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In Crisis, Do We Turn To Nature?

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 4:07 pm | Wellington School Of Architecture

Investigating our need for nature during the covid-19 pandemic in Aotearoa By R.B. MacKinnon and M. Pedersen Zari It seems an ordinary scene: a sunny day in the park, dogs bounding across the grass; parents chasing after energetic children; lovers ... More >>

New UC Technology Doubling Ventilator Capacity Could Save Thousands Of Covid-19 Patients

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 3:53 pm | University of Canterbury

A simple, low-cost technology developed by University of Canterbury (UC) engineers could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world by doubling the capacity of ventilators in hospital intensive care units, boosting their capacity to treat ... More >>

Research To Address Inequities In Maternal Health Services For Māori Receives A Better Start Funding

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:50 pm | A Better Start National Science Challenge

New research by the University of Waikato aims to address inequities in maternal health services for Māori by using Māori knowledge and tikanga to empower Māori families. The research investment by A Better Start National Science Challenge is ... More >>

COVID-19: Frontline Nurse & Influencer Uses Social Media Platforms To Support Colleagues

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:32 pm | Ecosa

A nurse and social media influencer has used his platform to encourage the donation of products to help support nurses on the frontline of COVID-19 testing Franz Arevalo, a senior clinical nurse, and fitness influencer @thenattynurse has secured thousands ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:26 pm | Ministry of Health

Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. That means New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,153. Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,503. We have 1,447 people who have recovered from ... More >>

Online Support To The Vulnerable And Lonely To Keep Mind And Body Healthy

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 1:53 pm | Stroke Central Region Inc

Free Online Support for Stroke Survivors and their Carers Stroke Central Region is offering free Online Meetings for Stroke Survivors, Carers and anyone else who wants to connect with people and community organisations, outside of their bubble. ... More >>

Sustained Focus On Wellbeing Essential To Support Aotearoa NZ Post-COVID-19

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 1:48 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) welcomes Budget 2020’s investment in social security and wellbeing for Aotearoa New Zealand, but says that sustained investment is needed to ensure existing inequities are not exacerbated by the post-COVID-19 ... More >>

Kiwi Ingenuity: Taking Teleophthalmology to the World

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 1:25 pm | ODocs Eye Care

As Covid-19 takes centre stage in the topic of global healthcare, specialist health departments around the world are already experiencing major patient backlogs. In the Canterbury and Wellington regions alone, more than 1,500 elective surgeries have ... More >>

CiLN Media Release – 19 May 2020

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 9:55 am | eHealthNews.nz

Clinical informaticians are vital to ensuring the positive digital changes in the health system are sustained beyond the Covid-19 crisis. New Zealand’s Clinical Informatics Leadership Network , which has more than 360 members nationwide, has ... More >>

NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 7:29 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More >>

Pacific Islands: Dengue Fever Another Blow For The Pacific

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 4:02 pm | IFRC

Taraivini Kabuta, Fiji Red Cross volunteer shares a message about COVID-19 transmissions through a window to a family in Uciwai Settlement, Fiji As the Pacific Islands battle to keep Covid-19 out, and continues to reel from the aftermath of the Tropical Cyclone ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 2:34 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we have no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. However, our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 today increases by four. These cases are people who returned to New Zealand from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship in April and who had all ... More >>

A Special Day To Consider The Future Sustainability Of Family Doctor Services

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 2:26 pm | General Practice Owners Association

As the world is celebrating Family Doctor Day, the Association which represents General Practice owners in New Zealand, GenPro, is calling for a collaborative debate about the future sustainability of family doctor services to ensure they are able ... More >>

Chief Executive Cancer Control Agency Appointed

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 10:30 am | State Services Commission

The Deputy State Services Commissioner has today announced the appointment of Professor Diana Sarfati as Chief Executive, Cancer Control Agency. The Chief Executive, Cancer Control Agency, is responsible for leading, prioritising, and coordinating cancer ... More >>

Ministry Of Health Celebrates World Family Doctor Day

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 9:09 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health joins all New Zealanders in acknowledging the outstanding work of the nation's family doctors (GPs), on a global day dedicated to these frontline health workers. "Today Tuesday 19 May 2020 is a day of worldwide celebration ... More >>

Study Finds New Clues In Eye Cancer

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 9:07 am | QIMR Berghofer

About five per cent of melanomas in the eye are caused by exposure to sunlight, while the majority are not, a new study by QIMR Berghofer and Queensland Ocular Oncology Service has found. The findings indicate this cancer – uveal melanoma – is made ... More >>

NZ Urgently Needs Immediate Digital Health Tech Investment

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 8:06 am | Make Lemonade

There must be no further delays from the Minister of Health in releasing the findings and recommendations of a comprehensive report of the health and disability system review panel, a leading New Zealand digital health expert says. NZ Health IT (NZHIT) ... More >>

Help Celebrate World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day On 19 May

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:06 am | NZ Society of Gastroentorology

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects over 20,000 New Zealanders. Most are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45 years but can also be diagnosed in childhood. IBD includes two diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These are chronic conditions ... More >>

World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day: The Quest To Make New Zealand More 'Patient-Friendly'

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 6:50 am | Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand

Around the world over fifty countries recognise the 19th of May as World IBD Day. IBD (or Inflammatory Bowel Disease) refers to two diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For New Zealand these diseases carry particular significance. ... More >>

Recognition And Management Of Deterioration In A Rest Home Patient

Monday, 18 May 2020, 4:00 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to appropriately manage a woman’s care when her condition ... More >>

Artemisia Annua Extract To Become Prescription-only Medicine

Monday, 18 May 2020, 3:56 pm | Ministry of Health

Artemisia annua extract is being classified as a prescription medicine from today, following a recommendation from the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC). The new classification means it will no longer be able to be sold in pharmacies or online. ... More >>

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:34 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

June 2020 is bowel cancer awareness month – and it’s also our annual Move your Butt fundraiser. This campaign encourages all New Zealanders to get off their butts and challenge themselves to move more. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve decided ... More >>

Finger-wagging At Senior Doctors Unhelpful

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is concerned some senior geriatricians are being used as scapegoats over a decision to transfer a group of Covid-19 positive rest home residents to Waitakere Hospital. Seven nurses at the hospital ended up ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:01 pm | Ministry of Health

There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,499, of which 1,149 are confirmed cases of COVID-19. We have 1,433 people reported as having recovered ... More >>

Lack Of Support For Vulnerable Mothers Continues

Monday, 18 May 2020, 1:32 pm | Mothers Matter

Mothers Matter is a collaboration of science experts, clinical experts, respected social well-being advocates. It is committed to the legal and moral rights of pregnancy, birthing, post-natal care of women, babies, and whanau. Mothers Matter is incredulous ... More >>

Orion Health Supports COVID-19 Decision-making With A National Algorithm Management Solution

Monday, 18 May 2020, 12:44 pm | Orion Health

Orion Health has today announced it will deliver a free national solution to support scenario modelling, risk prediction, forecasting and planning throughout New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. Accelerated to market through the Ministry of Business, Innovation ... More >>

GP Uptake In E-ordering A Positive Outcome From Lockdown

Monday, 18 May 2020, 9:24 am | Medlab South

Electronic ordering of lab tests has been available around the country for some time now, but the uptake from GPs has been relatively low in some regions. With COVID-19 forcing the country into lockdown, and for many GPs - taking them online, e-ordering ... More >>

How To Respond To A Spike In COVID-19

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 5:08 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says it’s likely that there will be a rise in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, so while there is no need to return to national lockdown, protection of vulnerable people is necessary “Internationally lockdowns have not prevented ... More >>

1 New Confirmed Case Of COVID-19

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 12:44 pm | Ministry of Health

Today there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand. The case is linked to the Rosewood cluster as a household contact of an earlier case. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases is 1,499, ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 12:58 pm | Ministry of Health

Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,498, of which 1,148 are confirmed cases of COVID-19. We now have 1,428 people reported as having ... More >>

Budget Makes Progress In Fixing Disability Services Underfunding, More Needed

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 10:21 am | Disability Support Network

Budget 2020 delivers an important catch-up on the long-term underfunding of the disability sector, but there is much more still to do to ensure all disabled New Zealanders and their families get the support they deserve, says New Zealand Disability ... More >>

Heart Attacks, Heart Failure, Stroke: COVID-19’s Dangerous Cardiovascular Complications

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 7:01 am | University of Virginia

COVID-19 can cause serious cardiovascular complications including heart failure, heart attacks and blood clots that can lead to strokes, emergency medicine doctors report in a new scientific paper. They also caution that COVID-19 treatments can ... More >>

Henderson Dental Clinic's Proactive Safety Measures

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:44 pm | McIntosh Dental

One Of The Safest Dental Clinics In Auckland McIntosh Dental on Henderson’s busy Lincoln Road is very familiar with infection control measures. Although the dental clinic already had stringent infection control measures in place, the coronavirus ... More >>

Canterbury DHB Makes Changes To Visiting At Its Hospitals And Health Centres Under Alert Level 2

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:23 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB has made changes to its visitor restrictions under Alert Level 2. The key changes are at Christchurch Hospital where visiting hours have changed. More >>

1 New Case Of COVID-19

Friday, 15 May 2020, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting one new confirmed case of COVID-19. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases is now 1,498, of which 1,148 are confirmed. Today’s confirmed case is linked to the Marist cluster in Auckland and was identified ... More >>

Health Research Funding Falls: 2020 Budget

Friday, 15 May 2020, 12:52 pm | New Zealanders for Health Research

The 2020 Budget once again fails to recognise the role of health research in keeping New Zealanders healthy and out of hospital says advocacy organisation New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR). “Last year the government invested just 0.81% of health ... More >>

Doctors Say New Health Funding Must Prioritise Equity

Friday, 15 May 2020, 12:48 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) welcomes the Government’s announcement of a funding package for the Aotearoa NZ health system, noting that applying an equity and Te Tiriti-centred lens to decision-making would support equitable ... More >>

Budget 2020: Medical Device Sector Welcomes $3.92 Billion Investment In Healthcare Sector

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 5:03 pm | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

The Medical Technology Association of New Zealand , the national industry body representing medical technology companies in NZ, welcomes the Government’s $3.92 billion investment in the healthcare sector announced in today’s Budget. “COVID-19 has put the NZ ... More >>

Budget 2020 Presents Opportunities And Concerns

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:32 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes today’s Budget, while feeling some concern that mental health is at a crossroads. "Today’s budget could mean two things for mental health," MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says. “One: ... More >>

PANUI - Waitangi Outreach Covid19 Testing & Flu Immunisations Monday 18 May

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 3:21 pm | Ngati Hine Health Trust

We have another Outreach Covid19 Testing & Flu Immunisations coming up in Waitangi When: Monday 18th May from 10am-2pm Where @ Te Tiriti Beach House, 36 Te Kemara Ave, Waitangi (see map included) More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

For the third consecutive day, we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,497, of which 1,147 are confirmed. We now have 1,411 people reported as having recovered ... More >>

Covid-19 Mental Health Survey Shows Participants Are ‘stressed But Resilient’

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 10:25 am | University of Waikato

Psychologists at the University of Waikato have released preliminary results of their survey looking into New Zealanders’ mental health during the Covid-19 crisis, and the findings show Kiwis are feeling stressed but resilient. The online survey, ... More >>

Salvation Army Concerned Over Lack Of Cultural And Spiritual Consideration In Covid-19 Response Bill

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:11 am | The Salvation Army New Zealand

The Salvation Army is concerned that cultural and spiritual wellbeing are not being considered alongside physical wellbeing, in the Health Response Bill before Parliament. “This Bill worries us deeply. There is no allowance or trust for religious gatherings, More >>

Addiction Practitioners Give Government Initiatives The Thumbs Up

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:07 am | DAPAANZ

Addiction practitioners say fresh government initiatives that support health and disability workers like themselves during COVID-19 are timely and very welcome. “Unfortunately, the economic impact and downstream effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of many ... More >>

Bay Of Plenty DHB Updates Visitor Policy Under Alert Level 2

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:42 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board recognises the important role of visitors in the healing process. With this in mind, we have updated our visitor policy under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, while continuing to protect patients and staff from any potential ... More >>

Horowhenua Community Wellbeing Committee Urges Residents To Get Tested For COVID-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:34 pm | Horowhenua District Council

The Horowhenua District Council Community Wellbeing Committee is urging residents to get tested for COVID-19. The Committee, which includes community and government organisations and agencies who work within Horowhenua, held a meeting via audio-visual ... More >>

Serious Lessons From Waitakere Hospital COVID-19 Report

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:20 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says it welcomes the incident review report released today by Waitematā District Health Board (DHB) into COVID-19 Staff infections at Waitakere Hospital April. Seven nurses contracted the virus at the ... More >>

Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund Giving Away Up To $200,000 Worth Of COVID-19 Grants By May 28

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 5:11 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is excited to launch the Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund , which has been created to help charitable organisations and community groups help tāngata whaiora (or those of us who live with mental health and addictions ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 1:50 pm | Ministry of Health

Again today, we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19. This encouraging news means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,497, of which 1,147 are confirmed. We now have 1,402 people reported as having recovered ... More >>

Christchurch Researchers Asking Parents What Information They Need About COVID And Children’s Health

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 11:24 am | University of Otago

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers and paediatricians are launching an urgent study to understand what information parents need to understand and feel reassured about COVID-19 and its potential impact on children. The study comes as parents prepare ... More >>

Dentists Reassure About Safety In Level 2; Advises Public To Contact For Appointments

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 10:56 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is reassuring patients that they are safe to book dental treatment under level 2 restrictions from tomorrow, but advises people to phone ahead, instead of simply turning up at clinics. Triaging questions need ... More >>

COVID-19: UVA Discovery Spurs Clinical Trial Of Antidepressant To Fight Virus

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 7:23 am | University of Virginia

An antidepressant medication is being tested as a potential treatment for COVID-19 after University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers determined it may prevent dangerous overreactions by the immune system. Researchers at the Washington University ... More >>

NZNO Pays Tribute To Nurses Who Have Died Internationally

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 3:49 pm | NZNO

On the International Day of the Nurse, NZNO is paying tribute to the 301 nurses from 32 countries who have died from their frontline work fighting COVID-19. This is the latest tally from Global Nurses United (GNU), but GNU Co-ordinator Ken Zinn ... More >>

International Nurses Day 2020 Is All About Celebrating Nurses

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 3:05 pm | Ministry of Health

Now more than ever, there's compelling evidence that ensuring we have a strong nursing workforce leads to better health outcomes for individuals, families, whânau, communities and countries. Every day, thousands of nurses have been going to work to fight COVID-19, ... More >>

Keeping Your Home Healthy In Lockdown And Beyond

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:50 pm | Branz

Covid-19 means most people are spending a lot more time at home. For those who live in cold, damp and mouldy properties it can also mean increased risk to health and wellbeing. But spending more time at home is also an opportunity to learn how to ... More >>

Pharmacists Call For Extra Funding For Vulnerable Populations

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:30 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for all pharmacists, welcomes the Government’s announcement of $3.9 billion in extra funding for District Health boards in Budget 2020. The Pharmaceutical Society is calling for District Health ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:03 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases remains at 1,497, of which 1,147 are confirmed. We now have 1,398 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, an ... More >>

Bowen Hospital’s new operating theatre meets demand

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 12:55 pm | Acurity Health Group

A new specialised operating theatre at Bowen Hospital is now operational and will support the Wellington community to meet the backlog of cases as Covid-19 Alert restrictions levels are lowered. More >>

HealthCare NZ Is Working With The Ministry Of Health To Deliver A New Wellbeing Service

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 11:39 am | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ is proud to be supporting frontline healthcare workers as part of the Ministry of Health’s psychosocial response by providing access to psychological health and wellbeing support. General Manager Mental Health & Wellbeing, ... More >>

Targeted Action Can Prevent Suicide Increases

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 9:54 am | RANZCP

A forecasted surge in suicide rates due to the impacts of COVID-19, its associated restrictions and their secondary social, economic and personal consequences is not inevitable according to the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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