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Ministry of Health Lack of Action Disappoints Heart Kids NZ

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:18 am | Heart Kids

Heart Kids NZ is extremely disappointed at the length of time it has taken the Ministry of Health to release information about the risk of a potentially fatal infection to patients who’ve undergone major heart surgery. More >>

Third measles case confirmed – Cantabrians warned

Monday, 12 February 2018, 6:16 pm | Canterbury DHB

Third measles case confirmed – Cantabrians warned to be vigilant Another case of measles has been confirmed in Canterbury with public health officials urging the community to be extra vigilant, and get vaccinated. An 18 year-old woman is the third ... More >>

Stemming the Rising Tide of STIs: What is our role?

Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:19 pm | University of Auckland

A world-leading expert in sexually transmitted infections and control will speak at the University of Auckland this week. More >>

CPH nutritionist selected for leadership course

Monday, 12 February 2018, 10:30 am | West Coast District Health

Greymouth-based Community and Public Health Nutrition Health Promoter Jade Winter has just been selected to attend a prestigious Oceanic leadership development course in Queensland in July. More >>

Looking to Get Your Children More Active?

Monday, 12 February 2018, 10:00 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It’s been a great summer, awesome weather means plenty of opportunities for kids to get outside and get active, which means they eat better, sleep better and burn up any excess energy, as well as a chance for families to get moving together. However, ... More >>

Don’t put your sight out of mind

Monday, 12 February 2018, 8:40 am | Canstar Blue

Auckland, 12 February 2018. Over 70 percent of over 40’s in New Zealand don’t have regular eye tests and it could be causing them long-term problems. More >>

Māori doctor to present link between childhood diseases

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 1:59 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Māori doctor to present link between childhood diseases of poverty and pokies at international gambling conference More >>

Measles warning for Christchurch

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:08 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Community and Public Health is investigating a second case of measles in Christchurch. An 11-year-old child is recovering at home after contracting the virus in a general practice waiting room. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, ... More >>

Ageing with a disability sucks, says long-time advocate

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:44 pm | Life Unlimited

JOHN McINTOSH is pretty blunt when asked what it’s like growing older with a disability. More >>

DHB announces closure of Dunsford residential care facility

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:19 pm | West Coast District Health

The West Coast District Health Board has today announced to staff that it intends to proceed with the closure of the Westport-based Dunsford Ward rest home and hospital level aged residential care facility by 1 March 2018. More >>

Online directory for access to mental health services in Sth

Friday, 9 February 2018, 10:45 am | Health Point

A new national online directory will improve access to mental health and addiction services for people in the southern region, says the chair of Alliance South, Mental Health and Addictions Network, John MacDonald. More >>

Concern over increased mental health calls to police

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 12:57 pm | Lifeline Aotearoa

Lifeline is concerned to hear recent reports of increased calls to the police for mental health issues and agrees that it should not be the role of police to support those in distress, only those at imminent risk of suicide. More >>

Private surgical hospitals propose plan to cut surgery waits

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:51 am | NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association

Private sector hospitals are calling for a formal partnership with government to help meet the unmet demand for elective surgeries. The President of the NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) Richard Whitney says New Zealand has a growing ... More >>

Switching to vaping not always straightforward

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:13 am | University of Otago

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control . The study, which involved in-depth ... More >>

Community Exercise and education for management of diabetes

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 3:45 pm | University of Otago

Community Exercise and education for long-term management of diabetes and multi-morbidity - University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy Research team: More >>

NZ ahead of the pack in funding PrEP

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:18 pm | AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation applauds PHARMAC’s decision to become one of the first countries in the world to publicly fund the HIV-prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – meaning those at high risk of HIV have another way to protect ... More >>

PHARMAC widening access for Truvada

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:04 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC widening access for Truvada for the prevention of HIV infection 7 February 2018 A decision to widen access to Truvada to prevent infection with HIV is a great opportunity to reduce transmission rates of HIV infections in New Zealand, says PHARMAC ... More >>

Judgment: Chamberlain v Minister of Health

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 1:31 pm | NZ Court of Appeal


Incentives for desk-dwellers to get up and move

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:01 am | University of Otago

Taking regular activity breaks while sitting for long periods does not increase your appetite, University of Otago academics have discovered. More >>

Human trial for game-changing diabetes treatment begins

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:50 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are ready to take a significant step in the development of a new natural product that could potentially prevent diabetes. More >>

RANZCP strengthens their commitment to Māori

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:30 am | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

Nau mai, haere mai e te rangatira ki te Tu Te Akaaka Roa! The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) welcomes Mr Wikepa Keelan (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu) as the RANZCP’s new Kaumātua. More >>

Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation

Monday, 5 February 2018, 10:49 am | Joint Press Release

The New Zealand Society of Diversional Therapists welcomes a qualification that they now recognise as meeting the requirement for their members. NZSDT Inc. is the professional organisation for individuals currently employed in the field of Diversional Therapy. ... More >>

Innovative procedure trial at hospital

Monday, 5 February 2018, 10:27 am | Bay Of Plenty DHB

For most of us swallowing is something we do easily without thinking. But for patients like Mount Maunganui man Brian MacDonald, doing this has required a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay in hospital every couple of months. More >>

World Cancer Day - What Not to Say

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 6:27 pm | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

World Cancer Day: unfortunate words - or silence - add pain to breast cancer diagnosis Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) has released a video featuring funny ladies Urzila Carlson and Jackie Clarke acting out an awkward conversation between a newly-diagnosed ... More >>

Whooping cough: School children at risk if not immunised

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 3:17 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Dr Stephen Bridgman, Clinical Director Public Health with the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service, urges parents to check their children’s immunisation status as they return to school and group activities. More >>

Ending HIV celebrates first-year wins at Big Gay Out

Friday, 2 February 2018, 3:52 pm | AIDS Foundation

Ending HIV Big Gay Out 2018 – community rallies behind campaign to end new HIV infections by 2025 More >>

How to stay safe in the aftermath of flooding

Friday, 2 February 2018, 3:49 pm | West Coast District Health

The following advice is issued by Canterbury and West Coast Community and Public Health and applies to areas of the West Coast and Canterbury that have been affected by Cyclone Fehi. More >>

Public lectures: Considering big health issues

Friday, 2 February 2018, 2:52 pm | University of Otago

Public health experts and public lectures: Considering big health issues Leading international and New Zealand health experts will be in Wellington to participate in the 22nd Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington ... More >>

Queensland health contingent impressed by Bay healthcare

Friday, 2 February 2018, 2:11 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Queensland healthcare leaders were left “very impressed” following a day-long visit to Tauranga Hospital this week. (Wednesday 31 January) More >>

Concerns Raised Over Impact of Social Media on Waistlines

Friday, 2 February 2018, 10:17 am | Sanitarium

Growing dependence on digital devices and social media could be having a negative impact on Kiwi waistlines according to a new Ministry of Health report[1]. More >>

The only relay that really matters in 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:51 am | Cape Reinga to Bluff Relay

Cape Reinga to Bluff Relay. 2000km. 100 Days. Big Numbers For Little Kids In Need. More >>

Anytime Fitness Partners up with Diabetes New Zealand

Friday, 2 February 2018, 8:58 am | Anytime Fitness

New Zealand’s leading 24-hour fitness group and top global fitness franchise, Anytime Fitness, has teamed up as a Champion Sponsor with Diabetes New Zealand to help stem what is now New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health condition. More >>

Surgeons look to do the right thing by their patients

Friday, 2 February 2018, 8:19 am | University of Otago

New Zealand surgeons are often prepared to treat an abnormality discovered during an elective surgical procedure in the absence of patient consent, especially if the patient’s health is threatened and the risk of the additional procedure is low. More >>

Few drinking fountains in New Zealand playgrounds

Friday, 2 February 2018, 8:17 am | University of Otago

New research has found that only a fifth (20 per cent) of childrens’ playgrounds in the lower North Island of New Zealand had drinking fountains (11 out of 54 playgrounds). More >>

Study links childhood fitness to healthy lungs in adulthood

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 7:43 pm | University of Otago

Otago study links childhood fitness to healthy lungs in adulthood Fit children whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a University of Otago-led study. Good lung function in early ... More >>

National PRIME Committee convenes

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:30 pm | NZ Rural General Practice Network

The newly-formed National PRIME Committee held its inaugural meeting following a year-long review of the service. The committee, chaired by Wellsford GP Dr Tim Malloy, was established in late 2017 following a comprehensive review of the Primary Response ... More >>

Super stars step up for Diabetes NZ

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:30 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

Some of the country’s most famous faces and top business minds are stepping up to the plate this February for Diabetes New Zealand’s annual Fitbit MoveMeant Challenge. More >>

Equitable access to breakthrough medicines needed

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:14 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Former clinical leader, Dr. Lee Mathias, has been appointed as new chair for Medicines New Zealand the industry association for the biopharmaceutical presence in New Zealand. More >>

Otumoetai pilot frontline mental health in school

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 2:57 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Otumoetai students have access to specialist mental health support at school as part of a health funded pilot focused on building children’s resilience and general wellbeing. More >>

Measles warning issued in Christchurch

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 5:47 pm | Canterbury DHB

Measles warning issued in Christchurch The Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health team has issued a measles warning after a man who attended Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department has since been confirmed as having ... More >>

Stopping smoking key reason for e-cigarette use

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 5:36 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

New research has been released which shows that vaping in New Zealand is a popular alternative for those wanting to quit smoking tobacco. A recent survey on vapers was conducted by Dr Penny Truman and colleagues at Massey University. The study found ... More >>

Cyclone Fehi: Updated message re surgery and clinics - WCDHB

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 5:03 pm | Westcoast DHB

· Surgery and outpatient clinics (including endoscopy and Allied Health) in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport will continue dependent on clinicians and patients being able to attend. If you are unable to attend safely, or you want to check it is still running ... More >>

More accessible healthcare on the way for Southern district

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 2:26 pm | Southern District Health Board

More accessible and integrated healthcare on the way for the Southern district New strategy and action plan launched with public meetings More >>

Regulatory action on surgical mesh products

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 10:37 am | Ministry of Health

Medsafe has today announced the outcomes of recent regulatory action on surgical mesh products in New Zealand. More >>

Stopping smoking main reason for vaping

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 10:03 am | Massey University

A recent survey of vapers found the majority started smoking e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking. More than 200 people from across New Zealand took part in the online survey in 2016, led by Dr Penny Truman from Massey University’s School of ... More >>

New adventures and journeys on the digital health highway

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 9:54 am | Toi Tangata

Today marks the bringing together of a group of Māori co-design practitioners from Toi Tangata and the Healthier Lives research team based at the School of Population Health within the University of Auckland at the East Tamaki campus. More >>

DHB MECA mediation talks start tomorrow

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 7:50 pm | NZNO

DHB MECA mediation talks start tomorrow Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants have received significant public support prior to attending mediation with employers tomorrow in the unresolved negotiations for their DHB MECA (multi-employer collective ... More >>

Nurses empowered to utilise their skills

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 6:51 pm | NZNO

Nurses empowered to utilise their skills NZNO welcomes tomorrow’s enactment of the Health Practitioners (Statutory References to medical Practitioners) Amendment Act. Detail of legislation is here. More >>

Launch of new online health data website - healthspace

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 11:42 am | Massey University

Massey University’s Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team has released healthspace , an online visualisation tool for health-related data in New Zealand. More >>

Staying cool and healthy in rising heat

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 11:13 am | NZ Climate and Health group

“Take care as the heat rises” advises Dr Alex Macmillan, co-convenor of OraTaiao, The NZ Climate and Health Council, “especially if you’re elderly, pregnant, or already have a medical condition. Babies and children are also more at risk with ... More >>

Nurture young people’s mental health earlier

Monday, 29 January 2018, 9:57 am | NZ Psychological Society

The number of educational psychologists employed in the public sector needs to double if the Government is to meet its goal of improving the mental health of young people, education groups say. More >>

Treatment Close to Home for Bile and Pancreas Patients

Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:37 pm | Northland DHB

Whangarei Hospital is now able to offer a form of advanced endoscopy procedure for patients to help relieve obstruction in the ducts connecting the gallbladder and liver with the bowel, saving patient trips to Auckland. Bile obstruction could be ... More >>

ED rethinks approach to intravenous insertions

Friday, 26 January 2018, 12:07 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

There has been a 30 percent reduction in intravenous (IV) insertions – one of the most common invasive clinical procedures performed at Wellington Regional Hospital’s emergency department (ED). More >>

Health warning – Algal Bloom in the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River

Friday, 26 January 2018, 11:22 am | Canterbury District Health Board

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning for the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River near Chamberlains Ford. The warning follows finding a moderate cover of potentially toxic blue-green algae ... More >>

Baths Sink as Kiwis Prefer to Shower

Friday, 26 January 2018, 9:04 am | Canstar Blue

Baths Sink as Kiwis Prefer to Shower Auckland, 26 January 2018. It’s the debate that’s been raging for years, which one is best, bath or shower? But it looks like Kiwis might finally be making up their minds. The latest survey of over 2,000 people ... More >>

Public Health South urge the public to ‘Keep their Cool’

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 3:35 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s Public Health team are urging the public to ‘Keep their Cool’ during this spate of very hot weather. More >>

Rural General Practice Team of the Year Award 2018

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 2:43 pm | Rural General Practice Network

The search is on again for New Zealand’s best Rural General Practice Team of the Year as judged by the community. More >>

Arthritis numbers rise

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 1:36 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

Latest Ministry of Health figures show 17 percent of adults have arthritis, up from 15 percent in 2011/12. Half of adults aged over 75 have the condition, which often leads to chronic pain and is a major cause of disability for older people. More >>

Complacency Putting Kiwi Infants at Risk - Experts

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 9:55 am | Impact PR

Health experts are warning thousands of Kiwi infants could be exposed to whooping cough this summer; with new research showing many adults are complacent or fail to understand how to prevent the spread of the disease.1 More >>

Stroke sufferer walks out of hospital three days later

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 9:30 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A stroke sufferer who became the first Bay of Plenty man to undergo a ground-breaking procedure is welcoming in 2018 with a sense of gratitude and relief. More >>



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