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New clinic brings better support for people taking meds

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 10:34 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Helping elderly patients who take multiple medications stay safe and well is the aim of a new outpatients clinic at Tauranga Hospital. For many older New Zealanders, polypharmacy (taking multiple medications for multiple conditions) is common. 35% ... More >>

Mild brain injuries may have widespread impact

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 9:29 am | Auckland University of Technology

Any impairment of social cognitive functions may lead to social-behavioural problems, poor communication skills, relationship difficulties, unemployment, stress, loneliness and reduced social participation. More >>

Medicinal cannabis enquiries up, doctors willing if informed

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 9:18 am | Helius Therapeutics

The first ever comprehensive and independent survey of New Zealand medical professionals’ views on medicinal cannabis shows growing enquiries from patients and a strong willingness from physicians to prescribe products from next year, providing they have sufficient ... More >>

New Rural General Practice Chair welcomes health hubs

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 4:41 pm | Rural General Practice Network

New Rural General Practice Chair welcomes health hubs, calls for National Rural Health Commissioner More >>

Maori Council targeting suicide prevention among Maori men

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 3:59 pm | Maori Council

Maori Council & National Maori Authority launches new resource targeting suicide prevention amongst Maori men “How to have a korero” More >>

Avoiding injury can be easy

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2:58 pm | Southern District Health Board

Reading instruction manuals thoroughly before working with complex machinery is an easy way to avoid serious injury, WorkSafe says. More >>

“The Makers” Making it for Charity

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 1:51 pm | Positive Women

Women and Jewellery were the perfect partners in a fundraising initiative by the Makers Jewellery collaborative based in Wellington, and Positive Women Inc., a support organisation for women and families living with HIV. More >>

Chiropractic Could Help Reduce Opioid Dependency Epidemic

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 1:02 pm | NZ Chiropractors Association

Chiropractic is associated with a significant reduction in opioid prescriptions compared with non-chiropractic care, new research suggests. More >>

Tips to Healthy Ageing

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 9:21 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Exercising regularly has significant life improving and lengthening benefit at any age, from early childhood through to later years. While there are natural parts of the ageing process that cannot be prevented, we are seeing more research indicating ... More >>

DHBs welcome ERA decision

Monday, 15 April 2019, 4:39 pm | All District Health Boards

DHB Spokesman Dr Peter Bramley says DHBs are available to meet as soon as possible. “We call on the RDA members to lift strike notice now that their application for the ERA’s involvement has been granted.” More >>

Mindfulness Key to Reducing Childhood Anxiety

Monday, 15 April 2019, 3:43 pm | Steiner Education Aotearoa New Zealand

Growing rates of anxiety and depression in Kiwi children can be managed through mindfulness, a growing practice that can benefit both teachers and their students. More >>

Postcode lottery for weight loss surgery

Monday, 15 April 2019, 3:16 pm | University of Auckland

A ‘postcode lottery’ is denying people with obesity access to weight loss surgery through the public health system in some parts of Aotearoa New Zealand, researchers say. More >>

Inadequate documentation resulting in inadequate care

Monday, 15 April 2019, 2:18 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to complete and then ... More >>

World Earth Day: Air quality and its effects on health

Monday, 15 April 2019, 9:22 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

A newly formed partnership between Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) and NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) aims to provide the latest air quality research to over 700,000 people living with respiratory conditions in ... More >>

Midwives Vote YES to DHBs MECA Settlement

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 5:28 pm | MERAS

The vote which closed on Friday 12th April, will see a majority of members gaining increases of up to 17.5% from where they are now ($66,755 a year) to where they will be in August next year ($78,353 a year). More >>

New Report on Maternity finds drop in teenage pregnancies

Friday, 12 April 2019, 3:20 pm | Ministry of Health

The latest Report on Maternity has been released, showing the rate of teenage pregnancies has halved in the past decade. More >>

Venues across NZ lighting up red for World Haemophilia day

Friday, 12 April 2019, 10:58 am | Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand

On April 17 each year, people and member organisations worldwide celebrate World Haemophilia Day to increase public awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. More >>

Two in five Auckland and Northland kids have teeth cavities

Friday, 12 April 2019, 9:10 am | University of Auckland

A new University of Auckland study shows two in five (41 percent) children living in Auckland and Northland have one or more decayed, missing or filled tooth when they start school. More >>

Successful launch of Pacific health research partnership

Thursday, 11 April 2019, 3:49 pm | Pacific Health Plus

Last Friday, a group of over 120 people gathered on a cold, blustery Autumn night in a hall above a burnt out pub on Bedford Street in Cannons Creek, Porirua, to hear about a ground-breaking project to change health outcomes in one of the neediest ... More >>

Speed critical to a better recovery says stroke survivor

Thursday, 11 April 2019, 3:12 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

The fact that Barry Anderson is on his way to a full recovery after a major stroke is down to one thing he says, speed of action. “Time is of the essence,” said Barry. “Speed is the most important thing. I’m living proof of that when you ... More >>

DHB Admin workers present Heart of the Hospital petition

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 1:15 pm | Public Service Association

A 12,800 strong petition in support of equal pay for DHB Administration workers was received at Parliament today. More >>

Starts World Parkinson’s Day April 11 – 13.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 11:28 am | Parkinsons New Zealand

Over 2000 people will attend INSIGHT 2019, the world’s largest online event for Parkinson’s when it kicks off on World Parkinson’s Day, Thursday 11 April, 2019. The Online Summit is an inclusive event, with people with Parkinson’s, their carers ... More >>

DHBs urged to address hospital specialist burnout

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 10:08 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Stress, fatigue, and overwork are taking a toll on New Zealand’s public hospital specialists and District Health Boards need to do much more to support them, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Executive Director Ian Powell says. More >>

Simon Gault collaborates with Autism New Zealand

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 4:34 pm | Autism NZ

When Simon Gault learned about the struggles autistics and their families face he was heartbroken, so he has teamed up with Autism New Zealand for Autism Awareness Month to help create awareness about how all kiwis can support those living with ... More >>

Auckland measles cases: 15

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 12:28 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of three new measles cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in Auckland for this year to 15. More >>

Vaping very low among young teens and no gateway

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 9:22 am | Alt New Zealand

New research shows record few Year 10 students in New Zealand are smoking, while vaping by 14 and 15-year olds remains equally low and is falling. More >>

Incorrect administration of medication 16HDC01162

Monday, 8 April 2019, 2:17 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 failing to provide a resident with an appropriate standard ... More >>

More questions than answers on mental health

Monday, 8 April 2019, 1:56 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Mental Health and Addiction inquiry report has laudable aims but lacks detail about implementation and side-lines those who work in the sector, says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

It’s Advance Care Planning Day - start your plan today!

Saturday, 6 April 2019, 2:53 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Today is Advance Care Planning Day and Kiwis are being encouraged to start planning for their future health and end-of-life care. More >>

Commitment to rural health hubs delights sector

Saturday, 6 April 2019, 10:53 am | Rural General Practice Network

The organisation representing rural doctors and nurses today said the Minister of Health’s commitment to rural health training hubs had the opportunity to revolutionise rural health service delivery in New Zealand. More >>

Anthony inspires through exercise

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 5:12 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

One ten-year-old local is making permanent lifestyle changes thanks to the Movin’March initiative which wrapped up last week. More >>

Increasing Māori health workforce focus of day-long event

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 1:35 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Around 40 students from seven Tauranga schools have taken part in a day-long event focussed on increasing the Māori workforce in health. More >>

Youth smoking in New Zealand continues to fall

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 10:55 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa released new data showing that daily smoking among students (aged 14-15) has dropped below 2% for the first time. Only 1.9% of students reported daily smoking. More >>

Telehealth on the rise

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 10:49 am | Telehealth Leadership Group

Telehealth is increasingly being used to connect clinicians within and between New Zealand’s hospitals and to reach into people’s homes, a new survey reveals. More >>

Geneva Healthcare increases capability to support ASD

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 10:47 am | Geneva Healthcare

Geneva Healthcare increases capability to support those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD More >>

World Allergy Week: Why healthy homes are important

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 10:14 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Ahead of World Allergy Week kicking off on April 7, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ places a timely reminder on the benefits of maintaining a healthy home for those who live with asthma and allergies. In New Zealand, approximately 70 to 80 percent ... More >>

Southerners encouraged to think about what matters to them

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 3:14 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB and WellSouth are encouraging everyone, regardless of their age or health condition to think about, talk about and share what matters to them for their future health care for Advance Care Planning Day on Friday 5 April. More >>

Taranaki DHB heartens community healthcare with mobile forms

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 12:45 pm | Taranaki DHB

Acknowledged for its leadership in adopting new technologies, Taranaki DHB has recently expanded its use of mobile forms, adding its Child Therapy unit, so more patients can benefit from digitally generated data. More >>

Lifesaving Stop the Bleed campaign launched

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 12:28 pm | Pharmaco

A campaign to raise public awareness about life threatening severe bleeding after an accident has been launched today by New Zealand healthcare company Pharmaco Emergency Care, and is being supported by the Medical Director for St John. More >>

Advance Care Planning Day approaches

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 12:18 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

As Advance Care Planning Day approaches one well-known kuia is encouraging people to start the conversation with their whānau about their plans and wishes. More >>

One in 10 shy of asking doctors if tests are necessary

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 10:04 am | Consumer NZ

One in 10 New Zealanders uncomfortable asking doctors whether a test or treatment is necessary More >>

New early warning system aims to reduce maternal morbidity

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 9:38 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A new system is being rolled out to help clinicians quickly respond to deteriorating health in pregnant women in hospital. More >>

Zoom Connects Patients with Dentists

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 3:28 pm | Northland District Health Board

The Northland DHB pilot of their oral telehealth service last month was a success, with clinicians and patients both giving a 'big smile' to Zoom seamlessly connecting patients in Kaitaia with dentists at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

St John’s Last Appeal to Fund Emergency Ambulance Service?

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 1:33 pm | St John

Will This Be St John’s Last Annual Appeal to Fund the Emergency Ambulance Service? MEDIA RELEASE 2 APRIL 2019 More >>

Dentists back calls to restrict junk food advertising

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

A recent article in the New Zealand Medical Journal looked at children’s views on junk food marketing, including advertising, what nutritional information should be provided, and how healthy food is promoted. More >>

Sleeping on either side more than halves stillbirth risk

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 10:15 am | University of Auckland

Pregnant women can now rest easier – on their side. A University of Auckland-led international study published today in a prestigious Lancet group journal provides the strongest evidence yet that by going to sleep on either side in the last three ... More >>

Manawhenua Hauora and MDHB re-sign agreement

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 10:03 am | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) and its Māori Relationship Board Manawhenua Hauora have re-signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance Maori health in the district. More >>

Asthma and flu a risky combination – get immunised

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 9:32 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Even if your asthma is well managed, you are at higher risk of complications if you catch influenza (flu). For example, adults and children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with the flu than people who do not ... More >>

The Health Benefits of Exercise for Kiwi Kids

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 9:21 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

We all know the benefits of physical activity for adults. Even so, actually getting active and maintaining a regular level of movement can be a challenge for many. With some serious forward thinking, is it possible to reduce the challenge of future generations ... More >>

Inadequate monitoring in inpatient mental health unit

Monday, 1 April 2019, 3:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding Waitemata DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to properly monitor a young man who was admitted under ... More >>

Assessment and management of finger injury 17HDC01170

Monday, 1 April 2019, 3:09 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding the Department of Corrections in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided to a man. More >>

Friday 5 April is GUMBOOT FRIDAY!

Monday, 1 April 2019, 1:11 pm | I am Hope

Gumboot Up NZ! Mike King and mental health charity I AM HOPE calls for New Zealanders to wear gumboots on Friday 5 April to support kids in need. More >>

How a vaccine for drug addiction could become a reality

Monday, 1 April 2019, 10:09 am | Health Research Council

A Victoria University of Wellington scientist hopes to bring us a major step closer to a vaccine for drug addiction, with the help of an Explorer Grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Scientists have been trying to create vaccines for ... More >>

Ground-breaking research partnership in Porirua

Monday, 1 April 2019, 9:20 am | Pacific Health Plus

Pacific Health Plus and the Maurice Wilkins Centre are pleased to announce a joint research initiative to improve the health of Pacific people in New Zealand. More >>

Lessons for NZ Farmers in Cancer Link to Herbicides

Monday, 1 April 2019, 9:10 am | GE Free NZ

Lessons for NZ Farmers in Cancer Link to Glyphosate Based Herbicides More >>

Strike reflects pressure of underfunded disability sector

Sunday, 31 March 2019, 2:04 pm | Disability Support Network

Media Statement 31 March 2019 NZDSN says notice that IDEA Services has been issued with strike action over failed negotiations with a union representing support and admin staff shows the pressure on disability service providers. More >>

National rural health conference in Marlborough

Saturday, 30 March 2019, 11:48 am | Rural General Practice Network

New Zealand’s premiere National Rural Health Conference comes to Marlborough in early April with a line-up of keynote speakers including Doctor of Psychiatry Hinemoa Elder, Dame Tariana Turia, Emeritus Professor Dr Paul Worley (Australia’s first ... More >>

Scleroderma NZ on Salons Offering Nail Services

Friday, 29 March 2019, 11:16 am | Scleroderma NZ

Scleroderma New Zealand is concerned at the findings of the recently released Regional Public Health report Survey of Knowledge and Infection Control Practices in Salons Offering Nail Services . Some people with scleroderma are unable to cut their finger ... More >>

Outpatient appointments in Christchurch postponed

Friday, 29 March 2019, 8:34 am | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Due to a burst steam pipe and flooding in the new Christchurch Outpatient building all outpatient appointments in the new building scheduled for today, Friday 29 March, have been postponed and will be rescheduled. More >>

Chronic pain is a mental health issue, too

Thursday, 28 March 2019, 5:59 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

Debilitating chronic pain affects more than 1 in 5 New Zealanders and is increasing among New Zealanders who are over 55, particularly for Māori, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). More >>



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