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Fuel your heart and power your life...

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 12:19 am | CNS

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Image is online at: http://bit.ly/2dmdimW This is the message of the World Heart Federation for this year’s World Heart Day, which is observed on September 29 every year to raise awareness about cardiovascular ... More >>

International breastfeeding advocates to visit Wellington

Friday, 23 September 2016, 2:56 pm | La Leche League

One of the world’s leading breastfeeding advocates whose actions in the late 1950s lead to an increase in breastfeeding rates worldwide, arrives in Wellington next week. More >>

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists join in building Respect

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:27 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Letter of Agreement in a show of collaboration toward building respect in the medical workplace ... More >>

Acute Mental Health System in Crisis

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:06 pm | People's Mental Health Review

This week the Acute Mental Health ward for Auckland’s North Shore, He Puna Waiora, has been forced to close eight beds, at a time when demand for mental health services is reaching record levels. More >>

Be aware of bacterial gastroenteritis

Friday, 23 September 2016, 12:38 pm | Southern District Health Board

Public Health South has started to see an increase in bacterial gastroenteritis across the district and is reminding the public of the importance of practicing good hand hygiene. More >>

Disparities in insulin pump use by New Zealanders

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:00 am | University of Otago

There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research. More >>

Study reveals joint replacement surgery inequities

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:47 am | University of Otago

The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found. More >>

Targets might be met but need is clearly not

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:25 am | Arthritis New Zealand

“There are more people needing hip and knee joint replacements than can be managed by District Health Boards (DHBs) but it seems that access to life changing surgery does depend on your address.” Sandra Kirby, Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive ... More >>

GBS patient linked to Havelock North outbreak

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 6:14 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s (HBDHB) Public Health Team can confirm that the patient in Wellington Hospital diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is linked to the Havelock North Campylobacter outbreak. Director of Population Health, ... More >>

UN pledges to battle superbugs - Expert reaction

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:36 pm | Science Media Centre

At a high-level meeting yesterday, all 193 United Nations member states have pledged to work together to tackle superbugs. The disease-causing bacteria, virues, fungi and parasites that have developed resistance to drugs pose a fundamental threat to ... More >>

District Health Boards Need Ethnic Voices

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:02 pm | Monina Gesmundo

District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services in their district. Apart from owning and funding public hospitals, they function by setting the overall strategic direction of the health service organisation ... More >>

Bed closures "the tip of the iceberg" in mental health

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 2:50 pm | Public Service Association

The closure of eight beds at He Puna Waiora acute mental health unit on Auckland’s North Shore is just the tip of the iceberg, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says. More >>

NZBA urges caution before changing infant feeding guidelines

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 2:17 pm | Breastfeeding NZ

New claims that infants should be given peanuts and other potential allergens at the expense of exclusive breastfeeding has raised concern with New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA) – a view that is shared internationally by the World Health Organisation ... More >>

More support needed for Pacific youth

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 10:23 am | University of Auckland

Persistent health, social and educational disparities exposed in the latest report on Pacific youth in New Zealand, require urgent attention according to researchers. More >>

World Parkinson Congress Portland, Oregon

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:12 am | Parkinson's New Zealand

Global recognition for New Zealand’s patient-centred service for people living with Parkinson’s 21 September 2016 More >>

First NZ Respect agreement with College of Surgeons

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 5:05 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the University of Otago Medical School have signed a landmark Letter of Agreement, aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery and strengthening the education of medical students. More >>

Southern Māori Health Plan focuses on wellness

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 3:17 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB and WellSouth have announced a “milestone for Māori health”, with the finalising of the Southern Māori Health Plan 2016/17. More >>

Organ Donors to get 100% compensation

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:48 pm | Give life

Parliaments Health Select Committee have today recommended that live organ donors get full costs reimbursement instead of the originally proposed 80%. More >>

Dentist warned for misleading public over water fluoridation

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:26 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

NZ Dental Association water fluoridation spokesman and Nelson District Health Board Chief Dental Officer Rob Beaglehole has been cautioned again for giving misleading information. Last week, the New Zealand Dental Council made public its formal “firm ... More >>

HBDHB Media Release - re new GBS patient in Wellington

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:19 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s (HBDHB) Public Health Team has been advised by Capital and Coast District Health Board that there is a patient in Wellington Hospital diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). More >>

Hon Simon Bridges to Open Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:46 pm | Pindrop Foundation

Hon Simon Bridges to Open Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit: Celebrating the Power of Cochlear Implants to Transform Lives. More >>

Guillain-Barrē Syndrome patient admitted in Wellington

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:33 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A male, in his sixties, was admitted to Wellington Regional Hospital on Tuesday afternoon with symptoms that have been confirmed as Guillain-Barrē Syndrome. More >>

Resistance to antibiotics is a looming health crisis

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 11:41 am | College of Public Health Medicine

New Zealanders face a looming health crisis, because some relatively common infections are developing resistance to the medicines that are usually used to treat them. More >>

Business feedback sought to ACC levy changes

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 11:02 am | ACC

ACC is asking New Zealand businesses to share their thoughts and ideas about incentives that encourage safer workplaces, as well as changes to ACC levies, as part of a consultation process running from 21 September to 19 October 2016. ACC is proposing a reduction ... More >>

NZ dementia sector backs need for national plan

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:58 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand dementia organisations have just released an action plan to help New Zealand prepare for the expected increase in the numbers of people with dementia. More >>

Home and Work Drug Detection - Article

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 4:31 pm | Home and Work Drug Detection

For 17 years Kushla Twyford witnessed the effects of drugs and alcohol through her job in law enforcement. Her new venture with Home and Work Drug Detection aims to educate and stop the cycle of using these substances, leading to a happier and healthier ... More >>

Patients will gain from the new no-fuss prescribing nurses

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 2:24 pm | NZNO

From today suitably qualified nurses can prescribe medicines for straightforward medical conditions. Welcoming the move, New Zealand Nurses Organisation CE Memo Musa says this legislation backs up what nurses already know, that is, New Zealanders ... More >>

A Day in the Life of a 90 Year Old Mum

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 1:50 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Wake ups to me are frustratingly hard. Instead of feeling refreshed after my 8-10 hour sleep (pre-baby), my5.30am wake up calls (thanks son) are filled with shoots of pain through my crippling hands and cracking knees as I slowly stretch them open. ... More >>

Stoptober 2016 has arrived

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 1:24 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai the new National Tobacco Control Advocacy service are pleased to promote Stoptober 2016 aimed at supporting thousands of kiwi’s to stop smoking next month. More >>

New Zealand must do better on dementia preparedness

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 12:09 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

The latest World Alzheimer Report warns that countries like New Zealand are unprepared for a surge in dementia cases and need to take urgent action to deal with the issue. More >>

Youth health needs specialised training

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 12:05 pm | University of Auckland

Specialised training in youth health for clinicians who work mainly with young people may result in better health outcomes for students, according to research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Soaring rate of skin infections linked to resistance

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 10:34 am | Health Research Council

A topical cream containing antibiotics that is widely used for treating skin infections caused by staphylococcal (‘staph’) bacteria could have perversely contributed to New Zealand’s soaring rate of staph skin infections. More >>

Call for review of Roll Your Own Tobacco Availability

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 7:00 am | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

Hāpai, the voice of Tobacco Control Advocacy, calls for a review of whether Roll Your Own Tobacco should remain available in New Zealand. More >>

Checking smoke alarms this daylight savings?

Monday, 19 September 2016, 4:58 pm | Life Unlimited

Smoke alarms are essential for home safety but, for the one in six New Zealanders who live with a hearing loss, there’s a risk that ordinary smoke alarms don’t provide the peace of mind they need. More >>

Living Spring Ball – a Night with Bond

Monday, 19 September 2016, 4:12 pm | Geneva Health

Pictured: Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga awards Peter Hewitt, one of the Client Advisory Group members, a certificate of appreciation; with Carmel Conaghan, Geneva Healthcare’s Home and Community Services General Manager. More >>

NZ’s childhood obesity needs ‘addressing urgently

Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:50 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

Action to reduce New Zealand’s alarming childhood obesity rate needs to focus on the physical and social environments we live in, says the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. More >>

Suffrage Day – vote for great health leaders

Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:23 pm | NZNO

Today, NZ Suffrage Day, provides an opportunity to celebrate New Zealand’s suffrage achievements and look for ways to make further progress on gender equality issues in the health sector. With the local government elections open for voting, now is ... More >>

Public Health Association Rates CCDHB Candidates

Monday, 19 September 2016, 1:29 pm | Public Health Association

A scorecard rating the Capital and Coast DHB candidates will be released tomorrow by the Public Health Association, following a ‘meet the CCDHB candidates’ event that is open to the public. More >>

Industry launches website to improve food literacy

Monday, 19 September 2016, 12:48 pm | Food and Grocery Council

The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council has launched a website aimed at improving food literacy among New Zealanders. More >>

Project to help older people with vision impairment

Monday, 19 September 2016, 12:23 pm | Otago Polytechnic

A project to assist older Dunedin residents with visual impairment will soon get underway at Otago Polytechnic, thanks to a funding grant awarded to Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Dr Mary Butler. More >>

Independent Revier for Mental Health Failures Required

Monday, 19 September 2016, 11:34 am | Graeme Moyle

An external review into the treatment and management of a forensic mental health patient has cleared Auckland’s Mason Clinic of any culpability in the lead up to a frenzied machete attack on a woman in 2015. More >>

Famous Kiwis Supporting Healthy Blood Pressure

Monday, 19 September 2016, 11:09 am | Stroke Foundation

TV star Miriama Kamo and comedian Mike King are using their experiences with stroke to help save people from “the silent killer”. More >>

Call for stronger regulation of roll-your-own tobacco

Monday, 19 September 2016, 10:09 am | University of Otago

Smokefree researchers at the University of Otago are calling on policy makers to develop stronger regulation of roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco. More >>

Study finds obese children at risk of serious illness

Monday, 19 September 2016, 9:24 am | Whanau Pakari

A unique New Zealand study has found that obese children are showing signs from a young age that they are at risk of developing serious weight-related problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart, and liver disease. It is the first study to show ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at capacity

Sunday, 18 September 2016, 10:59 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at capacity Hawke’s Bay Hospital is at capacity, and unless it’s an emergency, people are urged to seek medical care from their family doctor, medical centre, pharmacy or to call Healthline. Acting Chief Medical and Dental Officer, ... More >>

New psychotherapy helps people deal with chronic pain

Friday, 16 September 2016, 5:29 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

“Acceptance and commitment therapy” helps people with chronic pain manage the pain better and make their everyday lives more fullfilling, new research suggests. More >>

100 Tonnes in One Month - Record Laundry Load

Friday, 16 September 2016, 3:49 pm | Northland District Health Board

Photo – Mike Botur: Pictured left to right are Commercial Services Manager Deb Borovich with laundry staff Kasey Hoeta, Lorraine Howson and Shane Trow More >>

Walk 2 D’feet MND fundraising event

Friday, 16 September 2016, 3:38 pm | Motor Neurone Disease Association NZ

On the last Sunday of this month Wellingtonians will have the chance to walk together to support people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, or MND. On Sunday 25 September, the Wellington Motor Neurone Association will be holding this year’s Walk 2 D’Feet MND event at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. What do you know about MND?

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A global shift in cervical screening will benefit Kiwi women

Friday, 16 September 2016, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation

The New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) applauds Ministry of Health changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme which will see the age of cervical screening for women increase from 20 years old to 25. More >>

All Recommendations Accepted in Mental Health Inquiry

Friday, 16 September 2016, 10:54 am | Ministry of Health

All the recommendations have been accepted from an external review into the treatment and management of a forensic mental health patient Manjit Singh by Auckland’s Mason Clinic. More >>

Revolutionary cancer treatment engineered by Kiwi company

Friday, 16 September 2016, 9:35 am | Buckley Systems

Auckland precision electro magnets manufacturer, Buckley Systems is involved in the development and manufacture of the nuBeam proton accelerator machine for an alternative cancer treatment that has been announced overnight in Helsinki, Finland. More >>

Movement to next stage of Dunedin Hospital redevelopment

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 3:43 pm | Southern District Health Board

The Southern Partnership Group has welcomed the approval from the Ministers of Health and Finance to progress to the next stage of the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital. More >>

Depression Common in Adults with Autism

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:47 pm | Life Unlimited

15 September, 2016 – More than a quarter of adults with autism are currently experiencing significant symptoms of depression, new research from one of the country’s leading autism experts has found. More >>

Public health alert for Auckland church

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:36 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Public health has confirmed two cases of meningococcal disease in people who attended services at the Auckland Fijian Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 34 Atkinson Ave, Otahuhu. More >>

The right to prescribe

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:34 pm | Massey University

In a first for New Zealand, registered nurses will be able to prescribe medicines for a wide range of conditions under the Medicines (Designated Prescriber – Registered Nurses) Regulations 2016 . More >>

It’s not about water fluoridation, it’s about democracy

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:14 pm | Andrew Buckley

As a member of the Waikato District Health Board I believe it is my job to ask hard questions and hold our system to account. Board members, both elected and appointed, are there to ensure that a good process is followed so that the best decisions can ... More >>

Taranaki patients benefit from pill-free prescriptions

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 11:08 am | Taranaki District Health Board

A pill-free prescription being offered to Taranaki patients is improving their health and wellbeing, and reducing the burden of disease by encouraging more frequent activity. More >>

Excessive sugar consumption harmful and hard to avoid

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 10:41 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Excessive consumption of sugar is harmful for health and hard for consumers to avoid, a review by the Royal Society of New Zealand confirms. It is hard to avoid because it is difficult to work out how much added sugar is in food and drink. The Royal ... More >>

Age change for cervical screening - Expert reaction

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 10:23 am | Science Media Centre

From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. More >>

Kiwis Relying More on Private Healthcare

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 9:24 am | Southern Cross

A significant rise in the number of elective surgical procedures paid for by not-for-profit health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, shows more New Zealanders are choosing to rely on the private health system. More >>

 

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