

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Selwyn/Waikirikiri River

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 11:50 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Selwyn/Waikirikiri River at Coes Ford The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning for Coes Ford. The warning follows finding high levels of potentially ... More >>

Tunstall Healthcare expands services in New Zealand

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 10:26 am | Tunstall Healthcare

Global provider of telehealth and connected care services, Tunstall Healthcare, has recently expanded its New Zealand operation. More >>

Anti-fat attitudes shaped early in life: Otago research

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 10:03 am | University of Otago

New findings from the University of Otago suggest older toddlers—those aged around 32 months old—are picking up on the anti-fat attitudes of their mothers. More >>

Auditor-General’s report published

Monday, 23 November 2015, 3:03 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

Auditor-General’s report published: Delivering scheduled services to patients – Progress in responding to the Auditor-General’s recommendation More >>

Beards Beat Bowel Cancer through the month of December

Monday, 23 November 2015, 1:38 pm | Decembeard

Auckland, 23 November 2015 : Decembeard™, Bowel Cancer New Zealand’s hairiest fundraising campaign, is back for 2015. Decembeard™ aims to encourage men throughout New Zealand to raise the much needed funds for Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ), while ... More >>

Stroke prevention strategy needs overhaul

Monday, 23 November 2015, 12:23 pm | Stroke Foundation

The case for government intervention and a regulatory approach to reduce the incidence of stroke in New Zealand is urgent, says the Stroke Foundation. It echoes the view of AUT’s Professor Valery Feigin, speaking this morning on Radio New Zealand National ... More >>

End of an era for clinic head marks new chapter for vet club

Monday, 23 November 2015, 10:08 am | Anexa FVC

Stepping down from his role heading one of New Zealand’s oldest veterinary club practices leaves Ross Harris with many good memories and a business looking forward to a new chapter in its future. More >>

Health groups call for fast, fair climate action

Friday, 20 November 2015, 2:24 pm | Joint Press Release

Health groups call for fast, fair climate action Health groups have come out today in an editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal, highlighting serious health disparities as a result of climate change. They state that urgent action, based on a fair approach ... More >>

Progress on researching unmet health need

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:51 am | ASMS

A research project to measure unmet health need among adults in New Zealand is making significant progress, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Kidney Health Statement On Jonah Lomu

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 4:50 pm | Kidney Health NZ

Kidney Health New Zealand is saddened to hear about the recent passing of Jonah Lomu. More >>

Environment Increasingly Toxic to Work in

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 12:20 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The environment senior doctors and dentists are working in is increasingly toxic, the President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), Dr Hein Stander, told senior doctors and dentists this morning. More >>

Dickens classic used in the battle with dementia

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 12:11 pm | Ryman Healthcare

A dementia specialist, a linguist and Ryman Healthcare have teamed up together to produce a book they hope will help revive the joy of reading for people with dementia. More >>

Groups provide input for Primary and Community Health Plan

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 12:11 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

The regions health sector leaders are agreed on a collaborative approach to developing a Primary and Community Health Plan for Nelson Marlborough. More >>

Superheroes don’t take sick leave

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 11:05 am | ASMS

Senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand’s public hospitals are routinely going to work when they are ill, a major study published today by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has found. More >>

New Zealand’s biggest names mint their faces for Movember

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 10:13 am | The Movember Foundation

Today, Movember unveils a unique initiative featuring some of New Zealand’s most influential faces, minted on a limited edition one dollar coin – the Mo Dollar. More >>

Anaesthetists lead the way in patient comfort

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 10:12 am | ANZCA

Chocolate and chewing gum: anaesthetists lead the way in patient comfort A chocolate-flavoured sedative for children and the use of chewing gum to stop nausea after an anaesthetic are two novel research projects that have just received funding by the Australian ... More >>

COPD to become third leading cause of death by 2030

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 9:42 am | GSK New Zealand

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is set to become the third leading cause of death worldwide in the next 15 years [1] , and New Zealand currently has the second highest hospitalisation rate for the disease in the OECD [2] . More >>

Natural Health Store Misleads Consumers Over Homeopathy

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 9:18 am | Society for Science Based Healthcare

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads for homeopathy from New Zealand natural health store “HealthPost” were misleading. More >>

New joint DHB/PHO funding initiative

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 1:08 pm | Compass Health

Women needing medical help to investigate and relieve some menstrual problems and pelvic organ prolapse can now receive faster care, closer to home through a local GP practice. Patients with a community services card or those living in some areas ... More >>

More signs that public hospitals are struggling to cope

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 12:56 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Reports that one of the country’s largest public hospitals is full is yet another sign that hospitals are struggling to cope with the increasing demands being placed on them,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More >>

Take precautions with compost and potting mix

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 12:47 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

17 November 2015 Take precautions with compost and potting mix It is spring, so Aucklanders are outdoors preparing the garden for summer, or tending to the veggie patch. Medical Officer of Health Dr Simon Baker enjoys gardening as much as the next ... More >>

Eldernet releases moderated Aged Care Feedback System

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 10:12 am | ElderNet

Eldernet is today announcing the launch of its new nationwide Review System. The public will be able to post online comments about Aged Residential Care facilities and share their thoughts with others. More >>

General practice and community pharmacy leadership learn

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 10:11 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

General practice and community pharmacy leadership learn about the Ministry of Health’s plans for an integrated future More >>

16 Babies will come early in NZ on World Prematurity Day

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 9:16 am | Neonatal Trust

If the averages play true, today there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand on World Prematurity Day. Babies are classified as premature if they are born before 37 weeks gestation. A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks More >>

Baking for babies on World Prematurity Day

Monday, 16 November 2015, 2:40 pm | Neonatal Trust

Volunteers often provide morning teas and lunches for parents of premature babies in New Zealand – but the morning teas being held to mark World Prematurity Day on 17 November will be a little different. More >>

Network enabling safer patient care

Monday, 16 November 2015, 12:42 pm | Compass Health

Compass Health PHO is encouraging Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa healthcare providers to join a network helping health professionals share information about patients who may be abusing or seeking drugs. More >>

Nurse Maude Hospice fundraising event raises almost $25,000

Monday, 16 November 2015, 12:09 pm | BNI New Zealand

Nurse Maude Hospice fundraising event raises almost $25,000 for vital equipment to support those in hospice care in Canterbury More >>

Mindfulness for health sector

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:58 am | University of Auckland

Mindfulness pioneers, Joel and Michelle Levey from Seattle will be visiting Auckland next week to give a seminar on mindfulness for health. More >>

New Face to Affordable Healthcare

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:54 am | Tui Medical

A recent rebranding has seen a locally-owned and operated healthcare provider, with five clinics in Hamilton and Huntly, re-emerge as Tui Medical. More >>

Growing support for family friendly environments

Monday, 16 November 2015, 10:42 am | Taranaki District Health Board

A New Plymouth automotive specialist and a gym are the first businesses of their kind to sign up to Taranaki DHB’s ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’ (BFWH) programme. More >>

Vaccines aren’t the problem

Friday, 13 November 2015, 4:50 pm | Immunisation Advisory Centre

Recently TV3’s 3D programme produced a piece about the plight of a group of young New Zealand women. They were all stricken by debilitating medical conditions which would be best characterised as the symptoms of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome ... More >>

Families and Staff Gather to Support World Prematurity Day

Friday, 13 November 2015, 3:26 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Neonatal Trust is hosting a morning tea at Taranaki Base Hospital to raise awareness of World Prematurity Day and the issues faced by premature babies and their families. More >>

Launch of Southern DHB 2014/2015 Quality Account

Friday, 13 November 2015, 1:23 pm | Southern District Health Board

Launch of Southern DHB 2014/2015 Quality Account Southern DHB will launch its 2014/2015 Quality Account next week to showcase its performance excellence and quality improvement over the past 12 months. “We’re delighted to be able to share our 2014/2015 Account ... More >>

Young people need better access to sexual health care

Friday, 13 November 2015, 1:17 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is today calling for change to improve access for young people in Australia and New Zealand to sexual and reproductive care. More >>

Patients access ManageMyHealth records on mobile phones

Friday, 13 November 2015, 11:57 am | Trio Communications

Auckland November 13, 2015: Patients of GPs in Wellington’s Compass Primary Health Organisation (PHO) are the first to get to secure access to their health records via their mobile phones. A mobile app for ManageMyHealth, has been launched for both ... More >>

Cystic Fibrosis Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday, 12 November 2015, 12:17 pm | Cystic Fibrosis Association

Travellers to Wellington Airport won’t be able to miss this year’s Cystic Fibrosis annual Christmas Tree Festival. More >>

Lung Foundation New Zealand officially launched

Thursday, 12 November 2015, 8:50 am | Lung Foundation New Zealand

Lung Foundation New Zealand was officially launched tonight at the Rydges Hotel in Wellington, after hosting a National Lung Health Seminar which featured a key note address by leading Australian Pulmonologist, Dr Lucy Morgan, Dept. of Respiratory ... More >>

Frances Benge appointed Chief Executive of Cure Kids

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 5:27 pm | Cure Kids

Frances Benge is returning to New Zealand from Hong Kong to take up the role of CEO at Cure Kids on 1 December 2015. More >>

Nurturing our future generations

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 4:39 pm | Support Stream

We all have mixed memories of high school. Between avoiding the massive bully lurking in the school corridor on our way to math’s class, to thinking about what you wanted to do with your life and managing the demands of exams and assignments, high school ... More >>

Wise Group wins toughest smokefree award

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 4:20 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Wise Group wins toughest smokefree award Community-based support organisation Wise Group is just the fourth organisation in Auckland to be awarded an Auckland Regional Public Health Service Smokefree Award, as a smokefree workplace. More >>


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