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Caphra Supports New Zealand Government’s Decision To Repeal Elements Of The Smokefree Environments Act

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 1:53 pm | CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) today expressed its support for the New Zealand Government's decision to repeal elements of the Smokefree Environments Act. “The decision, part of the NZ First 2023 Coalition Agreement, ... More >>

World AIDS Day 2023

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 12:47 pm | Body Positive Inc NZ

December 1st is World AIDS Day , a day to honour and remember those we have lost to HIV, acknowledge those living with HIV and celebrate the progress we have made while recognizing the challenges that remain. This year’s marks the 35th anniversary ... More >>

Community-Led Initiative Brings Free Dental Care To Porirua

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10:24 am | Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira

This weekend, we celebrate a significant milestone in community health and well-being, as Porirua locals join hands to address a pressing concern - oral health. Te Wāhi Tiaki Tātou, the Porirua locality, is thrilled to announce the launch of free dental ... More >>

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More Babies At Risk Of Serious Illness Next Winter Due To Underfunding Of Pharmac

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10:09 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

More children are at risk of serious infection from RSV following a decision to cut funding for a medicine that prevents serious infection, reduces hospitalisations and can save lives. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is supporting calls ... More >>

Seasonal Equilibrium: A Fresh Feast For Well-Balanced Celebrations

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10:02 am | Five plus a day

Avoid over-indulging and bring some balance to your Christmas celebrations this year by including colourful fresh fruit and vegetables to brighten up – and lighten up – your festive dishes. 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is encouraging Kiwis to keep ... More >>

$6 Million Boost From Government To I Am Hope: Enhancing Youth Mental Health Care In New Zealand

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 2:27 pm | I am Hope

In a significant development, the New Zealand government has pledged $6 million to New Zealand’s leading youth mental health charity I Am Hope. This investment is a major step in reinforcing the coalition government’s commitment to improving ... More >>

Advance Build Prefab Homes Collaborates With Starship Foundation And Northland Rescue Helicopters To Bolster Support

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 10:36 am | Advance Build

In a significant move towards community well-being, Advance Build Prefab Homes is pleased to announce its partnership with the Starship Foundation, a staunch supporter of the renowned Starship Children's Hospital, and its silver sponsorship of Northland ... More >>

Stefan Crooks - A Visionary Leader Combating Diabetes And Nurturing Health In Our Communities

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 3:07 pm | Diabetes New Zealand

In a transformative partnership aimed at raising awareness about the critical importance of reducing sugar consumption, VIBE and Diabetes New Zealand have forged a collaboration. As a key partner to Diabetes NZ, VIBE, under the leadership of Managing Director ... More >>

Tobacco And Vaping Law Changes Show Shocking Lack Of Commitment To Health Of New Zealanders

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 2:26 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death and disease in Aotearoa and kills around 5,000 people every year. The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has joined its health sector colleagues to express disbelief over the announced changes ... More >>

Smokefree Taskforce Challenge Incoming Government's Move To Repeal Key Smokefree Reforms

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 11:13 am | Hapai Te Hauora

The Smokefree Taskforce, established by the Ministry of Health to guide Aotearoa towards a smokefree future by 2025, is expressing deep concern over the incoming Government's plans to repeal crucial amendments to the Smokefree Environments and ... More >>

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury Pānui Monday 27 November 2023

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 9:27 am | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

This week we mark the karakia whakamoemiti (blessing) of Tū Waka-Waipapa – the new public car park located near Christchurch Hospital. We also celebrate the success of a new pilot Wāhine Ora Colposcopy Community Clinic for wāhine Māori and Pacific ... More >>

CEPHRA Calls For Greater Transparencey And Engagement From FCTC Officials

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 8:48 am | CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is expressing deep concern over the lack of response and willingness to engage with civil society and consumer advocacy groups by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Framework ... More >>

Don’t Undermine Advances To End Tobacco Harm, Public Health Experts Urge

Monday, 27 November 2023, 2:59 pm | College of Public Health Medicine

‘Rolling back legislation to prevent harm from smoking is a mistake’, says NZCPHM President Sir Collin Tukuitonga. ‘Smoking is the single biggest commercial risk factor for preventable disease and premature death in Aotearoa New Zealand and is ... More >>

Failures In Care By Registered Midwife During Pregnancy And Birth

Monday, 27 November 2023, 1:54 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall has found a registered midwife breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for her care of a woman during pregnancy and birth. Following a period of labour, ... More >>

Pharmacists Make Dispensing Error In Providing Excess Medication To Woman With Mental Health Difficulties

Monday, 27 November 2023, 1:52 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A registered pharmacist and a pharmacy manager breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) by giving a woman the incorrect strength of medication. The woman, who has a history of mental health difficulties, was prescribed ... More >>

Te Whatu Ora Southern Breaches Code For Unacceptable Delays In Care

Monday, 27 November 2023, 1:50 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found Te Whatu Ora Southern breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) for unacceptable delays in referrals for the treatment of a man’s abscesses. Deborah James found ... More >>

Kiwis At Risk By New Coalition’s Smoking And Vaping Changes

Monday, 27 November 2023, 10:13 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The heart and lung health of New Zealanders are at risk if the changes proposed by our new Government go ahead. While the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ welcome news of a ban on all disposable vapes and harsher penalties for those selling to ... More >>

Too Hot To Handle - Meet The Kiwi Firefighters Stripping Down For Men's Mental Health

Monday, 27 November 2023, 9:02 am | The Movember Foundation

Half a decade since its departure, firefighters across New Zealand have set out to satisfy demand for the return of the traditional firefighters calendar. The inaugural Kiwi Firefighters Calendar features 12 former and current serving firefighters from ... More >>

ASH is shocked by new government’s plan to repeal New Zealand’s Smokefree Act

Saturday, 25 November 2023, 1:27 pm | ASH Action For Smokefree 2025

24 November, 2023 ASH is dismayed at the new coalition government’s announcement today that it will repeal the country’s Smokefree laws, removing requirements for denicotinisation and halting a reduction in retail outlets selling tobacco. ASH says ... More >>

Repeal Of Smoke-free Laws - A Massive Set Back For Health

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:00 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) is extremely disappointed the new coalition Government plans to repeal world-leading Smoke-free laws, including de-nicotisation of cigarettes, a reduction in retailers and banning cigarettes for the next generation. HCA calls ... More >>

ProCare Announces Winners Of 2023 Quality Awards

Friday, 24 November 2023, 2:20 pm | ProCare Health

Leading healthcare provider, ProCare, announced the winners of its 2023 Quality Awards at its Annual General Meeting last night. These awards recognise the excellence and quality of care that general practice teams provide to improve the health and ... More >>

The Future Of Health Care: Harnessing Digital For Proactive Wellness

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 11:48 am | Manage My Health

Our New Zealand health system stands at a precipice due to funding constraints, nurse and doctor shortages, and the rising cost of medicines. Finding a fix may not be as complicated as some think, thanks to the rapidly evolving potential of making ... More >>

New Research Examines Structural Disadvantage In Rangatahi Māori Mental Wellbeing

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 10:28 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand has identified patterns of structural disadvantage experienced by rangatahi Māori, and looks at mental wellbeing and cultural connectedness. According to Growing Up in New Zealand ’s Research ... More >>

New Survey Reveals Significant Gender Gap In Cancer Wellbeing

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 9:04 am | Look Good Feel Better

The wellbeing of New Zealand women living with cancer is significantly worse than that of Kiwi men diagnosed with the same life-threatening disease. <img src="" width="720" height="518"> Look Good Feel Better general ... More >>

AUCKLAND – Fashion Meets Health: Pacific Cervical Screening Retail Pop-up A Great Success

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 1:45 am | Bright Sunday

In the first of its kind, fashion retailers, a gallery, community providers, and a health ministry collaborated on a Cervical Screening pop-up shop. The Hibiscus Room, a private and vibrant temporary space where women could complete the new HPV ... More >>

Ipsos Releases Its Fourth Survey Into How New Zealanders Feel About Mental Health.

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 3:16 pm | Ipsos

Significantly more New Zealanders now believe that the NZ healthcare system treats mental health as being equally important as physical health, putting New Zealand on par with the global country average. Ipsos has released its fourth report into ... More >>

Asbestos Prosecutions Highlight Room To Improve

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 11:55 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand says two recent court cases show Aotearoa still has a long way to get asbestos management right. Asbestos remains the country’s number one work-related killer, with about 220 people dying each year from preventable asbestos-related ... More >>

Whānau Ora Lessons In Resilience Celebrated In The Rebuild Back From COVID & Cyclones

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 5:50 pm | Te Kohao Health

A contingent of Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency partners and up to 250 kaiārahi navigators from across the northern region are gathering in Kirikiriroa for a regional two-day wānanga at Te Whare Maui o Te Kōhao. The partners attending include Te ... More >>

NZMTS: Visiting Medical Team In Tonga Provides Specialist Surgical Support To Vaiola Hospital

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 5:10 pm | Pasifika Medical Association Group

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) recently deployed a Paediatric Surgical Team of specialists to Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, providing specialist surgical support under the New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS), funded by the Ministry ... More >>

Health Warning – Algal Bloom In Hae Hae Te Moana River At Gorge

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 4:36 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health has issued a health warning for Hae Hae Te Moana River at Gorge. The warning follows finding moderate to high cover of toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the Hae Hae Te Moana River. People should avoid ... More >>

New Survey Shows The Need To Remove Barriers To Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs) Prevention For Women And Girls

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 8:49 am | Family Planning

A new survey from Family Planning shows that in a health system under pressure, we need to remove barriers for people getting STI tests and information and ensure women and girls are not overlooked in STI prevention initiatives. The survey of over ... More >>

Healthcare Workers In Aotearoa Call For An Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 1:28 am | Aotearoa Healthcare Workers For Palestine

A letter demanding a ceasefire in Gaza signed by over 1,500 healthcare workers will be presented to the caretaker and incoming governments outside Parliament on Tuesday 21 November at 4:30 pm. Doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers, healthcare assistants, ... More >>

Farewells at Lincoln

Monday, 20 November 2023, 2:48 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

There were a couple of significant farewells last week. The pororporoaki (farewell) for Lincoln Maternity Hospital held on Saturday, 11 November, was attended by many past staff, parents, and people born in the unit; and much-loved Māori Chaplain ... More >>

Telehealth Service Geared At Protecting Hospital Emergency Departments Wins Two Business Awards

Monday, 20 November 2023, 2:19 pm | Emergency Consult

Emergency Consult, and it’s CEO Jenni Falconer, went home winners from Friday night’s Waikato Business Awards gala dinner at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton. The telehealth service took out two awards – the business won the Innovation Award ... More >>

Commissioner Initiated Investigation Finds GP And Clinic Breached Code For Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, 20 November 2023, 2:13 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released a report from a Commissioner Initiated Investigation into care delivered by a GP (Dr A) and a clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr A consulted with patients in-person while unvaccinated ... More >>

Te Whatu Ora Breaches Code In Care Of Man With Severe Lung Condition

Monday, 20 November 2023, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found Waitematā District Health Board DHB (now Te Whatu Ora Waitematā) breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) in its care of a man with a severe and progressive ... More >>

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week A Timely Reminder Of Serious Threat

Monday, 20 November 2023, 10:39 am | Veterinary Council Of New Zealand

Within the next 30 years, resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial products is anticipated to kill more people around the world than cancer, according to the World Health Organisation. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top 10 global ... More >>

Record Numbers To Start Specialist GP Training In 2024

Monday, 20 November 2023, 10:08 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

In January 2024, 239 medical graduates will start their three-year training programme to become specialist general practitioners through The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. College President Dr Samantha Murton says, "This is ... More >>

New Zealand’s First Quit Vaping Guidelines For Youth Released

Saturday, 18 November 2023, 3:40 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER The first New Zealand guidelines to support youth to quit vaping have been released at the New Zealand Respiratory Conference in Wellington. ‘ A reference guide: To support rangatahi to quit vaping’ - written and published by ... More >>

NZNO Calls For Gaza Ceasefire And Protection Of Health Workers

Friday, 17 November 2023, 7:25 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) says it is gravely concerned by the escalating loss of life among health care workers and other civilians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. NZNO Kaiwhakahaere ... More >>

Superbugs: How You Can Help Fight Back

Friday, 17 November 2023, 10:14 am | New Zealand Food Safety

New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) is fighting back against superbugs – antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – and we need your help. “The World Health Organization has identified AMR as one of the top 10 global health threats facing humanity,” says ... More >>

First Pacific Mental Health And Addictions Service To Open In Hawke’s Bay

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 3:45 pm | Mapu Maia

  Hawke’s Bay is set to see its first pacific mental health and addictions service open this week, offering support to devastated communities across the region. The service is run by Mapu Maia, a national Pacific health provider that supported ... More >>

Pharmac Celebrates Pacific Excellence At SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 3:39 pm | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac is honoured to have been able to help celebrate leadership and excellence in Pacific communities at the 2023 SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards in Auckland. This annual event is the largest Pacific people's awards ceremony ... More >>

Asian Alcohol And Drug Survey Shows More Use Than Previously Thought

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 9:36 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Asian Family Services and the New Zealand Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri are calling for more services that cater to Asian New Zealanders, following the release of a new report (PDF, 1.2 MB) showing higher levels of drug use and harm ... More >>

Public Abuse Causing Mental Health Issues For Contact Centre Staff

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 9:21 am | Customer Contact Network NZ

The abuse of contact centre staff by callers has reached unprecedented levels, threatening both the mental health of workers and potentially future access to personalised customer service, industry body Customer Contact Network New Zealand (CCNNZ) is warning. "If ... More >>

Counsellor Named After Failing To Meet HDC Recommendations

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 12:25 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) has taken the unusual step of naming an Auckland counsellor who has failed to carry out any of the recommendations made in a June 2022 decision. In that decision Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner ... More >>

Patient COPD Handbook Released For World COPD Day

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 10:36 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

A new handbook to help those living with a severe respiratory condition has been released to mark World COPD Day. COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - is an umbrella term for the conditions emphysema, chronic bronchitis and long-standing ... More >>

MR - The Gift That Keeps On Flowing

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 4:27 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Recently, a patient, Chris Pickering, donated a water cooler to the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre for patients, whānau and staff to use on the treatment floor. Chris, who used to work for Water4u, thought the patients could benefit from an in-line ... More >>

Tertiary Students Encourage Rural Health Careers In Bay Of Plenty And Hawkes Bay

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 10:36 am | Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network

In a bid to tackle the severe lack of health professionals in rural communities, two teams of tertiary students are heading to Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, and Bay of Plenty to promote rural health careers to high school students. They are trying to inspire ... More >>

More Than Two In Three People With Diabetes Already Have Complications At Diagnosis

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 9:07 am | Diabetes Federation

Global research from the International Diabetes Federation reveals that 72% of people living with diabetes only received their diagnosis because they had at least one of the related complications – such as loss of vision, nerve damage or heart disease. More >>

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Kiwis With Diabetes At Risk Of Going Blind Overnight

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 9:03 am | Diabetes New Zealand

A leading ophthalmologist and medical retina specialist is calling for New Zealanders with diabetes to have regular eye checks to reduce the risk of living with blindness. Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand. According ... More >>

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2023 – Access to Diabetes Care

Monday, 13 November 2023, 5:53 pm | New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes

Issued by the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) In recognition of World Diabetes Day 2023, Aotearoa New Zealand, led by the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD), joins the global community in raising awareness ... More >>

Raglan and Tūrangi Noho Marae Visits Inspiring Health Students and Rural Rangatahi

Monday, 13 November 2023, 5:43 pm | Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network

Thirty tertiary students from around Aotearoa New Zealand will travel to Raglan and Tūrangi in mid-November for two Noho Marae visits as part of Hauora Taiwhenua’s Rural Health Careers Programme. Noho Marae is a significant aspect of the programme, ... More >>

Shortcomings In Care For Man Undergoing Chemotherapy

Monday, 13 November 2023, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Deborah James has issued a number of recommendations to a private outpatient oncology clinic, a registered nurse and an oncologist following their care of a man in his 40s who was having chemotherapy. ... More >>

Failures In Hospital Level Care For Woman With Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, 13 November 2023, 2:08 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper today issued a report finding Remuera Rise Ltd (trading as Remuera Rise Care Home) breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for their care of woman in her sixties living ... More >>

Care Provided By Te Whatu Ora Colonoscopy Services 21HDC00481

Monday, 13 November 2023, 2:06 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

This case concerns the care provided by Te Whatu Ora to a woman who requires five-yearly surveillance colonoscopies. The results of a surveillance colonoscopy noted that four polyps were removed, and two biopsies were carried out, all of which were reported ... More >>

Pharmac Calls For Applications For Medicines For Rare Disorders

Monday, 13 November 2023, 11:00 am | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac is calling for applications for medicines to treat rare disorders. These will be considered at the next meeting of the Rare Disorders Advisory Committee meeting in May 2024. “We are encouraging funding applications ... More >>

Tobacco And Vape “Mystery Shopping” Operation Shows Crack-down On Underage Illegal Sales Is Paying Off

Friday, 10 November 2023, 3:50 pm | Northland DHB

A recent Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) of 20 tobacco and vape retailers throughout the Far North and Whangārei districts shows public health efforts to educate retailers and prevent underage sales are paying off. During the operation, underage trained ... More >>

Health Threat From Vaping Reaches ‘epidemic’ Levels Among Youth - Doctor

Friday, 10 November 2023, 10:07 am | Joint Press Release

Regulators’ attempts to create a smoke-free New Zealand have allowed vaping to emerge as a public health threat which has now reached “epidemic” levels among youth, an anaesthesia conference has been told. Taranaki-based anaesthetist Dr Trent ... More >>

Mental Health And Addictions Initiative Launches In Pharmacies

Friday, 10 November 2023, 9:16 am | Equally Well

Pharmacies act on the campaign to advocate for health equity for people experiencing mental health and addiction challenges. Equally Well Collaborative Aotearoa, a leading advocate for addressing unmet physical health needs of people with lived experience ... More >>



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