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Breast Cancer Foundation steps in to support Kiwis

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 5:01 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation steps in to support Kiwis living with lymphoedema More >>

New model of wound care proving successful

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 1:09 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A new way of caring for leg wounds is seeing venous leg ulcers being treated sooner and healing faster. More >>

More investment in public health needed

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 11:51 am | College of Public Health Medicine

New Zealand public health doctors are calling for increased and sustained investment in effective public health. More >>

New respiratory disease 2018 impact report figures

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:54 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

New respiratory disease 2018 impact report figures, sparks Te Reo Māori educational asthma show to launch in Rotorua More >>

Does That ‘Expert’ Really Know What They are Talking About?

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:44 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Open up Facebook, check your inbox, speak with colleagues at work and you’ll hear a hundred different ‘tried and true’ reports on how to successfully lose bodyfat, get strong, reduce stress, be a better person, take control of your health, and cure ... More >>

Study finds New Zealanders take active approach to eye care

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:39 am | Canstar

A total of 45 percent of New Zealanders surveyed in Canstar Blue customer sentiment research have visited an optician in the past three years, with 40 percent of those conducting an eye test annually. More >>

Care and information provided to woman

Monday, 4 March 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding an obstetrician and a District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for Care and information provided to a woman with a ... More >>

Stricter Controls on Medicine Linked to Birth Defects

Monday, 4 March 2019, 11:29 am | Ministry of Health

Greater restrictions around the use of sodium valproate (Epilim) to treat bipolar disorder in girls and women have been put in place. This is because of a clearer picture emerging of the risks of harm and the continuing exposure of unborn babies ... More >>

UNICEF NZ warns a global rise in measles cases is a threat

Monday, 4 March 2019, 9:37 am | UNICEF NZ

Following recent measles outbreak in North Canterbury, UNICEF NZ announced today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels. More >>

Once lost, hearing doesn’t come back: WHO warning

Monday, 4 March 2019, 9:32 am | UN News

'Once lost , hearing doesn’t come back’: World Health Organization warns on World Hearing Day More >>

Top NZ scientist joins Nelson nutrition discussion

Saturday, 2 March 2019, 2:59 pm | The Better Base

One of New Zealand's leading scientists will join a panel discussion with local doctors at the Nelson premier of Grant Dixon's health documentary, The Big Fat Lie, early next week. More >>

Warning to Round the Bays Participants

Friday, 1 March 2019, 12:14 pm | National Foundation for the Deaf

The National Foundation for the Deaf is warning the thousands of people taking part in this weekend’s Round the Bays to be mindful of safe sounds during the event. More >>

Geneva Healthcare Has Been Awarded ACC National Contract

Friday, 1 March 2019, 9:50 am | Geneva Healthcare

Geneva Healthcare has been awarded the ACC national contract to provide Integrated Home and Community Support Services (IHCS) for people throughout New Zealand who have sustained an injury and require community based rehabilitation, nursing and ... More >>

International measles outbreaks prompt call for vaccination

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 4:10 pm | Ministry of Health

International measles outbreaks prompt renewed call for MMR vaccination More >>

Canterbury DHB thrilled with announcement of funding

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 2:41 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates, has welcomed today’s announcement from the Prime Minister of around $79 million to fund the construction of two new facilities for some of the region’s Specialist Mental Health Services. More >>

Measles alert for Auckland

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1:25 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles and is asking people who may have come in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. More >>

Rare Disease Day Awards 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 11:34 am | NZORD

Five outstanding New Zealanders will be recognised for being rare disease champions in our community with a new award. The inaugural Rare Disease Day Awards have been established to honour and recognise ordinary people who have made a positive impact ... More >>

nib New Zealand offers members genetic testing

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 9:37 am | nib NZ

Women with ovarian cancer can now access genetic testing services in the private health system to help determine their best course of treatment, following a first-ever partnership between nib New Zealand and the New Zealand Family Cancer Service. More >>

Massey University Research Study

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 11:09 am | Courtenay Wall

In New Zealand, research indicates up to 50% of adolescents have engaged in self-injury before the end of high school. Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) is the intentional, culturally unaccepted, self-inflicted, immediate and direct destruction of body tissue, ... More >>

New tool could make aspirin safer for hearts and stroke

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 5:36 pm | University of Auckland

Auckland researchers have developed a new tool that could make aspirin a safer and better-targeted preventative for heart disease and stroke. More >>

Measles cases confirmed in Canterbury

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 4:25 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Three measles cases have been confirmed in the past four days in the Canterbury region. More >>

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 1:55 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

More than 170 staff have jumped on their bikes to clock up over 26,000km during the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. More >>

New Rental Housing Standards put improving health outcomes

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 11:34 am | RACP

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) welcomes the new Healthy Homes Standards that set minimum requirements for warm and dry rental properties. More >>

Care around the clock to continue throughout strike

Monday, 25 February 2019, 9:31 am | Canterbury District Health Board

With the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association 48-hour strike action starting tomorrow at 8am, Canterbury District Health Board is reminding people that they can help take the pressure off emergency services by always making their General Practice ... More >>

Rachel Hunter’s journey to inner well-being

Friday, 22 February 2019, 3:26 pm | Sarah Dawn

“Through meditation, we create space, allowing us to better deal with the ebb and flow of day to day life,” says Rachel. More >>

Government-funded study assessing iMOKO

Friday, 22 February 2019, 11:25 am |

An independent study funded by the Ministry of Health and ACC is evaluating the use of virtual health service iMOKO for efficiency and efficacy. More >>

MidCentral DHB services being monitored ahead of strike

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:21 am | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board is continuing to review what services it can provide during a proposed junior doctor strike this month. More >>

Rebrand reflects reach of organisation

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 2:13 pm | Te Rau Ora

A Māori Mental Health organisation which has broadened its services and does more than was originally intended is changing its name to more accurately reflect the work it does. More >>

Tax review fails to heed calls for urgency on alcohol tax

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 1:32 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch warns a business as usual approach to alcohol harm in our country represents a lost opportunity to significantly improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. More >>

Driven by a vision of better health for Pasifika people

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:50 am | Skills Active

Latu To’omaga had a career teaching group fitness in some of New Zealand’s biggest gyms – but he didn’t see many Pasifika faces looking back at him in his classes. More >>

World-class, private radiation therapy service now open

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:07 am | Acurity Health Group

Bowen Icon Cancer Centre has opened a world-class radiation oncology facility for residents of Wellington and surrounding central New Zealand. Located at Bowen Hospital in Crofton Downs, this is the first private radiation therapy offering in the region. More >>

Social media can improve lives post-disaster - new research

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 4:24 pm | All Right

Newly published research has shown the important role social media can play supporting health and wellbeing following a disaster. More >>

Medicinal cannabis scheme the priority

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 3:13 pm | Paul Manning

The Government’s binding referendum on personal cannabis use at the 2020 general election has sparked speculation around how products could be regulated. More >>

What matters at end of life

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 9:45 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A new campaign Kia kōrero | Let’s talk encourages people to plan for their future health care, with a focus on what matters to them. It features the personal stories of six New Zealanders at different stages of life and wellness. The campaign was ... More >>

Benefits of RayStation system already being felt

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 3:42 pm | Raystation

A new system that will bring faster treatments and increased accuracy for Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS) patients is now in use in the Radiation Oncology department at Palmerston North Hospital. More >>

NZ abridged period life table: 2016–18 (provisional)

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 1:44 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Life tables are a basic demographic tool for analysing mortality and survival. They show death and survivorship rates at each age of life. More >>

Infant mortality rate declines

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 10:50 am | Statistics New Zealand

The infant mortality rate was down to 3.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018, compared with 5.0 per 1,000 in 2008, Stats NZ said today. More >>

The Food and Exercise Link

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 9:40 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

While the old saying ‘you can’t out exercise a bad diet’ may still be true, it turns out regular exercise is a great way to motivate and support maintaining a good diet. Exercise and nutrition have always been closely linked; whether it’s ... More >>

Care of pregnant woman with high risk factors

Monday, 18 February 2019, 2:06 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a midwife and a District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for the care provided to a pregnant woman with high ... More >>

Treatment of boy with skin lesion

Monday, 18 February 2019, 1:56 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding an Emergency Department (ED) doctor in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for the treatment provided to a boy with a skin lesion. More >>

New beginnings for PHA

Monday, 18 February 2019, 1:47 pm | Public Health Association

The appointment of Dr Prudence Stone as chief executive of the Public Health Association (PHA) heralds the beginning of a new era for public health in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

ESR calls for robust regulations over medicinal cannabis

Monday, 18 February 2019, 1:46 pm | ESR

One of the country’s main drug testing laboratories says robust regulations are needed to cover locally produced medicinal cannabis. More >>

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Report

Monday, 18 February 2019, 10:57 am | Wellbeing Coalition

Feedback on the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Report and priorities for the transformation from people with lived experience and whānau More >>

3D gene insights shed light on type 1 diabetes

Sunday, 17 February 2019, 11:00 am | Liggins Institute

3D gene insights shed light on type 1 diabetes, overlapping diseases Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly ... More >>

Sterilisation of Surgical Instruments

Friday, 15 February 2019, 4:03 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has convened a teleconference of DHB Chief Medical Officers and Directors of Allied Health to share the information gathered to date from the Hawke's Bay DHB incomplete sterilisation issue. More >>

Call to teach CPR in schools

Friday, 15 February 2019, 11:49 am | NZ Resucitation Council

Kenneth Yew owes his life to the quick response of fellow students and teachers at Hamilton’s Hillcrest High School. More >>

Beddie invited to speak to the WHO

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 8:30 pm | Make Lemonade

Richard Beddie, one of New Zealand leading’s exercise experts, is one of 20 specialists from all over the world to be invited to talk to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva on February 25 and 26. More >>

DHBs thank staff for managing third RDA strike

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 5:12 pm | Senate SHJ

District Health Boards have expressed their gratitude to hospital staff for their help in managing the impacts of the Resident Doctors’ Association’s 48-hour strike that ended this morning. DHBs’ spokesman Dr Peter Bramley said many hospitals were ... More >>

New computer system gives patients smoother hospital journey

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 4:13 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

A new computer system that allows staff to quickly and easily check patient flow from anywhere in the hospital is set to minimise wait times and make for a smoother patient journey at Palmerston North Hospital. More >>

New fund to help dialysis patients

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 1:42 pm | Sunrise Foundation

An endowment fund has been established at The Sunrise Foundation to help with the future care of dialysis patients in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne. More >>

Early adopters work to standardise allied health data

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 1:36 pm |

Three early adopter sites are working to implement the Allied Health data set standard for DHBs. More >>

Going pink in Porirua

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 12:23 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

It was all go at Te Rauparaha Arena on Saturday when Pacific women from across Porirua gathered to have blood pressure checks, talk about exercise, and undergo breast and cervical screening. More >>

World Experts in NZ to Share Latest Research on Vitamin C

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:09 am | Lorelei Mason Health

This week doctors, scientists and the public will be given the opportunity to hear from the widest group of international researchers working in the field of vitamin C for cancer and infection ever gathered in New Zealand. More >>

Surgical sterilisation – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 5:12 pm | Science Media Centre

The processes of sterilisation of equipment that is used in surgery usually involves manual inspection and hand washing of the instruments to remove any obvious adherent body fluids, such as small blood clots, followed by further cleaning in an automated ... More >>

Keep the bugs out of the pool

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 2:52 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

February is typically the hottest month of the year for us in New Zealand. These hotter temperatures make taking a dip in a nice cool swimming pool very appealing and as the school year begins, school pools will become especially popular. More >>

Your Galentine's Day top five from Family Planning

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 1:53 pm | Family Planning

Valentine’s Day is a bit of a Hallmark card holiday - you can easily skip it, and in fact many do! If you’re more about celebrating Galentine’s Day we’re with you - we’re big fans at Family Planning. Here’s our list of how you can love ... More >>

Midwives Withdraw Nelson-Marlborough Strike

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 1:46 pm | MERAS

MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency. More >>

Social Workers Registration Bill passes Second Reading

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 1:40 pm | Social Work Alliance

The Social Work Alliance is delighted that the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill passed Second Reading in Parliament last night. More >>

Incomplete sterilisation of equipment

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 12:12 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

On Monday (11 February) Hawke’s Bay District Health Board became aware of an issue with a batch of sterilising equipment that was used in Hawke’s Bay Hospital operating theatres, sent to outpatient clinics and used by district nurses between 2 February ... More >>

Nicky Stevens’ family gutted by Waikato DHB’s demand

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 7:56 pm | Dave Macpherson

Nicky Stevens’ grieving family gutted by Waikato DHB’s demand to Govt for a completely new inquest into his death, and removal of previous Coroner More >>



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