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Talking with young people about suicide

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 5:38 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has released a new video series: Connecting through Kōrero . More >>

Drinking water quality improved by using rail?

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 3:39 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Just when you thought it was safe to drink bottled water, a new U.N. report raises concerns about what you may be consuming: tiny particles of microplastics. The just-published 124-page report from the World Health Organization (WHO) is the first major international ... More >>

Doctors need to get above the noise on social media

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:01 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Doctors need to be active on social media and other communication platforms to offset the noise of the anti-science movement according to a visiting professor of anaesthesiology, Dr Ed Mariano from Stanford University in the US. More >>

Better pain management can help NZ avoid an opioid crisis

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:59 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

One thing that has been learnt from the opioid epidemic in the US is that treating pain with a more multidisciplinary approach can keep patients off opioids according to a visiting Stanford University Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and ... More >>

Car smoking ban keeping children safe

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:24 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ supports submissions to yesterday’s Health Select Committee around the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill to ban smoking in cars with children, says Chief Executive Letitia O’Dwyer. More >>

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition Supports Patients

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:21 pm | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) stands with all people living with advanced breast cancer and their supporters who have advocated for changes in medicines funding and the health system. We also fully support those with other cancers and diseases ... More >>

Recipe to support post disaster recovery

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 10:28 am | All Right

All Right?, the campaign that was established to support Cantabrians cope with the emotional impacts of the earthquakes, has launched a new online toolbox to help other communities set up similar initiatives. He Waka Ora pulls together the experiences ... More >>

Campaign backs ban on direct advertising of medicines

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 10:19 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

The New Zealand Choosing Wisely campaign is joining Consumer NZ and others in calling for a ban on the advertising of prescription medicines to consumers. Choosing Wisely encourages consumers and health professionals to discuss whether a particular test, ... More >>

Today we celebrate our smokefree future

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:14 am | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

This morning, the tobacco control sector and community members will be welcomed onto Kōkiri marae to celebrate the launch of the Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke research programme which aims to help reduce smoking disparities and achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa. More >>

Today we celebrate our smokefree future

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:00 am | Hapai Te Hauora

This morning, the tobacco control sector and community members will be welcomed onto Kōkiri marae to celebrate the launch of the Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke research programme which aims to help reduce smoking disparities and achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa. More >>

Babies missing out on heart screening

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:40 am | University of Auckland

Newborns are missing out on potentially life-saving screening for a heart defect due to unequal access to the test across district health boards and population groups, a new study reveals. More >>

Catching the fraudsters in medical research

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:27 am | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

The prestigious UK journal, Anaesthesia is uncovering scientific fraud that is triggering international investigations at the rate of one every two weeks according to its editor-in-chief, Dr Andrew Klein. Dr Klein, who is speaking at the New Zealand Anaesthesia ... More >>

Rare Disorders NZ supports patient advocates

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 1:57 pm | NZORD

Rare Disorders NZ (RDNZ) supports all people living with a chronic health condition who are brave enough to share their experiences with the media to advocate for changes in the health system. More >>

New research suggests cochlear implants will unlock tinnitus

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:15 am | Pindrop Foundation

Tinnitus is a chronic and debilitating health issue affecting 1 in 7 older New Zealanders with an estimated cost to NZ of $7.5 billion in lost productivity, health and welfare costs. Often described as ‘ringing in the ears’ where people hear ringing, buzzing, ... More >>

Ground Breaking Study - Fluoridated Water Lowers Kid's IQs

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:43 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The world's premier pediatric journal ( JAMA Pediatrics ) has published a new government-funded study, Association Between Maternal Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring , confirming our worst fears, linking exposure to fluoridated water ... More >>

Importance of support services highlighted this Daffodil Day

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:12 pm | Cancer Society

20 August 2019 Cancer Society puts importance of support services in spotlight this Daffodil Day The Cancer Society is asking people to dig deep to help Kiwis facing cancer when they donate on Daffodil Day, Friday 30 August. More >>

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei To Benefit from New Health Initiative

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 1:57 pm | Zoom Pharmacy

Thousands of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei hapū members are set to benefit from a new health care initiative designed to improve their access to prescription medication. More >>

New children’s hospital starts to take shape

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 11:17 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast DHB and Minister of Health Dr David Clark have marked the beginning of the steel-framing work for the new children’s hospital in Wellington. More >>

Team Talk kicks off

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:00 am | Team Talk

Wellington creative agency EightyOne, the Movember Foundation and some of New Zealand’s most prominent rugby figures, have come together to tackle men’s mental health with the new campaign ‘Team Talk’. More >>

Exercise increases life expectancy, regardless of size

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:49 am | Make Lemonade

Latest academic research studies have found that exercise increases life expectancy regardless of the size of people, proving exercise is critical to longevity, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. A British Medical Journal report says brisk ... More >>

Ever Thought About Exercising in Water?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:43 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Exercising in the water is an excellent option for anyone looking for an alternative to land-based exercise. It’s also the perfect exercise solution for those who are limited in movement, providing full body support while allowing exercise that is ... More >>

Communication and follow-up of abnormal test results

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:13 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a General Practitioner (GP) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures relating to the communication and follow ... More >>

Provision of medication following emergency request

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding a registered nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures relating to documentation and compliance with protocols ... More >>

Root canal performed on wrong tooth

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:06 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding a dentist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to correctly identify a tooth for root canal treatment. More >>

Care and information provided to a pregnant woman

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:05 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a midwife in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for the care provided to a pregnant woman. Ms Wall’s investigation focused ... More >>

AIA New Zealand joins forces with Dame Valerie Adams

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:11 am | AIA NZ

Life, health and wellbeing insurer AIA New Zealand, which last week published its inaugural Fittest City Report showing that 50% of Kiwis are not getting enough exercise, has today released the results of some research looking at what New Zealanders perceive ... More >>

Smoking cigarettes worse than smoking marijuana, say teens

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:16 am | CensusAtSchool

Smoking cigarettes is worse teenage behaviour than smoking marijuana, according to Year 11-13 students from New Zealand schools. Furthermore, they think that their parents would agree with them. More >>

Kiwis Waistlines Forcing Us to Find New Sleep Positions

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:28 am | Ecosa

Kiwis’ expanding waistlines and higher BMIs are forcing us to adopt new sleep positions to help them breathe - according to new research. More >>

Most of our packaged food is ultra-processed, unhealthy

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 9:51 am | University of Auckland

Fallen stars: most of our packaged food is ultra-processed, unhealthy A new, in-depth snapshot of packaged food sold in New Zealand supermarkets reveals most of it is unhealthy, with nearly 70 percent classified as ultra-processed. Authors are calling ... More >>

‘Precautionary Approach’ to vaping will cost lives

Friday, 16 August 2019, 2:20 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

If the government is serious about harm reduction it should do the exact opposite of what the Cancer Society recommends, says harm reduction advocacy body AVCA (Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy). More >>

Research confirms importance of information and education

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:29 am | Family Planning

Family Planning says new research on the age at which New Zealand girls have their first period confirms how important information and education is for young people - before they enter puberty. More >>

NZ Doctors at risk of being ‘Hung out to Dry’ on Cannabis

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:07 am | Medical Research Institute

There are concerns that government ‘haste’ to widen patient access to cannabis-based medicines by year’s end will expose doctors to legal threat, leaving them caught in the crossfire between patient demand and their professional obligations. More >>

Northland Babies Sleep Safely Thanks to Lions Club

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:41 pm | Northland District Health Board

The Mangakahia Lions Club have kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations by donating funds to Health Fund PLUS to purchase lifesaving equipment for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal underway

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:38 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The 2019 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is officially underway, with the aim of raising more than $1 million to help make a significant difference to thousands of sick Kiwi kids and their families. More >>

Research highlights need for healthier homes

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:02 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

New research on the link between damp housing and children’s respiratory health supports Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ’s assertion that there is a strong need for proper housing for all New Zealanders, says Chief Executive Letitia O’Dwyer. More >>

Small change to IV lines yields big results

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:03 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

An innovative change to intravenous drip lines has seen rates of phlebitis – vein inflammation – in cardiology patients drop by almost half. More >>

Why you should go jump off a table

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

Stress might be bad for our mental health, but subjecting our bones to stress is likely to be good for them, and the earlier the better, says Associate Professor Thor Besier from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. More >>

Children of opioid-dependent mothers have complex needs

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:06 am | University of Canterbury

Increased opioid and other drug use in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world is affecting children’s readiness for learning when they start school, according to a new five-year study by a leading child development expert at the University ... More >>

Cantabrians reminded to bring in their medicines

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 4:11 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Being admitted to hospital is often a challenging time but being prepared can make your stay and return home a little easier. More >>

Connecting, moving, nourishing, appreciation key to health

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:30 pm | CIGNA

Connecting with each other, moving each day, nourishing your body and appreciating yourself and others are key rituals Kiwi families from over 150 schools around the country have incorporated into their daily routines to combat rising mental health ... More >>

MyRivr app connects vulnerable communities to services

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:36 pm | eHealthNews.nz

An app that connects vulnerable communities to local health and social services plans to launch next month. More >>

New Guidelines for TB Control

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:40 pm | ESR

ESR welcomes the release of the new Guidelines for Tuberculosis (TB) Control by the Ministry of Health today. More >>

Sir Graham Henry and New Zealand Blood Service Join Forces

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Blood Service

Every 18 minutes in New Zealand, someone needs blood. For some, it’s the difference between life and death. Sir Graham Henry is teaming up with New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) and making it his mission to ensure the country is match fit by strengthening ... More >>

Improving health equity the focus of new TB guidelines

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:41 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has today released new Guidelines for Tuberculosis (TB) Control in New Zealand 2019, an important step towards eradicating the disease and improving health equity. More >>

Which F* will you give? Cystic Fibrosis NZ annual appeal

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:11 am | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

This August Cystic Fibrosis NZ is asking the public to ‘give an F* for CF’ by donating to its Annual Appeal, which officially runs from 12 – 18 August 2019, including street collections on the Friday and Saturday. More >>

Sir Graham Henry asks Kiwis to help fill our Reserve Bench

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:55 am | Youngshand

Kiwis understand the need for a strong reserve bench; it’s what makes our national sporting teams such formidable opponents. The same can’t be said, however, for blood donation. With less than 4% of New Zealanders currently registered as donors, ... More >>

Transforming Complex Clinical Moments

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:23 am | Grow Ltd

Internationally acclaimed author and innovator in clinical interviewing, Dr Shawn Shea returns to New Zealand in October 2019 to present this latest workshop series that will provide front-line clinicians with practical, specific interviewing techniques ... More >>

Experiential Training on CASE delivered for first time in NZ

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:22 am | Grow Ltd

Internationally acclaimed suicide prevention innovator Shawn Shea MD returns to New Zealand to deliver training to clinicians, counsellors and social workers working with patients with thoughts of suicide. More >>

Settlement agreed with NZ Resident Doctors’ Association

Monday, 12 August 2019, 3:57 pm | All District Health Boards

Resident Medical Officers who are members of the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association have accepted a new pay settlement agreed by their union and District Health Boards. More >>

Forget the great body, get a great life

Monday, 12 August 2019, 3:16 pm | Kia Puawai

When Annah Stretton first met the CEO of Waikato Women's Refuge back in 2013, they could never have predicted the life-changing impact this connection would have. More >>

Advice to discontinue medication

Monday, 12 August 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding a provider of alternative health services in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for advising a man with an anxiety disorder to stop ... More >>

Resuscitation of rest home resident

Monday, 12 August 2019, 2:09 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for a failure relating to the resuscitation of an 85-year-old woman who ... More >>

Pattern of poor care in assessment 17HDC00975

Monday, 12 August 2019, 2:07 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Capital and Coast DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for a pattern of poor care in the assessment of a woman who was ... More >>

New Zealand Ranks Last in OECD for Medicines Access Again

Monday, 12 August 2019, 9:43 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

The 2019 IQVIA ‘International Comparisons of Modern Medicines’ (ICoMM) Report, which compares the public funding of modern medicines in 20 OECD countries, paints a bleak picture for New Zealanders who desperately need access to medicines. Despite ... More >>

2019 PHARMAC Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards presented

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 11:54 am | NZNO

The Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards were presented tonight during the Awards Dinner at the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference at the Pullman Hotel, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). More >>

Urgent efforts needed to restore confidence

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 1:18 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The head of the senior doctors’ union has commended hospital specialists at Canterbury District Health Board for drawing attention to significant problems with Christchurch Hospital’s planning process. More >>

Measles on last Tuesday's flights between Auckland to Napier

Friday, 9 August 2019, 3:10 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking passengers on flights between Auckland and Napier last Tuesday, August 6th, to check their immunity to measles. More >>

Ministry right to urge reduced meat and dairy in hospitals

Friday, 9 August 2019, 12:17 pm | Ora Taiao

The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population. More >>

Tether partners with MOE in healthy classrooms study

Friday, 9 August 2019, 11:23 am | Tether Ltd

The Government wants all New Zealand schools to provide quality learning environments by 2030, and that includes the air quality, the temperature and relative humidity within each classroom. It’s a safe assumption that children find it harder to learn ... More >>

Ministry supports action on measles

Friday, 9 August 2019, 10:33 am | Ministry of Health

As measles continues to circulate in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health says it's vital to continue working on prevention and control measures. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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