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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 >>

Hāpai Te Hauora Welcome The Implementation Of A Smokefree Generation Policy

Thursday, 12 October 2023, 9:24 am | Hapai Te Hauora

National Māori Public Health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes the implementation of a Smokefree Generation policy. Interim CEO Jason Alexandar of Hāpai Te Hauora says, ‘The world is looking to Aotearoa as we implement world leading Smokefree ... More >>

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Pathologists Urge Kiwis Not To Forget About Measles Following Confirmed Auckland Cases

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 11:22 am | Pathology Awareness Aotearoa

Pathologists are urging Kiwis to keep measles at the forefront of their minds if experiencing a rash and cold-like symptoms, after three unrelated cases of measles were recently confirmed in Auckland. Measles is a viral disease that shows with a ... More >>

Blind Low Vision Week Helping Kiwis With Low Vision

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 10:54 am | Blind Low Vision NZ

Blindness and low vision are more common than many people realize. In Aotearoa, every three hours, someone develops blindness. There are over 180,000 Kiwis living with vision loss. Despite the increasing number of people with vision loss, accessibility, ... More >>

Scrapping Te Aka Whai Ora - Major Threat To Māori Health

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 3:09 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora - the Māori Health Authority - as proposed by the National, ACT and NZ First parties, poses a grave threat to the health and wellbeing of tangata whenua. Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) calls on all parties ... More >>

End The Mental Health Postcode Lottery

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 10:07 am | ACT New Zealand

“For World Mental Health Day ACT is calling for an approach to mental health care that focuses on outcomes for Kiwis in need and ends the postcode lottery for mental health care,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. ... More >>

Code Breach From Failure To Review And Interpret CTG Trace In A Timely Manner

Monday, 9 October 2023, 2:21 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A report released today by Deputy Commissioner Rose Wall found Bay of Plenty District Health Board (now Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty) breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) for its care of a woman admitted ... More >>

First Guest Arrives At The Newly Opened Canterbury Cancer Centre In Christchurch

Monday, 9 October 2023, 2:17 pm | Cancer Society

The Canterbury Cancer Centre is thrilled to announce the arrival of our first guest, Nick Farr. Nick has travelled from his Tākaka home in the Nelson Tasman region to undertake his cancer treatment in Christchurch. Nick previously stayed at Daffodil ... More >>

Gynaecologist/obstetricians And Whanganui DHB Breached Code In Care Of Woman’s Vaginal Prolapse And Urinary Incontinence

Monday, 9 October 2023, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has recommended two gynaecologist/obstetricians apologise to a woman for breaching her rights to be fully informed, make an informed choice, and have access to services of an appropriate standard. Rose Wall found, ... More >>

GP Failed To Get Informed Consent For A Breast Examination

Monday, 9 October 2023, 2:08 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A report by Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Deborah James, released today, has found a locum GP at a medical centre breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for his care of a woman, and for his inadequate responses ... More >>

Free Bowel Screening Now Available To Māori And Pasifika Aged 50 To 59

Monday, 9 October 2023, 9:27 am | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Māori and Pacific people in Tairāwhiti aged between 50 and 59 are now able to take part in the free National Bowel Screening Programme. The simple screening test can help find bowel cancer early, when it can often be successfully treated. The ... More >>

Blood Cancer Group Call For Pharmac Boss To Resign Over ‘Disgraceful’ And ‘Deeply Offensive’ Statements

Saturday, 7 October 2023, 8:23 pm | Chronic Lymphotic Leukaemia Advocates New Zealand

Dr Ruth Spearing, haematologist and Trustee of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Advocates NZ, today called for the resignation of Pharmac CEO Sarah Fitt over revelations in internal emails released under the Official Information Act. The emails concerned ... More >>

Common Sense Strategies That Help Smokers Quit Superior To WHO’s Failed Strategies

Saturday, 7 October 2023, 7:25 am | SCOHRE

Strategies that provide smokers with less harmful alternatives to cigarettes are far more likely to reduce smoking than the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recommendations to prohibit them while cigarettes ... More >>

Waihi Midwives And Mums Demand Service Stays

Friday, 6 October 2023, 11:09 am | Waihi Midwives

Anger is continuing to grow in the Bay of Plenty with only six weeks to go until the Waihi Lifecare Birthing Centre is due to close. Women will no longer be able to give birth at the Waihi primary unit (smaller, more homely environment) have a ... More >>

Stroke Foundation Calls For A Cross-political Party Overhaul Of NZ’s “Unfair, Unethical” Health And Disability System

Friday, 6 October 2023, 5:49 am | Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand is urging all political parties in this month’s election to “right a major societal wrong”and fix the glaring, two-tiered inequities between our current health and disability system and the superior standards of care ... More >>

Taumata Arowai Releases List Of Council Suppliers Without Protozoa Barriers And Next Steps

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 3:00 pm | Taumata Arowai

Taumata Arowai has today released a list of 27 Councils that operate 84 drinking water supplies lacking a treatment barrier preventing protozoa from contaminating the water.   Protozoa such as cryptosporidium and giardia can be spread ... More >>

Te Whatu Ora Review Delays Pay Equity For Care And Support Workers

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 1:32 pm | NZ Aged Care Association

Te Whatu Ora is delaying the urgent pay equity claim for care and support workers by insisting on an extra ad hoc review. The last-minute demand is an excuse to interrupt the process and reduce the pay for our sector’s most vulnerable workers. Te Whatu ... More >>

World Meningitis Day Highlights Urgent Need For Widespread Vaccination Of Youth

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 8:41 am | Meningitis Foundation

The Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand is using World Meningitis Day today (Thursday 5 October) to call on all those who are eligible for free meningococcal B and ACW&Y vaccines to get vaccinated immediately. The Foundation’s call ... More >>

New Location For Complex Care For Māmā And Pēpi

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 3:34 pm | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Newborn babies and mothers who require complex care will now be transported to Wellington instead of Hamilton or Auckland. A new service agreement has been signed with Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley to provide complex obstetrics and neonatal ... More >>

Qualified Political Support For Early Detection Pilot Of Prostate Cancer

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 11:07 am | Prostate Cancer Foundation

“Going into next month’s election, New Zealand First, Tepati Maori and the Green party all support the early detection pilot and other measures proposed by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. ACT and Labour give qualified support. National has committed ... More >>

Out Of 31 Countries, New Zealanders Are Significantly More Likely To Say Their Health System Is Over-stretched

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 6:14 am | Ipsos

October 2, 2023 – Three quarters of New Zealanders (75%) believe that our healthcare system is overstretched. While this is significantly higher than the global country average (62%), New Zealand is not alone – a majority in 25 of the 31 countries ... More >>

Seeking Support For National Survey Of Unmet Elective Surgical Need: Open Letter To NZ Rich List

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 9:52 pm | Lorelei Mason Health

Sir/Madam, Our public health system is in crisis mode. Managers of the nation’s public hospitals are operating under severe financial constraints, which are centrally controlled without appropriate direction, leaving the workforce in a state of ‘learned ... More >>

Over 16,500 People Call For Universal Dental In “Major Outpouring Of Support” For Petition

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 10:30 am | ActionStation

Leading advocacy group ActionStation is meeting publicly on Wednesday 4 October with prominent health spokespeople from Labour and the Greens to showcase the public support for universal dental in Aotearoa New Zealand. The group will be handing over ... More >>

Nursing Scholarship Supports And Strengthens Cultural Journey

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 8:06 am | Whanau Awhina Plunket

A nursing student with a passion for hauora Māori-led care has been named as the recipient for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s Mere Harper and Ria Tikini Memorial Scholarship. Toi Ohomai nursing student Krystle George ... More >>

New Partnership Makes Accessing Waikato Hospital Easier, And Cheaper

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 8:01 am | Health New Zealand Ltd

From 16 October access to Waikato Hospital will be easier for staff, patients and visitors thanks to a partnership between Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and local councils. Te Whatu Ora Waikato Operations Director for Clinical and Operational ... More >>

Mental Health Nurse Breaches Code By Having Intimate Relationship With Prison Inmate

Monday, 2 October 2023, 2:17 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has referred a mental health nurse to the Director of Proceedings for breaching professional boundaries by having an intimate relationship with a prison inmate. Dr Vanessa Caldwell found the nurse breached ... More >>

General Anaesthetic Used Without Informed Consent

Monday, 2 October 2023, 2:15 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A doctor has breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) after a woman was given a general anaesthetic without her informed consent. The woman underwent a surgical procedure to remove a lesion from her left cheek. ... More >>

What Google Searches Are Telling Us About The State Of Breast Cancer In NZ

Monday, 2 October 2023, 8:47 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

A dramatic surge in Google searches related to breast cancer in the last year has not correlated with an increase in mammogram participation. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is warning this signals a concerning trend about ... More >>

Extraordinary Gift to Local Iwi Will Improve Māori Access to Health “Reforms in Action”

Sunday, 1 October 2023, 8:33 am | Sparks Consulting

This Sunday at Pounamanui (Houmaitawhiti) Marae hundreds will gather with Ngāti Pikiao as it officially receives an extraordinary gift, the Ōwhata Medical Centre from mainstream not-for-profit primary health organisation, Pinnacle. “This is ... More >>

Workforce Data Shows Physician Shortages Across Aotearoa New Zealand

Friday, 29 September 2023, 10:05 am | RACP

Workforce data shows concerning shortages of physicians across Aotearoa New Zealand. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is calling for leaders across the political spectrum to address serious workforce challenges, including a focus on a more representative ... More >>

Another Maternity Facility To Go – We Say No, No No……

Friday, 29 September 2023, 9:14 am | Joint Press Release

Midwives from the Waikato have launched a campaign to save their *primary birthing facility. The operators of Birthcare Huntly , Evolution Healthcare, intend to close the unit on October 31st citing declining usage, staff shortages and financial deficits ... More >>

Nurse Pay Gap Closes Family Planning Clinics

Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 7:45 pm | Family Planning NZ

This is what a pay gap for nurses looks like at Family Planning. A closed clinic with no clients and no staff to see them even if they did turn up. This isn’t a small clinic in a provincial town - this is the waiting room of our Wellington Clinic ... More >>

Pay Gap Crippling Essential Community Health Care

Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 7:43 pm | Family Planning NZ

A dozen of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading primary, community, and telehealth care organisations have come together, calling on political parties to commit to pay parity for their nursing and health care workers. "Collectively we represent services ... More >>

Ban Smoking And Vaping In Schools Worldwide Urges WHO

Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 8:16 am | UN News

Young people continue to be “relentlessly” targeted with tobacco and nicotine products, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday, in a call to ban smoking and vaping “whether sitting in class, playing games outside or waiting ... More >>

Community Pharmacists "Deeply Concerned" As National Refuses To Rule Out Increasing Big Business Control Of Pharmacies

Tuesday, 26 September 2023, 5:53 am | Mangawhai Pharmacy

Two community pharmacist groups are expressing concern that the National Party may seek to open up pharmacy ownership to big business if in government after 14 October, following conversations with political parties. The Independent Community Pharmacy ... More >>

Inadequate Management Of Symptoms Following Diagnosis Of Deep Vein Thrombosis 20HDC02286

Monday, 25 September 2023, 3:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A report released today by Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell has found a GP breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for inadequate management of a woman’s symptoms following diagnosis ... More >>

GPs Breach Code For Delayed Diagnosis Of Woman’s Oesophageal Cancer 20HDC02065

Monday, 25 September 2023, 3:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A doctor at a medical centre breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for the delayed diagnosis of a woman’s metastatic oesophageal cancer. The woman, in her sixties at the time, attended consultations ... More >>

Doctor Breaches Code For Not Ordering ECG And Blood Test For Woman Presenting With Chest Pain 20HDC02183

Monday, 25 September 2023, 3:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A doctor at a medical centre breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) for not ordering an ECG and blood test for a woman with chest pain. The woman, in her eighties at the time, presented to the doctor ... More >>

Dr. Brigid Ryan Takes The Title Of Alzheimers NZ 2023 Fellow

Monday, 25 September 2023, 12:17 pm | Alzheimers New Zealand

Distinguished researcher and advocate, Dr. Brigid Ryan, has been awarded the title of 2023 Alzheimers NZ Fellow for her groundbreaking work in understanding the challenges faced by individuals diagnosed with dementia mate wareware before the age of 65. ... More >>

Making The Invisible 300,000 Kiwis Count

Sunday, 24 September 2023, 8:45 am | Rare Disorders NZ

All New Zealanders living with a rare disorder and their carers are being called on to participate in the country’s largest survey on living with a rare disorder in New Zealand. The Voice of Rare Disorders Survey is a biannual survey initiated ... More >>

Blind Low Vision Week Helping Kiwis With Low Vision

Friday, 22 September 2023, 3:37 pm | Blind Low Vision NZ

Blindness and low vision are more common than many people realize. In Aotearoa, every three hours, someone develops blindness. There are over 180,000 Kiwis living with vision loss. Despite the increasing number of people with vision loss, accessibility, ... More >>

Youth-led Campaign To Address Youth Vaping - Later Vaper Arcade Is Now Live

Friday, 22 September 2023, 10:53 am | Hapai Te Hauora

A youth-led campaign Protect Youth Breath aims to address reducing youth vaping harm launches the Later Vaper Arcade in South Auckland. Hāpai Te Hauora interim CEO Jason Alexander says, ‘The Later Vaper Arcade is an interactive way to engage ... More >>

Puna Pūtea Are Now Open For Applications

Friday, 22 September 2023, 10:29 am | Mental Health Foundation

The Nōku te Ao programme, in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is proud to announce the Puna Pūtea or Social Action Grants are now open for applications. Grants of between $10,000 and $40,000 are available to fund ... More >>

Next Government Must Address Serious Issues In Family Doctors Services

Friday, 22 September 2023, 6:35 am | Genpro

The next government will need to act urgently to address the serious issues in general practice services that, left unaddressed, will lead to some communities losing their family doctor. The General Practice Owners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (GenPro) ... More >>

Call For All Drinking Water Suppliers To Ensure Multi-barrier Protection

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 2:21 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand Says The Suspected Linking Of Queenstown’s Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak To The Town’s Water Supply Highlights The Need For Effective Multi-barrier Protection Of Drinking Water. Acting Technical Manager Lesley Smith Says Around Twenty ... More >>

Waikato Cardiologists Using New Technology To Help High-risk Patients

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 11:10 am | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Treatment of high-risk patients with coronary artery disease can now be done more safely, thanks to an Australasian-first performed by a Waikato Hospital cardiology team. Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Cardiologist Dr Madhav Menon said the team ... More >>

Prostate Cancer Screening To Save Thousands Of Lives And Billions Of Dollars

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 10:36 am | NZIER

Introducing a nationwide screening programme for prostate cancer could save thousands of lives and generate billions of dollars in health gains over the next generation, according to modelling conducted by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research ... More >>

Lack Of Govt. Action A Scandal, Says Alzheimers NZ

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 6:13 am | Alzheimers New Zealand

12 modifiable risk factors can reduce your chances of developing dementia mate wareware. Governments urged to invest in risk reduction. Alzheimers NZ says it’s a no-brainer. NZ government shows no interest. Alzheimers NZ says it’s a scandal that successive ... More >>

Reducing The Risk Of Developing Dementia: Over 55 Million Projected Dementia Cases By 2050 Could Be Delayed Or Avoided

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 6:11 am | Alzheimer's Disease International

Despite advances in drug development, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) warns that risk reduction remains the only proven prevention tool ADI is calling on governments to urgently fund more research on risk-reduction, introduce strategies, ... More >>

New Vaping Laws Flawed

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 11:09 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

While the new vaping laws are a step in the right direction, Government's efforts continue to fall short in addressing the escalating vaping crisis among our youth. That’s the message from Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Chief Executive Ms ... More >>

Access To COVID-19 Antiviral Treatments Widened For More People At Risk

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 11:02 am | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac is widening access to COVID-19 antivirals to people who are vulnerable to severe infection from COVID-19, including those with disabilities and with one or more severe health conditions. “We know antivirals can reduce the ... More >>

‘Soul Destroying’: Aotearoa’s Mental Health System No Longer Fit For Purpose And Delivering Substandard Care

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 8:03 pm | RANZCP

Ahead of the general election next month, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling on all political parties for urgent, concrete reform and action, ensuring the mental health care and addiction system can meet ... More >>

Health Precautions Encouraged To Reduce Dust Inhalation

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 7:09 pm | Hawkes Bay District Health Board

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand is working with other agencies to assess the public health impacts of dust generated from aiborne silt in Hawke’s Bay. Medical Officer of Health Dr Bridget Wilson says until more is known from air quality monitoring ... More >>

GPNZ’S Primary Care Priorities For The Future Government

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 10:05 am | GPNZ

General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ) has outlined its primary care priorities for the future Government in its pre-election expectations summary, released today. “Obviously there is a lot we could include, but we’ve focused on three interdependent areas ... More >>

Unlocking The Power Of Mind Wandering With Wander120

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 6:24 am | Wander120

As New Zealand embraces Mental Health Awareness Week, Wander120, a leading selfcare app, is encouraging New Zealanders to learn about, and begin the practice of intentional mind wandering, recognising it as a powerful tool for enhancing mental well-being. ... More >>

Health Minister To Headline Nurses’ Conference

Monday, 18 September 2023, 3:53 pm | NZNO

Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall will take the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) stage this Wednesday morning (10am) when she delivers the opening keynote at the Organisation’s 2023 conference at ... More >>

Take A Seat NZ, Let’s Chat About Big Things!

Monday, 18 September 2023, 3:31 pm | Urban Effects

The Big Sheep and Sheepdog, the Big Takahe, the Big Paua, the Big Lemon and Paeroa Bottle, the Big Gumboot and the Big Carrot - New Zealand is home to 21 big things , but there’s something even bigger for Kiwis to talk about this September - mental ... More >>

NZ Communities Need Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS) To Relieve System Pressure

Monday, 18 September 2023, 3:09 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

Communities struggling to get access to health care need Te Whatu Ora to continue its Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS) to allow them to be treated for minor conditions in pharmacies across the motu, Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) President ... More >>

Our Voice Of Rare Disorders Survey 2023 Is Now Open – Please Share!

Monday, 18 September 2023, 2:56 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

It’s time for Rare Disorders NZ’s biannual survey on living with a rare disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand! Currently, no comprehensive data is collected on rare disorders in New Zealand, which is why our biannual surveys are so vital to fill the current ... More >>



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