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Whooping cough: Mum gets immunised

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 10:56 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

With three children and one on the way, getting the free whooping cough booster vaccination was a no-brainer for Tauranga mum Jamie-Lee MacInnes. “I’ve got two pre-schoolers to run around after, life’s busy. The last thing I need is having ... More >>

World Kidney Day 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:32 pm | Kidney Health NZ

Every year World Kidney Day highlights the importance of Kidney Health and Disease to populations around the world. This year World Kidney Day is focusing on Obesity and its relationship with kidneys. More >>

Child obesity can be tackled by simple sleep interventions

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 12:18 pm | University of Otago

Families who receive brief interventions about how to improve their children’s sleep have infants who are much less likely to be overweight, a University of Otago study has found. More >>

That's Super sorted - what about health?

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 11:06 am | Health Funds Association of NZ

The Health Funds Association (HFANZ) today renewed its call for more to be done to diversify health funding sources to reduce the future projected burden on taxpayers. More >>

CDHB mental health resources stretched too thin

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 10:14 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation supports comments made by mental health nurses in an article featured in The Press this morning about the mental health services and staffing being under strain at Canterbury DHB: More >>

General practice under pressure, says NZMA GP leader

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 9:40 am | New Zealand Medical Association

General practices throughout New Zealand face funding issues, and both GPs and their patients are struggling, says Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association’s General Practitioner Council, Dr Kate Baddock. More >>

15 years and 21,300 operations on

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 9:16 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand’s mobile surgical bus tomorrow marks its 15-year anniversary after more than 21,300 operations in 24 towns. More >>

Taranaki Health Foundation launches new fundraising campaign

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:13 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The Taranaki Health Foundation will launch a new community campaign this week called ‘The Open Minds Project,’ which aims to raise funds for enhancements to Taranaki’s Mental Health Inpatient Unit currently being renovated. More >>

Help Kiwi kids fight the big C

Monday, 6 March 2017, 1:17 pm | Child Cancer Foundation

This March, Child Cancer Foundation needs the help of everyday Kiwis to raise $750,000 to assist more than 500 families with children suffering from cancer in the hospital, at home, and in the community. More >>

Truscreen Update – Europe And Other Markets

Monday, 6 March 2017, 12:21 pm | Truscreen

Cervical cancer technology company, TruScreen Limited (NZAX: TRU), the manufacturer of real time cervical cancer screening technology, advises that it has entered into distribution agreements for the sale of its TruScreen device in multiple new markets. ... More >>

Bold Plan to Deliver Increase in Surveillance Colonoscopies

Monday, 6 March 2017, 11:26 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Bold Plan to Deliver Increase in Surveillance Colonoscopies An ambitious plan aims to raise the number of publicly-funded surveillance colonoscopies performed in the Bay by more than 50% in the coming year. “We currently deliver around 200 colonoscopies ... More >>

Cardiology telemedicine clinic launches in Dunstan Hospital

Monday, 6 March 2017, 11:20 am | Southern District Health Board

Cardiology patients in Central Otago will save time, money and hundreds of kilometres of travel thanks to a new telemedicine clinic between Dunstan Hospital and the Southern District Health Board. The virtual clinic means that in many instances patients recovering ... More >>

Connect helps deaf to connect with mainstream society

Monday, 6 March 2017, 10:31 am | BeWarned

Blessed are the people who are gifted with the ability to hear and talk. But, for deaf people, the world of sound is frustrating. Not everyone around them understands the sign language. Imagine the challenges they face in talking with other people. ... More >>

Delight as hospital meals brought back in-house

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:15 pm | Etu NZ

E tū is delighted with the Canterbury DHB’s decision not to renew its food service contract with Compass and to bring its hospital food production back in-house. More >>

Transformation of disability support services welcomed

Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:49 pm | CCS Disability Action

CCS Disability Action is pleased the government is continuing to reform disability support services. The government has decided to pilot a new approach around Palmerston North. This new approach will be based on everything learnt in previous pilots. More >>

All Food Services to be Managed in-House From 1 July 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017, 11:05 am | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB has announced that it will take over management of all food services from 1 July 2017, after the current Compass Group contract expires on 30 June. More >>

Online Health Hub Launched to Celebrate Hapū Health

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:15 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

The health of whānau and hapū was celebrated at Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae in Whakatāne on Friday 24th February, as Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service, along with many collaborative partners, launched a one of a kind online Māori health hub to local whānau, hapū ... More >>

Exercise improves quality of life for children with autism

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 1:48 pm | CIGNA

The findings are the result of a four-month collaborative study between researchers from Achilles International and the New York Medical College, funded by the Cigna Foundation in America. More >>

Dunne’s medicinal cannabis list will not help patients

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 1:05 pm | NORML

Dunne’s latest announcement will make little difference to patients and is merely a smokescreen to hide the Government’s lack of action, says NORML. More >>

Survey results take the pulse of a workforce under pressure

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 10:40 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A survey reporting significant concern with under-staffing and inadequate resourcing in the public health system will resonate with senior doctors, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Fundraising boost for animals and people in need

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:47 am | Animates Pet Store

New Zealand pet lovers have donated a record breaking $118,000 through Animates’ Giving Tree Initiative for Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust and the SPCA. The funds raised will allow the Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust to help more Kiwis with physical ... More >>

Subsidised vaping to save lives and money

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:41 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora strongly support MP Marama Fox and the Māori Party calls for subsidising vape devices as an alternative to cancer and ill health causing cigarettes. “We see this (vaping) as a viable treatment option that should be considered to stop ... More >>

Altogether Autism conference keynote speakers announced

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:25 pm | Altogether Autism

ALTOGETHER AUTISM has announced the first keynote speakers for its 2017 conference on July 19 and 20 in Auckland, which will explore the theme of transitions. More >>

Senior doctors acknowledge Annette King’s work in health

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:12 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), acknowledges the considerable work Labour’s Deputy Leader and health spokesperson Annette King has done in her time in Parliament and wishes her all the best for the ... More >>

Outpatients making the most of free bus fares

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 1:40 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s (HBDHB) investment into offering free bus fares for people attending outpatient appointments at Hawke’s Bay Hospital and Napier Health is already making an impact with 345 outpatients choosing to take the ... More >>

Find help to manage the impact of hearing loss on work life

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 1:38 pm | Life Unlimited

There are days Nikki Martin’s hearing problems mean she would rather hide than socialise, but the ongoing help she gets from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch soon pulls her out of any negative feelings. More >>

The protective effect of breastfeeding on breast cancer

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 10:17 am | Massey University

Public health researchers from Massey University’s College of Health are calling for more research into the possible protective effects of breastfeeding on the recurrence of breast cancer in those who have previously had the disease. More >>

Subsidised Vaping for Smokers Supported

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 10:11 am | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) fully supports Marama Fox’s suggested idea of subsidised Vaping for Smokers. More >>

It’s good to realise you’re not alone in this

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 1:16 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

These are the heartfelt words of Ralph. His daughter Zara was diagnosed with arthritis when she was two years old. She is now 12. More >>

Kiwis pedal length of New Zealand to raise funds for Plunket

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

More than 120 team members from The Warehouse and Plunket will embark on a cycle relay the length of New Zealand in March to raise funds for Plunket community services. More >>

Poor retention rates for overseas-trained doctors in NZ

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 12:06 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

New Zealand’s success in attracting overseas-trained doctors isn’t matched by our ability to hang onto them, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Parkinson’s NZ excited about Auckland research discovery

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:41 am | Parkinson's New Zealand

Parkinson’s New Zealand is excited about new evidence on how Parkinson’s spreads through the brain. More >>

Vital announces two off-market hospital acquisitions

Monday, 27 February 2017, 4:30 pm | Vital Healthcare Property Trust

Vital Healthcare Property Trust (Vital) today announced the acquisition of a 30-bed private mental health hospital in Western Australia for A$20.0m and a 31-bed private surgical hospital in Auckland for $33.0m. Although acquired separately, the combined ... More >>

Great news for New Zealand Pompe patients

Monday, 27 February 2017, 1:23 pm | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

NZORD congratulates Allyson Lock President of the NZ Pompe Network on the recent announcement that Sanofi Genzyme has offered adult Pompe disease patients in New Zealand access to their International Compassionate Access Program (ICAP) for the ... More >>

Wellington Community in Imminent Danger of Losing Champion

Monday, 27 February 2017, 10:17 am | Aphasia NZ

Many of us know of the crippling effects a stroke or head injury can have on the physical abilities of a person. Few are aware of that damage to the language centre of the brain can leave a person trapped inside their heads, struggling to express ... More >>

HEARING WEEK - Impact of hearing loss

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:53 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

It’s never easy to put into words the miracle of sound recovered. Yet, I saw it first hand recently when my husband got hearing aids. The most poignant response was from our 11 year old granddaughter who suddenly observed at a family dinner that ... More >>

Kiwi App Takes on Australia for Melanoma Detection

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:50 pm | Firstcheck

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 26 February 2017 New Zealand health app Firstcheck is launching in Australia tomorrow on its mission to put skin specialists in the pockets of all smartphone users. The app has been addressing New Zealand’s alarming skin cancer ... More >>

Call to government to address rural health crisis

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:32 pm | Make Lemonade

Call to government to address rural health crisis February 26, 2017 National rural health alliance advocates are next week appealing to government to put a halt to the erosion of rural health and wellbeing. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand ... More >>

Hospital upgrades scanner technology

Friday, 24 February 2017, 2:50 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

All hands were on deck on Thursday when Wellington Regional Hospital took possession of its new CT scanner. More >>

Dairies agree not to sell sugary drinks before school

Friday, 24 February 2017, 2:15 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is praising the efforts of South Taranaki retailers who have chosen not to sell sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) to children on their way to school in the morning. More >>

Auckland brain researchers show how Parkinson’s spreads

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11:32 am | University of Auckland

Media Release - University of Auckland - 24 February 2017 Researchers at the University of Auckland have provided the first strong evidence on how Parkinson’s disease spreads in the brain, helping to advance treatment of the disease. In a paper, published ... More >>

Te Omanga Hospice buys Britannia House

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:35 am | Te Omanga Hospice

Te Omanga Hospice, the Hutt Valley specialist palliative care provider, today announced that it purchased Britannia House in Petone at an auction held in Lower Hutt yesterday. Britannia House is a former aged care facility which closed late last year due to ... More >>

Gisborne unions offer free health screening

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:19 am | Public Service Association

Nurses who are union members will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screening, including other services which would normally involve a visit to a health centre. More >>

Water quality at the heart of healthy communities

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

The quality of New Zealand’s waterways and drinking water cannot be compromised and the health and wellbeing of people in rural communities must not be put at risk, even in the short term, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairperson ... More >>

International nutritionist visiting Massey

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:46 pm | Massey University

A leading nutritionist who specialises in indigenous peoples’ food systems, is visiting Massey University for five weeks to partner on a project with the School of Public Health. More >>

Exercise experts get flexible for rural health

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:20 pm | ExerciseNZ

The rise in agritech is making it tough for farmers to stay in prime shape and as a result, personalised exercise programmes in rural communities are in high demand, Exercise New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) says. More >>

Free flu vaccine for people with respiratory conditions

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:52 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ strongly advises people with a respiratory illness to get their free influenza vaccination from March onwards. It is best to get vaccinated before the start of the winter season, before influenza enters the community. More >>

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 >>


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