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More Support Needed for Disabled People

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 11:53 am | Statistics New Zealand

8 August 2017 - Seven percent of disabled children need more help with personal care than they already get, according to their caregivers, Stats NZ said today. One in ten disabled adults also need more help than they get, according to the 2013 Household ... More >>

nib Insurance Launches Next-Generation Healthcare Products

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 9:19 am | nib NZ

New Zealand’s second largest health and medical insurance provider, nib, has today launched a new range of healthcare products designed to meet the changing demographics of an increasingly diverse New Zealand. More >>

Minister of Health ‘Unaware” of Health Concerns

Monday, 7 August 2017, 4:34 pm | Mesh Down Under

A 74% increase in surgical mesh injury claims in the past three years and Jonathan Coleman’s catch cry is - write me a letter! Jonathan Coleman told members of the Mesh Down Under (MDU) group that he was completely unaware that there were concerns ... More >>

Judgment: Janet Elsie Lowe v Director-General of Health

Monday, 7 August 2017, 3:23 pm | NZ Supreme Court


Obstetric providers need greater support

Friday, 4 August 2017, 1:56 pm | University of Otago

Obstetric providers need greater support for new prenatal screening test A new study shows most New Zealand obstetric providers need more support when providing a revolutionary genetic prenatal screening test because of its complexity and because it is not publicly ... More >>

Patient care at Dunedin Hospital suffers

Friday, 4 August 2017, 1:25 pm | ASMS

Patient care at Dunedin Hospital suffers as a result of years of neglect and ignoring warnings from specialists More >>

Hospice NZ Reacts to Select Committee Report on End of Life

Friday, 4 August 2017, 12:21 pm | Hospice NZ

Hospice NZ has welcomed the report of the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the desire to end one’s life, which was tabled in the House earlier this week. More >>

NZ Finally Increasing Best Weapon Against Drink Driving

Friday, 4 August 2017, 12:17 pm | Automobile Association

Alcohol interlocks becoming a mandatory sentence is one of the most significant blows against drink driving in New Zealand’s history, says the Automobile Association. More >>

EPA Failings Leave New Zealand Vulnerable to Toxicity

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 4:27 pm | GE Free NZ

EPA Failings Leave New Zealand Vulnerable to Toxicity of Common Herbicide A new report on the health risks of glyphosate-based herbicides highlights major flaws in the integrity of regulations vital to the protection of New Zealand. The report released ... More >>

Big Latch On #NoOneWay #NoOneSize

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 2:57 pm | Women's Health Action Trust

Big Latch On #NoOneWay #NoOneSize -- This Friday and Saturday (4th and 5th of August) thousands of Kiwi mum’s and children will be gathering at locations throughout the country to kick off the 13th annual Big Latch On. More >>

Dry July - That’s a Wrap!

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 11:56 am | Dry July

Dry July 2017 participants have completed their month-long charitable sobriety The Dry July Foundation can add $380,000 to the $2.8 million raised since its inception, thanks to the month-long sobriety and fund raising efforts of this year’s 4,100 ... More >>

Hospital Becomes Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 11:54 am | Breastfeeding Advocacy Service

The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service congratulates St George’s Hospital who has become a breastfeeding friendly workplace. St George’s Hospital is committed to providing support for staff planning to combine breastfeeding with their working ... More >>

Pacific Edge Cxbladder Test Suite Adopted by Midcentral DHB

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 10:25 am | Pacific Edge

Pacific Edge Signs Agreement Extending Commercial Partnership with MidCentral District Health Board, to Encompass All Cxbladder Tests for Application Across the Clinical Pathway More >>

Rural health fronting suicide prevention training

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 8:54 am | Make Lemonade

A national rural organisation says it is concerned the public may believe nothing is happening in suicide prevention training. More >>

HRC: Data crucial to the rights of NZers with disabilities

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 4:40 pm | Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission: Data crucial to realising the rights of New Zealanders with disabilities The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the inclusion of questions on disability in next year’s Census. “Collecting data on disability is critical ... More >>

Mental Health Foundation launches new website

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 2:52 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Foundation launches new website for people bereaved by suicide MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 2 August 2017 The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has launched a new website, After a Suicide, offering friends, whānau and family practical information ... More >>

Joseph Parker lends his support to Samoan hearing health

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 1:11 pm | Bay Audiology

WBO World Heavyweight Champion, Joseph Parker, (OM) has lent his support to Bay Audiology’s ‘Free to Ear - Samoa’ programme that will help restore hearing to thousands in need in his homeland. More >>

Survey Highlights Need for Better Insulation & Heating

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 11:56 am | Branz

Results in the latest report on the BRANZ House Condition Survey show around half of New Zealand houses still lack adequate insulation and under-heat their home in winter. More >>

Anchor Protein+: Helping Kiwis Harness Protein

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 11:50 am | Anchor

Innovative Anchor Protein+: Helping Kiwis harness protein throughout the day. Anchor is helping Kiwis to optimise their protein intake throughout the day with the introduction of an innovative range of milk, yoghurt and smoothie boosters. More >>

Philip Wheble Appointed West Coast DHB General Manager

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 10:00 am | West Coast District Health

Philip Wheble has this week been announced as the new general manager for the West Coast District Health Board. More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora launches new SUDI prevention service

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 9:00 am | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora has been awarded the Ministry of Health contract to deliver the national SUDI prevention coordination service for the newly designed national SUDI prevention programme. More >>

NZ Falling Far Short of its Smokefree 2025 Goal

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 8:57 am | University of Otago

New Zealand is falling far short of its Smokefree 2025 goal Smokefree 2025 will be Smokefree 2065 unless urgent government action is taken. Researchers and experts in tobacco control, led by the University of Otago, Wellington and Hāpai te Hauora, ... More >>

Social Investment in Hi-Tech Health Service for Otangarei

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 8:40 am | New Zealand Government

Te Kura o Otangarei, Te Hau Āwhiowhio o Otangarei Trust and the Northland Social Well Being Governance Group is making iMOKO available for tamariki in Otangarei, Whangarei. More >>

Academic with a Prescription for Change

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 4:25 pm | Eastern Institute of Technology

A newly appointed associate professor in EIT’s School of Nursing, Rachael Walker is as focused as ever on boosting health outcomes and reducing inequities for the people of Hawke’s Bay and beyond. More >>

World Breastfeeding Week

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 11:24 am | New Zealand Plunket Society

Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are increasing slowly, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2015 and in 2016, 87.5% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received breast milk, a figure 1.5% ... More >>

NZ celebrities support Breathe Better September

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 10:02 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

“Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each year,” says Letitia O’Dwyer, Chief Executive from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. Respiratory conditions such ... More >>

Safer Pain Relief through Chiropractic Care Say Researchers

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 9:52 am | NZ Chiropractors Association

Insights into the role of chiropractic care in relieving pain indicate that it may be a safer alternative for many sufferers than commonly used medications, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. Back pain is amongst one of the ... More >>

Hospice Kaipara – 25 Years Providing Palliative Care

Monday, 31 July 2017, 4:52 pm | Northland DHB

Hospice Kaipara – 25 Years Providing Palliative Care Hospice Kaipara celebrated their 25th anniversary of providing palliative care in the Kaipara with a function in the Dargaville Town Hall last Friday. Linda Newson of Te Kopuru, whose husband ... More >>

Recognising Research Excellence: Value Of Medicines Award

Monday, 31 July 2017, 3:28 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Applications are now open for the Medicines New Zealand 2017 Value of Medicines Award. The award recognises research that improves the understanding, effectiveness or safety of the use of medicines in New Zealand. More >>

Waitemata ePrescribing team wins national award

Monday, 31 July 2017, 1:42 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

A Waitemata District Health Board electronic prescribing and administration [ePA] initiative has won the Hospital Pharmacy Performer of the Year at the 2017 Pharmacy Awards. More >>

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy: TB

Monday, 31 July 2017, 1:27 pm | University of Otago

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that ... More >>

Ready To Eat/Muscle Fuel Health Warning

Monday, 31 July 2017, 12:12 pm | Ready To Eat

Ready to Eat is a Hamilton based food production and distribution company that specialises in Pre-made meals distributed nationwide. More >>

BRANZ Estimates 750,000 NZ Homes Still Need Insulation

Monday, 31 July 2017, 10:24 am | Sustainability Trust

July 31, 2017 - A Wellington social enterprise is tired of waiting for a national solution to poor quality housing and has set about rallying key players to get the job done. More >>

Waipareira Publishes Māori Health & Social Service Journal

Monday, 31 July 2017, 10:04 am | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Monday July 31 2017 - Te Whānau O Waipareira has released a Journal that showcases a range of Māori health and social service approaches. More >>

Where Has Our Health Leadership Gone?

Monday, 31 July 2017, 9:10 am | ASMS

Address to the Hospital and Community Dentistry Conference in Christchurch by Ian Powell, Executive Director, ASMS More >>

Dignity and respect for very large patients

Friday, 28 July 2017, 2:50 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Innovation and sensitivity are the cornerstones of the approach to treating very large – ‘bariatric’ – patients at local hospitals. More >>

NZ marks over a year of funded hepatitis C treatment

Friday, 28 July 2017, 12:59 pm | AbbVie

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July: New Zealand marks over a year of funded hepatitis C treatment – enabling more than 2,000 Kiwis to be treated for hepatitis C with VIEKIRA PAK [i] , [ii ] • An estimated 50,000 people in New Zealand have chronic ... More >>

World Hepatitis Day 2017 - Eliminate Hepatitis

Friday, 28 July 2017, 10:20 am | NZ Society of Gastroentorology

‘World Hepatitis Day is one of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).’ WHD is the day when the world joins together to drive action, to transform the lives of 325 million people ... More >>

Kiwis taking up the challenge

Friday, 28 July 2017, 9:41 am | National Foundation for the Deaf

Hundreds of New Zealanders will find out what it’s like to live with a hearing loss when they take up the Silent Leadership Challenge next Friday(eds: August 4). More >>

Child Study Highlights Household Safety Issues

Friday, 28 July 2017, 9:36 am | Auckland University

Evidence from the University of Auckland’s Growing Up in New Zealand study of child development links rental housing to a reduced number of safety features in the homes of young children. More >>

Energizing kids and keeping obesity at bay

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 3:33 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Thousands of greater Wellington primary school kids are getting their blood pumping, and learning about healthy eating, to avoid obesity. More >>

Southern DHB Encourages Testing on World Hepatitis Day

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12:27 pm | Southern District Health Board

Get tested, get treated – this is the message Southern DHB will be promoting as part of World Hepatitis Day this Friday, 28 July. ‘Eliminate Hepatitis’ is the theme for this year, which includes a goal of eliminating Hepatitis B and C in the ... More >>

Rise in E-Cigarettes Linked to Rise in Smokers Quitting

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:16 am | Auckland University

New research studying United States smokers has shown the recent rise in e-cigarette use in that country is getting more smokers quitting, according to Professor Chris Bullen of the University of Auckland. Dr Bullen, a Professor of Public Health at ... More >>

First private cancer care centre opens in Wellington

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 10:04 am | Acurity Health Group

Cancer patients will be able to be treated privately in Wellington with the opening of the new Bowen Icon Cancer Centre at Acurity’s Bowen Hospital by Prime Minister Bill English. The state-of-the-art cancer centre, a partnership between Australia’s ... More >>

“Safety First” as Napier Water Chlorination Continues

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 8:49 am | Napier City Council

Tuesday 26 July 2017 - Napier’s water will remain chlorinated for at least three more months. At a meeting between Napier City Council, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and its drinking water assessors on Tuesday, timeframes for a possible end ... More >>

Free Health Advice After Hours From Your Favourite Chair

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 5:14 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Why brave the elements, when you can access health advice from the comfort of home? More >>

Ground-breaking NZ course for cancer patients

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 11:41 am | Life 2.0

An Auckland woman who survived breast cancer is now working to help others who have finished cancer treatment with a ground-breaking new course to help reduce the risk of recurrence. More >>

Youth Suicide in NZ: A Discussion Paper

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 11:30 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Over recent months the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor together with the Departmental Science Advisors from Health, Education, Social Development and Justice have been preparing a discussion paper on youth suicide. This paper was provided ... More >>

Taupo Medical Centre to Provide ‘Live’ Virtual GP Care

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 11:11 am | Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

Patea & District Community Medical Trust teams up with Taupo Medical to provide ‘live’ virtual GP care More >>

Making Health Services More Accessible to Pacific Families

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 10:42 am | Pacific Perspectives

New study hopes to identify ways to making health services more accessible to Pacific families More >>

Canterbury’s Public And Private Health Systems Unite

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 9:37 am | Maia Health Foundation

Just over one year after it was launched, Māia Health Foundation is pleased to announce its fourth Founding Business Partner, Forté Health. More >>

HQSC Speaking to Health Committee on Mental Health Inquiry

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 8:41 am | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

HQSC speaking to Health Committee on mental health Inquiry On Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 10am the Health Quality and Safety Commission is speaking to the Health Committee about Petition 2014/89 by Corinda Taylor and 1740 others asking for an urgent independent ... More >>

Collaborative approach to address mental and physical health

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 4:31 pm | Joint Press Release

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) are delighted their “Equally Well” was launched in Australia today by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission ... More >>

Waimauku Village Pharmacy - Community Pharmacy of the Year

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 8:49 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) congratulates Waimauku Village Pharmacy for winning the Community Pharmacy of the Year award at the 2017 Pharmacy Awards held on Saturday night (22 July). This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Pullman ... More >>

Throat cancer - an unexpected journey

Monday, 24 July 2017, 3:23 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Ear ache and a lump in her throat turned into an unexpected cancer journey for Cosette Calder. More >>

Poi study points to health benefits for over 60s

Monday, 24 July 2017, 2:06 pm | University of Auckland

A clinical trial conducted between the Centre for Brain Research and the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland has established the benefits of poi on physical and cognitive function in healthy older adults. More >>

Love your bones

Monday, 24 July 2017, 1:48 pm | Massey University

Osteoporosis is one of the leading healthcare issues worldwide. Characterised by reduced bone tissue and changes in bone structure, osteoporosis increases fragility and risk of fractures in older adults. It is estimated about 22 per cent of women ... More >>

Paul Ego is Back with an Important Health Message

Monday, 24 July 2017, 10:40 am | Become a Heart Saver

How do you get across a very, very serious message about life & death? You get a comedian to make a video about it! More >>

Experts Call for Action to Fill Gaps on Healthy Food Policy

Monday, 24 July 2017, 9:08 am | Auckland University

New Zealand needs major improvements in food policies if it is going to seriously tackle the country’s obesity epidemic, according to findings in the University of Auckland’s second Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) published ... More >>

NZ has major fitness problem

Monday, 24 July 2017, 8:21 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand has a major problem committing to active participation, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. More >>