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Research aims to find ‘sweet spot’ for pertussis vaccination

Monday, 30 July 2018, 11:25 am | Health Research Council

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine given to infants at six weeks of age will be tested for its effectiveness in babies whose mums were vaccinated during pregnancy. More >>

Rethink Fluoride campaign launched

Monday, 30 July 2018, 9:18 am | Rethink Fluoride

A nationwide campaign has been launched to oppose the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill currently before Parliament. The campaign, Rethink Fluoride , brings together New Zealanders who oppose the mass fluoridation of our drinking ... More >>

World Breastfeeding Week – Big-Latch-On celebration

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 11:37 am | Women's Health Action

World Breastfeeding Week – Big-Latch-On celebration McFaddens Centre, Christchurch The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action theme for 2018 celebrates breastfeeding as a secure foundation of lifelong ... More >>

GP President calls for action on GP trainee funding

Friday, 27 July 2018, 4:19 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

The time for talking has passed. Now is the time for action. That was the key takeout message from The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners’ President Dr Tim Malloy, as he addressed more than 600 GPs attending today’s opening of the ... More >>

Zonta International (NZ) forms partnership with PADA

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:17 pm | Zonta

Zonta International District 16 (New Zealand) is delighted to announce a two-year partnership with Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA) to help educate health care providers who are supporting families experiencing perinatal mental illness. ... More >>

Safe working and career development at heart of joint accord

Friday, 27 July 2018, 2:12 pm | District Health Boards

Safe working and career development at the heart of joint Accord District Health Boards will join the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the Ministry of Health in an agreement about staffing levels and working conditions. Spokesperson Jim Green ... More >>

Programme leads to reduction in infections after surgery

Friday, 27 July 2018, 11:36 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

New Zealanders are now less likely to develop infections after surgery as a result of actions being taken by district health boards (DHBs) to reduce surgical site infections. More >>

Taranaki DHB and NPDC collaborate to improve health

Friday, 27 July 2018, 11:12 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit (PHU) will work closely with the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) over the next few months to improve the health of the community, starting with more drinking water fountains in public areas. More >>

Time for Government action on reducing alcohol-related harm

Friday, 27 July 2018, 9:01 am | University of Otago

University of Otago experts in addiction medicine and the health effects of alcohol are questioning what the barriers are to Government action on reducing alcohol-related harm and calling for change. More >>

New review launched into effectiveness of primary care

Friday, 27 July 2018, 8:59 am | Health Research Council

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) have jointly awarded $1.33 million to a two-year research project that will evaluate the effectiveness of primary care models in New Zealand. More >>

Spotting cancer early makes a difference

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 4:09 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Two people who have had head and neck cancers are encouraging others to be aware of their bodies and check out anything unusual. More >>

‘Big Latch On’ event encourages local Mums to breastfeed

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 3:17 pm | Toi Te Ora

‘Big Latch On’ event encourages local Mums to breastfeed Breastfeeding mothers across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes region are set to join thousands of other women around the world simultaneously breastfeeding their babies in public. The ‘Big ... More >>

Life changing legislation celebrated

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 2:00 pm | NZNO

NZNO today celebrates the passing of the Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill last night as it brings greater protection to victims of domestic violence and legislates for support in the workplace. More >>

Website forcing doctors into dubious business relationship

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 1:59 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Whitecoat website that rates doctors is looking more and more dubious on closer examination,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Patients seeing great results from treatment change

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 1:40 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Treatment changes made last year have reduced the number of hyper or hypoglycaemic – where blood glucose levels become too high or low – experienced by patients with diabetes. More >>

Survey: GPs want cheap cannabis, no arrests

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 1:18 pm | Hemp Foundation

Why are the public and medical professionals so far ahead of politicians on the issue of cannabis? Are our public servants in thrall to a trillion dollar industry? The evidence suggests that this is a possibility. More >>

Pāsifika GP recognised for outstanding contribution

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 1:12 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Samoan GP Alainuanua Tupai will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to general practice at the forthcoming annual conference of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. More >>

Disappointment over cochlear implant funding decision

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 12:46 pm | Pindrop Foundation

Cochlear implant clients, ENT surgeons and audiologists are extremely disappointed at the government’s decision not to continue with the additional $6.5 million funding boost to the cochlear implant programs. More >>

Public encouraged to have their say regarding Health

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:43 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Residents and groups of Palmerston North and its surrounding communities are invited to share their views on what affects the health and wellbeing of people and families/whānau in their community. More >>

Millions of documents uploaded to Midland clinical portal

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:14 am | HINZ

More than 2.3 million documents have been uploaded to the Midland Clinical Portal since it went live in August 2017. More >>

St John connecting patients with falls prevention services

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:01 am | St John

No matter where they live, elderly patients who have fallen or are at risk of falling can now be referred to local falls prevention services by ambulance staff, helping them avoid further falls in the future. More >>

Summer festival drug testing finds risky new drugs

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 10:56 am | KnowYourStuff

In a summer that saw New Zealand’s first mass hospitalisation at a dance party due to fake MDMA, testing by KnowYourStuffNZ has identified more new psychoactive substances than ever before. During the summer season, KnowYourStuffNZ in partnership ... More >>

Whitecoat to help Kiwis make better healthcare choices

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 9:24 am | Whitecoat

A New Zealand first online platform that enables consumers to search, rate, review and compare local healthcare providers is launching today to help Kiwi consumers make more informed choices about their healthcare provider. More >>

Website to rate doctors a serious concern

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 9:03 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The launch of a website that allows patients to rate their doctors sets a dubious precedent with no guarantee of greater transparency or improved quality of care,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Kia Ora Hauora event promotes Māori health leadership

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 4:05 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

This week rangatahi Māori from the Kia Ora Hauora programme will have the opportunity to connect with mentors from the health sector to gain governance and leadership insight. More >>

Northlanders Benefit From Hepatitis C Cure

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 2:16 pm | Northland DHB

As World Hepatitis Day approaches on July 28, a number of Northlanders shared their story about the miraculous results Viekira Pak has achieved in curing them. More >>

Reti’s Private Members Bill giant step forward for National

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 2:05 pm | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

Press Release: Shane Reti’s Private Members Bill a giant step forward for National on Medical Cannabis. More >>

New Breast Cancer Partnership Projects Announced

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 12:14 pm | Joint Press Release

The Health Research Council of New Zealand, Breast Cancer Cure and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ are pleased to announce that funding has been offered to four recipients through the Breast Cancer Research in New Zealand initiative. This fifth call for ... More >>

Dental Association praises Whanganui DHB

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 10:24 am | New Zealand Dental Association

Whanganui District Health Board is spreading a ‘water is best’ message in children’s and maternity wards at its hospital. More >>

Time to cut back?

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 3:41 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand has ranked 2nd out of 28 countries for the proportion of injury cases presenting to emergency departments who had consumed alcohol in the preceding six hours, a result experts are linking to our binge drinking culture and easy access ... More >>

Suffering From the Effects of Back Pain?

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 11:40 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

The New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Lower back pain is very common with around 80-90% of adults having some sort of back pain in their lifetime. In fact, it’s the third biggest contributor to health loss in New Zealand, as measured ... More >>

Exercise industry body backs calls for tighter guidelines

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 11:25 am | Make Lemonade

The country’s top exercise industry body, ExerciseNZ, is behind the call for industry-wide guidelines around high intensity workouts including a weekly maximum time limit for this type of training for gym-goers. More >>

Southern Cross funds essential health positions at Mission

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 11:24 am | Southern Cross Health Society

Southern Cross Health Trust has made a three-year commitment to fund two essential clinical positions at Auckland City Mission’s General Practice; the Calder Health Centre. More >>

Booklet for New Mums Highlights Critical Window of Influence

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 10:32 am | Early Life Coalition

A booklet being distributed to new mums across New Zealand and Australia highlights the importance of healthier nutrition and lifestyle choices during the first thousand days in helping lay the foundation for lifelong health. More >>

Speaking to youth about sexual health education

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 9:39 am | Massey University

Chlamydia, herpes, unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS are just some of the outcomes of unprotected sex that can lead to infertility, life-long disease and potentially early death. Now four secondary schools in South Auckland are working with researchers ... More >>

Health group left disappointed at confusing advocacy

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 9:28 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora is calling for sensibility and improved focus on smoked tobacco cigarettes given its devastating history and continued harm on Māori health. More >>

Launch of the Skylight Resilience Hub

Monday, 23 July 2018, 11:36 am | Skylight Trust

Skylight Trust launched a new Resilience Hub today. A digital resource to help children, young people, their whānau and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand to navigate through times of trauma, loss, and grief by building resilient communities across ... More >>

Simple supplement aids powerful rugby performance

Monday, 23 July 2018, 11:29 am | University of Otago

Simple supplement aids powerful rugby performance – Otago study finds Sore muscles and peak athletic performance do not mix. Otago researchers have found a common health supplement may solve the issue. The world-first research, published in the European ... More >>

A New Era in New Zealand’s Mental Health Treatment

Monday, 23 July 2018, 9:42 am | Kyle Macdonald

Today details of the Green Parties free youth counselling policy, for those aged 18 – 25, was announced. The pilot funding has been outlined and requests for tender are now invited More >>

Counsellors Association supports $10million pilot for youth

Monday, 23 July 2018, 9:39 am | NZ Association of Counsellors

The recently announced $10million Green Party pilot on mental health for 18-25-year-old’s is exactly what New Zealanders are crying out for, says the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) More >>

Christchurch doctor up for international health award

Sunday, 22 July 2018, 12:03 pm | Special Olympics NZ

Christchurch audiologist Dr Jeanine Doherty is in the running for a global Special Olympics Golisano Health Leadership Award, for the Asia-Pacific region. This award would recognise her work with people with intellectual disabilities through Special ... More >>

What’s in That Pad Or Tampon?

Friday, 20 July 2018, 4:50 pm | Natracare

Plastic bag debate puts spotlight on menstrual products, too With momentum gathering for a reduction in society’s consumption of plastics, Natracare is urging women to take note of what’s in their feminine hygiene products. More >>

Smokefree future out of reach for Māori

Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:36 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

New Zealand's Smokefree 2025 goal is looking increasingly unachievable, as the Ministry of Health's annual Health and Independence Report highlights smoking rates among Māori are decreasing at a far slower rate than projected. The report was released ... More >>

Growing kidney tissue simpler and faster

Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:14 pm | University of Auckland

Growing kidney tissue simpler and faster will help fight disease EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01PM FRIDAY 20TH JULY New treatments for kidney diseases and inherited kidney disorders could result from new research that is revolutionising the way human kidney ... More >>

Chilling impact of poverty on child health

Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:14 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Matted hair on maggot-infested scalps, rotting teeth in pre-schoolers, developmental delays, damp houses and poor nutrition – some of the results of poverty on child health reported by paediatricians on the clinical front line. More >>

Are you following a particular way of ‘eating healthily’?

Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:06 am | University of Auckland

Following a particular diet for health or other reasons is nothing new, but the contemporary context has seen many different ‘healthy-eating’ regimes, such as Paleo, sugar-free or raw foods, become popular. More >>

Bay of Plenty businesses welcome new mobile health clinic

Friday, 20 July 2018, 9:45 am | Fit For Work

Bay of Plenty businesses are embracing a new way of providing health services to their staff – a mobile Fit For Work clinic. More >>

MHF launches new suicide prevention resource

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 6:33 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Connecting through Kōrero - MHF launches new suicide prevention resource Aotearoa has the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD, and most of us know someone who has died by suicide or been through a suicidal crisis. The Mental Health Foundation’s ... More >>

Respiratory Conference 2018 launches a new GP specific event

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 3:15 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

NZ Respiratory Conference 2018 launches a new GP specific event 19 July 2018 - The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ announces today that it is launching a new GP event at the 2018 New Zealand Respiratory Conference taking place in November 2018, ... More >>

Long wait times sign of deeper problems

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 11:47 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The long wait for important diagnostic scans at one of the country’s largest district health boards is yet another sign of unmet patient need catching public hospitals on the hop,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of ... More >>

National Primary Care Data Service to go live next year

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 11:36 am | HINZ

A new National Primary Care Data Service will go live in 2019, GP leader Richard Medlicott has told a health IT conference. Medlicott, who is medical director of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, spoke at the HiNZ Health ... More >>

Young Greens & Young Labour Conversion Therapy Petition

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:46 am | Joint Press Release

The practice of Conversion Therapy harms the mental health of LGBTTQIA+ people in Aotearoa and should be outlawed. More >>

Under-funding fuels cultural tensions

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:36 am | Massey University

Cultural differences between New Zealand-educated and internationally-educated nurses can amplify existing workplace pressures, according to new research from Massey University. More >>

Clinical trial targets worst side-effects of chemo

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 3:17 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has committed $250,000 to a new clinical trial that will test the ability of a cheap, widely available drug to prevent two of chemotherapy’s most unpleasant side-effects: delayed nausea and vomiting. More >>

Counsellors to play role in potential cross-party group

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

New Zealanders’ mental health is one of the biggest challenges of our generation, and the Counsellors Association is welcoming an invite to help tackle the issue with a cross-party working group. More >>

Public health response needed to manage syphilis outbreak

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 10:00 am | RACP

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has written to the Associate Minister of Health, Julie-Anne Genter, calling on the NZ Government to urgently set targets and provide additional resources to tackle the syphilis outbreak affecting ... More >>

Federation invites inaugural membership applications

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 6:21 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Establishment Board setting up the Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand met for its latest meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2018 under the chairmanship of Dame Annette King. More >>

PSA supports striking ASMS members at ACC

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 4:21 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi supports the industrial action being taken by medical advisors at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

It’s not too late to protect yourself against the flu

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 3:34 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

More than a third of Cantabrians have had their flu immunisation already this winter and there’s still time for the rest of us to protect ourselves. More >>

Easier Access to Health Care in the Hutt Valley

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 12:18 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

Thinking about what’s convenient for patients is behind a new initiative being introduced in two Hutt Valley general practices this month. More >>



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