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Ceremony reaffirms partnership promoting Māori health

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:47 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A longstanding partnership promoting Māori health across the Bay of Plenty has been reaffirmed in an official ceremony. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the continuing spirit of the relationship between the Bay of Plenty District Health ... More >>

We Need to Talk to You About Our Gums, Tums And Bums

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:44 pm | Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand today called for kiwis to start talking about their stomach and bottom issues, to promote better understanding of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) to mark World IBD day on May 19. More >>

19th May is designated World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:13 pm | NZ Society of Gastroentorology

In New Zealand there are approximately 20,000 people living with Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis: almost 1 in 225 people. This group of conditions is called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Studies originally from Canterbury and confirmed ... More >>

Patient wifi available at Grey Base

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 12:18 pm | West Coast DHB

Free public wifi internet access is now available in parts of the Grey Base Hospital. More >>

Speaker Announced for Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:48 am | Lecretia's Choice

Professor Doug Sellman has been named as this year’s speaker for the annual Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture in Law Reform. Professor Sellman will discuss the consequences and effects of the government’s Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012, in a lecture ... More >>

Hon. Winston Peters & the Natural Health Products Bill

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:45 am | Guy Hatchard

In a press release yesterday, our local MP in Northland Winston Peters, leader of the NZ First Party and former Deputy Prime Minister has asked that the Natural Health Products Bill be scrapped. This Bill would have a huge effect on the availability ... More >>

New measles case confirmed

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:44 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has been notified of a new case of measles from recent travel overseas, and requests people watch for symptoms of measles if they have been to the following public places at the same times as the infected person. More >>

DHB being pushed into funding deal

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:17 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government is trying to force a public ‘private’ partnership on the West Coast District Health Board that would take money away from patient care and hand it to third party investors,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

13 Reasons How We Can Help Young People Survive and Thrive

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:03 am | Lynne Holdem

“Let 13 Reasons Why turn to 13 Reasons How to make a difference to the wellbeing of our young people. These could be made a priority in Election Year. We could make a big change in the terrible statistics of youth suicides in New Zealand and to the ... More >>

13 reasons why we need an independent Mental Health Inquiry

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:53 am | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

Some people have said that they know exactly what is wrong with the system.They think that a national inquiry into mental health will be waste of time and money. I truly disagree. If they knew what was wrong they would have fixed it by now. Nobody has ... More >>

Extra emergency ambulance resources will help rural NZ

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:25 am | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

Emergency ambulance crews are under greater pressure in remote areas of New Zealand as ambulance staff should provide more robust emergency response services, a rural health leader says. More >>

Report: Childhood poverty linked to mental health problems

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:30 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) have long been concerned with the impact of poverty on children’s health. The combined effects of inadequate family incomes, high living costs and poor housing conditions ... More >>

Reopening of new and most advanced imaging facility

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:22 am | Siemens Healthineers

Rebuild delivers latest medical innovations including the country’s most advanced Siemens CT scanner and first fully robotic X-ray system, as part of ongoing efforts to restore Christchurch More >>

13 reasons why we need an independent Mental Health Inquiry

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 5:31 pm | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

Some people have said that they know exactly what is wrong with the system.They think that a national inquiry into mental health will be waste of time and money. I truly disagree. If they knew what was wrong they would have fixed it by now. Nobody has ... More >>

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists debunk myths about flu vaccine

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:57 pm | Green Cross Health

Fact vs. Fiction – doctors, nurses and pharmacists debunk myths about flu vaccine 17 May 2017, AUCKLAND, NZ: Health experts are calling for people to ignore common misconceptions about the flu vaccine in an effort to reduce the number of New Zealanders ... More >>

Fundraising walks launch research initiative for MND

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:10 pm | MND New Zealand

The launch comes just eight months after 4000 participants in 14 fundraising walks all over New Zealand raised the funds to establish the Registry. More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at capacity

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 3:32 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay Hospital is at capacity, and unless it’s an emergency, people are asked to seek medical care from their family doctor, medical centre, pharmacy or to call Healthline. More >>

New suicide prevention resource

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 3:08 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is proud to share its newest resource, Having Suicidal Thoughts and Finding a Way Back. More >>

Increase in missed appointments concerns DHB

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 3:00 pm | West Coast District Health

While some progress has been made with improvements to its processes, the West Coast DHB would still like to understand why some patients do not turn up for appointments. More >>

NZ Red Cross nurses awarded highest international honour

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2:54 pm | NZ Red Cross

17 May 2017 New Zealand Red Cross nurses awarded highest international honour Three New Zealand nurses have been awarded the highest international nursing distinction, the Florence Nightingale Medal, for their work in war zones and during the Ebola ... More >>

NZNO call for an update of Aged Care Standards

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Two recent NZNO member surveys back up the AUT findings in their Aged Care Workforce Survey 2016 that time to care is being rationed due to underfunding. Members are reporting that this is causing them distress and increasing job stress. More >>

Job stresses put pressure on aged care workforce

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:05 pm | Auckland University of Technology

Staff in the aged care sector are stressed, struggling with work hours and aren’t feeling financially rewarded for their efforts. More >>

Students spread safety message about preventing child falls

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:52 am | University of Waikato

Kids falling off the monkey bars at school is often seen as part of growing up. But some child falls can lead to serious head or spinal injuries, or even be fatal. More >>

Growing antimicrobial resistance a major health issue for NZ

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:42 am | Royal Society Of New Zealand

New Zealand is in no way insulated from the global growth in antimicrobial resistance that is predicted to kill more than 10 million people worldwide every year by 2050 and to have major impacts on animal health, warns Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

Improving health literacy: It's everyone's business

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:41 pm | NZMA

Improving health literacy: It's everyone's business The New Zealand Medical Association today releases a policy briefing on Improving Health Literacy that seeks to promote a shared understanding of what health literacy means, why it is important, and what ... More >>

Honouring three exceptional NZ Nurses

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO is proud to congratulate its members, Mrs Gail Ann Corbett, Ms Guru Dev Kaur Singh and Ms Barbara Fay Turnbull on their Florence Nightingale Medal awarded on Friday 12 May, International Nurses’ Day. The highly regarded international award ... More >>

Collaboration to extend product pipeline

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 1:31 pm | Living Cell Technologies

16 May 2017 – Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies Limited has initiated a research collaboration with the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the University of Auckland. The research collaboration will explore how ... More >>

Drop in Teen Pregnancies Reason to Celebrate

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:13 pm | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ is welcoming the latest statistics showing that the teenage fertility rate has halved since 2008. In 2016, the rate was 16 births per 1,000 women aged 15–19 years – half the 2008 rate of 33. And well down from the peak of 69 per ... More >>

Self-care for nurses a must

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:43 am | Massey University

Recent media on wellbeing, and health and safety in the workplace has highlighted the need to acknowledge and address unhealthy stress and the potential for emotional exhaustion in the nursing workforce, according to mental health researcher Dr Stacey ... More >>

Teen birth rate halves since 2008

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:02 am | Statistics New Zealand

The teen birth rate has dropped each year since 2008, Stats NZ said today. In 2016, the rate was 16 births per 1,000 women aged 15–19 years – half the 2008 rate of 33. More >>

Campaign urges people to Share a moment, give a moment

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:57 am | Hospice North Shore

Four Hospices across North and West Auckland are working together this Hospice Awareness Week (15-21 May) to urge New Zealanders to Live Every Moment. More >>

Ambulance funding announcement a good first step, not enough

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:52 am | Paramedics Australasia

The professional body representing paramedics in New Zealand congratulates the government on making a first step towards full funding of ambulance services with its announcement to fund St John an additional $59.2 million dollars to achieve double crewing by ... More >>

Campaign for men’s mental health to travel nationwide

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:39 am | MindfulnessNZ

Clinical Psychologist Sam O’Sullivan is hitting the road with fellow MindfulnessNZ creatives Elle Hocking, Phillip(e) Menoita, and Dane Scott to have a conversation with Kiwi men nationwide about mindfulness as a tool for good mental health. More >>

How Exercise Can Support You With Your Sport

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:35 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It’s not quite winter yet, but your exercise and fitness reparation should be well under way for winter sports, with the associated physical demands, as well as managing the inclement conditions. Whether you are a competitive sports person, a weekend ... More >>

Mental health teams within GP practices a promising start

Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

The Labour Party’s promise to invest $43 million in areas of high demand for mental health services is being welcomed by the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC), albeit cautiously. More >>

Living every moment when you’re dying

Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:37 pm | Hospice NZ

Living every moment when you’re dying “People sometimes say that when you’re diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, it’s like holding a giant magnifying glass up to your life”, says Mary Schumacher, Chief Executive of Hospice New Zealand. ... More >>

PHARMAC budget increase welcome news for Pharma

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:34 pm | Dr George Laking

Trade Minister Todd McClay has said, correctly, that the legislation implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will not come into force unless and until the agreement does. On its face, the government’s move today to ratify the ... More >>

Taking a novel approach to vaccine development

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:22 pm | Massey University

Vaccination is the most effective way to control infectious diseases, and has reduced or eradicated numerous diseases in both humans and animals. However, despite this success, there is a growing need for new and innovative vaccines to combat old and ... More >>

DHB focused on improving mental health outcomes

Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:03 am | West Coast District Health

Board members today heard how the West Coast DHB intends to improve mental health outcomes for Coasters. More >>

St John welcomes Government funding boost

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:44 am | St John

St John welcomes today’s news that more than $100 million will be included in this year’s budget to provide double crewing of all emergency ambulance responses over the next four years. More >>

Navilluso recognised for outstanding hi-tech health services

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:43 pm | Make Lemonade

Navilluso recognised for outstanding hi-tech health services May 13, 2017 One of New Zealand’s leading Maori health companies, Navilluso, has again been recognised for its enormous work helping people’s health all over New Zealand. Navilluso last ... More >>

New heart health monitor reveals worrying global obesity

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:41 pm | World Heart Federation

Friday 12 May 2017 New heart health monitor reveals worrying global obesity trends - Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30-70 die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) but this must be reduced by 25% by 2025 - World Heart Federation’s new heart health monitor ... More >>

Ten more human senses may hold key to better outcomes

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:14 pm | Joint Press Release

Ten more human senses may hold key to better patient outcomes Doctors and health professionals could improve their patients’ experiences by focusing on another 10 senses in addition to sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, a leading British ... More >>

Study explores benefits of fit and healthy doctors

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:13 pm | Joint Press Release

Study explores benefits of fit and healthy doctors on their patients Doctors and medical specialists have a responsibility to “walk the talk” when it comes to being fit and healthy role models for their patients, according to a snapshot of ... More >>

False hope driving claims medicinal cannabis is magic pill

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:12 pm | Joint Press Release

‘’False hope’’ driving claims medicinal cannabis is ‘’magic pill’’ for chronic pain relief Prescribing medicinal cannabis for patients with chronic non-cancer pain is not going to revolutionise their treatment and should not be supported ... More >>

Changing the face of cancer care for young people

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:00 pm | CanTeen

A new Standards of Care to improve the survival rates of young people with cancer in New Zealand has been announced in Auckland today. More >>

New report: Child poverty and mental health

Friday, 12 May 2017, 2:07 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the New Zealand Psychological Society warmly invite you to attend the report launch of Child poverty and mental health: A literature review at the Auckland City Mission on Thursday 18 May, 2017 at 10:30am. More >>

Searching for a solution to severe, distressing period pain

Friday, 12 May 2017, 1:36 pm | ANZCA

Exploring why one in five teenage girls experience severe period pain is the focus of ground-breaking Australian research. More >>

Three Words I Never Thought I’d Say: “I Have Cancer”

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:50 pm | Kylie Haack

Yep, you know the dreaded c-bomb? I’ve got it. And I’m just 31-years-old. Surprised? So was I. More >>

Improvements to healthcare needed to manage multimorbidity

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:47 am | University of Otago

Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health ... More >>

Life Matters petition opens the Parliament's door

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:40 am | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

Life Matters has delivered a petition with 1,740 handcollected signatures to Parliament requesting an inquiry into Mental Health services. More >>

Hot water temporarily affected, Wellington Regional Hospital

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:29 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A fault with a boiler overnight has resulted in a temporary drop in hot water temperature at Wellington Regional Hospital. More >>

Support for suicide loss in New Zealand

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:54 am | Mental Health Foundation

After losing her husband to suicide Tauranga social worker Megan Gamble was left grieving, hurt and alone. She says her family coped with his death by sweeping it under the carpet and preferred not to speak about him. Sadly, many people who are ... More >>

DHB laundry services to change

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:38 am | West Coast District Health

The West Coast DHB has confirmed that no staff will lose their jobs immediately as a result of the recent Laundry Service change proposal. More >>

Acknowledging the significant contribution of nurses

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:16 am | Immunisation Advisory Centre

May 12th is International Nurses Day. The Immunisation Advisory Centre wants to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution that nurses from all walks of life make to both patients and our communities, and thank them for all their ... More >>

Petition Requesting Perinatal Depression Funding

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:03 am | Maternal Care Action Group - MCAGNZ

Maternal Care Action Group (MCAGNZ), spokeswoman Kristina Paterson is delivering a petition on the steps of parliament at 2:30pm today for Mother’s Day (May 14th) requesting funding for new mothers to receive help for anxiety or depression. More >>

Research led to breakthrough for recovery

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:57 pm | University of Canterbury

A set of psychiatric scales designed to measure mental health difficulties experienced by severely maltreated children is creating new possibilities for treatment and support around the world. More >>

Sky Tower lights red for $1m raised for Stair Challenge

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:23 pm | SKYCITY

The Sky Tower lit red as 900 firefighters across the country smashed the $1 million mark in their fundraising for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge this Saturday. More >>

Statement re: Hospital secure smoking areas

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 3:54 pm | Family of Nicky Stevens

The family of Nicky Stevens believe deceased Palmerston North Hospital mental health unit patient Chelsea Brunton would almost certainly be alive today had the management of Palmerston North Hospital agreed to a 2015 request to keep the secure outdoor ... More >>

Nurses Day 12 May – a voice to lead

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Celebrated on 12 May, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birth, International Nurses Day (IND) is a global event held each year in recognition of nurses’ invaluable work. More >>



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