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Bowel Screening Age For Māori And Pasifika Lowered

Tue, 24 May 2022 13:46:10 +1200 | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand welcomes the news from the budget that the bowel screening age for Māori and Pasifika people will be lowered from 60 to 50 years old starting in 2023. The government initiative will be launched in selected regions this year ...More >>

Orange Is The New Green And Let's Business Get On With It

Tue, 24 May 2022 13:16:53 +1200 | Auckland Business Chamber

Remaining in the orange traffic light setting is not a constraint or handbrake to accelerating business recovery, rebuilding, and planning for growth, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett. “Businesses can do everything under Orange, ...More >>

New Australian Government Must End Anti-Vaping Hysteria

Tue, 24 May 2022 11:40:57 +1200 | CAPHRA

“We are hopeful the nearly decade long Liberal-led Government’s open warfare on safer nicotine products will end under Australia’s new Labor-led Government,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Co-ordinator of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco ...More >>

Give Us The Green Light

Tue, 24 May 2022 11:28:30 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should just show us the green light and let us get on with our lives,” ACT’s Leader David Seymour says. “The Traffic Light system that currently exists by virtue of the COVID Response Act is totally redundant. The Government dismantled ...More >>

Budget Misses Key Players In Community-Based Healthcare

Tue, 24 May 2022 11:21:06 +1200 | Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand says that Budget 2022 offers very little support to the hundreds of health-related NGOs struggling to provide services to people “falling through the cracks” within the New Zealand Health System. The funding of $102 million ...More >>

New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now

Tue, 24 May 2022 10:59:42 +1200 | New Zealand Government

  With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “While daily cases numbers have flattened ...More >>

New Guide Helps Create Urban Spaces For Older New Zealanders

Tue, 24 May 2022 10:21:40 +1200 | Office for Seniors

The Office for Seniors has released a new guide that will help inform the best urban design practices to benefit older people. The Age friendly urban places guide is a technical resource targeted at local and central government urban planning practice ...More >>

Schools Need COVID-19 Plan For Winter

Tue, 24 May 2022 10:18:31 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party is calling for a Government COVID-19 Action Plan for schools, following expert advice about a possible winter COVID-19 peak. “Where’s the plan? The Government needs to support schools and families so no one is left to muddle through winter ...More >>

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Budget 2022 Fails To Fix Cancer Funding Shortfall

Tue, 24 May 2022 10:13:13 +1200 | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader and Health spokesperson Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is supporting the calls of patients and advocates who have been left stunned by the Government’s lack of action on breast cancer screening and Pharmac funding in Budget 2022. “Government ...More >>

Incorrect Extraction Of Tooth Neglects The Most Basic Requirements Of A Competent Dentist

Mon, 23 May 2022 14:04:04 +1200 | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a dentist in breach of several rights in the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for removing the wrong tooth for a patient ...More >>

Health And Disability Commissioner - We Must Do Better On Informed Consent

Mon, 23 May 2022 10:51:07 +1200 | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner is deeply concerned about the findings of a study of medical students’ experiences of informed consent in patients’ treatment. The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, showed serious lapses in ...More >>

Support Workers All Over NZ Prepare To Rally On Monday

Mon, 23 May 2022 06:57:10 +1200 | E Tu

E tū/NZNO/PSA Joint Media Advisory Care and support workers, their employers, and the clients and residents they care for are rallying together for the first time to secure an urgent pay increase for workers in the sector before legislation that ...More >>

Far From The Promise Of Endgame, Tobacco Epidemic Continues

Fri, 20 May 2022 19:17:49 +1200 | CNS

Tobacco industry-propelled epidemic of tobacco-caused diseases and untimely deaths continue to plague human development. Despite significant progress on tobacco control, endgame of tobacco - which is a human rights and social justice imperative - is not ...More >>

Update On Capital & Coast DHB Wellington ED Facility

Fri, 20 May 2022 15:00:46 +1200 | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Capital & Coast DHB says people can remain confident they will continue to receive safe and high quality emergency care when they need it, as plans are made to relocate Te Pae Tiaki Wellington ED to a larger space within the Wellington Regional ...More >>

2022 Budget - Was The Retired Community Ignored Or Forgotten?

Fri, 20 May 2022 12:11:50 +1200 | Lifetime Retirement Income

Are you receiving NZ Superannuation?  If you are, then no, you are not one of the 2.1 million Kiwi’s getting the $350 cost of living supplement announced in the 2022 Budget. If you hold a Gold card the extension of the half priced public ...More >>

Federation Of Primary Health Says Today’s Budget “Shows Commitment From Government”

Thu, 19 May 2022 19:33:24 +1200 | Federation of Primary Health

A strong step forward in addressing health inequities for Māori is one of the key positives in today’s budget according to the Chair of New Zealand’s peak body for Primary Care, Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa NZ (FPHANZ) . Steve Chadwick ...More >>

Budget Boost Needs To Find Its Way To Primary Care Providers

Thu, 19 May 2022 19:22:09 +1200 | General Practice NZ

General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ) hopes today’s record and much-needed investment in Aotearoa’s health system will be the start of rebalancing future spending towards primary and community care. GPNZ Chair and Karori GP, Dr Jeff Lowe said: ‘Today’s ...More >>

Lung Foundation NZ’s Response To Budget 2022

Thu, 19 May 2022 19:15:18 +1200 | Lung Foundation New Zealand

Lung Foundation New Zealand Tuapapa Pukahukahu Aotearoa understands there are many pressures on government (Pharmac too), especially in 2022. We acknowledge and support the philosophy the government has employed with its response to covid and reducing ...More >>

Professional Body Welcomes Funding For Transgender And Intersex Health

Thu, 19 May 2022 19:06:54 +1200 | PATHA

The Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA) welcomes today’s Budget announcement of $2.1M over 4 years to improve transgender and non-binary people’s access to primary health care services. “In November 2020, PATHA’s Briefing to ...More >>

Brain Drain Budget Fails Breast Test

Thu, 19 May 2022 19:03:50 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“Labour has once again failed to help those affected by breast cancer, with the Brain Drain Budget offering nothing to address the huge backlog of women awaiting breast screening,” says ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Breast ...More >>


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