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Waitangi Tribunal health inquiry

Friday, 2 June 2017, 12:10 pm | Ministry of Justice

About 140 claimant groups have sought to participate in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Kaupapa Inquiry into health services and health outcomes. More >>

Bed sharing, maternal smoking raise sudden death in infancy

Friday, 2 June 2017, 10:52 am | University of Auckland

The combination of bed sharing and maternal smoking is extremely hazardous for infants, giving rise to a 32-fold increase in the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy, new research has found. More >>

Men’s Health Month Focus: Blokes Start Talking

Friday, 2 June 2017, 9:33 am | NZ Men's Health Trust

01 June 2017 – 3,000* New Zealand men continue to die each year from preventable illnesses. Women live four^ years longer than men, 65%** of men are overweight or obese, the suicide rate for men is three* times that of women and across every age ... More >>

Experts call for urgent changes to tobacco sales

Friday, 2 June 2017, 8:13 am | University of Otago

Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand. The study, which ... More >>

Auditor General Echoes People’s Mental Health Report

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 4:41 pm | ActionStation

Yesterday the Office of the Auditor General released a comprehensive report: “ Mental health: Effectiveness of the planning to discharge people from hospital” More >>

Auckland’s newest innovative clinic joins Alliance Health

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 3:47 pm | Alliance Health

Caring Clinic Doctors was officially opened today by Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner saying that the clinic simply is “fantastic”. More >>

Youth-Driven Health Campaign Reaches Out to Samoan Community

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 3:25 pm | Kiwa

A vibrant youth-driven campaign to raise awareness of rheumatic fever has now been brought to life for Samoan communities, with the launch of the beat.fever app in Samoan. More >>

Health care successes highlighted, but inequities remain

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 12:16 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The latest snapshot of the quality of New Zealand’s health care, published today, shows continuing improvements, but also highlights ongoing inequity in treatment. More >>

Global recognition for work with endometriosis

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:56 am | Endometriosis New Zealand

Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) has reinforced its position as a global leader in endometriosis education and management, with the appointment of the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Bush QSM, to the World Endometriosis Society board ... More >>

New cooking courses to help older people living alone

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10:28 am | Selwyn Foundation

New ‘JUST COOK 4 Healthy Ageing’ classes to help older adults improve their cooking skills More >>

Take care of your child’s cough this winter

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10:02 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Winter has arrived and along with it the sound of coughs. Coughing is common in children, especially when they are preschool age, and is usually shortlived. However some coughs can be a sign of an infection. More >>

New cardiovascular research project for aged care sector

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 9:23 am | National Heart Foundation

The Christchurch Heart Institute is working alongside the Heart Foundation as part of an innovative approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD) research, following a significant donation of $330,000 from Ryman Healthcare, who are hosting a special cheque presentation ... More >>

Young Pacific researchers seek obesity circuit-breaker

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 4:31 pm | University of Auckland

Four young Pacific health researchers are working with Pacific teens and their communities to help break the intergenerational cycle of obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). More >>

New Zealand’s mental health system is in crisis

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 3:03 pm | Public Service Association

The Auditor-General’s new report on discharge planning for mental health patients shows more than ever that the system is in crisis. The PSA says it strengthens calls for a wide-ranging national inquiry into the delivery of mental health services. More >>

Auditor-General’s report, Mental health

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 2:27 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Mental health: Effectiveness of the planning to discharge people from hospital was presented to the House of Representatives today. More >>

VBS part of the rural workforce challenge

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:44 pm | NZ Rural General Practice Network

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme is making a valuable contribution to solving rural workforce shortages but is only part of the ongoing response to GP and nurse shortages in rural areas, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly. More >>

It’s just another day for smokers

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 11:53 am | Massey University

It can be confusing keeping up with what colour t-shirt, socks or nose you’re supposed to put on in the morning if you’re a health worker. Last Friday was Pink Shirt Day raising awareness about the damaging effects of bullying. This time last year ... More >>

Identifying gaps in the care of Māori cancer patients

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 11:18 am | Massey University

Primary care is pivotal in cancer prevention, detection and access to treatment and supportive care, but what about reducing inequalities between Māori and non-Maori patients? More >>

Canterbury GP teams providing care around the clock

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:38 am | Canterbury District Health Board

With winter on our doorstep, Canterbury DHB is encouraging people to make their GP team their first call whenever they need health advice. More >>

Youthline Wellington Annual Street Appeal Friday 2 June 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:19 am | Youthline

The Annual Street Appeal Collection is one of Youthline Wellington’s biggest events of the year. Collectors will be stationed around Wellington. More >>

Cantabrians loving the fresher air

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:09 am | Cancer Society New Zealand

Cancer Society press release, 30 May 2017 Embargoed until 5.15pm 30th May. The preliminary results of New Zealand’s first ever smokefree outdoor dining pilot show that an overwhelming majority of Cantabrians support smokefree outdoor dining. More >>

New HIV diagnoses continue to rise in New Zealand

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:05 am | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Latest figures released by the University of Otago’s AIDS Epidemiology Group show that rates of new HIV transmission continue to rise with 2016 seeing the highest number of diagnoses ever recorded in New Zealand. Numbers have been steadily rising ... More >>

HIV diagnoses in New Zealand in 2016 highest

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:01 am | AIDS Epidemiology Group

Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985. More >>

Research calls for action on adolescent relationship violence

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 9:57 am | University of Otago

Violence and abuse in teenage relationships is a serious problem in New Zealand but does not receive the same level of attention as violence in adult relationships, an Issues Paper released today says. More >>

NZ Defence Force to be the world’s first smokefree military

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 9:17 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced today that they will go smokefree by 2020. More >>

Winter’s the perfect season to maintain exercise levels

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 9:16 am | ExerciseNZ

A number of Kiwis struggle to keep active and healthy when winter temperatures plummet, but a leading New Zealand exercise expert says gym membership numbers actually go up in winter. More >>

Generation Guilt: Takeaways driving food guilt among youth

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 9:14 am | Sealord

When it comes to fast food, it seems younger New Zealanders really have an attack of the guilts, with three-quarters of Kiwis aged 18-24 and three in five Kiwis aged 25-34 feeling some form of guilt after eating takeaways, according to independent ... More >>

Smokefree Aotearoa: Do Not Hold Us Back!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 10:26 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Smokefree Aotearoa: Do Not Hold Us Back! This Wednesday many Kiwi’s will celebrate World Smokefree Day and may remember that singular day or reason they stopped smoking for life. This Wednesday may also remind families of loved ones who have passed away ... More >>

Smokefree people in smokefree places

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 12:55 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board is partnering with new stop smoking service Te Hā – Waitaha to encourage people to become smokefree on World Smokefree Day, 31 May. More >>

Spectrum to commence Wellington respite support options

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 11:20 am | Spectrum Care

A strong family focus will be key to Spectrum’s expansion into the Wellington region, while ensuring continuity of service for these much-needed support options The Chief Executive of Spectrum Care, Sean Stowers, is pleased to announce that the ... More >>

Inaugural Tariana Turia Award for tobacco control

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 10:56 am | Hapai Te Hauora

This year marks the inaugural year of the Dame Tariana Turia Award for tobacco control. Hāpai Te Hauora and the Cancer Society have launched the award in honour of our most fearless and untiring advocate, who championed the most significant tobacco ... More >>

Sleep for Exercise & Exercise for Sleep

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 10:28 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Sleep is an important part of looking after our health. We simply can’t function and be productive without the right amount of rest. In the short term a lack of sleep leads to loss of concentration, tiredness, fatigue and impaired physical and mental ... More >>

New provider for Wellington respite centres

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 9:57 am | IHC

Two respite bases in the Wellington region are to be run by Spectrum Care, which is set to take over these two services from IDEA Services. More >>

Update on measles case in Wellington

Monday, 29 May 2017, 3:48 pm | Regional Public Health - Wellington

Monday 29 May, 2017 Update on measles case in Wellington Regional Public Health was notified on Thursday 25th May of an adult with measles in the Wellington region. Since then, no new cases of measles have been identified. We have not been able to ... More >>

More Kiwis Drinking Responsibly But Still Work to Be Done

Monday, 29 May 2017, 2:07 pm | The Tomorrow Project

New research showing a decline in New Zealanders’ excessive drinking has been welcomed by The Tomorrow Project, an organisation charged with changing Kiwi attitudes to drinking, but more work is needed in educating people about what they are drinking. More >>

Senior doctors welcome anti-bullying initiative

Monday, 29 May 2017, 1:46 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The senior doctors’ union is welcoming news of an agreement between Auckland District Health Board and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to tackle bullying and other unprofessional behaviour. More >>

Threat of staff exodus looming in mental health & addictions

Monday, 29 May 2017, 11:16 am | Platform Trust

The mental health and addictions sector is warning that a serious staff skill loss is looming. More >>

Pure Food Co Addresses New Research on Elderly Malnutrition

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:28 pm | The Pure Food Co

May 26, 2017 - A new study released today by Massey University has highlighted the issue of malnutrition in the elderly. The study found 23 per cent of older people living independently in the community, or newly-admitted to hospital or residential ... More >>

Measles case confirmed in Wellington

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:12 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

Regional Public Health (RPH), Wellington has been notified of a confirmed case of measles and is asking people who may have been in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. The infected person visited several public places before they were ... More >>

Superhero Saturday to help fight Superbugs

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:57 pm | Cure Kids

Customers visiting Briscoes or Rebel Sport stores this weekend could find themselves served at the checkout by Superman, Wonder Woman or possibly even Captain America with staff donning superhero outfits all in aid of fighting superbugs. More >>

Strategies needed to prevent malnutrition in older people

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:24 pm | Massey University

New research from Massey University shows concerning levels of malnutrition among older people living independently in the community or newly admitted to hospital or a residential care facility. More >>

Auckland District Health Board signs RACS Respect Agreement

Friday, 26 May 2017, 2:18 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. More >>

Auckland DHB signs RACS Respect Agreement

Friday, 26 May 2017, 1:17 pm | Auckland District Health Board

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. More >>

RACP calls for health equity in all government policies

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:00 am | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

RACP calls for health equity in all government policies 26 May 2017 The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is supportive of increases to the Accommodation Supplement announced by the New Zealand Government in its 2017 Budget, but warned that issues ... More >>

NZMSA Supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan: Vaccines Save Lives

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:27 am | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan’s comments that promotion of falsehoods about vaccination results in harm to our children, the most vulnerable members of society. Healthcare providers, such as Dr. O’Sullivan, ... More >>

Historic Win For Midwives

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:08 am | New Zealand College of Midwives

For the first time in New Zealand history, community based midwives (Lead Maternity Carers - LMCs) will be designing their own funding model for the country’s midwifery-led maternity system. More >>

ACEM statement on 2017 New Zealand Budget

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:15 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) offers the following comments on some of the specific measures in the 2017 New Zealand Budget. More >>

Health funding falls short of what is needed - again

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:22 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government’s decision today not to fund public health care to the level needed is a serious blow for New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Rural health – still on the waiting list

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

The Government’s election year budget has not delivered much-needed funding to primary care in rural New Zealand at a time when pressure is growing across a number of fronts for the sector, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairperson ... More >>

Alliance Health Plus Staggering Patient Portal Increase

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 1:36 pm | Alliance Health Plus

In just six weeks Alliance Health Plus (AH+) has increased its overall Patient Portal registrations by 3,235 thanks to a competition run between its practices. The competition ran from 1 April till 15 May, involved all 25 practices and 109,000 patients. The ... More >>

Under-fives at risk from exposure to household chemicals

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 9:43 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The National Poisons Centre fields more than 6,000 calls a year about under-fives’ exposure to chemicals. One in 10 of them result in a visit to the doctor or a stay in hospital. More >>

Be smokefree for World Smokefree Day (and win!)

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 8:42 am | Oranga Ha Tai Poutini

Stop smoking service Oranga Ha - Tai Poutini is encouraging West Coast smokers to join thousands of others around the world and become smokefree on World Smokefree Day, 31 May. More >>

Int'l Public Health Scientist to Brief NZ Govt

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 4:46 pm | Dr Lisa Bonadonna

An international scientist says New Zealand can solve many of its social problems by encouraging cooperation between government, local charities, and the private sector, and is well positioned to provide a greater role in emergency response and specific ... More >>

Proposed closure of ACC call centres "disappointing"

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 3:17 pm | Public Service Association

PSA members are surprised and disappointed at the Accident Compensation Corporation’s proposals to close two call centres in Auckland and Wellington. More >>

Manchester attack and trauma in young people — Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 1:45 pm | Science Media Centre

Monday's deadly attack at a pop concert at the Manchester Arena, has led to the UK raising the national threat level to 'critical'. More >>

Altogether Autism announces programme for 2017 conference

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 1:11 pm | Altogether Autism

Final keynote speakers and full conference programme announced We're delighted to confirm the programme for the 2017 Altogether Autism Conference at Auckland Airport Holiday Inn, 19-20 July. More >>

Our kitchen rules

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 1:02 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Wellington Regional Hospital kitchen staff are full of beans after scoring 100 percent in their latest food safety audit. More >>

Tongan youth suicide prevention

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 12:06 pm | AUT University

Tongan Youth Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa was developed in collaboration between researchers at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Auckland, with funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. More >>

Genes to blame for gout, not food

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:31 am | Arthritis New Zealand

Advances in genetic research into gout underline Arthritis New Zealand’s message to people living with this extremely painful disease. Gout causes excruciating pain and swelling in the joints of the hands and feet, usually the big toes. It’s the ... More >>

Psychopathy in the wild and in prison

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:11 am | University of Waikato

When people are asked to define a psychopath, examples from popular culture such as Psycho’s Norman Bates, Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter or the Saw series’ John Kramer might spring to mind. But psychopathy is a widely misunderstood form ... More >>



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