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Capital And Coast DHB Breached Code For Inadequate Postoperative Care Following Man’s Eye Surgery

Monday, 18 September 2023, 2:01 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) (now Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley) breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) for poor postoperative care following a man’s eye surgery. Unfortunately, ... More >>

GP Who Delayed Advising Man Of Prostate Cancer Results Breaches Code

Monday, 18 September 2023, 1:58 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found a GP breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for his delays in advising the results of a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test to his patient. The man, who ... More >>

Health Checks On The Backburner As Cost-of-living Hits Hard

Monday, 18 September 2023, 1:43 pm | SpecSavers

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Asteron Life Putting Mental Health At The Forefront

Monday, 18 September 2023, 1:33 pm | Asterton Life

With mental health being the third largest reason for disability claims, following accidents and cancer, Asteron Life are supporting the mental health needs of eligible customers with their Mental Health Disability Management Programme. The programme ... More >>

New Zealand’s Largest Health Conference Will Explore AIAnd Transforming The Health System

Monday, 18 September 2023, 9:02 am | Health Informatics

The future of AI in healthcare and the transformation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system will be explored at the country’s largest health conference, Digital Health Week NZ 2023. Health Informatics NZ (HiNZ) is holding its 21st conference ... More >>

0800 What’s Up Plugs Vital Counselling Gap As Need Spikes

Monday, 18 September 2023, 8:32 am | Joint Press Release

The vital role of counselling for school-aged children is under the spotlight in a new survey from OfficeMax New Zealand and Barnardos . The survey of staff within New Zealand schools found that 60 per cent have seen an increase in students requesting ... More >>

Breast Cancer Foundation's Response To Labour's Breast Screening Announcement

Monday, 18 September 2023, 6:50 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Responding to the Labour Party’s pledge today to raise the free breast screening age to 74, Justine Smyth, chair of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, says: “It’s great news Labour has included raising the screening age in its manifesto, formalising ... More >>

Endometriosis NZ Calls For Bipartisan Support For National Endometriosis Action Plan Following Labour Party Commitment

Sunday, 17 September 2023, 5:48 pm | Endometriosis New Zealand

Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) is calling for parties from across the political spectrum to follow the Labour Party's lead and commit to implementing a national action plan for endometriosis. "We're pleased the Labour Party is acknowledging ... More >>

New Animated Video Promotes The Rights Of People Using Health And Disability Services

Saturday, 16 September 2023, 5:54 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Friday 15 September 2023 "I Aotearoa nei, ka whiwhi ana tātou i te tauwhiro hauora, tauwhiro hauā rānei, he mōtika tō tātou kia whakautea, ā, he mōtika hoki tō tātou kia kōrero ina kore e whakautea mai" The Health and Disability ... More >>

Statement From MERAS (Midwifery) Which Has Received An Offer Of A Proposed Final Pay Equity Settlement From Te Whatu Ora

Friday, 15 September 2023, 8:11 pm | MERAS

Caroline Conroy, MERAS Co-Leader (Midwifery): MERAS , the midwives’ union, has received an offer of a proposed final pay equity settlement from Te Whatu Ora in relation to the Midwifery pay equity claim. It’s been five years since the pay ... More >>

Midwives’ Pay Equity Offer Reached

Friday, 15 September 2023, 8:03 pm | Minister of Health

Around 1,700 Te Whatu Ora employed midwives and maternity care assistants will soon vote on a proposed pay equity settlement agreed by Te Whatu Ora, the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) and New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO), ... More >>

HPV Self Test Kits Game Changer For Whānau

Friday, 15 September 2023, 11:05 am | E Tipu e Rea

E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services welcome the introduction of the HPV Self Test kits that have become available nationwide. The accessibility and ease of use of these kits will be a game changer for many of the whānau we work alongside. One of the ... More >>

State Of General Practice In New Zealand: “We Have A Problem”

Friday, 15 September 2023, 7:22 am | General Practice NZ

Three members of the GPNZ Executive Committee recently put pen to paper regarding the state of general practice for a guest editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal Te ara tika o hauroa hapori . Specialist General Practitioners Bryan Betty, Les Toop, ... More >>

Thoracic Society Supports Pre-election Promises To Build The New Zealand Health Workforce

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 5:07 pm | Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Thoracic Society is relieved that political parties now acknowledge that the existing health workforce is woefully insufficient, and that urgent action is needed to remedy this. Hospital wait times are blowing out, and access to primary care and ... More >>

Election 2023: Emergency Doctors Respond To Labour Party’s Pledge To Increase Doctor Training

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 11:00 pm | ACEM

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) welcomes the New Zealand Labour Party’s election pledge to increase the number of medical training places and the international recruitment of Senior Medical Officers (SMOs). ACEM emphasises ... More >>

Brain Injury New Zealand Urges New Zealand To Follow Mandatory 21 Day Return-to-play Rules For All Contact Sports

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 10:58 pm | Brain Injury NZ

‘We need to take care of all our sports players, young and old. The Australian Senate has just recommended an overhaul of sporting codes to reduce concussion and other traumatic head injury in contact and collision sports, including 21 days before ... More >>

National Telehealth Service Clinicians And Advisors To Strike For 24 Hours

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 6:39 pm | Whakarongorau Aotearoa

NZNO (New Zealand Nurses Organisation) and PSA (Public Service Association) members working for the Government funded national telehealth services, run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa, will strike for 24 hours from 3.00pm Friday 15 September to 3.00pm Saturday ... More >>

Lifeline Calls For Mental Health To Be Treated As Seriously As Physical Health

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 11:11 am | Lifeline Aotearoa

Important to reach out for support for mental health early Five common signs you need to prioritise your mental health and seek support This Mental Health Awareness Week (September 18-24), Lifeline Aotearoa is calling for people to place as much ... More >>

Taking The Guess Work Out Of Spinal Surgery

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 11:07 am | University of Canterbury

UC Associate Professor Debbie Munro has invented prototype technology to reduce the risk in spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion is a highly invasive surgery where an implant is placed in the spine to prevent movement between bones. The treatment ... More >>

Access To Brain Cancer Drug Widened But Newer Treatment Remains Unfunded

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 11:02 am | Brain Tumour Support New Zealand

Brain Tumour Support NZ welcomes the decision by Pharmac to widen access to the brain cancer drug temozolomide from 1st October 2023. Currently, temozolomide is funded for people with newly diagnosed high-grade gliomas, including glioblastoma, ... More >>

Exploring The World Of Sleep Aids: The Path To Restful Repose

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 6:38 am | Hugh Grant

Sleep aids have become a lifeline for countless individuals struggling with sleeplessness. In a world where stress, busy schedules, and anxiety can disrupt our natural sleep patterns, these aids offer a potential solution. From the best OTC sleep aid options ... More >>

Douglas Pharmaceuticals Secures US Licensing Deal To Treat High Grade Cervical Dysplasia

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 3:53 pm | Douglas Pharmaceuticals

Auckland based Douglas Pharmaceuticals has signed a license agreement with U.S based Daré Bioscience, Inc to develop and commercialise R-131-2, a novel topical medicinal candidate for the treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Managing Director ... More >>

Dental Association Welcomes National’s Targeting Better Health Outcomes

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) welcomes the National party’s concept of reintroducing health targets to improve timely access to hospital dental services for New Zealanders. "Of the five targets announced, two have the potential to ... More >>

Significant Boost To Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support For Maaori Welcomed

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 1:21 pm | Kookiri ki Taamakimakaurau Trust

Kaiaarahi of Kookiri ki Taamakimakaurau Trust and WAI 2624 lead Claimant, Raawiri Ratuu, has welcomed the $1.4 million investment from Te Aka Whai Ora | the Maaori Health Authority to increase support for whaanau affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum ... More >>

UC Research Identifies Digital Solutions For NZ Autism Support

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 10:59 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury-led research team is determined to create more accessible pipelines of support for autistic Kiwi kids and their caregivers. One in 54 children in Aotearoa New Zealand are autistic, and countless more are on an ever-increasing ... More >>

Drug Company Removes Chemical Imbalance Claim From Consumer Info

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 6:46 am | Giselle Bahr

Drug Company, Teva Pharma, has agreed to rewrite its Consumer Medicines Information, removing references to depression being caused by a “chemical imbalance”. Excellence in Mind spokesperson, Giselle Bahr, says this is great for people searching for information. ... More >>

Southland Charity Hospital Reaches A Significant Milestone As More Than 13,000 Beautifully Engraved Bricks Will Be Laid

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 6:33 am | Southland Charity Hospital

The Southland Charity Hospital has reached a significant milestone as more than 13,000 beautifully engraved bricks will be laid this week, bearing messages of love and support from across New Zealand and even beyond its shores. This remarkable achievement ... More >>

Oral Health Therapists Are The “Secret Weapon’ In Any Universal Dental Care Proposal And Outcome In Aotearoa New Zealand

Monday, 11 September 2023, 5:29 pm | NZ Oral Health Association

Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa – the New Zealand Oral Health Association Inc (NZOHA) represents over 1200 registered oral health therapists, dental therapists, and dental hygienists, all working across the public and private sectors all throughout Aotearoa. ... More >>

Retirement Village Care Centre In Breach Of Code For Care Of A Woman Near The End Of Her Life

Monday, 11 September 2023, 2:03 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Edmund Hillary Retirement Village (EHVR) has breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) over the care provided to an elderly woman near the end of her life. Visiting hospice nurses identified that the woman ... More >>

Te Whatu Ora Tairāwhiti Breaches Code For Inadequate Care Provided To An Elderly Man

Monday, 11 September 2023, 2:00 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Te Whatu Ora Tairāwhiti (formerly Tairāwhiti District Health Board ) breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for inadequate care provided to an elderly man. The man, who was in in eighties at the ... More >>

2022 Vaping Stand Downs Just 0.44% Of All School Students

Monday, 11 September 2023, 6:53 am | Sunny Kaushal

Dairyowners are pointing to a parliamentary answer that puts the vaping “epidemic” in new light, with violence, a much larger issue in schools and something dairy owners say is reflected in youth crime. “No kid should vape, period, but if kids were ... More >>

PMA Life Member And Service Awards Awarded To Cook Islands Health Leaders At 2023 PMA Conference

Saturday, 9 September 2023, 7:52 pm | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) awarded Life Member and Service Awards to a group of Cook Islands health leaders last night at the annual PMA Conference Dinner, acknowledging their significant contribution to the health needs of Pacific people ... More >>

Trial Assesses New Method Of Abortion Follow-up

Friday, 8 September 2023, 4:00 pm | University of Auckland

Researchers are set to find out whether at-home pregnancy tests will improve follow-up after abortions. A clinical trial is set to test whether at-home pregnancy tests following an early medical abortion improves follow-up care. Currently, lab tests ... More >>

"I Wish People Knew…" Campaign Amplifying The Voices Of Those Impacted By Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Friday, 8 September 2023, 1:27 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness month. The ninth day of the ninth month marks FASD awareness day and symbolises the nine months of pregnancy. Many organisations hold events worldwide to raise awareness about the lifelong disability ... More >>

New Facilities To Improve Screening Access Across Greater Wellington

Friday, 8 September 2023, 9:55 am | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

A new dedicated breast screening site on Wellington’s Lambton Quay is the first step toward improving people’s access to quick and easy mammograms. Located on level four at 276 Lambton Quay, the new site is the first of three planned for Greater ... More >>

Fixed Physio: Christchurch's Hub For Personalised Rehabilitation Services

Friday, 8 September 2023, 6:25 am | Fixed Physio

A new physiotherapy clinic, Fixed Physio, has opened its doors in Christchurch, offering a unique and tailored approach to physiotherapy services. This Christchurch physio clinic specialises in treating sports injuries, spinal injuries, and providing ... More >>

Protecting Yourself From Leptospirosis Is Key

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 12:45 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Steve Wyn-Harris was absolutely flattened when he contracted Leptospirosis. “I felt like I’d been run over by a herd of cattle,” the Central Hawke’s Bay farmer said. He is one of 35 people confirmed to have had the notifiable disease in the ... More >>

Vaping's Clouded Future As Election Looms

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 11:45 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Children as young as 12 are now addicted to vaping and are being stood down from school, as the youth vaping epidemic worsens. Ms Letitia Harding, Chief Executive of Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, says these are not isolated cases, and it ... More >>

Callaghan Innovation Launches Counselling Service For Startup Founders

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 10:19 am | Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation has today launched a counselling service to support founders whose mental health is suffering due to the significant pressures associated with establishing and growing a startup. Plans for the service were announced at the Electrify ... More >>

Public Health Experts Call For Urgent Action On Rheumatic Fever

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 9:27 am | College of Public Health Medicine

“ With increasing cases of Rheumatic Fever, we need to take urgent action to eliminate Rheumatic Fever” says Sir Collin Tukuitonga, President of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM). “We welcome Te Whatu Ora’s Rheumatic Fever ... More >>

New Zealand Election 2023: Emergency Doctors Call For 24/7 Security Staff At Every ED

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 8:09 am | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Emergency doctors are calling for appropriately trained security staff to be posted 24-hours a day in every emergency department (ED), and for other measures to protect and restore the nation’s struggling EDs and staff – and get more patients the ... More >>

Paediatric Society Of New Zealand Stands Behind Petition To Raise Criminal Responsibility Age, Addressing Equity

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 6:17 pm | Paediatric Society of NZ

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand stands behind Amnesty International's petition to raise the criminal responsibility age in Aotearoa, recognising this as both a matter of justice and equity. Currently, 10 and 11-year-olds can face life sentences, ... More >>

New Medical Technology Making Patients Lives Easier

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:28 pm | Hugh Grant

Technology is evolving in all sectors. However, the 2020s have been when medical technology has grown in leaps and bounds. Not only do medical professionals benefit from such advancements, but so do their patients. The next time you seek help from ... More >>

Dental Association Welcomes Labour’s Pledge To Extend Free Dental Care

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) welcomes the Labour Party’s campaign pledge to extend free dental care to New Zealanders under 30 years of age if re-elected. The free dental care package announced is intended to cover annual check-ups, teeth ... More >>

Southern Cross Healthcare And Northland Orthopaedic Centre In New Joint Venture To Expand Health Services In Northland

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:35 am | Joint Press Release

Southern Cross Healthcare and Northland Orthopaedic Centre have announced a new partnership, the Southern Cross Healthcare Northland Surgical Centre, that will bring more quality healthcare to the top of the country. The 50:50 joint venture will see ... More >>

ProCare Fresh Minds Echoes Calls For Psychologist Funding

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:28 am | ProCare Fresh Minds

ProCare Fresh Minds, New Zealand’s largest provider of primary mental health and wellbeing services, has echoed recent calls by The NZ Psychological Society, NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and NZ Psychologists Board, for political parties to include ... More >>

Free Breathwork & Mindfulness Sessions for Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 September 2023

Monday, 4 September 2023, 6:59 pm | Art Of Living Foundation

An international humanitarian organisation, The Art of Living, is offering free online sessions to learn breathing techniques to settle the mind as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (September 18-24). The sessions have been designed as a ‘wellbeing ... More >>

Disability Services Breached Code For Treatment Of A Woman With Complex Mental Health Needs

Monday, 4 September 2023, 2:12 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A disability service has breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) for its treatment of a woman with complex mental health needs. The woman, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2016, and had a complex ... More >>

Auckland DHB Breached The Code After A Surgical Instrument Was Left In A Woman’s Abdomen

Monday, 4 September 2023, 2:01 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Auckland District Health Board (DHB) (now Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland) breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) when a surgical instrument was left in a woman’s abdomen after a Caesarean section (C-section). ... More >>

GP Breaches Code For Mismanagement Of Melanoma Diagnosis

Monday, 4 September 2023, 1:58 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found a locum GP breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) in his management of a man’s melanoma diagnosis. Deborah James found the GP breached Right 4(1) of ... More >>

Life matters

Monday, 4 September 2023, 1:35 pm | Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

The tenth annual World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) event will be held on Friday 8 September at Knox Church in Dunedin with the theme “Creating Hope Through Action”. In the year to 30 June 2022, 538 people died by suspected suicide in New Zealand. ... More >>

Aotearoa New Zealand Leads The World In Asthma Management

Monday, 4 September 2023, 11:33 am | Medical Research Institute

A key report published by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) has shown that Aotearoa is leading the world in the adoption of a novel management approach recommended as optimal asthma treatment. Asthma is a chronic respiratory ... More >>

Pharmac Widens Access To Treatment For Life-long Bleeding Disorder, Severe Haemophilia A

Monday, 4 September 2023, 11:26 am | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac has confirmed it is widening access to emicizumab (branded as Hemlibra) for the treatment of people with severe haemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors. “Widening access to this treatment will help people manage ... More >>

Pharmac Funds First Treatment For Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Monday, 4 September 2023, 11:12 am | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac has confirmed it is widening access to ocrelizumab (branded as Ocrevus) as the first funded treatment for primary progressive multiple sclerosis. “We’re pleased to have a treatment option for people living with primary ... More >>

Priority On Youth Mental Health Strikes A Chord

Monday, 4 September 2023, 9:52 am | Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

The Cross-Party Mental Health and Addictions Wellbeing Group have prioritised the mental health and wellbeing of rangatahi and young people in a new cross-party report. The report shows collective political support on this important topic. Te Hiringa ... More >>

Devil In The Details For Asthma Pathway

Monday, 4 September 2023, 9:38 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The inclusion of childhood asthma as one of the five national pathways prioritised for development is promising news, but the challenge will be in the details, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ says. The Foundation is calling on Te Whatu ... More >>

Ministry Of Health Refuses To Front Up To Council On Fluoridation Science

Sunday, 3 September 2023, 7:37 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The Western Bay of Plenty (WBOP) District Council requested the Ministry of Health speak to them about the issues raised by the public – including the safety and ethics of water fluoridation. The Ministry of Health have refused to front-up. The ... More >>

Free Under-30s Dental Care Fills Gap But More Needed

Saturday, 2 September 2023, 8:24 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) welcomes Labour’s proposed policy to reduce the burden of dental disease in Aotearoa - but says more preventative action is needed to address the causes of tooth decay. Provision of free dental care for the under-30s, ... More >>

A Good Day For Teeth

Saturday, 2 September 2023, 8:17 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Today’s announcement by the Labour Party of free dental for under-30s, alongside the Green Party’s already announced policy of free dental for all, means we are making real progress on oral health, says ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton. "The ... More >>

New Zealand Regenerative Clinic Receives Global Recognition For Innovative Stem Cell Therapy

Friday, 1 September 2023, 6:56 pm | Auckland Regenerative Clinic

Dr Hassan on the left receiving award. Auckland Regenerative Clinic has won the Specialist Clinic of the Year - New Zealand after being shortlisted for the global Innovative and Excellence Awards 2023. The clinic is a private practice specialising ... More >>



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