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Looking to the future this FASD Awareness Day

Friday, 6 September 2019, 8:34 am | Alcohol Healthwatch

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, Alcohol Healthwatch says women of child-bearing age in New Zealand need a more supportive environment to enable alcohol-free pregnancies. More >>

Let’s Talk Cancer Hui

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 4:04 pm | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB is hosting a Hui in Rawene on Tuesday 10 September with the aim to build bridges and engage with the community around cancer care and what a patient’s journey currently looks like in Northland. More >>

Measles case on Auckland to Melbourne flight

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 2:28 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a passenger travelling from Auckland to Melbourne. The person, a New Zealand citizen currently living in Australia, did not know they had measles at the time. More >>

Vietnam Veterans’ Health Focus at Lower Hutt Expo

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A health and wellbeing expo for Vietnam veterans and their whanau living in the lower North Island will be held in Lower Hutt on 19 October. More >>

Support and understanding of individuals with FASD

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 12:25 pm | FASD CAN Inc

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be in the spotlight this weekend when experts on FASD, parents, caregivers and professionals convene in Wellington to discuss the consequences of a diagnosis of FASD and approaches to assist those living with ... More >>

Lego Based Therapy - Places selling fast

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 10:39 am | Grow Ltd

LEGO-Based Therapy is an evidence based social skills programme for individuals on the autism spectrum. The programme was originally developed by Clinical Psychologist Daniel Le Goff (2004) in the United States. Past research has shown that school-aged ... More >>

Iron Campaign Survey Points To Worrying Trends

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 10:17 am | NZ Beef and Lamb

Following the conclusion of World Iron Awareness Week (26 August – 1 September), a quiz, conducted by Beef + Lamb New Zealand which received over 3,500 responses, pointed to worrying trends that many Kiwis are suffering from the symptoms often ... More >>

Studies Should Provoke A Nation-Wide Fluoridation Moratorium

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 10:14 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Critics of the fluoride-IQ study published this month in JAMA Pediatrics claimed it needed replication. However, the Canadian study by Green (2019) was already a replication of another U.S. government-funded study published in 2017 by Bashash, ... More >>

Measles cases rise to 821 in Auckland, nationally 991

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 3:06 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The total number of measles cases in Auckland is at 821 today, up from 812 cases yesterday. Of this, 567 cases are in Counties Manukau District Health Board, with 991 cases nationally. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes new CEO Selah Hart

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 1:47 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora will formally welcome Selah Hart into her new role as CEO on Friday 6th September. More >>

GPNZ Members map the organisation’s future

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 11:38 am | GPNZ

GPNZ’s strategic planning session last weekend saw members send a clear mandate to better support the development of Māori leadership within primary care. At the session in Napier, attended by 25 primary care leaders, it was acknowledged that ... More >>

Kiwis Turning to Dr. Google for Back Pain Remedies

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 11:32 am | Active Plus

However, rehab experts at Active+ say that many could be finding relief with some simple health and pain management strategies. More >>

Press pause and give 400,000 Kiwis time to speak

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 11:02 am | NZSTA

Kiwis are being encouraged to support the 400,000 people in New Zealand who have a communication disability, in a week-long campaign by the NZ Speech Language Therapy Association (NZSTA), called “Press Pause, Please Give Me Time To Talk”. With ... More >>

Measles case confirmed in Queenstown

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 7:31 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB/Public Health South is alerting Queenstown residents that they may have been exposed to measles. More >>

Interim Report Summary

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 4:00 pm | Health and Disability System Review Panel

The Health and Disability System Review Panel is today releasing its interim report, having delivered it to the Minister of Health last week, consistent with the timeline in its Terms of Reference (TOR). More >>

Measles in Northland

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 3:57 pm | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB urges parents to ensure their entire whānau are up to date with their Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations, with 34 cases of measles now confirmed in the region. More >>

Measles case on Auckland-Sydney-Auckland flights

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 3:00 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealander who flew between Auckland and Sydney late last month. The person did not know they had measles at the time. More >>

The Importance of Exercise for Men’s Health

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

New Zealand men live on average four years less than women, with Maori and Pacific men having even shorter expected life spans, with a 7 year shorter expectancy over non Maori. More >>

Sexual abuse prevention research wins award

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Psychological Society

University of Auckland psychologist, Dr Gwenda Willis, is this year’s recipient of the Hunter Award from the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS). More >>

Biggest NZ nationwide study has global impact

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 10:54 am | National Heart Foundation

The findings of a nationwide heart research project have been presented by New Zealand cardiologist, Professor Ralph Stewart, in Paris this morning (2.40am NZT). The controversial findings could change the way we treat heart attack patients here and overseas. More >>

The inaugural New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 10:26 am | Primary Healthcare Awards

It’s time for GPs, nurses, practice managers, pharmacists and friends of the primary healthcare industry to step up and be counted as heroes in our healthcare system. More >>

Measles outbreak - 963 cases nationally

Monday, 2 September 2019, 3:45 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The total number of measles cases in Auckland is at 804 today, up from 778 cases on Saturday. Of this, 556 cases are in Counties Manukau District Health Board, with 963 cases nationally. More >>

Cancer Action Plan

Monday, 2 September 2019, 3:36 pm | Action On Smoking And Health

ASH NZ, a leading organisation campaigning to eliminate the death and harm caused by tobacco, welcomes the Government’s Cancer Action Plan, released yesterday. More >>

Cancer agency welcomed but now the real work begins

Monday, 2 September 2019, 2:30 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand welcomes the Government’s announcement yesterday of a national control agency and a funding boost for Pharmac. More >>

Monitoring of woman in labour; resuscitation of infant

Monday, 2 September 2019, 2:21 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a self-employed midwife, a hospital employed midwife and a DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for the care provided ... More >>

Care of rest home resident after falls

Monday, 2 September 2019, 2:20 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding the owner of a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures relating to the care of a woman in her ... More >>

People with rare health conditions need equitable treatment

Monday, 2 September 2019, 2:13 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

Rare Disorders NZ (RDNZ) applauds the Government’s recent announcement on cancer care but is urging more action to support all New Zealanders with chronic health conditions. More >>

Prostate deaths can be reduced

Monday, 2 September 2019, 11:32 am | Doctors for Nutrition

The high numbers of New Zealand men dying from prostate cancer could be significantly reduced with a plant-based diet, according to a leading group of doctors. More >>

Mental health services must address family violence response

Monday, 2 September 2019, 8:35 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) is calling for mental health and addiction services to act as allies for family violence victims. The FVDRC is an independent committee that reviews and advises the Health Quality & Safety Commission ... More >>

Partnership is the key to better cancer outcomes for Māori

Monday, 2 September 2019, 8:05 am | Waikato District Health Board

Hei Āhuru Mōwai, the Māori Cancer Leadership Board, says achieving equitable cancer care for Māori is an urgent priority. Chair, Dr Nina Scott says that while the new National Cancer Plan is promising, the group believes that accelerated Maori partnership ... More >>

PHARMAC says more medicines on the way

Sunday, 1 September 2019, 3:47 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC says more medicines on the way PHARMAC has reached a deal with pharmaceutical companies for three new medicines to treat ovarian cancer, breast cancer and leukaemia. “The $60 million boost means we can make real inroads into funding medicines on ... More >>

Alarming inequality endangering lives of Kiwi men

Sunday, 1 September 2019, 11:48 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

The odds stacked against Kiwi men are increasing as the gap in testing, funding and treatment between men and women’s healthcare continues to widen, causing widespread concern amongst prostate cancer experts. The most recent available Ministry of Health ... More >>

Measles outbreak serious but majority need not worry

Saturday, 31 August 2019, 3:47 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland is experiencing a significant and ongoing outbreak of measles, with a total of 778 cases as of today, up from 759 yesterday. There have been 937 cases nationally this year. More >>

$2 Million to tackle heart health inequities

Saturday, 31 August 2019, 11:49 am | National Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge have joined forces to tackle inequities in health outcomes from cardiovascular disease among Māori and Pacific people. More >>

Fluoridation Safety Remains Intact

Saturday, 31 August 2019, 11:12 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

No one should worry about fluoridation, despite the alarming headlines stirred up by a new study from Canada, according to Making Sense of Fluoride. More >>

RANZCR launch world leading principles for AI in healthcare

Friday, 30 August 2019, 3:11 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), has become the first professional peak body to develop Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine , ensuring Australia and New Zealand are positioned to become leading ... More >>

Waikato hospital honours cancer patient’s legacy

Friday, 30 August 2019, 12:27 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Waikato Hospital’s Haematology and Oncology Ward hosted a special event on 29 August to honour the generosity of past patient Angela Sunkel who gave $100,000 to the ward through charity Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital very busy

Friday, 30 August 2019, 12:25 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

With spring carnival events getting underway across the region, health officials are reminding people to choose their health care wisely. More >>

New Orthopaedic Day Surgery Unit for Hawkes Bay

Friday, 30 August 2019, 11:57 am | Acurity Health Group

Hawkes Bay will be getting a new state of the art Orthopaedic Day Surgery Unit (ODSU) in Hastings. More >>

Doctors welcome Government’s lunch programme announcement

Friday, 30 August 2019, 11:54 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) welcomes the government's announcement of an initial pilot scheme to provide lunches for year 1-8 children in 30 schools from Term One 2020. More >>

New laboratory services contract a better deal

Friday, 30 August 2019, 11:28 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

A new laboratory service partnership officially launches today between Nelson Marlborough Health, Southern DHB and Nelson Marlborough DHBs and Southern Community Laboratories (SCL). More >>

Let’s keep measles out of the Top of the South

Friday, 30 August 2019, 10:54 am | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

While increasing numbers of people are hospitalised with measles in Auckland, and the more cases are confirmed in South Island cities, the disease has not yet been confirmed in any Nelson, Tasman or Marlborough residents. More >>

Behind the Cancer Headlines

Friday, 30 August 2019, 8:11 am | Cancer Society

Behind the headlines about a cancer crisis and the Government being pressed to overcome cancer inequality in New Zealand, a growing number of New Zealanders are reliant on the support services provided free by organisations like the Cancer Society. More >>

Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 4:19 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a passenger with measles travelling from Samoa to Auckland. The person did not know they had measles at the time. More >>

“Off-line” ambulances sign of staffing crisis

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 4:17 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The dangerous practice of keeping patients waiting in ambulances for up to two hours is another sign of a system in crisis due to workforce shortages, says Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Executive Director Ian Powell. More >>

Measles warning new confirmed cases in the Waikato

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 3:41 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The Medical Officer of Health has been notified of three new confirmed cases of measles in the Waikato region in the last two weeks, some linked to South Auckland. More >>

Patients suffer while workforce shortages are ignored

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 8:26 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Turning away patients with serious and painful gynaecological conditions is the sad legacy of successive governments’ collective failure to address the crisis in specialist staffing, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Executive Director Ian ... More >>

Patient Voice Aotearoa calls for Pharmac reform

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 5:08 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa (PVA) has launched a petition calling for the Minister of Health to initiate an external reform of Pharmac and to double the agency’s budget immediately, with a plan to triple its budget over the next two years in order to ... More >>

Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku calls for focus on health equity

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 5:02 pm | College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in New Zealand has called for commitment and action to ensure health policies focus on equitable and better outcomes for all women across the country. More >>

Ensure you and your family are protected from measles

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 2:17 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A serious measles outbreak in Auckland has prompted the local Medical Officer of Health for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts to urge local residents to check that they are up to date with their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation ... More >>

Waitematā develops Digital Academy

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 11:43 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitematā DHB has developed a Digital Academy to train its clinical IT leaders of the future. More >>

New Zealand’s suicide data a sobering reminder

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 9:04 am | ACEM

New Zealand’s annual provisional suicide data is a tragic and sobering reality check of the mental health challenges facing individuals, families and communities and it highlights how our existing systems are not always meeting people’s needs, ... More >>

True impact masked by suicide statistics

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 5:17 pm | Victim Support

Karen McLeay, Acting Chief Executive for Victim Support, says the true impacts of New Zealand’s growing suicide numbers run much deeper than today’s suicide statistics show. More >>

New Possibilities for Young People with Disabilities

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 3:01 pm | Disability Connect

Today people with disabilities are living longer and in many cases better lives, thanks to a significant global push to ensure no one is left behind, advances in healthcare and improved technology and equipment. More >>

Emergency doctors urge DHBs, Minister to commit to action

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 12:06 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Emergency doctors urge DHBs, Minister to commit to action to address crisis in overcrowding in EDs More >>

New app will help combat antibiotic resistance challenges

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 10:40 am | Starship Hospital

Starship has developed an app to make prescribing antibiotics for children smarter and more efficient for paediatricians, as antibiotics resistance becomes an increasingly global challenge. More >>

Making Space for Spacers - ARFNZ

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 10:20 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) are pleased to announce a new initiative to distribute free spacers for use with respiratory inhalers to regional asthma societies and organisations across New Zealand. More >>

Suicide rates unacceptably high – mortality review committee

Monday, 26 August 2019, 6:54 pm | SuMRC

The provisional rates of suicide released today continue to raise serious concerns for the Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SuMRC). The SuMRC is an independent committee that reviews and advises the Health Quality & Safety Commission on how to reduce ... More >>

Urgent action needed to address rise in suicide for Pacifica

Monday, 26 August 2019, 5:37 pm | Le Va

Today the Chief Coroner’s release of provisional suicide statistics showing 685 people died by suspected suicide in the last year, also showed a disproportionate increase in Māori and Pasifika deaths. More >>

One life lost is one too many

Monday, 26 August 2019, 4:46 pm | Te Rau Ora

The Chief Coroners Report on provisional suicide rates was released today sadly highlighting 685 people lost to whānau and friends in Aotearoa, within the year. From the data, Māori had a standardised death rate of 28.23 deaths per 100,000 persons compared ... More >>



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