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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 >>

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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 >>

One In Three Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Deaths Linked To Working Outdoors

Thursday, 9 November 2023, 7:02 pm | UN News

Nearly one in every three deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancer is caused by working under the sun, according to a joint report released on Wednesday by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Nonmelanoma ... More >>

2022 Maternity Survey Shows Positive Results In Face Of Under-funding And Covid-19

Thursday, 9 November 2023, 1:43 pm | New Zealand College of Midwives

The 2022 Survey of Whānau and Families’ Experience and Perceptions of the Maternity System has shown positive experiences amongst women and whānau accessing maternity care in Aotearoa. The survey, usually carried out every three years, was last published ... More >>

United Nations And World Health Organisation Pandemic Treaties And Their Effect On Human Rights

Tuesday, 7 November 2023, 5:25 pm | Keri Molloy

December 1 deadline looms New Zealanders are raising real concerns about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) bid for global control of future outbreaks of an infectious pathogen it considers a potential health risk. A group of concerned citizens is drawing ... More >>

More Opportunities To Donate Blood In The Auckland And Northland Regions

Tuesday, 7 November 2023, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Blood Service

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has added a second mobile blood drive team to service more communities in the Auckland and Northland regions. It comes as the demand for blood has been increasing by four percent every year and is forecast to keep growing. ... More >>

Drug Foundation Urges Public To Check Drugs As Highly Potent Opioid Spreads

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 3:03 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A group of powerful synthetic opioids that were first detected in the country just a year ago may have already been linked to several deaths. A notification released by High Alert late yesterday is just the latest in a series of warnings about nitazenes, ... More >>

Global Survey Reveals Cochlear Implant Users Face Mounting Costs And Inconsistent Support

Friday, 3 November 2023, 8:56 am | CIICA

The Cochlear Implant International Community of Action (CIICA) and York University, Toronto, conducted a ground-breaking survey that reveals the severe financial pressures cochlear implant (CI) users experience worldwide. Over half, or a notable 54%, of ... More >>

Key Insights Unveiled: NZ Medical Workforce in 2023 Survey Reveals Transformative Trends

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 8:52 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa | The Medical Council of New Zealand is pleased to release the findings from the New Zealand Medical Workforce in 2023 Survey . A comprehensive report that delves deep into the dynamics of doctors working in Aotearoa. This report ... More >>

A Rule Of Two For Faster Access To Pharmaceuticals

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 8:49 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington ( Thursday, 2 November 2023 ) - The New Zealand Initiative’s latest report argues New Zealand could have safe and faster access to new pharmaceuticals by relying on overseas approvals. The report proposes the Rule of Two. Drugs approved ... More >>

Major Gap In Public Safety From Contaminated Gloves Identified: “Don’t Be Cheap,” Says Industry Veteran

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 2:59 pm | Eagle Protect

Eagle Protect founder Steve Ardagh. Billions of protective gloves imported into the U.S. arrive with potential chemical and microbiological contaminant risks, without any inspection procedures, says a veteran glove supplier. These are the same gloves ... More >>

New Government Must Move Quickly To Save Lives

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 4:38 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

Whatever the final shape of the new coalition Government, its health policy needs to address an urgent problem that is taking the lives of 700 men each year – prostate cancer. We need better systems for early detection of the disease, but there is no ... More >>

Milk Sales Continue To Fall In US; Milk Alternatives Rise

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 4:36 pm | Martha Rosenberg

“Got milk?” wrote Fast Company as it reported that “Dean Foods, the largest U.S. milk producer” had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2019. “You probably don’t. Or you do, and it’s just a splash in your coffee. Or you do, ... More >>

Ipsos Strengthens Its Position In The Public Sector By Acquiring CBG Health Research In New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 10:04 am | Ipsos

  Ipsos, one of the world's leading market research companies, announces the acquisition of CBG Health Research Ltd (CBG) from Reach Aotearoa, a major provider of research, surveying and telehealth services in New Zealand. Adding to Ipsos’ ... More >>

Midwives Gather For Conference In Christchurch

Tuesday, 31 October 2023, 5:52 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

More than 500 midwives will attend the biennial national conference in Christchurch starting on Thursday. In November 2021, the College was to hold one of the first conferences in the new conference centre Te Pae in however it was cancelled due to ... More >>

Check The Water For Algal Blooms Before Using Lakes And Rivers This Summer

Tuesday, 31 October 2023, 3:03 pm | Toi Te Ora Public Health

31 October 2023 Whether you’re a local or visiting for the summer, take a moment to check the water for algal blooms in lakes and rivers. During the warmer months lakes and rivers can be affected by blooms of blue-green algae which are potentially ... More >>

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

Tuesday, 31 October 2023, 9:04 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 >>

GJ Gardner Continues Support Of Respiratory Community

Monday, 30 October 2023, 6:40 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

New Zealand’s most trusted home builder G.J. Gardner is continuing its ongoing support of Kiwis living with respiratory conditions. The company has re-signed as the only Platinum partner of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s Friends of ... More >>

Sex, Drugs And Health Checks

Monday, 30 October 2023, 5:48 pm | University of Auckland

New research finds the most sexually adventurous gay and bisexual men are also the most vigilant with HIV prevention. More than a third of gay and bisexual men in New Zealand report recently having group sex and the same proportion say they use drugs ... More >>

New Chief Executive For The Hepatitis Foundation Of New Zealand

Monday, 30 October 2023, 5:46 pm | Hepatitis Foundation

The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand is delighted to announce the appointment of new Chief Executive, Sarah Davey. With an extensive background in healthcare and a passion for making a difference in the lives of those affected by hepatitis, Sarah ... More >>

Waikato DHB Breached Code For Services Provided To Pregnant Woman

Monday, 30 October 2023, 2:31 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) (now Te Whatu Ora Waikato) breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) for not providing services with reasonable care and skill to a pregnant woman. While she was 12 weeks ... More >>

A District Health Board Breaches The Code For Inadequate Assessment Of Older Woman’s Risk Of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Monday, 30 October 2023, 2:26 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found a district health board (DHB) (now Te Whatu Ora) failed to provide an appropriate standard of care in its management of risks relating to a woman’s surgery for a broken ankle. Sadly, the ... More >>

Nurse Breaches Woman’s Rights By Performing Excision That Was Not Consented To

Monday, 30 October 2023, 2:18 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has recommended a nurse complete HDC’s online training module on informed consent. She has also recommended the nurse apologise to a woman for breaching her rights to be fully informed, and to be provided services ... More >>

Give A Bit Of Green: Fundraising Campaign Launched To Create New Zealand’s First Indoor Hospital Healing Garden

Monday, 30 October 2023, 9:55 am | Well Foundation

New Zealanders are being encouraged to get behind a public fundraising campaign, GIVE A BIT OF GREEN, to create the country’s first-ever large-scale, indoor hospital Healing Garden. The greenspace will become the centrepiece of the new state-of-the-art ... More >>

Switch to Water Challenge launches on National Oral Health Day

Monday, 30 October 2023, 6:24 am | New Zealand Dental Association

New Zealand’s Dental Association (NZDA) is asking Kiwis to ditch sugary drinks for the month of November as part of the NZDA’s annual Switch to Water Challenge. This year’s 30-day challenge launches on 1 November to coincide with New Zealand’s ... More >>

First Ever International Day For Care And Support: Let’s Make Pay Equity Happen

Sunday, 29 October 2023, 2:05 pm | Public Service Association

Today, on the historic first ever International Day for Care and Support, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA), E tū, and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) are calling for ... More >>

Win On World Stroke Day: Free Blood Pressure Check To Help Save The Lives Of North Island Workers

Friday, 27 October 2023, 4:35 pm | Stroke Foundation

This World Stroke Day (29 October), North Island businesses have a unique opportunity to help save the lives of their staff by reducing their risk of stroke. One lucky business can win a one-day visit from Stroke Foundation’s Health15 Team: a specialist ... More >>

Cystic Fibrosis NZ Supports Calls For Change Of Pharmac

Friday, 27 October 2023, 2:46 pm | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

Cystic Fibrosis NZ (CFNZ) is taking a stand alongside patients and patient advocates representing rare disorders and cancers, demanding immediate action to address the leadership and culture of Pharmac, New Zealand's pharmaceutical funding agency. Lisa ... More >>

Pressure Building For UN To Support Right To Health

Friday, 27 October 2023, 12:15 pm | CAPHRA

52 consumer groups from around the world have sent an open letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Volker Türk, calling on the UN to protect the universal Right to Health and endorse harm reduction to reduce smoking. “The Coalition ... More >>

Brain Tumour Support NZ Celebrates International Brain Tumour Awareness Week 2023

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:27 am | Brain Tumour Support New Zealand

[Hamilton, New Zealand]. From 28th October to 4th November, Brain Tumour Support NZ will join patient advocates around the world in marking the 2023 International Brain Tumour Awareness Week. This annual campaign serves as a platform to raise awareness ... More >>

Global Platform Study Presents Results To Guide Care Of Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients Using Routinely Available Drugs

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 6:07 am | Medical Research Institute of New Zealand

The world’s largest trial of multiple interventions for critically ill adults with COVID-19 has simultaneously released results about two of its treatments, vitamin C and simvastatin.   Published today in JAMA and NEJM, and presented at ... More >>

PMA Chief Executive's Courageous Fight Against Breast Cancer

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 8:15 pm | Pasifika Medical Association Group

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Chief Executive, Debbie Sorensen, wife to Peter Cann, a daughter, loving mother and grandmother, opens up about her personal breast cancer journey for the first time. With unwavering strength and resilience, Mrs Sorensen ... More >>

Latest Suicide Statistics Another Sad Day For Mental Health In New Zealand

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Association of Counsellors

The sad reality of the latest suicide statistics belies the true cost borne by whānau and communities throughout Aotearoa, and should be a wake-up call for the incoming Government. So says NZ Association of President Sarah Maindonald following the recent ... More >>

The Selwyn Foundation Launches $550,000 Respectful Ageing Innovation Challenge

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 12:14 pm | Selwyn Foundation

The Selwyn Foundation has launched its inaugural Respectful Ageing Innovation Challenge, which will see $550,000 given to develop solutions to the complex problems seniors face. The Selwyn Foundation embarked on a transformation process two years ago, selling ... More >>

Spectrum Foundation Funds Over $200,000 Worth Of Disability Projects

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 12:23 pm | spectrum foundation

Spectrum Foundation is delighted to confirm the distribution of over $200,000 of funding to seven community organisations, supporting disabled people and their whānau from across Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s the first time the Spectrum Foundation has ... More >>

NZ Study Discovers Harmful Chemicals Leaching From Commonly Sold Tampons

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 6:08 am | Joe Public Relations

A ground-breaking study has shown a commercially available tampon commonly sold in supermarkets contains chemicals that, when inside the body, have been linked to disruptions in hormone regulation and are associated with breast and ovarian cancers. ... More >>

No Media Advisories From Health & Disability Commissioner This Week

Monday, 23 October 2023, 8:20 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Tēna koe, please note that there will be no media advisories or reports issued by the Health & Disability Commissioner on Labour Day October 23. We will resume publication of advisories and reports on October 30. More >>

How To Choose The Right Diet Pills For Your Weight Loss Journey

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 8:25 am | Hugh Grant

Embarking on a weight loss journey can be a challenging endeavour, and for many, the quest for effective tools to assist in shedding those extra pounds often leads to the consideration of diet pills. With an overwhelming array of options available ... More >>

Positive Solutions Are Needed To Address Growing Elective Healthcare Needs Across Aotearoa

Friday, 20 October 2023, 10:45 am | ProCare Health

With many health targets to meet and a stretched healthcare workforce across hospitals and primary care, it’s time to start thinking collectively on how all facets of our health system can work together to address the backlog of surgical waitlists. ... More >>

Huri Whenua Marks The Start Of Waikato’s New Mental Health Facility

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 3:40 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

A huri whenua (sod-turning) ceremony was held at Waiora Waikato hospital campus today (19 October) in preparation for construction to start on the new Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Facility. The ceremony was led by Kaunihera Kaumatua and ... More >>

Eat Water-rich Foods To Stay Hydrated This World Fruit & Vegetable Day

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 10:41 am | Five plus a day

The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is leading a global celebration of fruit and vegetables by encouraging Kiwis to consume more fresh produce with a high water content to boost hydration. World Fruit & Vegetable Day is celebrated by 30 different nations ... More >>

GenPro Chair Announces New Board Members

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 7:51 pm | General Practice Owners Association

Following the AGM held on October 17th, GenPro Chair, Dr. Angus Chambers is pleased to announce the appointment of the following GenPro members to the Board. Dr. Victoria Jones – Dr. Jones is a GP and Director of Katikati Medical Centre, bringing the ... More >>

Find The Best Spot To Swim Before You Dive In This Summer

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 5:44 pm | Health New Zealand Ltd

Swimmers are urged to stay up to date on the quality of their favourite South Canterbury lakes, rivers and beaches to confirm they’re safe to swim in this summer. When you’re heading for a swim, don’t forget to look out for water quality information ... More >>

Protect Yourself From Legionnaires’ Disease When Gardening

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 4:57 pm | Toi Te Ora Public Health

With the warmer weather luring people into their gardens, the local Medical Officer of Health is reminding gardeners to take steps to reduce the risk of becoming infected with Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease, also known as Legionellosis, ... More >>

Doctor Breached Code For Providing Anti-vaccination Misinformation 21HDC02706

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 5:22 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A doctor has been found in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) for sharing a document containing anti-vaccination misinformation to a woman with COVID-19. In November 2021, the woman was isolating at home with ... More >>

Midwives And Mothers Look Forward To New Government Backing Maternity

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 5:16 am | Red PR

With a commitment to maternity and midwifery from National in the lead up to the election, midwives in Huntly and Waihī about to lose their birthing units, are looking forward to hearing from the new Government in the coming weeks. Bernie Miers says ... More >>

Southern District Health Board Breached The Code Over Delayed Colonoscopy 20HDC02382

Monday, 16 October 2023, 6:42 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A report released today by Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell found Southern District Health Board (SDHB) (now Te Whatu Ora Southern) breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) over a delayed colonoscopy ... More >>

Midwife Breached Code For Antenatal Care Of First Time Mother 20HDC00505

Monday, 16 October 2023, 6:41 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has recommended a midwife undertake further training on the identification and management of antenatal risk factors. She has also asked the midwife to apologise to a first-time mother for breaching ... More >>

New Pink Campervan Kicks Off Inaugural Tour, Taking Breast Cancer Awareness To The Regions

Monday, 16 October 2023, 6:39 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s new, state-of-the-art Pink Campervan has embarked on its inaugural tour, taking life-saving breast health education to all regions of Aotearoa New Zealand. ‘Putiputi Ātaahua’, the name gifted to the campervan ... More >>

Pay Equity

Monday, 16 October 2023, 3:51 pm | PathwaysNZ

Is systemic discrimination stopping New Zealand’s 65,000 care and support workers from receiving the support and recognition they rightfully deserve? Is this gender based or is it because they are seen as unqualified and work for community organisations, ... More >>

ANZCA Pilots New Perioperative Medicine Diploma At New Zealand Hospitals

Monday, 16 October 2023, 10:54 am | ANZCA

Two of New Zealand’s largest hospitals are pilot sites for a new Diploma of Perioperative Medicine, led by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). The qualification allows specialist doctors such as anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians, ... More >>

Chiropractic Key To Management Of A Healthy Spine – World Spine Day

Monday, 16 October 2023, 9:55 am | New Zealand Chiropractors' Association

The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association is celebrating World Spine Day (October 16th 2023) by pointing to the burgeoning evidence for chiropractic as the drug free means of managing spinal pain. Patients who first seek physical therapy or chiropractic ... More >>

Get Involved And Get Spotted

Sunday, 15 October 2023, 7:29 pm | Melanoma New Zealand

New Zealand has the worst rate of melanoma in the world - and Melanoma New Zealand’s annual awareness campaign, aims to turn help around this terrible statistic. Get Spotted runs from 16-22 October 2023, raising awareness about melanoma, and the importance ... More >>

Psychology Board NZ Looks To Embrace Forward Thinking And Support Cultural Competence For A Brighter Future

Friday, 13 October 2023, 7:22 pm | Psychology Board NZ

The NZ Psychologists Board's primary concern is consumer protection in the field of psychology, ensuring that clients receive safe, competent, and ethical psychological services. NZPB licenses individual psychologists, ensuring they meet specific educational ... More >>

Digital Training Academy Urged For Health Professionals

Friday, 13 October 2023, 7:21 pm | Digital Health Association

The Digital Health Association (DHA) is urging the incoming government to create a digital health academy to support New Zealand’s health workforce to upskill in the use of digital tools and literacy, and to receive appropriate cyber security ... More >>

World Menopause Day: Outdoor Ads Raise Much-needed Awareness Of Once-taboo Turned Hot Topic

Friday, 13 October 2023, 2:32 pm | Sarah Connor

Making menopause a stage of life that everybody knows about : that’s the mission for the two Gen X campaigners behind a new series of outdoor ads running nationwide via Locky Docks and oOh!media NZ for World Menopause Day (18 October 2023). <img ... More >>

New Te Whatu Ora Funding To Support PSNZ Training

Thursday, 12 October 2023, 2:03 pm | Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) President Rhiannon Braund today announced PSNZ will be providing up to 205 funded Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technician (PACT) training placements over the next 2.5 years after signing a new training agreement ... More >>

Researcher Calls For More Genetic Testing In Diabetes

Thursday, 12 October 2023, 12:11 pm | University of Auckland

Professor of medicine Rinki Murphy is calling for greater use of genetic testing to get the correct diabetes diagnosis. Endocrinologist Professor Rinki Murphy is calling for more genetic testing for a rare type of diabetes. A leading diabetes ... More >>



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