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Northlanders urged to get vaccinated

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:32 pm | Northland District Health Board

Measles has been confirmed in an unimmunised child in Northland this week. The child had been in contact with children from the Waikato, where there has been a large measles outbreak with cases still being reported. More >>

Transport Agency - lower blood alcohol limit will save lives

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency is welcoming news that Parliament has voted to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20. More >>

Health Benefits to Nelson Tasman from New Insulation Project

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:14 pm | Canterbury Community Trust

Significant economic and health benefits are being heralded as a result of the new Warmer Healthier Homes Project for the Nelson Tasman region. The Canterbury Community Trust has partnered with the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, Absolute Energy, Nelson ... More >>

Plunket supports World Breastfeeding Week

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:35 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five, is proud to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (Friday 1 August-7 August) in communities across the country, and on social media. More >>

Making Sense of Psychosis, Registration Now Open!

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:36 am | ISPS

Registration for the upcoming ISPS-NZ Making Sense of Psychosis Conference is now open! Shifting the Korero is about shifting the conversation about psychosis. If we are to shift paradigms, destroy myths and make breakthroughs then we need to create ... More >>

Education sessions aim to level the playing field

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:31 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

Men urged to increase their knowledge of prostate cancer, and to be prepared to speak up, in order to achieve parity with breast cancer awareness. More >>

Supports for central government responsibility for fluoride

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:09 am | Spice Communications

Some of New Zealand’s most experienced dentists have spoken out in favour of putting the decision-making power for water fluoridation in the hands of the Director of General Health, rather than local authorities. More >>

Waikato Measles Update

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:10 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board’s public health unit Population Health has to date (30 July 2014) been notified of 116 confirmed measles cases, up two on last week. Almost half of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and ... More >>

Treatment A Game Changer For Breast Cancer

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:15 pm | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

The news that Intrabeam, the revolutionary one dose, one time treatment for early-stage breast cancer is being made available to women in the UK by Britain’s national health service has been welcomed by New Zealand breast cancer organisations. More >>

Health Needs Assessment Update Released

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:38 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board and Whanganui DHB populations have higher proportions of groups with higher health needs (Maori, social-economically disadvantaged people, and older people) compared to New Zealand, a health needs assessment of the regions ... More >>

MDHB involved in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery project

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:36 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board, like other DHBs, is taking part in the national Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) programme aimed at improving patient outcomes and recovery after orthopaedic surgery. More >>

Support from spouses softened impact of earthquakes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:31 am | University of Canterbury

Support from partners, husbands, wives and spouses softened the impacts of depression following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, University of Canterbury research has found. More >>

Drinkable Sunscreen Hard to Swallow

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 1:55 pm | Society for Science Based Healthcare

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority against Osmosis Skincare has been upheld , regarding advertisements on their website for their "UV Protection" product, made of " Harmonized Water ". More >>

Charity walk and cycle to raise funds

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 1:43 pm | West Coast DHB

Get your walking shoes and bikes out for the annual West Coast DHB’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Charity Walk on Saturday 9 August. More >>

Bladder cancer testing service goes live in NZ

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 12:06 pm | Pacific Edge

All New Zealand residents and healthcare professionals can today access the Cxbladder cancer detection technology developed by Dunedin-based Pacific Edge with the ‘go live’ of an e-commerce platform. More >>

Funding puts asthma anomaly under scrutiny

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 12:01 pm | Massey University

Health researchers at Massey University have been awarded nearly $1.2 million to identify an anomaly in one particular underlying cause of asthma in New Zealand. More >>

Erin Simpson tackles new role as ambassador

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:40 am | Asthma Foundation

For Erin Simpson and her family, being hospitalised with asthma at the age of eight highlighted how serious asthma can be. “I remember thinking that you can die from asthma,” Erin says. “This was a pretty scary thought for an eight year old to ... More >>

New oral drug regimens for hardest-to-treat hep C patients

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:41 pm | The Lancet

The Lancet : New oral drug regimens cure hardest-to-treat hepatitis C infected patients and could improve treatment uptake More >>

Are You Ready To Take a Fitness and Lifestyle Challenge?

Monday, 28 July 2014, 3:42 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Fitness and lifestyle challenges, where you set some short term (and long term) goals, and commit for a set length of time (from as little as 4 weeks, through to the most well known Catch Fitness 20 Week Challenge) have gone from strength to strength. ... More >>

Water fluoridation means 40% less tooth decay

Monday, 28 July 2014, 2:54 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Water fluoridation means 40% less tooth decay With water fluoridation in the news recently, Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service wants to ensure that Rotorua residents have reliable and credible information on water fluoridation. “Everyone benefits ... More >>

“In Demand” Gerontology Nurses’ Conference

Monday, 28 July 2014, 2:27 pm | Selwyn Foundation

“In Demand” Gerontology Nurses’ Conference from The Selwyn Foundation, 13 August 2014 The Selwyn Foundation’s annual gerontology nurses’ conference (13 August 2014, 7.30am to 5.00pm, at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland) is likely ... More >>

Rhoda Read nurses training saves Berkeley’s life

Monday, 28 July 2014, 2:06 pm | Waikato DHB

Retired Pateronga farmer Berkeley Clark, 83, is living proof training for saving lives is just as important as actually saving them. More >>

Growth in health claims, premiums

Monday, 28 July 2014, 12:10 pm | Health Funds Association of NZ

Health insurers have seen modest growth in claims and premium over the past year as public health spending growth continues to be reined in. More >>

Long-term look at East Coast health services

Monday, 28 July 2014, 12:00 pm | Tairawhiti DHB

Long-term look at East Coast health services Wednesday 9 July 2014 Tairawhiti District Health More >>

NZers among experts discussing solutions on climate & health

Monday, 28 July 2014, 10:20 am | OraTaiao

“Climate change will affect the livelihoods of New Zealanders,” says Dr Macmillan, the acting co-convenor of the New Zealand Climate and Health Council. She was speaking from the Australian Academy of Science meeting in Brisbane this week, bringing together ... More >>

New outreach clinics to help Pasifika

Friday, 25 July 2014, 5:20 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

New outreach clinics have been set up by the Central PHO to provide easy access to health services for Pasifika people in the MDHB region. More >>

Waikato Surgeon Upset at Surgical Mesh Criticism

Friday, 25 July 2014, 5:14 pm | Waikato District Health Board

A leading Waikato Hospital surgeon says recent publicity about surgical mesh has the potential to detract attention from real clinical issues and undermine public confidence in well-established standards of care. More >>

Rural Health Services Unaffected Despite Sale of Buildings

Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:16 pm | Turanga Health

Turanga Health’s general practice and rural health services will continue despite potential changes to who owns the Te Karaka and Matawai health buildings, says Turanga Health Chief Executive Reweti Ropiha. More >>

Open letter to Labour's David Shearer

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:48 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Fluoride Free NZ is surprised to hear you refer to those of us who take an active concern of clean pure drinking water as parasites. We find your comments baseless and insulting to the majority of international scientists and world governments, ... More >>

Global attention shifts to hepatitis

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:45 pm | Hepatitis Foundation

World health leaders are turning their attention to hepatitis after New Zealand and 193 countries agreed to proactively address viral hepatitis. More >>

July 2014 NZ Journal of Physiotherapy out now

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:03 pm | Physiotherapy New Zealand

MEDIA RELEASE 24 July, 2014 New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now The following are summaries of items appearing in the July 2014 issue of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, the official Journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand. The Journal ... More >>

Canterbury DHB Closes Allan Bean Centre Due to Quake Damage

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:36 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury District Health Board received a verbal report from its engineers on Tuesday, resulting in the closure of the Allan Bean Centre on the Burwood Health Campus because of quake damage. More >>

Asthma Foundation to fund New Zealand Asthma Guidelines

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:47 am | Asthma Foundation

Asthma Foundation to fund New Zealand Asthma Guidelines which will not 'sit on the shelf' More >>

Pink envelopes smooth transition to hospital

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:50 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Transferring patient information between aged residential care providers and Palmerston North Hospital emergency services and wards has been made easier with the implementation of a bright ‘pink envelope’ service. More >>

What is Sjogrens Syndrome?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:55 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Today is World Sjogren’s Day, and Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby reminds New Zealanders that Sjogrens is one of the more that 140 different forms of arthritis. More >>

Be Medicinewise This National Pain Week

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:28 pm | NPS MedicineWise

This National Pain Week (21 – 27 July 2014), NPS MedicineWise is urging people living with pain to know how to use pain relieving medicines safely, and to have a conversation with their health professional about both the type and dose of pain ... More >>

Measles update: Waikato DHB

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:22 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health has been notified of 114 confirmed measles cases to date (23 July 2014). Over a third of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and were already placed in quarantine before they were ... More >>

Lasting impact of pre-birth environment on future health

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:06 pm | Liggins Institute

The Liggins Institute’s newest professor, paediatrician Paul Hofman will present his Inaugural Lecture “Persistent echoes of early life” at the University of Auckland on Wednesday 30 July at 5pm. More >>

St John is New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:33 am | St John

St John is proud to announce it has been voted the Most Trusted Charity in the highly competitive and respected Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Awards. In a double endorsement, paramedics also came second in the Most Trusted Professions category ... More >>

Is there a doctor in the house?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:55 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Around 500 GPs and other delegates are converging on Christchurch this week for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' annual conference. More >>

Nurses serving their community through faith

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association

The New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association will be looking at ways to keep the ministry sustainable at its annual conference in September this year. More >>

Study shows lowest HIV rates ever among injecting drug users

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:11 pm | Needle Exchange NZ

A recent study by the New Zealand Needle Exchange has revealed the HIV prevalence rate amongst injecting drug users in New Zealand to have fallen to just 0.2 percent; the lowest ever recorded in New Zealand and likely the lowest anywhere in the world. More >>

National Conference –“Prostate Partners – Working Together”

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 1:32 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s National Conference will be held in Wellington and a number of significant speakers are involved, including Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall. More >>

Conference Aims to Build Resilient Connected Teen Whanau

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:46 pm | Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust

Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust’s Manager, Cinnamon Whitlock has expressed her support and acknowledged the bravery of Georgia Hagerman in sharing her story in the media. “We wish Georgia all the best on her new journey of motherhood,” she ... More >>

Heart Foundation Welcomes Health Star Rating System

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:30 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation has welcomed the Government’s decision to adopt the Australian Health Star Rating System which will help consumers identify more healthy food products. The Foundation has been advocating for ‘front of pack’ labelling for many years ... More >>

Waikato doctor takes up key Fiji role for eye care charity

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:05 am | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announces the appointment of a prominent Kiwi eye doctor to a key leadership role in the Pacific. Dr Jim Stewart from Hamilton will begin work as the Director of the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji in early September. More >>

Waikato DHB’s New CEO Part of the Family

Monday, 21 July 2014, 5:06 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Nigel Murray is now a member of a very “special family” of dedicated health professionals at Waikato District Health Board (DHB), board chair Bob Simcock told more than 100 guests at a welcoming powhiri at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Mangakotukutuku Campus in ... More >>

Resuscitation – “Everybody can help”

Monday, 21 July 2014, 3:37 pm | Resuscitation Council

International resuscitation experts will soon arrive in Queenstown for ‘Science to Sensibility’, a scientific meeting hosted by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. More >>

Government needs to focus on stroke rehab

Monday, 21 July 2014, 12:04 pm | Stroke Foundation

Government needs to focus on stroke rehab The Stroke Foundation is calling for more funding for post-stroke rehabilitation services. As highlighted in yesterday’s Sunday programme on TVNZ many stroke survivors have the ability to regain mobility ... More >>

Flu vaccinations available until August 31

Monday, 21 July 2014, 11:42 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board says it’s great news that flu vaccinations are now available until 31 August. They are free for pregnant women, people 65 and over and those with chronic illnesses (such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, mental ... More >>

New Approach Needed to Identify Vulnerable Children Earlier

Monday, 21 July 2014, 10:37 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Routinely collected health data on pregnant women could be used in a better way to identify ‘at risk’ children earlier and more effectively, according to a new report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study released today. More >>

First dementia research clinic for New Zealand

Monday, 21 July 2014, 10:00 am | University of Auckland

Treatment options to help slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will be trialled at New Zealand’s first Dementia Research Clinic, in Auckland later this year. More >>

From Adrenaline rush to Endorphins rush

Friday, 18 July 2014, 1:18 pm | Public Fitness and Wellbeing Trust

From Adrenaline rush to Endorphins rush Media Release 18/07/14 Have you ever found yourself turning and tossing in the bed despite feeling exhausted? After a long day at work, rushing home to cook, taking care of your children and finally it was your ... More >>

Researchers investigate impact of brain protein on memory

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:53 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers are investigating a brain protein which may impact on the memory of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Memory problems are common in many diseases of the brain and they are the hallmark of dementia, including Alzheimer’s ... More >>

Plunket encourages Kiwis to take advantage of free vaccine

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:10 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is encouraging New Zealanders at greatest risk of catching influenza to get immunized this winter, and protect themselves from the illness for free. More >>

Serious flaws in rare disorders medicine fund proposal

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Patient advocates are rallying support for submissions to Pharmac about the U-turn they have made on medicine funding for ultra-rare disorders. After repeated refusal to fund novel and expensive treatments for disorders that affect mostly just a handful ... More >>

Precautionary recall of Amoxicillin Actavis Powder

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 12:16 pm | Actavis

Actavis New Zealand Ltd confirms that as a precautionary measure and in close co-ordination with the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, Medsafe, in New Zealand, the company has issued a consumer level recall of all batches of Amoxicillin ... More >>

Network applauds extra rural medical student allocation

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 12:06 pm | Rural General Practice Network

The announcement by Health Minister Tony Ryall of an additional 34 medical places for students next year at the country’s two medical schools, 17 of which will be earmarked for rural students is extremely encouraging, says New Zealand Rural General ... More >>

Glass Fragments in Liquid Amoxicillin Prompts Recall

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 10:54 am | Ministry of Health

Glass fragments found in two bottles of the Actavis brand of amoxicillin oral liquid have prompted a recall by the company. More >>

PHARMAC looks to Pasifika community for advisory committee

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 3:11 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has appointed three new members to its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), all with strong links to the Pasifika community. More >>


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