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New app to help support young people in crisis

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 2:27 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Mental health workers are excited to have renewed support for a new tool to aid in their efforts to support young people in crisis. More >>

Campaign highlights anti-epilepsy challenge in pregnancy

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 1:58 pm | Accident Compensation Corporation

A new awareness campaign is highlighting the importance of women talking to their doctor about the pros and cons of taking anti-epileptic medicine during pregnancy. More >>

Be mindful of mumps

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 1:29 pm | West Coast DHB

While tests showed two suspected cases of mumps reported in the past few weeks on the West Coast were not actually mumps, Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton advises caution. More >>

NZ Health Sector’s Role in Responding to Climate Change

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 10:58 am | Public Health Association

Health professionals from around the country are meeting today in Wellington, to talk about how the NZ health sector can respond to the challenges of climate change for health and healthcare services. This is the first national ‘ Sustainable Healthcare ... More >>

Taranaki Doctor wins Australasian award for supervision

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 5:17 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Dr Jonathan Albrett, Taranaki DHB Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Specialist has received the prestigious Australasian Clinical Educator of the Year (2017) award in Brisbane last week, from the Australasian Confederation of Post-graduate Medical ... More >>

Safe Sleep Day raises awareness of SUDI

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 5:15 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Very sadly around 44 babies are lost every year in New Zealand as a result of SUDI. To help promote safe sleep messages and prevent SUDI, national Safe Sleep Day is being held on Friday 1 December. More >>

Retiring Hospital Scientist on Three Decades of Changes

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 1:52 pm | Northland DHB

Former Kaitaia Hospital Laboratory Charge Alan Simkins has retired nineteen years to the day after he began working in the lab. More >>

Life Made Easier For Patients Thanks To Renal Fund

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 1:49 pm | Northland DHB

The Contact Energy Renal Fund continues to support Northland dialysis patients by funding applications of up to $1000 towards items that would improve their quality of life on home dialysis. More >>

Campaign highlights anti-epilepsy challenge

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 11:52 am | Accident Compensation Corporation

A new awareness campaign is highlighting the importance of women talking to their doctor about the pros and cons of taking anti-epileptic medicine during pregnancy. More >>

Green Cross Training Platform Wins Big on Global Stage

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 10:24 am | Green Cross Health

22 November 2017, AUCKLAND, NZ: Investment in an innovative on the job learning platform has paid off for Green Cross Health, crowned best in its field in a globally renowned HR awards programme. More >>

10 Year-Old Boy Cycles to Help Kids with Broken Hearts

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 9:55 am | Heart Kids

A 10 year old Masterton boy is gearing up for the ride of his life, and for the lives of the 12 babies born every week in New Zealand with a heart defect. More >>

Geneva Healthcare Honours Employees Who Make A Difference

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 9:41 am | Geneva Healthcare

These awards are presented annually to recognise employees who make a significant difference in their everyday work and show an outstanding demonstration of Geneva’s company values: Care, Passion, Aspiration, Leadership and Health, supported by an ... More >>

Mycare & WeVisit Join Forces to Improve NZ Care & Support

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:25 am | Mycare

New Zealand’s largest home care platform Mycare has joined forces with Christchurch based community-building service, WeVisit. The businesses will move forward under the Mycare banner. More >>

Consumer NZ, Dental Association call for added sugar labels

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5:22 pm | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are asking the government to back new rules for the labelling of added sugars in food and drinks. More >>

Hard Hitting Concussions Spark Response

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5:09 pm | Geneva Healthcare

35,000 is the number of estimated head injuries that Kiwis suffer each year, according to ACC’s Sport Concussion In New Zealand: ACC National Guidelines, May 2016. More >>

Parents Need to Lead Responsible Drinking Behaviour

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:52 am | The Tomorrow Project

Parents are being urged to take the lead and talk to their teenagers now about responsible drinking after the latest Ministry of Health figures show well over half (56.3%) of Kiwi 15-17-year-olds have drunk alcohol in the last year – and 7.6% (or 15,000) ... More >>

Research Is Not A Luxury, But A Necessity to End TB

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:26 am | CNS

More than 1000 participants, including the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, ministers from over 75 countries, donors, researchers, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders, had met at the first-ever "WHO Global Ministerial Conference ... More >>

Parenting A Child With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:08 am | FASD-CAN

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be in the spotlight again this week when international expert Jeff Noble gives insight and hope to New Zealand parents, caregivers and professionals dealing with fetal alcohol and its effects daily. More >>

Raysearch & Sumitomo Team for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 8:57 am | RaySearch Laboratories

RaySearch and Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Sumitomo), based in Tokyo, Japan, have entered into an agreement regarding treatment planning for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) – a unique type of radiation therapy that targets cancer at the ... More >>

Māori successes to motivate future Māori health leaders

Monday, 20 November 2017, 12:29 pm | Te Rau Matatini

Te Rau Matatini is proud to be launching 100 Māori Leaders website to contribute to the capacity building of the Māori health workforce. Māori leadership can be defined in various ways, in this resource Māori have identified whom they believe ... More >>

World First for NZ Company - Simple Vitamin C Testing Device

Monday, 20 November 2017, 12:03 pm | Feedback Research

A major technological breakthrough by a Kiwi company makes it simple for New Zealanders to be tested for vitamin C blood levels. More >>

New Technology Improving Outcomes at North Shore Hospital

Monday, 20 November 2017, 11:51 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Revolutionary new technology is reducing the need for pancreatic surgery, saving lives and dramatically reducing recovery times at North Shore Hospital (NSH). More >>

16 babies will come early in NZ today

Friday, 17 November 2017, 9:51 am | Neonatal Trust

If the averages play true, today there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand on World Prematurity Day. More >>

#DearGrief –What would you say to grief?

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 4:58 pm | Kenzie's Gift

With many young people struggling in the aftermath of a loss, two young men who have lost their siblings, Conor Burling and Luka Wolfgram, are championing a #DearGrief campaign to start the conversation about grief. More >>

Pharmaco sole supply for blood glucose meters and strips

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 4:46 pm | Pharmaco

Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd awarded sole supply for blood glucose meters and strips for the second time More >>

Buy a KidsCan cracker and give back this Christmas

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 4:35 pm | KidsCan

As the saying goes, Christmas is a time for giving and KidsCan has the perfect solution for caring Kiwis wanting to share some goodwill this festive season thanks to its Christmas Cracker appeal. More >>

Changes to improve mental health community respite

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 3:45 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Improvements are being made to the management of mental health clients requiring community respite care following the review of a serious incident at a Whitby respite service. More >>

Keeping up with technology for people with diabetes

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 1:20 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is giving people a choice of four funded CareSens meters, including a dual meter that measures both blood glucose and ketones. More >>

Keeping up with technology for people with diabetes

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12:57 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is giving people a choice of four funded CareSens meters, including a dual meter that measures both blood glucose and ketones. More >>

Exercise tests multi-agency response to pandemic threat

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12:05 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Testing the multi-agency response to a possible pandemic was the scenario enacted during an Emergo Train System (ETS) exercise at Tauranga Hospital. More >>

Whooping Cough on the Rise in Nelson Region

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 10:46 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

Five confirmed cases and a further 18 suspected cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have been notified recently to the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS). All come from the Nelson region. More >>

Effective strategies to treat acute rheumatic fever needed

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 10:15 am | University of Auckland

Research by the University of Auckland has found a lack of throat swabbing and inappropriate prescription of antibiotics in primary care is preventing the diagnoses and treatment of acute rheumatic fever and group A streptococcus bacteria in Northland Māori. More >>

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 4:49 pm | Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met on Wednesday 1 November in Auckland at Green Cross Health Ltd. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild also taking responsibility for organising CPLF meetings. More >>

Clinical trials could save the health system millions

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:52 pm | Liggins Institute

Not only do findings from clinical trials save lives and improve people’s health, they potentially lead to health savings of millions of dollars – so investing in them is a “no-brainer”, a researcher and neonatologist says. More >>

Organisations join forces to help jobseekers

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:05 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Helping Western Bay residents find and keep jobs while they work through health concerns is the goal behind a new partnership agreement. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation (WBoP PHO) and employment ... More >>

MPI supports World Antibiotics Awareness week

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 2:10 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is supporting the theme of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week : “Seek advice from a qualified health care professional before taking antibiotics.” More >>

Newly-funded research targets mental health needs

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:01 pm | Health Research Council Of New Zealand

A study will explore if an e-screening tool can increase the rate of mental health assessments in youth, and make it easier to disclose sensitive information. More >>

World COPD Day - Combat Breathlessness with Exercise

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:55 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Symptoms of this rarely talked about health condition include coughing, increased phlegm, breathlessness, and may affect at least 200,000 (or 15%) of the New Zealand adult population. The disease is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ... More >>

Controlling Cancer in the Pacific

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:19 am | Massey University

Cancer is a significant and growing problem in the Pacific, with limited resources and finance, and a strategy which means cancer is often overshadowed by other diseases. Now researchers are calling for the challenges faced by the island nations to be ... More >>

Promote Affordable Access to Diabetes Medicines for Women

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 9:15 am | United Nations

14 November 2017 – On World Diabetes Day, the United Nations health agency has said that women – especially those in low-income countries – are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, a condition that can be prevented or delayed with medication, ... More >>

Connecting Rural Customers to Global Health Professionals

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:58 am | Vero Insurance New Zealand

Vero Insurance, part of Suncorp New Zealand, has recently partnered with Best Doctors to provide its rural customers with free access to some of the world’s leading medical specialists. More >>

Community wellbeing manifesto at international seminar

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 4:56 pm | earzonae

Wellington (14 November 2017). PeerZone is a social enterprise run by people with experience of mental distress. It is holding an international seminar to discuss mental health system change in Wellington on 22 November. More >>

Sarah Fitt Appointed as PHARMAC Chief Executive

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 4:42 pm | PHARMAC

Stuart McLauchlan, Chair of PHARMAC today announced that Sarah Fitt, Director of Operations will be appointed as PHARMAC’s new Chief Executive effective from Saturday 6th January 2018. More >>

Spring Into Shape

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

As the days get longer and the weather more forgiving, it’s time to shed the winter layers and start using the outdoors as part of your exercise routine. That’s not to say you should ditch the gym membership. Even if you are an outdoors person, think ... More >>

Canterbury supports WHO call to handle antibiotics with care

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 2:10 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury Health System is getting behind World Antibiotics Awareness Week and you should too - antibiotic resistance caused by the misuse or overuse of antibiotics is one of the biggest threats to global health today. So if ever there was good reason ... More >>

Steffan Crausaz stepping down as PHARMAC Chief Executive

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 1:20 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has announced today that its Chief Executive, Steffan Crausaz, will be stepping down to take up a new role in the private-sector in New Zealand. More >>

Go Spotty Day – Melanoma NZ

Monday, 13 November 2017, 7:38 pm | Melanoma New Zealand

Go Spotty Day – Melanoma NZ On Friday 17th of November thousands of New Zealanders will be going ‘spotty’ to raise awareness of melanoma –a disease that affects so many people in this country every year. “We want to get people in the community ... More >>

Campaign has guidance on when antibiotics should not be used

Monday, 13 November 2017, 4:09 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Council of Medical Colleges is supporting World Antibiotic Awareness Week, and encouraging clinicians to consider the Choosing Wisely recommendations on antibiotic use before prescribing. More >>

Unregulated e-cigs and smoking cessation

Monday, 13 November 2017, 2:01 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Unregulated e-cigs and smoking cessation – like stoats to rabbits Recent decisions by Government has seen it take a ‘less harmful than smoking tobacco’ approach on the regulation of e-cigarettes and nicotine-delivery products. “As far as we’re ... More >>

Taurine supplements may improve performance recovery

Monday, 13 November 2017, 1:56 pm | Massey University

New research recently published in the Antioxidants journal, suggests taurine supplementation taken after exercise, may help improve the rate of muscle recovery. More >>

The world is acting on antibiotic awareness

Monday, 13 November 2017, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 (November 13 to 19) is a World Health Organization global event around one of the most pressing challenges to health care. The theme is: “Seek advice from a qualified health care professional before taking antibiotics.” More >>

Culturally Based Programmes Needed to Reduce Asthma

Monday, 13 November 2017, 10:23 am | GSK New Zealand

Culturally targeted healthcare programmes based in churches and on marae are needed to help reduce the impact of severe asthma in Pasifika and Māori communities according to local experts. More >>

Women the focus of World Diabetes Day

Monday, 13 November 2017, 9:17 am | Diabetes New Zealand

Women are the focus of World Diabetes Day, Tuesday 14 November. Driven by the International Diabetes Federation, the day promotes action to confront diabetes as a global health issue. More >>

Health Minister urged to lead on Smokefree 2025

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 12:03 pm | Joint Press Release

Health Minister urged to lead on Smokefree 2025 Smokefree Canterbury Press Release 12 November 2017 Smokefree advocates from the Canterbury West Coast region have written to the Minister of Health Hon Dr David Clark outlining the steps required to achieve ... More >>

Accommodation to help support vulnerable young people

Friday, 10 November 2017, 3:03 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Free short-term accommodation means family and whānau have a place to stay when visiting young people who are receiving mental health support in Porirua. More >>

Synthetic Drug Admissions to Wellington Regional Hospital

Friday, 10 November 2017, 11:45 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

In the past week and a half, 11 people have come to Wellington Regional Hospital’s emergency department experiencing the effects of what doctors believe to be synthetic drugs. More >>

Academics Call for More Responsiveness to Māori Health Needs

Friday, 10 November 2017, 11:36 am | University of Auckland

A group of University of Auckland Māori health academics are calling for all health researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand to be accountable under the Treaty of Waitangi and be able to act and respond to Māori health needs. They say this will help ensure ... More >>

Fingermark’s ‘Florence’ Focuses on Patient Experience

Friday, 10 November 2017, 10:23 am | Fingermark Healthcare

A simple equipment and software solution that dramatically improves patient experience provided a winning formula for Fingermark Health at this year’s HiNZ conference. More >>

HiNZ Delegates Interested in Value-Based Healthcare

Friday, 10 November 2017, 10:21 am | The Clinician

Delegates at this year’s HiNZ conference were interested to learn about The Clinician’s cloud PROMs solution to help them move towards a value-based care model, says the company’s CEO Ron Tenenbaum. More >>

Environmental Sustainability Vital to Lower Health Costs

Friday, 10 November 2017, 9:55 am | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Reducing New Zealand’s carbon footprint and taking a lead on environmental sustainability, will improve people’s health, lead to major health cost savings and has potential to improve health equity, says Dr Cambell Bennett, a specialist anaesthetist at Lakes ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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