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COVID-19 Update From The New Zealand Government: New Zealand Moves To Orange

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 6:27 pm | COVID-19 All of Government Response Group

From 11.59pm tonight, Wednesday 13 April, New Zealand will move to the Orange traffic light setting. Across the country, case numbers have peaked and are trending downwards. Hospitalisations nationwide are also decreasing. These factors indicate that New ... More >>

NZ Moves To The Orange Traffic Light Setting – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 5:17 pm | Science Media Centre

Indoor gathering limits and seating requirements will be removed when the country moves to Orange at 11:59pm tonight. The Orange setting lifts some masking requirements. They will now be encouraged in schools, for example, but will still be required for ... More >>

High Priced Healthy Food Demands Supermarket Duopoly Dumped

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 4:54 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

New Zealand is caught in a tailspin of rising food prices until the supermarket duopoly is broken up to stop excessive profits dictating who can afford healthy food Health Coalition Aotearoa says. The statement comes after Statistics NZ released ... More >>

Choose Well For Health Care This Easter

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 2:40 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay health officials are reminding people to choose well for health care this Easter holiday period, make sure prescriptions are up-to-date and be COVID responsible by staying vigilant and sticking to the basics. Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick ... More >>

Huge Jump In Self-reported Health Status Of Families Provided With Heat Pumps

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 6:32 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

A recent report by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) on its Warmer Kiwi Homes programme has found that families who were provided with heat pumps, experienced a dramatic improvement in their health. The proportion of respondents ... More >>

Radiation Oncology Facility Construction Underway

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 6:09 pm | Northland District Health Board

Crown funding has been approved to build a radiation oncology facility at Whangarei Hospital. The new facility will expand the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre (JCCTC). It will include one Linear Accelerator (LINAC), two bunkers (one for future growth), ... More >>

Annabelle White Invites Kiwis To Host A Pink Ribbon Breakfast This May

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 6:05 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Much-loved food personality Annabelle White is encouraging people to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to support Kiwi women affected by breast cancer. Pink Ribbon Breakfast is Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s largest annual fundraising campaign. Each May, ... More >>

New Zealand Clinical Trial Company Conducts Study Showing Kiwis Have Strong Immune Response To Pfizer Vaccine

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 6:03 pm | Pacific Clinical Research Network

The findings of a new clinical study, Ka Mātau, Ka Ora, sponsored by the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and undertaken by New Zealand’s leading clinical trial company Pacific Clinical Research Network (PCRN), have revealed a near-universal ... More >>

New Zealand Clinical Trial Company Conducts Study Showing Kiwis Have Strong Immune Response To Pfizer Vaccine

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 6:02 pm | Pacific Clinical Research Network

The findings of a new clinical study, Ka Mātau, Ka Ora, sponsored by the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and undertaken by New Zealand’s leading clinical trial company Pacific Clinical Research Network (PCRN), have revealed a near-universal ... More >>

Forum On Disability Convention Raises Challenging Questions

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 2:57 pm | Human Rights Commission

A national Forum reviewing Aotearoa New Zealand’s progress in improving the rights of disabled people and tāngata whaikaha Māori has raised challenging questions. The ‘Disability Convention: How is New Zealand doing?’ Forum was held by the ... More >>

Expert Advice Sought On Long-term Health Challenges

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 1:01 pm | Ministry of Health

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! E ngā mātanga, e ngā māngai, tēnei te karanga ki a koutou kia tono mai ki tēnei kaupapa, hei āwhina i tā mātou whai atu i te pae ora mō ngā hapori katoa o te motu. Expressions of interest open today for a new ... More >>

Needle Exchange Programme Doubles Its Economic Return

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 10:55 am | Needle Exchange NZ

New research shows that the New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme (NZNEP) has doubled its economic return to our public health system over the last 20 years. The programme cost $5.88 million to run in 2021. Without the programme, our public health system ... More >>

Investigation Highlights The Importance Of Clear Information And Consent Before Undertaking Procedures

Monday, 11 April 2022, 2:26 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner, Dr Vanessa Caldwell, today released a report finding a GP in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to obtain informed consent and provide care with reasonable ... More >>

Issues With Assessment By Multiple Optometrists Result In Delay In Diagnosis Of Glaucoma

Monday, 11 April 2022, 2:25 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner, Morag McDowell, today released a report finding three optometrists and Specsavers Silverdale in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code), for failing to provide services ... More >>

8,700 More Pacific Peoples Need Treatment To Prevent Gout Each Year To Achieve Equity

Monday, 11 April 2022, 1:14 pm | PHARMAC

Pharmac has released the Pacific peoples health – Gout data insights report today. The report shows that, while the prevalence of gout in Pacific peoples continues to climb, access to preventive gout medicine remains inequitable. The latest insights ... More >>

COVID-19 Boosters Approved For 16 To 17 Year Olds

Monday, 11 April 2022, 12:03 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

The Government has announced that rangatahi (young people) aged 16 to 17 years-old can now get their booster of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. MidCentral District Health Board’s Acting COVID-19 Senior Responsible Officer Dr Kelvin Billinghurst says ... More >>

Kiwi Workers Don’t Realise They Are Burnt Out

Monday, 11 April 2022, 9:54 am | Auckland University of Technology

Dr Ashley Bloomfield might recognise that it is time to step down from his role, but when it comes to job burnout, many Kiwis don’t have such insight. That’s according to AUT Business School Professor Jarrod Haar (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti ... More >>

New Zealand’s Leading Health Officials Resign As COVID Deaths Mount

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 6:33 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Three leading officials in New Zealand’s Ministry of Health have announced their resignations, in the middle of the country’s Omicron surge that has overwhelmed hospitals and is killing 10 to 20 people per day. On Wednesday, Director-General ... More >>

Home Support Providers To Struggle To Provide Services Following DHB Pay Equity Settlement

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 1:20 pm | Home and Community Health Association

Following the important pay equity settlement announced today for DHB nurses, health care assistants and customer service workers, the Home and Community Health Association says that there has been insufficient consideration of how this significant settlement ... More >>

Disability Providers Need Funding To Match Care Assistants’ Pay Boost

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 1:14 pm | NZDSN

The significant pay increases set to be awarded to nurses and care assistants working for DHBs will need to be matched with government funding for support workers and nurses working for disability providers. Without that full funding, it will be very ... More >>

Tone Deaf DHBs Pay Peanuts For Staff Wellbeing

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 1:08 pm | ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says DHBs are taking a lazy approach to staff wellbeing by making token payments and providing cheap snacks. Wellington’s Capital and Coast DHB has put $10 into staff accounts as a wellbeing ... More >>

Save St George’s Maternity Petition To Be Delivered On Wednesday

Friday, 8 April 2022, 6:10 pm | Rata Midwives

A petition with more than 30,000 signatures will be presented to the St George’s CEO next Wednesday 13th April. Sheena Ross from Rata Midwives says she has contacted Blair Roxborough to inform him of the plan. “We felt it was important to show the ... More >>

Clinical Study Shows Strong Immune Response To Pfizer Vaccine Across New Zealanders

Friday, 8 April 2022, 6:20 am | Malaghan Institute

A clinical study investigating immune responses to the Pfizer vaccine in New Zealanders at risk for COVID-19 disease has provided reassuring results says Dr Fran Priddy, the Executive Director of Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo ... More >>

Lesser-known Value Of Regular Dental Check-ups

Friday, 8 April 2022, 5:39 am | Custom Street Dentists

By now we all know that visiting a dentist every six months is important. Whether we actually manage to do so is another story, however. There are many reasons for not booking bi-annual check-ups, including fear, inconvenience, or budget constraints. More >>

Why Only Wai? Let's Give Schools Healthy Food Alongside Drinks

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 6:20 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The Government’s proposal for all primary schools to be sugary beverage free is seen as a baby step by health experts, with Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) nutritionists saying the proposal needs to apply to all schools, and include healthy food. Minister ... More >>

Bridging The Divide Between The Health Sector And Rural New Zealand

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 10:34 am | Fieldays NZ

World Health Day brings an opportunity to reflect on the unique challenges rural communities face in accessing healthcare, infrastructure, and services essential to their overall wellness. Up to 1 in 4 New Zealanders are living in rural communities. ... More >>

Study Calls For Urgent Regulation Of Unhealthy Home Deliveries

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 5:44 am | University of Otago

Ordering an online Uber Eats, other food, alcohol or vaping delivery from the comfort of your couch is hugely popular – but a new study is calling for urgent government action, due to concerns unregulated, on-demand, home deliveries may be damaging the ... More >>

Australian Election Campaign Must Debate Vaping

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 4:33 pm | CAPHRA

Australian politicians who recognize the public health potential of vaping will be rewarded with votes, yet most remain too scared to promote the world’s most effective smoking cessation tool, says the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm ... More >>

Director-General Of Health To Step Down In July

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 10:41 am | Public Service Commission

Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, has chosen to step down at the end of July. The Commissioner said Dr Bloomfield had done an outstanding job leading the Government’s ... More >>

New Study To Examine Effects Of Goat Milk Powder Consumption On Nutritional Value And Digestive Comfort In Older Adult

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 9:52 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

A grant of $1,410,978 has been awarded by the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge to the Riddet Institute at Massey University. Warren McNabb, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the Riddet Institute, in conjunction ... More >>

Almost Everyone Now Breathing Polluted Air, Warns WHO

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 6:48 am | WHO

An astonishing 99 per cent of the world’s population breathes polluted air that exceeds internationally approved limits, with negative health impacts kicking in at much lower levels than previously thought, UN medical scientists said on Monday ... More >>

Is Our Response To Pandemics And Health Emergencies Missing Organized Medicine?

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 5:26 am | CNS

When health emergencies occur it is the doctors and other healthcare providers who are on the frontlines in responding to the humanitarian and public health crises. But they along with those impacted are not just part of the ‘problem’ but also ... More >>

COVID-19 Update From The New Zealand Government: New Zealand Remains At Red

Monday, 4 April 2022, 6:29 pm | COVID-19 All of Government Response Group

The Government has received public health advice that now is not yet the time to ease the existing restrictions and drop from Red to Orange.  Even though much of the country has likely experienced the peak of the Omicron outbreak, many ... More >>

Tauranga Leads Way In Groundbreaking Dementia Care

Monday, 4 April 2022, 4:42 pm | Enliven

Tauranga is the first city in New Zealand where dementia patients can access tailored in-home support, specific to their stage of diagnosis. For every person diagnosed with dementia, another two to three people are impacted. “EnlivenPlus” aims to ... More >>

Investigation Highlights The Importance Of Ensuring Adequate Consent For Intellectually Impaired Patients

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released her findings in an investigation that highlight the importance of adequate consent protocols for intellectually impaired patients. Ms McDowell found New Zealand Family Planning Incorporated ... More >>

Inappropriate Relationship Between Nurse And Mental Health Patient

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a Registered Nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for breaching professional and ethical boundaries ... More >>

Coordinated Care Essential To Providing An Effective Mental Health Response

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a district health board (DHB) and a mental health and addiction advocacy and peer support service (the service operating a mental health pilot project), in ... More >>

Know Your Pulse Campaign Launches To Save Lives

Monday, 4 April 2022, 1:39 pm | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is launching an awareness campaign this week, highlighting the importance of knowing how to check your pulse to pick up warning signs that your heart might not be working as well as it should. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common ... More >>

Study Analyses Brains Of Teenage First XV Over Season, To Better Understand Concussion

Monday, 4 April 2022, 12:12 pm | University of Auckland

Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) are using advanced biomechanical modelling to understand the impact of concussion in a study involving teenage rugby players in the Gisborne area over the course of a season. The study is being led ... More >>

Mobile Health Celebrates 20th Year Serving Rural Communities

Monday, 4 April 2022, 11:58 am | Mobile Health

This month Mobile Health celebrated its 20th anniversary. A milestone for the organisation who have successfully treated over 29,000 patients on the mobile surgical unit. “It’s a good time to reflect on the bold ideas and brave support behind getting the mobile ... More >>

Gut Foundation And Purex Team Up For ‘Review Your Poo’ Campaign

Monday, 4 April 2022, 10:10 am | Gut Foundation

It’s time to ‘Review Your Poo’, New Zealand! Knowing what is normal for you – and actively seeking medical advice if something’s not quite right – is the key to early detection of a wide range of bowel issues, says Gut Foundation General ... More >>

New Zealand’s Polarised About The Lifting Of Mandates

Monday, 4 April 2022, 5:20 am | Research New Zealand

On Wednesday 23 March 2022, Prime Minister Ardern announced that New Zealand would lift most mandates, including those relating to teachers and the Police, on 4 April 2022. On the day of the announcement, 11 new COVID-19 deaths were reported and over ... More >>

We Can #endAIDS Now If Undetectable Equals Untransmittable Becomes A Reality For All Persons Living With HIV

Sunday, 3 April 2022, 5:23 pm | Shobha Shukla

If every person living with HIV is aware of the positive status, is receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, and remains virally suppressed, then not only virus is undetectable but also untransmittable (U Equals U). Not only this will ensure optimal quality ... More >>

UN Health Agency Launches Bid To Stop A New Global Pandemic

Friday, 1 April 2022, 6:44 pm | UN News

“Arboviruses” might not be something most of us are familiar with, but for almost four billion people, they’re a deadly threat – which is why the UN health agency on Thursday, launched a plan to prevent them from causing a new pandemic. The most ... More >>

Shape-shifting Volcano Virus Points To New Ways To Deliver Drugs, Vaccines

Friday, 1 April 2022, 6:16 pm | UVA Health

Discovery Explains How Lemon-Shaped Viruses Came to Exist CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 31, 2022 – From hot volcanic springs where the water is nearly boiling acid, scientists have discovered how lemon-shaped viruses got their form. And that discovery ... More >>

The Omicron Journey, A Stark Warning From Inside Out

Friday, 1 April 2022, 5:59 pm | NZIMLS

Terry Taylor, New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) President This is a real time assessment of living and breathing through Omicron. We are constantly told Omicron is a mild illness, nothing to worry about, most people get mild symptoms, ... More >>

Cancer Society Not Surprised By New Research Showing High Death Rate From Melanoma

Friday, 1 April 2022, 10:43 am | Cancer Society

Wellington, 1 April 2022 - New research from JAMA Dermatology shows New Zealand has the world's highest death rate from melanoma with 350 New Zealanders losing their lives to melanoma each year. The Cancer Society of New Zealand says these statistics ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay DHB Blesses New Theatre And Admissions Discharge Unit Today

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 7:20 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Patients can soon enjoy the recently completed Theatre Admissions and Discharge Unit, which was formally blessed today at Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. The event marks completion of stage two, and the first clinical patient ... More >>

Health Warning Lifted For Lake Rotorua And The Ohau Channel

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 5:17 pm | Toi Te Ora Public Health

Health warnings issued for Lake Rotorua and the Ohau Channel earlier this month have now been lifted by the local Medical Officer of Health. Visual observations and satellite imagery provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirm that ... More >>

NZ Tops World For Melanoma Deaths – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9:47 am | Science Media Centre

New Zealand had the highest melanoma death rate in 2020, according to a new study in JAMA Dermatology, which also predicts cases will rise 50 per cent globally by 2040. The study authors took a look at the global burden of melanoma, estimating ... More >>

The Return Of The Flu – Expert Q&A

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9:46 am | Science Media Centre

New Zealand is preparing itself against the arrival of influenza and other viruses as the country continues to reopen its borders this autumn. The Government will launch its winter flu campaign on Friday. Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay ... More >>

Funding Trikafta For Kiwis With Cystic Fibrosis - Setting The Record Straight

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9:42 am | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

On Monday 28 March, Carmen Shanks presented her Parliamentary Petition to MP Shanan Halbert, urging the Government to fund Trikafta, the first medicine that can treat the cause of cystic fibrosis for the majority of those who have the condition. Since ... More >>

Pfizer’s Oral COVID-19 Treatment Arrives In New Zealand

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 6:55 am | PHARMAC

The first shipment of Pfizer’s new oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, Paxlovid, has arrived in New Zealand and will be available for those who need it from next week. “While vaccinations and booster shots are the best defence against COVID-19, ... More >>

First Shipment Of PAXLOVID, Pfizer’s Novel COVID-19 Oral Treatment Arrives In New Zealand

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 6:49 am | Pfizer

• PAXLOVIDTM (nirmatrelvir [PF-07321332] is the first oral treatment of its kind; it includes nirmatrelvir, a 3CL (or main) protease inhibitor specifically designed to combat SARS-CoV-2. tablets and ritonavir tablets) • Medsafe gave provisional ... More >>

Kiwi Health And Training Company Launches Innovative New Service Management Technology Platform

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 6:45 am | Life Care Consultants

Nationwide Kiwi Health and First Aid Training company Life Care Consultants today announced the launch of an innovative technology platform that provides a fully integrated, end-to-end booking and reporting experience for its customers. The bespoke platform ... More >>

Audio Files Are Being Used As Digital Drugs: Survey

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 6:35 am | Medianet

New study sheds light on the little-known phenomenon of binaural beats, where sounds purportedly evoke psychoactive effects. A binaural beat is an illusionary tone created by the brain when presenting two tones separately to each ear that slightly differ ... More >>

Influenza Vaccinations Available From 1 April

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 5:42 pm | Northland District Health Board

With winter looming, Friday 1 April marks the start date for the Influenza Vaccination programme here in Northland to protect against the most common flu strains entering our community. Influenza (or the Flu) symptoms can include fever, chills, aches, ... More >>

Healthcare Professionals Unite To Address A 7 Billion Dollar Problem

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 2:29 pm | ProCare Health

Alcohol-related harm costs Aotearoa more than 7 billion dollars every year and is the leading cause of preventable death in Kiwis aged 15-49. Nearly 20% of all deaths for men, and 10% of all deaths for women are attributed to alcohol use. Bindi Norwell, ... More >>

Asics Experiment Reveals Just 1 Week Of Physical Inactivity Has A Similar Mental Impact As A Week Of Broken Sleep

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 7:31 am | ASICS

Today, the impact of physical inactivity on our mental state has been revealed for the first time in the Mind Race [i] – an ASICS experiment in which regular exercisers paused their normal fitness routines for one week. The impact on their state of mind ... More >>

Christchurch Man Donates $500k To Bipolar Research In Memory Of His Wife

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 6:47 am | Maia Health Foundation

Sue Bradford would do anything to help a friend. Now her husband, Ian, is ensuring her caring spirit is memorialised through a fund in her name. The Sue Bradford Memorial Fund is being launched on World Bipolar Day (30 March) – a day that aims to increase ... More >>



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