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Wellington to host international schizophrenia expert

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 12:39 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

International schizophrenia and psychosis expert Professor Peter Haddad will share his expertise at a special lecture in Wellington next week. More >>

Celo Signs with Roche NZ to support Smart Oncology Network

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 9:02 am | Celo

NZ start-up Celo signs deal with Roche NZ to support new Smart Oncology Network More >>

Jupl Launches Wearable Healthcare Technology in Australia

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 8:48 am | Jupl

Jupl launches wearable healthcare technology in Australia Partners with Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT) in healthcare technology trial Auckland 18 October 2017 – Jupl, an innovative New Zealand software company, today announced it has partnered ... More >>

Zero Suicide Forum in Christchurch - Thursday 26 October

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 10:23 am | Zero Suicide Forum

Learn from those who have adopted a zero suicide approach and are making progress in lowering the number of deaths in their communities More >>

Taking probiotics may reduce postnatal depression

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 9:39 am | University of Auckland

Researchers from the University of Auckland and Otago have found evidence that a probiotic given in pregnancy can help prevent or treat symptoms of postnatal depression and anxiety. More >>

World Polio Day

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 3:03 pm | Rotary New Zealand

World Polio Day is marked on 24 October each year. Polio (also known as poliomyelitis) is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system resulting in the majority of cases with severe paralysis to the limbs. To date in ... More >>

Mental health nursing is specialist work

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 2:58 pm | NZNO

NZNO is alarmed to hear Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) are considering whether the shortage of mental health nurses may be solved by employing non-professionals. More >>

Optometrist launches innovative eye service

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:48 am | OCULA

Leading optometry practice OCULA has launched a specialist eye service integrating three disciplines of eye care – the first of its kind in New Zealand. More >>

The Health Benefits of Exercise for Osteoporosis

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 8:58 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

With World Osteoporosis Day coming up on 20th October, it’s worth making time to check in with your bone health. More >>

Well-Known Nelson Green Fairy Faces Prosecution

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 8:36 am | Sue Grey

Another well known “Green Fairy” is due to appear in the Nelson District Court today charged with offences relating to cannabis. More >>

Better information gets patients back on their feet faster

Monday, 16 October 2017, 10:34 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Better information for Bay of Plenty patients about what to expect before, during and after total hip or knee replacements is helping them get back on their feet faster. More >>

NZ mums not getting message about iodine and folic acid

Monday, 16 October 2017, 9:54 am | University of Otago

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) rarely recommends using supplements, but does urge mothers to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during pregnancy, and iodine when breastfeeding, to help avoid neurodevelopmental problems in their ... More >>

New tent hospital boosts NZ’s disaster response

Monday, 16 October 2017, 9:10 am | Ministry of Health

A high-tech tent hospital has improved New Zealand’s ability to save lives and give emergency health care when disasters strike at home or in the wider South-West Pacific region. More >>

Get Your Back in Action And Stay Well Say NZ Chiropractors

Sunday, 15 October 2017, 1:50 pm | NZ Chiropractors Association


Our Hands, Our Future

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11:59 am | OMEP NZ

Our Hands, Our Future - Lily Goes to Kindergarten It is Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on 15 October ( ). This year’s theme is ‘ Our Hands, Our Future ’. It reminds us that handwashing not only protects our own health, ... More >>

NZHIT & HL7NZ Work Together on Interoperability

Friday, 13 October 2017, 10:02 am | NZHIT

NZ Health IT and HL7 New Zealand have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on achieving interoperable healthcare information across the country. More >>

Tips for building resilience and wellbeing in young people

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 4:48 pm | Taranaki DHB

Taranaki DHB is kicking off a 12-day series of resilience and wellbeing tips for parents and caregivers of young people. The tips will be available on Taranaki DHB’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages starting from Saturday 14 October. More >>

Anaesthetists Counselling Patients on Surgery Risks

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 2:26 pm | Northland DHB

Most people recognise the role of anaesthetists as ‘knocking you out’ for surgery, but their responsibility extends far more widely than that. There remains a lack of awareness about what “sometimes invisible” anaesthetic clinicians are trained ... More >>

Helping creatures great and small

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 2:25 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Hospital surgical supplies are playing a big role in helping Wellington’s smallest – and furriest – patients get the treatment they need and find a good home. More >>

Campaign advises older patients about anaesthesia issues

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1:53 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

With people aged 65 and over now making up 30 per cent of New Zealand hospital admissions, a new information campaign is advising patients that ageing can make them more sensitive to anaesthetic drugs, more likely to develop complications and infections, and they ... More >>

Call for frank discussions about risks for older patients

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1:52 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Anaesthetists call for frank discussions about the risks as well as benefits of operating on older patients More >>

Two Novel TB Drugs Move into Human Studies

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 8:45 am | CNS

On the eve of the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health, being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced the ongoing Phase-1 clinical studies for two new drugs for TB treatment, developed by it. More >>

WHO Targets Measles, Rubella, HIV, Hep B & Syphilis

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 8:05 am | World Health Organisation

Regional health leaders target elimination of: measles and rubella; HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis in babies More >>

Farmers Goes Blue to Break Fundraising Record

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 4:43 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

FARMERS GOES BLUE TO BREAK FUNDRAISING RECORD Blue September initiatives raise vital funds and drive awareness. More >>

Exercise Helps Mental Health

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:37 pm | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves ... More >>

Innovative Pilot Helps Breast Cancer Patients Keep Hair

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:29 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Hair loss during chemotherapy can be devastating for breast cancer patients. But, thanks to a pilot at Nelson hospital, many breast cancer patients will emerge from chemotherapy with their hair intact over the next few months. More >>

Stratford To Host A Meet Your Maternity Services Roadshow

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 10:59 am | Taranaki District Health Board

A range of free and low cost support services for whānau planning a pregnancy, expecting a child, or with young children will be on show at the Taranaki DHB’s Meet Your Maternity Services Roadshow in Stratford next week. More >>

Time to Give Tanks a Spring Clean

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 10:47 am | Salt and Pepper PR

According to the owners of Safe H2O, a revolutionary national tank cleaning and water purification business, Kiwis should be more concerned about giving their water tanks a spring clean than their house. More >>

Melon Health Wins International Mental Health Award

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 9:30 am | McBeth Communications

The Wellington-based company won the Best Tech Innovation award for Disrupting Mental Illness: Advancing Technologies, Improving Lives at the 30th annual Psych Congress is New Orleans in September. More >>

"Green Fairies" Are a Symptom of Unmet Demand

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 9:08 am | MCANZ

On Newshub’s 6 o’clock news last night, it was revealed two of the larger compassionate supplier’s (aka “Green Fairies”) are being prosecuted by the police, to the detriment of hundreds (potentially thousands) of patients. More >>

RNZCGP Endorses Health Navigator Website

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 8:23 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Dr Janine Bycroft is pleased to announce the Health Navigator website, of which she is founder and clinical editor, has received official endorsement from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). More >>

Malignant hyperthermia very rare, say anaesthetists

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 4:50 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Parents can be reassured that their children are at very low risk of suffering a malignant hyperthermia reaction to an anaesthetic, says specialist anaesthetist Dr Terasa Bulger. “And should they happen to suffer such a reaction, then there is ... More >>

Getting Kids to Eat Veges Key to Ending Childhood Obesity

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 12:09 pm | World Health Organisation

Getting kids to make brave food choices with fresh food they grow, harvest and prepare is part of the mission of the Empower food education programme, which is marking World Obesity Day on 11 October with a great vegetarian pizza recipe all kids will ... More >>

Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit launched

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 9:19 am | Mental Health Foundation

A toolkit to support New Zealand workplaces and their people to flourish will be launched today, on World Mental Health Day, by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Health Promotion Agency (HPA). More >>

Significant shortage of senior doctors at Counties Manukau

Monday, 9 October 2017, 7:31 pm | ASMS

A survey of Counties Manukau District Health Board reveals a significant shortfall of senior hospital specialists, more than two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded. More >>

Getting older affects your anaesthesia

Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:44 pm | ANZCA

Getting older affects your anaesthesia – hospital displays and information Older people are more likely to need a procedure requiring anaesthesia. They are also more likely to have complications from anaesthetics, and this is the focus of ANZCA National ... More >>

Open letter to Waikato DHB Member to Chair

Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:03 pm | Dave Macpherson

Dear Bob I am concerned at your reported comments in the media – particularly those in the Waikato Times - where you are reported to have stated that you “have the full confidence of the Board”, in relation to the issues arising from the CEO’s ... More >>

NZ children are surrounded by junk food ads

Monday, 9 October 2017, 2:05 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals. The research found children were frequently exposed, across multiple settings, to marketing of ... More >>

New surgeons provide services closer to home

Monday, 9 October 2017, 1:43 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki patients needing Vascular and Urology services can now receive specialty healthcare faster, closer to home and with continuity of medical staff, thanks to the recruitment of Mr Murray Cox, vascular surgeon, and Mr James ‘Jimmy’ Johnston, ... More >>

Pet Therapy for Mental Health

Monday, 9 October 2017, 10:55 am | Massey University

University can be a stressful place and stage of life. The pressure of exams, assignments and moving away from home can all make study that much harder. This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week . The theme for the second year running is Nature is Key. More >>

It's Mental Health Awareness Week!

Monday, 9 October 2017, 10:24 am | Mental Health Foundation

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is reminding Kiwis that Nature is key . More >>

Designer’s Therapeutic Equestrian Saddle Excites

Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:14 am | Massey University

Industrial design graduate Holly Wright’s specialised saddle for disabled riders is creating excitement beyond equestrian circles. More >>

Online Information Hub Provides Answers

Friday, 6 October 2017, 1:28 pm | Unlimited

Online Information Hub Provides Answers 6 October 2017 – The way people access information today is changing – something Hamilton-based charitable trust Life Unlimited sees first hand as part of its on-going Ministry of Health disability information ... More >>

Counsellors embrace nature for Mental Health Awareness Week

Friday, 6 October 2017, 1:25 pm | NZ Association of Counsellors

Counsellors embrace nature during Mental Health Awareness Week Mental health counsellors are urging Kiwis to get an emotional health ‘warrant of fitness’ during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 9-15). “Our mental health has a major impact on ... More >>

Patients & Doctors Should be Partners in Healthcare

Friday, 6 October 2017, 11:12 am | McBeth Communications

Patients should work in partnership with their doctors to manage their own health, internationally renowned speaker ‘e-Patient Dave’ will tell health and technology professionals in New Zealand next month. More >>

Kathrine Clarke Named Maori Public Health Champion

Friday, 6 October 2017, 9:47 am | Public Health Association

Maori public health ‘stalwart’ Kathrine Clarke has been named the 2017 Maori Public Health Champion, Tu Rangatira mo te Ora. The annual award, given by the Public Health Association (PHA), recognises outstanding achievement and leadership in Maori ... More >>

Margaret Sparrow & Grant Berghan Named Public Health Champs

Friday, 6 October 2017, 9:46 am | Public Health Association

Each year the Public Health Association (PHA) honours individuals or groups for their outstanding contribution to public health action by naming them Public Health Champion for the year. This year two Public Health Champions have been chosen: Dame ... More >>

Improving Assessment of Acute Abdominal Pain

Friday, 6 October 2017, 9:21 am | Otago University

Surgical admissions for people with abdominal pain to Wellington Hospital’s department of general surgery have nearly doubled over the past decade, a University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) study has found. More >>

Measles and rubella officially eliminated in New Zealand

Friday, 6 October 2017, 8:59 am | Ministry of Health

New Zealand has won international praise for successfully eliminating endemic measles and rubella for the first time. More >>

Research to improve speech rehab for stroke patients

Friday, 6 October 2017, 8:49 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Tauranga Hospital is one of two New Zealand hospitals taking part in one of the largest Australasian clinical trials designed to improve language rehabilitation for people recovering from stroke. The Very Early Rehabilitation in Speech (VERSE) ... More >>

Arthritis New Zealand offers free phone support

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 5:10 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

People with arthritis in the Waikato DHB area now have access to personalised telephone support from Arthritis New Zealand. More >>

More funding required to save our children

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 4:39 pm | Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Lack of funding for the innovative approach by 1000 Days Trust to ensure babies get the best start in life is surprising when New Zealand’s leading children’s doctor, Dr Johan Morreau is advocating that more be done at the recent inquest into the death ... More >>

It’s never been easier or cheaper to get synthetic drugs

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 3:08 pm | DAPAANZ

A former importer of synthetic drugs, who wishes to remain anonymous, has warned dapaanz that it’s never been easier or cheaper to import synthetics into New Zealand, and the recent spate of deaths linked to AMB-Fubinaca is just the tip of the iceberg. More >>

CEO Dr Nigel Murray to resign with immediate effect

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 2:12 pm | Waikato District Health Board

CEO Dr Nigel Murray to resign with immediate effect following repayment of funds to Waikato DHB More >>

Health Care Homes Going from Strength to Strength

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 11:32 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Hundreds of thousands of people are on track to receive enhanced services and improved access options at GP practices and medical centres across greater Wellington. More >>

No need to live with asthma symptoms

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 10:57 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Breathe Better September, New Zealand’s respiratory awareness month has now reached its finale. The campaign shed a light on New Zealand’s alarming respiratory statistics, while encouraging Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs. More >>

Psychologists Concerned about Defence Industry Forum

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 9:53 am | NZ Psychological Society

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) is concerned that the Defence Industry and National Security Forum is to take place in Wellington this month. This event sponsored by Lockheed Martin, currently the world’s largest arms manufacturer, ... More >>

Calls for Malnutrition Screening for At Risk Elderly

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 9:24 am | Massey University

New Massey University research highlights the importance of screening for risk of malnutrition among older people as a preventative health measure. More >>

Lions sponsorship provides recliner chairs for Hospitals

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 4:10 pm | Northland District Health Board

Fundraising from charity groups has provided enough money to purchase 21 Romeo Recliner chairs which will be used by whānau who are helping care for their loved one in hospital. More >>

ED stays decreased but with strings attached

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:38 pm | Auckland University

Research into hospital emergency department waiting times has shown that waiting times are lower than ten years ago but significant challenges remain for treating patients in a timely manner. The study, published in BioMed Central Health Services ... More >>



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