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High Intensity Interval Training – It’s Here to Stay

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release - 24 May 2016 FROM: The New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) More >>

Immunisation rates well covered for Canterbury

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:19 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Protecting our vulnerable children from diseases is high on the radar for Cantabrians, according to the latest National Health Target results. More >>

More tools needed to combat HIV

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:12 am | University of Auckland

More tools needed to combat HIV University of Auckland - Media release - 24 May 2016 New prevention tools are needed to reduce the rising number of HIV transmissions in New Zealand, according to an HIV researcher. The call comes in response to record ... More >>

International nitric oxide trial shows great results

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:29 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

An international trial assessing the effectiveness of nitric oxide in treating stroke patients shows New Zealanders had significantly better outcomes than people from other countries around the world. More >>

SBS Bank helps to keep families close

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:14 am | SBS Bank

SBS Bank helps to keep families close at the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital More >>

New Zealand’s health budget must keep up with need

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:45 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and registered nurse Bronwyne Albright is calling on the Government to increase health spending by at least 4.7 percent in Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain our health care services. More >>

Budget needs to prioritise primary health

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:43 am | Newtown Union Health Service

A primary health care service in South Wellington - Newtown Union Health Service has grave fears for patient services if Thursday's health budget results in reduced funding for Capital & Coast DHB says its chairperson, Eileen Brown. More >>

Counties Manukau DHB needs at least an extra $21 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:31 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate, registered nurse and midwife Judith Couch is calling on the Government to invest at least an extra $21 million over what is expected in Thursday’s Budget for Counties Manukau DHB, just to maintain Counties ... More >>

Capital and Coast DHB needs at least an extra $16 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:30 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and registered nurse Freya Head is one of many calling on the Government to invest to invest at least $16 million over what is expected for Capital and Coast DHB Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain ... More >>

Hawkes Bay DHB needs at least an extra $8 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:28 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and clinical nurse specialist Sara Mason is calling on the Government to invest at least $8 million over what is expected for Hawkes Bay DHB in Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain Hawkes Bay’s health ... More >>

Canterbury DHB needs at least an extra $35 million

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:27 am | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) delegate and registered nurse Cheryl Hanham is calling on the Government to invest at least $35 million over what is expected for Canterbury DHB in Thursday’s Budget, just to maintain Christchurch’s health ... More >>

Senior Doctors Urge Govt to Properly Fund Public Health

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:15 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government has an opportunity this week to fix the longstanding problems which are preventing thousands of New Zealanders each year from getting the health care their doctors know they need,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

High level of HIV diagnoses in New Zealand persists in 2015

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:00 am | University of Otago

224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. More >>

World Smokefree Day 31 May 2016 - Smokers keen to quit

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:36 pm | Northland District Health Board

The rate of smoking in Northland continues to drop, with rates going from 22.7% in 2006 to 16.8% in 2013 according to the Census . More >>

New research to help Kiwi’s maintain great eye sight

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:29 pm | St George's Hospital

New Zealanders are set to benefit from innovative new research identifying optimum weekly diets for preventing age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness. More >>

World Smoke Free Day 31st May 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:27 pm | National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service

May 31st is World Smoke Free Day. This year we have decided to commemorate the day by presenting a special prize giving for the Wero Challenge , a fun stop smoking competition that allows participants to raise money for a good cause. The teams work ... More >>

Most smokers want to quit - World Smokefree Day 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016, 2:56 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Nelson Public Health Smokefree Coordinator, Karen Vis says according to the census the rates fell from 20.7 per cent in 2006 to 15.1 per cent in 2013. More >>

Sexual violence services and the Rainbow community

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:30 am | Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura

More funding for sexual violence agencies is fantastic and much needed – but will it mean takatāpui, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex survivors get the help they need? More >>

Call to action to quit

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:18 am | West Coast District Health

West Coast smokers are being urged to quit for the sake of their family and to protect them from the dangers of second hand smoke. What better time to do it than World Smokefree Day: Tuesday 31 May? In New Zealand 5000 people a year die from smoking. ... More >>

Good hand hygiene no laughing matter

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:12 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board is working with the Clown Doctors to emphasise the importance of having clean hands to patients and staff. More >>

DHB activates 0800 222 030 for information about Measles

Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:22 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB has activated a local 0800 number so that Northlanders can access timely information about measles. People can call 0800 222 030 at any time to get up to date information and measles and immunisation. More >>

More Measles Vaccination Clinics Planned in Mid North

Friday, 20 May 2016, 4:51 pm | Northland District Health Board

With four cases of measles notified in Northland, and further cases expected, Northland DHB has extended the free vaccination clinics in the Mid North. More >>

Measles update for Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions

Friday, 20 May 2016, 4:05 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service confirms that there have been no more cases of measles notified by GPs in the Nelson, Marlborough or Tasman regions to date. More >>

Plunket and ACC are joining forces to make Kiwi kids safer

Friday, 20 May 2016, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

Each year more than 110,000 children are injured at home and in the wider community, so Plunket and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) are teaming up to help prevent injuries and make Kiwi kids safer. By the time they are two years old, 28 ... More >>

New database and funding improve access to clinical trials

Friday, 20 May 2016, 10:51 am | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Around the world, the 20th May is regarded as the anniversary of the first ever clinical trial1 and is recognised as International Clinical Trials Day. The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) is acknowledging the importance of clinical trials in breast cancer ... More >>

Music for improved health

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:02 pm | Massey University

New Zealand’s inaugural Music Therapy Week begins this weekend, highlighting the healing qualities of music, and raising awareness of music therapy. The theme of the week is Celebrating Music Therapy. More >>

A Bit Early to Break Out the Champagne, Minister

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 12:52 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s always good to have more doctors and nurses working in our public hospitals but the picture isn’t as rosy as the Government is suggesting,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

NRMPI Joins IAMRA

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 10:29 am | NRMPI

NRMP International joins a global community committed to high-quality physician education, physician training, and patient safety and care. More >>

Screening for breast and cervical cancer is imperative

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 5:12 pm | Citizen News Service

Screening for breast and cervical cancer is a public health imperative Akanksha Sethi Photograph is online at: http://bit.ly/1YxL7l2 Breast and cervical cancers are two major cancers among women. For decades, cervical cancer was the most common ... More >>

Genetically engineered crops are safe

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. More >>

Food safety partnership to protect $50b industry

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 3:51 pm | Massey University

A scientific collaboration aimed at protecting and enhancing New Zealand's $50 billion-plus food sector was officially launched today. More >>

I will march for Moko

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 2:25 pm | Angels Saving Kids

This Sunday, 22nd of May at various centres around the country the New Zealand public is invited to join together as a nation to march against Child Abuse. More >>

Dementia: Give up, Give in, Or Give It All You Got!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 2:18 pm | Alzheimers Canterbury

You only get three choices with dementia, give up, give in, or give it all you got! For the month of May, Z Carlton Corner is supporting Alzheimers Canterbury’s comprehensive Activities Programme through their ‘Good in the Hood’ campaign. People can vote ... More >>

Free BOP Seminar: 'Fertility & Treatment Options'

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:32 pm | Insight Endometriosis

BOP women and their partners will benefit from a presentation by local fertility expert Dr Brad Chittenden “Fertility & Treatment Options” on Wednesday 25 May. The meeting will be held at the Fulton Hogan office, 54 Aerodrome Rd, Mt Maunganui. More >>

Mangere Town Centre Celebrating Nine Years Smokefree

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:26 pm | ASH

Mangere residents have reason to celebrate this month with their town Centre set to commemorate nine years since it became Smokefree in 2007. ASH New Zealand invites Mangere’s local residents and wider community to come together on Saturday the ... More >>

Step change funding boost for health research

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:16 pm | University of Auckland

Step change funding boost for health research Media Release - University of Auckland - 18 May 2017 Medical research in New Zealand had a major boost this week with an extra $97 million funding over four years committed to the Health Research Council ... More >>

Free Seminar: 'Fertility & Treatment Options'

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 10:31 am | Insight Endometriosis

Waikato women and their partners will benefit from a presentation by well-respected local fertility expert Dr Kirsty Gendall titled “Fertility & Treatment Options” on Wednesday 25 May. The meeting will be held at CCS Disability Action, 17 Claudelands ... More >>

World Smokefree Day 2016 - Perfect opportunity to quit

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 4:39 pm | Northland District Health Board

‘Quit now – it’s about whānau’ is the message for this year’s World Smokefree Day, and it starts in Northland’s homes and communities. More >>

New $97m boost for NZ’s main health research funder

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 4:22 pm | Health Research Council

The government has today announced that the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) will receive a significant new investment of $97 million over the next four years to help fund research that will improve the health and quality of life of all ... More >>

New strategy to shape future direction of health research

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:11 pm | Health Research Council Of New Zealand

The government today announced that it is seeking public input on the development of what will be New Zealand’s first health research strategy. More >>

5+ A Day announces Julia & Libby as new brand ambassadors

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 11:38 am | Five plus a day

The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is pleased to announce a new brand ambassador partnership with health and wellbeing bloggers, Julia & Libby. More >>

PHARMAC’s new approach getting real traction

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 10:12 am | PHARMAC

A new approach PHARMAC has used for funding medicines for rare disorders is gaining real traction, says chief executive Steffan Crausaz. More >>

Osteoporosis and Bone Disease: Big Steps Forward

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 10:05 am | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation is proud to have supported the Bone and Joint Research Group for over 35 years. In 1984 Professor Ian Reid, who leads the group’s clinical studies, received the first of many AMRF fellowships and grants, ... More >>

UC researchers study how children with autism sleep

Monday, 16 May 2016, 4:23 pm | University of Canterbury

Two University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are seeking participants for a study into the effectiveness of treatments for sleep disturbance in children with autism. More >>

New research shows how hospitals can improve outcomes

Monday, 16 May 2016, 1:34 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

An article published in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia provides, for the first time, strong evidence that improvements in admission processes through hospital emergency departments (EDs) leads to a decrease in patient deaths, according ... More >>

Shifting the focus from illness to wellness

Monday, 16 May 2016, 12:54 pm | Aurecon

Just imagine if our healthcare system followed ‘Doctor’s orders’ and took a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach. Just imagine caring for people away from hospitals instead of in them. Just imagine a future health journey with the ... More >>

One in five get sick on holiday

Monday, 16 May 2016, 12:52 pm | Southern Cross

Sickly sightseers, green globetrotters and tepid tourists – unfortunately, most of us have either been or seen these types of travellers struggling through a holiday. More >>

Confirmed measles case in Nelson

Monday, 16 May 2016, 12:47 pm | Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

A teenager, who had recently visited Hamilton and returned to Nelson last week, has been confirmed as having measles. More >>

Improving health outcomes for mother and baby

Monday, 16 May 2016, 12:45 pm | Massey University

After the birth of their baby most women see their health care professionals, with the focus often on the baby’s health. Yet 10 to 15 per cent of new mothers in New Zealand will suffer from postnatal depression. The mental health of the mother has ... More >>

5+ A Day helps fuel Football Ferns on the road to Rio

Monday, 16 May 2016, 11:52 am | 5 Plus A Day

The New Zealand women’s football team has been given a healthy boost in the run-up to Rio. More >>

Nursing Excellence Awards a success across the district

Monday, 16 May 2016, 11:05 am | Southern District Health Board

Nursing Excellence Awards a success across the district. Nurses revelled last night as Southern DHB celebrated International Nurses’ Day at the Nursing Excellence Awards in Dunedin and Invercargill. This year 21 recipients were acknowledged and ... More >>

Hospice North Shore invites local residents to participate

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:32 am | Hospice North Shore

Hospice North Shore invites local residents to participate in community initiative Hospice Awareness Week: 16-22 May 2016 More >>

Kiwi Invention Set to Help Tackle Childhood Inactivity

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:26 am | Springfree Trampoline

A New Zealand invention created by sports science academics and an award winning local exporter is set to help address global childhood inactivity. More >>

APLCC 2016 in Thailand: Preventing lung cancer

Friday, 13 May 2016, 4:18 pm | Citizen News Service

APLCC 2016 in Thailand: Preventing lung cancer is public health imperative Citizen News Service Image is online at: http://bit.ly/1rIIvGD Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC) to Open in Chiang Mai, Thailand: 13-15 May 2016 The biennial Asia Pacific ... More >>

Forum to improve outcomes for people with disabilities

Friday, 13 May 2016, 3:00 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Experts and community members will come together next month to share experiences and knowledge, and discuss how to further improve the quality of health services for people with disabilities in the greater Wellington region. More >>

Renowned Artists Unite to Fight Bowel Cancer

Friday, 13 May 2016, 1:00 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Renowned New Zealand artists are helping to raise awareness of New Zealand’s most common cancer during Bowel Cancer Awareness month. By turning their artistic talents to the humble chair, a symbol used to represent the diverse range of New Zealanders ... More >>

AuramerBio makes diagnosis easier, faster and smarter

Friday, 13 May 2016, 11:41 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A new medical diagnostics start-up company spun out of Victoria University of Wellington is set to revolutionise the way medical professionals diagnose and monitor the health of their patients. More >>

Hospice Awareness Week

Friday, 13 May 2016, 11:23 am | Hospice NZ

When Russell Thompson was diagnosed with end stage heart disease last year, his wife Pat was desperate to care for her dying husband at home. “Russell kept saying he didn’t want to be a bother,” Pat says, “but I I told him that after 41 years ... More >>

Corrections marks International Nurses Day

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 1:25 pm | Department Of Corrections

Corrections’ is celebrating the work of nurses who work in prisons today, International Nurses Day. More >>

A Serving of Good Bacteria, Please

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 12:17 pm | Canstar Blue

Auckland, 12 May 2016 – Kiwis are keen to clean up and restore balance to their intestines according to the latest survey by consumer satisfaction company, Canstar Blue. More >>

 

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