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ACC Deep Cuts Could Mean Injured People Forced To Return To Work Too Soon

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 09:57:10 +1300 | PSA

New Zealanders should worry that ACC is being forced to cut spending and possibly jobs which could lead to injured people being forced to return to work before they are ready. ACC’s 4000 workers, 72% of whom are women, were told this week that ...More >>

Ultra-processed Foods Linked To 32 Health Issues – Expert Reaction

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 15:14:50 +1300 | Science Media Centre

A new research review reports links between greater consumption of ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of 32 damaging health outcomes, with the most convincing evidence pointing to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and ...More >>

On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 10:57:37 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders ...More >>

Access Barriers To PET-CT Scans Removed

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 09:33:24 +1300 | New Zealand Government

New Zealanders now have the same access to PET-CT scans no matter where they live, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora has approved funding an updated National set of criteria that will allow for about 1,000 more ...More >>

Māori Health Authority Disestablished

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:40:25 +1300 | Minister of Health

Legislation to disestablish the Māori Health Authority, as moved in Parliament today, heralds the start of a new vision for Māori health, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. “My dream for the health system isn't about bureaucratic structures ...More >>

Smokefree Generation To Be Trashed For Tax Cuts

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:12:50 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Today marks a tragic milestone for New Zealanders as the Coalition Government side with big tobacco to repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2022, Labour Leader Chris Hipkins and Labour Health spokesperson ...More >>

The Hart Act And A Call To Arms

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:53:10 +1300 | Ann Chapman

Let me tell you a story, one of fear, anguish, and medical miracles. Followed by a sequel of fear, anguish and medical heartlessness. It is a story about a Wellington boy who was sixteen when he got leukaemia, ten years ago. Three courses of chemotherapy ...More >>

Vaping Comments The "Understatement Of The Century"

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:33:13 +1300 | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Associate Minister’s comment that vaping "got away on us" is the understatement of the century, Asthma and Respiratory Foundation Chief Executive Letitia Harding says. Casey Costello told TVNZ’s Breakfast that they were slow ...More >>

Anguish About The Outdated, Non-responsive And Inadequate Ministry Funding For Disabled Students To Succeed Is Palpable

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:23:20 +1300 | IHC New Zealand

IHC New Zealand says families of students with intellectual disability are at breaking point as more and more principals are being hamstrung by limited funding. “I am working with families and schools most days, and the frustration and anguish about ...More >>

Outrage At Undemocratic Use Of ‘Urgency’ By Government To Scrap The Maori Health Authority

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:09:22 +1300 | ActionStation

Democracy lobby group, ActionStation, is outraged at the Government’s decision to introduce and pass under urgency, legislation disestablishing Te Aka Whai Ora - the Māori Health Authority, effectively bypassing due democratic process and ignoring ...More >>

Ngāti Kahungunu Slams The Disestablishment Of Te Aka Whai Ora

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:56:12 +1300 | Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngāti Kahungunu Chair Bayden Barber has slammed the coalition government's moves to disestablish Te Aka Whaiora, The Māori Health Authority, “This is a rash move from the government, disestablishing a model that was designed to shift resources ...More >>

Missing The Health Target

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 20:17:32 +1300 | Ian Powell

Wilhelm Tell (more commonly known as William Tell in the English speaking world) was a 14th century folk hero in Switzerland then ruled by the Austrian Hapsburgs. Tell is widely considered to be the symbolic father of the Swiss Confederacy. Among ...More >>

Repeal Of Smokefree Legislation To Go Ahead In Breach Of The Treaty Of Waitangi

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 20:12:21 +1300 | Te Roopu Tupeka Kore

The Crown's refusal to engage with our Waitangi tribunal claim and the failure of this Government to consult with Māori is just not acceptable” the Crown has the breached the treaty principles, says Sue Taylor, Chair of Te Roopu Tupeka Kore and ...More >>

Shameful Repeal Of Smokefree Law Will Result In More Tobacco Harm, Deaths

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:41:15 +1300 | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The Government's shameful repeal of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2022 will condemn thousands of Kiwis to prolonged tobacco addiction, harm and preventable death. "The tobacco industry will be ...More >>

Government’s Te Aka Whai Ora Urgency Move A Travesty Of Democracy

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 17:59:18 +1300 | PSA

The Government’s decision to ram legislation abolishing Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority, through the House under urgency is a travesty of democracy and an insult to te Tiriti o Waitangi. PSA Te Kaihautū Māori Janice Panoho says the ...More >>

New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 15:39:52 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson, welcoming the imminent passage of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products ...More >>

Scrapping Māori Health Authority Tramples Over Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 15:27:28 +1300 | Green Party

The Green Party condemns the Government’s latest trashing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in rushing through legislation, without any public input, that will see Te Aka Whai Ora scrapped and the health of Māori neglected. “Disbanding Te Aka Whai Ora will ...More >>

Smokefree Amendment Bill Introduced

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 15:18:22 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The Government has today introduced an Amendment Bill that will repeal three parts of the previous Government’s planned changes to regulate smoked tobacco. “The Coalition Government is committed to the Smokefree 2025 goal, but we are taking a ...More >>

Health Services To Be Targeted Based On Need, Not Race

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 13:41:44 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

“Scrapping the Māori Health Authority brings the health system closer to ACT’s ideal of services delivered based on individual need, not group identity,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson in response to legislation introduced by the ...More >>

PWDA Announce Formal Response To The Disability Royal Commission Final Report

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:17:49 +1300 | People with Disability Australia - PWDA

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national Disability Representative Organisation led by, and for, people with disability. The organisation has released a response today that reflects the most up-to-date and comprehensive views of PWDA ...More >>


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