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Ongoing Commitment To Reduce Health Inequities For Māori Supported With More HRC Funding

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:42 am | University of Waikato

22 February 2024: University of Waikato health researchers have scored additional funding to advance their commitment to reducing inequities in the treatment and care of Māori with Type-2 diabetes (T2D). The Health Research Council have awarded $1.4 ... More >>

Pathway For Return Of Pseudoephedrine To Pharmacies Welcomed

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 7:22 pm | CHPNZ

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association of New Zealand (CHPNZ) has welcomed the release today of the pathway to bring the supply of the cold and flu medication pseudoephedrine back to pharmacies. The Associate Minister of Health, Hon David Seymour, ... More >>

Aotearoa Clinical Trials Becomes 1st Site In NZ To Achieve GCSA Certification & Silver Workforce Quality Accreditation

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 6:59 pm | Aotearoa Clinical Trials

Certifications demonstrate Aotearoa Clinical Trials is working to the highest global best-practice standards, ratified by the industry Auckland, New Zealand and Maidenhead, United Kingdom, 20 February 2024 – Aotearoa Clinical Trials (ACTT) has undergone ... More >>

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CAPHRA Highlights Flaws In Tobacco Control And Rise Of Black Market

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 3:04 pm | CAPHRA

  The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) today issued a stark warning about the unintended consequences of current tobacco control policies, including the alarming rise in the illicit tobacco trade and the ... More >>

Southern Cross Christchurch Hospital Theatre Upgrades Will Enable More Local Patient Capacity

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 3:02 pm | Southern Cross Christchurch Hospital

More surgeries can now happen at Southern Cross Christchurch Hospital following the refurbishment of two of its operating theatres. The refurbishment is the first of a staged investment into a five-year plan to upgrade the hospital facilities with ... More >>

The Meningitis Foundation Urges University Students To Get Vaccinated This O-Week

Monday, 19 February 2024, 3:11 pm | Meningitis Foundation

As the first university semester of 2024 begins across the country, The Meningitis Foundation is urging students and parents to educate themselves on the risks associated with bacterial meningitis, and to get vaccinated as early as possible. The Institute ... More >>

Pharmacist Breaches Code For Failing To Check Correct Medication Dispensed

Monday, 19 February 2024, 2:03 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found a pharmacist breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for failing to check the correct medication was dispensed to a consumer. Rose Wall found the pharmacist had ... More >>


Monday, 19 February 2024, 9:33 am | Covid-19 Inquiry

Better understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people of Te Tai Tokerau, and the role communities played in the pandemic response, will be the focus of a visit to the region this week, says COVID-19 Inquiry Chair Professor Tony Blakely. ... More >>

Nursing Student Survey Report Shows Training System Costing Us Nurses

Friday, 16 February 2024, 6:16 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) has released a report on its 2023 Student Survey showing that nursing students face significant barriers to completing their studies, particularly around finances, stress ... More >>

Collective Effort Will Ensure The Auditor General’s Recommendations On Mental Health Support Hit The Mark

Friday, 16 February 2024, 1:44 pm | Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

Recommendations in the Meeting the mental health needs of young New Zealanders report released today by the Auditor General show there is a long way to go to ensure every young person who needs support can access it. "We’ve got to do everything ... More >>

Co-ordinated Action Required To Meet Young People’s Mental Health Needs: Auditor-General

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 1:54 pm | Office of the Auditor-General

A more youth-focused, integrated, and coherent system of care is required to meet young people's mental health needs, says the Auditor-General in a new report . “Mental health concerns are the biggest health issue facing young New Zealanders today,” ... More >>

More Than 30,000 People To Benefit Under Pharmac Proposal

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 1:43 pm | PHARMAC

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga is proposing to fund five treatments to improve the lives of over 30,000 people in New Zealand. The treatments are for gynaecological cancers, lung disease, HIV, a rare condition affecting blood vessels, and for people ... More >>

Response To Dr Reti's Update On Free Breast Screening

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 11:58 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

In response to Dr Shane Reti’s announcement that the Government is progressing with its 100-day plan pledge to extend free breast cancer screening up to the age of 74, we’ve issued the following comment: Justine Smyth, chair of Breast Cancer ... More >>

Respiratory Health Warning Over Port Hills Fire

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 11:21 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

Kiwis living with a respiratory condition near Port Hills in Christchurch are being urged to take precautions to protect themselves from exposure to the billowing smoke. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is advising residents near the blaze - and ... More >>

The Paediatric Society Of NZ's President Says, "A Measles Outbreak In Aotearoa Is Only A Plane Ride Away"

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 7:42 pm | Paediatric Society of New Zealand

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) is issuing a critical warning about the high likelihood of a significant measles outbreak in Aotearoa this year, echoing concerns from leading public health experts. With international measles cases on ... More >>

Family Planning To Change Name After 85 Years

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 11:45 am | Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa

One of New Zealand’s most iconic organisations is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a makeover - and a name change! From 14 February, Family Planning will become Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa - better reflecting the work it does and its ambition to ... More >>

Pharmac Refuses To Reconsider Eligibility Of New Breast Cancer Drug

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 10:38 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Pharmac has just announced it will fund a new breast cancer treatment called ribociclib (brand name Kisqali) for Kiwis with a certain type of incurable breast cancer. This is the same class of medicine, called CDK4/6 inhibitor, as palbociclib (Ibrance), ... More >>

Pharmac Funds Treatments For Breast And Blood Cancer

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 10:05 am | PHARMAC

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga is funding two new cancer treatments, for advanced breast cancer, and for blood cancer, which will improve health outcomes for hundreds of New Zealanders. “These new medicines will provide more funded treatment options ... More >>

Hauora Taiwhenua Applauds Coalition Government’s Progress In Developing A Third New Zealand Medical School

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 9:39 am | Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network

Hauora Taiwhenua expresses its support for the Government’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Waikato to establish a third medical school focussing on developing rural doctors. "We are pleased to witness this ... More >>

Smokefree Repeal Must Get Parliamentary Scrutiny

Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 9:57 am | Health Coalition Aotearoa

Today, Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA), the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand (CMC), and Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association are calling on the Government not to repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated ... More >>

CAPHRA Sounds The Alarm On WHO And FCTC's Disturbing Lack Of Transparency

Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 9:17 am | CAPHRA

In a recent and controversial move, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) have voted to exclude not only media and consumers but other interested parties whose livelihoods depend on decisions ... More >>

Fruit & Vegetable Trends For 2024: From United Fresh

Monday, 12 February 2024, 3:34 pm | United Fresh

United Fresh ( ) has over 30 years of experience supporting and promoting the New Zealand fresh produce industry, working with the entire value chain, from seed producer and grower to consumer, providing leadership on pan-produce ... More >>

Failures In Care Provided By Mental Health Services

Monday, 12 February 2024, 1:58 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell has today released a report finding Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) (now Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau) and a Community Mental Health Service (CMHS) [1] breached the Code ... More >>

‘Zombie Arguments’ Are Being Used To Justify Repealing Smokefree

Monday, 12 February 2024, 7:36 am | Public Health Communication Centre

‘Zombie arguments’ that Aotearoa New Zealand’s smoke-free measures will boost illicit tobacco trade are false according to public health experts. In the latest Briefing from the Public Health Communication Centre, University of Auckland Professor ... More >>

Māori Health Researcher/Wai Claimant Blasts Government For Latest Response

Friday, 9 February 2024, 6:19 pm | Whare PR

WHANGANUI; Friday 9th Februrary, 2024: Leading health researcher Dr Amohia Boulton, says the government’s latest response to an urgent hearing with the Waitangi Tribunal to repeal the smokefree act, is appalling and shows disdain for Māori lives. Yesterday ... More >>

Pharmac To Fully Fund Testosterone Gel For All Who Need It

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 1:41 pm | PHARMAC

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga is funding testosterone gel without restrictions as an additional testosterone treatment for anyone who needs it from 1 April 2024. “We understand there is a wide range of people who will benefit from having open ... More >>

Cancer Society Mounts New Campaign Reminding Government Of Smokefree Goal

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 1:06 pm | Cancer Society New Zealand

The Cancer Society of New Zealand has launched a new campaign to remind New Zealanders of our heroic Smokefree journey and commitment to our Smokefree goal. The campaign centres on a visual created by editorial cartoonist and illustrator Jeff Bell that ... More >>

Report Supports Changing Rules For Blood Donation

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 11:11 am | University of Auckland

A new report out of the University of Auckland offers evidence that supports allowing more gay, bisexual, takatāpui and other men who have sex with men to donate blood. Three times the current number of gay and bisexual men could donate blood if New ... More >>

Respiratory Risk High In Auckland And Tasman

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 10:54 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Kiwis living with a respiratory condition are being urged to take precautions to protect themselves from flare-ups caused by smoke exposure. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is advising residents near blazes in Onehunga, Auckland and Lee Valley, ... More >>

10 Reasons to Spice Up Your New Year with Turmeric for Better Health

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 4:11 pm | Golden Turmeric Limited

As we step into the New Year, it’s time to consider simple yet impactful changes for a healthier you. One such change involves adding turmeric to your diet. Beyond its delicious role in cooking, turmeric is a powerhouse of health benefits, thanks ... More >>

Pharmacists Could Play A Valuable Role In Boosting Childhood Vaccination Rates

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 11:23 am | Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand

Pharmacists could play a valuable role in boosting childhood vaccination rates and by being a “bridge” back to general practice. The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) will take part in the consultation over plans to allow community pharmacists ... More >>

Medical Centre Breaches Code For Their Treatment Of A Man With Prostate Cancer

Monday, 5 February 2024, 1:45 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

In a report released today, Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper found a medical centre breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for their care of a man with prostate cancer. The man was diagnosed with prostate ... More >>

Doctor Directs Unqualified Employee To Administer Botox

Monday, 5 February 2024, 1:43 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A doctor has breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for directing an unqualified employee to administer Botox to a woman who then suffered adverse reactions and for not ensuring that appropriate informed consent ... More >>

Stay Cool This Waitangi Day Cantabrians

Saturday, 3 February 2024, 2:40 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Cantabrians away on a long weekend and celebrating Waitangi Day are being urged to keep cool and hydrated during the anticipated spell of soaring temperatures expected to sweep through the region. Hot weather is forecast for Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February ... More >>

Māori Leaders Call For Urgent Intervention By The Waitangi Tribunal

Friday, 2 February 2024, 2:37 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Māori tobacco control advocates remain resolute in their fight to create a smokefree Aotearoa and ensure flourishing health outcomes for all whānau in Aotearoa. On the 29th of January 2024, Rōpū Tupeka Kore claimants filed an urgent application to ... More >>

New Appointees To Hospice EBOP Welcomed

Friday, 2 February 2024, 11:26 am | Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty

Waiata has filled the offices of Rau Ora, Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty (Hospice EBOP) in Whakatāne, as the team welcomes its newest appointments. <img src="" width="720" height="540"> Back (L-R): Sean Cardinal, Bryce ... More >>

CAPHRA Slams Who's Tobacco Control: Demands Inclusive Evidence-based Approach

Friday, 2 February 2024, 10:28 am | CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is calling for a significant shift in the global approach to tobacco control, criticising the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) for ... More >>

Experts Discuss Educational Gaps Regarding Treatment Of Menopause Symptoms

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 6:09 pm | MyMT

Dr. Wendy Sweet (PhD), a renowned New Zealand Menopause and Lifestyle Practitioner, has been diligently listening to the experiences of midlife and older women for almost a decade. Through her extensive understanding of their health challenges during menopause, ... More >>

State-of-the-art Plasma Machines Improve Donor Experience

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Blood Service

Plasma donors are starting to benefit from an upgraded donation experience, as New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) rolls out its new Aurora plasma donation machines across Aotearoa. <img src="" ... More >>

Child Cancer Foundation Seeking Volunteers For 2024 Street Appeal

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 11:55 am | Child Cancer Foundation

Child Cancer Foundation’s 2024 Street Appeal Is Taking Place On Friday 8 & Saturday 9 March, And They Need Volunteers Across The Country To Help Collect Donations For Kiwi Families Impacted By Childhood Cancer. The Street Appeal Is The Foundation’s ... More >>

Over $2m Of Health Funding For Hawke’s Bay As Anniversary Looms

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 9:19 am | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Te Whatu Ora Te Matau a Māui has launched a $2m hauora and wellbeing package, including seven free counselling sessions and online doctor consults for Hawke’s Bay residents affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. We’re supporting people with a comprehensive package, ... More >>

Record Numbers Of GPs File Warning Notices

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 7:28 pm | Genpro

A record number of essential family doctor services have filed Clause 14 notices saying they are worried about their ability to deliver services if a nurse pay equity claim is not fully funded. More than 155 Clause 14 notices had been filed by January ... More >>

ProCare Welcomes Extension Of Free RATs For Community Providers And Members Of The Public

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 7:11 pm | ProCare Health

Leading healthcare provider, ProCare, has today welcomed the announcement from the Minister of Health, Dr Shane Reti, that Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora will continue to provide free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to healthcare providers and the public ... More >>

Meningitis Foundation Unsurprised By ESR Data Showing Growing Incidence Of Meningococcal In Young New Zealanders

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 7:00 pm | Meningitis Foundation

Foundation says new Government must recognise need to vaccinate all young people The Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand says it is “unsurprised” by data released by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) yesterday showing ... More >>

Securing Sustainable General Practice In Aotearoa: Solutions To Reverse The Crisis

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 2:52 pm | GPNZ

A report detailing solutions for sustainable general practice has been released today by General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ). “General practice sits at the heart of primary and community care. If it fails, the health system fails.” says Porirua-based ... More >>

Shedding Light On Head And Neck Cancer: A Call To Awareness On World Cancer Day 2024

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 1:43 pm | Head and Neck Cancer Support Network

On 4 February 2024, as the world marks World Cancer Day, the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network is launching a community-driven initiative to raise awareness about head and neck cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand. With an estimated 500-550 new diagnoses ... More >>

Unique Online Health Support For Te Tai Tokerau

Monday, 29 January 2024, 6:08 pm | Digital Inclusion Alliance

During February, DORA Te Waka Matihiko Hauora, a mobile learning centre, will be touring Te Tai Tokerau helping people join the growing numbers who are benefitting from having online access to their health records. Since November last year, Northlanders ... More >>

Selwyn Relay For Life - a Family Affair

Friday, 26 January 2024, 7:29 pm | Cancer Society New Zealand

This year’s Selwyn Relay For Life event committee is very much a family affair, with no less than five family members involved in the event and a sixth family member handing over the mantle of chair to this year’s new chairperson: George Inwood. ... More >>

New Report Shows Stubborn Barriers To Good Health For Children And Young People In State Care

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 6:23 pm | Mana Mokopuna

A new report by Aroturuki Tamariki | Independent Children’s Monitor takes a close look at how well children and young people in State care can access primary health services. The report relates to the National Care Standards (NCS), which set minimum ... More >>

Review Released On Access To Primary Health Services And Dental Care For Tamariki And Rangatahi In Care

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 12:43 pm | Aroturuki Tamariki

A report from Aroturuki Tamariki, the Independent Children’s Monitor, on access to primary health services and dental care for tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) in care has found Oranga Tamariki has not yet implemented basic health ... More >>

Hospitalisation Spike Likely During Back-to-school Period

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 10:31 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Parents and teachers should prepare for a spike in asthma attacks leading to increased hospitalisations during the early weeks of Term 1. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is encouraging everyone to be aware of the symptoms of an attack and how to respond. ... More >>

Relieve Joint and Limb Pain Naturally, Instantly and Fuss Free with Hydragun Thermosleeve!

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 5:48 pm | Hydragun

Go full circle with your pain relief with the Hydragun Thermosleeve ( RRP $89 ) – a 360º hot/cold compression sleeve made from plush hydrogel that relieves joint and limb pain naturally, instantly and fuss-free. Use the Thermosleeve for just 10 ... More >>

Nurses Support Keeping Childhood Immunisations In Primary Care

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 2:49 pm | NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) says the Ministry of Health is jumping the gun by funding pharmacies to vaccinate infants before investing more in long-established immunisation service providers. Kaiwhakahaere ... More >>

Youth Vaping: The Implications Of Addiction

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 12:47 pm | Public Health Communication Centre

The growth in youth vaping means an increase in nicotine addiction among young people, and the accompanying negative impacts on their wellbeing, warn public health and addiction experts. In the latest Briefing from the Public Health Communication Centre, ... More >>

New Zealand Blood Service Thanks Donors For A Record-breaking Summer

Tuesday, 23 January 2024, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Blood Service

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has reached one of its highest-ever summer collection targets thanks to the continued generosity of New Zealanders. And, with more than 18,000 appointments nationally still to fill throughout the remainder of January ... More >>

Aged Care Provider Breaches Code For Failure To Manage Pressure Injury.

Tuesday, 23 January 2024, 1:41 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

In a report released today, Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper found Mayfair Lifecare (2008) Limited breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for their care of a man in his eighties. The man was in hospital ... More >>

Nix Unwanted Niggles With Hydragun – Premium Products To Eliminate Pain And Boost Recovery

Tuesday, 23 January 2024, 9:28 am | Hydragun

Don’t let painful niggles slow you down this sunny season, get your joints on track with targeted massage products from Hydragun – fast, targeted pain relief that lets you get on with the life you love! If a busy yet sedentary lifestyle is ... More >>

GenPro Concerned That The Approach To Childhood Immunisations Is Missing The Point

Monday, 22 January 2024, 10:13 am | Genpro

GenPro is concerned that the move by the Ministry of Health to fund childhood immunisations by Pharmacy is a missed opportunity to strengthen the existing service already provided by General Practice. Dr Angus Chambers, Chair of GenPro says “General Practice ... More >>

You Need To Read This Before Filing For Long Term Disability!

Monday, 22 January 2024, 6:27 am | Hugh Grant

Long-term disability lawyers play a crucial role in navigating the complexities of the legal system and bureaucratic processes, providing essential support for individuals facing challenging and often overwhelming situations. This article will explore how ... More >>

New Statistics Reveal Alarming Trends & Urgent Need For Government Intervention

Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 2:30 pm | ExcerciseNZ

New data released on the 14th of December 2023 from the Ministry of Health raises concerns about the health of New Zealanders, as the latest figures show that only 46.5% of adults are meeting global guidelines for physical activity.  This ... More >>



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