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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 >>

NZ's first licensed digital pharmacy

Friday, 10 January 2020, 1:12 pm | PillDrop

New Zealand’s first licensed digital pharmacy set to change how we manage our health More >>

Pharmacies join the fight against measles in the BoP

Friday, 10 January 2020, 12:07 pm | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Protecting yourself and your family from measles just got more convenient. Selected pharmacies across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts are now offering an additional way for people aged 16 to 49 to get their free MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation. More >>

Sick Heart Kids Gather for Special Camp

Friday, 10 January 2020, 10:22 am | Heart Kids

Around 90 children will gather in Auckland on Monday (13th - 17th January 2020) for a special, week long Heart Kids Camp. The annual camp is for children with congenital heart defects who often can’t attend a regular school camp because of their broken ... More >>

DHB offers walk-in oral health care in Flaxmere for children

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 10:34 am | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

People with children aged between 1 and 18 years needing dental exams or treatment can turn up to Hawke’s Bay DHB’s community dental hub in Flaxmere between 9am and 4pm from 13 January and be seen, no appointment necessary. More >>

Response to Whakaari - White Island

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 1:35 pm | Ministry of Health

Staff across the health system continue to work hard in response to Whakaari - White Island More >>

Measles case confirmed (updated)

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 12:54 pm | Canterbury DHB

Measles case confirmed (updated) Canterbury DHB is alerting the general public that they may have been exposed to measles. A person has been confirmed as having measles and was infectious while travelling across multiple locations in the South and North ... More >>

Smoke a timely reminder to check inhalers

Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 3:39 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Smoke from Australian bush fires could have effects on asthma, COPD, and other respiratory conditions if it reaches low air levels, says Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. More >>

50 years of newborn screening

Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 2:34 pm | Ministry of Health

A screening programme that has seen thousands of newborn babies avoid a potential life of ill-health and suffering has celebrated its 50th anniversary. More >>

Dangers of dust from Australian fires for NZ Public Health

Monday, 6 January 2020, 2:07 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

This ‘new decade of 2020 was mired by the arrival of dust particles from Australian fires that were carried by air borne deposition into our own NZ air shed, so what are the risks to NZ Public health now?. More >>

Migrant Nurses’ Wish List

Sunday, 5 January 2020, 12:01 pm | Monina Hernandez

As we enter 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I would like to highlight my wish list as migrant nurses/internationally qualified nurses (IQN) continue to contribute services to the New Zealand healthcare system. More >>

Auckland psychiatrist Dr David Codyre awarded Order of Merit

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 8:21 am | Total Healthcare

It is with absolute delight that Total Healthcare PHO announces that Dr David Codyre has today been awarded a New Year’s honour – he is now a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health. More >>

NZABC encourages summer drinkers to go ‘no, low or slow’

Saturday, 28 December 2019, 4:32 pm | Alcohol Beverages Council

Slip, slop, slap has a cousin this summer – no, low or slow – says the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council (NZABC). More >>

Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight

Tuesday, 24 December 2019, 6:20 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a passenger with measles on a flight from Samoa to Auckland last week. ARPHS Medical Officer of Health Dr Maria Poynter says people who may have been exposed on this flight should ... More >>

Thanks given by Bay of Plenty DHB following eruption

Saturday, 21 December 2019, 11:14 am | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Thanks are being given to all those who have given gifts and donations, or offered their support in other ways, to Whakatāne Hospital staff following the Whakaari - White Island eruption. More >>

Alcohol – the Christmas gift kids don’t need

Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:22 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

The festive season is here and MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) is encouraging those planning to drink and supply alcohol to do so responsibly. More >>

Medsafe Reinforces Advice on lamotrigine

Friday, 20 December 2019, 1:59 pm | Medsafe

Medsafe is reinforcing its advice about lamotrigine, a medicine taken for epilepsy and bipolar disorder, following the reporting of an additional death today. More >>

Robotic Surgery Arriving In Wellington

Friday, 20 December 2019, 9:51 am | Acurity Health Group

Wellington will soon be receiving its first da Vinci Xi, a state-of-the-art surgical robot at Wakefield Hospital. More >>

Middlemore Hospital’s Burns Centre Needs Your Support

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:41 pm | Middlemore Foundation

Middlemore Foundation is asking for donations towards the Middlemore National Burns Centre to help ease the immense pressure their staff are currently under in the aftermath of the Whaakari/White Island volcanic eruption. More >>

Ban on inclined infant sleep products

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 10:05 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Inclined infant sleep products, which have been attributed to multiple deaths in the United States, have today been banned in New Zealand. More >>

Let’s work together to improve life for people with dementia

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 10:46 am | RANZCP

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee - Tu Te Akaaka Roa has applauded the efforts of rest homes making a conscious decision to implement a more person-centred approach to dementia and ... More >>

Tackling the global challenge of physical inactivity

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:37 am | University of Canterbury

Do not underestimate the dangers of physical inactivity, warns University of Canterbury (UC) sports expert Professor Nick Draper, who has edited a new book to examine the causes of, and solutions to, physical inactivity. More >>

Where to go for healthcare over the festive season

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:19 am | MidCentral District Health Board

While we hope all people in the MidCentral DHB region enjoy a healthy and safe festive season, we want to remind our communities about the available healthcare options over this time. More >>

Preparation key to good health this holiday season

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:16 am | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Preparation and using your options wisely are the keys to good health and helping out your healthcare services this Christmas and New Year. More >>

Doctors call for reversal of food industry self-policing

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 1:27 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate use 17 December 2019 Doctors call for urgent reversal of food industry self-policing in battle against obesity More >>

Keep Safe This Christmas

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 12:24 pm | St John

As everyone heads off for the summer holidays, St John is working hard to make sure New Zealanders stay safe and well this festive season. Last year St John responded to over 1,000 emergency incidents on Christmas Day with the most common being breathing ... More >>

Ground-breaking Research into Health Benefits of Crickets

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:30 am | Breadcraft

Wellington, 17 December 2019. Wairarapa Bakery Breadcraft has begun ground-breaking research, funded by Callaghan Innovation, to explore the health benefits of crickets for gut health. Breadcraft has a Massey University Food Technology student working ... More >>

Spinraza funding application reviewed

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 9:28 am | PHARMAC

PHARMAC has published the Rare Disorders Subcommittee meeting records which recommends Spinraza (nusinersen), a medication for spinal muscular atrophy, is funded in New Zealand. More >>

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Restricted

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 8:24 am | New Zealanders for Health Research

Health research advocate New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) says the government’s proposed Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is set to be starved of the resources it needs to be effective. NZHR Chief Executive, Chris Higgins, said listed objectives ... More >>

Care around the clock continues over the summer holidays

Monday, 16 December 2019, 2:37 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

This summer, wherever your holidays take you around New Zealand, remember that you can still get free health advice whenever you need it. More >>

Southern DHB’s Annual Report

Monday, 16 December 2019, 12:06 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s Annual Report: Quality and Performance Account 2018/19 was a chance to reflect on a longer journey, say former Commissioner Kathy Grant and Chief Executive Chris Fleming. More >>

Stars plus warnings for healthier food choices

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:28 am | University of Auckland

New Zealanders would find it easier to eat better and nurture their own and their families’ health if packaged food and drink had to carry a health star rating, a health warning, or both, University of Auckland experts say. More >>

Hospital initiative gives family place in care team

Friday, 13 December 2019, 4:10 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

A new initiative that encourages patients’ whānau and friends to assist in their hospital care is thriving at MidCentral DHB, with seven wards running the programme. More >>

Manage asthma for a better summer

Friday, 13 December 2019, 1:30 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Longer and warmer days are a welcome change, but with them comes a host of asthma and allergy triggers to watch out for. More >>

Measles exposure on flights

Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:48 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

Regional Public Health (RPH) is asking passengers on the flights listed below to check if they have been immunised for measles; More >>

Hearing the stories of mesh survivors

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:57 pm | College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) acknowledges the pain and suffering of New Zealand women who have experienced serious complications from pelvic mesh implants. Hearing the stories of survivors ... More >>

Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report Finally Released

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:54 pm | Mesh Down Under

Surgical mesh is considered to be a permanent medical implant. Most are made of plastic. More >>

Report: Stories of Survivors of Surgical Mesh

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:44 pm | Ministry of Health

Hearing and Responding to the Stories of Survivors of Surgical Mesh Ngā korero a ngā mōrehu – he urupare More >>

Not enough beds, not enough staff: Auckland DHB in crisis

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:12 pm | PSA

Staff shortages mean Aucklanders in need of urgent mental health support can face significant waiting times when they call for help, and DHB workers say it puts lives in danger. More >>

Don’t let measles ruin your holiday

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 2:01 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

With the Christmas and New Year holidays fast approaching, you may have an overseas trip planned and be counting down to the day you jet off to an exotic location. More >>

Partnership at Te Papaioea Birthing Centre

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 12:03 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

12 December 2019: MidCentral District Health Board has announced an innovative, exciting opportunity for birthing women in the region. More >>

NZDA statement on National Party document Oral Health

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:36 am | New Zealand Dental Association

We welcome the Opposition’s focus on child dental health. The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) has long highlighted the 120,000 children overdue for dental check-ups, and over 40,000 children having teeth extracted due to tooth decay each year. Last ... More >>

Treat drugs as a health issue, says justice sector review

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:28 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The recommendations in Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group’s report Turuki! Turuki! Moving Together released today offer a concrete way forward for the Government to treat drugs as a health issue. More >>

EBE doctors strongly rebut Defence of Meat article

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:04 am | Evidence Based Eating NZ

Four New Zealand medical doctors have issued a strongly worded rebuttal of a republished article displayed on Stuff yesterday afternoon and titled 'In Defence of Meat'. More >>

Health impacts of cannabis – benefits, harms & many unknowns

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:15 am | Royal Society Te Aparangi

A new report by Royal Society Te Apārangi summarises what is known about the potential risks and benefits to health from the use of recreational and medicinal cannabis. It finds evidence that cannabis-based medicines have some therapeutic effect in specific ... More >>

Forget everything you’ve been taught about dieting

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 8:48 am | PreKure

Leading Harvard Medical School expert and “Obesity Warrior” Dr. David Ludwig rewrites the rules on weight loss, diet, and health. More >>

Inequity of mental health service quality inequity of mental

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:34 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released an update to his 2018 monitoring and advocacy report on New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services, which highlights ongoing concerns about inequity of mental health service quality and outcomes ... More >>

NZDA statement on Dental Protection NZ member survey

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) acknowledges the serious and currently real risks burnout pose to the dental profession. A third of survey respondents saying they have ‘considered leaving the profession’ suggests work-life balance still ... More >>

Urgent plan to mitigate the impact of neurological disorders

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:16 am | Auckland University of Technology





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