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Rare disease advocate welcomes statement from UNDP

Friday, 21 October 2016, 4:51 pm | John Forman

Rare disease advocate John Forman, has been working on the promotion of a rare disease agenda in public policy here in New Zealand, and internationally, since the late 1990s. He is delighted that UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark has ... More >>

Diabetes New Zealand and Pita Pit plate up

Friday, 21 October 2016, 4:21 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

Diabetes New Zealand is delighted to announce a new partnership with Pita Pit NZ Ltd that will see both organisations dishing up aligned messages around the importance of healthier food choices. More >>

RCEP patent clauses lack compassion says PHA

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:52 pm | Public Health Association

Health organisations call on trade ministers to reject provisions that would negatively affect access to generic medicines in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement. More >>

Dunedin rugby clubs promote healthy culture

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:40 pm | WellSouth

Several rugby clubs have received recognition from Southern DHB and WellSouth for their commitment to creating a healthy culture within their club. More >>

Safer Hours Campaign Launches Public Petition

Friday, 21 October 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

The New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association is providing the public with a direct way to show their support for resident doctors in their campaign for safer working hours in the form of an online petition. More >>

SurfAid Humanitarians of the Year Recognized

Friday, 21 October 2016, 12:20 pm | SurfAid

Legendary big wave rider Shane Dorian, and 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater were recently awarded SurfAid’s highest honor – Humanitarians of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who make an exceptional contribution on behalf of SurfAid’s ... More >>

RHĀNZ welcomes proposed rurally-focussed medical school

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:41 am | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) welcomes the proposal to establish a new rurally-focussed medical school for New Zealand. More >>

Screentime An Emerging Factor In Child / Adolescent Health

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:36 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that a survey highlighting the concerns of parents about screentime for their children is a very real problem which the government and the Ministries of Health and Education are ignoring. More >>

Heart Foundation commends ASA for strengthening codes

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:24 am | National Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation welcomes the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) announcement to strengthen the code of advertising to children, but says the new measures still don’t go far enough. More >>

Resident Doctors give back to communities whilst on strike

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

The recent 48-hour strike by resident doctors saw NZRDA members take the opportunity to participate in a number of positive activities across the country. More >>

New Zealand hosts SNOMED CT conference

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:10 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is hosting the international SNOMED CT Expo and Conference on 27-28 October at Te Papa museum, with the theme ‘Trusted, actionable health information’. More >>

Clinical research trial for Alzheimer’s medication

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:52 pm | Canterbury Geriatric Medical Research Trust

Calling all cell phone losers, milk-forgetters and the car-park confused: here’s a research clinical trial just for you More >>

NZ College of Midwives joins Canterbury’s health alliance

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:34 pm | Canterbury Clinical Network

The Canterbury Health System has welcomed the Canterbury/West Coast Region of the New Zealand College of Midwives to Canterbury’s district health alliance, the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN). More >>

Take This 30 Second Test for World Osteoporosis Day

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:14 pm | Fonterra

Today is World Osteoporosis Day and Fonterra is encouraging New Zealanders to take a 30 second 'sit-to-stand test' to gauge their resilience against osteoporosis. More >>

New book of poetry inspires those with mental illness

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:57 pm | Spinal Injury Association

A new compilation of poems has been launched today to provide inspiration to people living with mental illness. The author, Luke Butler Taveta, is himself living with mental illness; formerly in the Army Officer Cadet Corps he suffered a nervous breakdown ... More >>

Services at Whangarei Hospital Fully Operational

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:23 pm | Northland District Health Board

Over the two day strike action at Whangarei Hospital 21 operations were delayed and approximately 99 adult and 22 Paediatric outpatients’ appointments were rescheduled. More >>

OT Week 2016: 24th- 28th October

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:17 pm | Occupational Therapy New Zealand

This year the theme is " Occupation without Exception " meaning with no one or nothing excluded. It also incorporates the value of Occupational Therapists Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau in the community. #ValueYourOT. More >>

Move for Men’s Health This Movember

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 11:59 am | Movember

For the past ten years, Movember has been synonymous with the Mo . While the iconic moustache is still a symbol of Movember, this year the foundation is encouraging people to MOVE. More >>

‘No excuses’ fines for no lifejackets and speeding boats

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 11:03 am | Maritime New Zealand

As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21), Maritime NZ and Regional Councils have announced eight councils will be trialing a “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water. More >>

GP shortage not cured by new Waikato Medical School

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:52 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) warns the proposed Waikato Medical School could have unintended negative consequences. More >>

Government decision seems senseless

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 9:34 am | College of Public Health Medicine

Cutting funding and significantly reducing the size of the Growing Up in New Zealand study will drastically affect its potential to improve the health of New Zealanders and reduce health and social inequities, says the College of Public Health Medicine. More >>

Health Industry Big Day Out opens doors in Northland

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 9:06 am | Careers New Zealand

Wellington, 20 October 2016 – Today over 40 subject teachers, deputy principals, careers advisors and co-ordinators will get a unique insight into the numerous career opportunities available in the Northland health industry, as part of Careers New ... More >>

Commitment to renewable energy earns CDHB accolade

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 5:03 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury DHB has today (Wednesday 19, October) been awarded an Energy-Mark Bronze Award in an official ceremony for its commitment to energy management, by New Zealand’s leading environmental certification authority, Enviro-Mark Solutions. More >>

Retailers still prepared to sell tobacco products to minors

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 4:11 pm | Northland District Health Board

Health Officials were very disappointed three Northland retailers were prepared to sell cigarettes to underage purchasers in a recent controlled purchase operation (CPO). More >>

Five healthy habits to pick up this summer

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 2:22 pm | Automobile Association

19 October 2016 Five healthy habits to pick up this summer It’s the time of year where toning and detoxing becomes part of the everyday, but will it make you feel good in the long term? AA Directions has pulled together a guide to wellness for ... More >>

Essential food safety tips this BBQ season

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 1:38 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

If you’re dragging out the BBQ this long weekend, public health is reminding people to remember the four Cs clean, cook, cover and chill. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board director population health, Caroline McElnay, said about 200,000 New Zealanders ... More >>

Mental health and addictions leaders talk solutions

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 12:21 pm | Platform Trust

Mental health and addictions leaders from across the country will meet together for two days in Wellington this week. More >>

DHB staff challenged to come up with innovative ideas

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 11:48 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is challenging its staff once again to come up with innovative ideas to improve services to the community. More >>

Protect yourself from Legionnaires’ disease

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 10:00 am | Toi Te Ora

Labour Weekend is a popular time to get back in the garden and while gardening at this time of the year is enjoyed by many, it’s also important to keep yourself safe from a potentially serious illness. Compost and potting mix often contain the ... More >>

Walks after meals may prove important in managing diabetes

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 9:36 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research suggests that people managing type 2 diabetes should walk after meals to gain the greatest blood sugar-lowering benefits. More >>

Junior Doctor’s strike update from Southern DHB

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:45 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s contingency planning in preparation for today’s strike by Resident Medical Officers (RMO) has so far been effective, says Chris Fleming Southern DHB Interim Chief Executive Officer. More >>

NZ woman slows progression of her MS

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:38 pm | Curves

Kay Baird from Ashburton, NZ had one goal: not letting the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) stop her from living life she wanted More >>

Cancer support site to go online soon

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:41 pm | Head and Neck Network

Head and neck cancer patients all over New Zealand will soon be able to get support and information from a dedicated website. More >>

Rotarians Recognise World Polio Day 24th October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:00 pm | Rotary Club

Rotary members in New Zealand will be among thousands worldwide reaching out during the week commencing on World Polio Day, 24th October 2016, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children ... More >>

Emergency calls show mental health system overwhelmed

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:58 am | People's Mental Health Review

Information released to the People’s Mental Health Review shows that calls made to Police Communication Centres (“1-1-1” calls) have been steadily increasing over the last five years, and for the financial 2015/ 2016 up 50% on 2011/ 2012, ... More >>

Heart Foundation Retires Tick Programme

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:21 am | National Heart Foundation

Twenty-five years after it was launched to help consumers make healthier food choices, the Heart Foundation’s Tick will be gradually phased out next year. More >>

Archibalds Motors Partners with Māia Health Foundation

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:18 am | Maia Health Foundation

Māia Health Foundation is gaining traction in the Canterbury landscape and are very pleased to announce and welcome its second founding business partner, Archibalds Motors Limited. More >>

Resident Doctors Use Strike To Help Communities

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 9:48 am | NZRDA

Resident doctors are looking for the best possible outcome to their strike, hoping not only for safer hours, but to use their time to help and teach people. More >>

Research from the Healthier Lives Challenge

Monday, 17 October 2016, 5:28 pm | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Early stage research projects, such as using New Zealand’s huge resource of health data to find out the impact of Canterbury earthquake damage on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease, will be presented at a National Science Challenge symposium ... More >>

Funding crisis forces ambulance staff to strike

Monday, 17 October 2016, 4:32 pm | FIRST Union

Over 1000 Ambulance officers across New Zealand have issued a 14 day notice of industrial action at St John Ambulance. More >>

NZRDA Strike Action Update

Monday, 17 October 2016, 2:00 pm | Northland District Health Board

Unfortunately, we need to reschedule some non-urgent surgery and appointments over the next two days (7am Tuesday 18 October through to Thursday 7am 20 October) due to strike action. More >>

Clever Kiwi Creation Combating Diabetes Confusion

Monday, 17 October 2016, 1:33 pm | Medicine X

The nation’s largest and fastest growing health issue is anything but simple, but now Kiwis with type 2 diabetes have an easier way to understand and control the condition, with new app Type 2 Diabetes Xplained. Embracing modern technology and ... More >>

Kiwi rescue heroes to represent NZ at world challenge

Monday, 17 October 2016, 12:12 pm | Geraldine Road Crash Rescue Team

In a true story of humble kiwi spirit, combined with dedicated teamwork and expertise that saves lives on New Zealand’s roads, the Geraldine Road Crash Rescue Team has secured entry to compete in the 2017 World Rescue Challenge after winning the Australasian ... More >>

Standing tall brings sheer delight

Monday, 17 October 2016, 11:48 am | Lions Club of Aotearoa

The sheer delight of being able to stand upright and walk hands-free by himself is written all over six-year-old Daemon Heather’s face, when he showed off his skills at Belmont Domain yesterday (Sunday October 16). More >>

MoU signing for University of Otago and Ngāti Toa

Monday, 17 October 2016, 10:25 am | University of Otago

The University of Otago will renew an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira on Monday this week. More >>

Asbestos guide a first for New Zealand

Monday, 17 October 2016, 10:22 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has released guidance for managing and removing asbestos in the workplace, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos will help contribute to WorkSafe’s target of a 50% reduction ... More >>

Surf life saving message - “enjoy the beach.”

Monday, 17 October 2016, 9:29 am | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

“Enjoy the beach with us.” That’s the message from the Surf Life Saving Northern region (SLSNR) team as they prepare for the 2016/2017 season, which traditionally kicks off on Labour Weekend. More >>

Baby Boomers Urged to Straighten up And Stay Active

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 8:26 pm | Joint Press Release

Date: 16th October 2016 – WORLD SPINE DAY Baby Boomers Urged to Straighten up And Stay Active for a Longer, Healthier Life As part of World Spine Day (October 16th), the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging the nation’s baby ... More >>

Public lecture - Immune therapy for melanoma: next steps

Friday, 14 October 2016, 5:04 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

One of the biggest medical advances in recent years has been the advent of effective immune therapy for melanoma. Many patients respond very well to immune therapy, even when their cancer has spread throughout their bodies, and for some patients it seems ... More >>

DHBs break off negotiations over SMO payments

Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:54 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

DHBs break off negotiations over SMO payments for additional work undertaken during RMO strike (18-20 October) More >>

Measles case in Queenstown

Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:44 pm | Southern District Health Board

Following the confirmed case of measles in Queenstown on 12 October, Southern DHB/ Public Health South is urging people to check if they’re fully vaccinated for measles. “We are urging people to ensure they are fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR ... More >>

Canterbury DHB prepared for next week’s planned RDA strike

Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:33 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) will go on strike from 7am on 18 October until 7am on 20 October. More >>

Southern DHB to help ‘Break the Chain of Infection’

Friday, 14 October 2016, 1:43 pm | Southern District Health Board

The simple act of cleaning your hands can save lives and Southern DHB is supporting Infection Prevention and Control week (IPC) to spread this message from October 16 – 22. More >>

Weight loss with the help of family, community and SHB

Friday, 14 October 2016, 1:11 pm | Sport Hawke's Bay

Family and Community Support Helped Napier Woman Lose 40kg through Sport Hawke’s Bays Green Prescription Programme More >>

Free seminar on breast reconstruction

Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:57 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation will host a free seminar on breast reconstruction after mastectomy on Wednesday October 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Auckland University’s Medical School. The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) event is open to ... More >>

National Anaesthesia Day Success Stories

Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:41 am | Northland DHB

Monday October 17 is National Anaesthesia Day. Northland District Health Board is sharing stories of Northland patients who have benefited from regional anaesthesia during surgery plus insights from Anaesthetist Dr Fred Muller after 30 years of practice. More >>

The loss of a compassionate warrior

Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:25 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Helen Kelly was a compassionate warrior who fought for the rights of ordinary working New Zealanders, and she will be greatly missed,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Helen Kelly leaves a great legacy for women

Friday, 14 October 2016, 10:46 am | NZNO

NZNO in deep sadness today join with all other CTU affiliates and thousands of people who knew Helen Kelly and the great work she has done for a very long time on behalf of working people in New Zealand. More >>

New operating room training to improve teamwork

Friday, 14 October 2016, 9:56 am | University of Auckland

A realistic pilot training simulation for operating room staff designed to test and improve teamwork skills, has found many positive improvements result from the new communication training. More >>

Gemma Flynn is new breast cancer ambassador

Friday, 14 October 2016, 9:07 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Black Sticks hockey player Gemma Flynn has joined the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation as an ambassador, determined to help get the message about breast awareness out to Kiwi women after her own grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in three ... More >>


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