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Forget The Roses. This Year, Give A Bouquet Of Trees!

Monday, 10 February 2020, 4:17 am | Earth Day Network

Buying Valentine flowers for your loved ones? Why not give a bouquet of a different sort: Show your love this holiday by giving the everlasting gift of trees. GIVE A GIFT Cut flowers are beautiful, but consider the impact—the majority of flowers ... More >>

Novel Coronavirus - Update 9 February 2020

Sunday, 9 February 2020, 4:31 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with partner agencies in response to novel coronavirus. While there continue to be no suspected or confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New Zealand, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield ... More >>

MedCan Summit 2020 Confirms World-leading Speakers

Sunday, 9 February 2020, 12:15 pm | BioTechNZ

MedCan 2020 organisers have confirmed that 30 subject experts will present at New Zealand’s first international medicinal cannabis summit. Scientists, medical experts, clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers, both international and Kiwis ... More >>

Bigger Babies At Risk Of Obesity In Adulthood: Study

Saturday, 8 February 2020, 10:58 am | University of Auckland

Strictly embargoed until 11pm Friday 7 February NZT (10am UK time): Big, ‘bonny’ babies are traditionally celebrated as pictures of health, but a new international study shows women born heavy were on average nearly 4kg heavier by their mid-twenties, ... More >>

Novel Coronavirus Update 7 February 2020

Friday, 7 February 2020, 4:36 pm | Ministry of Health

The register for people who’ve self-isolated as a result of their travel to China will be operational from later today. More >>

Maternity Natural Health leaders to speak at Symposium

Friday, 7 February 2020, 4:24 pm | IIMHCO

IIMHCO (Intl Integrative Maternity HealthCare Org) are soon to host world leaders in “Perinatal Integrative Medicine” (holistic maternal/newborn health & wellness) who will be keynote speaking at the upcoming Maternity Natural Health Symposium on ... More >>

Healthline support with novel coronavirus health advice and

Friday, 7 February 2020, 4:16 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is strongly encouraging people in self-isolation, as a result of their travel to China, to register with Healthline. They do this by calling the dedicated Healthline 0800 number from 5.00pm today (Friday 7 February 2020). Healthline ... More >>

Bowel screening programme detects cancer in 500

Friday, 7 February 2020, 12:20 pm | Ministry of Health

South Aucklander David Broughton has just got back from a surprise visit to whānau in Australia. He was prompted to make the journey after being treated for bowel cancer earlier last year. More >>

Time the government listened to the facts of ovarian cancer

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 3:46 pm | Ovarian Cance Awareness

Time the government listened to the facts of ovarian cancer – women working together to get the word out More >>

Prevent respiratory illness like coronavirus with hygiene

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 1:21 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The 2019-nCoV coronavirus has not yet reached New Zealand, but good health practice is still important, says Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. More >>

Health Navigator counters false online coronavirus advice

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 10:04 am | Health Navigator and Health Literacy NZ

The New Zealand-based health literacy website Health Navigator provides accurate and up-to-date information for consumers about the 2019-CoV coronavirus. More >>

Listen to Science Not a Convenient Lie

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 9:40 am | Vegan Society

Dr Graeme Coles, an advocate for the dairy industry, claims that a plant-based diet is more wasteful and damaging for the environment than a meat and dairy eating one. “This is at odds with all the peer reviewed science,” according to Vegan Society ... More >>

Like kids, adults need "Free Play"

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 7:25 am | Laura Wellington

A few Sundays ago, a dear friend of mine and I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably mild weather and go hiking in a nearby state park. Countless cars greeted us when we arrived. We obviously hadn't been the only ones to have this brilliant ... More >>

Young Kiwis Ask for Social Media Safeguards

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 7:07 am | Graeme Dingle Foundation

Young people recognize the dangers of social media and are asking for safeguards to be put in place to protect them - including having its safe use taught in schools as part of the curriculum, a new study of New Zealand youth has found. The youth-based ... More >>

DHBs increase use of telehealth for clinical care

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 11:37 am | Telehealth Leadership Group

A “promising” new telehealth report shows a significant increase in the number of providers and services using telehealth for the delivery of clinical care. More >>

Hutt Valley DHB running short on senior doctors

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 10:57 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Hutt Valley District Health Board is operating with a significant shortage of senior doctors, according to a staffing survey carried out by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. ASMS has been looking at senior doctor staffing levels ... More >>

Cancer Control Agency recognises World Cancer Day

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 9:25 am | Ministry of Health

Cancer Control Agency interim chief executive Professor Diana Sarfati says the theme of today’s World Cancer Day ‘taking action’ has been the Agency’s focus since launching 9 weeks ago. More >>

Celebrate, remember and fight back on World Cancer Day

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 8:15 am | Cancer Society

Today is World Cancer Day. Every year nearly 9.5 million people across the globe die from cancer, and millions more are affected. More >>

Continuity of care for patients seeing multiple GPs

Monday, 3 February 2020, 2:59 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released two reports which both highlight concerns with the continuity of care provided to patients seeing multiple GPs. More >>

Breast Cancer Foundation calls for time off for mammograms

Monday, 3 February 2020, 12:34 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

On World Cancer Day (February 4), Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is calling on Kiwi employers to support female workers’ health by giving them time off for mammograms. BCFNZ chair Justine Smyth has emailed 100 notable organisations and leading employers, ... More >>

Volunteer for Red Puppy Appeal and support life-changing guide dogs

Monday, 3 February 2020, 12:16 pm | Blind Foundation

Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs (formerly Blind Foundation) is seeking volunteers for its Red Puppy Appeal street collection on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2020. More >>

Don’t Get Sucked In; vaping education campaign launches

Monday, 3 February 2020, 11:18 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) has launched a new education campaign today, aiming to educate young people about the adverse health effects of e-cigarettes and vaping. More >>

Innovative approach to youth mental health comes to Aotearoa

Monday, 3 February 2020, 8:54 am | iheart

Fourteen newly certified facilitators will be offering a fresh approach to talking about mental health when they complete the IHEART training in February 2020. More >>

Scanning the brain to understand stuttering

Sunday, 2 February 2020, 11:55 am | University of Canterbury

Scanning the brain to understand stuttering – new study There is no known cure for stuttering and other speech disorders such as dysarthria and apraxia of speech, but new research by a University of Canterbury (UC) academic involves scanning the ... More >>

Funding boost gives impetus to critical child healthcare

Friday, 31 January 2020, 2:59 pm | Starship Foundation

Media Statement – The Starship Foundation welcomes the government’s $25m commitment to one of the most vital child healthcare projects – an approximately $35m upgrade to this country’s only dedicated paediatric intensive care unit. More >>

Coca-Cola announcement fails to fizz

Friday, 31 January 2020, 1:01 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Yesterday Coca-Cola New Zealand announced a sugar reduction goal of 20% across its portfolio by 2025 . More >>

Funding boost for mental health and addictions facilities

Friday, 31 January 2020, 11:08 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

The announcement that the Bay of Plenty will be getting two new mental health and addictions facilities thanks to a $45 million funding boost has been warmly welcomed. More >>

Greater support for people in mental health crisis

Friday, 31 January 2020, 10:46 am | RANZCP

An increase in mental health related emergency ambulance responses is cause for great concern according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). More >>

2020 - A Key Year For Midwives and Midwifery

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 7:19 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

2020 - A Key Year For Midwives and Midwifery in New Zealand “A watershed year for maternal health and wellbeing”. That’s how the College of Midwives Chief Executive, Alison Eddy, is describing 2020 with only a month left for people to sign ... More >>

DAISY Awards come to MidCentral DHB and THINK Hauora

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 3:01 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Recognising nurses and midwives who go above and beyond for their patients is the premise behind the DAISY Awards, an international program that had recently launched across MidCentral DHB and THINK Hauora. More >>

It’s super-hot: watch babies and elderly

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 12:17 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

With Metservice predicting temperatures of over 30 degrees every day for at least the next seven days in Hawke’s Bay, advice on how to keep people safe is being issued by Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. The vulnerable, especially the elderly ... More >>

NZ Group Sets Sights on International Film Festival

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:52 am | UCAN

The United Community Action Network (UCAN) have submitted a short film they produced as part of the local government and District Health Board elections last year. UCAN and the Public Health Association (PHA) partnered together to raise the public's ... More >>

Bupa urges more emphasis on nursing as shortage looms

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:37 am | Bupa

Bupa Managing Director and Lead Nurse, Carolyn Cooper is urging the Government to do more to highlight nursing as a career as the country faces a nursing shortage. More >>

Finalists Named for the Inaugural NZ Primary Health Awards

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 4:04 pm | Primary Healthcare Awards

Organisers of the inaugural New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora are excited to announce the judges’ decisions about who the finalists are! More >>

How contagious is the Wuhan coronavirus?

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 11:45 am | The Conversation

Cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have increased dramatically over the past week, prompting concerns about how contagious the virus is and how it spreads. More >>

Prostate Cancer Overdiagnosis: a New Zealand perspective

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 9:55 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

A recent study published in Australia claimed that 42% of prostate cancers diagnosed between 1982 and 2012 were actually "over diagnosed" and did not need to be treated. However, this does not reflect the current reality for men facing a prostate ... More >>

Wellbeing of NZers just as important as drive to export

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 8:13 am | Auckland University of Technology


Interpretation of fetal heart rate monitoring

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 2:05 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released two reports finding Hutt Valley District Health Board (the DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for the care provided to two women during ... More >>

Back Pain Experts Launch Pilot

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 1:55 pm | Activeplus

Back Pain Experts Launch Pilot to Help Kiwis Get Faster Access to the Care They Need Active+, one of New Zealand’s largest multi-disciplinary rehab suppliers has launched Go Get Active! in the Waikato. This is a ground-breaking new service for ... More >>

Grand Opening of Australasia’s First Autism Resource Centre

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 12:01 pm | Autism NZ

Autism New Zealand is set to open Australasia’s first Autism Resource Centre on the 20th of February 2020. The building, located in Petone, was originally constructed as a large warehouse. Eventually, the Autism Resource Centre will be a place for ... More >>

Health Alert: Possible Hepatitis A Exposure

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 11:47 am | Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB’s public health team want to hear from anyone who dined at Madam Woo restaurant on 15 and 17 January, due to possible Hepatitis A exposure More >>

New Zealand officials give update on deadly virus outbreak

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 10:43 am | RNZ

Health officials are giving an update on New Zealand's response to the new coronavirus. More >>

Public health team providing advice on novel coronavirus

Monday, 27 January 2020, 4:44 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB’s Community & Public Health team will have staff at Christchurch International Airport from today to provide information on novel coronavirus for passengers arriving on flights direct from Mainland China. Medical Officer of Health, ... More >>

Rare Disorders NZ congratulates Kalydeco campaigners

Monday, 27 January 2020, 3:39 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

Rare Disorders NZ (RDNZ) congratulates campaigners after PHARMAC announced their decision to fund a medicine for people living with cystic fibrosis in New Zealand. More >>

Southern DHB planning for coronavirus

Friday, 24 January 2020, 4:47 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is planning in the event of coronavirus cases in the district. The virus, first diagnosed in Wuhan China has been reported in other countries across the world and although there have been no cases identified in New Zealand we need to be prepared,” ... More >>

Measles case on flights between Auckland and Tonga

Friday, 24 January 2020, 2:39 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a passenger with measles on two flights between Tonga and Auckland this week. More >>

“Thrilled & Relieved” Vital Drug May Be Funded

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:43 pm | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

Years of lobbying appear to have paid off in the fight for funding of a revolutionary drug to treat cystic fibrosis. More >>

PHARMAC seeking views on new cystic fibrosis medicine

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:01 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has reached a provisional agreement with medicine supplier Vertex to fund ivacaftor (marketed as Kalydeco) for people with cystic fibrosis. More >>

Study highlights the urgent need for vaping education

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 12:26 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Almost 40% of Kiwi students have experimented with vaping or e-cigarettes, according to a new study from the University of Auckland. More >>

Vaping education and regulation still urgently needed

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 11:09 am | Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

A major study of youth smoking between 2014 and 2019 by ASH New Zealand and the University of Auckland shows that while some young people are experimenting with vaping, daily use of an e-cigarette is occurring overwhelmingly in existing smokers. More >>

Smokers who quit one month before surgery reap benefits

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 8:31 am | UN News

Tobacco smokers who quit at least four weeks before undergoing surgery not only have a lower risk of complications, but also show better results six months later than those who continue, the United Nations health agency said on Monday. More >>

Perception vs reality mismatch in Kiwi drinking culture

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 1:59 pm | Alcohol Beverages Council

New research highlights perception vs reality mismatch in Kiwi drinking culture Nationwide research has revealed there is a mismatch between Kiwi’s perception and reality when it comes to their understanding of our drinking culture. More >>

PHARMAC considering new medicines for type 2 diabetes

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 4:44 pm | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is seeking proposals from pharmaceutical suppliers for new medicines that could help New Zealanders living with type 2 diabetes. More >>

PHARMAC seeking views on new breast cancer medicine

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:01 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has reached a provisional agreement with medicine supplier Pfizer to fund palbociclib (marketed as Ibrance) for first-line and second-line treatment of certain types of breast cancer. More >>

Funding for new drug for advanced breast cancer welcomed

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:00 am | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is delighted to hear that Ibrance (palbociclib) will be funded by PHARMAC from 1 April 2020. More >>

“We’re ecstatic”: Foundation responds to new drug funding

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 9:41 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Pharmac’s announcement this morning that it aims to fund Ibrance (palbociclib) for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer (ABC) from April 2020 is wonderful news for patients and for all who have campaigned for the drug over the past few years. More >>

Brain blood pressure discovery holds clues

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 12:32 pm | University of Auckland

Scientists have made the remarkable discovery that the brain has its own blood pressure sensors, opening the way to new possible treatments for serious illnesses including dementia, high blood pressure, and migraines. More >>

Exercise top sport in New Zealand, but many Kiwis overweight

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 11:24 am | Make Lemonade

Kiwis must become more physically active in 2020 because losing weight and getting fit are still one of the top new year’s resolutions people aim for, Exercise New Zealand Richard Beddie says. While January is traditional a time for people to decide ... More >>

Bigger bodies require bigger servings of 5+ a day

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 11:17 am | Auckland University of Technology


Bay leptospirosis cases for national study

Monday, 13 January 2020, 12:46 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Leptospirosis is a serious illness, as anyone who has suffered from it will tell you. Hawke’s Bay has one of the highest rates of the disease in New Zealand. More >>




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