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South Pacific Nurses Forum to convene

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:53 am | NZNO

More than 300 nursing leaders will convene in Rarotonga on Monday (15 October) for the 19th South Pacific Nurses Forum and AGM. More >>

Black Flu: Why should we remember 1918 influenza pandemic?

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:55 am | University of Canterbury

NZ Heritage Week-UC Connect public lecture: Black Flu: Why should we remember the 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand? More >>

Whakatāne Hospital top choice for first year doctors

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:22 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Whakatāne Hospital has been rated New Zealand’s most preferred hospital for first year doctors. More >>

NIHI develops chatbot to answer patient queries

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 1:35 pm |

Researchers at the National Institute for Health Innovation are developing a chatbot to answer patients questions after surgery. The two-year Engagebot project is funded by a Health Research Council Explorer Grant, which support transformative research ... More >>

Waikato doctor to lead peak body for emergency medicine

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 12:04 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

A Waikato emergency doctor has been elected to lead the peak body for emergency medicine in New Zealand and Australia. More >>

Patients’ experience of primary health care in NZ revealed

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:03 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Most patients feel their GP or practice nurse treats them with kindness, understanding and respect, results of a survey by the Health Quality & Safety Commission and Ministry of Health show. More >>

Origins of female homosexuality

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:59 am | University of Auckland

Hormonal environments in the womb may help explain the evolutionary origins of female homosexuality and determine the spectrum of sexual orientation in women according to a review article published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. And arguments suggesting ... More >>

Single CEO to lead Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:45 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs have voted to appoint a single chief executive to lead both DHBs to better support health service planning and delivery across the Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington and Hutt Valley regions. More >>

What is mental health and who wants to talk about it?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 4:24 pm | Geneva Healthcare

What is mental health and who wants to talk about it? Everyone will have times in their life when things get challenging. When this happens, it is important to make wellness a priority as it is too easy to get focused on the problems and disregard ... More >>

ANZASW on World Mental Health Day

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 3:28 pm | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to express its solidarity with service users and colleagues internationally this World Mental Health Day. Today we celebrate the efforts of social workers across the globe who ... More >>

Maintain Mental Health at work

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 2:08 pm | Grow Ltd

Many of us believe that we could make our workplace a healthier, more compassionate and richer place to be. Instinctively we have a hunch that if we changed things, productivity would improve. More >>

The Crown held to account over Māori Health

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:49 pm | Wai 1315 claimants

The Wai Wai 1315 claimants representing Māori intend to hold the Crown to account over Māori health at Tūrangawaewae Marae before the Waitangi Tribunal starting 15 October. More >>

Māori Leaders in Health mount historic Waitangi Claim

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:47 pm | Joint Media Statement

Claims from two groups of Māori health leaders are being heard in the Waitangi Tribunal from 15 October next week at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia as part of stage one of the its national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes. More >>

National Anaesthesia Day - October 16

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:50 pm | ANZCA

It’s estimated that more than four million anaesthetics are administered each year across New Zealand and Australia. Increasing people’s understanding about anaesthesia is the focus of ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day being held on Tuesday, October 16. More >>

Health Care Home – second year reflections

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:08 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

In just two years, the Health Care Home (HCH) model of primary healthcare has spread across Greater Wellington to benefit tens of thousands of people. More >>

Naenae community market for sugary drink stance

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 10:18 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is applauding the Naenae community market in Lower Hutt for their approach to sugary drinks. More >>

Federation welcomes its first members

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 7:19 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand (the Federation), which was formally launched in the Grand Hall of Parliament in the company of the Prime Minister last month, has approved its first tranche of membership applications. More >>

Hawke’s Bay officially starts National Bowel Screening

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 4:15 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay officially starts National Bowel Screening Programme Hawke’s Bay people aged between 60 and 74 will this week start receiving pre-invitation letters inviting them to participate in the National Bowel Screening Programme, which officially ... More >>

Regular eye checks are important

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 3:43 pm | Blind Foundation

The Blind Foundation urges people to get their eyes checked, even if an eye condition has already been diagnosed. More >>

Exploding myths of mental health will help more people

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 1:02 pm | Relationship Matters Ltd

Exploding myths of mental health will help more people get the help they need, says Counsellor More >>

Outdated public funding model failing NZ patients

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:20 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Publicly funded modern medicines are out of reach for many patients in New Zealand according to a new report. The COMPARE 4 report shows New Zealand ranking the lowest out of 20 OECD countries for its market access to modern medicines. More >>

Adolescent back pain may herald lifetime of ill health

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:00 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

According to new research[1] adolescent back pain may predict poor overall health, and risk of chronic disease throughout life. The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is concerned that chiropractic care is an underused option in the management ... More >>

Wintec takes workshops across NZ to support mental health

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:14 am | Wintec

Louise Faulkner has seen many cases of mental health issues in her role as International Student Services Manager at Wintec and says some are not as easy to spot, and it can take years of experience to identify the signs. “I like to think our team is ... More >>

Children – teach your parents well

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:08 am | Alcohol Beverages Council

While youth drinking continues to fall, it’s parents and grandparents who continue to over-indulge, if health statistics are accurate, says the New Zealand Alcohol Beverage Council (NZABC). More >>

Countdown bolsters its support of teams' mental wellness

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:12 pm | Countdown Supermarket

Monday 8 October 2018: Countdown is one of the largest employers in the country and is very serious about providing a supportive and safe workplace for its 18,400 strong team. With so many Kiwis affected with mental health, Countdown has introduced ... More >>

Get Spotted on Go Spotty Day

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:11 pm | Melanoma New Zealand

Get Spotted on Go Spotty Day FRIDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2018 Each year over 4000 Kiwis are diagnosed with melanoma in New Zealand, that’s around 13 people every day. To support those affected and help raise awareness, Melanoma Awareness Week is proud to present ... More >>

“Extreme Cult Diet” to Scientifically Proven

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:06 pm | NZ Vegetarian Society

“Extreme Cult Diet” to Scientifically Proven - a look at vegetarianism from 1943 to now October is World Vegetarian Month, and this year the NZ Vegetarian Society celebrates 75 years. It is a good time to reflect on the societal change towards ... More >>

Taranaki DHB staff encouraged to reflect on inner wellbeing

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:48 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

The people who work at Taranaki DHB are usually busy taking care of others. However their own health and wellbeing is just as important and the DHB is encouraging staff to embrace this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) theme and ‘let nature ... More >>

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week with music

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:45 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Music will fill the Palmerston North Hospital entrance this week as mental health and wellbeing becomes a focus for MidCentral District Health Board. More >>

Let’s focus on Māori wellbeing and solutions

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:44 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Kaumātua and Māori cultural advisor Wi Keelan says Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today (Monday 8 October), provides an opportunity to focus on the positive aspects of Māori wellbeing. More >>

Rural dwellers less likely to talk to health professionals

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:19 am | One Plus One

A recent survey has found that 70 percent of rural New Zealanders have felt more stress over the last five years. The State of the Rural Nation Survey, conducted by Bayer New Zealand and Country TV, asked participants several questions regarding ... More >>

Time to reflect on 1918 influenza pandemic

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:56 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

One hundred years ago the influenza pandemic killed an estimated 9000 New Zealanders during this country’s largest public health crisis, says Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief historian Neill Atkinson. “The majority of deaths ... More >>

Carterton Good Yarn workshop builds confidence

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:48 am | Young Farmers

Greytown dairy farmer Rachel Gardner is encouraging other young people to talk about mental health. More >>

New funding secured for arthritis treatment programme at Ara

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:36 am | Ara Institute

There are over 140 different types of arthritis, which can have significant impact on quality of life. However, participants of the Mobility Action Programme (MAP), run through Ara Institute of Canterbury’s specialist sports facility The Zone, ... More >>

Record number celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:14 am | Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) starts today and thousands of New Zealanders are celebrating. More >>

NZDF To Hold Runway Walk/Run at Whenuapai

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:35 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Mental Health Awareness Week will be marked at New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) camps and bases around the country next week, with a focus on this year’s theme of connecting with nature. More >>

More than half of mental disorders begin in teenage years

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:28 pm | Auckland University of Technology

Youth mental health has been recognised as a priority in New Zealand, but more needs to be done to enhance the wellbeing of young people and reverse escalating suicide rates, according to Professor Max Abbott at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). More >>

Measles Alert for West Auckland

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:25 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (APRHS) has been notified of a possible case of measles at Kelston Boys’ High School, and is advising anyone who has visited the school between 20th - 25th September to be aware and watch for symptoms. More >>

Auckland clinical trials get a much-needed boost

Friday, 5 October 2018, 2:02 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is providing a boost to breast cancer clinical trials at Auckland City Hospital, funding trainee oncologist Dr Edmond Ang in the new role of BCFNZ Clinical Trials Fellow. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has committed $160,000 ... More >>

Struggling to find health information for young people?

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:47 pm | WellSouth

Struggling to find credible and trustworthy health information for young people? Visit: To increase access to high quality health information for our children and young people, WellSouth Primary Health Network is pleased to ... More >>

Study could yield benefits for chronic pain sufferers

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:50 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Acknowledging that people are experiencing persistent and chronic pain can significantly improve their outlook and ability to manage their condition. More >>

Research reveals diagnosis delays for bowel cancer

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:26 am | University of Otago

There are often delays in diagnosis for New Zealanders with bowel cancer with people aged under 60, Māori and those with less formal education most at risk, new research reveals. More >>

A research first for bowel cancer in New Zealand

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:05 am | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

A Bowel Cancer New Zealand funded study ‘ New Zealanders’ experiences and pathways to a diagnosis of bowel cancer: a cross-sectional descriptive study of a younger cohort’ is the first to present bowel cancer patients’ perspectives and experiences ... More >>

Alcohol still impacting ED despite legislation

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:04 am | University of Otago

Numbers of alcohol-impaired and injured people coming to Christchurch’s emergency department (ED) remained the same between 2013 and 2107 despite legislation aimed at reducing harm, new research shows. More >>

Te Kaha GP’s work with trainee doctors recognised

Friday, 5 October 2018, 9:49 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

An Eastern Bay GP who goes above and beyond to train the next generation of doctors has been recognised with a prestigious award. More >>

Te Rau Matatini Advocating for the Māori Voice

Friday, 5 October 2018, 9:24 am | Te Rau Matatini

Whilst groups across New Zealand prepare for Mental Health Awareness Week (8–14 October 2018), many people are awaiting in anticipation the release of the Government’s Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Report and its key findings. More >>

Health care homes early evidence in Wellington

Friday, 5 October 2018, 8:59 am | Productivity Commission

Early evidence suggests a team-based primary health care practice model can reduce emergency department admissions to hospitals. More >>

Antenatal scans save heart disease babies’ lives

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:04 pm | University of Auckland

Babies with life-threatening but treatable heart disease are more likely to survive if the disease is picked up before birth a new study shows – but researchers say too few pregnant women in Aotearoa New Zealand receive an antenatal diagnosis. More >>

Stacey Morrison urges Māori women to sign up

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:00 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ ambassador Stacey Morrison has just had her first free mammogram with BreastScreen Aotearoa. Now, she’s urging Kiwi women – especially Māori – to enrol for free breast screening this October. More >>

Paralympians looking for technology breakthroughs

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:36 pm | Toyota New Zealand

Paralympians are hoping a global Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge will crack a technology breakthrough to improve their competition lives and the quality of life for all people with a disability. More >>

Conference to tackle global issues

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:33 pm | Health Promotion Forum

A global conference that will showcase “state-of-the-art” practice, research and theory in health promotion will be held in Rotorua from April 7 to 11 next year. More >>

CXIO network gains ground in Australia

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:00 pm |

Australia’s Chief X Information Officer Network has more than 160 members and a thriving online forum, the chief executive of the Health Informatics Society of Australia says. Louise Schaper will present at the 2018 HiNZ conference in Wellington on 21–23 ... More >>

New hope for diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 1:19 pm | University of Auckland

Debilitating and common digestive disorders that can take years to diagnose and are hard to treat are the target of new research from Dr Tim Angeli at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) at the University of Auckland. More >>

Avoiding a Legionnaires’ Spring Spike

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:45 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury’s gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost to avoid repeating the spike in Legionnaires’ cases that occurred in spring 2017. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says 24 Cantabrians were ... More >>

Child, family immigration detention is health emergency

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:44 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) stands with The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australian Medical Association, and 180 other organisations in calls to end the practices of children and their families being held in offshore ... More >>

Poll: 68% want binding referendum on medical aid in dying

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 12:18 pm | Horizon Research Limited

The result overwhelmingly supports a New Zealand First proposal to hold a referendum, which will determine if its MPs support the End of Life Choice Bill. The referendum would be held if the bill passes in Parliament but before it is given Royal assent ... More >>

Communities connect with Mātauranga Māori

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:26 am | Hapai Te Hauora

From waka ama to māra kai and Māori movement, Māori workshops are being held this Mental Health Awareness Week to promote positive community wellbeing. More >>

Education for menstrual periods needed at primary school

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:19 am | University of Otago

Primary school is the correct place to educate girls about periods and provide sanitary bins and pads, say University of Otago researchers. More >>

Dedicated nurses recruited to reduce pressure injuries

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:40 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board has recruited the first group of Pressure Injury Prevention Link Nurses, as part of a broader strategy funded by the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) to reduce the incidence and severity of pressure injuries across ... More >>

Lack of exercise putting pressure on Kiwis’ health

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 1:04 pm | Make Lemonade

Lack of exercise is putting pressure on the health of many Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. More >>



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