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National Primary Care Data Service to go live next year

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 11:36 am | HINZ

A new National Primary Care Data Service will go live in 2019, GP leader Richard Medlicott has told a health IT conference. Medlicott, who is medical director of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, spoke at the HiNZ Health ... More >>

Young Greens & Young Labour Conversion Therapy Petition

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:46 am | Joint Press Release

The practice of Conversion Therapy harms the mental health of LGBTTQIA+ people in Aotearoa and should be outlawed. More >>

Under-funding fuels cultural tensions

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:36 am | Massey University

Cultural differences between New Zealand-educated and internationally-educated nurses can amplify existing workplace pressures, according to new research from Massey University. More >>

Clinical trial targets worst side-effects of chemo

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 3:17 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has committed $250,000 to a new clinical trial that will test the ability of a cheap, widely available drug to prevent two of chemotherapy’s most unpleasant side-effects: delayed nausea and vomiting. More >>

Counsellors to play role in potential cross-party group

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

New Zealanders’ mental health is one of the biggest challenges of our generation, and the Counsellors Association is welcoming an invite to help tackle the issue with a cross-party working group. More >>

Public health response needed to manage syphilis outbreak

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 10:00 am | RACP

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has written to the Associate Minister of Health, Julie-Anne Genter, calling on the NZ Government to urgently set targets and provide additional resources to tackle the syphilis outbreak affecting ... More >>

Federation invites inaugural membership applications

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 6:21 pm | Federation of Primary Health

The Establishment Board setting up the Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand met for its latest meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2018 under the chairmanship of Dame Annette King. More >>

PSA supports striking ASMS members at ACC

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 4:21 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi supports the industrial action being taken by medical advisors at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

It’s not too late to protect yourself against the flu

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 3:34 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

More than a third of Cantabrians have had their flu immunisation already this winter and there’s still time for the rest of us to protect ourselves. More >>

Easier Access to Health Care in the Hutt Valley

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 12:18 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

Thinking about what’s convenient for patients is behind a new initiative being introduced in two Hutt Valley general practices this month. More >>

Researchers call for cheaper, better screening

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 11:43 am | University of Auckland

Researchers call for cheaper, better screening for brain-threatening newborn condition Babies may be missing out on treatment for a common, brain-threatening condition and others receiving unnecessary treatment due to the wide use of a screening test ... More >>

Growing good leadership

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 11:39 am | Life Unlimited

A new Disabled Leadership Group brought together by Life Unlimited will bring a valuable mix of expertise, lived experience and fresh thinking to help inform the future direction of the organisation and the services it delivers. More >>

1,000 Kiwis have Jumpstarted their health

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 9:48 am | YMCA

Jumpstart, the national diabetes health and lifestyle programme created by the YMCA Auckland and healthcare company Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd, has reached a milestone this week with it’s 1000th participant signing up. More >>

Four-day workshop brings addiction support to Raetihi

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 9:07 am | Uenuku Charitable Trust

A team of 20 drug and alcohol rehabilitation experts – including former addicts – is bringing an intensive four-day addiction workshop to Raetihi. More >>

Sporting legends on their bikes to support Prostate Cancer

Monday, 16 July 2018, 5:04 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

All Black legend Buck Shelford, former Silver Fern Jenny-May Clarkson and cycling great Jack Swart are jumping on their bikes for an endurance cycling race to raise awareness of prostate cancer. More >>

Syphilis deaths highlight need for proper resourcing

Monday, 16 July 2018, 4:07 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The heart-wrenching news that babies have died from syphilis underscores yet again the importance of properly funding and resourcing essential health services,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Energywise - preventing mould in your home this winter

Monday, 16 July 2018, 2:57 pm | Energy Wise

With nearly half of New Zealand houses having visible mould,* how do we eliminate this problem? More >>

Work in funding medicines for rare disorders progressing

Monday, 16 July 2018, 2:14 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is progressing work aimed at improving funded access to medicines for rare disorders. More >>

More support needed for breastfeeding senior doctors

Monday, 16 July 2018, 12:52 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Breastfeeding senior doctors returning to paid work in public hospitals after parental leave need suitable facilities and enough time to express milk or feed their babies, as well as supportive colleagues and managers, says Dr Charlotte Chambers, Principal ... More >>

Fieldays visitors saved money – and their bacon!

Monday, 16 July 2018, 10:22 am | Skin Institute

At Fieldays this year you could not only save big (with generous discounts on offer) – but also save your bacon! More >>

Conversion Pressure or Love and Acceptance?

Saturday, 14 July 2018, 11:56 am | New Zealand Association Of Psychotherapists

The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists support the call of Rainbow Youth and others for the banning of conversion therapy in Aotearoa. More >>

Help and support during industrial action appreciated

Friday, 13 July 2018, 3:47 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Cook is grateful to everyone who provided support and assistance at DHB facilities during the NZNO nursing strike. More >>

Nurses’ commended for professionalism during strike

Friday, 13 July 2018, 1:55 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Nurses are to be commended for acting with great professionalism throughout their 24-hour strike,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Nurses’ strike concludes

Friday, 13 July 2018, 11:01 am | District Health Boards

District Health Boards say they are returning to normal services following the 24-hour strike by NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants that ended at 7:00 this morning. More >>

DHB – strike response update

Friday, 13 July 2018, 9:03 am | District Health Boards

District Health Boards say hospitals have managed a difficult situation well dealing with the impact of the strike by NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants which began at 7:00 am this morning and is due to finish at 7:00 am tomorrow (Friday ... More >>

DHB – strike response update

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 8:10 pm | All District Health Boards

District Health Boards say hospitals have managed a difficult situation well dealing with the impact of the strike by NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants which began at 7:00 am this morning and is due to finish at 7:00 am tomorrow (Friday ... More >>

DHBs acknowledge staff and volunteers in strike response

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 6:19 pm | All District Health Boards

District Health Boards say contingency procedures at the country’s hospitals are going to plan with staff, volunteers and NZNO members playing an important role in providing care for patients since NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants ... More >>

Medicines Waiting List: International disgrace

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 3:26 pm | Medicines New Zealand

The medicines waiting list grows to over 100 priority medicines that wait to be publicly funded by PHARMAC. All medicines on this list have been recommended to benefit patients and New Zealand’s healthcare system by PHARMAC’s own technical advisory board. More >>

iMOKO proof of concept due to launch in July

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 3:16 pm | HINZ

More than 15,000 children will be involved in a proof-of-concept trial of the iMOKO app that enables teachers at participating kohanga, day-care centres and schools to securely send health information about students to a digital health team, who ... More >>

Update No1 - NZNO Strike Action

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 2:56 pm | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB hospitals report Emergency Departments and clinical teams are managing well during the NZNO members strike. More >>

DHBs strike contingency response going to plan

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 11:43 am | District Health Boards

District Health Boards say contingency procedures at the country’s hospitals are going to plan for the strike by NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants that began at 7:00 am this morning. More >>

Geneva Healthcare preferred provider for MidCentral DHB

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 4:40 pm | Geneva Healthcare

Geneva Healthcare has been selected as a preferred provider of Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) in the MidCentral District Health Board region. More >>

Steven Joyce becomes patron for Minds for Minds Trust

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 2:40 pm | Minds For Minds

Former National Party Finance Minister Hon Steven Joyce is taking on his first public role since leaving Parliament and he’s getting behind a cause with a very personal connection. More >>

Most Midwives Working on the Day of the Strike

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 1:40 pm | MERAS

Most Midwives Working on the Day of the Strike The New Zealand College of Midwives and midwives union MERAS (Midwifery Employee and Representation Advisory Service) are reassuring pregnant women that most midwives will be working on Thursday. More >>

Calls for immediate halt of the use of surgical mesh

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 12:12 pm | Mesh Down Under

Independent Review calls for immediate halt of the use of surgical mesh for stress urinary incontinence in England. Should New Zealand Follow? An English Independent Safety Review has concluded that there must be an immediate suspension and pause ... More >>

High obesity rates inevitable given NZ's unhealthy food

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 12:10 pm | University of Auckland

A major cause of New Zealand’s very high rates of obesity has been mapped in a world-first study from the University of Auckland. A comprehensive study of food composition, labelling, marketing, and prices as well as food in schools and retail ... More >>

Regular teen drinking leads to problems in adulthood

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 10:25 am | University of Otago

Adolescents who drink weekly before age 17 are up to three times more likely as adults to binge drink, drink drive, be alcohol-dependent, and use other drugs than their non-drinking peers, new Australasian research shows. More >>

Hearing Loss no obstacle to a music career

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 6:29 pm | MED-EL Implant Systems Australasia Pty Ltd

Talented pianist Rebekah Stewart has won a coveted position at the 4th International Music Festival “Beats of Cochlea” in Poland for people with hearing loss. More >>

Sugar tax will help stem the rising tide of type 2 diabetes

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 4:31 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

Diabetes New Zealand strongly supports the recent call by DHB heads for New Zealand to introduce a sugar tax. More >>

DHBs propping themselves up with mental health funding

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 2:40 pm | Platform

DHBs propping themselves up with mental health funding is not news to NGO service providers More >>

Cross-party group marks World Population Day

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 1:50 pm | Family Planning NZ

This Wednesday (11 July) is World Population Day. The theme this year is “Family planning is a human right”. More >>

Nelson Marlborough Health to reduce services

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 1:48 pm | Nelson Marlborough Health

Nelson Marlborough Health to reduce services during workers’ strike Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is preparing to close most hospital elective services on 12 July due a nationwide strike by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are covered ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay DHB preparing for strike

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 1:07 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants have voted to strike, significantly impacting services at Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa hospitals and Napier and Central Hawke’s Bay’s medical centres. More >>

Dental Association calls for marketing regulations

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 8:59 am | New Zealand Dental Association

A paper in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health has shown high engagement by young people with sugary drinks brands online. More >>

Reality of tertiary students’ mental health

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 8:25 am | NZUSA

10 July 2018 New study exposes the reality of tertiary students’ mental health Adjusting to tertiary study, feelings of loneliness and academic anxiety have been identified as major triggering factors of depression, stress and anxiety amongst ... More >>

Major fundamental changes required to achieve health equity

Monday, 9 July 2018, 7:51 pm | University of Otago

In comparing efforts to address health inequities, researchers in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) and the United States (US) have found that both countries are failing to align policy with evidence-based approaches that could help achieve equity. More >>

Māori community groups lead by example in tackling obesity

Monday, 9 July 2018, 4:16 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Māori community groups lead by example in tackling obesity New research by the University of Otago has highlighted the dominance of unhealthy food at sporting venues in New Zealand. Two thirds of food sold at netball and rugby venues is considered ... More >>

Introducing the new Bay of Plenty Health Consumer Council

Monday, 9 July 2018, 3:49 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Eleven people have been selected to the newly established Bay of Plenty Health Consumer Council (BOPHCC). More >>

Supersize that? New Zealand’s worrying fast food trends

Monday, 9 July 2018, 2:27 pm | University of Auckland

The serving size, energy and sodium levels of New Zealand fast food have increased significantly over the past five years, according to University of Auckland research. The study, Fast food trends in New Zealand , led by Dr Helen Eyles, included almost ... More >>

Report highlights lack of progress in clinical governance

Monday, 9 July 2018, 10:00 am | University of Otago

Eight years after the Government called for more clinical governance in the health system to help improve patient care and safety, University of Otago researchers have found little has changed. More >>

Young people most aware of drinking during pregnancy

Sunday, 8 July 2018, 2:22 pm | Alcohol Beverages Council

Young people in New Zealand are leading the way where it comes to attitudes and awareness around the risks of drinking during pregnancy. More >>

Junk food dominates NZ sport

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 8:00 pm | University of Otago

Junk food dominates New Zealand sport venues, according to new research led by the University of Otago, Wellington. More >>

ANZASW on so called “gay conversion therapy”

Friday, 6 July 2018, 4:39 pm | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to communicate its strong opposition to the practice of so-called “gay conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative therapy,” in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Manawa building blessed in Christchurch’s Health Precinct

Friday, 6 July 2018, 2:29 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Manawa, the state-of-the-art hub for health research and education in Christchurch’s Health Precinct, held a short blessing ceremony this morning (6 July), ahead of opening its doors to health students, researchers, educators and technical staff in the coming ... More >>

New Online TV Series Explores the Difficult Topics

Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:24 am | Canopy TV

Canopy TV, a new online video series that explores difficult subjects such as sex during cancer treatment and telling your children that you have cancer, was launched yesterday. More >>

Otago research reveals alarming rise of obesity in NZ

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 3:45 pm | University of Otago

The Body Mass Index (BMI) of New Zealanders is continuing to rise and on current trends, two million New Zealanders will be considered clinically obese by 2038 up from 1.1 million in 2015, new University of Otago research reveals. More >>

Water NZ welcomes new moves towards safer drinking water

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 12:30 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s moves towards improving the safety of drinking water is a welcome step in the right direction. More >>

Community pharmacy service convenient and speedy

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 11:56 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Convenience, speed and accessibility mean people are increasingly looking to their local pharmacies for services they may have traditionally accessed through their GP. More >>

NZNO welcomes Ngā Poutama Oranga Hinengaro

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 10:34 am | NZNO

NZNO is encouraging its members to participate in the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s mental health workforce safety survey – Nga Poutama Oranga Hinengaro that will be available at the end of next month. More >>

New osteoporosis treatment set to provide another option

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 9:39 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is pleased to provide another treatment option for patients with severe osteoporosis following the funding of denosumab, brand name Prolia, from 1 July 2018. More >>



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