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Over 216,000 NZers make ACC claim for falls in year

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:42 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

New data shows that in a 12-month period more than 216,000 people over 50 made an ACC claim related to a fall. Just over 27,000 people attended hospital as a result of a fall. More >>

Raw fruit and vegetables have better mental health outcomes

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:02 am | University of Otago

Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes: Otago research Seeking the feel good factor? Go natural. That is the simple message from University of Otago researchers who have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental ... More >>

Study confirms drinking moderately responsibly the way to go

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 2:16 pm | Alcohol Beverages Council

An industry group formed to give a reasonable perspective in the public discussion around alcohol has given its verdict on a recent study into the impacts of over-consumption of alcohol. More >>

Plane passengers exposed to measles as sixth case confirmed

Friday, 13 April 2018, 7:10 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Plane passengers exposed to measles as sixth case confirmed A woman in her 20s from Queenstown is the latest person to be confirmed as having measles, and brings the total to six people in the South island who have been infected with this viral illness. ... More >>

Hepatitis A in Oamaru update

Friday, 13 April 2018, 6:36 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB has complete testing for Hepatitis A amongst the children and staff associated with Edna McCulloch Kindergarten in Oamaru - with three further cases of the virus detected out of more than 55 individuals checked through blood testing ... More >>

Protect yourself and your staff from flu today

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:11 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Influenza season is almost here, making it the perfect time for employers to get themselves and their staff vaccinated. More >>

Rise in syphilis cases prompts calls to practise safe sex

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:02 pm | Ministry of Health

A rise in the number of syphilis cases being reported in New Zealand is prompting renewed calls for people to practise safe sex, including the use of condoms. More >>

School holidays prompt measles immunisation reminder

Friday, 13 April 2018, 2:37 pm | Ministry of Health

As students head into the term one school holidays, the Ministry of Health is reminding parents to be aware of the risks of measles. More >>

Time for spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Friday, 13 April 2018, 8:58 am | University of Otago

Given about 5 per cent of New Zealanders suffer Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with resulting productivity losses ranging from an estimated $49 to $200 million, a University of Otago lecturer is calling for more attention on the disorder. More >>

Capital nurses set to rally tomorrow

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 5:13 pm | NZNO

A large turnout is expected for the NZNO rally in the capital at the Wellington Hospital at 2pm tomorrow, Friday 13 April. Rallies are also happening today in Whangārei, Christchurch and Dunedin. More >>

Preventing food borne illness when the power’s out

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:24 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

With some households in the region facing two or more days without electricity, it will be important to take care with food from the fridge and freezer. More >>

NZ’s national rural health group’s future in the balance

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:21 pm | Make Lemonade

The future of The Rural Health Alliance Aoteroa New Zealand (RHAANZ) is in the balance tonight after the government has failed to promise support of the national rural health group. More >>

NZNO will proceed with panel to settle the DHB MECA

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:03 pm | NZNO

NZNO has decided to proceed with DHB MECA engagement via the Independent Panel process as proposed by Prime Minister. Once the panel has been confirmed and announced, it will advise of the date of its first meeting and timetable for completing the work. More >>

A new approach to Māori mental health

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:17 pm | Wintec

More than 200 mental health practitioners and clinical psychologists across New Zealand are now equipped with an innovative toolkit to help Māori affected by mental health and addiction issues. More >>

Lack of effective treatments for blood cancer patients

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:15 pm | Myeloma New Zealand

Lack of access to effective treatments is forcing blood cancer patients to take desperate measures More >>

NZ dentists pick up the pieces when dental tourism goes bad

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:12 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for “dental tourists” who travel abroad for dental work. More >>

New funding model falls short for disabled people

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:01 pm | Disability Support Network

New Government funding model falls short of real support for disabled people Media Statement 12 April 2018 The Government’s proposed disability residential pricing model is only a short term, temporary fix for ongoing funding issues within the disability ... More >>

No queues for elderly in Hawke’s Bay

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 12:48 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

No queues for elderly for DHB funded aged residential care beds in Hawke’s Bay Hawke’s Bay District Health Board says people needing to be in an aged residential care facility usually wait only a matter of days for a bed, if they need that level ... More >>

New website to help men check for prostate cancer

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:32 pm | Ministry of Health

Should I check? : Ministry of Health launches new website to help men check for prostate cancer More >>

Waitakere nurses coming out to rally

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:14 pm | NZNO

At 11.30am tomorrow, Thursday Waitakere DHB nurses, midwives and health care assistants are rallying outside the Waitakere Hospital to engage the public and demonstrate their dissatisfaction about the government’s under investment into quality patient ... More >>

Increase in Māori doctors on the way

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:46 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Mr Connolly says a major highlight of the survey is that the proportion of house officers identifying themselves as Māori increased from 5.4 to 6.1 percent in 2015. More >>

Measles outbreak now South Island wide

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:43 pm | Canterbury DHB

Measles outbreak now South Island wide Two further cases of measles have now been confirmed, one in Nelson and the other in Christchurch. These are linked to the three cases notified late last week which were reported in Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch. ... More >>

New Report Proves Postcode Healthcare for Elderly

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:29 pm | Aged Care Association

New Report Proves Postcode Healthcare for Elderly New research released today reveals that elderly New Zealanders are being denied the chance to live better and improve their health and well-being simply because of where they live. More >>

Research Confirms Midwifery Care By Graduates Is Excellent

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 1:38 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed the publication of a paper¹ which shows outcomes for pregnant women registered with a graduate midwife (in their first year of practice) are as good as those for women registered with more experienced ... More >>

MOH/NZ College of Midwives in joint midwifery programme

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 12:30 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives are working together with urgency on a maternity programme designed to address current pressure on the midwifery-led service. More >>

Employed Midwives – which union represents them

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 6:47 pm | MERAS

In some media stories about the NZNO MECA (multi-employer collective employment agreement) negotiations and industrial action mention is being made at times about ‘nurses and midwives’. More >>

Federation Establishment Board up and running

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 6:45 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Establishment Board tasked with setting up the proposed Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand is now up and running under the chairmanship of Dame Annette King. More >>

Protect your whānau from flu this winter

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:32 pm | Tairawhiti District Health

Now is the time to think about the best way to protect your family/whānau from influenza or the ‘flu’ this winter. More >>

Rural Health Alliance deserves funds injection - Feds

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:45 pm | Federated Farmers

The Government should not switch off life support for what has been an effective voice for the health of rural New Zealanders, Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. More >>

PSA welcomes Court decision in SCDHB anaesthetic techs case

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:29 pm | Public Service Association

The PSA is welcoming the Court of Appeal’s decision confirming anaesthetic technicians in Timaru are entitled to be paid for the time they spend on call. The Court of Appeal has declined to allow the appeal by South Canterbury District Health Board against ... More >>

'Sailor the Puffer Fish' South Island Tour

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:05 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

'Sailor the Puffer Fish' South Island Tour kicks off this week - educating over 13,000 New Zealand school children about asthma. More >>

Heart screening could protect hundreds from stroke

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 10:42 am | University of Auckland

Testing Māori and Pacific people for an irregular heartbeat earlier could spare hundreds of people from stroke each year, a University of Auckland study has found. The research, a collaboration between University researchers and the Heart Research ... More >>

Professor's pioneering lung work honoured

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:28 am | University of Auckland

Professor Merryn Tawhai, Deputy Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), has been honoured with one of the highest international accolades in her field. More >>

Cure Kids’ 10 million dollar commitment to child health

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:26 am | Cure Kids

Cure Kids, New Zealand’s leading non-government funder of child health research, has reached its biggest funding milestone, currently supporting more than $10 million of child health research, it was announced today. More >>

Bay of Plenty seaweed could boost athletes

Monday, 9 April 2018, 1:23 pm | Joint Press Release

Athletes could soon be turning to Bay of Plenty seaweed to give them a protein boost, thanks to the revolutionary work being carried out in Tauranga. More >>

Stop smoking services called upon to support vaping

Monday, 9 April 2018, 9:59 am | Massey University

Government funded stop smoking services will keep losing customers if they refuse to help people who want to try vaping, new research has found. The services are in a bind however because the legality of selling nicotine vaping products in New Zealand ... More >>

Falls prevention in hospital shows benefits

Monday, 9 April 2018, 9:18 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

New data from the Health Quality & Safety Commission show the number of people falling in hospital and breaking their hip continues to reduce. Between September 2014 and the end of September 2017, there have been 107 fewer in-hospital falls resulting ... More >>

Waikato GP named 2018 Peter Snow Memorial Award recipient

Sunday, 8 April 2018, 7:59 pm | Rural General Practice Network

Long-serving Te Kuiti GP Dr Keith Buswell is the recipient of the 2018 Peter Snow Memorial Award. The accolade was announced at a ceremony at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s annual conference in Auckland on April 7. Dr Buswell ... More >>

Three cases of measles confirmed in South Island

Sunday, 8 April 2018, 5:21 pm | Canterbury DHB

Three cases of measles confirmed in South Island Three cases of measles have been confirmed in the last four days in the South Island. This is a notifiable disease and the cases have been reported in Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch. At this ... More >>

NZRGPN eyes stronger rural nurse representation

Friday, 6 April 2018, 12:05 pm | Rural General Practice Network

Fourteen rural nurses and nurse academics from around New Zealand gathered in Wellington recently to discuss ways to better support and represent nurses in the rural sector. More >>

Public Lecture: 50 Years of Training the Health Workforce

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 6:38 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Free Public Lecture: 50 Years of Training the Health Workforce in Auckland The Auckland Medical Research Foundation is delighted to partner with The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary ... More >>

Health workforce matters too

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 3:14 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Health Minister’s annual ‘letter of expectations’ to the country’s district health boards needs to spell out the importance of fixing longstanding workforce shortages as well as the run-down state of our public hospitals,” says Ian Powell, ... More >>

Southern DHB prepares to launch National Bowel Screening

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:35 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB prepares to launch National Bowel Screening Programme The countdown to the Southern launch of the National Bowel Screening Programme is well and truly underway. More >>

Keep your family healthy this winter

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:23 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Keep your family healthy this winter with a warm and dry home As the weather gets colder help keep your family healthy with a warm and dry home. Homes that are warm, dry, uncrowded and smokefree can help protect you and your family from illnesses ... More >>

The Latest Trends in Health and Exercise

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 6:42 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

FROM: The New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) It’s great that exercise and the exercise industry has the ability to change in response to the latest science and innovation. This means New Zealanders can access the latest research ... More >>

Live Stronger for Longer theme of April Falls campaign

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 12:46 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Live Stronger for Longer is the theme of this year’s ‘April Falls’ campaign. The annual campaign raises awareness of the harm caused by falls, and what can be done to prevent them. More >>

Australian Mesh Recommendations Mostly Welcomed

Friday, 30 March 2018, 1:04 pm | UroGynaecological Society of Australasia

Yesterday’s findings from the 7-month-long Australian Senate Committee Inquiry into transvaginal mesh have been met with widespread support from New Zealand UroGynaecologists …despite concern over one recommendation which would, if adopted here, significantly ... More >>

War on tooth decay in the Bay

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:55 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Free dental care was provided in the Eastern Bay township of Taneatua recently in a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) exercise with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) and Tuhoe iwi. More >>

Award winning artist gifts painting to hospital

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 7:31 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Award winning artist gifts painting to hospital after heart attack When Tauranga artist Graham Baker started feeling tired and taking regular afternoon naps, he thought it was just a part of getting older. Then pains in his chest that felt like a bad ... More >>

Maxwell Health Urges 2018 Flu Vaccine Uptake

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 6:24 pm | Maxwell Health

Maxwell Health, one of the country’s leading workplace vaccination providers, is urging companies to take advantage of its earlier access to the publicly funded influenza vaccine in New Zealand for the 2018 winter flu season. More >>

New President and National Executive: senior doctors’ union

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 3:39 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says a new National Executive takes office for a three-year term from 1 April. More >>

Middlemore underfunded for infrastructure costs

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 2:38 pm | NZNO

NZNO remains concerned about the air quality at the mouldy buildings in Counties Manukau DHB (CMDHB) and has requested all data from the air monitoring currently being carried out. More >>

Celebration for Bay Man Who Supported Many without a Voice

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:44 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A special birthday celebration was held at Tauranga Hospital recently marking the 90th birthday of local man Brian Albrecht and honouring his many years as a volunteer supporting people who’ve lost their voice. More >>

More commitment needed to achieve Smokefree 2025

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:41 am | University of Otago

There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows. More >>

New Antibiotic Might Help Fight Against Superbug

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:40 am | Science Media Centre

A new family of antibiotics could help knock down drug-resistant bacteria, according to a study done in mice. More >>

Yoghurt May Reduce Eczema and Allergy in Infancy

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:20 am | Otago University

Yoghurt given to infants in the first year of life may protect them from developing eczema and allergy, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, and the University of Auckland have found. More >>

ALRANZ Thanks Abortion Providers During 40 Days Protests

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:18 am | ALRANZ

ALRANZ has sent flowers or treats to all abortion services in New Zealand, to thank them for the fine work they do all year. More >>

Health scare prompts important conversations

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 3:50 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Health scare prompts important conversations Allan is an average kind of bloke – loves cars, being at the beach and fishing most of all. In November he did something a lot of men his age do. He had a heart attack. There was no dramatic clutching of ... More >>

Revealing findings in Primary Healthcare research

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 3:15 pm | Alliance Health Plus

With bated breath, Pauline Fuimaono Sanders-Telfer (Nurse Leader for Alliance Health Plus) waited for her hugely important thesis result to come out. She had passed. Pauline has received her Master’s degree in Professional Practice (Leadership) ... More >>

Local health research could change international guidelines

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:57 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Years of research by Wellington doctors and nurses may see a change in how hypoglycaemia – where blood glucose becomes too low – is treated around the world. More >>



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