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Safe Sleep Day aims to reduce SUDI rates

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:53 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Safe Sleep Day aims to reduce SUDI rates Today is National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna Ora, a day aimed at raising awareness about Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). One key aspect of this is ensuring babies are sleeping in a safe sleep space, ... More >>

Flying doctors nurse touches down in Hawke’s Bay

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:00 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Jackie Hardy’s nursing career has taken her to the centre of conflicts, terrorist attacks and deadly tsunamis. More >>

Lights on Oranga Tamariki

Friday, 6 December 2019, 11:35 am | Ngati Hine Health Trust

A power cut that affected most of Northland last week did not dim the lights on dialogue when Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss and the new Northland Maori Collective Taitimu Taipari met at Ngati Hine Health Trust. More >>

Tala Pasifika applauds Pacific-Māori SUDI team-up

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:26 pm | Tala Pasifika

Tala Pasifika, the newly relaunched Pacific advocacy group, is welcoming a new partnership that supports health outcomes for Pacific and Māori babies. More >>

Tardy response to ensure access to measles vaccinations

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 11:53 am | Pharmaceutical Society

Following Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter’s announcement on 30 October that the way is clear for DHBs to contract pharmacy to vaccinate 16-49 year olds against measles, only 8 of 20 DHBs are now in the process of doing so. More >>

Shorecare all set for the busy holiday season

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 9:48 am | Shorecare

Shorecare are ready for a busy holiday season, with many of the local GPs set to take a break over Christmas. Shorecare have been delivering Urgent Care services to the wider North Shore region for over 45 years and have two convenient locations. ... More >>

Breast cancer patients welcome PHARMAC news

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 9:14 am | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is delighted to learn that fulvestrant (Faslodex) will be funded by PHARMAC in the New Year, BCAC Chair Libby Burgess says. More >>

PHARMAC to fund more cancer medicines and faster assessment

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 9:09 am | PHARMAC

Thousands of New Zealanders with lymphoma, breast, ovarian and blood cancers will have more treatment options available to them in the New Year. More >>

Don’t let Measles Spoil your Summer Holidays

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:06 pm | Northland District Health Board

With 128 confirmed cases of measles now confirmed across the Northland Region the DHB urges parents and caregivers to ensure that their families are protected against measles before the Christmas holidays. More >>

Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Success Rate

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:00 pm | Northland District Health Board

A graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday for the latest intake of Northland DHB health care assistants studying for their NZQA Certificate in Health & Wellbeing after they achieved a 100 percent success rate for their studies. More >>

Tala Pasifika Relaunches with new mandate

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 3:21 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Tala Pasifika is a new initiative based on an existing idea; to unite Pacific peoples in action and improve health outcomes. The initiative is led by longtime advocate for tobacco control and Pacific wellbeing and health, Lealeilepule Edward Cowley. More >>

Dr Scott Metcalfe awarded NZMA Fellowship

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

On Tuesday evening 3 December 2019 at an event held at NZMA House in Wellington, Dr Scott Metcalfe was awarded a New Zealand Medical Association Fellowship, by NZMA President Dr Sue Hayde.  More >>

Celebrating 2020 International Year of the Nurse

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 11:42 am | NZNO

Nurses globally and in New Zealand will join together next year to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the global Nursing Now campaign. More >>

The inconvenient truth about AI in health

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 11:40 am | Healthcare Holdings

Health is probably not ready to use Artifical Intelligence because the technology cannot re-engineer the incentives, systems and structures that drive behaviours in the health system, says the head of digital health at Healthcare Holdings. More >>

MPI directs halt to unregistered raw milk sales

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 9:53 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has directed unregistered raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk suppliers across the country to stop selling their product until they comply with the legal requirements for sale. More >>

Waitematā DHB receives the Accessibility Tick

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:58 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitematā DHB has received the Accessibility Tick at an event coinciding with the International Day of Disabled Persons. More >>

Emergency Q brings wait times to screens

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 1:49 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Deciding where to go for treatment for your urgent but non-life threatening illness or injury has just got much easier in Hawke’s Bay. More >>

National Safe Sleep Day – make every sleep a safe sleep

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:53 pm | Southern District Health Board

‘Make every sleep a safe sleep’ is Southern DHBs message to parents with young babies on National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna on Friday (6 December). More >>

Failing to provide appropriate services to heart patient

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:43 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Capital and Coast District Health Board and a cardiothoracic surgeon in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide ... More >>

Assessment of eye injury

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:33 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding an ophthalmologist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided to a man with an eye injury. More >>

New framework to drive health research

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:20 pm | Ministry of Health

The Government has taken a major step towards ensuring health research in New Zealand brings maximum benefit to all New Zealanders. More >>

Pacific Doctors Engage Thousands to Fight Measles Misinformation

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:39 am | STOP Measles NZ

Two young Pacific doctors in Auckland joined the fight to stop the spread of measles by addressing misinformation and encouraging MMR vaccinations using a free, interactive and instant online messaging service through Facebook messenger (@STOPMeaslesNZ), ... More >>

Sniffer Dog to be trialled in Bowel Cancer detection study

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:39 am | Bowel Cancer Foundation

Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust CEO Georgina Mason says a New Zealand cancer screening trial, using specifically trained dogs to identify bowel cancer in urine, could help to save lives through early detection. More >>

Wānangatia te wahakura in Rotorua

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:22 am | Hapai Te Hauora

On 3rd and 4th of December Hāpai Te Hauora and Kia Wana Lakes Baby Service are partnering to hold a two day wānanga at Te Puia, Rotorua for Te Rā Mokopuna Ora (National Safe Sleep Day). Wānangatia te wahakura, previously held by Hāpai te Hauora this ... More >>

New equipment brings improved imaging to radiology

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:07 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Patients will benefit from faster, clearer imaging with the arrival of new equipment in the radiology department at Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has invested in two new mobile C-armfluoroscopy ... More >>

World Aids Day reflects importance of community effort

Friday, 29 November 2019, 10:11 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Sunday 1 December is World Aids Day and the theme of this year’s observance is that communities can make a difference by fighting to end the epidemic. More >>

Te Kōhao Health Marks 25 Years of Advancing Human Rights

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:38 pm | Te Kohao Health

Te Kōhao Health Marks 25 Years of Advancing Human Rights & Wellbeing of Māori “Believe in Yourself - Whānau Deserve the Best” More >>

First ever NZ qual for peer support

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:29 pm | Whitireia

Whitireia, in collaboration with Kites Trust, will offer the first national qualification in New Zealand for Peer Support. More >>

Te Kura o Otangarei MMR coverage 97 percent

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:14 pm | Northland District Health Board

“The Te Kura o Otangarei whānau have done a fantastic job of protecting their tamariki and community by achieving a very high rate of immunisation coverage for measles. It is great to see such strong leadership in response to the high numbers ... More >>

Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 1:20 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. More >>

Don’t Get Sucked In - New campaign to tackle teen vaping

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 9:34 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) has announced its plans today to launch a nationwide, youth focussed vaping education campaign, at the beginning of Term One 2020. More >>

Are You Overweight? Big Food Hopes So

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:39 am | Martha Rosenberg

With the holidays approaching, few want to think about their weight. It will certainly go up not down before 2020 arrives. People will probably start thinking about their weight on January 2 –– and joining gyms. More >>

Chch ‘Batting above Weight’ with World-leading health tech

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 7:56 am | Lorelei Mason Health

The world’s first water-proof prosthetic hand, state-of-the-art hip and knee joint surgery devices and an innovative injury-prevention patient lift system – they’re just three of many recent, exciting health technology inventions developed by Christchurch ... More >>

Experts Challenge Current Concussion Practice

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 5:19 pm | Geneva Healthcare

Twelve locally and internationally renowned Concussion experts gathered at the second BrainStorm Concussion Conference hosted by Geneva Healthcare with the support of ACC, MedTech, and the Auckland University of Technology. The headline speakers included ... More >>

Getting Older - Get Moving For Your Life

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

While there are natural parts of the ageing process that cannot be prevented, we are seeing more research indicating that many areas of ageing can be reduced or delayed with regular physical activity. As we continue to live longer and remain more active, ... More >>

Akimbo wants to help young adults create a brighter future

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 3:45 pm | Akimbo

Akimbo are proud to be focussing on young people and helping them to develop healthier mindsets that will set them up for an easier and more fulfilling life ahead. More >>

Measles case on Fiji to Auckland flight

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 3:41 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of passengers with measles on a flight from Nadi to Auckland last week. More >>

Alcohol&Me gets reimagined by YoungShand

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:28 pm | Lion New Zealand

With over 47% of Kiwis looking to make changes to their drinking habits as a result of stricter drinking laws and growing interest in overall health and wellness, Lion New Zealand has provided a refreshed interactive digital solution via YoungShand. More >>

HiNZ 2019 Conference even bigger and better

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11:32 am | HiNZ

The largest ever HiNZ Conference has proven to also be the best to date, with a record-breaking number of delegates, a diverse range of speakers and the first experiential village. More >>

Pharmacists call for more support for Mental Health

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 2:15 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The "precarious state of New Zealand's public health services" has been laid bare in a new Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) report, Hospitals on the Edge . More >>

Dr Dariusz Leszczynski’s visit to New Zealand

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:58 am | Sue Grey

Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Division of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, at the University of Helsinki, Finland, is visiting New Zealand this month. More >>

Meeting in Christchurch produces poor outcome

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 8:36 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says the recent meeting in Christchurch of government ministers from Australia and New Zealand agreeing to keep the Health Star Ratings system voluntary is bad news for oral health. Health Star Ratings currently ... More >>

Start-up breaks barriers to straight teeth

Monday, 25 November 2019, 4:08 pm | Smilii

An innovative Kiwi start-up is putting teeth-straightening treatment within reach for more New Zealanders. More >>

Failure to manage an elderly man’s risk of falling

Monday, 25 November 2019, 2:08 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding Auckland District Health Board (DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to adequately assess and manage ... More >>

NZ scientist behind first FDA-approved child myopia therapy

Monday, 25 November 2019, 1:33 pm | University of Auckland

An optometry researcher from the University of Auckland is behind the first-ever Food and Drug Administration-(FDA) approved treatment to slow the progression of short-sight in children. More >>

Formula-fed babies in fluoridated towns suffer 7 IQ loss

Monday, 25 November 2019, 11:49 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

In the first 3 years of life children lose 4.4 IQ points for every 0.5 mg fluoride added to their drinking water if they are formula-fed rather than breast-fed. This is the finding of a particularly well-conducted study from Canada just published ... More >>

Leaders still not covering all the bases

Monday, 25 November 2019, 10:56 am | Deloitte

Auckland, 25 November 2019 — A new report suggests that while Kiwi bosses are genuinely committed to the mental health and wellbeing of their workers, the help they are providing may be missing the mark. More >>

133 months left to make U=U a reality for HIV victims

Saturday, 23 November 2019, 12:01 pm | Citizen News Service

193 countries committed to deliver on the promises enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is to end AIDS by 2030. Target to end AIDS by 2030 is also enlisted in India's National Health Policy (NHP 2017). "Only ... More >>

HealthCare NZ congratulates 2019 Attitude Awards winners

Saturday, 23 November 2019, 11:56 am | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ congratulates all of the winners and finalists at the 2019 Attitude Awards, which was held this evening in Auckland. Chief Executive Vanessa Dudley says HealthCare NZ is proud to continue its involvement with the awards, which show that ... More >>

Recent Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal decision

Friday, 22 November 2019, 4:36 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council of New Zealand chair, Dr Curtis Walker, said today that imposing closely monitored strict conditions on the practice of the doctor who was found to have performed unjustified clinical examinations on a number of woman patient’s ... More >>

Another confirmed case of measles in MidCentral

Friday, 22 November 2019, 3:08 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

People living in the MidCentral DHB region who have children aged between 15 months and five years, or who are planning travel to the Pacific Islands over the upcoming holiday break are advised to ensure that they are immunised against measles. In addition, ... More >>

Super bug incidence on the rise in NZ

Friday, 22 November 2019, 1:42 pm | ESR

This week is the World Health Organisation’s Antibiotic Resistance Awareness Week, and it’s a good opportunity to think about the impact of ‘super bugs’ on the health of New Zealand communities. More >>

Legionnaires’ disease on the rise

Friday, 22 November 2019, 11:16 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

Gardeners are being warned to protect themselves against Legionnaire’s disease after three cases in just eight days were confirmed in the Tasman region, and after an associated death in Dunedin last month. More >>

Thomasin Mckenzie to present award at Attitude Awards

Friday, 22 November 2019, 8:44 am | Attitude Awards

The Attitude Awards, which celebrate the achievements of Kiwis living with disabilities, will feature a stellar line-up of local talent at its flagship event at Auckland’s SkyCity tonight, including JOJO RABBIT star Thomasin McKenzie , comedian Tom Sainsbury ... More >>

Fight for groundbreaking treatment goes to Parliament today

Friday, 22 November 2019, 8:29 am | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

It’s been hailed as a wonder drug with the potential to change dozens of lives. But Kalydeco, a breakthrough treatment for a strand of cystic fibrosis called G551D, sits languishing on PHARMAC’s funding list amongst 100+ other medications not available ... More >>

Northland Maori Commissioning Collective emerges

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 3:48 pm | Ngati Hine Health Trust

Ngati Hine Health Trust held its Stakeholder Meeting with a full house at Tau Henare Marae in Pipiwai earlier this week. The meeting followed on from the trust’s AGM, giving an opportunity to connect with communities in the north and make some key ... More >>

Petitions Presented: A United Stand for Medicines

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 2:06 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Today at Parliament at 12.30 pm, eight petitions are being presented for medicines to be funded for a number of diseases to Members of Parliament from ACT, National, Labour and NZ First. Representatives of the political parties will speak, as well ... More >>

Quality Account: Improvements and achievements celebrated

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 1:44 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Mahi Tahi (Better Together), The Red to Green system, and The Blokes Book are among the initiatives celebrated in the 2018/2019 Quality Account document. More >>

Evacuation of Lakes District Hospital

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 1:27 pm | Southern District Health Board

The Queenstown Fire Service is investigating a burning smell and fire alarm activation at Lakes District Hospital. More >>

Learning from adverse events report

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 1:13 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Each year, health care adverse events are reported to the Commission by district health boards (DHBs) and other health care providers. The Commission works with these providers to encourage an open culture of reporting, to learn from what happened, ... More >>




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