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Care around the clock continues over the summer holidays

Monday, 16 December 2019, 2:37 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

This summer, wherever your holidays take you around New Zealand, remember that you can still get free health advice whenever you need it. More >>

Southern DHB’s Annual Report

Monday, 16 December 2019, 12:06 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s Annual Report: Quality and Performance Account 2018/19 was a chance to reflect on a longer journey, say former Commissioner Kathy Grant and Chief Executive Chris Fleming. More >>

Stars plus warnings for healthier food choices

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:28 am | University of Auckland

New Zealanders would find it easier to eat better and nurture their own and their families’ health if packaged food and drink had to carry a health star rating, a health warning, or both, University of Auckland experts say. More >>

Hospital initiative gives family place in care team

Friday, 13 December 2019, 4:10 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

A new initiative that encourages patients’ whānau and friends to assist in their hospital care is thriving at MidCentral DHB, with seven wards running the programme. More >>

Manage asthma for a better summer

Friday, 13 December 2019, 1:30 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Longer and warmer days are a welcome change, but with them comes a host of asthma and allergy triggers to watch out for. More >>

Measles exposure on flights

Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:48 pm | Hutt Valley DHB

Regional Public Health (RPH) is asking passengers on the flights listed below to check if they have been immunised for measles; More >>

Hearing the stories of mesh survivors

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:57 pm | College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) acknowledges the pain and suffering of New Zealand women who have experienced serious complications from pelvic mesh implants. Hearing the stories of survivors ... More >>

Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report Finally Released

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:54 pm | Mesh Down Under

Surgical mesh is considered to be a permanent medical implant. Most are made of plastic. More >>

Report: Stories of Survivors of Surgical Mesh

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:44 pm | Ministry of Health

Hearing and Responding to the Stories of Survivors of Surgical Mesh Ngā korero a ngā mōrehu – he urupare More >>

Not enough beds, not enough staff: Auckland DHB in crisis

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:12 pm | PSA

Staff shortages mean Aucklanders in need of urgent mental health support can face significant waiting times when they call for help, and DHB workers say it puts lives in danger. More >>

Don’t let measles ruin your holiday

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 2:01 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

With the Christmas and New Year holidays fast approaching, you may have an overseas trip planned and be counting down to the day you jet off to an exotic location. More >>

Partnership at Te Papaioea Birthing Centre

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 12:03 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

12 December 2019: MidCentral District Health Board has announced an innovative, exciting opportunity for birthing women in the region. More >>

NZDA statement on National Party document Oral Health

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:36 am | New Zealand Dental Association

We welcome the Opposition’s focus on child dental health. The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) has long highlighted the 120,000 children overdue for dental check-ups, and over 40,000 children having teeth extracted due to tooth decay each year. Last ... More >>

Treat drugs as a health issue, says justice sector review

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:28 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The recommendations in Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group’s report Turuki! Turuki! Moving Together released today offer a concrete way forward for the Government to treat drugs as a health issue. More >>

EBE doctors strongly rebut Defence of Meat article

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:04 am | Evidence Based Eating NZ

Four New Zealand medical doctors have issued a strongly worded rebuttal of a republished article displayed on Stuff yesterday afternoon and titled 'In Defence of Meat'. More >>

Health impacts of cannabis – benefits, harms & many unknowns

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:15 am | Royal Society Te Aparangi

A new report by Royal Society Te Apārangi summarises what is known about the potential risks and benefits to health from the use of recreational and medicinal cannabis. It finds evidence that cannabis-based medicines have some therapeutic effect in specific ... More >>

Forget everything you’ve been taught about dieting

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 8:48 am | PreKure

Leading Harvard Medical School expert and “Obesity Warrior” Dr. David Ludwig rewrites the rules on weight loss, diet, and health. More >>

Inequity of mental health service quality inequity of mental

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:34 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released an update to his 2018 monitoring and advocacy report on New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services, which highlights ongoing concerns about inequity of mental health service quality and outcomes ... More >>

NZDA statement on Dental Protection NZ member survey

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) acknowledges the serious and currently real risks burnout pose to the dental profession. A third of survey respondents saying they have ‘considered leaving the profession’ suggests work-life balance still ... More >>

Urgent plan to mitigate the impact of neurological disorders

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:16 am | Auckland University of Technology


Incident management by disability support service

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:14 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a disability support service in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to appropriately support staff to manage ... More >>

Updated Statement on informed consent

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:00 am | Medical Council of New Zealand

Informed consent is a very important aspect of care. This statement sets out the standards of good medical practice when discussing options for treatment and obtaining consent from patients. We are pleased to share this statement with you. More >>

Electives only half the story

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:15 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A drop in elective procedures is a symptom of a public health system overwhelmed by acute patients surging into hospitals requiring immediate and often life-saving care, says Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Executive Director ... More >>

Safe Sleep Day aims to reduce SUDI rates

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:53 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Safe Sleep Day aims to reduce SUDI rates Today is National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna Ora, a day aimed at raising awareness about Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). One key aspect of this is ensuring babies are sleeping in a safe sleep space, ... More >>

Flying doctors nurse touches down in Hawke’s Bay

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:00 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Jackie Hardy’s nursing career has taken her to the centre of conflicts, terrorist attacks and deadly tsunamis. More >>

Lights on Oranga Tamariki

Friday, 6 December 2019, 11:35 am | Ngati Hine Health Trust

A power cut that affected most of Northland last week did not dim the lights on dialogue when Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss and the new Northland Maori Collective Taitimu Taipari met at Ngati Hine Health Trust. More >>

Tala Pasifika applauds Pacific-Māori SUDI team-up

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:26 pm | Tala Pasifika

Tala Pasifika, the newly relaunched Pacific advocacy group, is welcoming a new partnership that supports health outcomes for Pacific and Māori babies. More >>

Tardy response to ensure access to measles vaccinations

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 11:53 am | Pharmaceutical Society

Following Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter’s announcement on 30 October that the way is clear for DHBs to contract pharmacy to vaccinate 16-49 year olds against measles, only 8 of 20 DHBs are now in the process of doing so. More >>

Shorecare all set for the busy holiday season

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 9:48 am | Shorecare

Shorecare are ready for a busy holiday season, with many of the local GPs set to take a break over Christmas. Shorecare have been delivering Urgent Care services to the wider North Shore region for over 45 years and have two convenient locations. ... More >>

Breast cancer patients welcome PHARMAC news

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 9:14 am | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is delighted to learn that fulvestrant (Faslodex) will be funded by PHARMAC in the New Year, BCAC Chair Libby Burgess says. More >>

PHARMAC to fund more cancer medicines and faster assessment

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 9:09 am | PHARMAC

Thousands of New Zealanders with lymphoma, breast, ovarian and blood cancers will have more treatment options available to them in the New Year. More >>

Don’t let Measles Spoil your Summer Holidays

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:06 pm | Northland District Health Board

With 128 confirmed cases of measles now confirmed across the Northland Region the DHB urges parents and caregivers to ensure that their families are protected against measles before the Christmas holidays. More >>

Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Success Rate

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 4:00 pm | Northland District Health Board

A graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday for the latest intake of Northland DHB health care assistants studying for their NZQA Certificate in Health & Wellbeing after they achieved a 100 percent success rate for their studies. More >>

Tala Pasifika Relaunches with new mandate

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 3:21 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Tala Pasifika is a new initiative based on an existing idea; to unite Pacific peoples in action and improve health outcomes. The initiative is led by longtime advocate for tobacco control and Pacific wellbeing and health, Lealeilepule Edward Cowley. More >>

Dr Scott Metcalfe awarded NZMA Fellowship

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

On Tuesday evening 3 December 2019 at an event held at NZMA House in Wellington, Dr Scott Metcalfe was awarded a New Zealand Medical Association Fellowship, by NZMA President Dr Sue Hayde.  More >>

Celebrating 2020 International Year of the Nurse

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 11:42 am | NZNO

Nurses globally and in New Zealand will join together next year to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the global Nursing Now campaign. More >>

The inconvenient truth about AI in health

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 11:40 am | Healthcare Holdings

Health is probably not ready to use Artifical Intelligence because the technology cannot re-engineer the incentives, systems and structures that drive behaviours in the health system, says the head of digital health at Healthcare Holdings. More >>

MPI directs halt to unregistered raw milk sales

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 9:53 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has directed unregistered raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk suppliers across the country to stop selling their product until they comply with the legal requirements for sale. More >>

Waitematā DHB receives the Accessibility Tick

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:58 pm | Waitemata District Health Board

Waitematā DHB has received the Accessibility Tick at an event coinciding with the International Day of Disabled Persons. More >>

Emergency Q brings wait times to screens

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 1:49 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Deciding where to go for treatment for your urgent but non-life threatening illness or injury has just got much easier in Hawke’s Bay. More >>

National Safe Sleep Day – make every sleep a safe sleep

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:53 pm | Southern District Health Board

‘Make every sleep a safe sleep’ is Southern DHBs message to parents with young babies on National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna on Friday (6 December). More >>

Failing to provide appropriate services to heart patient

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:43 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Capital and Coast District Health Board and a cardiothoracic surgeon in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide ... More >>

Assessment of eye injury

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:33 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding an ophthalmologist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided to a man with an eye injury. More >>

New framework to drive health research

Monday, 2 December 2019, 2:20 pm | Ministry of Health

The Government has taken a major step towards ensuring health research in New Zealand brings maximum benefit to all New Zealanders. More >>

Pacific Doctors Engage Thousands to Fight Measles Misinformation

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:39 am | STOP Measles NZ

Two young Pacific doctors in Auckland joined the fight to stop the spread of measles by addressing misinformation and encouraging MMR vaccinations using a free, interactive and instant online messaging service through Facebook messenger (@STOPMeaslesNZ), ... More >>

Sniffer Dog to be trialled in Bowel Cancer detection study

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:39 am | Bowel Cancer Foundation

Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust CEO Georgina Mason says a New Zealand cancer screening trial, using specifically trained dogs to identify bowel cancer in urine, could help to save lives through early detection. More >>

Wānangatia te wahakura in Rotorua

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:22 am | Hapai Te Hauora

On 3rd and 4th of December Hāpai Te Hauora and Kia Wana Lakes Baby Service are partnering to hold a two day wānanga at Te Puia, Rotorua for Te Rā Mokopuna Ora (National Safe Sleep Day). Wānangatia te wahakura, previously held by Hāpai te Hauora this ... More >>

New equipment brings improved imaging to radiology

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:07 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Patients will benefit from faster, clearer imaging with the arrival of new equipment in the radiology department at Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has invested in two new mobile C-armfluoroscopy ... More >>

World Aids Day reflects importance of community effort

Friday, 29 November 2019, 10:11 am | MidCentral District Health Board

Sunday 1 December is World Aids Day and the theme of this year’s observance is that communities can make a difference by fighting to end the epidemic. More >>

Te Kōhao Health Marks 25 Years of Advancing Human Rights

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:38 pm | Te Kohao Health

Te Kōhao Health Marks 25 Years of Advancing Human Rights & Wellbeing of Māori “Believe in Yourself - Whānau Deserve the Best” More >>

First ever NZ qual for peer support

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:29 pm | Whitireia

Whitireia, in collaboration with Kites Trust, will offer the first national qualification in New Zealand for Peer Support. More >>

Te Kura o Otangarei MMR coverage 97 percent

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:14 pm | Northland District Health Board

“The Te Kura o Otangarei whānau have done a fantastic job of protecting their tamariki and community by achieving a very high rate of immunisation coverage for measles. It is great to see such strong leadership in response to the high numbers ... More >>

Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 1:20 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a passenger with measles on a flight from Samoa to Auckland last week. More >>

Don’t Get Sucked In - New campaign to tackle teen vaping

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 9:34 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) has announced its plans today to launch a nationwide, youth focussed vaping education campaign, at the beginning of Term One 2020. More >>

Are You Overweight? Big Food Hopes So

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:39 am | Martha Rosenberg

With the holidays approaching, few want to think about their weight. It will certainly go up not down before 2020 arrives. People will probably start thinking about their weight on January 2 –– and joining gyms. More >>

Chch ‘Batting above Weight’ with World-leading health tech

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 7:56 am | Lorelei Mason Health

The world’s first water-proof prosthetic hand, state-of-the-art hip and knee joint surgery devices and an innovative injury-prevention patient lift system – they’re just three of many recent, exciting health technology inventions developed by Christchurch ... More >>

Experts Challenge Current Concussion Practice

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 5:19 pm | Geneva Healthcare

Twelve locally and internationally renowned Concussion experts gathered at the second BrainStorm Concussion Conference hosted by Geneva Healthcare with the support of ACC, MedTech, and the Auckland University of Technology. The headline speakers included ... More >>

Getting Older - Get Moving For Your Life

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

While there are natural parts of the ageing process that cannot be prevented, we are seeing more research indicating that many areas of ageing can be reduced or delayed with regular physical activity. As we continue to live longer and remain more active, ... More >>

Akimbo wants to help young adults create a brighter future

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 3:45 pm | Akimbo

Akimbo are proud to be focussing on young people and helping them to develop healthier mindsets that will set them up for an easier and more fulfilling life ahead. More >>

Measles case on Fiji to Auckland flight

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 3:41 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of passengers with measles on a flight from Nadi to Auckland last week. More >>




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