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Retention of GPs on Long Term Skill Shortage List applauded

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

A decision by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment not to remove GPs from its Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) is a common sense decision in light of ongoing and growing GP shortages in many parts of rural New Zealand. More >>

Kiwis go online for health information

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:47 pm | Southern Cross Health Society

New research from Southern Cross Health Society shows the majority of Kiwis are using the internet or social media to access health information, with females and those under forty most likely to educate themselves online. More >>

Disturbing Number of Senior Doctors on Fixed Term Contracts

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:13 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is concerned by the number of senior doctors hired on fixed term rather than permanent employment contracts in district health boards (DHBS) in the past two years. More >>

Remember The 3-Ps Rule This Summer

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:29 am | Northland DHB

Northland DHB’s Public and Population Health Unit is encouraging Northlanders and those visiting the region to have fun this summer but remember the 3-Ps rule: Plan, Pack and Protect. More >>

How to reduce the risk of back pain on long haul flights

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:52 am | Actrix Media

Are you planning a long-haul flight this summer? Do you get back pain from flying? Wellington osteopath Martin Rooke has some tips for looking after your back on long haul flights. These tips will also help prevent the risk of deep vein thrombosis. More >>

Appointment of Dame Margaret Millard to Green Cross Health

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:17 am | Rural Women New Zealand

Rural Women New Zealand says today’s appointment of Dame Margaret Millard DCNZM, JP to the board of Green Cross Health will bring a rural perspective to the company’s operations, reflecting the original focus and unique strengths of Access Homehealth ... More >>

Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship Forum commended

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:39 am | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch commends the members of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship for listening to the evidence put forward by experts and community groups on the impact of alcohol advertising on drinking behaviour. More >>

Kiwis’ caring Christmas in Madagascar

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:27 pm | Mercy Ships NZ

Toamasina, Madagascar ; 17 December 2014: A group of compassionate Kiwis are bringing a whole new meaning to the gift of giving this Christmas. They have all signed up for a volunteer tour-of-duty on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, ... More >>

Darfield and Kirwee wastewater reports released

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:09 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

A report on wastewater treatment systems in Darfield and Kirwee has found that many septic tanks are poorly operated and maintained. More >>

International Recognition for Kiwi Mental Health Website

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:03 pm | Kyle Macdonald

New Zealand psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald has been singled out for his pioneering work in treating anxiety and listed as one of this year’s top-10 online experts on the subject. More >>

More evidence electronic cigarettes help smokers quit

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:17 pm | University of Auckland

An international research review has concluded that there is more evidence smokers using electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking. More >>

The Christmas gift of freedom for Heart Kids on Warfarin

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:53 pm | Joint Press Release

The NZ Toy Distributors Association recently made a significant donation of 20 CoaguChek kits to the Paediatric Cardiology ward (ward 23b) at Starship Hospital, through their new partnership with Heart Kids New Zealand. More >>

New Northland Health Consumer Council boosts partnership

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:57 am | Northland DHB

Communication between Northland DHB and the public is about to run smoother courtesy of the region’s first Northland Health Consumer Council. The newly-formed council was created as part of the Northland Health Services Plan Patient and Family Centred ... More >>

Natural Habitats aids in sustainability at Tauranga Hospital

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:07 am | Natural Habitats

The Kathleen Kilgour Centre officially opened at the Tauranga Hospital grounds, on the 6th of December. This world class radiation treatment facility is the first private hospital to be built on public land and will treat both public and privately-funded ... More >>

Northland Smokers Told: “Beat The Price Increase!”

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:21 pm | Northland District Health Board

Every year, thousands of Kiwis escape their working lives for a summer holiday – epitomised by journeys to the beach, families and feasting, and, of course, the time-honoured tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Giving up smoking is consistently at the top ... More >>

Otago researchers join new global Urban Health Programme

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 12:33 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand researchers are adding their expertise in housing and health to a newly launched global consortium of science and health organisations known as the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme. More >>

Health cuts don’t heal

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 11:22 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More >>

Caution On Iron Supplements During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 11:09 am | Natural Products NZ

A leading naturopath has cautioned pregnant women against taking iron supplements unless they know for sure that they are low in iron, a warning that is supported by the umbrella group for New Zealand’s dietary supplements and natural products ... More >>

Trial of pre-hospital blood transfusions approved

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:11 am | New Zealand Blood Service

In a move that is a first for New Zealand, Auckland’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and its land-based Rapid Response Vehicle will be able to administer a pre-hospital blood transfusion at the site of an accident, medical emergency or ... More >>

Integrated laboratory services will improve patient care

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:10 am | Joint Press Release

The boards of Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards (DHBs) have voted to have an integrated hospital and community laboratory service across the Greater Wellington Region. More >>

Auckland Medical Research Foundation Awards Grants

Monday, 15 December 2014, 4:19 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) has recently announced $2,335,306 in funding to medical researchers in the last three funding rounds for 2014, reaching a total of $3.62 million distributed in 2014. More >>

LCT completes patient implants in Parkinson’s trial

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:38 pm | Living Cell Technologies

Living Cell Technologies Limited today announced that the final patient has been successfully implanted in its Phase I/IIa clinical trial of regenerative cell therapy NTCELL® for Parkinson’s disease. The operation took place at Auckland City Hospital ... More >>

UC student helps Tonga’s Ministry of Health fight mosquitos

Monday, 15 December 2014, 10:05 am | University of Canterbury

Ground-breaking research by University of Canterbury masters student Tom Swan is helping Tonga’s Ministry of Health in the fight against mosquito-related diseases. Mosquitoes are a significant pest and carrier of malaria and dengue fever diseases ... More >>

Liam Butler interviews Dermoscopy Specialist Bizzy Candler

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:34 pm | ElderNet

Bizzy Candler Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, NZRP is a melanographer who works at MoleMap in Sunny Nelson and this interview is based on information found in The New Zealand Skin Cancer Steering Committee New Zealand Skin Cancer Control Strategic Framework ... More >>

Helicopter transports man fallen from tree

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:23 pm | Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter

This morning, the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew responded to a 60 year old male who had fallen from a tree while cutting off branches. He sustained head and chest injuries and was flown by rescue helicopter to transported to Hawke's Bay ... More >>

Biosimilar drugs an exciting prospect

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:59 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“Biologic drugs although expensive can be life changing for people who are living with inflammatory arthritis,” Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby said today. More >>

New pathway to improve outcomes for stroke patients

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:58 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Two services at Waikato District Health Board are collaborating to further improve the care of stroke patients at Waikato Hospital. More >>

Keep an eye out for the elderly this holiday season

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:56 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

For many of us the holiday season is often spent relaxing with family and friends, but it’s also a time to look out for the elderly in our communities who are socially isolated. More >>

Support to stop merger

Friday, 12 December 2014, 3:53 pm | Hutt Valley Maori Health Service Development group

The Hutt Valley Maori Health Service Development group (MHSDG) supports the call from the doctors to stop the merger of health services in the Wellington region. More >>

People urged to keep ED for real emergencies over Christmas

Friday, 12 December 2014, 3:33 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki Base Hospital has seen a reduction in presentations at its Emergency Department (ED) over the past five months and is determined to keep ED for real emergencies over the Christmas/New Year period. More >>

Congratulations to 2014 NEtP graduates

Friday, 12 December 2014, 2:03 pm | Tairawhiti DHB

Thirteen registered nurses celebrated graduating from the 2014 Nurse Entry to Practice (NEtP) Programme on 11 December. Ten months ago all were newly qualified but with little experience. More >>

Health Minister off to a Promising Start

Friday, 12 December 2014, 12:50 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The new Minister of Health is off to a promising start by signalling his willingness to listen to senior doctors and others working on the clinical front line of health care,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More >>

We are no longer what we eat, we are also what we secrete

Friday, 12 December 2014, 11:53 am | Riddet Institute

A Riddet Institute investigative report on food-derived bioactive peptides has gained international recognition that will lead to a paradigm shift in thinking about nutrition, that will help us better prevent ill health and combat disease more effectively. More >>

New wheels for Ronald McDonald House

Friday, 12 December 2014, 10:37 am | Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Auckland (RMHA) has been gifted a Previa van from Auckland City Toyota. Families who often arrive at the House with no form of transport which can lead to a feeling of isolation. The car will be used to transport families around ... More >>

Hiker winched off Mt Pirongia

Friday, 12 December 2014, 9:57 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mt Pirongia this morning, just after first light, to retrieve an injured hiker. A 38yr old Te Awamutu woman had been hiking with friends to the summit yesterday when she rolled her ankle on ... More >>

Will Anglican Family Care embody the Christmas spirit?

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 2:28 pm | Public Service Association

Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin and other parts of Otago have resumed industrial action following the failure of mediation to find any solution to AFC’s refusal to provide a cost-of-living ... More >>

One Million Phones Donated to Starship Mobile Phone Appeal

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 2:11 pm | Starship Foundation

The Starship Mobile Phone Appeal has reached the milestone of collecting more than one million mobile phones and has raised more than $2.3 million for the Starship National Air Ambulance Service. More >>

Savings from extended roles exceed $100m

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 2:05 pm | PHARMAC

District Health Boards are poised to save more than $100 million over five years as a result of PHARMAC’s expanded role, PHARMAC reports in its Annual Review, released today. More >>

High fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:38 pm | University of Auckland

A diet high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers, according to researchers from the University of Auckland. More >>

Quality Accounts – how we’re meeting Canterbury’s needs

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 12:42 pm | Canterbury DHB

The third edition of the Canterbury Health System Quality Accounts have been published. The Quality Accounts provide a snapshot of how the Canterbury Health System is meeting the needs of our community and we hope you will take a moment to check how we are ... More >>

Wellington Hospital to breathe easier

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 12:37 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A building management system upgrade is set to save Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) at least $300,000 on its yearly power bill. The building management system (BMS) currently being upgraded is the combination of hardware and software ... More >>

3D titanium implants revolutionise orthopaedic surgeries

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 12:08 pm | Ossis Ltd

Ossis Ltd is revolutionising orthopaedic surgeries by using advanced 3D technology to custom design and manufacture world leading titanium bone and joint implants. More >>

NZMA celebrates 10 years Smokefree

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 10:24 am | NZMA

Ten years ago yesterday New Zealand’s smokefree legislation was extended to include all workplaces and hospitality venues. The New Zealand Medical Association is delighted to celebrate that anniversary. More >>

Helping Kiwis change their relationship with alcohol

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 9:15 am | Medibank

New mobile app will help Kiwis change their relationship with alcohol A new mobile app will help Kiwi members of the popular Hello Sunday Morning (HSM) movement change their relationship with alcohol, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Medibank Community ... More >>

Smokefree Anniversary a reason for Māori to celebrate?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 2:54 pm | Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua

10 year Smokefree Environments Anniversary – is it a reason for Māori to celebrate too? More >>

Safety checks for swimming pools help prevent drowning

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 11:25 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Is the latch on the gate to your swimming pool working properly? Are there any parts of the fence small children might crawl under? Checking these and other aspects of a pool is one of the things New Zealanders can do to help children stay safe this ... More >>

Older people moderate with alcohol

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 11:00 am | University of Auckland

Most people in advanced age don’t drink alcohol or only drink alcohol moderately, according to recent research from the University of Auckland. The findings are from a population-based sample of Māori (aged 80 to 90 years) and non-Māori (aged 85 ... More >>

FMG and Mental Health Foundation – teaming up for rural NZ

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 10:37 am | Mental Health Foundation

Rural insurer FMG and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) have begun working together on a programme looking after the most important asset on the farm – the farmer. More >>

Ten years down the track

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 4:40 pm | Cancer Society

Ten years down the track New Zealand has led the way with tobacco control measures, starting ten years ago with the Smokefree Environments Act 2003 – in its time a world leading piece of legislation. The Act placed restrictions on smoking in indoor ... More >>

Work Place Doctor Opposes Sunbed Use

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 2:17 pm | Accuro Health Insurance

Work Place Doctor Opposes Sunbed Use December 9, 2014 A leading Occupational Health and Safety Doctor has added his weight to concerns over the risks of commercial artificial UV tanning services. Dr Simon Ryder-Lewis, warns that, at the start of summer, people ... More >>

It’s about caring, not just counting

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 1:51 pm | Northland District Health Board

The new integrated patient safety software system DATIX went live across Northland DHB this morning. More >>

Toxic shellfish poisoning strikes the Bay again

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 1:09 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

In the past 24 hours, reports of six people suffering from toxic shellfish poisoning have been received by the Medical Officer of Health. Each person affected had eaten shellfish collected from the coastline which has a current health warning. More >>

South Island Alliance working collectively to cut costs

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 1:08 pm | South Island Alliance

South Island DHBs have saved over $4million through initiatives in facilities and maintenance. By working collaboratively through the South Island Alliance’s Support Services group, DHBs’ facilities and maintenance teams have implemented new technologies ... More >>

Prime Minister to attend launch of new ambulance

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 12:24 pm | The PR Company

Prime Minister John Key will attend the launch of the newest ambulance for Wellington Free Ambulance at Thorndon Station today (December 9), at 4.30 p.m. Wellington Free Ambulance fundraises to pay for the six new ambulances it needs each year to replace ... More >>

Don’t Let the Fun Stop This Summer: Playground Safety Tips

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 12:15 pm | Safekids

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to head to the playground and park. Safekids Aotearoa and Starship Foundation want every child to be active this season and avoid unnecessary stays in hospital. More >>

Elderly likely to keep falls a secret

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 10:13 am | Physiotherapy

Many older adults are not reporting falls to a health professional, a new survey suggests. More >>

Cancer Plan 2015 - 18

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 9:51 am | Cancer Society

Cancer Society Chief Executive, Claire Austin, is looking forward to the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, announcing the Government’s plan for cancer patients over the next three years. The Minister is expected to launch the plan today. More >>

Kids need counselling for addictions

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 9:31 am | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Kids need counselling for addictions Drug and alcohol-addicted teens often go without the help they need because of the low number of school guidance counsellors available to support them. “The Health Minister may feel that ‘targets’ are being met, ... More >>

Pacific Edge launches Cxbladder Triage

Monday, 8 December 2014, 2:23 pm | Pacific Edge

Dunedin-based Pacific Edge has released today the second product in its suite of diagnostic tests for the detection and management of bladder cancer. More >>

Why the Amazing Avocado Will Help Curb Cravings

Monday, 8 December 2014, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Avocado

Research shows adding a few slices of avocado to your lunch will slash your desire to eat over the next three hours by 40 per cent compared to eating the same meal without it. More >>

 

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