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Dementia NZ Applauds Strengthened Monitoring

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:39 am | Dementia New Zealand

Dementia NZ Applauds Strengthened Monitoring of Dementia Units – and Calls for Better Support for Those Living Independently More >>

Vote No to Sellout of New Zealand Nurses

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:07 am | Socialist Equality Group

The struggle of New Zealand hospital workers for decent wages and conditions is at a crossroads. This week and next, 27,000 public hospital nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are voting on an offer from District Health Boards (DHBs) to ... More >>

Ryman makes record donation to Alzheimers NZ

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:10 pm | Ryman Healthcare

A record $390,000 donation by Ryman Healthcare to Alzheimers NZ will significantly benefit the many thousands of Kiwis living with dementia. More >>

More than 1.3 million GP appointments booked online

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 12:55 pm |

More than 1.3 million GP appointments have been booked online via a patient portal in New Zealand. More than 400,000 repeat prescriptions have also been ordered electronically, saving patients a phone call or visit to their GP. Figures gathered by eHealthNews ... More >>

Taranaki DHB Laboratory Privatisation Bid Ditched

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 12:10 pm | ASMS

“Senior doctors are delighted the DHB has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatise its hospital laboratory after dragging its heels on the matter,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Cattle vs Kid : What‘s More Important?

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 12:05 pm | Heart Kids

Heart Kids, the New Zealand charity representing those children affected by Rheumatic Heart Disease is calling for more action over eradicating the disease. Chief Executive Rob Lutter says if more than a billion dollars can be budgeted for getting rid of ... More >>

Microplastics: Small Plastics, Big Problem

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11:58 am | Aurecon

In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, Paul Stephenson argues that that aside from plastic bottles and candy wrappers, it’s the plastics that we don’t see, the microplastics, that are about to damage the world we are living in. Contrary ... More >>

Novel Smart Technology Explores Smoking-to-Vaping Transition

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11:44 am | University of Otago

Novel smart technology used in a University of Otago-led study explores smoking-to-vaping transitions, suggesting vaping is a complicated process and that some vapers may need additional cessation support to become smoke free. More >>

New Clinical Chief Advisor for Primary Health Care

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:35 am | Ministry of Health

Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased to announce the appointment of the Ministry of Health’s new Clinical Chief Advisor with a focus on primary health care. “New Zealand-trained public health physician and epidemiologist, Dr Juliet ... More >>

Food Addiction is a Real Thing, but so is the Power of Hope

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:07 am | PR Newswire Association

Recovered Food Addict develops a proven program to release suffers from the bonds of Food Addiction and move them into a life of hope and Food Serenity. More >>

St John Urges Public to Prioritise Their Health This Winter

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:11 am | St John

The most important thing you can do this winter is be immunised against influenza and seek advice from a health professional if you are unwell, St John Medical Director Dr Tony Smith says. More >>

Plain package cigarettes now in full effect but critiqued

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 4:53 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

From today, it is illegal for tobacco companies in New Zealand to sell cigarettes in branded packaging but the implementation has had a mixed response. This is the final week of the 3 month ‘wash out’ period in cleansing the market of existing ... More >>

American Interference in New Zealand Public Health

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 4:31 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

Hāpai Te Hauora, New Zealand’s largest Māori public health collective, is disappointed at the recent media coverage of a lab-based scientist flown to our shores which created unnecessary confusion among communities around the use of vaping devices. Last night ... More >>

Unisys Survey: Healthcare Providers Cite Specific Struggles

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 12:08 pm | Unisys

Healthcare Providers Cite Struggles with Medical Device Security, Data Management – Unisys Survey Less than half have budget allocated to support security strategy; while less than one-third utilise real-time device data capture and analytics to ... More >>

Improving oral health crucial to improving mental health

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 11:21 am | NZDOHTA

Improving oral health crucial to improving mental health and well-being of all New Zealander’s More >>

'Too many gaps' across mental health system

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:39 am | IHC New Zealand

IHC is calling on the Government to take into account the rights, needs and circumstances of people with intellectual disabilities when addressing the factors that can lead to poor mental health and abuse. More >>

New research on antidepressant addiction and withdrawal

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:23 am | Auckland University

A study of more than 1800 New Zealanders has found a significant number of people on antidepressants believe the drugs are addictive and more than half report experiencing withdrawal symptoms. More >>

Ground-breaking Study: Too Much Oxygen Risks Patient Death

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:04 am | Lorelei Mason Health

Oxygen … it’s routinely given to support acutely sick patients around the world every day. But a new study, co-authored by a New Zealand doctor and researcher, now shows that too much of it increases the risk of death for acutely unwell patients. More >>

ESR visitor warns of vaping concerns

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 7:19 pm | ESR

Michelle Peace, who is in New Zealand as the International Vision Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Science Research (ESR), says a whole culture has grown up around the use of e-cigarettes, which many people regard as being safer than tobacco. More >>

Review of Cannabis by the World Health Organisation

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 3:51 pm | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

This week marks a historic turning point for cannabis as the World Health Organisation’s ECDD conducts its first ever review of the scheduling of cannabis. Both as a flower and is a concentrated resin. This has never been done before and in fact the scheduling ... More >>

Panel members hear about success and growth

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:51 pm | Govt Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Media Release - Panel members hear about success and growth at Youth Unit visit Celebrating success and hope for our young people was the theme of the visit by Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry panel members to the Youth Unit based at Christchurch ... More >>

Barrytown School commits to water and milk only

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:29 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Barrytown School has joined a West Coast commitment to healthy hydration by taking part in a “water and milk only” schools programme. More >>

Martine Abel-Williamson - Awarded QSM

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:19 pm | Auckland Disability Law

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) is delighted that Martine Abel-Williamson has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal (QSM) for services to people with disabilities in this year's Queen's Honour List. More >>

Breaking down language barriers

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 11:12 am | CCDHB

Improved signs and new information sheets are helping break down language barriers at Wellington Regional Hospital’s Radiology Department. More >>

ONZM for Graeme Titcombe

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 10:08 am | Home and Community Health Association

The Home and Community Health Association congratulates Graeme Titcombe who is to be made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to the home support sector and the community. More >>

Māori models of health vital for the well-being for Māori

Friday, 1 June 2018, 2:48 pm | NZAP

Michelle Levy, psychologist recently raised concerns that NZ psychologists 'very cold, robotic toward Maori.' Both Waka Oranga , National Collective of Māori Psychotherapy Practitioners, and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) support these ... More >>

End Smoking campaigners welcome Snus into NZ

Friday, 1 June 2018, 2:11 pm | End Smoking NZ

End Smoking New Zealand is pleased to see Swedish snus will soon be available in New Zealand, something it has been lobbying for, for more than a decade. More >>

Have a heart – give generously to Heart Kids

Friday, 1 June 2018, 2:05 pm | Heart Kids

Aged just two years old, little Luna Clark has spent more time in a hospital bed than many adults. The granddaughter of Kiwi cycling great Stephen Swart, Luna was born with a major heart defect. At 36 weeks pregnant her parents, Olivia and Donovan ... More >>

Terms of reference shackle health review

Friday, 1 June 2018, 11:52 am | New Zealanders for Health Research

“The terms of reference for the recently announced health review shackle its potential to take full advantage of the opportunity to bring about transformational change” says Chris Higgins, New Zealanders for Health Research Chief Executive. More >>

NZ leads call to improve health for Indigenous people

Friday, 1 June 2018, 11:36 am | University of Otago

An open letter published on 1 June 2018 in a leading international medical journal, Lancet Oncology , calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) and Governments to prioritise health improvements for Indigenous peoples worldwide. New Zealand has ... More >>

CPAG looks forward to enhanced mental health services

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:52 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the opportunity to submit evidenced-based recommendations to improve the delivery of mental health and addiction services across New Zealand. More >>

Investigating the reasons behind memory difficulties

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:26 am | Massey University

Everyday memory difficulties are a common experience that becomes more frequent with age. Massey University doctoral graduate Dr Bridget Burmester has examined whether there is a better way to explain what causes everyday memory difficulties. More >>

Strengthen local alcohol policies, say public health experts

Friday, 1 June 2018, 9:22 am | College of Public Health Medicine

Current alcohol legislation has made “little to no progress” in reducing alcohol-related harm in our communities, says the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM). More >>

NZNO takes the revised DHB offer to its members

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 6:21 pm | NZNO

Media release 31 May 2018 NZNO takes the revised DHB offer to its members NZNO’s DHB MECA negotiating team is today providing its assessment of the revised district health board multi-employer collective agreement (DHB MECA) offer to its 29,500 DHB ... More >>

Emerging Tech event focuses on people

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 2:25 pm | HINZ

People were the focus of the Emerging Tech in Health symposium held in Christchurch on 22 May. More >>

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 12:31 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and this year Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) has a new, nationwide campaign to raise awareness that bowel cancer can strike at any age. More >>

Drug for two leading causes of NZ blindness now funded

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 11:18 am | Bayer NZ

Treatment to tackle the country’s two leading causes of blindness now funded on the Pharmaceutical Schedule More >>

Interactive dashboard of individual DHB performance launched

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 11:15 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has launched a new, publicly-available dashboard of health system quality that shows at a glance how individual district health boards (DHBs) are performing in a variety of areas. More >>

NZ Smokers Deserve a Sensible Plan this World No Tobacco Day

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:21 am | Philip Morris

Philip Morris (New Zealand) Limited (PMNZ) is marking World No Tobacco Day by encouraging the New Zealand Government to move quickly and lead the world on tobacco harm reduction by implementing a sensible plan when it comes to the regulation of smoke-free products. More >>

Fresher mountain air with a smokefree Mt Ruapehu

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:14 am | Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

MT RUAPEHU 31 MAY 2018: There’s nothing like breathing that fresh mountain air on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, it's one of the treats of the ski and snowboard season. And it’s about to get that much fresher as the mountain officially becomes smokefree ... More >>

Swedish Snus finally arrives in New Zealand!

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 9:40 am | NZ Smokeless Tobacco Co

NZ Smokeless Tobacco Co (NZSTC) is proud to present NZ SNUS. is the one and only online retail outlet that will start selling snus on World Smoke Free Day (31st of May). More >>

Tobacco use a contributing factor in heart disease

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:19 pm | The Heart Foundation

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately two million deaths from heart disease and stroke worldwide each year. More >>

National dance company supports ‘get moving’ initiative

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:33 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Hospital patients have been treated to a performance from a national dance company as part of a month-long initiative to get people moving. More >>

Never too old to make a change for the better

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:10 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Herewini Banks was 74 years old when she gave up smoking. She remembers the exact date and time she quit - 4.30pm on 15 July, 2016. More >>

BOP tops quit smoking rate in NZ

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 2:18 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

The Bay of Plenty’s free Stop Smoking Support service, Hāpainga remains top of the country for its successful quit smoking rate. More >>

Vaping - it's not child's play

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 2:11 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Vaping - it's not child's play. Think about the possible dangers to our young people this 'World Smoke Free Day'. More >>

Are Home Based Care Policies Compromising Health?

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 2:08 pm | Grey Power New Zealand

A generation of policy makers have developed care for the elderly based on the assumption that they are better off in their own homes, with home care support. However, is it time to question whether this policy is actually compromising many elderly people’s ... More >>

Hopes high that health sector review will address dementia

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 1:13 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

Hopes high that health sector review will address one of NZ’s greatest healthcare challenges More >>

Southern Maternity System of Care Proposal

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 1:07 pm | Southern District Health Board

Statement concerning Southern Maternity System of Care Proposal from Lisa Gestro, Executive Director, Strategy, Primary and Community, Southern DHB: More >>

Auckland businesses targeted in smoke-free operation

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12:51 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Public health officials will be working with licensed clubs, theatres and hospitality venues over Auckland in the upcoming months to ensure compliance with the Smoke-free Environments Act. More >>

National Hauora Coalition welcomes review of Health sector

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12:43 pm | Hauora Coalition

Simon Royal, Chief Executive of the National Hauora Coalition, welcomes the announcement from Minister of Health, Hon David Clark, of a wide ranging review of the health and disability system. “We know that the health system is not designed with and ... More >>

Blood transfusion research may prove big for prem babies

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 11:40 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Research at Wellington’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) could change how red blood cells are treated at hospitals around the world. More >>

Pay offer to nurses - Expert reaction

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 11:39 am | Science Media Centre

In a bid to avoid a strike, district health boards have offered nurses a series of three pay rises over 15 months. Before DHBs announced the offer, hospital nurses and midwives had voted in favour of a two-day strike. This remains possible, if nurses ... More >>

Join the trend – quit smoking for World Smokefree Day

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 11:37 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

With fewer New Zealanders smoking, Nelson Marlborough Health smokefree co-ordinator Karen Vis is challenging anyone who’s thinking about quitting smoking to join the trend. More >>

New MRI method highlights the moving brain

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 11:24 am | University of Auckland

A new type of MRI method that shows clearer images of brain movement has the potential to help diagnose diseases earlier. Amplified MRI (aMRI) was developed by University of Auckland academic Dr Samantha Holdsworth and her team. The results have just been ... More >>

Minister’s Letter to health bosses a missed opportunity

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 9:46 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Health Minister’s Letter of expectations to health bosses a missed opportunity to address workforce crisis More >>

Public health services in crisis require urgent Govt fix

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 9:42 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government must fix the crisis with patient care at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital urgently to ensure the struggling services there do not break down further as we head into what could be a disastrous winter,” says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

Nurses pay offer creates significant increase

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 7:10 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards say their latest pay offer is a very fair deal that recognises the skill and experience of its registered nurses and midwives with a significant increase in pay over the next 18 months. More >>

New Gen 3 Ambulance for Christchurch

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 2:47 pm | Generation Homes

A new Gen 3 ambulance will be dedicated this week in recognition of the impressive support given to St John by Generation Homes. More >>

Fred Hollows Foundation NZ signs MoU with Kingdom of Tonga

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 2:36 pm | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting eye care services in the Kingdom of Tonga, and the provision of training for eye health professionals, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). More >>



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