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Taranaki DHB Launches Visitor Policy Review

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 4:56 pm | Taranaki DHB

Taranaki DHB has recently launched a review of the current visitor policy in place at both Taranaki Base and Hawera hospitals and we will be talking to patients, visitors and staff as part of this review. This is a direct result of feedback from patients, ... More >>

Think VTE this World Thrombosis Day

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 4:29 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Haematologists at Auckland DHB are joining global health leaders to raise awareness of one of the world’s most preventable hospital deaths. More >>

Whangarei Hospital Breast Surgeon Awarded Prize

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 3:58 pm | Northland District Health Board

Whangarei Hospital oncoplastic reconstructive breast surgeon Dr Usha Shan has been awarded the prize for best oral presentation at a leading international breast surgery conference in Nottingham, England. More >>

Taranaki DHB confirms purchase of Fulford Radiology

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 2:17 pm | Taranaki DHB

Taranaki DHB (TDHB) confirmed today it has entered into an agreement for 100% ownership of Fulford Radiology. Fulford Radiology Services Ltd (FRSL) is a joint venture company between Taranaki DHB and the radiologists. More >>

GPs and pharmacists most popular for elderly healthcare

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 9:43 am | University of Auckland

General practitioners and pharmacists are the primary health care professionals seen by most people in advanced age, according to new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Social Model Needed to Combat Suicide

Monday, 12 October 2015, 5:21 pm | CASPER

12 October 2015 - Suicide prevention organisation CASPER is deeply saddened by figures released this year outlining that New Zealand have the highest ever incidences of suicide. More >>

New Support for Cancer Patients

Monday, 12 October 2015, 2:32 pm | NZ Psychological Society

An important and compassionate initiative- this is how Dr Kerry Gibson, President of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) described Health Minister Jonathan Coleman’s announcement of $4.5 million a year for improved psychological and social ... More >>

Father lost for words after NBOMe causes son’s organ failure

Monday, 12 October 2015, 2:09 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury father Murray* is still lost for words after the shocking news last week that his son was in a critical condition at Christchurch Hospital. More >>

New Zealand ranks third in world in end-of-life care

Monday, 12 October 2015, 10:39 am | Hospice North Shore

A report by the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked New Zealand third in the world in end-of-life care. The Quality of Death index puts the UK first and Australia second, while the Phillipines, Bangladesh and Iraq fall to the bottom of the 80 country list. ... More >>

Let’s Connect for a Better Food Future

Monday, 12 October 2015, 10:27 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Changing the way we grow, process, and distribute food is key to solving some of our most important social and environmental problems. More >>

International speakers address the future of rehabilitation

Monday, 12 October 2015, 9:45 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

International speakers address the future of rehabilitation medicine at the AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting 2015 More >>

National Anaesthesia Day – Friday, October 16

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 12:12 pm | ANZCA

Next Friday, October 16, is National Anaesthesia Day – a promotion by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) that marks the anniversary of the day in 1846 when ether anaesthetic was first demonstrated publicly in Boston. With ... More >>

Young baby has died from probable Meningococcal disease

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 11:37 am | Northland DHB

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). More >>

Exercise Programme Helping Special Needs Children

Friday, 9 October 2015, 4:46 pm | Les Mills

A pioneering exercise programme involving children with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities including; those left brain damaged from domestic abuse and prenatal drug/alcohol use has been launched at an Auckland city gym. More >>

NZ Ranked Third Best In World For Palliative Care

Friday, 9 October 2015, 3:50 pm | The Care Alliance

New Zealand is the third best in country in the world for palliative care, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. More >>

Variety Mini Bash visiting young patients

Friday, 9 October 2015, 12:23 pm | Variety - The Children's Charity

Middlemore Hospital’s paediatric wards are gearing up for a colourful visit from the cars and characters of the Variety Trillian Bash, a group of classic-car lovers who believe in having fun while doing good for others. More >>

Rural hospital medicine specialists were welcomed

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:25 am | Northland District Health Board

Newly-appointed rural hospital medicine specialists were welcomed to Dargaville Hospital last week; with video conferencing technology fundraised by the Kaipara community linking up their welcome. More >>

Cancer and all the other shit

Friday, 9 October 2015, 9:59 am | Makaro Press

YOUNG AUCKLAND DESIGNER LAUREN WEPA has turned her experience with cancer into a book that she believes gives people permission to talk frankly about the disease with friends and family who have been diagnosed. More >>

World Arthritis Day: Diagnosis, then isolation!

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 3:43 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“Remember those with arthritis!” is Arthritis New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Rob Mitchell’s message for World Arthritis Day. More >>

Take care when gardening!

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 3:07 pm | West Coast District Health

Thursday 8 October Take care when gardening! West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to gardening. Dr Cheryl Brunton, West Coast Medical Officer of Health, says this is the time of ... More >>

Wanted: Hospital equipment

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 4:37 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Each year over $130,000 of equipment is walked, carried or wheeled from Capital & Coast District Health Board never to be returned. More >>

Time to be proactive about preventing suicide

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 2:24 pm | Samaritans of Wellington

Samaritans urge New Zealanders to be proactive about preventing suicide after provisional suicide statistics released yesterday confirm 564 lives were lost by suicide in 2014/15. More >>

Charity champions universal eye health

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 11:08 am | Fred Hollows Foundation

Eye care charity The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ marks World Sight Day on Thursday, 8 October, celebrating the theme of universal eye health with the launch of two ground-breaking infrastructure developments in Solomon Islands and Fiji. The Regional Eye Centre ... More >>

Feedback on Future Health Service Needs

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 9:50 am | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

There was overall positive support given for the NMDHB Health Needs Analysis and Health Service Plan in terms of the issues and directions for the Nelson Marlborough Health System. However, at the public meeting in Nelson last night concerns were ... More >>

We all have a role to play in preventing suicide

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 12:10 pm | Mental Health Foundation

We all have a role to play in preventing suicide The Mental Health Foundation acknowledges the family, whanau and friends of the 564 New Zealanders who died by suicide in the last year. “Every death by suicide is a tragedy,” says MHF Director of Programme ... More >>

Spring is the Perfect Time to “Just Start Walking”

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:02 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

The longer days and warmer weather are a perfect combination to take up regular exercise and even just walking more has a host of healthy benefits according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA). More >>

NZ Multiple Birth Association announces name change

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 9:21 am | Multiples NZ

The New Zealand Multiple Birth Association (NZMBA); a volunteer organisation that supports and advocates for parents of multiples has officially changed its name to Multiples NZ. More >>

Iwi smoking on the decline but still more work to be done

Monday, 5 October 2015, 1:03 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

Iwi smoking on the decline but still more work to be done According to the latest census, all iwi have seen a significant drop in their numbers of regular smokers with an average decrease of around nine to ten per cent from 2006-2013. 81 per cent ... More >>

Counsellors give during Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday, 5 October 2015, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Counsellors around New Zealand are giving free counselling sessions to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, 5 - 11 October. More >>

Taranaki working together to help prevent suicide

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:43 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki agencies and Government organisations are working together to prevent suicide and have developed a Suicide Prevention and Postvention Action Plan to reduce suicide and the impact it has on our community. More >>

Play the wellbeing game

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:25 am | Mental Health Foundation

Fans of The Wellbeing Game rejoice – not only has the popular online game had a make-over, it’s all up and running for Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today and runs until 11 October. More >>

Maternal mental health trust celebrates anniversary

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:41 am | Dayspring Trust

The Dayspring Trust was set up in 1980 to provide support for people in a crisis. More >>

Signs give help and hope in Hamilton

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:30 am | LifeLine

‘GIVE: your time, your words, your presence’ is this years theme for Mental Health Awareness week (5-11 October). In the spirit of ‘giving’ Lifeline Aotearoa will be placing semi-permanent signs around the Hamilton as part of a "For HELP ... More >>

Taranaki DHB goes Fizz Free

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:15 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB is practising what it preaches by implementing a new Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) guideline. SSBs such as standard Coca-Cola are no longer available for sale on DHB campuses, with the exception of flavoured milk and fruit juice up ... More >>

Workforce shortage threatens public dermatology service

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:05 am | ASMS

“More and more people will miss out on publicly-funded dermatology treatment if the current shortage of hospital dermatologists continues,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Mothers Helpers volunteers agree giving makes you happier

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:43 am | Mothers Helpers


Patients deserve better than health as trade deal dead rat

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:23 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Patients deserve better than having their health system becoming a swallowed dead rat in trade deal More >>

Pain medicine specialists welcome proposed codeine ban

Monday, 5 October 2015, 8:40 am | ANZCA

A recommendation yesterday by Australia’s medicines regulator, the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA), that all over the counter medicines containing codeine be rescheduled to become prescription-only, has been welcomed by leading pain medicine ... More >>

Public lectures in Wellington by Leading US Researchers

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:05 pm | Gillies McIndoe Research Institute

Public lectures in Wellington by Leading US Medical Researchers Two world-renowned American bio-medical researchers will give free public lectures in Wellington. Martin Friedlander MD, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology ... More >>

Dr Joe Williams named Patron of Pasifika Medical Association

Friday, 2 October 2015, 12:31 pm | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) announced Dr Joe Williams as the organisation’s inaugural Patron. More >>

Inadequate progress on clinical engagement in hospitals

Friday, 2 October 2015, 12:11 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A survey of ASMS members employed in district health boards this year highlights the lack of progress being made on genuinely incorporating distributive clinical leadership within the country’s public hospitals, says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

Pink light for breast cancer – NZ landmarks light up

Friday, 2 October 2015, 10:55 am | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Landmark buildings around New Zealand will light up pink from October 1, in support of Breast Cancer Month. From the Old Municipal Building in Whangarei to the Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin, 21 local landmarks will join more than 200 other iconic ... More >>

Lifeline CEO calls on NZ personalities for help

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:17 am | LifeLine

Lifeline CEO calls on NZ personalities for help. A recent international trend has started with high profile people raising awareness around suicide prevention. This is certainly a trend Lifeline Aotearoa CEO Jo Denvir supports. Some of the international ... More >>

It is in NZ’s interest to follow latest WHO guidelines

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 3:52 pm | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

It is in New Zealand’s interest to follow latest WHO guidelines on HIV/AIDS More >>

Calcium supplement no help for bones

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 11:50 am | University of Auckland

Increasing calcium intake through diet or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention, according to University of Auckland Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr Mark Bolland. More >>

Ticking off sugar

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 10:06 am | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation’s Tick programme continues to evolve its trusted front-of-pack labelling system with its latest review. More >>

Urzila Carlson is new breast cancer ambassador – no joke!

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 8:42 am | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Comedian Urzila Carlson has joined the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation as an ambassador, inspired by her own youthful cancer experience to help get the message out to NZ women about the importance of early detection. More >>

Nurse Maude Black Tie Event fundraiser

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 5:12 pm | BNI New Zealand

Signed All Blacks jersey and one year’s advertising on a Nurse Maude car- a few of the auction items on the block at the Nurse Maude Black Tie Event fundraiser More >>

NZMA urges action on tobacco packaging

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 4:39 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association urges the Government to make real progress with a standardised packaging regime for tobacco products—which has been sliding down the Parliamentary Order Paper ever since its introduction to Parliament in 2013. More >>

Multiple new reports show Waitemata leading in quality

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 3:10 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) leads the country in a number of key quality and safety measures and has the lowest hospital mortality rate of all 20 DHBs. More >>

New prostate cancer guidelines

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 2:26 pm | Urological Society

A new set of guidelines for GPs will make an important contribution towards improving outcomes for New Zealand men with prostate cancer by providing a clear clinical pathway for testing, management and referral of men who present to primary care practitioners ... More >>

Southern DHB Executive Director of Communications Moves On

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 12:02 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern District Health Board Executive Director of Communications, Steve Addison, has announced that he is leaving the position to start his own business. “Steve has been with the DHB for close to four years and we will miss his experience and ... More >>

‘World of Women’s Health’ Conference in Wellington

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 11:00 am | RANZCOG

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) New Zealand Committee will be hosting today its Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Wellington at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa until Friday, ... More >>

New NZ research focuses on Vitamin C and breast cancer

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 9:16 am | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

A new research study will analyse the level of vitamin C in breast tumours, and compare health outcomes for patients with different levels of the vitamin. More >>

NZ Needs Telemedicine Abortion Service

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 8:10 am | ALRANZ

A breakthrough telemedicine abortion service in Australia that will help cut abortion wait times and improve access should be replicated in New Zealand, but is precluded by our outdated criminalised abortion laws, the Abortion Law Reform Association said ... More >>

The Selwyn Foundation celebrates 15 years of Selwyn Centres

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 4:23 pm | Selwyn Foundation

The Selwyn Foundation celebrates 15 years of Selwyn Centres providing friendship and support to older people in the community More >>

Dr Kim McGregor moves back to 'real face to face work'

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 2:07 pm | Robert Street Clinic

New Zealand’s leading advocate for survivors of sexual violence, Dr Kim McGregor QSO, is shifting her focus back to private practice by joining the team at Auckland’s Robert Street Clinic. More >>

Legionnaires’ season arrives

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 12:32 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

In October every year the number of people with Legionnaires’ disease begins to climb. Numbers peak in November and December, remain relatively high through January and February, and then taper off in March. More >>

Big NZ Blood Pressure Check set to break records

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 10:25 am | Stroke Foundation

The 2015 Big New Zealand Blood Pressure check is set to break records for the number of people to have their blood pressure tested in one day, in over 200 communities throughout the country on Saturday 3 October. The Stroke Foundation hopes that more ... More >>

Research tackles Maori and Pacifika heart inequalities

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 10:01 am | The Heart Foundation

New research will explore why Maori, Pasifika and people living in areas of high deprivation are more likely to die from a major heart event. More >>


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