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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 >>

Auckland health community thanks Lester Levy for leadership

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 5:04 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

The Auckland Metro District Health Boards expressed their thanks to outgoing Chairman Dr Lester Levy for his service and leadership, at a cross-DHB staff event in North Shore Hospital today. More >>

NZ border cleared of exotic mosquito

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 4:36 pm | Ministry of Health

Border health surveillance at Auckland Airport was stepped up over the Christmas / New Year period to ensure New Zealand remains free of a mosquito that can transmit dengue fever. More >>

Canterbury DHB staff member appointed to Inquiry team

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 2:57 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB is congratulating one of its Specialist Mental Health Service (SMHS) staff on his appointment to the Mental Health Inquiry Review team. More >>

All graduate nurses deserve placements

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) programme once again leaves hundreds of nursing graduates with no job placements at the year end. Associate Manager Professional Services, Hilary Graham-Smith says this is unacceptable considering the national ... More >>

Nurses welcome moves to close the gaps in mental health care

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO welcome the terms of reference of the Inquiry into Mental Health and the opportunity to bring the voice of nurses into the inquiry. Chief Executive Memo Musa says NZNO is pleased to see the Inquiry will be completed by October. More >>

Action on Mental Health Review welcomed

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 8:12 pm | ActionStation

The People’s Mental Health Review welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today of the details of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Services, and acknowledge the inclusion of the findings of the People's Mental Health Report in the Terms of ... More >>

Addressing cheap alcohol needs to be on the table

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 7:39 pm | Joint Press Release

Alcohol Healthwatch and Maori Public Health provider Hapai te Hauora strongly support the new Government’s commitment to addressing the growing needs and inequities surrounding mental health and addictions. More >>

Mental health inquiry a unique opportunity, let’s take it

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 2:30 pm | YesWeCareNZ

The key groups calling for an inquiry into our mental health system welcome today’s announcement says the health funding coalition. More >>

Maternal Care Action Group Welcomes Mental Health Inquiry

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 1:30 pm | Maternal Care Action Group - MCAGNZ

Maternal Care Action Group (MCAGNZ) spokesperson Kristina Paterson is thrilled that the promised Mental Health Inquiry is being announced today.  "For us, it's been a long time coming.  Till today, we have made submissions to the previous Government ... More >>

Asthma doesn't have to hold you back

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 9:40 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Know someone inspiring with asthma or a respiratory illness, who should be acknowledged? The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is now calling for nominations for the Respiratory Achievers’ Awards 2018 . More >>

Exercise and Menopause - What You Need to Know

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 9:19 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Keeping active throughout life is an important part of staying healthy, however as we age and at different stages of life, the type of exercise we engage in will need to change to suit us. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora warns of risks of online gambling products

Monday, 22 January 2018, 5:40 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora warns of risks of online gambling products supplied by the Lotteries Commission More >>

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Southern NZ women

Monday, 22 January 2018, 10:58 am | University of Otago

New Zealand women and their babies are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency and current health guidelines fall short of curbing this detrimental trend, new University of Otago research shows. More >>

Children’s milk drinking habits analysed

Friday, 19 January 2018, 2:09 pm | Massey University

New research shows a direct relationship between the consumption of cow’s milk, and socio demographic factors. More >>

Changing Minds

Friday, 19 January 2018, 1:00 pm | Changing Minds

Applications for New Zealand’s first ever national mental health lived experience leader’s initiative open today (1.30 pm Friday Jan 19.) More >>

E-cigarettes now available in leading supermarkets

Friday, 19 January 2018, 11:55 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Some major supermarkets across Aotearoa are now selling e-cigarettes. Meanwhile excise tax on tobacco products have increased by a further 10 percent this month. More >>

Retina International World Congress comes to New Zealand

Friday, 19 January 2018, 11:26 am | Retina 2018 New Zealand

Why is marketing approval for the first retinal gene therapy treatment for patients with blinding retinal degenerations so significant? Is there an exciting future for applying stem cell therapy to treating retinal disorders and what are the scientific ... More >>

NZ Health Officials Proven Wrong on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Friday, 19 January 2018, 11:16 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Finally, NZ health officials are moving to stop mercury amalgam fillings. The Waikato DHB announced today that it was no longer going to use mercury amalgam fillings after the European Union announced it was banning amalgam fillings for children . More >>

More than half New Year’s resolutions dropped by March

Friday, 19 January 2018, 9:21 am | Southern Cross Health Society

Of those who make New Year’s resolutions, 56% have let them fall by the wayside in the first quarter, according to a recent Southern Cross Health Society survey[i]. Just 14% of all those surveyed manage to keep their resolution throughout the year. More >>

Independent assessment of O’Conor Home shows no concerns

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 5:28 pm | Westcoast DHB

An independent audit has not identified any significant issues at Westport’s aged residential care facility O’Conor Home and in some categories the assessors felt the standard of care was ‘exemplary’. More >>

OTC codeine in combination upscheduling unnecessary

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 4:30 pm | New Zealand Self-Medication Industry

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says the decision by Medsafe’s Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) to make over-the-counter (OTC) codeine in combination painkillers prescription-only ... More >>

Telestroke pilot sees stroke intervention rates double

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 3:03 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A six-month telestroke service pilot headed by Wellington Regional Hospital neurologists has seen a dramatic increase in stroke intervention rates across the Central Region. The service is now being replicated across other parts of the country. More >>

Auckland uni expands rural doctor training to Taranaki

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 12:29 pm | University of Auckland

The University of Auckland and Taranaki DHB, along with local leaders and health professionals will welcome 18 year five medical students to Hawera Hospital on Monday, to launch the University’s regional-rural medical programme in Taranaki. More >>

Prescription-only codeine medicines in New Zealand welcomed

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 12:13 pm | AFT Pharmaceuticals

Prescription-only codeine medicines in New Zealand welcomed Yesterday the Medicines Classification Committee announced its recommendation that all codeine combination medicines, both analgesics and those used for cough and colds, should be up-scheduled ... More >>

Kiwis and Protein Shakes

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 11:04 am | Canstar Blue

Auckland, 18 January 2018. A recent report to come out of the USA has predicted that the global protein shake business is set to be worth a staggering (USD) $7.5billion by 2020. And, as their popularity also increases here in New Zealand, how much do ... More >>

Aotearoa’s Alcoholics Celebrate in Wellington

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 2:30 pm | Alcoholics Anonymous

Aotearoa’s Alcoholics Celebrate in Wellington January can be a cold and dark place for a person with a drinking problem. But alcoholics from across New Zealand will be sharing in the light of recovery this weekend. More >>

Talking about diabetes – improving health

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 2:27 pm | University of Otago

Primary care physicians can improve their communication to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by offering more information specific to the patient’s experience, new research from Otago, Auckland and Victoria universities shows. More >>

Childhood asthma and the school holidays

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 11:49 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma is a common illness in New Zealand, affecting one in six kiwi kids. Over the school holidays children are often exposed to many varying environments, which is different to what they usually would on a normal school week. Doing things like going ... More >>

Research aimed at discovering why some don’t re-offend

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 11:28 am | Auckland University

Men previously imprisoned for sexual offending but who have not re-offended for at least five years are being asked to take part in research being carried out at the University of Auckland. Men previously imprisoned for sexual offending but who ... More >>

Call for applicants for new Health Consumer Council

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 11:24 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Community-minded people are being asked to help shape healthcare services as a new Bay of Plenty Health Consumer Council is established. The council, being set up by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB), will look to members of the public ... More >>

PHARMAC supports new Pacific Pharmacists’ Group

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 11:18 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC supports new Pacific Pharmacists’ Group PHARMAC is supporting New Zealand’s first Pacific pharmacist group to establish itself as a formal entity. PHARMAC’s support for the Pacific pharmacists’ group emerged from the development of PHARMAC’s ... More >>

New 3D operating equipment at Forté Health

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 3:38 pm | Forte Health

New 3D operating equipment at Forté Health, Christchurch is revolutionising surgery for patients and surgeons in the South Island. More >>

New President Charts Course In AI and Advocacy

Monday, 15 January 2018, 3:17 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

The incoming President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), Dr Lance Lawler, has commenced his two-year term with commitments to highlight the role of radiologists in achieving positive patient outcomes and address the impact ... More >>

Mental health a serious public health issue in New Zealand

Monday, 15 January 2018, 10:43 am | NZ Psychological Society

Briefing to Incoming Health Minister: Mental health a serious public health issue in New Zealand More >>

Predator Free 2050 has major benefits for human health

Monday, 15 January 2018, 10:26 am | University of Otago

The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre from the University of Otago, Wellington. More >>

Choosing Wisely: Do you really need that medical test

Friday, 12 January 2018, 10:19 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

With mid-summer upon us, the Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is reminding New Zealanders to talk to their doctor about whether they really need a particular test, treatment or procedure. More >>

NZ too slow to act on banning the use of amalgam in children

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 2:21 pm | Laser LifeCare Institute

New Zealand is too slow to act on banning the use of amalgam in children A New Zealand dentist and a leader in dental laser technology practices, Dr Hisham Abdalla thinks the New Zealand government needs to act now and follow the European Union lead and ... More >>

Mental health and addiction service users’ feedback wanted

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 2:11 pm | West Coast District Health

People with experience of mental health or addictions are being asked to provide the West Coast District Health Board with some feedback, to help redesign local services. More >>

UC researchers save health sector millions with stroke rehab

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 11:59 am | University of Canterbury

The innovative University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research , which has saved the New Zealand health sector millions with its stroke recovery protocols, is hosting the 2nd International Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go Tech ... More >>

Crutches be gone after just two months on Green Prescription

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 11:55 am | Sport Hawke's Bay

For many years, Micheal Houia had issues with many of his limbs. These included injuries with his elbows, a hip replacement and an ankle replacement. Each of these made it more and more difficult for him to get out and about, particularly after ... More >>

Caution required using recreational water after heavy rain

Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 2:23 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Caution required using recreational water after heavy rain Now that we are all drying out after the heavy rain last week and at the weekend, a cooling dip might seem attractive. However, caution is required as there are potential health risks associated with ... More >>

Achievers’ Awards celebrate those who battle to breathe

Monday, 8 January 2018, 12:53 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Know someone inspiring with asthma or a respiratory illness, who should be acknowledged? The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is now calling for nominations for the Respiratory Achievers’ Awards 2018 . More >>

Unprecedented demand at Hawke’s Bay Hospital

Sunday, 7 January 2018, 2:44 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Unprecedented demand at Hawke’s Bay Hospital Hawke’s Bay Hospital is facing unprecedented demand on hospital services, especially acute surgeries, forcing it to cancel some elective surgeries over the coming days. Acting chief executive Sharon ... More >>

Banish the back to work blues – for good!

Sunday, 7 January 2018, 11:12 am | Mental Health Foundation

Banish the back to work blues – for good! MEDIA RELEASE Sunday 7 January 2018 Thousands of Kiwis are heading back to work tomorrow after their summer holidays, and as they walk into work, the back to work blues just might come in with them. ... More >>

Waikato DHB admits not botulism - ACC clear to assist family

Thursday, 4 January 2018, 11:55 am | TV Wild

On Wednesday the 3rd of January 2017, lawyer Sue Grey and Kochumman family spokesman Joji Varghese had an urgent meeting with the Waikato DHB Acting CE Derek Wright, regarding the 3 poisoned family members from Putaruru. More >>

Researchers find decline in obesity in NZ 4-year-olds

Thursday, 4 January 2018, 11:08 am | National Science Challenges

New Zealand’s four-year-olds are resisting the tide towards rising obesity, according to research funded by A Better Start, one of the country’s national science challenges. More >>

Gastroenteritis outbreak in Marlborough

Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 4:11 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Eight patients at Wairau Hospital are currently in isolation with gastroenteritis and up to 10 hospital staff members have been affected. More >>

GPs get good report from patients

Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 12:22 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

GPs get good report from patients The Royal New Zealand College of GPs welcomes a new survey report showing that patients think GP waiting room times are acceptable, and that they are treated with respect and kindness. The Primary Care Patient Experience ... More >>

15 hospitalised with diarrhoea and vomiting after R&V

Monday, 1 January 2018, 3:00 pm | Tairawhiti DHB

Fifteen people who were at the Rhythm and Vines music festival were admitted to Gisborne Hospital early this morning with severe vomiting and diarrhoea. More >>

Keep on your feet with strength and balance classes

Monday, 1 January 2018, 1:05 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Keep on your feet with strength and balance classes Sport Bay Of Plenty has launched a new programme focused on supporting older people to live stronger for longer by reducing the risk of falls and fractures. Keep on your Feet community strength and ... More >>

Make some continence resolutions this New Year!

Monday, 1 January 2018, 1:03 pm | Continence NZ

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions! While holidays, a new job or spending more time with your family may be at the top of your list for 2018, why not set some continence goals too? More >>

Healthcare questions dish of the day at Tauranga Hospital

Friday, 29 December 2017, 3:06 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Encouragement for patients to ask questions about their care will now be served up alongside meals at Tauranga Hospital. More >>

Mumps case - Backpackers asked to check immunisation status

Friday, 29 December 2017, 12:39 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

A case of suspected mumps has been notified to the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service. More >>



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