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The opposite of addiction is not sobriety

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:46 am | DAPAANZ

Dapaanz media release, 12 September 2018 “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.” More >>

Time to change tack on how we view ageing

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:15 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Lower birth rates and lower death rates are resulting in our population becoming increasingly older in number and in age. More people are living in their nineties and reaching over 100 years. More >>

Otago researchers decode genetics to understand disease

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:10 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have helped characterise a genetic variant that enables new understanding of why some people are at risk of gout, a painful and debilitating arthritic disease. Gout is caused by persistently elevated levels of urate in the ... More >>

Older people encouraged to discuss medication

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:08 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is encouraging older people to talk to their doctor about whether they could take fewer medicines. The College coordinates the Choosing Wisely campaign which encourages patients and health professionals to discuss ... More >>

Ngā Taonga Mātauranga o Ngā Pou Mana Awards

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:05 am | Joint Press Release

PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana Māori Allied Health Professionals (NPM) are calling for award nominations for allied health professionals who have had a positive impact on whānau, hapū and iwi. More >>

Insourcing is public health service’s answer

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 4:26 pm | SEQURE Health

Despite Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) the unavoidable increase in outsourcing surgery to private providers, a medical expert says there is a more economical option. More >>

How overmedication is injuring and killing our elderly

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:54 pm | University of Otago

Elderly taking multiple high-risk medications for sleeping, pain or incontinence are twice as likely as others to fall and break bones, with many dying within a year of their injury, new research shows. The University of Otago, Christchurch study ... More >>

ANZASW statement for World Suicide Prevention Day

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:49 pm | ANZASW

Yesterday, Monday 10th September, was World Suicide Prevention Day. Mindful of the devastatingly high rates of suicide in this country, The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) calls for more to be done to confront this urgent issue. More >>

Time to Acknowledge Family Violence as a Health Issue

Monday, 10 September 2018, 6:38 pm | Aviva

Time to Acknowledge Family Violence as a Health Issue Aviva welcomes the findings of a report released today by Women’s Refuge that emphatically demonstrates, in the words of women themselves, the significance of family violence as a mental and ... More >>

Honouring Te Reo Māori could save lives

Monday, 10 September 2018, 5:00 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Honouring Te Reo Māori could save lives: A Māori Language Week collaboration between Hāpai Te Hauora and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand More >>

Take up ASB St John in Schools

Monday, 10 September 2018, 4:33 pm | St John

ASB Hato Hōne i rō Kura te reo curriculum launches this week, supported by ACC, and St John is seeking kura kaupapa and kōhanga reo to take up the in-school first aid training. More >>

Nepalese Barefoot Surgeon Pays Tribute to Sir Ray Avery

Monday, 10 September 2018, 4:13 pm | Medicine Mondiale

Nepalese Barefoot Surgeon Pays Tribute to Sir Ray Avery For Sight Restoring Lenses In Dr Sanduk Ruit’s recently released biography “The Barefoot Surgeon” he pays tribute to Sir Ray Avery for his contribution to making low cost interocular lenses ... More >>

$200,000 funding pool available for charities

Monday, 10 September 2018, 3:40 pm | ProCare Health

$200,000 funding pool available for charities focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Auckland’s diverse population More >>

Primary Health Alliance elects new Chairman

Monday, 10 September 2018, 10:09 am | Primary Health Alliance

The Primary Health Alliance (the Alliance) has elected a new Chairman following the retirement of its long-standing previous post-holder, John Ayling. At their AGM on 7 September 2018, Alliance members elected the following nominees to the organisation’s ... More >>

Working together to prevent suicide

Friday, 7 September 2018, 4:36 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB and WellSouth mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 encouraging connection and conversation to support vulnerable people in our communities Southern DHB and WellSouth, primary health network, are supporting the message of hope that marks ... More >>

Trust-Funded Study Uncovers Cancer Drug Resistance Secrets

Friday, 7 September 2018, 2:41 pm | Perpetual Guardian

The force behind a breakthrough University of Otago cancer study has been revealed as a long-running Trust that has amassed and distributed more than $5 million in donations since it was established in 1986. Most recently, the New Zealand Institute ... More >>

Kiwi women die twice as fast; health system turns its back

Friday, 7 September 2018, 12:47 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Kiwis are dying of advanced breast cancer (ABC) twice as fast as people in comparable countries – and it’s not just about the lack of new drugs. More >>

Probiotic health benefits after antibiotics

Friday, 7 September 2018, 10:20 am | Science Media Centre

Embargoed until 3am NZT Friday 7 September Just taking probiotics won't necessarily mean they actually take up residence in your gut. Through a series of experiments looking inside the human gut, researchers from Israel show that many people's digestive ... More >>

Technology platform ensures children get health checks

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 2:25 pm |

The National Child Health Information Platform is being used to help locate vulnerable children and ensure they get appropriate health checks. More >>

Infant And Fetal Pathologist Warns Against Fluoride

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 11:10 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

About three hundred people turned up to Otago University on Tuesday night to hear three overseas experts talk about the evidence and the potential mechanisms of how fluoride effects the brain. The three experts were unanimous in their recommendation ... More >>

Baby boom prompts advice on First 1,000 Days

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 4:29 pm | Early Life Nutrition Coalition

Baby boom prompts advice on First 1,000 Days September is officially the baby arrival month, with more children born in September than any other month and 30th September the most common birth date in New Zealand [1] . More >>

Contact Energy Renal Fund Reduces Stress

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 3:17 pm | Northland District Health Board

The last two winters have been a little easier to get through for Ruakaka renal patient Desiree Goldsmith thanks to a $1000 grant she received from the Contact Energy Renal Fund that helps pay hefty power bills to keep her lifesaving dialysis machine running. More >>

Arthritis report finds significant impact on Māori

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 9:05 am | Arthritis New Zealand

Tomorrow a major report on the Economic Cost of Arthritis in New Zealand*, will be launched by Kaiponapona Aotearoa, Arthritis New Zealand - a report that has major implications for Māori health. More >>

Growing number of surgical mesh injuries unacceptable

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 8:37 am | Mesh Down Under

Medsafe and ACC records now show a whopping jump to over a thousand everyday New Zealanders who have reported that they are suffering with dreadful complications caused by a plastic medical implant known as surgical mesh. More >>

Study reveals some patients stopping wrong drugs

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 1:24 pm | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Confusion about what medications patients can take before surgery is potentially putting them at risk a New Zealand study has found. More >>

REP: Steady-State Fitness or High-Intensity Training?

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 10:17 am | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

It doesn’t seem long ago that the exercise message was all about getting your heart rate up, and keeping it up for an extended period. In recent times the move has been more towards short fast workouts, where these slower burn workouts seem to becoming ... More >>

Southern Cross Hospitals moves into preventative care

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 10:11 am | Southern Cross Healthcare

Southern Cross Hospitals Ltd has completed the purchase of a 50 per cent share in nationwide workplace health service provider MedPro Healthcare. The move is part of the business’ strategy to broaden its offering into illness prevention and early ... More >>

New Study Looks Set to Reduce Harm for Older Patients

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 8:51 am | Lorelei Mason Health

A surprising finding from a major international study involving hundreds of New Zealanders, looks set to reduce major side effects including death among older patients facing cardiac surgery, as well as conserve the use of a precious and expensive resource ... More >>

Otago researchers call for national health food policy

Monday, 3 September 2018, 2:30 pm | University of Otago

Otago researchers call for national health food policy for schools Otago researchers are among a group recommending a national health food policy for all schools be adopted, as diet-related diseases become a significant issue for New Zealand. Professor in ... More >>

Weaving Our Stories Together to Prioritise Accessibility

Monday, 3 September 2018, 1:05 pm | Access Alliance

Tomorrow is a significant day for the disability community. For over a year now, the Access Matters campaign, led by a group of twelve disability organisations called the Access alliance, have been calling for accessibility legislation at the heart ... More >>

Health research should be a government priority – poll

Monday, 3 September 2018, 12:36 pm | New Zealanders for Health Research

Three quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released. More >>

Patient First – Healthcare Driven by Technology

Monday, 3 September 2018, 12:28 pm | Joint Press Release

Health Hub Project New Zealand and BlockBit Solutions partnership: Patient First – Healthcare Driven by Technology More >>

Severe Trauma & Stress Recovery workshops

Monday, 3 September 2018, 11:00 am | Grow Ltd

Research shows that up to 70% of mental health services consumers have some sort of unresolved trauma background to their current mental distress. Unless your staff are equipped and trained to support them to address these challenges, your service ... More >>

Tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand

Monday, 3 September 2018, 10:53 am | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country. Leading New Zealand nutrition experts will be gathering on Tuesday, 4 September in Wellington ... More >>

Open letter from Christine Rankin regarding surgical mesh

Monday, 3 September 2018, 10:26 am | Subliminal

Open Letter to Jacinda Ardern, James Shaw, Julie Anne Genter, David Clark and Winston Peters More >>

Brief sleep intervention works to prevent child obesity

Monday, 3 September 2018, 10:03 am | University of Otago

When it comes to obesity prevention, sleep is not usually something that springs to mind, but a University of Otago research team has found we should not underestimate its importance. More >>

Exploring the role of nutrition in wellbeing

Monday, 3 September 2018, 9:40 am | Ancestral Health Society

The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand is hosting a public event on Saturday, 8 September at Massey University’s Wellington campus bringing together two of the world’s leading researchers in the field of Food, Mood, and Nutritional Psychiatry. More >>

Auckland asthma expert leads global fight

Saturday, 1 September 2018, 1:30 pm | University of Auckland

In New Zealand more than 521,000 people are taking medicines for asthma one in nine adults and one in seven children. It causes a death here every week. Now a University of Auckland academic says the launch of the Global Asthma Report 2018 could improve ... More >>

Men Facing “Russian Roulette” with Prostate Cancer Checks

Friday, 31 August 2018, 6:21 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

1 September 2018 Urgent calls for consistency amongst GPs as attitudes and vigilance fluctuate o Countless tales of men with limited options due to inconsistent approach to testing o Kiwi prostate cancer survivors reveal 61% showed no symptoms at the ... More >>

A book the authors hope you’ll never have to read

Friday, 31 August 2018, 5:21 pm | Purple Sherbet Ltd

A national charity solely dedicated to helping Kiwis with incurable breast cancer has today released New Zealand’s most comprehensive guide to living with incurable breast cancer. It is a book that the authors hope many kiwis will never have to read. More >>

Dad’s influence on their child’s health

Friday, 31 August 2018, 12:05 pm | Early Life Nutrition Coalition

As dads across the New Zealand prepare to have their fatherhood celebrated this Sunday, the Early Life Nutrition Coalition is reminding all prospective dads of the vital role they play in shaping the long-term health of their offspring. More >>

Being who you are, as you are: Kāpo Māori Aotearoa

Friday, 31 August 2018, 10:38 am | Access Alliance

Being who you are, as you are: Kāpo Māori Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. on being part of the Access Matters campaign More >>

HIV prevention drug could be hindered by slow roll out

Friday, 31 August 2018, 9:18 am | University of Auckland

A promising new drug that almost entirely eliminates the risk of contracting HIV might fail to control the epidemic in New Zealand if not enough people are using it. New research, published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal, praises the ... More >>

Health leaders praise hardworking staff

Friday, 31 August 2018, 8:41 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Five out of six health targets have been met by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) in the latest figures revealed by the Ministry of Health. More >>

Call for Inquiry into Wellington 3DHBs Suicide Prevention

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 4:24 pm | Louise Hutchinson

Suicide Prevention worker Louise Hutchinson is calling for an urgent independent government inquiry into the Wellington Regions' 3DHB Suicide Prevention and Postvention Service. More >>

Survey shows support for clinical informatics roles

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 12:01 pm |

Health providers with chief information officers should also have a formal funded role for a lead clinician working within digital health, respondents to an survey say. The survey had 94 responses and, of those, nearly 90 per cent said that ... More >>

Call to make osteoporosis plans a priority

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:27 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Authors of the newly released 2018 annual report of the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) are calling for hospitals to make osteoporosis plans a priority for patients leaving hospital after a hip fracture. More >>

Choosing Wisely Campaign Aims to Better Inform

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:15 am | NZ College Of Midwives

Choosing Wisely Campaign Aims to Better Inform Do I really need to have this test? That’s one question midwives and obstetricians are encouraging people to ask their maternity health professionals. The NZ College of Midwives (NZCOM) and the Royal ... More >>

‘Get togethers’ planned to support people with dementia

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:06 am | Dementia Auckland

Throughout September hundreds of people will be getting together across Auckland with friends, colleagues and family members to support Dementia Auckland’s annual fundraiser. South Auckland woman Amrita, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's ... More >>

On Father’s Day in New Zealand 16 babies will come early

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 2:04 pm | Neonatal Trust

If the averages play true, there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand on Father’s Day. A number more will need specialist care in a neonatal unit as a result of health issues and/or complications. More >>

Giving life to the Health Research Strategy

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 2:00 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand now has its first national health research strategy aimed at developing a world-leading health research and innovation system by 2027. More >>

Mongrel Mob open up to Otago health researchers

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 1:49 pm | University of Otago

Studying the liver health of a high-risk, hard-to-reach gang population certainly came with challenges and a few surprises, a University of Otago academic says. More >>

Addiction is now a public health crisis

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 10:12 am | DAPAANZ

In a statement to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, the Executive Director of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ), Sue Paton, says overdosing on both legal and illegal substances is a public health issue ... More >>

Young Farmers to facilitate five mental health workshops

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 9:22 am | New Zealand Young Farmers

NZ Young Farmers is ramping up its efforts to get young people talking about mental health. More >>

A warm dry home is satisfaction guaranteed – housing survey

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 9:08 am | Buzz Channel

Kiwis are using more anti-mould products – and increasingly turning to heat pumps and ventilation – as awareness about the importance of living in a warm dry home increases, according to a new housing survey. More >>

Cold sufferers should visit their GP or a pharmacy

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 4:55 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Cold sufferers should visit their GP or a pharmacy not the Emergency Department says hospital leader More >>

Corporate – Charity partnerships supporting research

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2:10 pm | Bowel and Liver Trust

A Global Architectural firm, Marchese Partners is teaming up with a local Construction Company, ABL Construction to support the research initiatives of The Bowel and Liver Trust. More >>

New Zealand’s unmet oral health needs are ‘deplorable'

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 11:54 am | AUT University

Professor Max Abbott, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) says it is deplorable that many adults in New Zealand cannot afford dental care. This is especially the case for ... More >>

Free dental care for low income Kiwis

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 10:33 am | Southern Cross Healthcare

Hundreds of low-income adults throughout the country will receive free dental care in mid-September, thanks to a joint campaign by Southern Cross Health Trust and New Zealand Dental Association. More >>

Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Providing Positive Impact

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 10:31 am | Village PR

New research into the impact of Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) has found it is the widest-reaching health initiative for low decile schools in New Zealand, vastly improving health and education outcomes for students. FIS encourages students ... More >>



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