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Government Needs To Make Family Carers' Payments Simple And Sensible

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 8:14 am | NZ Disability Support Network

The Court of Appeal's just-released decision that family carers of disabled people are not employees of Whaikaha, the Ministry of Disabled People, shows policy in this area must be fixed, says New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds. More >>

‘Another Nail In The Coffin’ - Vaping Study Shows Link To Heart Failure

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 8:08 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation believes the new research provides further evidence that vaping is harmful to your health. More >>

Vaping ‘Report Card’ For Government Reveals Average Grades

Monday, 15 April 2024, 12:16 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

As thousands of parents comb through their children’s Term 1 report cards, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ has given the Government its very own. More >>

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New $12M Wellness & Diagnostic Centre Opens In Hamilton ‘Disrupting The Historic Continuum’ For Māori

Monday, 15 April 2024, 8:43 am | Te Kohao Health

Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII will officially open the $12 million Te Kōhao Health, Wellness and Diagnostic Centre located in the heart of the Enderley community in East Hamilton. More >>

When Can My Baby Drink Cow’s Milk?

Friday, 12 April 2024, 2:47 pm | Dietitians NZ

This is the question answered by representatives of the Paediatric Specialist Interest Group of Dietitians New Zealand. More >>

Seeing Breasts Everywhere? Maybe It’s A Sign…..says New BCFNZ Campaign, Via Ogilvy

Friday, 12 April 2024, 2:07 pm | Ogilvy

Live now, the ‘Maybe it’s a sign’ campaign aims to create an always on mammogram reminder, deploying images of breast-like objects on a hero social film and throughout the country with a simple call to action; maybe it’s time to book a mammogram. More >>

Pharmac Simplifies Access To A Medicine For The Rare Disorder, Wilson Disease

Friday, 12 April 2024, 2:05 pm | PHARMAC

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga is making it easier for people with Wilson disease to get the medicine they need. From 1 May, trientine will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule. At the moment people access it through one of Pharmac’s exceptional circumstances ... More >>

Fresh NZ-grown Vegetables Now Even Better Value For Cash Strapped Kiwis

Friday, 12 April 2024, 10:57 am | Vegetables New Zealand

The latest fall in prices shows that fresh, healthy New Zealand grown vegetables are now even better value. ‘Times are tough for a lot of New Zealanders but one way to reduce cost and improve health is to Add One More Vegetable to meals prepared ... More >>

PSNZ Stands Against Changes To Free Influenza Vaccine Eligibility

Friday, 12 April 2024, 10:04 am | Paediatric Society of NZ

Te Kahui Matai Arotamariki o Aotearoa, the Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ), opposes the recent government decision to alter the eligibility criteria for free influenza vaccinations. The modifications have resulted in the discontinuation of ... More >>

Healthy Meals, Healthy Futures: The Paediatric Society And Diabetes Experts Call For Support Of School Lunch Programme

Friday, 12 April 2024, 9:57 am | Paediatric Society of NZ

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand | Te Kāhui Mātai Arotamariki o Aotearoa (PSNZ), along with its Clinical Network for Children and Young People with Diabetes, is calling on the government to reconsider the proposed cuts or narrowing of the ... More >>

Medical Council Of New Zealand Election Outcome

Friday, 12 April 2024, 9:33 am | Medical Council of New Zealand

Doctors Stephen Child and Ainsley Goodman are current Council members and were re-elected. More >>

Third Age Health Expands Aged Residential Care Services With Hub Aged Care Acquisition

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 12:37 pm | Third Age Health

The acquisition allows Third Age Health to extend its reach and service commitment on a national scale. More >>

30 Years Of PlunketLine – Supporting Parents And Caregivers Across The Country 24/7

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Plunket Society

PlunketLine is celebrating a significant milestone today, as the much-loved free-to-call telehealth service turns 30 years old. Day, night, and in the wee hours of the morning, PlunketLine registered nurses are available to talk to anyone who has questions or ... More >>

PHO THINK Hauora Hosts Health Wānanga Focused On Enhancing Primary Health Care

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 10:30 am | THINK Hauora

“Having a platform to share and explore enhancements being made across the General Practice model of care and their impact on communities has been valuable for everyone that was able to make it,” says Mrs Maxwell. More >>

Luxon’s Health Targets Delusional Without Workforce Measures

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 2:43 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

"Staff shortages are a factor, both in longer stays in ED and wait times for elective procedures." More >>

Call To Fund More Boots On The Ground For Vaping Vigilance

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 2:24 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Chief Executive Ms Letitia Harding says that news of job cuts in the Regulated Products Team at the Ministry of Health was unfortunate, but not surprising. More >>

Two Peter Snow Memorial Award Winners Presented At The National Rural Health Conference 2024

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 8:57 pm | Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network

Rhoena Davis has been recognised as the recipient for 2023, while Kyle Eggleton has been awarded the honour for 2024. Both recipients were nominated for their longstanding service and dedication to rural health. More >>

Lack Of Political Will To Improve Lives Of Disabled People In New Zealand

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 3:44 pm | IHC

Once again, the one in four New Zealanders with a disability are not a priority for this Government, says IHC New Zealand. This is despite it being over 20 years since the National Health Committee’s report ‘To Have An Ordinary Life’ that ... More >>

CAPHRA: Unveiling The Truth: The Misguided Prohibitionist Agenda

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 6:27 am | CAPHRA

In a bold response to recent publications by the Public Health Collaboration Council (, Nancy Loucas, the Executive Coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA), has called out what she describes as a ... More >>

Dietitians Celebrate Dietitans Week Highlighting Integrity And High Standard Of Practice In Aotearoa New Zealand

Sunday, 7 April 2024, 3:51 am | Dietitians NZ

The theme for New Zealand in 2024 is ‘Dietitians Fuel Your Health’, highlighting the crucial role of dietitians in promoting health and wellbeing. More >>

Ministry Of Health Remains Committed To Suicide Prevention

Saturday, 6 April 2024, 6:17 pm | Ministry of Health

The proposals that Ministry of Health staff are being consulted on include bringing together suicide prevention expertise with the expertise of our lived experience, system insights and clinical teams. More >>

Update On The Invercargill After Hours Clinic

Saturday, 6 April 2024, 6:22 am | WellSouth

The Invercargill After Hours Clinic, organised by WellSouth Primary Health Network was stood up quickly to make sure there was face-to-face primary care available, after the IUDS service ended. WellSouth, the primary health organisation (PHO) for ... More >>

Muriwhenua Wellbeing Festival – A Celebration Of The Turning Tide Of Health Reform In Te Hiku

Friday, 5 April 2024, 4:07 pm | Taikorihi Locality

Te Hiku Hauora CEO Maria Baker says there is a second festival in the planning for further in the year, but Saturday’s event is aimed at connecting whānau to local primary health services and resources in Te Hiku that focus on hauora and wellbeing. More >>

Unlock Your Wellness With The Endocannabinoid System This World Health Day

Friday, 5 April 2024, 11:34 am | The Cannabis Clinic

As World Health Day approaches on April 7th, we aim to shed light on a system many may not be familiar with but plays a crucial role in our well-being: the endocannabinoid system (ECS). More >>

Pharmac Seeking Bids From Suppliers To Fund Another Type Of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Friday, 5 April 2024, 10:05 am | PHARMAC

“Pharmac is looking to fund a new type of oestradiol treatment without restrictions,” says Dr David Hughes, Pharmac’s Director Advice and Assessment/Chief Medical Officer. More >>

Fresh Minds And Tāmaki Health Delighted To Be Supporting Workforce Pathways

Friday, 5 April 2024, 8:41 am | ProCare Fresh Minds

“With an estimated shortage of approximately 1,000 psychologists across the country, we are pleased to take an active role in supporting the incoming cohort of professionals, with what we understand to be the first psychology internship hub based in a primary ... More >>

Closing Suicide Prevention Office Among 134 Job Losses Proposed At Health

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 2:21 pm | Public Service Association

"The proposals to axe the Suicide Prevention Office and specialist health workers in mental health make a mockery of the Government’s new portfolio of Minister for Mental Health." More >>

Health Warning Lifted For Algal Bloom In Pureora | Pareora River At SH1

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 1:23 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Recent cyanobacteria surveys of the Pureora/Pareora River at SH1 have shown that the Pureora | Pareora River flows are such that the riverbed at this site is dry and the potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river have dried out ... More >>

Our Fruit Box Or OFB Raw Fruit Juice Recalled Due To Potential Food Safety Risks

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 12:11 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

New Zealand Food Safety is directing a recall of all raw fruit juice from Our Fruit Box & is advising people not to consume the product. The company making these juices has not been registered under the Food Act, so consumers cannot be certain that risks ... More >>

Māori And Pasifika Flu Vaccine Boost This Winter

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 6:34 pm | WellSouth

WellSouth Primary Health Network is filling a gap for Māori and Pasifika aged 55-64 years old to get a free flu vaccine. More >>

Health Warning – Algal Bloom In The Waihi River - Upstream Of Wilson Street Bridge In Geraldine

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 6:32 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

The warning follows finding moderate to high cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the Waihi River. People should avoid the area and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted. More >>

Big Push To Get 40% Of Gay And Bisexual Men To Test For HIV In Their Homes (or Anywhere)

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 10:52 am | Burnett Foundation Aotearoa

In 2006, 64.3% of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) had not tested for HIV recently, that number dropped to 55.7% in 2014, and again to 40% in 2022. We know that almost all transmissions occur from people who don’t know they ... More >>

1 In 5 Drugs Not As Expected - 2023 Drug Checking Report

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 10:38 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Significant growth in drug checking availability and uptake is helping to prevent harm in more parts of the community, the NZ Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri says. The Foundation’s drug checking service tested 2602 samples ... More >>

Cannabis Use Bad For The Lungs And The Heart

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 9:25 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

As the perception of the harms of cannabis decreases, new evidence has emerged linking the illicit drug to lung and heart disease. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ believes the new research will challenge the common misconception that cannabis ... More >>

Oral Tobacco And Nicotine Products: Do We Want Them In NZ?

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 8:34 am | Public Health Communication Centre

The Government appears poised to allow the sale of oral tobacco and nicotine products in Aotearoa NZ. However public health researchers warn that the tobacco industry is promoting these addictive products to young people who are vulnerable to nicotine ... More >>

Life-saving Treatment For Deadliest Form Of Breast Cancer A Step Closer To Being Funded

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 7:47 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Hope is on the horizon for Kiwis with the most aggressive form of breast cancer now that Pharmac’s cancer advisors have recommended pembrolizumab (branded as Keytruda) be funded for both early and advanced triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Between ... More >>

Statement By The Institute Of Community Psychology Aotearoa (IComPA)

Tuesday, 2 April 2024, 5:59 pm | Institute Of Community Psychology Aotearoa

As an Institute of the New Zealand Psychological Society, we are deeply concerned about the wider impacts of the reduction in flexibility and available disability supports for disabled people and their families. The announced changes on 18 March ... More >>

Psychologists Call For Funding Rule Changes To Be Reversed

Tuesday, 2 April 2024, 5:29 pm | New Zealand Psychological Society

NZPsS calls on the Government to provide additional funding for Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, and for the Ministry to reinstate the previous rules. More >>

Health Warning Lifted For Algal Bloom In Te Roto O Wairewa | Lake Forsyth

Tuesday, 2 April 2024, 3:07 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Recent water testing at Te Roto o Wairewa | Lake Forsyth has shown the quantity of potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) in the lake has reduced and concentrations are now below levels that are of concern to public health. More >>

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs), Insulin Pumps And Insulin Pump Consumables

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 3:15 pm | NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes

The New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) is delighted with the Pharmac announcement today that continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps would be fully funded for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) from July this year. Dr Rosemary ... More >>

2024 Ryman Prize Awarded To Globally Renowned Brain Health Expert Professor Vladimir Hachinski

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 2:12 pm | Ryman Healthcare

Canadian clinical neuroscientist and researcher Professor Vladimir Hachinski has been announced the winner of the 2024 Ryman Prize - an annual $250,000 grant for the world’s best discovery, development, advancement or achievement that enhances ... More >>

Here (should Not) Be Dragons

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 1:33 pm | Department of Conservation

A rogue Australian water dragon has been removed from Papaitonga Scenic Reserve near Levin, prompting the Department of Conservation to remind people not to dump unwanted pets on conservation land. Water dragons are a native Australian semi-aquatic ... More >>

Pharmac Asking For Feedback On A Funding Proposal To Change The Lives Of 18,000 New Zealanders With Type 1 Diabetes

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 1:30 pm | PHARMAC

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga wants to hear what people think of a funding proposal for continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), insulin pumps, and insulin pump consumables. “We’ve reached provisional agreements with suppliers to provide funded CGMs, ... More >>

Period Equity In Aotearoa: Commendations On A Drop In The Ocean

Wednesday, 27 March 2024, 2:38 pm | The Period Place

We commend the Coalition Government for its commitment to funding the continuation of the period products in schools programme - Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata - for another year. We urge all stakeholders to join us in congratulating the Coalition ... More >>

$100k Fundraising Campaign Launched To Fit Out New Christchurch Birthing Unit

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 5:27 pm | Maia Health Foundation

A Canterbury health charity is aiming to raise $100,000 to put world-class finishing touches on Christchurch’s new central city birthing unit. The unit, called Kurawaka Waipapa, is being hailed as a gamechanger for the city, which is desperately short ... More >>

Self-compassion Could Help Endometriosis Sufferers

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 11:02 am | University of Canterbury

New research shows endometriosis sufferers in New Zealand are likely to show some improvement in quality of life if they practise self-compassion. Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral candidate Chelsea Skinner surveyed ... More >>

Bangers To Bluff 2024: A Journey Of Endurance And Support For MS New Zealand

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 5:57 am | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

The event aims to raise both awareness and vital funds for Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand and other charities the Rotary Club supports. More >>

Lack Of Informed Consent For Circumcision Procedure

Monday, 25 March 2024, 2:05 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell has found that a GP breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for his care of a teenager who underwent a circumcision procedure for cultural reasons. ... More >>

Significant Milestone Reached In First NZ CAR T-cell Trial As Preparations Made For Larger Phase 2 Registration Trial

Monday, 25 March 2024, 10:30 am | Joint Press Release

The goal of CAR T-cell cancer therapy becoming a standard of care in New Zealand is another step closer with patient enrolment completed and a total of 30 patients treated within the Malaghan Institute’s ENABLE phase 1 safety trial, says Malaghan ... More >>

After-hours Mental Health Support Space Opens Arms, Ears, And Doors In Heart Of Kaitāia

Friday, 22 March 2024, 3:46 pm | Rakau Ora

A safe space in the heart of Kaitāia has opened its doors wide this week to welcome whānau requiring mental health support after traditional clinic hours. The Rākau Ora drop-in pilot inaugurated its establishment in Kaitāia this Monday [Editors: ... More >>

Government Measures To ‘crackdown’ On Youth Vaping Do Not Go Far Enough Says Health Coalition Aotearoa

Friday, 22 March 2024, 9:54 am | Health Coalition Aotearoa

While the Government’s announcement to cease the sale of disposable vapes and increase penalties for non-compliant retailers is seen as a start to addressing youth vaping issues, members from the Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) Smokefree Expert ... More >>

The Countdown Is On For The Gold Coast Scientific Meeting

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 7:35 pm | Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Registrations for the 2024 TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health and Respiratory Science will soon close. With 1,200 delegates and climbing, TSANZ CEO, Vincent So shares his excitement for the upcoming March 22-26 event. “We ... More >>

Bloody Anxious: 80% Suffer Anxiety At Work Because Of Their Period

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 5:09 pm | Hello Period

A recent survey of New Zealanders and Australians has found that more than half of Kiwis with a menstrual period have called in sick to work as a result of their symptoms. And of those, a whopping 2/3 in New Zealand, and 3/4 in Australia, have ... More >>

Canterbury Construction Company Throws Support Behind Maia Health Foundation

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 2:55 pm | Maia Health Foundation

The chance to be ‘part of the solution’ is the driving force behind Leighs Construction’s new partnership with Canterbury’s Maia Health Foundation. Founded in 1995, Leighs Construction has a proud history of delivering projects throughout New Zealand, the ... More >>

Peer Mental Support Role In EDs Is A Positive Move

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 10:25 am | Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

The announcement today by the Minister for Mental Health Matt Doocey that a new mental health and addiction peer support service will be set up in hospital emergency departments is a positive move. "People who are experiencing mental distress ... More >>

Despite The Legal Ramifications, A New Study Reveals That Nearly Half Of All Kiwis Disagree Mental Health Is A Priority

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 9:39 am | Umbrella

A new Mental Safety At Work report has revealed that almost half [47.4%] of Kiwi employees disagree that their workplace prioritises the psychological well-being of staff and over a quarter think they need to stay silent about problems and tough ... More >>

Lung Health Experts Call On The Government To Partner On Smokefree Strategy

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 7:05 am | Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Thoracic Society is saddened by the repeal of New Zealand’s world-leading smokefree legislation. We are asking the Government to partner with the health workforce so we can get this right. More >>

Ryman Healthcare Is Pleased To Announce That Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets Have Been Validated By The SBTi

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 5:42 am | Ryman Healthcare

This achievement has been reached following Ryman formally setting an emissions reduction target of 42% for scopes 1 and 2, to be achieved by 2030 relative to a base year of 2021. Ryman Group CEO Richard Umbers says, “Achieving SBTi’s validation ... More >>

NZ Speech-language Therapists’ Association Expresses Deep Concern Over Whaikaha’s Changes To Disability Support Funding

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 8:19 pm | The PR Company

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) is deeply troubled by the changes Whaikaha, the Ministry for Disabled People, has made to the Purchasing Rules for disability support funding. Effective from Monday, March 18, 2024, Whaikaha ... More >>

Leading Respiratory Health Organisation Calls For Ban Of All Engineered Stone Products

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 10:00 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is calling for a ban on engineered stone to better protect respiratory health for all workers throughout the country. This echoes calls from Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Thoracic ... More >>



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