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The path to patient centred care in NZ’s health system

Friday, 24 June 2016, 4:09 pm | ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has produced the first of a series of short papers arguing for patient centred care to be clearly driving changes in the health system. More >>

Picture perfect scans for mums and bubs

Friday, 24 June 2016, 3:59 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Women across the lower North Island and upper South Island now have free access to the latest in ultrasound technology, with Wellington Regional Hospital having this week installed two new maternal fetal medicine (MFM) ultrasound scanners. More >>

WERO a success among mental health patients and staff

Friday, 24 June 2016, 2:23 pm | WERO

WERO was designed to appeal to the competitive nature of smoking Maori, and after a successful pilot in Te Taitokerau and Hawke's Bay, was funded through the innovation fund for national competitions. Teams of 10 could register their waka and with a ... More >>

CCDHB helps kids get energized

Friday, 24 June 2016, 2:01 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Eating right and getting active is the name of the game at Rangikura School in Porirua, which has today become the latest school to enrol in Capital & Coast DHB’s new initiative to combat childhood obesity – Project Energize. More >>

Professor Henry Brodaty wins the 2016 Ryman Prize

Friday, 24 June 2016, 11:15 am | Ryman Healthcare

Professor Henry Brodaty wins the 2016 Ryman Prize World class researcher, clinician, advocate and pioneer recognised for three decades of work More >>

NTCELL® Parkinson’s trial results to be presented in Berlin

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:55 am | LCT Global

As advised in our 7 June announcement of the trial results, Dr Barry Snow is presenting 81 week+ data on the safely and clinical effects of NTCELL in patients with Parkinson’s disease at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement ... More >>

NCHIP will help make sure no child falls between the cracks

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 12:35 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The health of children in the Taranaki region will be better off with the launch of the National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) and Child and Youth Coordination Service (CaY-C) this week. More >>

Calling for the return of loan equipment no longer required

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:16 am | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

If you are no longer using Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy equipment, please return it to your local hospital. The Allied Health team are asking clients to return loan equipment which is no longer required to ensure there is enough in stock for ... More >>

Weighty future in store for pre-term babies

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:13 am | Liggins Institute

Parents of premature babies need to be extra vigilant in ensuring their children eat a good diet and remain active, with researchers today revealing a link between pre-term birth and weight-related health complications in later life. More >>

Vensa Health recognised in NZ Health IT Innovation Awards

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:53 am | Vensa Health

AUCKLAND, NZ., June 22, 2016 – Vensa Health ( www.vensa.com ), New Zealand’s leading Mobile Health solutions company, was one of five New Zealand Health IT companies recognised for innovation at the NZ Healthcare Congress Awards Dinner in Auckland ... More >>

New steps to tackle worsening Asian heart health

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:52 am | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is taking action to help address the declining heart health of Asians living in New Zealand, as indicated by concerning statistics. More >>

Multiples NZ celebrates volunteers who give their time.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 3:06 pm | Multiples NZ

When you have a family it can be hard to find time to give to others. Yet, regardless of numerous commitments, Multiples NZ has a strong, dedicated base of volunteers who freely give their time to support families with twins and triplets. More >>

$7.9m for long-term health conditions research

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the opening of applications for a new $7.9 million research fund to help improve the management of long-term health conditions. More >>

Sky Bridge next major step

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:41 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key today opened North Shore Hospital’s new Sky Bridge linking the Elective Surgery Centre (ESC) with the main hospital tower as part of plans to further integrate and expand services on the North Shore Hospital ... More >>

GMRI backs extension of free HPV vaccination to boys

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:22 am | Gillies McIndoe Research Institute

Renowned plastic surgeon and cancer researcher Dr Swee Tan has come out in support of PHARMAC’s proposal to introduce free vaccinations to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) induced throat cancers. More >>

Doctor to rub shoulders with Kiwi rugby elites

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:12 am | Lincoln University

An orthopaedic surgeon who works with Japan’s under-20 rugby team has come to Lincoln University to get more experience working with professional rugby players. More >>

Commissioner invests in Primary Health Care for South

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 4:09 pm | Southern District Health Board

More clinical pharmacists, and greater access to “telehealth” were two significant investments in a safer, more patient-centred health system approved by Commissioner Kathy Grant, discussed at today’s Southern District Health Board Commissioner team ... More >>

Unlocking Family Medical History Is Key To Glaucoma Preventi

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:40 pm | SpecSavers

Less than half of the New Zealand population are aware of family eye health history, potentially putting their sight at risk More >>

Kiwi kids need to kick screens to the curb and exercise more

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:32 pm | AIA Group

Kiwi kids need to kick screens to the curb and exercise more New healthy living statistics released by AIA New Zealand More >>

Winter fire safety tips can save lives

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 10:24 am | Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand is urging its tenants to follow the New Zealand Fire Service’s winter fire safety messages after a recent spate of fires. More >>

Veterans And First Responders Struggle

Monday, 20 June 2016, 4:02 pm | Rannerdale Veteran Care

“When a Kiwi war veteran needs crowd fundraising to help pay for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, theres clearly a problem with the level of care and support were providing,” says Steve Shamy, General Manager of Rannderdale ... More >>

Motor Neurone Disease- Latest News

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:24 pm | MND Association

Global MND/ALS Awareness Day is June 21, 2016 • Walks 2 D'Feet MND to be held in 12 New Zealand cities and towns on September 25th • Three inspiring women with MND take the lead • Well-known Kiwis join upcoming campaign More >>

South Island DHBs join forces to tackle childhood obesity

Monday, 20 June 2016, 12:47 pm | South Island Alliance

The five South Island district health boards (DHBs) have agreed on a regional approach to address childhood obesity and meet the new Ministry of Health target, which comes into effect on 1 July. More >>

Tuia Te Ao Marama: Māori Nursing History Online

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:43 am | New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses

The first Oral History website of Māori nurses who practiced in mental health services between 1950 to 1990 was launched at Whatu Kaimarie, Māori Health Services in Auckland. The website is a resource that will ensure the history, knowledge and experiences ... More >>

Volunteers vital in fight against heart disease

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:36 am | The Heart Foundation

As the country celebrates National Volunteer Week, the Heart Foundation is offering its heartfelt thanks to the thousands of volunteers who give their time to support the fight against heart disease. More >>

Visitors to New Plymouth may have exposed others to Measles

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:27 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB’s Medical Officer of Health said today that two people who have recently visited New Plymouth have been confirmed with having measles. More >>

Pelvic Floor Focus

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:08 am | Continence NZ

As the popularity of extreme exercise grows, so does the prevalence of pelvic floor damage but public awareness and knowledge among the fitness profession remain seriously insufficient. As a response to the issue and in an effort to empower and inform women ... More >>

KGI Professor Animesh Ray Granted Funding

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 10:44 am | Keck Graduate Institute

KGI Professor Animesh Ray Granted Funding by the Department of Defense for Research on Lung Cancer Drug Resistance More >>

Women’s health should not pay the price

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 7:01 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (17 June 2016) – The United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice today called on Governments to take urgent, immediate and effective actions to address the global challenge of safeguarding women’s right ... More >>

1000 + have benefitted from hospital flight service

Friday, 17 June 2016, 4:28 pm | Hauora Tairawhiti

In 2012 the then Tairāwhiti District Health Board made the decision to launch its own flight service. Faced with increasing costs and lengthy delays getting patients urgent access to specialist care in larger hospitals, an innovative solution was ... More >>

Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2015

Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:42 pm | Statistics New Zealand

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2015 was comparable to last year, Statistics New Zealand said today. A total of 13,155 induced abortions were performed, compared with 13,137 in 2014. More >>

Minister of Health honours Totara Hospice Youth Ambassadors

Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:10 pm | Totara

The work of a group of young people helping those with life-limiting illness in the South Auckland region has been recognised with a special award from the Minister of Health. More >>

RHĀNZ delighted with Rural Mental Wellness Initiatives

Friday, 17 June 2016, 12:47 pm | Federated Farmers

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) is delighted to be taking a lead role in two of the Government’s rural mental wellness initiatives announced at Fieldays today More >>

Bringing stroke specialists to bedsides – via video

Friday, 17 June 2016, 11:13 am | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Nelson Marlborough Health is one of three district health boards to pilot a tele-stroke service that will give doctors 24/7 access to a neurologist based at Wellington Regional Hospital. More >>

Movember funded registry to transform treatment outcomes

Friday, 17 June 2016, 9:11 am | Movember

The way men are treated for prostate cancer is set to change with the launch of the world’s largest national prostate cancer registry that incorporates clinical data alongside patient feedback of their lived experiences. More >>

Incident at Ravensdown Hornby plant

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 4:08 pm | Ravensdown

An incident involving an independent contractor happened on site at Ravensdown’s Hornby manufacturing plant in Christchurch today (Thursday 16 June) at 9.30am. The contractor had been undertaking maintenance on a circuit breaker. More >>

Medsafe highlights dangers of online medicines

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 1:07 pm | Ministry of Health

Medsafe is reminding New Zealanders of the dangers of purchasing medicines online from overseas, following a global week of action led by INTERPOL. More >>

$890,000 funding to investigate nursing fatigue

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:26 am | NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is thrilled to be part of a 3-year research project that aims to find ways of managing fatigue in hospital-based nurses. More >>

Loss of PAFT massive blow to families of twins and triplets

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:24 am | Multiples NZ

Multiples NZ is saddened and worried by the loss of a key support agency available to parents of multiples. Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) has provided families of twins, triplets and higher order multiples with support, guidance and understanding ... More >>

Princess Margaret Hospital is Here to Stay for a While Yet

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 3:22 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Moving some patients from The Princess Margaret Hospital to Burwood Hospital is underway without a hitch but it’s left some confusion around the future of the old Cashmere site, a landmark of the southern suburbs since 1959. More >>

Make a real difference in someone’s life

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 2:44 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Donating an organ after you die is one of the greatest contributions you can make toward transforming – if not saving – another person’s life. More >>

Barker’s of Geraldine supports brain health with new juice

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 12:54 pm | Barker's

Barker’s of Geraldine is proud to work with New Zealand scientists and blackcurrant growers to support the health and wellness of New Zealander’s. More >>

Record meth haul highlights the need for P testing of houses

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:39 am | Harcourts

The days of getting your mates to check over your property before purchasing are over. More >>

Guild welcomes new President and Vice President

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:11 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The new Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) has elected Graeme Blanchard as President, and Cameron Monteith as Vice President. More >>

Smart technology will transform NZ healthcare

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:05 am | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

Wearable or implantable smart devices, robotics and artificial organs using living cells could all be part of New Zealand’s healthcare future – and some of this technology is NZ-made. More >>

RCEP trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicine

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 10:22 am | Medecins San Frontieres

Medecins Sans Frontieres say: RCEP trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines for half the world’s population More >>

If you are a young person, diagnosed with arthritis

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 3:20 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

If you are a young person, diagnosed with arthritis – don’t give up your dreams! More >>

Maori safe-sleeping device celebrates ten-year anniversary

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 2:29 pm | Weavers' Collective

Over the last decade rates of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) have reduced by almost 30 percent with the most significant gains being made amongst Maori. More >>

Surge in measles cases easily preventable with immunisations

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 10:34 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

New cases of measles continue to be confirmed throughout New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) wishes to urge kiwis to immunise their children and for healthcare providers to support this. More >>

Designer Bags, Smartphones And High Heels Could Affect You

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 10:13 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

Your choice of handbag and how you carry it may be affecting your health long term, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. More >>

Innovative Tairāwhiti programme scores well

Monday, 13 June 2016, 12:54 pm | University of Otago

A new study has shown that a rural health professional programme on the East Coast of the North Island near Gisborne is highly successful for students, patients and the local community. More >>

Thank you New Zealand, together we saved over 42,000 lives!

Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand Blood Service

Last year 110,000 New Zealanders donated over 160,000 units of blood, helping save the lives of over 42,000 ordinary Kiwi’s. For many, this great act of giving quite simply made the difference between life and death. More >>

Farmers warned about dangers of long-term stress

Monday, 13 June 2016, 10:23 am | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is encouraging Kiwi farmers to manage their stress levels and seek help quickly if they experience any signs of heart disease. More >>

Many kids’ cereals still high in sugar

Saturday, 11 June 2016, 11:22 pm | Consumer

Cereal manufacturers aren’t getting the message their kids’ products are too high in sugar. A Consumer NZ report has found sugar levels have changed little since it last looked at these products in 2013. Six cereals had even more than they used ... More >>

Dentist Group Questions Toothpaste Advice

Saturday, 11 June 2016, 8:27 pm | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Calls for all children to use adult strength toothpaste should be accompanied by better public information about the health risks, according to the independent dental fluoride advisory group FIND. More >>

MNZ welcomes PHARMAC decision to fund melanoma treatment

Friday, 10 June 2016, 4:55 pm | Melanoma New Zealand

Melanoma New Zealand welcomes PHAMAC decision to fund New Zealand’s first effective treatment for advanced melanoma More >>

Another lean year ahead for cash-strapped public hospitals

Friday, 10 June 2016, 4:16 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government can fudge the figures all it wants but the reality is that it will be ordinary New Zealanders who miss out on operations and other treatment if the public health system continues to be short-changed,” says Angela Belich, Deputy ... More >>

Move to new Burwood facilities kicks off

Friday, 10 June 2016, 3:07 pm | Joint Press Release

Canterbury DHB and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will start moving patients from The Princess Margaret Hospital to new facilities at Burwood from Monday (June 13). More >>

Young Women Called To Be A Force For Change By New Platform

Friday, 10 June 2016, 3:04 pm | Dearem

o Alarming stats show one in three Kiwi girls under 16 may be sexually abused; 90% of abusers are known ; only 10% of incidents reported More >>

Med-tech focus of Auckland conference

Friday, 10 June 2016, 3:00 pm | University of Auckland

Research and innovation in medical technologies from New Zealand and overseas will be the focus of a conference in Auckland this month. More >>

 

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