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Children continue to be exposed to second-hand smoke in cars

Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:04 am | University of Otago

New evidence shows one in five children continue to be exposed to smoking in cars, and that exposure even increased in 2015. These findings by ASPIRE2025 researchers contradict Government claims that current initiatives are sufficient to protect children ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at Capacity

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 7:18 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay Hospital at Capacity Hawke’s Bay Hospital is at capacity, and unless it’s an emergency, people are urged to seek medical care from their family doctor, medical centre, pharmacy or to call Healthline. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Gommans ... More >>

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $1.28m

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 3:53 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $1.28 million to medical researchers in the first half of 2017 More >>

Gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 3:06 pm | Joint Press Release

Study finds gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use disorders and common physical health problems More >>

Waitemata DHB wins public sector excellence award

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 2:55 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board [Waitemata DHB] Bowel Screening pilot has been honoured at this year’s Deloitte IPANZ Awards 2017, held at Wellington’s TSB Arena on July 5th 2017. More >>

Under-resourcing of neurology means NZ falls short on MS

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 1:58 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Drastic under-resourcing of DHB neurology services means NZ is falling well short of internationally-approved standards of care for people with multiple sclerosis More >>

Genetics a game changer in getting Kiwis fitter

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:57 pm | Make Lemonade

The role of genetics, and how it relates to people’s nutrition, exercise and health is an absolute game changer when it comes to Kiwis improving their lives, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. More >>

Abbott's FreeStyle® Libre Now Available for NZ Diabetics

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 9:37 am | Abbott

Improved Glucose Control without Routine Finger Pricks now a Possibility for New Zealanders Living with Diabetes More >>

New Zealand is closer to eradicating chickenpox

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 8:49 pm | GlaxoSmithKline

A New Zealand scientist believes that chickenpox, a disease that can lead to serious complications and even death and that causes hundreds of hospitalisations annually, is closer to being eradicated in New Zealand. More >>

Worse than inappropriate to ignore Canterbury mental health

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 1:14 pm | Public Service Association

The Government’s rejection of an urgent request from Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) for additional mental health funding to address increasing demand is short-sighted and shows they aren’t listening to those on the frontline, says the ... More >>

Getting A Sporting Chance to Beat Glaucoma

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 10:47 am | Glaucoma New Zealand

A chance encounter with a Kiwi sporting legend and his wife saved Andy Dickerson’s eyesight from serious damage. More >>

World-leading surgeon operates in Wellington

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 10:12 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

World-leading breast cancer surgeon and plastic surgeon Dr Krishna Clough is performing breast reconstruction surgeries at Wellington Regional Hospital this week. More >>

Certifying Consultant Supports Abortion Rights

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 9:17 am | Abortion Law Reform Association NZ

A certifying consultant, Dr Helen Paterson, has told the Abortion Supervisory Committee she now supports abortion rights, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand says. More >>

National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Programme

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 2:29 pm | Waka Hourua

Waka Hourua is the National Māori and Pacific Suicide Prevention Programme funded by the Ministry of Health. Delivered by Te Rau Matatini and Le Va, emerging evidence has demonstrated that responding to suicide among young Māori and Pacific people ... More >>

NZME Breaks The Silence

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 10:01 am | NZME

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 – A young person in New Zealand kills themselves - on average - every 67 hours. Our teen suicide rate is the worst in the developed world, so high it raises the global average. The annual number of deaths has remained largely unchanged ... More >>

Unmet Needs in Head and Neck Cancer

Monday, 3 July 2017, 7:00 pm | Head and Neck Cancer Survivors' Support Network

Unmet Needs in Head and Neck Cancer Head and neck cancer is a devastating diagnosis. Treatments cause enormous damaging side effects to everything that make us human beings. Our ability to engage with others. To converse. To share a meal and drink ... More >>

New Campaign Featuring King’s High Students & Ben Smith

Monday, 3 July 2017, 6:56 pm | GlaxoSmithKline

New Campaign Featuring King’s High Students & All Black Ben Smith Launches A group of local King’s High School students will appear in a new advertising campaign with All Black Ben Smith, which launches today. More >>

New World partners with Wellington dietitian

Monday, 3 July 2017, 3:07 pm | New World

New World partners with Wellington dietitian to raise awareness of digestive health New World is partnering with well-known Registered Dietitian, Sarah Elliott from FoodSavvy , to raise awareness of the important role that food plays in bowel health. ... More >>

The Changing Face of Cancer

Monday, 3 July 2017, 12:49 pm | Look Good Feel Better

Today marks the start of Look Good Feel Better’s annual campaign Feel Better Month, to raise vital funds to host thousands of women, men and teenagers with cancer across the country. Cancer is on the increase and that growth is fuelling changes for charities ... More >>

Low vaccination rates fuelling Auckland’s mumps outbreak

Monday, 3 July 2017, 10:36 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is concerned not enough young Aucklanders are immunised in the face of an unrelenting mumps outbreak. More >>

Canterbury DHB Launches in-House Food Services at All Sites

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:28 pm | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB Launches in-House Food Services at All Sites Canterbury DHB has taken the exciting step of bringing a range of services in-house, including all food services, and at Ashburton Hospital our orderly, cleaning and laundry services, from today. ... More >>

Dry July Means More People Thinking About How They Drink

Friday, 30 June 2017, 2:57 pm | The Tomorrow Project

Social fundraising initiatives like Dry July encourage people to think about how they drink, says Matt Claridge, Executive Director of The TomorrowProject, an organisation charged with changing Kiwi attitudes to drinking. More >>

Spice it up with cinnamon to tackle metabolic syndrome

Friday, 30 June 2017, 2:47 pm | CNS

Spice it up with cinnamon to tackle metabolic syndrome Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS Photograph is online at: Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur due to imbalance of the body’s structural ... More >>

Local hospitals nearing capacity

Friday, 30 June 2017, 1:16 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Local hospitals nearing capacity Wellington Regional and Kenepuru Community Hospitals are currently near capacity, and patients with non-urgent needs are being encouraged to see their GP in the first instance. Both hospitals experience higher occupancy ... More >>

Deceased Organ Donation Strategy Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Friday, 30 June 2017, 9:45 am | Kidney Health NZ

The Deceased Organ Donation Strategy launched by the Minister of Health today is good as far as it goes – but it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More >>

US Food Poisoning Lawyer at Food Integrity Conference

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 11:07 am | Food Integrity Conference

As New Zealand chefs, food experts, and MPI debate what constitutes a cooked beef burger, leading US food safety litigator Bill Marler, who made his name prosecuting the burger company responsible for a major E. coli outbreak, is today’s keynote ... More >>

Advancing the endgame for the tobacco pandemic

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 10:41 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora supports new research on tobacco control published by the University of Otago in the British Medical Journal this month. "This is significant for the tobacco control sector" says Zoe Hawke, General Manager of the National Tobacco Control ... More >>

Stay well this winter

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 10:22 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

With the chilly season settling in, and ambulance callouts increasing, health and emergency services are urging people to wrap up and take good care of themselves. More >>

Pathways to Achieve Smokefree NZ – new research

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 9:54 am | University of Otago

New modelling research has shown the major ways for reducing smoking on the path to New Zealand’s smokefree goal by 2025. University of Otago, Wellington researchers are calling for these new measures to be considered by the New Zealand Government. ... More >>

Funding for heart and gut research

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 4:42 pm | Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Research into heart and gut disease at Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has received a significant boost with recent funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council (HRC). A five-year research programme looking at the biomechanics of heart ... More >>

CCDHB announces results of staff engagement survey

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 3:12 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Over two thirds of Capital & Coast District Health Board staff feel positively engaged according to their recent engagement survey. The staff engagement survey took place between 20 March to 10 April. A total of 2,999 clinical and non-clinical ... More >>

Too Many Cows Could Make Us Sick

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 12:09 pm | Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists are taking over Parliament lawn this lunchtime with a herd of dairy cows. More >>

Southern Families to Benefit from Free Chicken Pox Vaccine

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:36 am | Southern District Health Board

Good news for families living in the Southern District: from 1 July children aged 15 months and 11 years of age will be able to access the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination free of charge. More >>

UK Baroness Says Assisted Dying Would Bring Coercion & Abuse

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 9:44 am | Every Life Research Unit

Baroness Ilora Finlay and her colleague Robert Preston will debate Maryan Street, Lectretia Seales’ lawyer Andrew Butler, and Professor Andrew Geddis at an event in Parliament on Wednesday, 28 June. Baroness Finlay – a professor of Palliative ... More >>

Thousands set to benefit from PHARMAC funded vaccine

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 9:15 am | PHARMAC

Thousands of children a year are set to avoid chickenpox infection, with flow-on benefits to families and the wider health system, after the varicella vaccine which prevents chickenpox is funded from 1 July 2017. More >>

Mind-body and Yoga for Your Wellness and Activity

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Mind-body practices such as yoga have been around for a long time. In fact yoga can be dated back over 5000 years. In more recent times yoga has become more accepted in the mainstream, with exercise options in this area increasing, This includes a ... More >>

Assessing the health needs of Whānau in West Auckland

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 2:56 pm | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

A report on the health needs of West Auckland has revealed Whānau Centre delivers services to a young, high needs population who are frequent users of hospital emergency departments and mental health services. More >>

Women needing a safety net that is not there says Backbone

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 1:57 pm | The Backbone Collective

Backbone Collective launched nearly 4 months ago to give women who have experienced violence and abuse a safe way to say how the system responded to them when they reached out for help. There are currently nearly 900 women members and over 100 supporters ... More >>

Moving your mood with music

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 1:35 pm | Massey University

With the second Music Therapy Awareness Week coming up (July 1-9), it is a good time to remind ourselves of the health benefits of music and how its everyday use can help move your mood. Massey University nursing lecturer Craig Waterworth has now ... More >>

Top Gynaes to speak at Insight Endometriosis Seminar

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:08 am | Insight Endometriosis

Waikato women, teenage girls and health professionals will benefit from a presentation by gynaecologists VP Singh and Lakshmi Ravikanti on “Pelvic Pain and It's Management” on Wednesday 28 June. The meeting will be held at CCS Disability Action, 17 Claudelands ... More >>

Local Schools Tap in to Water

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:31 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

“Water is our drink of choice. Drink sachets, fizzy drinks and caffeine-based drinks are not welcome here.” That’s the call from Allandale School Principal, Drew Manning, one of many local principals taking steps to remove sugary drinks from their ... More >>

Far North imoko health service honoured with award

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 8:57 am | Make Lemonade

One of New Zealand’s leading public health volunteer charity organisations, imoko, has been honoured for its services to the community. More >>

Mental Health Foundation launches ‘Take the Load Off‘

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 8:55 am | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is pleased to introduce Take the Load Off , a new online Like Minds, Like Mine campaign to reduce mental illness stigma and discrimination. More >>

Health warrant-of-fitness recommended

Monday, 26 June 2017, 7:28 pm | SpecSavers

Health warrant-of-fitness recommended to keep Kiwis fighting-fit Research shows one million New Zealanders are not prioritising essential health check Specsavers is encouraging Kiwis to prioritise their health and proactively schedule necessary health ... More >>

Bugs’n’Bones study hopes to aid ageing population

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:44 pm | Massey University

As the world grapples with an ever-growing ageing population, it is estimated that one in three women over the age of 50 will experience bone fractures due to osteoporosis, a disease which causes low bone mass. More >>

Waikato project to help people adapting to climate change

Monday, 26 June 2017, 12:36 pm | University of Waikato

A team of University of Waikato academics have launched a new research project that will engage with New Zealanders about preparing for the impacts of climate change. Pictured from left: Professor Debashish Munshi; Professor Priya Kurian; and Associate ... More >>


Monday, 26 June 2017, 10:20 am | Auckland District Health Board

The A+ Trust, which is the official fundraising arm for Auckland DHB’s adult services, is encouraging people to write their will or if they already have one, to update it. More >>

Study seeking to develop and protect Māori end-of-life care

Monday, 26 June 2017, 9:50 am | University of Auckland

A three-year study by the University of Auckland will seek to discover and strengthen Māori traditional end-of-life care practices to protect them for the future; this will have benefits for whānau carers, iwi and the health and palliative care sectors. ... More >>

Menstruation Matters

Monday, 26 June 2017, 9:44 am | Menstruation Matters

The event ‘Menstruation Matters’ has received well over 1,000 donated products. The public disgust may continue against the art piece “An Expensive Habit,” however, many people are still struggling to access menstruation products. More >>

Closing the border in extreme pandemics worthwhile – Study

Monday, 26 June 2017, 9:29 am | University of Otago

It may sometimes make sense for island nations like New Zealand to temporarily close their borders in extreme pandemic situations, a new study by Wellington researchers suggests. More >>

Support for Mental Health and Addictions Issues Matters

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:36 pm | Platform Trust

At some stage in their lives, all New Zealanders are affected by mental health and addictions issues, either in their own lives or in the life of someone they know. The it matters! campaign declares that when people want and need it, support should ... More >>

Spirits NZ Welcomes Release of Health Research Strategy

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:26 pm | Spirits New Zealand

A specific action focused on building industry partnerships and approaches closely aligned with the New Zealand Health Strategy are two highlights from the just released Health Research Strategy. More >>

Young lads support people with dementia

Friday, 23 June 2017, 11:49 am | Dementia Auckland

When 17-year-old Blake Nicholson was just six-years-old he lost his grandmother to dementia, something he did not fully understand at the time, but the sadness that surrounded his family is a memory he still carries with him today. More >>

Drowning terminology hung out to dry

Friday, 23 June 2017, 11:40 am | NZ Resucitation Council

Drowning is ‘the process whereby a person experiences respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in liquid’. This means that when a person drowns, the airway is blocked by water or another liquid, and this prevents them from breathing. More >>

Supporting delivery of the 2016 New Zealand health strategy

Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:24 am | Primary Health Alliance

The Primary Health Alliance has today published the latest in its series of discussion papers One team, many businesses: Supporting delivery of the 2016 New Zealand Health Strategy (copy attached). More >>

Simple act to protect against Legionnaire’s disease

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:06 am | University of Otago

Washing hands after using compost could protect gardeners from contracting a common but dangerous strain of Legionnaire’s disease, new University of Otago research shows. More >>

Claire Austin appointed to Health Workforce NZ

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:16 pm | Ministry of Health

The Director-General of Health, Chai Chuah, is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Austin as the new Group Manager - Health Workforce New Zealand. More >>

UNZ welcomes first Health Research Strategy

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:13 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

By 2020 New Zealand will be investing over $120 million annually on health research so it’s critical the Health Research Strategy released today has the greatest impact possible. More >>

NZ Health Research Strategy to help ‘change the face of heal

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 1:17 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland DHB welcomes the inaugural New Zealand Health Research Strategy, which sets a vision of creating a world-leading health research and innovation system by 2027. More >>

Otago welcomes new government health research strategy

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 12:45 pm | Otago University

The University of Otago welcomes the newly announced 10-year strategy for health research in New Zealand, and is pleased by the joined-up approach planned by ministries and agencies for putting it in place. Otago Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and ... More >>



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