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Auckland Typhoid Outbreak: Joint statement

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 8:42 pm | Joint Press Release

Auckland Typhoid Outbreak: Joint statement from the family and church most affected by the outbreak, the Mt Albert Assembly of God and family, and Auckland Regional Public Health Service Source: Auckland Regional Public Health Service -- Auckland ... More >>

Clinical Leadership & Medical Workforce in DHBs

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 1:23 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists


Studies confirm safety of premature baby treatment

Friday, 7 April 2017, 5:32 pm | University of Auckland

Studies confirm long-term safety of life-saving treatment for premature babies More New Zealand families could benefit from a life-saving treatment for premature babies as new evidence from a major New Zealand and Australian trial confirms its long-term ... More >>

Advice to Pacific communities over the weekend

Friday, 7 April 2017, 5:29 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has assured members of Auckland’s Pacific community that the typhoid outbreak in Auckland is localised. More >>

Auckland typhoid outbreak update 7/4/17

Friday, 7 April 2017, 4:42 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

As at 7 April 2017, the number of cases of typhoid in Auckland remains unchanged. More >>

Strategy provides opportunity for improving Pacific health

Friday, 7 April 2017, 1:21 pm | PHARMAC

A new strategy for Pacific health provides an exciting opportunity to improve the health of Pacific people in New Zealand, says PHARMAC Chief Executive Steffan Crausaz. More >>

Let it be just leaves that fall in Canterbury this autumn

Friday, 7 April 2017, 12:13 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

The Canterbury Health System has made great progress in reducing the harm caused by falls but it’s still a major cause of harm, both in hospitals and in the community. So what are we doing about it? More >>

Private Counselling Practitioners invited to "fill the gap"

Friday, 7 April 2017, 10:45 am | Relationship Matters Ltd

1000’s of desperate people on various publicly funded mental health and counselling waiting lists could be helped immediately by every private counselling practitioner in New Zealand taking just one pro bono client, says a New Zealand-based international ... More >>

Up to four beds to close at acute mental health unit

Friday, 7 April 2017, 9:13 am | Public Service Association

Up to four beds at Wellington Hospital’s Te Whare o Matairangi mental health unit are to close because of a lack of staff, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says. More >>

Worried about medications in your breastmilk?

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 4:57 pm | WellSouth

Pharmacists are often the most accessible medication expert for families, and they are in the prime position to help women to continue to breastfeed even if they need to take medications. The health promotion team at WellSouth has been working on a ... More >>

Volunteering Beats Depression

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 4:54 pm | Volunteering New Zealand

This World Health Day, Volunteering New Zealand recognises the thousands of volunteers working throughout New Zealand to beat depression. More >>

Psychological Society welcomes Privacy Commissioner’s report

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Psychological Society

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) welcomes the Privacy Commissioner’s report on the “Inquiry into the Ministry of Social Development’s collection of individual client-level data from NGOs.” The Commissioner shares the concerns of ... More >>

Update: Auckland Typhoid Outbreak

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 3:38 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

As at 6 April 2017, there are 18 confirmed cases of typhoid in Auckland. There is also one probable case and a further two cases are under investigation. Of these, there are six people currently in hospital; some patients have now been discharged. More >>

Community Care model key to addressing rising dementia rates

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 1:53 pm | Careerforce

Keeping people with dementia at home in the community is one way to manage the ticking time-bomb of rising dementia rates, says Careerforce CEO Ray Lind. More >>

Anti-Vaccination Film Secrecy Upsets Top Community Doctor

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 11:55 am | Northland District Health Board

The “cloak and dagger” antics of WavesNZ, organisers of the Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe film have clinician and father Dr Lance O'Sullivan hopping mad. More >>

Treatment of typhoid patient

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 8:56 am | Auckland District Health Board

Treatment of typhoid patient Auckland DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Margaret Wilsher says she has reviewed the treatment provided to a female patient who died of typhoid last week in Auckland City Hospital. “I’m saddened for this family’s loss and ... More >>

Auckland typhoid outbreak update from public health

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 3:23 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

As at 5 April 2017, there are have 16 confirmed cases and two probable cases of typhoid in the Auckland. There are 12 people currently in hospital; some patients have now been discharged. More >>

Southern DHB encouraging staff to have the flu vaccination

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 2:56 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB has launched its flu campaign and is encouraging its staff to take up the offer of a free influenza vaccination to protect themselves, their patients their colleagues, their families and their friends. More >>

New diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders proposed

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 1:15 pm | University of Otago

Wednesday 5 April 2017 New diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders proposed University of Otago researcher Associate Professor Martin Sellbom is part of a group of 50 leading international psychologists and psychiatrists who have put forward a new, evidence-based, ... More >>

Cantabrians are having more Conversations that Count

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 9:28 am | Canterbury District Health Board

More Cantabrians than ever before are having Conversations that Count and getting their Advanced Care Plan sorted. Today is Conversations that Count Day (April 5, 2017), coordinated by the Advance Care Planning Cooperative and the Health Quality ... More >>

People Encouraged to ‘Get Talking’

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 1:44 pm | Southern District Health Board

Staff, patients and residents across the Southern Region are being encouraged to ‘get talking’ tomorrow for Conversations that Count Day. The national day aims to raise awareness about Advance Care Planning amongst the general public and encourage ... More >>

Injured Māori face higher rates of long-term disability

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 12:34 pm | University of Otago

Māori experience considerable longer-term disability after injury, new University of Otago analysis of patient-reported and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) data shows. More >>

Confirmed cases of typhoid now stands at 15

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 11:48 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

The number of people with confirmed cases of typhoid acquired in Auckland in connection with the current outbreak now stands at 15. More >>

Happy Body & Happy Mind - Move for Mood and Mental Health

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 11:11 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

While the benefit of exercise on our bodies is the hot topic of advertising and articles across the internet, exercise is also one of the best things we can do for our brain function and our mental health. Exercising, even at a moderate level, can improve ... More >>

Toi Tangata Hosts Maori Health Symposium

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 10:13 am | Toi Tangata

The Toi Tangata Symposium 2017 brings together visionaries from around the motu for a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity to share andinform kaupapa Māori health approaches, create opportunities to share innovative ideas, and make new connections ... More >>

Mental Health Services Failing Children at-Risk

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 9:34 am | POCAN

The Parents of Children with Additional Needs Collective (POCAN NZ) is calling for a nationwide investigation of all Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) after releasing results of a survey of 100 parents regarding their experience. 50% ... More >>

Having That Conversation That Counts

Monday, 3 April 2017, 4:51 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

One healthcare professional is walking the talk of her new role as she engages in a ‘conversation that counts’ with her ageing mum. More >>

Ban The Sham ‘Vaxxed’ Film

Monday, 3 April 2017, 4:47 pm | Autistic Collective

The Autistic Collective objects to the screening of the film ‘Vaxxed’, which we believe should have been banned. It perpetrates false understandings of both autism and vaccines. More >>

Recent rain a reminder to protect stock from leptospirosis

Monday, 3 April 2017, 4:06 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The wet of winter is coming and farmers should be planning annual leptospirosis boosters for herds to protect themselves and animals from contracting the disease, says WorkSafe Programme Manager Agriculture Al McCone. More >>

Training key to improving rural mental health outcomes

Monday, 3 April 2017, 2:13 pm | Careerforce

Mental health and addiction outcomes in rural New Zealand will benefit from greater focus on workplace training for support workers in this field. More >>

Hospital desperately needs crutches returned

Monday, 3 April 2017, 1:42 pm | Wairarapa District Health Board

Wairarapa Hospital is holding a crutches amnesty in the hope of tracking down any crutches that people may have finished with but not returned. More >>

Health professionals urged to undertake asthma/COPD training

Monday, 3 April 2017, 1:20 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The recently released Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand: 2016 Update , commissioned by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, reported that respiratory disease accounted for one in 10 overnight hospitalisations. More >>

11th case of typhoid confirmed in Auckland

Monday, 3 April 2017, 12:10 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Another suspected case of typhoid has been confirmed bringing the total number of cases in Auckland to 11. More >>

Young people urged to get free HPV immunisation

Monday, 3 April 2017, 12:07 pm | Toi Te Ora

Young people across the Bay of Plenty are being urged to ensure they are protected from a common virus that can cause some cancers. The human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation is now available for both males and females, aged 16-26. It’s free and helps to ... More >>

Autumn’s fruitful harvest

Monday, 3 April 2017, 11:32 am | Five plus a day

The seasonal shift to autumn brings with it a new crop of great tasting and delicious fruit to enjoy. More >>

April Falls a timely reminder of need to prevent falls

Monday, 3 April 2017, 11:30 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

April marks the start of the annual April Falls campaign, which is being promoted by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, district health boards and other providers of health services for our older people. More >>

Campaign focusses on leading cause of harm to elderly

Monday, 3 April 2017, 11:28 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A month-long campaign is focussing on the leading cause of injury and incapacitation to the elderly. More >>

A World Without Down Children

Monday, 3 April 2017, 10:29 am | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

The United Nations has declared that 21st March is a day to celebrate the International Day for Down syndrome. It is totally hypocritical when Europe and the West are not celebrating the contribution that our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome are ... More >>

Fluoride Free NZ makes astonishing claim

Monday, 3 April 2017, 10:13 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

An extraordinary press release from Fluoride Free NZ highlights the inconsistency of the group’s position on science - and then attempts to re-write local history. More >>

Convention focus on tight DHB budgets causing stress

Monday, 3 April 2017, 9:44 am | NZNO

On Monday 3 April the first of the NZNO Regional Conventions is being held. With the effects of inadequate healthcare funding now being acutely felt across the South Island. More >>

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 9:15 pm | NZ College of Clinical Psychologists

NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/4/2017 Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day along with the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists as we recognize neurodiversity and share resources. World ... More >>

Kaikoura GPs receive rural health’s Peter Snow Award

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:21 pm | Rural General Practice Network

The 2017 Peter Snow Memorial Award has gone to Kaikoura GPs Dr Chris Henry and Dr Andrea Judd. The award was announced at a ceremony at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s annual conference in Wellington on Friday evening, March 31. ... More >>

Urgent plea to address rural mental health issues

Friday, 31 March 2017, 3:52 pm | Make Lemonade

March 31, 2017 A rural health leader is urging the government to provide equitable funding for people in country areas struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Over the last decade the annual rural suicide rate per 100,000 people is on average ... More >>

Lead's lingering effects

Friday, 31 March 2017, 3:20 pm | Science Media Centre

Lead exposure in childhood was linked to lower cognitive function, IQ and socioeconomic status, according to data from the Dunedin Study. More >>

Nicotine e-cigs will be legal

Friday, 31 March 2017, 3:16 pm | Science Media Centre

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be legalised. More >>

Minister Tolley’s denigration of social workers uncalled for

Friday, 31 March 2017, 1:55 pm | Public Service Association

With the establishment of Oranga Tamariki, Minister Anne Tolley should be committing to support and develop social workers’ skills, not scapegoating them for her Government’s underfunding and underinvestment in the sector, say the PSA and the Aotearoa New ... More >>

Highlighting allergy-triggered asthma

Friday, 31 March 2017, 9:33 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

World Allergy Week is an annual event organised by the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) and will take place from 2-8 April this year, with the focus of raising awareness of allergies. More >>

Falls are a serious cause of patient harm

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 3:22 pm | Wairarapa District Health Board

In Wairarapa, almost 250 people over 50 years old are hospitalised each year after suffering a fall. It has been estimated that one third of people aged over 65, and half of people over 80 years, suffer at least one fall per year. More >>

Get them talking about planning for end-of-life care

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 3:20 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Arthur Te Anini has a chronic illness he knows will limit his life. It’s a sobering thought, but the ex army man understands that thinking about and planning for his future and end-of-life care makes everything much less scary. More >>

Nadia says Host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast!

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 2:32 pm | New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Registrations are now open for Pink Ribbon Breakfast, with celebrity cook and author Nadia Lim encouraging Kiwis to invite their friends to breakfast in May, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. More >>

West Coast focuses on falls prevention in community

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 2:15 pm | West Coast District Health

In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness events is being produced for “April Falls Month”. More >>

Cure Kids $10 Queenstown Challenge kicks off today

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 10:29 am | Cure Kids

More than 50 people have set off on a quest to travel from Auckland to Queenstown spending no more than $10. More >>

Nicotine E-Cigarettes to Become Legal Cause for Celebration

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 10:16 am | New Zealand Vaping Alliance

Nicotine E-Cigarettes to Become Legal Cause for Celebration The announcement by the New Zealand Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner that the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquids will be made legal is welcomed by vapers around the world. ... More >>

AVCA Welcomes Announcement From Nicky Wagner, MP on E-cigs

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 9:11 am | Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy

Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) is pleased at the announcement made by Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner this morning as a step in the right direction. It shows the vapers of New Zealand that the government is actually working towards ... More >>

VTANZ Respond to Government ecig announcement

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 4:38 pm | VTANZ

The Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) has welcomed the announcement made by Associate Health Minster Nicky Wagner this morning as a “step in the right direction.” More >>

Shoe donations kick in for mental health

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 3:40 pm | Sport Wellington

A Shoe Clinic donation is helping young people experiencing psychosis to exercise and build confidence to aid their recovery. More >>

Nicotine e-cigarettes legalised - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:43 pm | Science Media Centre

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be legalised. The Science Media Centre gathered expert reaction on the announcement. More >>

Quitline supports decision to legalise nicotine e-cigarettes

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:38 pm | Quitline

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline ( ) is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More >>

Industry Frustrated by Government Inertia

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:22 pm | Natural Health Alliance

The Natural Health Alliance today called on the Government to withdraw the Natural Health Products Bill expressing concerns at an industry meeting with Act Party Leader David Seymour. More >>

Legalising nicotine for vaping supportive move by Government

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:15 pm | End Smoking NZ

There’s been no sympathy for smokers or the retailers who sell cigarettes. Harsh measures to stub out smoking means just 15% of New Zealanders still smoke. Sales of tobacco have continued to drop on average by 5% per year. But, academics have ... More >>



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