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Settlement of NZRDA MECA Reached

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 5:23 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

NZRDA and the DHBs have agreed to a settlement of the MECA during negotiations today. More >>

Top 6 Mistakes To Avoid for Those New to Exercise

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Whether you are setting out on an exercise programme after a long break, or if exercising is completely new, you should feel proud that you are making one of the best decisions to improve your health and wellbeing. More >>

Megan Annear and Guy Mansell Red Puppy Appeal Ambassadors

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 2:43 pm | Blind Foundation

To continue the life-changing support provided by guide dogs, the Blind Foundation needs a generous helping hand and is calling for volunteers for the 2017 Red Puppy Appeal on March 24 and 25 to raise funds for the breeding and training of guide dogs. ... More >>

Cantabrians encouraged to take action for mental wellbeing

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 1:32 pm | All Right

As we approach the 6th anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, Cantabrians are reminded to take a moment to think about what they are doing for their mental health. More >>

Canterbury DHB’s performance strong despite challenges

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 10:48 am | Canterbury DHB

The Canterbury DHB’s performance in Quarter 2 of the 2016/2017 National Health Targets has remained strong despite several challenging disruptions. More >>

Study shows refugees’ & immigrants’ resilience in disasters

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 10:36 am | University of Auckland

Many immigrants and refugees were resilient to the Canterbury Earthquakes due to their previous experiences of disasters and war in their homelands, according to research from the University of Auckland. Sociology academics from the Faculty of ... More >>

Rural General Practice Team of the Year Award 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017, 4:13 pm | NZ Rural General Practice Network

The search is on again for New Zealand’s best Rural General Practice Team of the Year as judged by the community. More >>

Strength training carries weight for obese teens

Monday, 20 February 2017, 3:53 pm | Lincoln University

Strength training is a must-do for obese teenagers and even outperforms cardio when it comes to health benefits. That’s according to Lincoln University Sport and Recreation Associate Professor Mike Hamlin, who has evaluated existing research on how exercise ... More >>

Response to Kaikoura call for help "inadequate"

Monday, 20 February 2017, 2:07 pm | Public Service Association

The government’s cavalier attitude towards mental health must stop, the PSA says - after National’s much-vaunted Kaikoura relief package fell far short of what the quake-hit region needs. More >>

Nail Salon prosecuted for disregarding health and safety

Monday, 20 February 2017, 1:34 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Worksafe says companies that disregard the health and safety of workers and customers should expect they’ll be held to account. More >>

Air ambulance services centralised

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:37 am | St John

A two-year long trial to centralise the co-ordination and dispatch of national air ambulance helicopter services will get underway today. More >>

Social perception in mild cognitive impairment

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:20 am | University of Waikato

As the population of older people increases, so too does the prevalence of dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a relatively new concept which identifies people who are at a risk of developing dementia. More >>

Update on NZRDA and DHB bargaining

Friday, 17 February 2017, 5:02 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

New Zealand’s Resident Doctors have been in negotiation for the renewal of the MECA (Multi Employer Collective Employment Agreement) for over a year now, with the key issue having been safer rosters for Resident Doctors. The MECA expired in February ... More >>

Food marketing review ignores advice from 77 experts

Friday, 17 February 2017, 1:23 pm | University of Auckland

Government regulation is needed to reduce the advertising industry’s marketing of unhealthy foods to children and young people, according to 77 of New Zealand’s leading health professors. More >>

Unhealthy food choices pushed to youngsters on websites

Friday, 17 February 2017, 1:22 pm | University of Auckland

Many food websites are using sophisticated marketing to target and engage children and adolescents to market unhealthy food choices. More >>

NZ Abridged Period Life Table: 2014–16 (provisional)

Friday, 17 February 2017, 12:38 pm | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand abridged period life tables for the total New Zealand male and female populations indicate the trends in life expectancy between the construction of New Zealand complete period life tables . See New Zealand Abridged Period Life Table: ... More >>

International drug expert visiting Wellington

Friday, 17 February 2017, 11:54 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

An international expert in cannabis and other drugs’ effects on the brain will be speaking in Wellington next week. More >>

Northland Caregivers Ask For More Help On FASD

Friday, 17 February 2017, 11:01 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland families and caregivers struggling to cope with young people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) gathered this week at Barge Showgrounds in Whangarei to learn more about the disorder, share their experiences, and call for ... More >>

Vitamin D supplements may protect against the flu and a cold

Friday, 17 February 2017, 10:45 am | University of Otago

Taking vitamin D supplements can lower your risk of acute respiratory infections such as influenza or the common cold, latest research shows. More >>

Family responds to 'report' into Nicky Stevens' death

Friday, 17 February 2017, 9:42 am | David Macpherson

The family of Nicky Stevens, the 21-year-old man who died in March 2015 while under the legal care of the DHB, have expressed outrage at the DHB’s official ‘report’ claiming Nicky’s care “ whilst in Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre was of a good ... More >>

New fathers can get new baby depression too

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:27 pm | University of Auckland

EMBARGOED TO 5am NZT Thursday 16 February 2017 New fathers can get new baby depression too Depression symptoms among men before and after the birth of their children were identified by recent research from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Longitudinal ... More >>

New app for pregnant women

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:14 pm | University of Waikato

Pregnancy is a time of continuous change – not just physical, but social, emotional, and psychological. More >>

Vitamin D supplements can help kiwi children

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 2:39 pm | University of Auckland

Media Release - University of Auckland - 16 February 2017 New Zealand children can benefit from vitamin D supplements that protect against acute respiratory infections, according to a new study. More >>

Bush fire smoke a trigger for asthmatics

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:56 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ urges those with asthma and respiratory conditions in the Christchurch area to be prepared – as bush fire smoke can trigger asthma attacks, allergies and shortness of breath. More >>

Health alert – Smoke from the fires

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:09 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

With the fires continuing across Canterbury today, Canterbury DHB is reminding people to phone their GP team first for #carearoundtheclock if they experience any respiratory issues or concerns. More >>

Children spending almost 35h/week on electronic devices

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 11:08 am | SpecSavers

Almost one in five New Zealand children spend the equivalent of a full time job (up to 35 hours) per week staring at screens, reveals new research from Specsavers. More >>

5+ A Day launches new interactive education website

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 10:46 am | Five plus a day

A new interactive website makes it even easier for educators to help children learn about healthy eating. More >>

Legislation will save lives for people with severe addiction

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:57 am | Salvation Army

Legislation streamlining the process for people who need it to receive compulsory treatment for severe addiction was passed in Parliament tonight. The Substance Addiction Act (2017) will replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act (1966) and treatment ... More >>

Wintec launches OET for int'l healthcare professionals

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:36 am | Wintec

Wintec is now an official testing venue for an English language test designed to support healthcare professionals in gaining professional registration and employment. More >>

Increased Access to Oral Contraceptives – Great News

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 4:00 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (The Society) is delighted with the announcement that selected oral contraceptives are to be reclassified to permit pharmacist supply in certain circumstances. More >>

Andrew Connolly re-elected chairperson of Medical Council

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:05 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Mr Andrew Connolly was yesterday again re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand. More >>

Rare Disease Day 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2:54 pm | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

The last day in February is fast approaching, and the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) is once again gearing up to celebrate Rare Diseases Day 2017. This special day is dedicated to raising awareness about the many New Zealanders ... More >>

Guild welcomes reclassification of oral contraceptive

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:33 pm | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) recommendation to reclassify selected oral contraceptives as restricted medicines, allowing trained pharmacists to dispense repeat supplies of oral contraceptives ... More >>

Home and Community Support Services offered to more clients

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:56 am | Geneva Healthcare

Geneva Healthcare now offers its Home and Community Support Services to more clients in the lower North Island, enabling the wider community to live their best lives. More >>

Health Concerns Around BYOD Being Ignored

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 10:41 am | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that increasing pressure on students to provide their own computers at school ( BYOD – Bring Your Own Device ) is placing families under financial pressure, but also of greater concern is the ignoring of health concerns around excessive ... More >>

A Day at the Theme Park Gets the Heart Pumping

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 9:25 am | Rainbow's End

According to an experiment conducted by Rainbow’s End this month, half a day at the theme park could burn 1200 calories, the equivalent of 4.5 McDonald’s cheeseburgers, or 171 fries. More >>

Kiwi babies & children benefit from dental patnership

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 4:52 pm | Colgate

Seven month old CJ Ringrose may not yet have his first tooth, but West Auckland Mum Vicky Ringrose is all set on how to care for his precious baby teeth thanks to a Colgate partnership with Plunket in association with the New Zealand Dental Association ... More >>

How to get at-risk families out of “ministerial boxes”

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 4:25 pm | Massey University

Is a “wraparound” model the answer for New Zealand’s at-risk families? A Massey University psychologist and family violence expert says the holistic, collaborative approach to delivering social services is effective in bringing about long-term change, ... More >>

Advancing consumer health through responsible self-care

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

February 14, 2017 – Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), applauds a breakthrough recommendation by Medsafe’s Medicine Classifications Committee (MCC) to change the classification of certain ... More >>

Planet earth and human health

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 1:17 pm | University of Auckland

A better understanding of the close relationship between the life-support systems of our planet with human health and disease, is the focus of a new book by pioneering Australian epidemiologist, Tony McMichael. More >>

Way clear for Pharmacists to dispense oral contraception

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:22 pm | Ministry of Health

A recommendation to allow selected oral contraceptives to be supplied by pharmacists, in certain circumstances, has been given the green light. More >>

Access to selected oral contraceptives in pharmacy

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:20 pm | Green Cross Health

A positive recommendation by the Medicines Classification Committee to the Minister of Health signals an end to a three-year process to have selected oral contraceptives made available to women by their pharmacist. More >>

Reassess resources for mental health services, says NZAC

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:59 am | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Reassessing New Zealand’s mental health services from the ground up may alleviate increasing demand, says NZ Association of Counsellors Bev Weber. More >>

All NZ mental health facilities need upgrade

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 9:34 am | PSA

Mental health facilities across the country all need urgent assessment to ensure they’re safe for clients - and for staff, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says. More >>

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:34 pm | Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) held their first meeting for 2017 on Monday 30 January in Christchurch. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild’s Chief Executive responsible for organising CPLF meetings. More >>

Canterbury DHB CEO Update - Monday 13 February

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:30 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

In this week’s CEO Update, chief executive David Meates reflects on what has been achieved in the past six years since the February 2011 quakes. More >>

Ice baths no good for muscle recovery

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:02 pm | University of Auckland

New evidence suggests ice baths do nothing to help muscle recovery after exercise. More >>

New report shines light on economic impact of hearing loss

Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:07 pm | Life Unlimited

Hearing loss is a significant issue facing the New Zealand population with 880,350 people in New Zealand now living with some type of hearing loss. More >>

Study results show probiotic helps prevent rheumatic fever

Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:04 pm | BLIS Technologies

As the Government launches a new rheumatic fever awareness campaign this week, results from a recent European clinical trial show that the daily use of a Kiwi-developed oral probiotic, BLIS K12 TM, is associated with a significant and ongoing reduction ... More >>

Oral submission on voluntary euthanasia

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:58 pm | David Barber

Herewith the text of an oral submission I made to the Health Select Committee inquiry on voluntary euthanasia today, Monday, February 13 2017 More >>

Record $1.136b in health insurance claims paid in 2016

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:11 pm | Health Funds Association of NZ

Health insurers funded an additional $100 million in healthcare in 2016 as more Kiwis took out health cover, according to the latest figures from the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). More >>

23% increase in Tairawhiti First Specialist Assessments

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 13 February 2017 Media Statement 23% increase in Tairawhiti patients receiving First Specialist Assessments More >>

43% increase in Lakes First Specialist Assessments

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 13 February 2017 Media Statement 43% increase in Lakes patients receiving First Specialist Assessments More >>

Cold homes harm NZ youth health and schooling

Monday, 13 February 2017, 10:11 am | University of Otago

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that young people are experiencing increased health problems, stress, and adverse social effects from cold housing. More >>

Relief care minimum wage appeal in Supreme Court

Friday, 10 February 2017, 5:41 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 10 (BusinessDesk) - The Supreme Court today heard a former relief caregiver's appeal to be paid minimum wage as opposed to a flat fee, arguing there was a contract between relief carers and district health boards which meant they should be treated ... More >>

IHC joins the call for respite care overhaul

Friday, 10 February 2017, 5:37 pm | IHC

IHC joins the call for respite care overhaul saying respite is not about managing crises More >>

Science in crises: harnessing hype

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Lay the groundwork in peace time and be responsive and adaptable when the crisis is unfolding. More >>

$80,000 For Heart Kids NZ, Thanks to Bartercard Foundation

Friday, 10 February 2017, 3:53 pm | Bartercard

The Bartercard Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with Heart Kids NZ, the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), right through their life. More >>

Heart Kids announces new partnership with Bartercard

Friday, 10 February 2017, 3:48 pm | Heart Kids

Heart Kids announces an ingenious new partnership with Bartercard that will help thousands of kiwi families living with Congenital Heart Disease. More >>

App helps health professionals learn medical terms in Te Reo

Friday, 10 February 2017, 9:50 am | University of Otago

Learning Te Reo relevant to a health environment is now easy thanks to an innovative App and interactive game developed at the University of Otago, Christchurch. More >>


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