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Loyalty marked at Kerikeri Retirement Village

Friday, 1 September 2017, 11:19 am | Duenorth

Six staff members at Kerikeri Retirement Village have marked significant long service milestones. Registered nurse Robyn Rihari, senior healthcare assistant Lillian Urrutia and healthcare assistant Mary Elliott and have all passed the 15 year mark, while ... More >>

Kiwis Fail To Rise To Occasion When It Comes To Condom Use

Friday, 1 September 2017, 11:10 am | Durex Global Sex Survey

31 August 2017: Responding to research which has revealed that only 23 per cent of sexually active people in NZ use a condom on a regular basis*, Durex is launching its first ever Sexual Health Education Month in New Zealand. More >>

Go Sugar Free September - Raising Money for Diabetes NZ

Friday, 1 September 2017, 10:31 am | Go Sugar Free September

Go Sugar Free September is a 30 day challenge where you try to eliminate all ‘added’ sugars from your diet. More >>

Otago Researchers Make Natural Killer Cell Discovery

Friday, 1 September 2017, 9:34 am | Otago University

An unexpected role for a white blood cell called the Natural Killer (NK) cell – a critical cell for ridding the body of infection and cancer, has been discovered by University of Otago researchers. More >>

Prostate Cancer’s Terrifying Toll on Kiwi Men Revealed

Friday, 1 September 2017, 8:53 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

Prostate cancer is having an alarming impact on the male population as figures released today by the Prostate Cancer Foundation reveal the extent, stealth and genetic link behind the nation’s most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men. More >>

5+ A Day Concerned for Public Wellbeing

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 3:17 pm | 5 Plus A Day

AUCKLAND, 31 August 2017 : Recent media reports suggesting consumers require less than five portions of fruit and vegetables each day are misleading, creating confusion with consumers and are not in the interest of public wellbeing says the organisation ... More >>

Robotic Baby Seal Could Transform Lives

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 1:38 pm | Enliven

Enliven Southland has become the only aged care provider in the South Island to own a robotic baby seal – and it could change the lives of residents with dementia. More >>

National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Programme

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 12:27 pm | Te Rau Matatini

If anything, we have learnt as Te Rau Matatini and Le Va in the National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Programme is that: More >>

Empowering Pasifika communities to lead healthier lives

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 12:09 pm | Massey University

A Massey University researcher has been awarded funding for a project which aims to empower Pasifika communities. More >>

New research projects for long-term health conditions

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 11:00 am | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Healthier Lives Director Professor Jim Mann is delighted with today’s announcement of $2.3 million for two new research projects, one that focuses on interventions for prediabetes in Pacific communities, and the other on integrated healthcare for ... More >>

DHB Deficit Is Real & Cannot All Be 'Saved Away'

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 8:56 am | Dave Macpherson

A Waikato DHB member has criticised his DHB’s Chair and the Minister of Health for claiming in media interviews that Waikato DHB will be returning a ‘break-even’ budget for the 2017/8 year. More >>

Charity Hospital’s 10th Birthday Celebration Bitter-Sweet

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 8:42 am | ASMS

“The fact local people are still having to go cap-in-hand for the health care their doctors say they need makes the 10thbirthday of the Canterbury Charity Hospital a bitter-sweet anniversary,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

Break down 'silos' to improve respiratory health

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 3:57 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Respiratory disease affects our most vulnerable. We know the statistics in our country are incredibly high, but it brings it home when we read families’ stories of their young children being affected by bronchiectasis, which as Dr Byrnes stated in today's ... More >>

Science Backs Two Week Diet of More Fruit & Vege

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 12:50 pm | Five plus a day

AUCKLAND, 30th August 2017: Our spirits often lift when spring arrives each year but eating more fruit and vegetables is another proven way to boost your psychological well-being. 5+ A Day General Manager Paula Dudley says it’s been shown that eating ... More >>

Light to Moderate Drinking Can Have Health Benefits

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 11:01 am | Spirits New Zealand

A study of over 330,000 people aged 18 or over has shown that light to moderate drinkers can live longer than those who have never had alcohol. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology the study also reconfirmed the cardiovascular ... More >>

New Standard Raises the Bar for Meth Testing, Says IANZ

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 2:08 pm | IANZ

Testing properties for methamphetamine contamination is no longer a hit and miss affair, says International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ). More >>

Lifeline urges Kiwis to not be bystanders

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 10:21 am | LifeLine

The provisional suicide figures for the 2016-2017 period released yesterday show that what we’re doing as a nation to prevent suicide is not working, according to Lifeline Executive Director, Glenda Schnell. “Despite having many great programmes ... More >>

NZMSA seeks assurances over new School of Rural Medicine

Monday, 28 August 2017, 7:42 pm | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

The New Zealand Government today announced plans to establish a new School of Rural Medicine within the next three years. Given the current maldistribution of doctors in New Zealand away from rural areas, the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association ... More >>

Abano Announces Completion of Shortfall Bookbuild

Monday, 28 August 2017, 3:44 pm | Abano Healthcare Group Limited

Abano Healthcare Group Limited (NZX:ABA) advises that it has successfully completed the shortfall bookbuild component of the $35 million capital raise announced on 26 July 2017, with strong support from institutional and other eligible investors. More >>

Peak environment body calls on politicians

Monday, 28 August 2017, 1:39 pm | Environment Institute of Australia and NZ

Peak environment body calls on politicians to require that Certified Environmental Practitioners sign off on all impact assessments More >>

Tāne Ora Workshop Hosted To Improve Health of Māori Men

Monday, 28 August 2017, 1:37 pm | Northland District Health Board

With Māori men’s health faring poorly compared with other New Zealanders across a number of indicators Mana Tāne Ora o Aotearoa (National Māori Men's Health Coalition) in partnership with Manaia Health and Te Taitokerau PHOs and Northland DHB are hosting ... More >>

MHF calls for unified action to prevent suicide

Monday, 28 August 2017, 12:43 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is devastated by the increase in provisional suicides released today. More >>

Inspirational Waikato Woman to Speak at Blood Cancer Forum

Monday, 28 August 2017, 11:59 am | Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ

Who better than a person who has herself experienced blood cancer to speak to those living with the illness? More >>

New World’s Nationwide Sausage Sizzle for Starship

Monday, 28 August 2017, 11:49 am | Starship

New World’s nationwide sausage sizzle for Starship New World stores around the country are getting ready to cook thousands of sausages for a stellar cause: the country’s national children’s hospital, Starship. This Saturday, September 2nd, ... More >>

Medical School acknowledges scale of rural health crisis

Monday, 28 August 2017, 11:26 am | University of Waikato

National’s election promise to establish a School of Rural Medicine acknowledges the extent of the health crisis facing rural and vulnerable New Zealanders, says University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley. More >>

Helping Healthcare Practitioners to Work with Interpreters

Monday, 28 August 2017, 11:24 am | University of Otago

A team of researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has just launched a unique on-line eLearning module to provide realistic and practical guidance for clinicians working with spoken language interpreters in primary health care. More >>

Waitemata DHB First to Transform Way Oxygen is Prescribed

Monday, 28 August 2017, 11:22 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB is the first in the country to transform the way oxygen is prescribed. More >>

Educational Docco World Premiere - 'Mum, Cannabis, And Me'

Monday, 28 August 2017, 11:07 am | Spindle Fibre Films

SPINDLE FIBRE FILMS in association with Victoria Catherwood, today releases an educational documentary encouraging informed conversation between Drs and patients around the use of Cannabis as a medicine in New Zealand. The premiere to be held at Wellington ... More >>

International Praise for Canterbury DHB, but not in NZ

Monday, 28 August 2017, 8:58 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s ironic that Canterbury’s public health system is being praised internationally for its vision and performance even as it faces ongoing attacks in New Zealand,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Southern DHB to launch ‘Hello my name is’ campaign

Monday, 28 August 2017, 8:52 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB to launch ‘Hello my name is’ campaign The simple act of introducing yourself is the inspiration behind the ‘Hello my name is’ campaign, being launched by Southern DHB today, in an effort to better connect with patients. The ‘Hello ... More >>

Seeking Approval to Build Primary Care Facility in Kawakawa

Saturday, 26 August 2017, 7:54 pm | Northland DHB

Northland DHB Seeking Approval to Build a Primary Care Facility in Kawakawa ________________________________________ At this month’s meeting the Board approved the proposal to seek approval from the Ministry of Health and Capital Investment Committee to complete the construction ... More >>

Cochlear implant trusts welcome additional funding

Friday, 25 August 2017, 3:23 pm | Northern Cochlear Implant Trust

The Northern Cochlear Implant Trust and Southern Hearing Charitable Trust which manage New Zealand’s two cochlear implant programmes have welcomed the major additional funding announced by the Minister of Health for cochlear implants for severely hearing ... More >>

Are Kiwis taking Skin Cancer seriously?

Friday, 25 August 2017, 12:25 pm | Canstar Blue

Auckland, 25 August 2017. New survey reveals Kiwi attitudes slip when it comes to slopping on the sunscreen. The latest Canstar Blue survey of 1,589 New Zealanders has revealed that over 40% of Kiwis still go out in the sun without sunscreen. In ... More >>

Smokers urged to quit Once and For All this Daffodil Day

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 4:57 pm | Once and For All

Smokers in Waikato and Tairawhiti are being urged by the regions’ stop smoking provider, Once and For All, to quit their life-threatening habit this Daffodil Day. More >>

Senior doctors call on to take over Waikato investigation

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 4:41 pm | ASMS

“The State Services Commission needs to take over the investigation into the expenses of Waikato District Health Board Chief Executive Nigel Murray,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

APNZL welcomes transitional housing announcement in Tauranga

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 4:27 pm | Accessible Properties

24 August 2017 - Accessible Properties welcomes today’s announcement that the Government is supporting the construction of an additional 19 transitional houses in the Tauranga region. More >>

Unscrambling Egg Confusion

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 2:27 pm | Eggs Incorporated NZ

After decades of communicating the need to limit one of New Zealand’s favourite foods, a new statement agreed by nutrition experts is giving Kiwis clarification on what has become an age-old question: Are eggs good for us and how often can we ... More >>

Waikato DHB Tests New Electronic Stethoscope

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 11:05 am | Waikato DHB

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is testing the use of an electronic stethoscope, a first in New Zealand. More >>

NZ Medical Students Learning to Choose Wisely

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 9:22 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) is using recommendations from Choosing Wisely in training. More >>

Mumps cases in Dunedin

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 9:06 am | Southern District Health Board

Public Health South is issuing notice to healthcare providers and the public of a mumps outbreak after 12 confirmed cases have been reported in the Dunedin area since the last week of July. Most of the cases of suspected mumps have been notified ... More >>

Star ratings encourage production of healthier foods

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 9:03 am | University of Auckland

The voluntary Health Star Rating is encouraging manufacturers to create healthier foods, surveys of more than 44,000 New Zealand supermarket products over a three-year period have shown. The survey was part of the study: Effects of a Voluntary Front-of-Pack ... More >>

Obese & Elderly Should Quiz Doctors About Surgery

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 8:37 am | ANZCA

Surgical options for people with medical conditions including obesity, and the risks of operating on the elderly, feature among five recommendations from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) being launched today (Thursday August ... More >>

ORC Chairman Welcomes Dunedin Hospital Rebuild Announcement

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 11:54 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead has welcomed the Government’s commitment to spend up to $1.4 billion on building a new hospital for the southern South Island in Dunedin, saying it is a massive boost for the region. More >>

Call to combine gout and diabetes testing

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 11:49 am | Arthritis New Zealand

New Zealand has joined forces with Diabetes New Zealand to call for uric acid testing for gout to be included alongside blood sugar tests. More >>

Keeping patients and staff healthy in, and out, of hospital

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 11:37 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB has one of the highest rates of hand washing compliance in the country. More >>

RACP: Make Good Work the Norm

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 10:01 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

23 August 2017 - The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is calling for politicians to take urgent action to make good work the norm. More >>

Sensory room to provide respite for students with anxiety

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 9:33 am | Otago Polytech

A room fitted out with objects that provide a range of sensory experiences will be open to the public this week, thanks to two third-year students of Otago Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. More >>

Suicide Prevention - Taylormade Training And Consulting

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 11:53 am | TaylorMade Training and Consulting


1 in 3 Women Experience Post-Natal Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 10:27 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

There is an abundance of exercise and wellness advice for new mothers, with much of it based on personal experience rather than fact, and most of it centred on getting ‘back in shape’ rather than ‘being healthy’. With a new baby in the house, ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay DHB Pleased with Health Target Progress

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 9:51 am | Hawkes Bay DHB

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is pleased the hard work of staff has been rewarded with it achieving all but one of the national health targets, quarter four results, released today (Tuesday 22 August) More >>

Fastest Growing DHB Not Slowing Waitemata Down

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 9:47 am | Waitemata District Health Boar

Having the fastest population growth rate of any health board region, and a busy winter season across all Auckland hospitals, hasn’t stopped Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) from posting one of the shortest average stays amongst Emergency ... More >>

Canterbury meets 5 out of 6 Health Targets

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 9:25 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB chief executive David Meates attributes Canterbury DHB’s high achievement in the latest National Health targets, to the extraordinary people working in the local health system. More >>

GP visit funding boost welcomed, health inequities remain

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 9:17 am | NZ Rural General Practice Network

The announcement that an additional 600,000 low income New Zealanders will have the cost of their GP visit capped at $18 is welcome news, however other longstanding health inequities that affect rural people still need to be addressed, says New Zealand ... More >>

Multisporter and firefighter affected by autoimmune disease

Monday, 21 August 2017, 4:56 pm | Kathmandu

21 August 2017 - Wanaka multisporter, cyclist and Queenstown Airport Fire Rescue firefighter Gavin Mason, who went from being one of the fittest firefighters in New Zealand to barely being able to walk, now has February’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast ... More >>

Researchers succeed after the Value of Medicines Award

Monday, 21 August 2017, 3:30 pm | Medicines New Zealand

The Value of Medicines Award recognises research that improves the understanding, effectiveness or safety of the use of medicines in New Zealand and applications for the $20,000 award are open until 6th October 2017. More >>

Geneva Supports Client’s Change Day Pledge

Monday, 21 August 2017, 2:38 pm | Geneva Health

As part of Change Day 2017, Geneva Elevator’s client, Eilish Wilkes, encourages all Kiwis to join her #ChangeDayNZ pledge to support children in need of care by gifting her book, Hospital Happenings, to a child in hospital or a child they know ... More >>

Cool Heads Needed To Resolve Vexed Questions Around Water

Monday, 21 August 2017, 11:50 am | Transtasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - Campaigning in the heat of an election campaign could guide the direction of one of the thornier policy issues politicians have been grappling with for years – water ownership and management. More >>

Breathe Better September is Back with a Challenge

Monday, 21 August 2017, 10:20 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

For most Kiwis breathing is something we don’t think twice about. But for one-in-six living with a respiratory condition, being able to breathe properly is far from reality. On 1 September the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ will launch its annual respiratory ... More >>

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update

Friday, 18 August 2017, 2:19 pm | Joint Press Release

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met on Wednesday 2 August in Wellington. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild also taking responsibility for organising CPLF meetings. More >>

Jupl Primed to Go Global

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:01 am | Jupl

“This technology is a world first and will transform the way we look at personal health and safety. It is a great example of Kiwi innovation,” said Jupl Co-founder Sir Ray Avery. More >>