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Mum’s struggles inspire study to raise Māori nurse numbers

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:42 am | Health Research Council

Whangarei mental health nurse and nursing educator Phillipa (Pipi) Barton (Ngāti Hikairo/Te Rohe Pōtae) knows only too well the challenges Māori may face when entering the nursing profession. More >>

Research into rural health professionals’ skills

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:39 am | Health Research Council

Sarah Walker knows first-hand what it takes to be a practising physiotherapist in a rural community, and now she aims to determine whether rural allied health professionals in New Zealand require fundamentally different skills to their urban counterparts. More >>

Tackling hearing loss and its consequences

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:24 am | Pindrop Foundation

With over 200 New Zealand adults currently on the waiting list for a cochlear implant, on Saturday 2nd of November the Pindrop Foundation Cochlear Implant Forum is bringing together global and national experts on hearing loss at the University of Auckland ... More >>

Curbing sugar intake needs to start at top of the food chain

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 3:33 pm | University of Auckland

As trick-or-treating children prepare for their Halloween haul, scientists, dentists, doctors and the beverage industry are meeting tomorrow (31 October) to discuss the impact sugar has on New Zealand health. More >>

Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9:48 am | Parkinsons New Zealand

Parkinson’s New Zealand is raising funds for the 10,000 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That’s 1 in every 500 Kiwis. More >>

Stroke patient receives lifesaving treatment in record time

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 2:51 pm | Taranaki DHB

Last month, Stratford woman, Gay Burnnand arrived in an ambulance at Taranaki Base Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) following a stroke and received life-saving treatment in record breaking time. More >>

Patients with rare disorders encouraged to leave NZ to live

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 10:29 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

These images were taken last week at Rotorua Hospital of three-year old Tama. Tama has a degenerative disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). There is a treatment called Spinraza that is revolutionary and is designed to stop the disease in its ... More >>

Technology the answer to stretched mental health services

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 8:52 am | Make Lemonade

With Statistics New Zealand research finding that nearly a quarter of Kiwis experience some level of poor mental wellbeing and with mental health services throughout New Zealand stretched, NZTech says it is great to see technology being used to help provide ... More >>

New Zealand is leading the world in stroke prevention

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 8:08 am | Auckland University of Technology

This year’s World Stroke Day campaign, #DontBeTheOne , encourages everyone, no matter what their age, to assess their individual risk of stroke using the free Stroke Riskometer mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin at Auckland University ... More >>

Paediatric pioneer recognised for work with weight issues

Monday, 28 October 2019, 5:08 pm | L Oreal

Paediatric pioneer recognised for work with weight issues in children Dr Yvonne Anderson awarded L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science 2019 Fellowship More >>

World Medical Association reaffirms opposition to euthanasia

Monday, 28 October 2019, 1:16 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

A few hours ago the World Medical Association reaffirmed its opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. More >>

The voices of Maori living with a disability

Monday, 28 October 2019, 12:43 pm | Maori Council

The voices of Maori living with a disability to finally be heard: New Zealand Maori Council welcomes Waitangi Tribunal direction More >>

Are we forgetting that TB prevention is better than cure?

Monday, 28 October 2019, 12:33 pm | Citizen News Service

Without infection there is no disease: Nip the TB infection Prevention of new infections of TB bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and their progression to active TB disease is critical to reduce the burden of TB disease and to achieve the goal of ending ... More >>

First NZ study of cannabis use in people with spinal injury

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 9:25 pm | University of Otago

Using cannabis helps people with spinal cord injuries better tolerate almost constant and excruciating pain and participate in community and family life without feeling like ‘zombies’, a new study has found. More >>

Researchers investigate sideline concussion testing

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 12:21 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

As the world’s rugby titans clash on the field, a team of scientists and clinicians in New Zealand are closing in on developing the first ever rapid, reliable, on-the-spot test for sports related concussion. The test could potentially transform diagnosis ... More >>

Measles update 25 October

Friday, 25 October 2019, 3:40 pm | Southern District Health Board

There have been no new confirmed measles cases this week. The total number of Southern DHB cases remains at 71. Total cases for each location to date is: Dunedin: 2 Oamaru: 1 Wanaka: 3 Queenstown: 64 Gore: 1 The Southern DHB is expecting a delivery of 3,000 ... More >>

Macular Degeneration: Early Detection Saves Sight

Friday, 25 October 2019, 3:09 pm | Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in NZ with one in 7 people over 50 years of age having some evidence of MD and the incidence increases with age. Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD, accepting vison loss ... More >>

Digital health taken to the extreme

Friday, 25 October 2019, 2:02 pm |

Lessons learned from delivering digital health services to one of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet will be shared by keynote speaker Jeff Ayton during Digital Health Week NZ next month. More >>

Southern District Health Board contingency planning

Friday, 25 October 2019, 1:52 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are members of the APEX union will be striking again next week and the following week. The DHB has received strike notices from APEX and these include a full withdrawal of labour on Wednesday ... More >>

Children should be up-to-date with MMR immunisation

Friday, 25 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Toi Te Ora

New Zealand’s largest measles outbreak in many years is not over yet. Cases continue to be confirmed daily in Auckland and elsewhere. More >>

Sorry, in NZ CBD is 'prescription only'

Friday, 25 October 2019, 10:57 am | Marco Fantham

In 2006 Helen Clark laid the foundation for a thriving hemp industry in New Zealand and here we are 13 years later still battling to get CBD into the hands of the people that most need it. More >>

Cantabrians urged to protect themselves against Legionnaires

Friday, 25 October 2019, 10:17 am | Canterbury DHB

At this time of year as the sun starts to make more of an appearance week-by-week, a nasty disease also starts to make its present felt – Legionnaires’. More >>

Telehealth Links Rural Hospitals to ICU

Friday, 25 October 2019, 9:52 am | Northland DHB

Northland DHB has developed a new mobile Telehealth Cart and linked all of its Rural Hospitals (Kaitaia, Bay of Islands, Dargaville and in 2020 Rawene) to the Intensive Care Unit at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

No One Dies Alone a winner in aged care

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 12:25 pm | NZ Aged Care Association

A volunteer programme that has provided more than 400 hours of time for dying residents at an aged care facility in Auckland has won the New Zealand Aged Care Association/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care Awards for 2019. More >>

Smoke still a risk in Auckland CBD

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 10:21 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

With the ongoing fire at SkyCity in Auckland, Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ are urging anyone with a respiratory condition to avoid the city centre as much as possible. More >>

Leadership strong in Public Health Advocacy Group

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 4:47 pm | Public Health Association

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) celebrates the leadership capital within its membership this week as it farewells outgoing President Lee Tuki and welcomes new President Dr Fran McGrath from 1 November 2019. More >>

Whanganui and Tairawhiti DHBs carry specialist shortfalls

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:41 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Staffing surveys carried out by the senior doctors’ union estimate specialist numbers at two smaller North Island DHBs are well down on what’s needed to provide quality and timely treatment for patients. More >>

The biggest story of the marijuana hooplah, the ECS

Monday, 21 October 2019, 4:01 pm | Marco Fantham

Astonishingly everyone missed the biggest cannabis story of all which is; the discovery of the ECS, The Endocannabinoid System. More >>

Standard of urology services 17HDC02066

Monday, 21 October 2019, 2:13 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Southern District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures relating to the standard of its urology services. More >>

Care of rest-home resident with leg ulcers 16HDC01437

Monday, 21 October 2019, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in its care for a woman in her seventies. More >>

Failure to provide appropriate care to rest home resident

Monday, 21 October 2019, 2:09 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home owner in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide appropriate care to a resident. More >>

Superb Spring Superfoods Are Here!

Monday, 21 October 2019, 11:38 am | Five plus a day

AUCKLAND, 21st October 2019: Spring is a great time to shake up your diet and make the most of new seasonal produce to boost your overall health and vitality. More >>

OT week celebrations 21-25 October 2019

Monday, 21 October 2019, 9:22 am | Occupational Therapy New Zealand

Every year in October, New Zealand Occupational Therapists celebrate Occupational Therapy Week and World Occupational Therapy Day. More >>

Whakamana Backs Latest University Research on Cannabis Use

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 5:14 pm | NZ Institute for Cannabis Education

Whakamana Backs Latest University Research on Cannabis Use “Managing dose levels is absolutely key.” - Abe Gray The NZ Institute for Cannabis Education, Research and Development based in Christchurch, says a new study released by the University ... More >>

Underuse of Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment a Concern

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 12:22 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

Many cancer patients in Australia and New Zealand continue to miss out on radiation therapy in their treatment. More >>

Health leaders set sights on fairer future

Friday, 18 October 2019, 3:09 pm | SEQURE Health

Doctors and nurses say equal access to healthcare will be NZ’s biggest challenge when population hits 5 million. More >>

Confirmed measles case at Tokoroa wedding

Friday, 18 October 2019, 12:44 pm | Waikato District Health Board

The Medical Officer of Health Dr Richard Hoskins has been informed there was a child confirmed to be infectious with measles after attending a wedding in Tokoroa on Friday 11 October. More >>

1 NEWS OIA release on tobacco sales cause for hope

Friday, 18 October 2019, 12:05 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Yesterday a journalist from 1 NEWS published statistics reflecting the sharp decline in tobacco sales since 2016. This information was released to 1 NEWS under the Official Information Act and it is welcome news to the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Coordination ... More >>

Blind & Low Vision NZ launches the #AltTextForAll Movement

Friday, 18 October 2019, 11:14 am | Blind and Low Vision NZ

Blind & Low Vision NZ (formerly the Blind Foundation) launches the #AltTextForAll Movement to help make the Internet more accessible, in new campaign via YoungShand and Pead PR. More >>

When posters are good for your health

Friday, 18 October 2019, 10:45 am | Seed The Change

When posters are good for your health. Do you believe in the life-changing power of communication? Put your band on a street poster, stick your brand on a billboard and there are numerous case studies that show how people pay attention. More >>

Cultural safety focus for Emergency Department Conference

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:24 am | Panui Papaho

Equity in healthcare for patients accessing hospital emergency departments (EDs) is the theme for close to 100 emergency doctors, nurses, managers and stakeholder partners attending the New Zealand Emergency Department Conference in Taupo. More >>

Korean community representatives welcome the SuMRC report

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:12 pm | Joint Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – “Korean community representatives welcome the SuMRC report on Asian suicides in Aotearoa New Zealand and calls on the Government to act” More >>

Smile Direct Club Announces Expansion into NZ

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:02 pm | Smile Direct Club

Smile Direct Club Announces Expansion into New Zealand to Increase Access to Affordable and Convenient Teeth Straightening Solutions Teledentistry pioneer continues rapid global expansion to unleash the power of straighter, brighter smiles NASHVILLE, Tenn., ... More >>

Fiji Kava Signs Agreement with Green Cross Health

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 7:32 pm | Fiji Kava

Fiji Kava Signs Agreement with New Zealand’s Leading Pharmacy Group, Green Cross Health • Fiji Kava has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading New Zealand pharmacy group, Green Cross Health. This significantly strengthens Fiji Kava’s ... More >>

Measles case on Auckland to Gold Coast flight

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 3:24 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealand passenger travelling from Auckland to the Gold Coast on October 6. More >>

Voting open for Clinical Informatics Leadership Award

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:04 pm |

The three finalists for the 2019 award are; David Ryan, IS clinical change manager, Waitematā DHB; Rebecca George , clinical lead allied health informatics Canterbury DHB; and Robyn Whittaker, associate professor at the National Institute for Health ... More >>

Incompatible kidney transplants a reality in Wellington

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:01 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Patients needing incompatible kidney transplants no longer need to travel to Auckland or Christchurch thanks to close collaboration between the Renal Service and the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS). More >>

Events inspire workplaces to address mental health crisis

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:17 am | Ignite Aotearoa

Leading employers and wellbeing experts will explore how workplaces can address New Zealand’s poor mental health statistics next week. More >>

New measles case confirmed in South Canterbury

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:11 am | South Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health team has been working to identify all close contacts of this man both at work, and in his private life, determining their immunisation status and offering advice regarding what further action they ... More >>

Demand for funded devices puts pressure on appointments

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 2:15 pm | Family Planning

Family Planning says demand for the fully-funded Mirena and Jaydess contraceptive devices is so high that just two days after PHARMAC’s announcement, it is already booking clients into appointments in early 2020. More >>

Five Ways with Strawberries Through Spring and Summer

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 2:11 pm | 5 Plus A Day

AUCKLAND, Wednesday 16th October 2019: The taste of summer is finally here with plump New Zealand-grown strawberries now on sale and plenty of ways to enjoy eating them throughout the day. More >>

Measles alert for North Island school holiday camp

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 2:06 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Children and adults who were at a Seventh Day Adventist camp in Rotorua may need to go into quarantine if not immune to measles, after being exposed to the virus during the school holidays. More >>

Joint approach to help prevent measles spreading

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 12:06 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education have signed a memorandum of understanding, so they can work together to help prevent the spread of measles in schools. More >>

Do You Know How to Restart a Heart?

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:22 am | St John

16 OCTOBER 2019 Every year, cardiac arrest kills more New Zealanders than road accidents, a statistic everyone can change. More >>

New Zealand gets its own surgical risk calculator

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:06 am | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Unique New Zealand data has been used in a surgical risk calculator that allows patients to better understand the risks versus the benefits of their operation, taking into account their age, the type of surgery, pre-existing health conditions and ethnicity. More >>

World Spine Day “Get Spine Active” (#getspineactive)

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 8:17 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging Kiwis to get spine active and stay healthy as part of the NZCA’s contribution to World Spine Day (16th October 2019). Back pain is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, ... More >>

Let’s Talk Cancer Hui

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:38 pm | Northland District Health Board

Both speakers and attendees took away learnings from the well-attended Let's Talk Cancer Hui last month in Rawene. More >>

Nothing else matters when you can't breathe

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1:37 pm | Asthma New Zealand

Nothing else matters when you can’t breathe and knowing how to do it well, improves how you live. Most people take their breathing for granted until something goes wrong. Asthma, hay fever, snoring, sleep apnoea or panic attacks are just a few of the signs ... More >>

Kiwi researchers make TB discovery

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 1:23 pm | University of Auckland

Worldwide approximately one in four people is infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and while overall New Zealand has relatively low rates of TB, Māori and Pacific people are eight times more likely to be affected than Pākehā. More >>

Forgotten and neglected: The late effects of poliomyelitis

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 12:08 pm | University of Otago

Survivors of New Zealand’s Poliomyelitis epidemics in the 1950s and 60s are largely being forgotten and neglected as they suffer from the late effects of Polio, says the University of Minnesota’s Emeritus Professor of Neurology, Dr Gareth Parry. More >>



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