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Celebrities and Community Leaders say "Ditch the Fizz"

Thursday, 28 December 2017, 9:51 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

On New Year’s Day 2018, the second Fizz Free Whānau challenge will begin. With the support of some big stars and high profile community leaders, the challenge promises to be even more successful than the inaugural challenge to go sugary drink free for ... More >>

Award-winning project aims to ‘stop wasting patients’ time’

Thursday, 28 December 2017, 4:23 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

‘Stop wasting our patients’ time’ is a mantra which has been adopted with award-winning commitment by staff at Tauranga Hospital. More >>

Keeping babies safe over the holiday season

Wednesday, 27 December 2017, 2:09 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Keeping babies safe over the holiday season Safe sleep for babies During the holiday season, families are more likely to be on the move. It is important that those with babies always have a safe place for baby to sleep. Make every sleep for baby a safe ... More >>

Quitline: We won't quit on you!

Friday, 22 December 2017, 7:50 pm | Quitline

Quitline is preparing for an influx of callers due to the 10% tobacco tax increase, which comes into effect on Monday, 1 January 2018. More >>

Phone your GP day or night for medical advice

Friday, 22 December 2017, 1:08 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Phone your GP day or night for healthcare advice is the message going out to Bay of Plenty residents this Christmas and New Year. More >>

Tens of thousands receive health care in 2017

Friday, 22 December 2017, 1:07 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Thousands of people from the lower North Island and upper South Island received medical treatment in Wellington during 2017. More >>

Medsafe Approves New Treatment for Primary Progressive MS

Friday, 22 December 2017, 11:09 am | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) is pleased that Medsafe [1] has approved the registration of ocrelizumab (Ocrevus®) for both Relapsing (RMS) and Primary Progressive (PPMS) multiple sclerosis (MS) in New Zealand. More >>

Plunket appoints first Chief Nurse

Friday, 22 December 2017, 9:04 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

Plunket has appointed Jane O’Malley as its first Chief Nurse, a key appointment to support progress towards delivery of its new strategy and strengthen its focus on nursing leadership. Jane O’Malley will join the Plunket leadership team from ... More >>

Significant Step for Treating People with Head & Neck Cancer

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 11:12 am | PHARMAC

Funding cetuximab for patients with head and neck cancer will be a significant advance for treating this type of cancer in New Zealand, says PHARMAC Director of Operations Sarah Fitt. More >>

Dengue Fever Spike Prompts Auckland Health Warning

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 10:41 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

With dengue fever outbreaks across the Pacific, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is advising anyone travelling to the region to take steps to avoid mosquito bites. More >>

Scientists Describe Problems in Philip Morris E-Cigarettes

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 9:37 am | Thomson Reuters

Today Reuters has published part three of The Philip Morris files series of Special Reports, which reveals that former employees and contractors have detailed a number of irregularities in the clinical experiments that underpin Philip Morris International's ... More >>

Medicinal cannabis Bill a step in the right direction but..

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 5:17 pm | NORML

Medicinal cannabis advocates say patients will be both pleased and disappointed with the Bill introduced today by Health Minister David Clark. More >>

Christmas hamper cheer for Tauranga Hospital patients

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 3:13 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

150 Tauranga Hospital patients have received a surprise Christmas boost with the gift of a hamper. More >>

Online Directory to Mental Health & Addiction Services

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 9:57 am | Healthpoint

A new national online directory is improving access to mental health and addiction services for those seeking help. More >>

Overseas plastic surgery not worth the risk

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 4:00 pm | Association of Plastic Surgeons

The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons has repeated its warning to Kiwis thinking of travelling overseas for plastic surgery procedures, following the death of a Melbourne man after cut-price surgery in Malaysia. More >>

ZNO congratulates Chief Nursing Officer

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 12:25 pm | NZNO

Chief Executive Memo Musa acknowledges the hard work Chief Nursing Officer Jane O’Malley has done to increase nursing input into Ministry of Health policy and congratulates Jane on her appointment as Chief Nurse at Plunket New Zealand. More >>

Layla Hehir Receives Leadership Award For Pop-up Simulation

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 11:37 am | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB Registrar, General Surgery, Layla Hehir has become the recipient of the 2017 Open for Leadership Award for her patient safety in-situ pop-up simulation programme, with a focus on deteriorating patients. More >>

Parents Warned to Monitor Digital Device Use

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 10:19 am | Impact PR

Parents are being warned to monitor digital device use over the Christmas holiday season as the impact of loud music can cause Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) among Kiwi children, according to a leading expert. More >>

Don’t Give Food Poisoning for Christmas

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 10:15 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Barbecues, family feasts and outdoor eating go with the territory during the Christmas holidays - unfortunately so do the rates of gastroenteritis reported to public health. More >>

People with dementia need special care at Christmas

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 9:35 am | Dementia Auckland

With Christmas just around the corner, most people are spending December preparing themselves for the holiday rush. But according to Dementia Auckland CEO Rod Perkins, people with dementia have special needs at this busy time of year. More >>

One-in-eight emergency dept patients affected by alcohol

Monday, 18 December 2017, 6:49 pm | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

The peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand has conducted its 4th annual Alcohol Harm Snapshot Survey at 2am (local time) Saturday 16 December. Across 18 New Zealand emergency departments one-in-eight patients had alcohol related ... More >>

Festive season accentuates isolation of dying older people

Monday, 18 December 2017, 1:15 pm | University of Auckland

Older people lack support from their communities towards the end of their lives, with many becoming progressively more socially isolated before their death. Both older people and their families and whānau require support which is tailored to ... More >>

Foundation forges international and trans-tasman partnership

Monday, 18 December 2017, 12:30 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

President John Knight, and Chief Executive Letitia O’Dwyer are pleased to announce that the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is now part of the Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) which is housed at World Health Organization ... More >>

Great Gifts for a Loved One with Dementia

Monday, 18 December 2017, 11:10 am | Alzheimers Wellington

Finding the perfect Christmas gift is hard enough, but when your family member or friend has dementia the challenges to find a great present can seem huge. Alzheimers Wellington has put together a useful list of things to consider when picking a present ... More >>

Nelson Marlborough Health - After Hours Health Options

Monday, 18 December 2017, 8:56 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH)) is urging people to choose the most appropriate healthcare option over the holiday season. More >>

AVCA Addresses ARFNZ

Saturday, 16 December 2017, 12:33 pm | Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand (ARFNZ) has been intensely lobbying the new Government to back track on the Ministry of Health’s plan to develop sensible regulation of Electronic Liquid Vapourisers (ELV’s). Nancy Sutthoff co-director ... More >>

Keeping Christmas memories alive

Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:28 pm | Alzheimers Wellington

When a family member has dementia, Christmas can be a time of extra stress and overwhelming emotions, but there are things families can do to make the festive season happier for everyone. More >>

Smokefree 2025 At Risk: Government Urged to Listen to Māori

Friday, 15 December 2017, 11:31 am | Hapai Te Hauora

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ could be putting the Smokefree 2025 goal at risk through their scare-mongering tactics and attempts to influence the new Government to turn their backs on a sensible, harm reduction approach to smoking cessation. ... More >>

Waitemata DHB Pays Tribute to Dr Lester Levy

Friday, 15 December 2017, 10:11 am | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley has today paid tribute to the extraordinary contribution of Dr Lester Levy upon the announcement he is resigning as the DHB’s Chair just ahead of the maximum period of service allowed by law. More >>

Proposed Drinking Water Solutions Need Careful Due Diligence

Friday, 15 December 2017, 10:05 am | Public Health Association

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) welcomes the Stage 2 report of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry, but has concerns about some of its recommendations. More >>

A welcome step towards improved addiction services

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 6:36 pm | DAPAANZ

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand ( dapaanz ) welcomes Hon David Clarke’s designation this week of dapaanz registered practitioners as health professionals under the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) ... More >>

E-cigarettes not safe, and potential public health disaster

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 6:33 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

E-cigarettes not safe, and a potential public health disaster if not effectively regulated – says Asthma and Respiratory Foundation N Z In response to the article ‘ Vaping better than smoking, Ministry of Health tells MPs ’ published on Newshub ... More >>

United Arab Emirates assists Regional Children’s Hospital

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 5:22 pm | Wellington Hospitals Foundation

United Arab Emirates new Ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Mr. Saleh Alsuwaidi today presented Bill Day, Chair Wellington Hospitals Foundation with a cheque for US$20,000 to assist sick New Zealand and Pacific Island children. More >>

100 days in many ways great for kiwi kids

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO welcomes the government’s Families Package increases and also the Winter Energy Payment. Nurses have seen an increase in recent years in illness of children due to poverty and damp poor living conditions. More >>

Grey Base overbridge to close 8 January

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:31 pm | West Coast DHB

The overbridge connecting the main street of Greymouth with the Grey Base Hospital will be closed for 10 days from Monday 8 to Thursday 18 January so pipework can be laid. More >>

Sex advice and Siri? To Google or not to Google?

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:38 pm | University of Otago

In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones. Of these ... More >>

Potential new treatment and blood test for small babies

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:24 pm | Liggins Institute

Potential new treatment and blood test for babies born too small New Zealand research could pave the way for a new, safe treatment for babies whose growth in the womb is stunted by problems with the placenta. The research team have also discovered ... More >>

Whooping Cough Outbreak: Babies And Infants Most at Risk

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 11:46 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

Dr Andrew Lindsay, Medical Officer of Health with the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service, urges parents and caregivers of young children, pregnant women and every person who has close contact with young children or pregnant women to check ... More >>

Up to 3000 Women to Benefit from PHARMAC Decision

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 10:58 am | PHARMAC

Post-menopausal women with early breast cancer will soon be able to have funded zoledronic acid, to prevent the disease spreading into bones. More >>

A sweeter experience for patients with diabetes

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 10:32 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

New processes and guidelines mean patients with diabetes will recover faster from surgery and spend less time in hospital. More >>

More than 15,000 frail elderly New Zealanders are lonely

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 7:12 pm | University of Otago

More than 15,000 frail elderly identified as being lonely according to a world-first study of 72,000 older New Zealanders. That equates to one in five older people. More >>

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $2.75m

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 2:46 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $2.75 million to medical researchers in second half of 2017 More >>

West Coast DHB Focus on People documents quality initiatives

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 2:35 pm | Westcoast DHB

DHB Focus on People documents quality initiatives The West Coast District Health Board has published its annual “Quality Accounts” newspaper, “Focus on People”, to demonstrate the huge number of quality initiatives going on through the health ... More >>

Embedding cultural practices into mental health services

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 2:33 pm | Health Research Council

Despite growing evidence for the role of culturally-centred programmes in addressing mental health needs, few programmes have been embedded into practice, says one researcher who hopes to change all that. More >>

Nurses vote no to DHB MECA offer

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO members have rejected the proposed DHB MECA (multi-employer collective agreement) covering the November 2017 to July 2020 period. An overview of the offer as it was presented to members can be found here . More >>

Significant tech changes for mobile bus service next year

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 9:16 am | Make Lemonade

The national surgical bus, possibly the only one of its type in the world, is looking for a significant change next year to keep up with demands and with high technology. More >>

NZ women without options after ban on all mesh products

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 5:07 pm | Urological Society

The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand condemns the decision by the New Zealand Minister of Health to ban all mesh for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. More >>

Cost of Smoking Going Up – Cost of Quitting - FREE

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:15 pm | Northland DHB

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 time-honoured tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Stopping smoking is consistently ... More >>

Better Mental Health Services for Māori

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:04 pm | Te Rau Matatini

The annual report for 2017 by the Office of the Director of Mental Health Services highlights real concerns regarding the increasing rates of restrictive practice (seclusion, restraint and the Mental Health Act) being used upon Māori by mental health services. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora urges action on smoking in cars

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:54 am | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

Hāpai Te Hauora supports the recommendations from a study into New Zealanders’ attitudes towards banning smoking in cars carrying children. The authors are researchers from the University of Otago and the University of Auckland. They state that, by ... More >>

Director of Mental Health’s Annual Report for 2016 Released

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:20 am | New Zealand Government

The 12th annual report of the Office of the Director of Mental Health has been released today by the Ministry of Health. More >>

‘Neonatal Secret Santa’ For Families under Stress

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 9:37 am | Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust is providing a special package to the families with a baby in a neonatal unit on Christmas Day. More >>

Medsafe introduces surgical mesh restrictions

Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:46 pm | Medsafe

Medsafe is taking action in New Zealand to remove from supply and effectively limit the use of certain surgical mesh products used for urogynaecological indications. More >>

Breast cancer surgery and chronic pain: Who is at risk?

Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:01 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

An important study on why some women suffer long-term pain after breast cancer surgery is being undertaken by an Auckland anaesthetist. More >>

Enjoy Christmas, but keep up the regular work-out activities

Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:32 am | Make Lemonade

People wanting to be more active in 2018 should, first of all, enjoy the luxuries and pleasures of Christmas through the festive season, one of New Zealand’s leading exercise experts says. Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says Kiwis should ... More >>

Vital Acquires Eden Rehabilitation Hospital for $23.8M

Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:13 am | Vital Healthcare Property Trust

Vital Healthcare Property Trust (Vital) announced today that it has acquired Eden Rehabilitation Hospital (Eden) in Cooroy, Queensland. Eden is a private rehabilitation hospital leased to Healthe Care Australia (Healthe Care) for 20 years, with future ... More >>

Integrated Healthcare Needed to Reduce Painkiller Use

Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:54 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

Chiropractic care could be a cost-effective solution to the overuse of painkillers and better management of chronic pain if there was better integration of primary healthcare services, says the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA). More >>

Barrister Warren Forster to Examine Extending ACC Scheme

Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:31 am | The New Zealand Law Foundation

The New Zealand Law Foundation is pleased to announce that Dunedin barrister, Warren Forster has been awarded the 2017 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. More >>

Doctors Welcome Removal of Chair of Dunedin Hospital Rebuild

Friday, 8 December 2017, 12:46 pm | ASMS

Senior Doctors Welcome Removal of Chair of Dunedin Hospital Rebuild Group But More to Be Done Including Clinical Leadership More >>

Older Kiwis are heavy drinkers

Friday, 8 December 2017, 9:52 am | Massey University

Drinking alcohol becomes more dangerous in later life, but a new report released today by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) shows that older New Zealanders are drinking more often and in a more harmful manner than older adults in many other countries. More >>



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