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5+ A Day launches new interactive education website

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 10:46 am | Five plus a day

A new interactive website makes it even easier for educators to help children learn about healthy eating. More >>

Legislation will save lives for people with severe addiction

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:57 am | Salvation Army

Legislation streamlining the process for people who need it to receive compulsory treatment for severe addiction was passed in Parliament tonight. The Substance Addiction Act (2017) will replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act (1966) and treatment ... More >>

Wintec launches OET for int'l healthcare professionals

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:36 am | Wintec

Wintec is now an official testing venue for an English language test designed to support healthcare professionals in gaining professional registration and employment. More >>

Increased Access to Oral Contraceptives – Great News

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 4:00 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (The Society) is delighted with the announcement that selected oral contraceptives are to be reclassified to permit pharmacist supply in certain circumstances. More >>

Andrew Connolly re-elected chairperson of Medical Council

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:05 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Mr Andrew Connolly was yesterday again re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand. More >>

Rare Disease Day 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2:54 pm | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

The last day in February is fast approaching, and the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) is once again gearing up to celebrate Rare Diseases Day 2017. This special day is dedicated to raising awareness about the many New Zealanders ... More >>

Guild welcomes reclassification of oral contraceptive

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:33 pm | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) recommendation to reclassify selected oral contraceptives as restricted medicines, allowing trained pharmacists to dispense repeat supplies of oral contraceptives ... More >>

Home and Community Support Services offered to more clients

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:56 am | Geneva Healthcare

Geneva Healthcare now offers its Home and Community Support Services to more clients in the lower North Island, enabling the wider community to live their best lives. More >>

Health Concerns Around BYOD Being Ignored

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 10:41 am | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ says that increasing pressure on students to provide their own computers at school ( BYOD – Bring Your Own Device ) is placing families under financial pressure, but also of greater concern is the ignoring of health concerns around excessive ... More >>

A Day at the Theme Park Gets the Heart Pumping

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 9:25 am | Rainbow's End

According to an experiment conducted by Rainbow’s End this month, half a day at the theme park could burn 1200 calories, the equivalent of 4.5 McDonald’s cheeseburgers, or 171 fries. More >>

Kiwi babies & children benefit from dental patnership

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 4:52 pm | Colgate

Seven month old CJ Ringrose may not yet have his first tooth, but West Auckland Mum Vicky Ringrose is all set on how to care for his precious baby teeth thanks to a Colgate partnership with Plunket in association with the New Zealand Dental Association ... More >>

How to get at-risk families out of “ministerial boxes”

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 4:25 pm | Massey University

Is a “wraparound” model the answer for New Zealand’s at-risk families? A Massey University psychologist and family violence expert says the holistic, collaborative approach to delivering social services is effective in bringing about long-term change, ... More >>

Advancing consumer health through responsible self-care

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

February 14, 2017 – Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), applauds a breakthrough recommendation by Medsafe’s Medicine Classifications Committee (MCC) to change the classification of certain ... More >>

Planet earth and human health

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 1:17 pm | University of Auckland

A better understanding of the close relationship between the life-support systems of our planet with human health and disease, is the focus of a new book by pioneering Australian epidemiologist, Tony McMichael. More >>

Way clear for Pharmacists to dispense oral contraception

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:22 pm | Ministry of Health

A recommendation to allow selected oral contraceptives to be supplied by pharmacists, in certain circumstances, has been given the green light. More >>

Access to selected oral contraceptives in pharmacy

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:20 pm | Green Cross Health

A positive recommendation by the Medicines Classification Committee to the Minister of Health signals an end to a three-year process to have selected oral contraceptives made available to women by their pharmacist. More >>

Reassess resources for mental health services, says NZAC

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:59 am | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Reassessing New Zealand’s mental health services from the ground up may alleviate increasing demand, says NZ Association of Counsellors Bev Weber. More >>

All NZ mental health facilities need upgrade

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 9:34 am | PSA

Mental health facilities across the country all need urgent assessment to ensure they’re safe for clients - and for staff, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says. More >>

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:34 pm | Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) held their first meeting for 2017 on Monday 30 January in Christchurch. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild’s Chief Executive responsible for organising CPLF meetings. More >>

Canterbury DHB CEO Update - Monday 13 February

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:30 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

In this week’s CEO Update, chief executive David Meates reflects on what has been achieved in the past six years since the February 2011 quakes. More >>

Ice baths no good for muscle recovery

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:02 pm | University of Auckland

New evidence suggests ice baths do nothing to help muscle recovery after exercise. More >>

New report shines light on economic impact of hearing loss

Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:07 pm | Life Unlimited

Hearing loss is a significant issue facing the New Zealand population with 880,350 people in New Zealand now living with some type of hearing loss. More >>

Study results show probiotic helps prevent rheumatic fever

Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:04 pm | BLIS Technologies

As the Government launches a new rheumatic fever awareness campaign this week, results from a recent European clinical trial show that the daily use of a Kiwi-developed oral probiotic, BLIS K12 TM, is associated with a significant and ongoing reduction ... More >>

Oral submission on voluntary euthanasia

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:58 pm | David Barber

Herewith the text of an oral submission I made to the Health Select Committee inquiry on voluntary euthanasia today, Monday, February 13 2017 More >>

Record $1.136b in health insurance claims paid in 2016

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:11 pm | Health Funds Association of NZ

Health insurers funded an additional $100 million in healthcare in 2016 as more Kiwis took out health cover, according to the latest figures from the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). More >>

23% increase in Tairawhiti First Specialist Assessments

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 13 February 2017 Media Statement 23% increase in Tairawhiti patients receiving First Specialist Assessments More >>

43% increase in Lakes First Specialist Assessments

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 13 February 2017 Media Statement 43% increase in Lakes patients receiving First Specialist Assessments More >>

Cold homes harm NZ youth health and schooling

Monday, 13 February 2017, 10:11 am | University of Otago

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that young people are experiencing increased health problems, stress, and adverse social effects from cold housing. More >>

Relief care minimum wage appeal in Supreme Court

Friday, 10 February 2017, 5:41 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 10 (BusinessDesk) - The Supreme Court today heard a former relief caregiver's appeal to be paid minimum wage as opposed to a flat fee, arguing there was a contract between relief carers and district health boards which meant they should be treated ... More >>

IHC joins the call for respite care overhaul

Friday, 10 February 2017, 5:37 pm | IHC

IHC joins the call for respite care overhaul saying respite is not about managing crises More >>

Science in crises: harnessing hype

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Lay the groundwork in peace time and be responsive and adaptable when the crisis is unfolding. More >>

$80,000 For Heart Kids NZ, Thanks to Bartercard Foundation

Friday, 10 February 2017, 3:53 pm | Bartercard

The Bartercard Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with Heart Kids NZ, the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), right through their life. More >>

Heart Kids announces new partnership with Bartercard

Friday, 10 February 2017, 3:48 pm | Heart Kids

Heart Kids announces an ingenious new partnership with Bartercard that will help thousands of kiwi families living with Congenital Heart Disease. More >>

App helps health professionals learn medical terms in Te Reo

Friday, 10 February 2017, 9:50 am | University of Otago

Learning Te Reo relevant to a health environment is now easy thanks to an innovative App and interactive game developed at the University of Otago, Christchurch. More >>

South Island health system closes information gaps

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 5:27 pm | South Island Alliance

Hospitals across the South Island will soon be sharing relevant patient health information electronically for the entire South Island population. More >>

Mental Health Workers Raise the Alarm

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 4:40 pm | People's Mental Health Review

The People’s Mental Health Review supports the public action taken today by the Public Service Association. More >>

Invitation to celebrate International Epilepsy Day

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 1:09 pm | Epilepsy NZ

International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year. Every year, people join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by epilepsy, their families and carers. More >>

Digitech to play a big health role

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 11:54 am | Make Lemonade

A special event at Parliament next week will mark the 15th anniversary of the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) cluster as digital technology gains momentum in the health sector. More >>

Sugary drink icon can help confusion over kids’ drinks

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 11:45 am | New Zealand Dental Association

Recent research on the sugar content of supermarket-sold beverages in New Zealand shows finding out sugar levels is a confusing area says the New Zealand Dental Association. More >>

Mental health workers speak out after CCDHB report

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 9:33 am | Public Service Association

Mental health workers from Capital and Coast DHB have taken the unusual step of approaching the public after the Mellsop report into services there, the PSA says. More >>

Medicinal cannabis changes will make little difference

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 5:33 pm | NORML More >>

NZ's obesity timebomb is car-related

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 4:01 pm | Cycling Action Network

Cycling Action Network is calling for urgent action to curb childhood obesity. More >>

More fresh fruit and vegetables for well-being

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:22 pm | University of Otago

Lifting your intake of fruit and vegetables can make a difference to the way you feel in just a couple of weeks, a University of Otago study has found More >>

LGBTIQ community demands urgent political commitment

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:11 pm | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Ending HIV Big Gay Out 2017 – community rallies behind campaign to end new HIV infections by 2025 New HIV infections in New Zealand are at the highest they have ever been. More needs to be done to protect thousands of Kiwis most vulnerable to ... More >>

Speaker focuses on alcohol and teenage brain

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:02 pm | West Coast District Health

The effects of alcohol on the developing teenage brain will be explored in a series of upcoming free community events presented by neuroscience Educator Nathan Wallis. Using current research to provide practical advice for supporting adolescents, the ... More >>

150,000 Kiwis with dementia by 2050

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 1:26 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

A dementia epidemic is looming in New Zealand as the number of Kiwis living with the condition will reach 150,000 by 2050. More >>

Wai Research to study Māori mental health

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 1:10 pm | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Wai Research – the research arm of Whānau Waipareira – will carry out a 12 month project that could refocus services for Māori mental health. More >>

Spare a Few Hours to Help Kiwi Kids with Cancer this March

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 1:05 pm | Child Cancer Foundation

Child Cancer Foundation is calling for volunteers nationwide to lend a hand for its annual street collection, taking place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March, during Child Cancer Foundation Appeal Month. More >>

Quality over quantity more important in health outcomes

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 12:02 pm | PHARMAC

When it comes to making a difference in people’s lives, it’s not about how many medicines you have, but having the ones that work, says PHARMAC Chief Executive Steffan Crausaz. More >>

Jumpstart goes national to support diabetes health

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 11:52 am | YMCA

The successful diabetes health programme Jumpstart is going national with programmes starting in Wellington and Invercargill on 7th February, and Christchurch on 1st May. More >>

Steve Sumner – a fighter to the end

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 11:22 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

From the time of his diagnosis with advanced prostate cancer in September 2015 Steve Sumner was determined to make the most of his life, and especially to promote awareness of the number one cancer in New Zealand men. More >>

Kids with weight issues do little exercise

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 10:54 am | University of Auckland

A new, in depth study of children and teenagers struggling with weight issues found their physical activity levels were low, while their screen time was high. Physical “huff and puff” activity was much lower than national averages, and the vast ... More >>

Campbell Fellowship Award to help combat patient weight gain

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 10:47 am | Cornwall Park Trust Board

Helping fight the modern epidemic of lifestyle diseases is at the heart of further work by a New Zealand medical researcher who is taking up the inaugural Campbell Fellowship to advance her study overseas. More >>

Health star labels help fight obesity

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 1:54 pm | Food and Grocery Council

Helping New Zealanders fight obesity by making it easier to shop healthier is the motivation behind a new video on the Health Star Rating system released today by the NZ Food and Grocery Council. More >>

Public health leaders speaking in Wellington

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 12:22 pm | University of Otago

The 21st Public Health Summer School starts at the University of Otago, Wellington today. As part of the Public Health Summer School, the university will host four evening talks by leading international public health experts throughout February. More >>

Healthy lunch boosts productivity, research finds

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:14 am | Five plus a day

Warding off a mid-afternoon slump at work could be as easy as eating a healthy lunch, according to the results of a recent 5+ A Day survey. More >>

World Cancer Day 4th February 2017

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:00 pm | Lung Foundation New Zealand

World Cancer Day 4th February 2017 - Lung Cancer Kills More Kiwis Than Any Other Cancer More >>

Will you turn your world upside down on World Cancer Day?

Friday, 3 February 2017, 5:55 pm | CanTeen

World Cancer Day (4 February) aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by bringing cancer to the front of people’s minds. More >>

Get to grips with tragedies first, prevent it second

Friday, 3 February 2017, 5:50 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

The loss of two young children’s lives points to a ‘missing step’ in New Zealand’s counselling and mental health services, says the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). More >>

Nutrition labels improve understanding but not food choices

Friday, 3 February 2017, 3:15 pm | University of Auckland

Nutrition labels have a minor impact on New Zealand consumer healthy food choices, according to the latest study from the University of Auckland. The study involved 1357 New Zealander shoppers split into three groups of about 400 each and randomly ... More >>


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