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Ageing may lead to increased negative effects of dementia

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:05 am | University of Auckland

A report into dementia in New Zealand has found that morbidity from chronic illness is worse for older people who also have dementia, and the ageing population will mean increased pressure on the health sector. The report is part of the Te Puāwaitanga ... More >>

Research For Life awards over $61,000 to Medical Researchers

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:58 am | Research for Life

Eleven Wellington-based medical researchers received grants in the first funding round of the year from the Research For Life , formerly known as the Wellington Medical Research Foundation. Five Research Grant applicants received a total of $47,095 to ... More >>

Future NZ health facilities will not have patients in them

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:51 am | NZHIT

Future NZ health facilities will not have patients in them May 10, 2017 Future health facilities in New Zealand are unlikely to have patients in them, a leading health IT expert says. Scott Arrol, chief executive of NZ Health IT (NZHIT), will give a ... More >>

Blue Whale Challenge

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:57 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation has for some time been monitoring reports of an online self-harm challenge known as the Blue Whale Challenge. More >>

Public hospital senior doctor numbers still too low

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:52 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The number of senior doctors working in our public hospitals is not enough for the level of health care needed out in the community, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

$40K in Proceeds Awarded To Charities

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:17 pm | Toi Ohomai Charity House

New beds and linen for some of the most vulnerable in our communities are a direct result of the Toi Ohomai Charity House proceeds that were distributed today in the annual presentation of funds. More >>

Hugs for Ronald McDonald House Appeal

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:13 pm | Heritage Hotels

CityLife and Heritage Hotels’ teams have been fund raising across the country today to raise money for a favourite charity - Ronald McDonald House. The theme of the annual fundraiser this year is hugs. CityLife Auckland General Manager, Nicole Lawson ... More >>

Recipients of Breast Cancer Research Funding Announced

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:55 pm | Breast Cancer Cure

Breast Cancer Cure (BCC) in partnership with the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF), are proud to announce the latest recipients of funding through the Breast Cancer Research in New Zealand ... More >>

Smiles all round for family carers

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:51 am | Lumino The Dentists

More than 150 dentists, hygienists and support staff from 30 Lumino the Dentists dental practices across New Zealand gave up their time on Saturday 7 May 2017, to provide over $150,000 of free dental treatment to 400-plus family carers as part ... More >>

Heart screening in older people could prevent strokes

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:19 am | University of Auckland

A University of Auckland academic is supporting calls for heart screening older people to detect the risk of future strokes. Dr Katrina Poppe of the University’s School of Population Health, is a member of AF-SCREEN, an international collaboration pushing ... More >>

Interactive webinar for newly diagnosed cancer patients

Monday, 8 May 2017, 3:42 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer are invited to join an interactive online webinar tomorrow night, Tuesday May 9, at 7pm. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, which is hosting the event as part of its pioneering series of local webinars, believes ... More >>

Wellington/Wairarapa smokers sought for stop-smoking trial

Monday, 8 May 2017, 1:58 pm | University of Auckland

A clinical trial by the University of Auckland is calling for smokers in Wellington and the Wairarapa to take part in their stop-smoking programme using nicotine patches and e-cigarettes. Last month the Government announced plans to change the law regulating ... More >>

Many to benefit from latest PHARMAC funding proposals

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:56 am | PHARMAC

A series of 38 funding proposals across the breadth and scope of PHARMAC’s work has been released for public feedback. The proposals range from new technology for patients with high health needs, to everyday solutions that would benefit families ... More >>

Native fungi could hold the answer to antibiotic resistance

Monday, 8 May 2017, 10:26 am | Cure Kids

Amid growing concern over the need to combat antibiotic resistance – considered one of the greatest public health threats of the modern age – a campaign has been launched to determine if a collection of fungi, unique to New Zealand and the Pacific, ... More >>

Open Letter to Minister of Health on Mental Health issues

Friday, 5 May 2017, 1:33 pm | Family of Nicky Stevens

We have read with interest your speech and media statements today regarding the Government’s decision to increase spending on mental health services, and your acknowledgement that “more needs to be done”. More >>

Young people needed to combat health sector shortage

Friday, 5 May 2017, 1:01 pm | Careerforce

New Zealand’s health and wellbeing sector needs an injection of younger workers to combat an imminent skills shortage, according to a new report by a leading economic research agency. The BERL report on the New Zealand service sector highlighted the ... More >>

Partnerships key to good midwifery service

Friday, 5 May 2017, 9:26 am | NZNO

The standard of care that New Zealand midwives offer is world class and New Zealand midwives have plenty to celebrate on International Midwives’ Day. But midwives are also acutely aware that many maternity units around the country are short staffed. ... More >>

Hops for Hospice

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:15 pm | Otago Polytechnic

Vicki Yarker-Jones (aka Vicki Purple) wears many different hats. Otago Polytechnic Nursing Senior Lecturer, clinical supervisor, Steam Punk fanatic (that’s a particularly fancy one!) But the hat Vicki’s wearing this month is her beer brewing bowler, ... More >>

Southern DHB celebrating International Midwives Day

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:53 pm | Southern District Health Board

Tomorrow is International Midwives Day and Southern DHB is recognising and celebrating the work of its midwivesfor their important contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and babies at every point of maternity care. More >>

Promised spending on mental health fails to address neglect

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:53 pm | People's Mental Health Review

ActionStation/People's Mental Health Review: Promised spending on mental health fails to address years of neglect More >>

Continued Government Denial Astounding

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:32 pm | YesWeCareNZ

The Government has again denied our growing mental health crisis at their big Mental Health announcement, says health funding coalition More >>

Memory Shop on the move

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:23 pm | Dementia Auckland

The Memory Shop, run by Dementia Auckland in support of people with dementia, is on the move from its original spot in Takapuna to a new, more spacious store in Birkenhead. More >>

Mental health crisis needs urgent action, not empty promises

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 2:28 pm | Public Service Association

Jonathan Coleman’s long-awaited response to the mental health crisis shows he has no understanding of the mental health crisis, the PSA says. More >>

Response to Consumer NZ review on cold & flu medicines

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 2:22 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says consumers can continue to use over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines with confidence. More >>

Wear Yellow this week to support bringing down our road toll

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 12:01 pm | Road Safety Education

Communities across New Zealand will be calling on drivers to #SlowDown as part of UN Global Road Safety Week 2017 (8-14 May), to help save lives on NZ roads. More >>

Canterbury DHB hits hand hygiene milestone

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11:15 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board is improving its hand hygiene performance, recording its highest score yet in the latest Hand Hygiene New Zealand report. More >>

Applications now open for oral health Grants

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 10:48 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The Wrigley Company Foundation and NZDA open 2017 Community Service Grants to help high risk groups access dental care More >>

Unconvincing evidence for many pricey cold & flu remedies

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 10:16 am | Consumer NZ

Expensive over-the-counter cold and flu remedies are often no more effective than paracetamol, honey and putting your feet up for a few days, says Consumer NZ. More >>

Call on MOH to study vaccinated v unvaccinated children

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 10:10 am | WAVESnz

This week is Immunisation Week, and WAVESnz has marked the occasion with a challenge to the Ministry of Health to undertake a study of the health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children, and provide full disclosure on the rates of vaccine injury ... More >>

Studies Confirm Benefits of Moderate Drinking

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 9:46 am | Spirits New Zealand

The studies, published separately in the British Medical Journal and the European Journal of Epidemiology, support other research which shows there are measurable health benefits associated with moderate drinking as part of a healthy lifestyle. More >>

New health targets for children welcomed

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 4:42 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the Government’s new Better Public Services (BPS) health targets which it says has improving child well-being at the heart. More >>

Midwives, Mothers, and Families: Partners For Life

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:14 pm | New Zealand College of Midwives

The theme for International Midwives Day could not be more appropriate for the midwifery profession in New Zealand, and the maternity model that our midwives spearhead. More >>

Forum on drug abuse held in Aucklan

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:05 pm | Church of Scientology

Community groups and concerned individuals gathered together at the Church of Scientology’s new headquarters in Grafton, Auckland, on Sunday 30 April, to discuss the issue of drug abuse and its effects on family and the wider community. The event was attended ... More >>

Fresh produce an emerging food safety challenge

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 2:10 pm | Lincoln University

A Lincoln expert is reminding the public to put their fruit and veges in the fridge and wash them to avoid food poisoning. More >>

Unsafe Roads for School Children

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 1:34 pm | NZ School Speeds

Following the death on the road of a precious school child, I sent the following to our new Associate Minister of Transport: More >>

On Mothers Day in New Zealand 16 babies will come early

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 1:18 pm | Neonatal Trust

If the averages play true, there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand on Mothers Day. More >>

Pharma company gives up on Pharmac, gives patients free drug

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 12:37 pm | Lysosomal Diseases New Zealand

Sanofi Genzyme developed Myozyme, a complex biological treatment for Pompe disease, a Lysosomal disease, over ten years ago. Since that time funded treatment of affected patients has spread to 76 countries. Over that decade, NZ's drug purchasing agency ... More >>

New nurses from Ara snap up the jobs

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 10:20 am | Ara Institute

Ara Institute of Canterbury-trained nurses are in demand. Nursing graduates who completed their studies in November 2016 at Ara have achieved the top employment rates for nursing graduates in New Zealand with 94.5% employed as registered nurses. The national ... More >>

Auckland adults tip the scales

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 10:07 am | Healthy Auckland Together

Auckland’s pre-schoolers seem to be keeping weight off in larger numbers, bucking the adult trend, according to the latest research from the Healthy Auckland Together coalition. More >>

Students celebrate International Day of the Midwife

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 9:44 am | Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic’s School of Midwifery is embracing celebrations for this Friday’s “International Day of the Midwife”. More >>

Urgent action needed to address Māori depression

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 9:38 am | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Failing to diagnose depression in Māori, especially, is nothing new, but illustrates the need for urgent action, says the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC). More >>

NZNO Wellington Convention focus on positivity under strain

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The NZNO Wellington Convention opened this morning with speeches by NZNO President Grant Brookes and Chief Executive Memo Musa. More >>

Dames come together for mother and baby health research

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 2:34 pm | University of Auckland

What may be the biggest gathering yet of Kiwi Dames is taking place this Saturday night – just in time for Mother’s Day. More >>

Keeping families safe with up-to-date immunisations

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 1:33 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) is encouraging parents and caregivers to ensure their teens and younger children are up-to-date with their immunisations. More >>

Working towards influencing attitudes

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Police

This week, New Zealand Police and Australian Federal Police are co-hosting the 8th Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference (ADASC) in Wellington. More >>

More Kiwis should exercise for mental health

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 12:17 pm | Exercise Association of New Zealand

The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) says Kiwis with mental health illnesses should be encouraged to exercise but it advises against starting off with extravagant exercise regimes. More >>

Are you a short sleeper?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 11:50 am | Massey University

Nearly a quarter of New Zealanders report, on average, sleeping less than seven hours a night, on days when they work or study. More >>

Tuck shops losing out to home-packed lunches

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 9:30 am | CensusAtSchool

School tuck shops are losing ground to home-packed lunches, according to latest results from the long-running CensusatSchool TataurangaKiteKura. In the past 10 years, the percentage of students buying lunches from tuck shops has halved. More >>

New Mums Forced to Pay Privately for Mental Health Help

Monday, 1 May 2017, 5:17 pm | Maternal Care Action Group - MCAGNZ

MEDIA RELEASE 95 Per Cent of New Mums Forced to Pay Privately for Help with Mental Health More >>

Changing for the good

Monday, 1 May 2017, 3:58 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Staff and clients at Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disabilities 3DHB (MHAIDs) forensic mental health are working to strengthen our services. More >>

Practical Stress Management workshop with Dr Suzanne Henwood

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:49 pm | Grow Ltd

Stress is a big problem. Yours, your team members at work, and in your personal space. More >>

In the company of men – ‘sheddies’ enjoy good health

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:32 pm | Massey University

According to urban myth, blokes just want to retreat into solitary ‘man caves’ or backyard sheds. But new research on the growing popularity of community sheds reveals older men relish the chance to collaborate over projects and socialise – ... More >>

Get your flu shot early and stay well this winter

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:01 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The colder, damper weather signals it’s time again to get your flu vaccine and give yourself your best shot of staying well this winter. Each year the Canterbury Health System encourages people to get their flu shot early, before this serious ... More >>

Mums Suffering Due to Poorly Funded Mental Health Service

Monday, 1 May 2017, 12:34 pm | Maternal Care Action Group - MCAGNZ

Maternal Care Action Group (MCAGNZ), is delivering a petition to parliament this month on Mother’s Day (May 14th) requesting funding for new mothers to receive help for anxiety or depression. Up to 97% of new mothers with depression or anxiety ... More >>

Poorly Funded Mental Health Services, New Mums Suffering

Monday, 1 May 2017, 12:09 pm | Maternal Care Action Group - MCAGNZ

Maternal Care Action Group (MCAGNZ), is delivering a petition to parliament this month on Mother’s Day (May 14th) requesting funding for new mothers to receive help for anxiety or depression. More >>

SkinVision app helps save hundreds of Kiwis in first year

Monday, 1 May 2017, 12:03 pm | Skin Vision

A year since its launch in New Zealand, SkinVision has successfully diagnosed over 500 skin cancers amongst its users. And whilst summer has officially drawn to a close, and we begin our transition into winter, it still doesn’t change the fact that ... More >>

Treatment completed for all patients in Parkinson’s trial

Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:23 am | Living Cell Technologies

1 May 2017 – Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies Limited has completed treatment of all six patients in the third and final group of patients in the Phase IIb clinical trial of NTCELL® for Parkinson’s disease, ... More >>

Donors are Key Members of Rescue Team

Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:21 am | Westpac Chopper Appeal

People who donate to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service play a vital part in saving the lives of Kiwis young and old. More >>

Winter UV Exposure Could Lead to Vision Loss, Cancer

Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:09 am | Essilor Vision Foundation

Taranaki residents are being warned to be more vigilant about protecting their eyes in winter as lower sun angles and UV exposure on unprotected eyes put them at greater risk of cataracts, ocular melanoma, and skin cancers around the eyelids. More >>

Cure for Cancer: Myth or Reality?

Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:06 am | Cancer Society New Zealand

Cancer Society Auckland has invited world leading cancer researcher Professor Herbie Newell to New Zealand for Cancer Research Week which starts today. More >>



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