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Campaign sends strong message on drinking during pregnancy

Monday, 5 November 2018, 11:31 am | Cheers

An online campaign targeting pregnant women and their partners aims to send a strong message to pregnant women that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix. More >>

Investigating the impact of young onset dementia

Monday, 5 November 2018, 10:37 am | Massey University

Dementia is often seen as a disease of the elderly, however the young onset of dementia (diagnosis prior to the age of 65 years) is a healthcare reality which poses a unique set of challenges for people, as well as their family and whānau. More >>

Gearing up for Disability Pride Week 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018, 10:25 am | Disability Pride Week

Disabled people across New Zealand are preparing to celebrate Disability Pride Week from 26 November to 3 December – the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. More >>

Consumer NZ Repeats Call for Mandatory Sunscreen Standard

Friday, 2 November 2018, 2:28 pm | MelNet

Consumer NZ has again called for the Australian and New Zealand sunscreen standard to be mandatory, as it is in Australia. More >>

NZ Formulary – Proving Popular

Friday, 2 November 2018, 2:08 pm | Ministry of Health

A vital online tool encouraging better and more consistent decision making for medicines prescribed by health professionals – has recorded 200 million page views since its launch six years ago. More >>

More Awareness Needed of Melanomas That Look like Pimples

Friday, 2 November 2018, 11:15 am | MelNet

An Australian melanoma expert says New Zealanders and their doctors need to be more aware that some of the most aggressive and deadly melanomas look like persistent pimples or blood blisters. More >>

Water best for children's teeth

Friday, 2 November 2018, 10:29 am | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand have issued some tips to help parents take care of their children’s dental health on National Oral Health Day today. (Friday 2 November). More >>

Scooter popularity is on the rise. So are trips to the ED

Friday, 2 November 2018, 10:00 am | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

New Zealand emergency doctors are seeing more patients coming in due to electric scooter-related injuries. More >>

Melanoma Rates May Be Declining in Younger People

Friday, 2 November 2018, 9:25 am | MelNet

New research reveals the rates of melanoma in New Zealand could be starting to decline. However, an Australian expert warns we need to stay vigilant because rates are still high and the number of Kiwis dying from melanoma continues to increase. More >>

Southern’s Heath Care Home expands

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 4:45 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern’s Heath Care Home expands further across the district with launch of programme’s second phase More >>

Sexual Health Survey Reinforces Importance of Condom Use

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 3:03 pm | Ministry of Health

Results from New Zealand’s first comprehensive sexual health survey reinforce the need for greater condom use. More >>

‘Neonatal November’ kicks off today

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 2:33 pm | Neonatal Trust

Thursday 1st November marks the start of ‘Neonatal November’ – a month to acknowledge neonatal journeys and the stress and anxiety many families go through. If the averages play true, there will be 16 babies born premature in New Zealand ... More >>

Sexual health experts meet in Auckland to discuss challenges

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 1:31 pm | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Health experts from across the Asia Pacific will gather in Auckland from 1-3 November for the 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress, to discuss the major challenges facing sexual and reproductive health in the region. More >>

Singing helps Communication and Confidence

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 12:24 pm | Therapy Professionals

The Cantabrainers Choir is a choir for people with neurological conditions, such as Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. Its purpose is not so much to create sweet music, but to provide a safe environment in which members can rediscover their voice through ... More >>

Spring in to the Switch to Water Challenge

Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 10:31 am | New Zealand Dental Association

New Zealand Olympic pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney is the face of the New Zealand Dental Association’s (NZDA) Switch to Water challenge. More >>

Do Weight Loss Diets Work?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Ready to get your food intake under control to lose weight, feel healthier, or just reduce the amount of junk you eat? Hoping that there is some way you can cut out the ‘hard stuff’ and just get the results? Before you embark on the latest eating ... More >>

Conference presents ‘The How’ of mental wellbeing at work

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 9:16 am | Southern Cross Health Society

More than 500 people will attend Southern Cross Health Society’s BeingWell Conference on Thursday 1 November to discuss mental wellbeing at work. More >>

WWI cast a long shadow over New Zealanders’ health

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 8:41 am | University of Otago

World War I cast such a long shadow over New Zealand that the health and social impacts continued through to the next generation, public health researchers say. More >>

Experts Gather for National Melanoma Summit

Monday, 29 October 2018, 4:15 pm | Melanoma Summit

New Zealand and international experts in melanoma will gather in Auckland on 2-3 November for the 2018 Melanoma Summit. The National Melanoma Summit is hosted by the Melanoma Network of New Zealand with support from the Health Promotion Agency ... More >>

Promoting health through waka ama

Monday, 29 October 2018, 1:33 pm | Massey University

Waka ama (outrigger canoe) is one of the fastest growing sports in Aotearoa New Zealand. Now Massey University researchers have joined advocates who increasingly see the activity as a vehicle for hauora (health) promotion. As well as the physical benefits ... More >>

Increasing alcohol tax could benefit health, study finds

Monday, 29 October 2018, 9:48 am | University of Otago

Increasing the excise tax on alcohol would likely result in fewer people dying or being injured in vehicle crashes – and generate savings for society, according to a just-published New Zealand study. The modelling study reports that raising the ... More >>

Research For Life awards $57,500 to Medical Researchers

Monday, 29 October 2018, 9:32 am | Research for Life

Ten Wellington-based medical researchers received grants in the second funding round of the year from Research For Life . Four research grant applicants received a total of $43,843 to undertake innovative medical research and six travel grants totalling ... More >>

Urgent action needed to prevent 8000 cancer diagnoses yearly

Monday, 29 October 2018, 9:07 am | Cancer Society Auckland

Around 8,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with potentially preventable cancer each year and bold action is needed to curb the dramatic harm caused by the “big three” risk factors: obesity, alcohol and tobacco. More >>

Different gut bugs in kids with type 1 diabetes

Sunday, 28 October 2018, 3:48 pm | Liggins Institute

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the role gut bugs may play in the development of type 1 diabetes. More >>

Global Burden of Disease Brain Summit at AUT

Sunday, 28 October 2018, 12:04 pm | Auckland University of Technology

World’s leading minds will gather for Global Burden of Disease Brain Summit at AUT More >>

Specialist burnout crisis in public hospitals

Saturday, 27 October 2018, 2:52 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Health Minister must require health bosses to address specialist burnout crisis in public hospitals; more specialists needed More >>

Study investigates link between loneliness and age

Saturday, 27 October 2018, 12:32 pm | University of Otago

Loneliness is associated with reduced quality of life and morbidity and mortality and typically worsens with aging. Loneliness may be considered a public health hazard because of its association with a wide range of conditions, including hypertension, ... More >>

Kiwis failing with sun protection

Friday, 26 October 2018, 10:08 am | University of Otago

An alarming proportion of New Zealanders are neither wearing hats nor seeking shade to protect themselves from the sun, University of Otago research reveals. More >>

Independent living for people with intellectual disabilities

Friday, 26 October 2018, 10:05 am | IHC New Zealand

New research has highlighted what kind of support people with intellectual disabilities consider important to live independently in the community. More >>

One-third of Kiwis may drink hazardously their entire lives

Friday, 26 October 2018, 10:03 am | Massey University

Many of us assume that risky drinking is something we ‘grow’ out of as we age, but new research shows that this might not be the case. More >>

Highlighting the dangers of purchasing medicines online

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 4:00 pm | Ministry of Health

The use of social media and online market places appears to be on the rise to sell illicit medicines worldwide. More >>

‘Walk in My Shoes’ for Parkinson’s New Zealand

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 3:10 pm | Parkinson's New Zealand

Parkinson’s New Zealand is encouraging people to ‘Walk in My Shoes’ for Parkinson’s Awareness Week 1-7 November. More >>

New Zealand ready to reap benefits of full end-to-end EMRs

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:39 pm |

New Zealand health providers have the skills and digital maturity to reap the benefits of full end-to-end electronic medical record systems, says Philips chief medical officer – EMR Dr Luiz Arnoldo Haertel. More >>

Change the game for Kiwis living with dementia

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 9:28 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

Change the game for Kiwis living with dementia One of New Zealand’s greatest health and social challenges is reaching a tipping point, but the Government hasn’t yet run out of time to ensure dementia is a health priority, Alzheimers NZ says. More >>

Celebrated US HIV activist coming to New Zealand

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 9:13 am | New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Bruce Richman, the founder of U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) movement is heading to Aotearoa next week for a series of keynote speaking engagements about the realities of HIV. More >>

Virtual heart model could reduce risk

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 7:21 pm | University of Auckland

Virtual heart model could reduce risk of life-threatening stroke A team at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute has created a virtual heart model that could help reduce the risk of life-threatening stroke. Dr Jichao Zhao and his team have ... More >>

Government must protect the right of senior doctors to speak

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 10:05 am | ASMS

“Any new State Sector Act must protect the right of senior doctors to speak publicly on matters that pose a risk to patient safety or the public health system,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

5210 – The Healthy Way to Go

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 8:36 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Tamariki across the Bay of Plenty are being given a head start on healthy habits thanks to a brand new range of health resources given at their routine B4 School Check. More >>

Hazardous substances compliance system to be evaluated

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 4:30 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The chemical management compliance system designed to protect New Zealand and New Zealanders from environmental risks and disasters is being independently evaluated to improve its effectiveness, says the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). ... More >>

Flavoured capsule cigarettes pose a threat to smokefree goal

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:39 am | University of Otago

New research from ASPIRE2025, a University of Otago research theme, challenges tobacco companies’ claims they are working towards a smokefree world and suggests young people are vulnerable to tobacco companies’ product innovations. More >>

New 5-yearly HPV screening policy in Australia

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:39 pm | University of Otago

The new 5-yearly HPV screening policy in Australia may reduce protection from cervical cancer More >>

Tragic suspected meningococcal disease death

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:27 pm | Northland DHB

Tragic suspected meningococcal disease death The 16-year-old male from Kerikeri, who had been among 190 people attending the St John youth camp on Motutapu Island this weekend, died in Auckland City Hospital on Saturday of suspected meningococcal ... More >>

Antibiotics, advice after meningococcal death

Sunday, 21 October 2018, 8:52 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has sent staff to a Motutapu Island camp to provide protective antibiotics and assess the risk to others after a young man attending the camp died from suspected meningococcal disease last night in Auckland ... More >>

New $220 million surgical hospital supports best care

Friday, 19 October 2018, 2:46 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Today’s announcement of a new $220 million surgical hospital on the North Shore Hospital campus will create significant additional elective capacity to meet the future health needs of the people of the Waitemata district and beyond. More >>

Domestic fires can affect more than just kids’ breathing

Friday, 19 October 2018, 2:26 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand research just published in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ( Allergy ) has found that smoke from domestic fires may cause not only respiratory diseases in children, but skin conditions too. More >>

Minister of Health Announces Local Investment

Friday, 19 October 2018, 11:05 am | Northland DHB

Today, the Minister of Health Dr David Clark announced $24M towards improving facilities at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

ASA decision on anti-vax billboard

Friday, 19 October 2018, 10:14 am | Advertising Standards Authority


Study into fertility treatment’s benefits wins Liley medal

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 2:17 pm | Health Research Council

An Auckland academic and fertility specialist whose research could revive support for a fertility treatment that’s less invasive than IVF, has just received a top honour from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). More >>

Clinician praised for saving lives in intensive care

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 2:15 pm | Health Research Council

Thousands of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) have benefited from the clinical trials led in New Zealand by Auckland City Hospital intensive care specialist and clinical researcher Dr Colin McArthur. More >>

Leaders in Kaupapa Māori research recognised for excellence

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 2:14 pm | Health Research Council

The small team of researchers at Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato have succeeded in bringing together Māori providers, researchers and policy-makers to deliver maximum benefit to the communities they work with. More >>

Anaesthesia is so much more than just being put to sleep.

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:58 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

That was the message from MidCentral District Health Board anaesthetists who marked World Anaesthesia Day at the Palmerston North Hospital on Tuesday 16 October. More >>

AI in health raises privacy concerns

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:20 pm |

Health providers and consumers need to consider questions of privacy and confidentiality before using artificial intelligence to assist in healthcare, an Otago law expert says. More >>

Occupational Therapy Day

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 11:52 am | Occupational Therapy New Zealand

We are proud to announce that Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau 2018 (Occupational Therapy Week 2018) is Whakaora Ngangahau “Te Umanga Mahi” / Occupational Therapy “the doing profession” To help celebrate Occupational Therapy Week, 22-26th October ... More >>

Nurse-led cardiac procedure first in Australasia

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 9:32 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

An award-winning Australasian first at Tauranga Hospital is seeing faster access for patients needing long-term heart monitors implanted. More >>

Mental health help by gardening

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 3:34 pm | Gardening New Zealand

Labour weekend traditionally triggers Kiwi gardening fever and throughout New Zealand garden centres are standing by to welcome people in. This weekend Gardening New Zealand is promoting the mental health benefits of gardening. A 2014 Netherlands study found ... More >>

He Ora Te Whakapiri - Life course research symposium

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 9:59 am | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Human development is shaped by the physical and human environment at all stages of life, so life course research is vital for improving health and wellbeing outcomes. What is the future of life course research in New Zealand? How can we all contribute ... More >>

World Polio Day 2018

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:51 am | Rotary

World Polio Day will be celebrated globally on 24th October 2018 , generating awareness towards the eradication of polio worldwide says Stuart Batty, Rotary International PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisor for New Zealand. More >>

Scabies study using new technology starts tomorrow

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:48 am | Firstcheck

Public Health Physician Dr Simon Thornley’s study is exploring the use of Firstcheck’s smartphone technology to help detect and combat the scabies skin disease. More >>

F*ck Depression now available for kids as Kick Depression

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 6:54 pm | Jacl Stack

The F*ck Depression e-book — which has more than 20,000 downloads last year — has been re-released as a child-friendly version called Kick Depression off the back of Mental Health Week. More >>

Misleading headlines cause unnecessary hype over vaping

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 3:15 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Recent findings from a vaping study contribute to growing evidence for vaping as a harm reduction tool in smoking cessation. The study also encourages the need for stronger regulations in the sector. More >>



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