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Zero drownings between the flags these holidays

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 3:42 pm | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

MEDIA RELEASE Lifeguards are praising the public for their cooperation at patrolled beaches as the official holiday period (4pm on December 23, 2016 - 6am on January 4, 2017) ended with zero drownings between the flags. Around 4,500 lifeguards are ... More >>

ASMS advice in respect of the next RMO strike

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 3:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

This is not the way I anticipated greeting members at the start of 2017. But we are at where we are at. It has now been confirmed that there will be a further (second) national strike by resident medical officers, this time for 72 hours commencing at ... More >>

The need for greater physician advocacy in the 21st century

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 2:50 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Senior doctors naturally advocate for their patients as part of providing quality health care but there are interesting questions to consider about what form this advocacy should take and how far it should go,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

Holiday period drowning toll stands at eight

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:34 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable drowning* toll for the official holiday period (running from 4.00pm 23rd December to 6.00am 4th January 2017) is eight. More >>

Hospital specialists saddened by tragic death

Monday, 2 January 2017, 1:50 pm | ASMS

“Hospital specialists are saddened by the tragic death of our Whanganui Branch President Dr Chris Cresswell while mountain bike riding last Saturday,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

New Tobacco Tax Increases encourage Smokefree New Year

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:59 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

In March 2011 the New Zealand Government committed to a goal of becoming smoke free by 2025. Recently the government re-committed to a further four 10% annual tobacco tax increase to nudge more people to quit so we can all reach the Smokefree 2025 ... More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora is fighting the fizz for whānau

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:57 pm | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

MEDIA RELEASE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 9AM JANUARY 1 2017 Hāpai Te Hauora is fighting the fizz for whānau this New Year Hāpai Te Hauora is encouraging whānau to go 'fizz free' this summer by launching #FizzFreeWhānau on New Year's Day 2017. This campaign ... More >>

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:52 pm | Quitline

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking. Quitline ( ) has today revealed the top five reasons New Zealanders who contacted Quitline decided to give up smoking in 2016. Nearly half stated they wished to improve their overall health ... More >>

Further Strike Action by Resident Doctors Planned

Friday, 30 December 2016, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Resident Doctors Association

Further Strike Action by Resident Doctors Planned for the New Year New Zealand’s Resident Doctors have voted to take further strike action in support of settlement of their MECA (Multi Employer Collective Employment Agreement) which will cease to ... More >>

Healthy pets make for healthy people

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:43 pm | Agcarm

Pets play an important role in providing emotional support to their owners, reducing feelings of stress and loneliness, and increasing social contact. With over 223 million dogs and 220 million cats worldwide, excluding stray animals, pets have truly become ... More >>

Service can help your New Year’s Resolution come true

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:16 pm | Oranga Ha Tai Poutini

A new West Coast smokefree service will make it easier for Coasters wanting to beat the 1 January tobacco price rise and achieve their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. More >>

ED swells under pressure from holidaymakers

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 4:58 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

28 December 2016 ED swells under pressure from holidaymakers Holidaymakers are flooding into Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department with non-urgent medical conditions and are encouraged to first seek help from an accident and medical centre or pharmacy. ... More >>

Alarm bells going off in the public health sector

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 1:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“How many times do alarm bells have to go off in the public health sector before the Government and hospital bosses sit up and take notice,” asks Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Statement on behalf of 2 Tongan men in Hawke’s Bay Hospital

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 1:11 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

The two men in Hawke’s Bay Hospital, (male in his early-30s and an18-year-old male) following the Christmas Eve Gisborne bus crash, have asked Hawke’s Bay District Health Board to release the below statement on their behalf. They have also asked ... More >>

Make exercise the top goal for a happier 2017

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 9:54 am | ExerciseNZ

The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) wants people to put their mental wellbeing first when considering New Year’s resolutions and is emphasising how physical activity leads to people being happier and having a healthier state of mind. More >>

A ‘Neonatal Unit Christmas’ for hundreds of babies

Saturday, 24 December 2016, 5:11 pm | Neonatal Trust

If the averages play true, there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand on Christmas Day. A number more will need specialist care as a result of health issues and complications. They will join the hundreds of other babies already in a neonatal ... More >>

Police National Dive Squad: reminder to divers

Friday, 23 December 2016, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Police

The Police National Dive Squad is reminding everyone to take care of yourself and those you’re with as the holiday period gets underway. More >>

Medicinal Cannabis – harms or benefits? Who decides?

Friday, 23 December 2016, 2:33 pm | University of Otago

Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine. In a recent article in the New Zealand Medical Journal , Dr Giles Newton-Howes, from the University of Otago, Wellington, and Dr Sam McBride, ... More >>

Put children's health first this Christmas and New Year

Friday, 23 December 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Put children's health first this Christmas and New Year Media Release 23 December 2016 Nurses say children’s needs must come first at Christmas and New Year More >>

When, and when not to attend ED

Friday, 23 December 2016, 12:11 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Over the Christmas/New Year period they are especially busy. Time is critical in an ED and patients are seen in the order of the seriousness of ... More >>

Regulating accountability of senior health bosses

Friday, 23 December 2016, 11:15 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A call by the head of an inquiry into one of the United Kingdom’s worst hospital scandals for better regulation of senior health managers raises questions about whether something similar should be looked at in New Zealand, says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

Enjoy food safely over summer

Friday, 23 December 2016, 10:51 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding people of the importance of the 3C’s – Clean, Cook and Chill – to make sure they can properly enjoy food over the holiday period. More >>

Additional funding for eye health care service improvement

Friday, 23 December 2016, 10:23 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health says work is ongoing to improve the delivery of ophthalmology services available across New Zealand. More >>

Financial review on Canterbury DHB informs future direction

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 4:44 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Minister of Health has today released the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Report that provides advice and options for Canterbury DHB to consider in dealing with its current financial position. This report and the statement from the Minister can be ... More >>

Revolutionary health technology

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 4:07 pm | HMC Communications

The way New Zealanders interact with their health information, family doctors and other health providers is going high tech. More >>

GAS Omapere is Proudly Tobacco-free

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:42 pm | Northland District Health Board

Congratulations to Taryn and Joeseph Taurima of GAS Omapere in the Hokianga who have made the courageous decision not to sell tobacco products. More >>

New Playhouse Brings Joy To Sick Children

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:39 pm | Northland District Health Board

Being sick and in hospital it isn’t much fun especially if you are young but now children in Ward 2, Whangarei Hospital, have a brand new playhouse to help ease the stress. More >>

Four Unions Ratify Agreement with St John NZ

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:37 pm | St John

MEDIA RELEASE - 22 December 2016 FOUR UNIONS RATIFY AGREEMENT WITH ST JOHN NZ Please find attached a joint statement from Amalgamated Workers Union New Zealand Southern Incorporated (AWUNZ), Central Amalgamated Workers Union Incorporated (CAWU), New ... More >>

Save ED for Emergencies campaign launched

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:08 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

This holiday season, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is urging people to remember that the Emergency Department is for emergencies and urgent healthcare only. More >>

Is your New Year’s Resolution to quit?

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 2:35 pm | Canterbury DHB

There is great news for those planning to give up smoking in the New Year, with a new service offering free help and support for Cantabrians to quit. The news comes as an increase on tobacco prices is announced. Canterbury District Health Board Smokefree ... More >>

1 in 3 Be Free App: A gift to New Zealand women this season

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 1:41 pm | Inner City Women's Group

Inner City Women’s Group (ICWG) in Auckland is encouraging women to screen their relationships for violence and abuse. More >>

‘Glo boxes’ help educate on hand hygiene

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:17 pm | Department Of Corrections

Prisoners at Tongariro Prison have made Glo boxes to help the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service deliver hand hygiene education at schools, health expos and other hand hygiene awareness events. More >>

Fight NZ’s biggest killer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:04 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation will be appealing for donations during February 2017 to continue its fight against heart disease, New Zealand’s biggest killer. More >>

Keeping your new pool safe

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:02 pm | Palmerston North City Council

If a new pool arrives at your place this summer, make sure you know the fencing rules. More >>

Coastguard strongly urges boaties to be vigilant this summer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 3:33 pm | Coastguard New Zealand

Two high profile boating incidents occurring in the last 24 hours are pertinent reminders for boaties to keep safe at sea over the holiday season. Coastguard Bluff came to the rescue of a critically damaged yacht last night which struck a submerged object ... More >>

New service increases smokefree support for Coasters

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 2:41 pm | Oranga Ha Tai Poutini

A new free service set up to help West Coasters stop smoking is now up and running. More >>

Alcohol is no ordinary commodity – It’s official!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 1:47 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, has triumphed in a landmark case in the Court of Appeal, which means supermarkets can only display alcohol in separate designated areas, away from checkouts and entrances. More >>

Keep safe this summer with St John

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 1:22 pm | St John

As New Zealanders look forward to relaxation and celebration over the Christmas and New Year period, St John is gearing up for one of the busiest periods for the emergency ambulance service. More >>

Epigenetic changes promoting cancer metastasis identified

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 12:39 pm | University of Otago

Latest University of Otago research is shedding new light on why and how cancer cells spread from primary tumours to other parts of the body. This phenomenon – known as metastasis – causes about 90 per cent of all cancer deaths. More >>

Local Author Donates to Tauranga Hospital’s Children’s Ward

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 11:45 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Donating 40 of her books to Tauranga Hospital’s Children’s Ward is a dream come true says one local author. More >>

Northland smokers told: “Beat the Price Increase!”

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 11:20 am | Northland District Health Board

Every year thousands of kiwis escape their working lives for a few weeks for a summer holiday – epitomised by journeys to the beach, families and feasting, and of course the timehonored tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Giving up smoking is consistently ... More >>

Merry ‘Fitness’ from the exercise community

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 4:34 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

As our year winds up, it’s time to reflect on the successes and challenges we have all faced in 2016 and look forward to a year ahead. The end of 2016 has been busy for those working in exercise and fitness, with over 800 exercise professionals attending ... More >>

Maternity patient transferred

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 3:26 pm | TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter

Today at lunch time the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to transfer a maternity patient to Waikato hospital for specialist treatment. The patient, a 31 year old local woman, had gone into premature labour and needed to ... More >>

1 in 8 Emergency Department presentations related to alcohol

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 3:01 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

The latest snapshot survey of alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments (EDs) in Australia and New Zealand has shown once again that alcohol continues to impact on staff, patients and health systems in both countries. More >>

1 in 4 in NZ emergency departments affected by alcohol

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 2:59 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

The latest snapshot survey of alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments (EDs) in Australia and New Zealand has shown once again that alcohol continues to impact on staff, patients and health systems in both countries. More >>

Gas heater link to child illness

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 2:01 pm | University of Auckland

Gas heaters used for home heating have been found to increase the risk of respiratory illnesses in young children, according to the latest research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Christmas comes early for Wellington Free Ambulance

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 1:54 pm | Wellington Free Ambulance

Yesterday a brand-new replacement ambulance took to the streets of Wellington thanks to a generous donation from the Lloyd Morrison Foundation. Wellington Free Ambulance Chief Executive Diana Crossan says the timing is perfect as the service gears up ... More >>

Worrying trends as public hit beaches

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 12:14 pm | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

A weekend of excessive emergency activity around beaches in the northern region (Raglan to the Far North) has Surf Life Saving Northern Region officials “deeply concerned.” More >>

WSNZ & ACC confront high risk group with the ‘Swim Reaper’

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 11:37 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ), in collaboration with ACC has today launched its summer awareness campaign aimed specifically at young Kiwi males in an attempt to bring down New Zealand’s high drowning toll. More >>

'Go Low' to reduce alcohol-related harm

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 11:09 am | Go Low Action Group

Getting more Kiwis to drink low-alcohol beer is a win-win for drinkers and health and enforcement agencies, says a new alcohol action group. More >>

Bay of Plenty Doctor Awarded Prestigious Harkness Fellowship

Monday, 19 December 2016, 5:13 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A Bay of Plenty doctor will be spending a year in America studying the use of technology in rural healthcare after landing a prestigious research award. More >>

Powerlifting case emphasises danger of supplements

Monday, 19 December 2016, 4:33 pm | Drug Free Sport NZ

A New Zealand powerlifting champion will be stripped of his national title after testing positive for a banned substance at the New Zealand Powerlifting Championships in August. More >>

$800,000 of funding into new child health research projects

Monday, 19 December 2016, 11:44 am | Cure Kids

Cure Kids has today announced the recipients of just over $800,000 in grants to fund vital child health research projects throughout the country. More >>

Toi te Kupu - Language is the source

Monday, 19 December 2016, 11:17 am | Toi Tangata

Toi Tangata has just released a revised edition of its popular health resource, Toi te Kupu. More >>

Mental health experience leads to Supreme Award

Monday, 19 December 2016, 10:23 am | University of Auckland

Supreme Award winner at the annual Attitude Awards this year was mental health awareness advocate and University of Auckland professional teaching fellow, Debra Lampshire. More >>

Better nutrition information for GPs

Monday, 19 December 2016, 10:09 am | University of Auckland

Improving the quality of nutrition information available to general practitioners for their patients, is the focus of a study funded by a new research fellowship. More >>

Chiropractors Ready to Play Part in Reducing Harm From Falls

Monday, 19 December 2016, 9:36 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) has welcomed calls by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, published in the latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal[1], for an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention ... More >>

Hurunui and Kaikoura residents urged to see their GP early

Monday, 19 December 2016, 9:29 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Hurunui and Kaikoura residents urged to see their GP team early People in Hurunui and Kaikoura are being urged to see their general practice team if they’re having trouble coping with everyday activities, aren’t sleeping well, or just need to ... More >>

PM's Youth Mental Health Project ‘misses the boat’

Friday, 16 December 2016, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

The Youth Mental Health Project may have its benefits on a national level, but the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC) is questioning its effectiveness at the coalface. More >>

Your Local Pharmacy Can Help This Summer

Friday, 16 December 2016, 2:47 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

As the holiday season heats up, people are being reminded to pop into their local pharmacy for help on a broad range of medical issues. More >>


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