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John Key to be congratulated for parental and humnan rights

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 11:55 am | No Forced Vaccines

Prime Minister John Key deserves the gratitude of every thinking New Zealander for his sensible decision not to follow the example of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott whose government is now linking children’s vaccinations to childcare subsidies ... More >>

Osteopathy Recognised Globally & Celebrated Locally

Friday, 17 April 2015, 8:15 pm | Osteopaths NZ

Osteopathy and its contribution to global healthcare will be celebrated next week by 400 registered and practicing New Zealand Osteopaths during the National Osteopathy Awareness Week 19-25 April. More >>

DHB unwillingness to level the legal playing field

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:26 pm | Family of Nicky Stevens

Waikato DHB happy to set precedent leading to our Nicky's death – but won't set precedent to support grieving family More >>

Pharmacist made fraudulent claims

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:22 pm | Ministry of Health

A pharmacist has been sentenced in the Auckland District Court today to nine months home detention for dishonest use of documents after a case was successfully taken by the Ministry of Health. More >>

NZSMI congratulates global award winner

Friday, 17 April 2015, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

NZSMI congratulates global award winner April 17, 2015 : Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI), congratulates one of its member companies, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, on winning “The Most Innovative ... More >>

PSA misrepresenting the facts, says Waikato DHB

Friday, 17 April 2015, 3:38 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is disappointed by the NZ Public Service Association’s (PSA) actions to protest outside Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre in Hamilton today and the continued misrepresentation of the facts to both its members and the media. More >>

Have a conversation that counts… before it’s too late

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:37 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Well-known TV household personality, Tammy Wells, is encouraging New Zealanders to start thinking, talking and planning for their future and end-of-life care before it is too late. More >>

Health Families programme ‘useful start’

Friday, 17 April 2015, 1:00 pm | NZMA

The NZMA welcomes the Health Families programme, launched by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman in Gisborne today. More >>

Volpara Solutions density software expands into India

Friday, 17 April 2015, 12:07 pm | Volpara Solutions

New Zealand breast density software Volpara Solutions has made its first sale into India as the technology continues its rapid global expansion, now in 31 countries and with revenues doubling year on year. More >>

New Health Minister - no pressure!

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:47 am | ASMS

Since the last Industrial Coordination Committee the environment in New Zealand has changed. This includes: More >>

More pregnant women receive support from midwives, earlier

Friday, 17 April 2015, 10:58 am | Ali Jones

That from the New Zealand College of Midwives today following the release of a Ministry of Health report on maternity care – Report on Maternity 2012 – http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/report-maternity-2012 More >>

Health workers to protest for better mental health services

Friday, 17 April 2015, 10:45 am | PSA

Waikato DHB mental health workers, members of the PSA, will protest on Friday April 17 for the inaugural Better, Safer, Fairer day in support of their system for rostering that the DHB is currently proposing to scrap, to the detriment of mental health staff ... More >>

Kiwis waiting up to 8 years for key medicines

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:54 am | Medicines New Zealand

A study* published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that New Zealand has a ‘waiting list’ of new medicines that have been recommended for funding but are not yet funded by PHARMAC. More >>

Confirmed Measles Case - Auckland

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:52 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland has a new confirmed case of measles. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says the person visited several public places while they were infectious before being diagnosed. More >>

Unichem and Life pharmacists ready for flu season

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:25 pm | Green Cross Health

Unichem and Life pharmacists ready for flu season Every year one in five New Zealanders are affected by flu and more than a million get an annual flu jab. With the chilly season rapidly approaching, Unichem and Life Pharmacies have more than 250 pharmacists ... More >>

Influenza vaccinations begin for Capital & Coast DHB staff

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:18 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Influenza vaccinations begin for Capital & Coast DHB staff Capital & Coast DHB are doing their bit to protect patients from influenza this winter, with immunisation clinics for staff to receive free vaccinations starting this week. Director of nursing ... More >>

Dementia And Dancing

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:52 pm | Alzheimers Auckland Inc

When you think of ways to improve brain function, dance is not the first thing that might come to mind, and yet a recent Alzheimers Auckland socialisation project has investigated the role the dance could play for people with dementia. More >>

Support Conversations that Count Day

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:40 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB is asking people to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’ this month. Today (April 16, 2015) marks the second national awareness day for advance care planning, to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future health care. ... More >>

154 Lives Changed through Radio Appeal

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 1:40 pm | Rhema Broadcasting Group

Rhema’s Cure One Hundred Day exceeds expectation with 161 people affected with Leprosy in the Third World given a new future. More >>

Why electronic referrals are good news for the region

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:31 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board welcomes the Minister of Health’s recent announcement that the Electronic Request Management System (ERMS) South Island DHBs. ERMS is an electronic referral tool developed in Canterbury six years ago to improve the way ... More >>

Haemophilia Foundation launches Buddy Awards

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:26 pm | Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand

World Haemophilia Day is observed around the world on 17 April to increase awareness of haemophilia and other bleeding disorders, with an ultimate goal of ensuring better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who have a rare bleeding disorder yet ... More >>

A Day for ‘Conversations That Count’ About End-of-Life Care

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:16 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A Day for ‘Conversations That Count’ About End-of-Life Care David Galler describes keeping his promise to honour his mother’s final wishes about how she was cared for before she died as the best thing he has ever done. Now Dr Galler, an intensive ... More >>

More pregnant women receive support earlier

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 11:43 am | New Zealand Government

More pregnant women receive support earlier Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows more women are receiving maternity care from the early stages of their pregnancy. The Ministry of Health’s Report on Maternity provides statistics ... More >>

Tips for Staying Safe on ATV’s (Quad Bikes)

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 11:40 am | Motor Industry Association

The Motor Industry Association is reminding owners of all-terrain vehicles (often referred colloquially to as quad bikes) that known safety practices and training will help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe while using their vehicles. More >>

Overlooked Law Requires Rentals to Be Free of Dampness

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:13 am | Otago University

A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington. More >>

Canterbury researcher explores living with chronic pain

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:01 am | University of Canterbury

Canterbury researcher explores how one in six New Zealanders live with chronic pain A University of Canterbury researcher who graduates with her PhD this week has been examining how one in six New Zealanders live with chronic pain. More >>

Taranaki DHB encourage conversations that count

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 9:29 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB and Hospice Taranaki are teaming up to help promote Conversations that Count Day on Thursday 16 April. Part of the day is about encouraging people to start conversations about planning for their future and end-of-life care. This is called ... More >>

Proposal to Change Structureof Rural Health Services

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 4:16 pm | Canterbury DHB

A proposal to change the existing leadership and management structure of Ashburton and Rural Health Services has been released to affected staff this week. More >>

CDHB launches Clever Commuters

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 3:33 pm | Christchurch District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board is launching a campaign to encourage staff to make changes to how they get to and from work. More >>

Northland DHB Doctor Returns From Midst of Ebola

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:41 pm | Northland DHB

After spending three months helping in a country overwhelmed by the largest Ebola outbreak ever known, Northland DHB’s Dr Clair Mills says there’s much more she could’ve stayed and got on with. More >>

Diabetes Camp for Northland Youth

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:24 pm | Northland DHB

For three nights a year Whangarei couple Mark and Liz Askew sleep soundly. The rest of the 362 days, they are fretting about their 12-year-old daughter Maeve. More >>

Wellington’s City Menzshed looks to expand

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:02 am | Medibank

A Wellington organisation that cares for the city’s older and often isolated men hopes to be able to expand its operating hours, thanks to a $13,500 Medibank Community Fund grant. More >>

Faster cardiac care for Wairarapa patients

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 9:39 am | Wairarapa DHB

Wairarapa patients are benefiting from faster specialist cardiac treatment, thanks to a new agreement between Wairarapa and Capital & Coast DHBs, and Wellington Free Ambulance. Now when a patient in the Wairarapa suffers a heart attack, the responding ... More >>

Surgeons Acknowledge Public Interest in Job Conduct

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 3:55 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is keen to engage in discussions on a framework for the public release of surgical data. More >>

New technology brings advanced eye care to the Southern Lake

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 3:47 pm | Eyes on Ardmore

A new state-of-the-art eye examination machine in Wanaka has opened up the opportunity for specialist outpatient services to be accessed in the resort. More >>

Southern DHB is having ‘Conversations that Count’

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:49 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is asking people to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’ on Thursday (16th April), the second national awareness day for advance care planning, to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future health care. More >>

ACC rating system rewards unsafe cars

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:48 pm | The Dog and Lemon Guide

ACC’s new safety-related tier system for annual car licensing, which is supposed to give discounted ACC levies to owners of safer vehicles, does the exact opposite in some cases, says the car review website dogandlemon.com . More >>

The burgeoning cost of cancer in NZ – study

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:38 pm | University of Otago

The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research. Researchers from the University’s Department of ... More >>

PHARMAC Moving to Next Stage of Medical Devices Activity

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11:17 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is now consulting on moving to the next stage in its hospital medical devices work – market share procurement. This next stage of activity would see PHARMAC offering suppliers an assured portion of the market in return for competitive pricing ... More >>

New natural health regulations step in right direction

Monday, 13 April 2015, 3:53 pm | Boyd PR

Kirsten Taylor, founder of stress and sleep supplement company SleepDrops, says the new regulatory regime created by the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill looks, on the surface, like a step in the right direction. “Any time consumers ... More >>

Voice – The original social media

Monday, 13 April 2015, 2:23 pm | Therapy Professionals

Your voice comprises about 38% of all your communication. If ageing, disability, injury or illness is affecting your ability to be heard and have social connection, then take World Voice Day on 16 April, is an annual event highlighting the significance ... More >>

Food industry technology could aid critically ill patients

Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:57 am | Health Research Council

The same technology used in the food industry to measure the antioxidant properties of edible plants, tea, and wine could be adapted to monitor the oxidative stress of critically ill patients in intensive care. More >>

Dietitians urge women to focus on real foods to boost iron

Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:44 am | Network Communication

Dietitians are urging New Zealand women to take a good look at the foods they choose to make sure they get enough iron. More >>

Majority of packaged foods unhealthy

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:56 am | National Institute for Health Innovation

Fewer than half of all packaged foods available in New Zealand and Australia in 2012 met nutritional criteria to carry health claims, according to recently published research from the University of Auckland. More >>

World iron awareness week targets women aged 15-50

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:48 am | NZ Beef and Lamb

New Zealand women feeling tired and irritable should take note – it may be more than just the daily grind that’s getting you down. At a time where diseases of overabundance are rife, dietary iron, a key essential mineral goes short in the diets ... More >>

Men’s health with bit of naughty in Pegasus

Monday, 13 April 2015, 12:07 am | Woodend Lions

On Tuesday April 28th, the Lions Club of Woodend will host Dr Dave Baldwin from Bulls Flying Doctor Service. Baldwin will be the speaker at a non PC, with a little bit of naughty , men’s health evening, titled Healthy Bastards. More >>

Partnership in healthcare for the mid north

Sunday, 12 April 2015, 11:21 pm | Northland District Health Board

Meeting the future healthcare needs for the people of the mid north is something Northland DHB has considered carefully. More >>

Secondary Schools Ki-o-rahi championships

Saturday, 11 April 2015, 10:21 am | Asthma Foundation

The Asthma Foundation is pleased to see many young Maori rangatahi involved in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Ki-o-Rahi championships in Gisborne on the 10th and 11th of April. More >>

The Monastery – Proud to have supported Cantabrians

Friday, 10 April 2015, 9:56 pm | Wise Group

The Monastery – Proud to have supported more than 700 Cantabrians The Monastery, a Waikato based wellness centre, has closed this week. More than 700 people directly affected by the Christchurch earthquakes have benefitted from a free stay at The ... More >>

Bestselling US health writer gives Wellington public lecture

Friday, 10 April 2015, 2:59 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Dr Atul Gawande, one of the world’s biggest-selling and most influential health writers, is to give a public lecture in Wellington. More >>

NZORD Newsletter #2

Friday, 10 April 2015, 2:56 pm | NZORD the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Diso

1 – Latest figures show family care payment policy is serious flawed and needs urgent review. More >>

Lifehack and Massey University collaborate for Wellbeing

Friday, 10 April 2015, 11:46 am | LIFEHACK

Improving everyday wellbeing for young Kiwis through social entrepreneurship will be one of the focuses of an exciting new Design Challenge project for visual communication design students attending Massey University’s School of Design in Wellington this ... More >>

Electronic referrals are good news for everyone

Friday, 10 April 2015, 11:06 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board welcomes the Minister of Health’s recent announcement that the Electronic Request Management System (ERMS) is now being used in all South Island DHBs. ERMS is an electronic referral tool developed in Canterbury six years ... More >>

Epigenomic changes play key role in melanoma progression

Friday, 10 April 2015, 8:25 am | KU Leuven Newsroom

KU Leuven researchers have zeroed in on what makes cancer cells in melanoma so aggressive. They also succeeded in taming the effect in cell cultures. Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is notoriously quick to metastasize and responds poorly to existing cancer ... More >>

One week left for teams to register for smoke-free challenge

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:17 pm | WERO

The next intake for the smoke-free competition 'WERO' closes next Tuesday 14 April. The competition, designed to bring down Māori and Pasifika smoking rates, is now in its second year, and continues to evidence significant success. More >>

One week left for teams to register for smoke-free challenge

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:14 pm | WERO

The next intake for the smoke-free competition 'WERO' closes next Tuesday 14 April. The competition, designed to bring down Māori and Pasifika smoking rates, is now in its second year, and continues to evidence significant success. More >>

Lunch gets easier – and healthier - for kids

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 3:17 pm | My Food Bag

In a big break for mum and dad, school kids are getting their very own My Food Bag - called My Lunch Box.  More >>

Leading Thinker on Health Systems Returns to New Zealand

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 11:14 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will address senior medical and dental staff in three district health boards next week. More >>

New community voice to improve health services

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 10:14 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast DHB (CCDHB) is calling for applications for a new 10-member council to give people who use its health services an active role in their development. VOICE for Consumers will meet every two months to work with CCDHB as a ‘consumer ... More >>

Overcoming flu vaccination reluctance

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:41 am | Southern Cross Healthcare

While research shows that 40% of New Zealand businesses offer free or subsidised flu vaccinations to employees this time of year, HR professionals say persuading staff to participate is the biggest challenge. Vicki Caisley, Southern Cross Health ... More >>

 

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