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OraTaiao Opposes The Scrapping Of Te Aka Whai Ora And Urges Delay Of Enabling Legislation

Monday, 26 February 2024, 6:59 pm | OraTaiao

OraTaiao is appalled by Government plans to introduce legislation abolishing Te Aka Whai Ora ahead of an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing on the matter on Thursday. “In order to address the many health inequities and health system disparities experienced ... More >>

Care Home And Nurse Practitioner Breach Code For Failures In Wound Management Of Elderly Woman

Monday, 26 February 2024, 1:52 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found Bupa Care Services, and a nurse practitioner (NP), breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in their management of an elderly woman’s wounds. ... More >>

Pharmacy Breached Code For Dispensing Error

Monday, 26 February 2024, 1:50 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner has found a pharmacy breached the Code of Health and Disabililty Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for a dispensing error which saw a four-year-old boy admitted to hospital. The boy had been prescribed liquid ... More >>

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Shortcomings In Hospital-level Care By Aged Care Provider

Monday, 26 February 2024, 1:48 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper has released a report today finding Calvary Hospital Southland Limited (Calvary) breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for hospital-level care provided to a resident. The female resident ... More >>

Southern Touch To Nurse Programme

Monday, 26 February 2024, 1:46 pm | WellSouth

  The South’s first nurse prescriber programme is celebrating its two-year milestone with 50 graduates and no signs of slowing down. Te Waipounamu Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health programme was developed and is delivered by ... More >>

Use It Or Lose It – Simple Advice From NZ Memory And Brain Health Experts Ahead Of Brain Awareness Month In March

Monday, 26 February 2024, 12:57 pm | Brainfit

March is Brain Awareness month, so it is a perfect time to stop and think about what you are doing to look after your memory and all-round brain health. Most of us have seen first-hand the devastating effects of age and disease on the brain and ... More >>

Researchers Shed Light On Vaccine Decisions

Monday, 26 February 2024, 9:50 am | University of Auckland

Research on vaccine hesitancy find the number one fact people want to know is risk of serious adverse effects. Research into vaccine hesitancy finds people’s biggest concern is severe adverse effects, followed by how effective a vaccine is and how ... More >>

Centre For Brain Research And Ngāpuhi Launch Unique Mate Wareware Initiative In Northland

Friday, 23 February 2024, 5:37 pm | University of Auckland

A way forward for aiding mate wareware, or dementia care, within Māori communities In collaboration with Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi and Waipapa Taumata Rau - University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research (CBR), a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed ... More >>

ProCare Calls On Te Whatu Ora To Increase Access To HPV Screening For Wāhine

Friday, 23 February 2024, 11:06 am | ProCare Health

Leading healthcare provider, ProCare, has called on Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand to provide increased access to HPV screening for women across Aotearoa by allowing Registered Nurses (RNs) who haven’t completed the cervical sample taker training ... More >>

Plain English Allergen Labelling Good News For Consumers

Friday, 23 February 2024, 9:44 am | NZ Food Safety

New requirements to make it easier for people to find information about common allergies on food labels come into effect on Sunday. New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle says the changes are good news for people with ... More >>

Progress Made But National Collaborative Action Needed To Stabilize Oncology Workforces

Friday, 23 February 2024, 9:39 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner has acknowledged the progress made since the publication of her Commissioner Initiated Investigation (CII) into Southern Blood and Cancer Services (SBCS) in April 2023. In Morag McDowell’s addendum to the CII, ... More >>

International Experts Say Abandoning Denicotinised Cigarettes Will Cost Lives

Friday, 23 February 2024, 9:01 am | Public Health Communication Centre

International experts in nicotine addiction and tobacco regulation say abandoning denicotinised cigarettes in the repeal of the smokefree legislation in Aotearoa New Zealand will cost lives. In the latest Briefing from the Public Health Communication ... More >>

Aotearoa NZ Is On The Brink Of A Measles Epidemic: Urgent Action Needed

Friday, 23 February 2024, 8:56 am | Public Health Communication Centre

Aotearoa NZ is on the brink of a measles epidemic because of falling immunisation rates, immunity gaps, and an increasing risk of imported cases according to public health experts. In the latest Briefing from the Public Health Communication Centre, ... More >>

Revolutionising Endometriosis Treatment: Kiwi Innovator Develops Life-Changing App

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 7:44 pm | Endo45

Taranaki, New Zealand – In an empowering move for those battling endometriosis across the globe, Juliet Oliver, a distinguished engineer and the 2021 Young Energy Professional of the Year, is set to launch Endo45, a pioneering app designed to offer ... More >>

Sacking Of Whistleblower Over Costello’s Advice Shows System Lacks Transparency

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 7:16 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The sacking of a Ministry of Health public servant over a leak to media is the result of a broken public policy system which fails to provide the transparency a democratic country should expect. RNZ today reported a public servant who leaked advice sought ... More >>

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 >>

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 >>



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