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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week with music

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:45 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Music will fill the Palmerston North Hospital entrance this week as mental health and wellbeing becomes a focus for MidCentral District Health Board. More >>

Let’s focus on Māori wellbeing and solutions

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:44 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Kaumātua and Māori cultural advisor Wi Keelan says Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today (Monday 8 October), provides an opportunity to focus on the positive aspects of Māori wellbeing. More >>

Rural dwellers less likely to talk to health professionals

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:19 am | One Plus One

A recent survey has found that 70 percent of rural New Zealanders have felt more stress over the last five years. The State of the Rural Nation Survey, conducted by Bayer New Zealand and Country TV, asked participants several questions regarding ... More >>

Time to reflect on 1918 influenza pandemic

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:56 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

One hundred years ago the influenza pandemic killed an estimated 9000 New Zealanders during this country’s largest public health crisis, says Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief historian Neill Atkinson. “The majority of deaths ... More >>

Carterton Good Yarn workshop builds confidence

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:48 am | Young Farmers

Greytown dairy farmer Rachel Gardner is encouraging other young people to talk about mental health. More >>

New funding secured for arthritis treatment programme at Ara

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:36 am | Ara Institute

There are over 140 different types of arthritis, which can have significant impact on quality of life. However, participants of the Mobility Action Programme (MAP), run through Ara Institute of Canterbury’s specialist sports facility The Zone, ... More >>

Record number celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:14 am | Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) starts today and thousands of New Zealanders are celebrating. More >>

NZDF To Hold Runway Walk/Run at Whenuapai

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:35 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Mental Health Awareness Week will be marked at New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) camps and bases around the country next week, with a focus on this year’s theme of connecting with nature. More >>

More than half of mental disorders begin in teenage years

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:28 pm | Auckland University of Technology

Youth mental health has been recognised as a priority in New Zealand, but more needs to be done to enhance the wellbeing of young people and reverse escalating suicide rates, according to Professor Max Abbott at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). More >>

Measles Alert for West Auckland

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:25 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (APRHS) has been notified of a possible case of measles at Kelston Boys’ High School, and is advising anyone who has visited the school between 20th - 25th September to be aware and watch for symptoms. More >>

Auckland clinical trials get a much-needed boost

Friday, 5 October 2018, 2:02 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is providing a boost to breast cancer clinical trials at Auckland City Hospital, funding trainee oncologist Dr Edmond Ang in the new role of BCFNZ Clinical Trials Fellow. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has committed $160,000 ... More >>

Struggling to find health information for young people?

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:47 pm | WellSouth

Struggling to find credible and trustworthy health information for young people? Visit: To increase access to high quality health information for our children and young people, WellSouth Primary Health Network is pleased to ... More >>

Study could yield benefits for chronic pain sufferers

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:50 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Acknowledging that people are experiencing persistent and chronic pain can significantly improve their outlook and ability to manage their condition. More >>

Research reveals diagnosis delays for bowel cancer

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:26 am | University of Otago

There are often delays in diagnosis for New Zealanders with bowel cancer with people aged under 60, Māori and those with less formal education most at risk, new research reveals. More >>

A research first for bowel cancer in New Zealand

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:05 am | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

A Bowel Cancer New Zealand funded study ‘ New Zealanders’ experiences and pathways to a diagnosis of bowel cancer: a cross-sectional descriptive study of a younger cohort’ is the first to present bowel cancer patients’ perspectives and experiences ... More >>

Alcohol still impacting ED despite legislation

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:04 am | University of Otago

Numbers of alcohol-impaired and injured people coming to Christchurch’s emergency department (ED) remained the same between 2013 and 2107 despite legislation aimed at reducing harm, new research shows. More >>

Te Kaha GP’s work with trainee doctors recognised

Friday, 5 October 2018, 9:49 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

An Eastern Bay GP who goes above and beyond to train the next generation of doctors has been recognised with a prestigious award. More >>

Te Rau Matatini Advocating for the Māori Voice

Friday, 5 October 2018, 9:24 am | Te Rau Matatini

Whilst groups across New Zealand prepare for Mental Health Awareness Week (8–14 October 2018), many people are awaiting in anticipation the release of the Government’s Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Report and its key findings. More >>

Health care homes early evidence in Wellington

Friday, 5 October 2018, 8:59 am | Productivity Commission

Early evidence suggests a team-based primary health care practice model can reduce emergency department admissions to hospitals. More >>

Antenatal scans save heart disease babies’ lives

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:04 pm | University of Auckland

Babies with life-threatening but treatable heart disease are more likely to survive if the disease is picked up before birth a new study shows – but researchers say too few pregnant women in Aotearoa New Zealand receive an antenatal diagnosis. More >>

Stacey Morrison urges Māori women to sign up

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:00 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ ambassador Stacey Morrison has just had her first free mammogram with BreastScreen Aotearoa. Now, she’s urging Kiwi women – especially Māori – to enrol for free breast screening this October. More >>

Paralympians looking for technology breakthroughs

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:36 pm | Toyota New Zealand

Paralympians are hoping a global Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge will crack a technology breakthrough to improve their competition lives and the quality of life for all people with a disability. More >>

Conference to tackle global issues

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:33 pm | Health Promotion Forum

A global conference that will showcase “state-of-the-art” practice, research and theory in health promotion will be held in Rotorua from April 7 to 11 next year. More >>

CXIO network gains ground in Australia

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:00 pm |

Australia’s Chief X Information Officer Network has more than 160 members and a thriving online forum, the chief executive of the Health Informatics Society of Australia says. Louise Schaper will present at the 2018 HiNZ conference in Wellington on 21–23 ... More >>

New hope for diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 1:19 pm | University of Auckland

Debilitating and common digestive disorders that can take years to diagnose and are hard to treat are the target of new research from Dr Tim Angeli at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) at the University of Auckland. More >>

Avoiding a Legionnaires’ Spring Spike

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:45 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury’s gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost to avoid repeating the spike in Legionnaires’ cases that occurred in spring 2017. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says 24 Cantabrians were ... More >>

Child, family immigration detention is health emergency

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:44 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) stands with The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australian Medical Association, and 180 other organisations in calls to end the practices of children and their families being held in offshore ... More >>

Poll: 68% want binding referendum on medical aid in dying

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 12:18 pm | Horizon Research Limited

The result overwhelmingly supports a New Zealand First proposal to hold a referendum, which will determine if its MPs support the End of Life Choice Bill. The referendum would be held if the bill passes in Parliament but before it is given Royal assent ... More >>

Communities connect with Mātauranga Māori

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:26 am | Hapai Te Hauora

From waka ama to māra kai and Māori movement, Māori workshops are being held this Mental Health Awareness Week to promote positive community wellbeing. More >>

Education for menstrual periods needed at primary school

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:19 am | University of Otago

Primary school is the correct place to educate girls about periods and provide sanitary bins and pads, say University of Otago researchers. More >>

Dedicated nurses recruited to reduce pressure injuries

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:40 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board has recruited the first group of Pressure Injury Prevention Link Nurses, as part of a broader strategy funded by the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) to reduce the incidence and severity of pressure injuries across ... More >>

Lack of exercise putting pressure on Kiwis’ health

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 1:04 pm | Make Lemonade

Lack of exercise is putting pressure on the health of many Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. More >>

'Breathe Better September 2018' wraps up

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:52 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Breathe Better September 2018, New Zealand's respiratory awareness month organised by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, has now reached its finale. The campaign shed a light on New Zealand's alarming respiratory statistics, while encouraging ... More >>

New Heart Foundation evidence review on whole grains

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:39 am | National Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation’s new Whole grains and the heart evidence paper confirms that eating whole grain foods can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 30%. More >>

Older people encouraged to consider medical tests

Monday, 1 October 2018, 9:32 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

Medical colleges are urging older people to consider whether they really need that test, treatment or procedure, on International Day of Older Persons. More >>

PHARMAC must fund breakthrough treatment

Monday, 1 October 2018, 9:15 am | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

Cystic Fibrosis NZ and Kalydeco for Kiwis have launched a joint campaign urging PHARMAC to fund the cystic fibrosis treatment Kalydeco. More >>

Have you done an advance care plan?

Monday, 1 October 2018, 9:04 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Planning for her future care was the last thing on Wendy Betteridge’s mind, until a cardiac arrest 18 months ago forced her to change her thinking. More >>

AA moves to support Kiwis suffering hearing loss

Monday, 1 October 2018, 8:49 am | Automobile Association

The AA has rolled out free hearing consultations to its more than a million Personal Members in a move it hopes will see more Kiwis get the support they need in dealing with hearing loss. A report commissioned by the National Foundation for the Deaf ... More >>

High unmet need for dental care among Syrian refugees

Sunday, 30 September 2018, 1:01 pm | University of Otago

High unmet need for dental care among Syrian refugees, Otago research shows High unmet need for dental care is causing pain, embarrassment, worry and reducing quality of life among Syrian refugees, new University of Otago research shows. The research, ... More >>

Dyslexia Awareness Week 1-7 October 2018

Friday, 28 September 2018, 4:01 pm | Speld

Aidan Milner is one of the lucky ones. He has severe dyslexia and dyscalculia – massive struggles with reading, writing and maths. Yet he has managed to graduate with a Masters Degree in Geology and now works as an engineering geologist – a ... More >>

Heart Foundation encourages Kiwis to make a promise

Friday, 28 September 2018, 2:38 pm | The Heart Foundation

Heart Foundation encourages Kiwis to make a promise for heart health on World Heart Day More >>

Quantifying the disease burden of alcohol’s harm to others

Friday, 28 September 2018, 9:44 am | Massey University

Professor Sally Casswell from Massey University’s SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre has been awarded nearly $1 million in funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, to investigate what is known as the “second hand” harm of alcohol. More >>

First cancer patient marks centre’s one-year anniversary

Friday, 28 September 2018, 9:38 am | Icon

First cancer patient marks centre’s one-year anniversary WELLINGTON, Thursday 27th September 2018 – This month the Bowen Icon Cancer Centre celebrates a year of delivering quality cancer care in New Zealand. Since opening in 2017, the state-of-the-art ... More >>

Dunedin focussing on the five ways to wellbeing

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 5:21 pm | WellSouth

Mental Health is everyone’s business! Dunedin focussing on the five ways to wellbeing this Mental Health Awareness Week. More >>

Opportunities for all this Mental Health Awareness Week

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 5:20 pm | WellSouth

“Connecting with the one another is an important aspect of keeping yourself well, and the Mental Health Awareness Week planning committee have ensured that there is an opportunity for all to nourish their Te Taha Hinengaro (mental health)” says ... More >>

Hugo Charitable Trust supports cancer research with $300,000

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 4:10 pm | Hugo Charitable Trust

Hugo Charitable Trust supports cancer research with $300,000 donation A $300,000 donation is helping the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute work on less-invasive ways to treat cancer. Hugo Charitable Trust donated the sum after hearing about the ... More >>

Research needed to understand construction suicide rate

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 2:58 pm | Site Safe NZ

Further research to uncover what is fuelling the alarmingly high rate of suicides in construction will be urgently undertaken by industry organisations. More >>

Vitamins may help smokers quit – new research

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 1:06 pm | University of Canterbury

New research by University of Canterbury (UC) psychologists shows that minerals and vitamins help to reduce cigarette consumption and promote successful quitting. More >>

Northern DHBs collaborate on health IT

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:26 am | Health Alliance

HealthAlliance has gone to tender for a regional collaborative community care solution as part of the new strategic direction of the Northern region DHBs. More >>

People with disabilities can and should be heard

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 10:35 am | People First

Robert Martin, a humble man from Whanganui who has been called “a national treasure” by many within the disability community, has just become the first person with an intellectual disability in history to Chair a session at the United Nations. More >>

Centuries of working in the community come together

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 1:45 pm | Harcourts

Harcourts New Zealand in conjunction with the Harcourts Foundation have formed an exclusive long-term partnership with Plunket New Zealand. More >>

Why has Govt reneged on addressing surgical mesh awareness?

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 5:29 pm | Mesh Down Under

“Does acting Associate Health Minister James Shaw have the skills to manage such a serious health issue?” After this debacle- perhaps not. More >>

NZ's most vulnerable to benefit from community dental grants

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 4:16 pm | Wrigley

Some of New Zealand’s most ‘at-need’ citizens are the beneficiaries of eleven projects receiving US$35,000 in combined funding through the 2018 Community Service Grants by the Wrigley Company Foundation, with support from the New Zealand Dental ... More >>

Telehealth Improving the Power of Speech

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 11:23 am | Waikato DHB

The popularity of telehealth technology is revolutionizing the way Waikato District Health Board Speech Language Therapists deliver care to rural patients in need of vital treatment to help them communicate and lead more positive lives. More >>

TB disproportionately affecting Māori

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 11:14 am | ESR

Migrants to New Zealand carry the highest risk of having tuberculosis, although Māori continue to suffer disproportionately from the disease compared with others born in New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand children’s medicine prescriptions examined

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 10:09 am | University of Otago

A study into the pharmaceutical use of 1.4 million New Zealand children has revealed some significant increases in the use of certain prescription medicines, as well as the positive impact of practitioner education. In a New Zealand-first, researchers ... More >>

Link between time spent in nature and positive mental health

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 6:17 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Survey findings* released by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) today reveal the positive impact spending time in nature has on the mental health of New Zealanders. Of those Kiwis surveyed following last year’s Mental Health Awareness ... More >>

Book investigates why some humans want to kill themselves

Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:38 am | University of Otago

University of Otago research psychologist Jesse Bering has explored the dark experiences of being suicidal, in his new book: A very human ending, how suicide haunts our species. More >>

Up to 40% of older Kiwis drink hazardously

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:45 am | Massey University

There is a common misconception that hazardous or risky drinking is something only young people do, but new research shows that between 35 to 40 per cent of New Zealanders aged 50 years or older may also drink hazardously. More >>

Kiwi teenagers less fit than a generation ago

Friday, 21 September 2018, 8:58 am | University of Otago

New Zealand teenagers are less fit and weigh more than their parents were at the same age, new University of Otago research reveals. More >>



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