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Ambulance officers step up strike, refuse to attend events

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:23 pm | First Union

From 17 December 2016 more than 800 Ambulance professionals in the North Island will undertake an ‘events ban’ and refuse to provide cover for summer events like Christmas in the Park. More >>

New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:25 pm | University of Otago

There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study. More >>

Collective action needed to further reduce SUDI

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:23 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Around 3000 lives have been saved in the past 20 years because of efforts to prevent sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI). More >>

Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:20 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s a bad look for Waikato District Health Board to be dragging the chain on disclosing the expenses of its chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Providing NZ Mums with tools and knowledge

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:13 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora celebrate Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna Ora on Friday 02 December in recognition of the urgent need to address safe sleep for NZ babies. Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) can be a terrifying topic for new parents to think about. ... More >>

Three Cheers for Our Volunteers

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:19 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Like many charity-based organisations, Arthritis New Zealand says it honours this day because the organisation could not function without its many volunteers. More >>

New Pharmac Funded Drug to Benefit Maori

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:11 pm | Impact PR

Māori will benefit from Pharmac’s decision to fund a new medicine that combats HIV, an advocate for Māori living with the life-threatening disease says. More >>

Baby safe sleep practice vital after earthquakes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:18 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

It’s natural for new parents to want to keep their babies close after the recent earthquakes but Plunket is advising families to continue following safe sleep practices. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health Zoe Tipa says for parents who choose ... More >>

A lifeline for Lifeline

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:17 am | Presbyterian Support Northern

Leading counselling service, Lifeline, has been thrown a lifeline by Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN), which has committed 18 months of operational support while also looking to help solve Lifeline’s long-term funding issues. More >>

Awatoto fire may affect people with breathing conditions

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:39 am | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Health officials are urging people living near Awatoto or downwind of the Ravensdown Factory to close windows and doors and to turn off air-conditioning units as fire burns through sulphur in one of the factory’s storage sheds. More >>

Psychosocial consequences of the Kaikoura earthquakes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:12 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS Chief Science Advisor 1 December 2016 In light of the 14 November M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake and the potential for ongoing, significant aftershocks, we have updated our advice on the likely psychosocial ... More >>

Decline in falls and broken hips a success story for health

Friday, 2 December 2016, 9:37 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is celebrating the success of New Zealand public hospitals in reducing the number of in-hospital falls that result in a broken hip. New Zealand appears to be the first country to achieve this on a national scale. More >>

NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs

Friday, 2 December 2016, 9:15 am | University of Otago

Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Light up Christmas with fresh fruit and vegetables

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 1:54 pm | Five plus a day

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, colourful food with loved ones. More >>

Maritime NZ promotes lifejackets with national retailer

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:50 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ has launched a national lifejacket promotion “Nobody’s faster than disaster”, with national retailer Rebel Sport, to get more Kiwi boaties into the “best survival gear you can wear on a boat - your lifejacket,” said Director ... More >>

Concern regarding lack of conversation around HIV in NZ

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 10:12 am | GSK New Zealand

Stigma and silence about sexual health has seen an increase in the number of New Zealanders contracting HIV, according to a local expert. More >>

Compensation for Live Organ Donors

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 9:53 am | Kidney Health NZ

Today’s unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More >>

News coverage potential additional stressor for families

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 5:17 pm | Start with You

The earth moved for many New Zealanders this month – and following what for many people were concerning US election results, there’s been plenty to stress about. News coverage can accentuate the seriousness or danger of these events and exacerbate ... More >>

All Kiwis urged to support the 1 in 4 with an impairment

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 4:14 pm | Munistry of Social Development

All Kiwis have a role to play in making New Zealand a non-disabling society for the one in four New Zealanders with an impairment, says the Office for Disability Issues. More >>

AVCA is now officially registered as Charity in New Zealand

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 4:03 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) is pleased to announce that we have been approved and are now a registered New Zealand Charity (CC53899). This development will allow us to continue the work we are currently doing and expand upon it to deliver ... More >>

Child resuscitation under scrutiny

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 3:24 pm | University of Auckland

A new study to assess how surf lifeguards are doing with child resuscitation skills is underway in the north this summer. More >>

Trust Welcomes Refreshed Disability Strategy

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:08 pm | Life Unlimited

29 November, 2016 - Life Unlimited chief executive Mark Brown today welcomed the update and refresh to the New Zealand Disability Strategy. More >>

Mental health change champ wins ACC Supreme Attitude Award

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1:18 pm | Attitude Trust

A woman at the forefront of driving attitudinal change in New Zealand’s mental health system, Debra Lampshire, has won the ACC Supreme Award at the 2016 Attitude Awards. More >>

HealthCare NZ congratulates Attitude Awards winners

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:21 pm | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ congratulates the winners of the 2016 Attitude Awards, who were recognised at the Awards dinner last night at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. More >>

Role of “cancer bubbles” in deadly clotting uncovered

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 11:50 am | University of Otago

Chemotherapy stimulates the release of tiny bubbles from the surface of cancer cells that cause potentially fatal blood clots, new University of Otago research has found. More >>

Plunket AGM records historic vote

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 4:36 pm | Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket’s vision is that ‘In the first 1000 days, we make the difference of a lifetime’ . In an historic vote at its National AGM today, Plunket agreed that the best way to achieve that vision is to move away from its current Area Society ... More >>

Top prize awarded at World Congress on Integrated Care

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:10 pm | Equally Well

Equally Well, a New Zealand collaborative initiative to improve physical health for people experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues, was the topic of a presentation that won the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Best Paper Award ... More >>

Therapists and Bodyworkers Volunteer for Earthquake Relief

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:45 pm | Emergency Response Therapists

A group of massage therapists, acupunturists, Bowen Therapist and other bodywork specialist and yoga teachers are volunteering their time to offer therapies to the recent earthquake affected people of Kaikoura, Waiau, Scargil areas and the Emergency ... More >>

The Smokefree South 12 days of Christmas!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:50 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB Smokefree team are going festive by celebrating with their own version of the 12 days of Christmas! More >>

A quarter of SMOs intend to leave in next five years

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:07 pm | ASMS National Direct

A quarter of all senior doctors and dentists who took part in a survey by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) intend to leave either medicine or their district health board in the next five years. More >>

New immunotherapy against cancer launched

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:51 pm | Malaghan Institute

Malaghan Institute of Medical Research to launch new immunotherapy against cancer in partnership with Chinese research group. More >>

‘Neonatal Secret Santa’ launched for neonatal families

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11:34 am | Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust is looking to provide a special package to the families with a baby in a neonatal unit on Christmas Day. Christmas day is a day for families to get together, be together and make memories. While neonatal families would much rather ... More >>

Achieving a modern healthcare system for NZ

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11:07 am | NZHIT

The message from the healthcare sector has been loud and clear – we need collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare and we need it now. This message was further reinforced when New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman ... More >>

CanTeen Announces Claudine Young as Acting CEO

Monday, 28 November 2016, 5:39 pm | CanTeen

Claudine Young has been announced as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of CanTeen, the organisation supporting young people aged 13-24 living with cancer. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes indigenous health professionals

Monday, 28 November 2016, 2:04 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

This week in Auckland Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, is the host for the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctor’s Congress PRIDoC. More >>

U of Otago receives grant to support severe typhoid research

Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:33 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern ... More >>

Southern DHB opens dedicated Education Centre

Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:02 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB opens dedicated Education Centre Simulation suites, which can be set up to replicate operating theatre or an emergency department resuscitation bay, are a feature of a purpose built education centre opened at Southland Hospital today. ... More >>

Report calls for life-saving reforms to help smokers quit

Monday, 28 November 2016, 11:16 am | Joint Media Statement

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union , Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance and MyChoice Australia have jointly launched a report calling for the governments on both sides of the Tasman to legalise, and lightly regulate new technologies to help smokers ... More >>

Findings From Community Wellbeing Report Released

Monday, 28 November 2016, 11:06 am | New Zealand Music Foundation

The New Zealand Music Foundation provides support to members of the local music industry in times of illness, distress and hardship, and develops and assists projects across all areas of society that use music to positively influence the lives of those in ... More >>

Charity helps victims of domestic abuse

Monday, 28 November 2016, 10:20 am | I Got Your Back Pack

I Got Your Back Pack is a charity which supports women’s refuge. We feel strongly that unless people continue to talk about this issue, and see abusive behavior being questioned and challenged in the public sphere, the domestic violence culture in ... More >>

Follow-up checks vital for patient safety

Friday, 25 November 2016, 5:10 pm | NZ Orthopaedic Association

The New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) says making follow up checks on patients who have had surgery is critical to patient safety and quality care. More >>

Generous celebrities helping Plunket to help kids

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:37 pm | Plunket Foundation

Plunket is delighted by the generosity of almost 1,000 people and organisations who have so far raised over $400,000 for the charity at a gala luncheon and auction in Auckland today. More >>

Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade Launches Nationwide

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:00 pm | Coastguard New Zealand

Coastguard is excited to announce the launch of the Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade for 2016, a popular and highly successful boating safety initiative which for the first time this year is going nationwide. More >>

The New Organic Barrier to Pollen for Hay fever Sufferers

Friday, 25 November 2016, 12:55 pm | HayMax

Around 1 in 5 New Zealanders suffer from hay fever and approximately half of sufferers have symptoms for more than four months of the year. New HayMax organic, drug-free allergen barrier balms provide an effective defence against pollen all through the ... More >>

Family violence screening among the highest in the country

Friday, 25 November 2016, 12:49 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A ‘back to basics’ approach at the Wellington Children’s Hospital has resulted in a leap in Capital & Coast DHB’s (CCDHB) family violence screening rates, which are now among the highest of any DHB around the country. More >>

Increased child helpline capacity following Kaikoura quakes

Friday, 25 November 2016, 11:47 am | Barnardos

Barnardos service 0800 What’s Up, New Zealand’s most-accessed counselling helplines for children, has more counsellors available following the November 14 Kaikoura Earthquake and the resulting aftershocks. More >>

Planning for emergencies when you are on Home-Based Dialysis

Friday, 25 November 2016, 11:36 am | Contact Energy

The second gathering of renal outpatients who live in remote situations and require dialysis for diabetes took place in Kerikeri on Tuesday November 1 thanks to the Contact Energy Renal Fund. The Contact Energy Renal Fund Seminar gathered over 30 ... More >>

Take the Pledge this White Ribbon Day

Friday, 25 November 2016, 10:40 am | White Ribbon

Take The Pledge to ‘stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence towards women’ on White Ribbon Day at More >>

NZPSHA signs RACS Respect Agreement

Friday, 25 November 2016, 10:12 am | NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association

The New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery. More >>

Kiwi pro cyclist backing Movember campaign

Friday, 25 November 2016, 9:37 am | Christchurch Urology

After making New Zealand Cycling history as the first Kiwi to crack the top 10 of a Grand Tour, Nelson professional George Bennett is supporting Christchurch Urology's Movember campaign that also highlights a world first in prostate cancer support. More >>

Study sheds light on diet of children with weight issues

Friday, 25 November 2016, 9:13 am | University of Auckland

A new, in depth study of children and teenagers struggling with weight issues highlights that their eating habits were poor, and sugary drink consumption was at concerning volumes on a daily basis in many. More >>

Family violence perpetrators need better response

Friday, 25 November 2016, 9:06 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Better responses to perpetrators of family violence are needed if New Zealand’s high rate of family violence is to be cut. More >>

Four Unions Reach Agreement with St John NZ

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 5:23 pm | St John

Following seven months of negotiation, Amalgamated Workers Union New Zealand Southern Incorporated (AWUNZ), Central Amalgamated Workers Union Incorporated (CAWU), New Zealand Ambulance Association (NZAA), Ambulance Officers Workplace Union Incorporated ... More >>

Alcohol and drug addiction under scrutiny

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 4:57 pm | University of Auckland

Media Advisory University of Auckland 24 November 2016 Alcohol and drug addiction under scrutiny Adolescent drinkers, alcohol and injury, methamphteamine impacts, gambling research, substance abuse and smoking cessation strategies – these are ... More >>

One small step for Caregivers, one giant step for Womankind

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO commends the New Zealand government for setting an international precedent by today agreeing a pathway for New Zealanders to achieve equal pay between various traditionally male and female jobs. More >>

Ground-breaking research helping thousands of babies

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 1:20 pm | Liggins Institute

It can take decades for scientific breakthroughs to generate change in health policy and practice, but research led by Distinguished Professor Jane Harding at the Liggins Institute has transformed the treatment for a common, potentially serious newborn ... More >>

Independent investigation needed into Waikato DHB

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:35 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors working in New Zealand’s public hospitals is calling for an independent investigation into the orthopaedics situation at Waikato District Health Board following revelations that managers are over-riding clinical decisions. More >>

Nelson Marlborough Health signs RACS Respect Agreement

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:18 pm | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH). More >>

Responsible ownership of all dogs is the key to success

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 10:42 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

The NZVA applauds the Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston for her continued action to address the issue of dangerous dogs by announcing a second tranche of dog control changes. Dog aggression is a complex and serious public health issue in New ... More >>

Emergency medicine conference highlights

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 10:39 am | Australian College for Emergency Medicine

She was working as a young doctor in a remote settlement in Far North Queensland when a very sick infant was brought into her clinic. More >>


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