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Free flu vaccinations for under 18s in Hurunui and Kaikōura

Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:31 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Families in the Hurunui and Kaikōura districts can once again ensure their children have the best protection available against the flu this winter – and it won’t cost a cent! More >>

Meeting the health needs in rural communities

Friday, 20 April 2018, 9:53 am | Massey University

New Zealand has more people living with long-term health conditions, an increasing older population and health inequalities that continue to persist, particularly for Māori and poorer communities. But despite the declining rural medical workforce, ... More >>

Winners of the Respiratory Achievers' Awards

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:54 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Winners of the 2018 New Zealand Respiratory Achievers' Awards Announced Thursday 19 April 2018, marks the 30th Anniversary of the New Zealand Respiratory Achievers' Awards organised by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. More >>

Growing diversity strengthens mental health services

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:03 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

The changing face of local communities is being increasingly reflected by those working to support people with mental health needs. More >>

Free flu vaccinations for under 18s in Hurunui and Kaikōura

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:35 pm | Canterbury DHB

Families in the Hurunui and Kaikōura districts can once again ensure their children have the best protection available against the flu this winter – and it won’t cost a cent! Young people from six months to 17 years old years of age living in ... More >>

Police at very low risk of hepatitis C infection

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:27 pm | Hepatitis Foundation

Police at very low risk of hepatitis C infection from contact with public, Hepatitis Foundation say More >>

Stroke of luck gives Hamilton man a health Jumpstart

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:44 am | Jumpstart

Hamilton man Steve Harvey, 52, knew he faced serious health problems after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes1 and it would start affecting his life badly if he didn’t take action quickly. More >>

230,000 patients have inequitable access to modern medicines

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:37 am | Medicines New Zealand

More than 230,000 New Zealand patients are deprived from accessing a range of modern medicines shown by the latest information published in New Zealand’s Medicines Landscape. More >>

Māori and Pacific health app trialled

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:48 am |

A healthy lifestyle app developed for Māori and Pasifika people is being trialled and could be rolled out nationally next year. More >>

Kiwis’ diet confusion could be killing our gut bacteria

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:33 am | Kelloggs

The number ONE reason why Kiwis have been on a food eliminating diet, is to look after their health – yet unnecessary avoidance could be having the opposite effect on your gut health when it comes to grains More >>

Hāpai support vaping industry call for cigarette vape switch

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6:31 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai support vaping industry calls for cigarette-to-vape switch to reduce dairy armed robberies More >>

Hospital administration staff essential

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:41 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Administration and clerical staff working in public hospitals provide essential support to front line clinical staff, including senior doctors and dentists, and need to be paid fairly,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

Brief phone outage to affect DHB facilities

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:25 am | Canterbury District Health Board

There will be a short telephone outage at several West Coast District Health Board facilities on Wednesday night. The outage is to enable an upgrade to our systems ahead of the introduction of a new telephone system later this year. The outage will ... More >>

People missed for screening unacceptable

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:18 am | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand is alarmed at the rising number of people affected by the screening error now estimated at 15,000 Waitemata residents. Following OIA requests by journalists, the patient-led charity raised concerns in March about 10,500 people ... More >>

Careerforce releases palliative care assessment package

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:05 am | Careerforce

Careerforce, with the support of Hospice New Zealand, has created an assessment package to recognise the competency of the workforce providing palliative and end of life care. More >>

Wellbeing essential to a healthy region

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 8:50 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Evon Currie, General Manager of Community and Public Health for Canterbury DHB has applauded the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill progressing through its first reading. More >>

More issues discovered with bowel screening invitations

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:40 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has discovered that many more people than first thought didn’t receive invitations for free bowel screening during the bowel screening pilot programme. More >>

Doctors Kamo achieve National Healthcare Home Certifcation

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 1:59 pm | Northland District Health Board

Doctors Kamo are one of ten practices nationally to receive National Healthcare Home Certification, and the first practice in Northland. More >>

The fertility puzzle: what NZ researchers now know

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 1:46 pm | Health Research Council

About 25 per cent of New Zealand couples who are wanting to conceive may experience infertility or seek medical help. But thanks to a series of discoveries funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, new light is being shed on the mechanisms ... More >>

Caring for those who care for others - Free dental care

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 1:06 pm | Lumino

Free dental care for hundreds of family carers nationwide, on May 5th 2018 17 April 2018 From the sugar tax debate to calls to make dental care fully funded, oral health continues to be in the hearts and minds of New Zealanders. On May 5th, 2018 free ... More >>

What’s The Secret to a Long and Healthy Life? It’s No Secret

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:54 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It’s exercise! When we think of the benefits of exercise a few common ones always spring to mind; fat loss, increased energy, and strength and muscle gains. But the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity reach much further than this, ... More >>

Safety warning labels needed on fresh chicken: researchers

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:35 am | University of Otago

Safety warning labels needed on fresh chicken, say researchers New research has found that many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the high levels of Campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken and most want safety labelling about the risks on ... More >>

2018 Ryman Prize entries open

Monday, 16 April 2018, 5:02 pm | Ryman Healthcare

The search is on for the best work in the world that has enhanced quality of life for older people. More >>

Southern DHB taking part in challenge to get patients up

Monday, 16 April 2018, 4:03 pm | Southern District Health Board

A 70 day challenge to support and encourage more patients to get up out of bed, dressed and moving as quickly as possible, when safe to do so kicks off at Southern DHB tomorrow (Tuesday 17 April). More >>

Conference to Look at Inconsistent Diagnosis and Treatment

Monday, 16 April 2018, 3:43 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ (PCFNZ) is calling for a more streamlined approach to deal with inconsistencies and disparities around the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer nationwide. More >>

Taxpayer-funded health activists bully Youthline

Monday, 16 April 2018, 11:18 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayer-funded health activists ignored advice from the Ministry of Health, Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport, to bully a company into dropping a promotion to raise money for Youthline, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Over 216,000 NZers make ACC claim for falls in year

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:42 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

New data shows that in a 12-month period more than 216,000 people over 50 made an ACC claim related to a fall. Just over 27,000 people attended hospital as a result of a fall. More >>

Raw fruit and vegetables have better mental health outcomes

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:02 am | University of Otago

Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes: Otago research Seeking the feel good factor? Go natural. That is the simple message from University of Otago researchers who have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental ... More >>

Study confirms drinking moderately responsibly the way to go

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 2:16 pm | Alcohol Beverages Council

An industry group formed to give a reasonable perspective in the public discussion around alcohol has given its verdict on a recent study into the impacts of over-consumption of alcohol. More >>

Plane passengers exposed to measles as sixth case confirmed

Friday, 13 April 2018, 7:10 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Plane passengers exposed to measles as sixth case confirmed A woman in her 20s from Queenstown is the latest person to be confirmed as having measles, and brings the total to six people in the South island who have been infected with this viral illness. ... More >>

Hepatitis A in Oamaru update

Friday, 13 April 2018, 6:36 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB has complete testing for Hepatitis A amongst the children and staff associated with Edna McCulloch Kindergarten in Oamaru - with three further cases of the virus detected out of more than 55 individuals checked through blood testing ... More >>

Protect yourself and your staff from flu today

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:11 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Influenza season is almost here, making it the perfect time for employers to get themselves and their staff vaccinated. More >>

Rise in syphilis cases prompts calls to practise safe sex

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:02 pm | Ministry of Health

A rise in the number of syphilis cases being reported in New Zealand is prompting renewed calls for people to practise safe sex, including the use of condoms. More >>

School holidays prompt measles immunisation reminder

Friday, 13 April 2018, 2:37 pm | Ministry of Health

As students head into the term one school holidays, the Ministry of Health is reminding parents to be aware of the risks of measles. More >>

Time for spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Friday, 13 April 2018, 8:58 am | University of Otago

Given about 5 per cent of New Zealanders suffer Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with resulting productivity losses ranging from an estimated $49 to $200 million, a University of Otago lecturer is calling for more attention on the disorder. More >>

Capital nurses set to rally tomorrow

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 5:13 pm | NZNO

A large turnout is expected for the NZNO rally in the capital at the Wellington Hospital at 2pm tomorrow, Friday 13 April. Rallies are also happening today in Whangārei, Christchurch and Dunedin. More >>

Preventing food borne illness when the power’s out

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:24 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

With some households in the region facing two or more days without electricity, it will be important to take care with food from the fridge and freezer. More >>

NZ’s national rural health group’s future in the balance

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:21 pm | Make Lemonade

The future of The Rural Health Alliance Aoteroa New Zealand (RHAANZ) is in the balance tonight after the government has failed to promise support of the national rural health group. More >>

NZNO will proceed with panel to settle the DHB MECA

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:03 pm | NZNO

NZNO has decided to proceed with DHB MECA engagement via the Independent Panel process as proposed by Prime Minister. Once the panel has been confirmed and announced, it will advise of the date of its first meeting and timetable for completing the work. More >>

A new approach to Māori mental health

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:17 pm | Wintec

More than 200 mental health practitioners and clinical psychologists across New Zealand are now equipped with an innovative toolkit to help Māori affected by mental health and addiction issues. More >>

Lack of effective treatments for blood cancer patients

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:15 pm | Myeloma New Zealand

Lack of access to effective treatments is forcing blood cancer patients to take desperate measures More >>

NZ dentists pick up the pieces when dental tourism goes bad

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:12 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for “dental tourists” who travel abroad for dental work. More >>

New funding model falls short for disabled people

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:01 pm | Disability Support Network

New Government funding model falls short of real support for disabled people Media Statement 12 April 2018 The Government’s proposed disability residential pricing model is only a short term, temporary fix for ongoing funding issues within the disability ... More >>

No queues for elderly in Hawke’s Bay

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 12:48 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

No queues for elderly for DHB funded aged residential care beds in Hawke’s Bay Hawke’s Bay District Health Board says people needing to be in an aged residential care facility usually wait only a matter of days for a bed, if they need that level ... More >>

New website to help men check for prostate cancer

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:32 pm | Ministry of Health

Should I check? : Ministry of Health launches new website to help men check for prostate cancer More >>

Waitakere nurses coming out to rally

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:14 pm | NZNO

At 11.30am tomorrow, Thursday Waitakere DHB nurses, midwives and health care assistants are rallying outside the Waitakere Hospital to engage the public and demonstrate their dissatisfaction about the government’s under investment into quality patient ... More >>

Increase in Māori doctors on the way

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:46 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Mr Connolly says a major highlight of the survey is that the proportion of house officers identifying themselves as Māori increased from 5.4 to 6.1 percent in 2015. More >>

Measles outbreak now South Island wide

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:43 pm | Canterbury DHB

Measles outbreak now South Island wide Two further cases of measles have now been confirmed, one in Nelson and the other in Christchurch. These are linked to the three cases notified late last week which were reported in Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch. ... More >>

New Report Proves Postcode Healthcare for Elderly

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:29 pm | Aged Care Association

New Report Proves Postcode Healthcare for Elderly New research released today reveals that elderly New Zealanders are being denied the chance to live better and improve their health and well-being simply because of where they live. More >>

Research Confirms Midwifery Care By Graduates Is Excellent

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 1:38 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed the publication of a paper¹ which shows outcomes for pregnant women registered with a graduate midwife (in their first year of practice) are as good as those for women registered with more experienced ... More >>

MOH/NZ College of Midwives in joint midwifery programme

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 12:30 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives are working together with urgency on a maternity programme designed to address current pressure on the midwifery-led service. More >>

Employed Midwives – which union represents them

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 6:47 pm | MERAS

In some media stories about the NZNO MECA (multi-employer collective employment agreement) negotiations and industrial action mention is being made at times about ‘nurses and midwives’. More >>

Federation Establishment Board up and running

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 6:45 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Establishment Board tasked with setting up the proposed Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand is now up and running under the chairmanship of Dame Annette King. More >>

Protect your whānau from flu this winter

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:32 pm | Tairawhiti District Health

Now is the time to think about the best way to protect your family/whānau from influenza or the ‘flu’ this winter. More >>

Rural Health Alliance deserves funds injection - Feds

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:45 pm | Federated Farmers

The Government should not switch off life support for what has been an effective voice for the health of rural New Zealanders, Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. More >>

PSA welcomes Court decision in SCDHB anaesthetic techs case

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:29 pm | Public Service Association

The PSA is welcoming the Court of Appeal’s decision confirming anaesthetic technicians in Timaru are entitled to be paid for the time they spend on call. The Court of Appeal has declined to allow the appeal by South Canterbury District Health Board against ... More >>

'Sailor the Puffer Fish' South Island Tour

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:05 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

'Sailor the Puffer Fish' South Island Tour kicks off this week - educating over 13,000 New Zealand school children about asthma. More >>

Heart screening could protect hundreds from stroke

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 10:42 am | University of Auckland

Testing Māori and Pacific people for an irregular heartbeat earlier could spare hundreds of people from stroke each year, a University of Auckland study has found. The research, a collaboration between University researchers and the Heart Research ... More >>

Professor's pioneering lung work honoured

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:28 am | University of Auckland

Professor Merryn Tawhai, Deputy Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), has been honoured with one of the highest international accolades in her field. More >>

Cure Kids’ 10 million dollar commitment to child health

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:26 am | Cure Kids

Cure Kids, New Zealand’s leading non-government funder of child health research, has reached its biggest funding milestone, currently supporting more than $10 million of child health research, it was announced today. More >>



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