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Transition Unit Improves Patient Flow

Friday, 1 September 2023, 2:55 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

A new transition unit to improve patient flow between the emergency department and wards at Taranaki Base Hospital has been hailed a resounding success, according to Unit Nurse Manager Jonele Woodhead. When the hospital’s new renal unit was opened ... More >>

Kiwis Turning To Virtual “Inject” Weight Management Programme In Fight Against Obesity

Friday, 1 September 2023, 11:22 am | Kellow Hypnotherapy

Kiwis battling obesity and weight management issues are turning to a virtual ‘Inject’ weight management programme to drop the pounds. Latest Government health figures show New Zealand has the third highest adult obesity rate in the OECD with one in ... More >>

New Initiative For Younger-Onset Dementia Successful In Canterbury

Friday, 1 September 2023, 9:12 am | Dementia Canterbury

Dementia Canterbury’s unique holistic programme for people with Younger-Onset Dementia is proving successful at reducing anxiety and stress for local whānau. The people-centred initiative matches people with Younger-Onset Dementia with a key ... More >>

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Rare Disorders Omission From Cabinet Paper Concerning, Says Rare Disorders NZ

Friday, 1 September 2023, 9:00 am | Rare Disorders NZ

Rare Disorders NZ is alarmed that despite Manatū Hauora working for the past year on New Zealand’s first Rare Disorders Strategy to address the inequitable health outcomes for those affected by rare disorders, the rare disorder community has not ... More >>

Who You Gonna Call? Telehealth Workers Rally For Better Wages

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 6:46 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

NZNO Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) and PSA members, employed at Whakarongorau Aotearoa New Zealand Telehealth Services, will embark on an hour-long rally on Friday morning following a breakdown of talks with their employer. The rallies ... More >>

Party Positions On Drug Overdoses Show Cross-party Progress Possible

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 2:21 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Willingness from across the political spectrum to explore critical overdose prevention measures shows that cross-party progress can be made no matter the result of the election, the NZ Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri says. It ... More >>

Free Mammograms For Older Women Receives Cross-party Support In Parliament

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 11:08 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ welcomes the cross-party support shown by MPs in the House last night towards widening eligibility of free mammograms to women aged 74. Dr Shane Reti’s private member’s bill to raise the breast screening age was introduced ... More >>

More Than Half A Million Granted To Christchurch Health Researchers

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 9:03 am | Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

A simple blood test could replace the need for colonoscopies in children with inflammatory bowel disease, while a new psychological therapy for bipolar disorder is being investigated. These are two of the six research projects soon to be underway thanks to $651,597 ... More >>

Delivering Hope: Anti-inflammatory Drug Trial For Preterm Babies

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 3:56 pm | University of Auckland

When baby Blessing arrived very early, her parents joined a drug trial they hope will go on to benefit all preterm babies. Blessing was born very early and in a hurry at 25 weeks, but she’s a battler.  Her parents immediately enrolled her ... More >>

Vaping Hospitalisations Revealed For The First Time

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 1:37 pm | Dairy and Business Owners Group

Official Information Act data confirms that vaping has resulted in no primary hospital admissions, despite tens of thousands vaping for at least a decade. “We’re speaking out because vaping has become a punching bag where the more outrageous the claim, ... More >>

Pharmac Taking Action To Ensure Supply Of Type 2 Diabetes Medicine Amid Worldwide Shortage

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 2:45 pm | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga - Pharmac is taking steps to ensure people with type 2 diabetes who take dulaglutide (branded as Trulicity) can continue to access the treatment while we experience further supply chain issues on top of a global shortage. Dulaglutide ... More >>

NZ Failing To Protect Children From Unhealthy Food Marketing – New WHO Guidelines

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 11:27 am | Public Health Communication Centre

Aotearoa New Zealand is failing to protect children from unhealthy food marketing on many levels when measured up against new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines according to public health researchers. WHO released a new set of guidelines this ... More >>

Most Young People Feel Okay About Puberty, But More Girls ‘embarrassed’

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 10:15 am | Growing Up in New Zealand

Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand looks at young people’s experiences of puberty such as physical development at aged 12, feelings about puberty and access to free period products in schools. It shows most young people were either ... More >>

Ngāti Rangi Welcomes Proactive Release Of Cabinet Paper On Achieving Pae Ora Through Primary Care

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 6:49 am | Ngati Rangi

28 August The vision for primary and community healthcare over the next ten years laid out in the Cabinet paper released today is welcomed by Ngāti Rangi. “The Pae Ora Act specifies that the sector should provide opportunities for Māori to ... More >>

Failure To Obtain Informed Consent For Procedure During Labour

Monday, 28 August 2023, 2:06 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a registered midwife breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to obtain a woman’s consent for a procedure during ... More >>

Doctor Breaches Code In Care Of Woman With Varicose Veins

Monday, 28 August 2023, 2:04 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A doctor who specialises in vein treatment breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) for failing to act after a complication that led to a woman having both lower legs amputated. The woman, in her seventies, ... More >>

Waitaki District Health Service Limited, A Doctor And Two Nurses Breached The Code Following The Death Of A Baby

Monday, 28 August 2023, 2:02 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Waitaki District Health Service Limited (WDHSL), a doctor and two nurses breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) following the death of a baby with meningococcal septicaemia. The baby arrived at Oamaru Hospital, ... More >>

Protecting Our Drinking Water Sources – Where Do The Parties Stand?

Monday, 28 August 2023, 9:38 am | Public Health Communication Centre

A lack of cohesive, comprehensive vision for the country's land use, particularly from our two main parties, leaves drinking water sources and waterways at risk according to results of a survey by the Public Health Communication Centre (PHCC). The second ... More >>

Patient Organisations Declare Medicines Crisis In New Zealand

Monday, 28 August 2023, 9:26 am | MyLifeMatters

MyLifeMatters - a collective of patient advocate organisations representing more than 1 million patients with cancers, rare disorders, diabetes, and other life limiting conditions have today launched a campaign to tackle the issue of investment and timely ... More >>

Medicines NZ Publishes 2022 Transfer Of Value Reports, Reinforcing Commitment To Transparency

Friday, 25 August 2023, 5:54 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Medicines New Zealand, is pleased to announce the release of the 2022 Transfer of Value reports. These reports provide a transparent overview of the financial interactions between biopharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals, reinforcing the ... More >>

Meningococcal Disease And Whooping Cough In Te Tai Tokerau

Friday, 25 August 2023, 3:26 pm | Northland District Health Board

Public health officials are urging Northlanders to stay up to date with their vaccinations, noting that in recent weeks, there have been two meningococcal infection cases and now six whooping cough cases in the last week. Meningococcal cases have been in the ... More >>

Long-term Mortality Study Highlights Effectiveness Of New Zealand COVID-19 Public Health Measures

Friday, 25 August 2023, 1:03 pm | Medical Research Institute

There has been much speculation about the possible long-term effects of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 elimination strategy on mortality rates and, in particular, whether it might have led to a rebound increase in loss of life from other causes. ... More >>

Empowering Communities To Control Alcohol In Their Neighbourhoods

Friday, 25 August 2023, 12:44 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Amendment Bill is one small step away from becoming law with the passing of its third reading in Parliament yesterday under urgency. Alcohol Healthwatch Acting Executive Director Rebecca Williams says ... More >>

Myeloma NZ & Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ welcome potential for new and expanded medicines access, but more is needed

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 7:26 pm | Myeloma New Zealand

“We are very pleased Pharmac has today announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the supply of lenalidomide and pomalidomide to treat multiple myeloma,” says Barbara Horne, Chair of Myeloma New Zealand. “While lenalidomide is already available ... More >>

Thoracic Society calls on the next government to crack down on e-cigarettes

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 7:11 pm | Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Thoracic Society is pleased to see the Labour government’s latest pledge to go further with its e-cigarette policy. “Regardless of which party takes office come October - as a lung health promotion charity with members who are leading researchers, ... More >>

Nominate Your ‘everyday Hero’ For The 2023 Clinical Informatics Leadership Award

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 4:59 pm | Health Informatics

Nominate your ‘everyday hero’ who helps you do your job by making information flow to where it needs to be, for the 2023 Clinical Informatics Leadership Award. Award judge and national chief clinical information officer Lara Hopley says, “clinical ... More >>

Pharmac Seeking Bids From Suppliers For Multiple Myeloma Treatments

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 2:00 pm | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga - Pharmac is seeking bids from suppliers for two medicines, lenalidomide and pomalidomide, for use in the treatment of multiple myeloma. “We understand there is a high unmet health need for people with multiple myeloma,” ... More >>

Highlighting The Need For Consumer Participation In Tobacco Harm Reduction Policy Making

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 10:46 am | CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) announces the release of its Shadow Report on the (NON)-Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 1 (d) on Harm Reduction Strategies. The report ... More >>

Medical Council Launches Innovative Data Dashboard Showcasing Key Insights Into The Medical Workforce

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 5:57 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa | The Medical Council of New Zealand is pleased to announce the launch of our datadashboard that is now publicly available to view on Council’s website. This dashboard provides a comprehensive and dynamic overview ... More >>

Get Wiggy To Support Kiwi Kids With Cancer This September

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 5:50 pm | Child Cancer Foundation

On Wednesday 13 September, thousands of Kiwis are supporting tamariki with cancer and their families by taking part in Wig Wednesday, a nationwide fundraiser for Child Cancer Foundation – will you join them? Every week in New Zealand, more than three ... More >>

Urgent Call For Funding To Address The Severe Shortage Of Psychologists In Aotearoa

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 5:50 pm | NZ Psychological Society

Aotearoa is facing a critical shortage of culturally competent, qualified psychologists, which has placed pressure on the public, and current providers. Estimates in the last 6 years suggest that at least 1000 more psychologists are needed to keep up ... More >>

Pharmac Confirms Transition To A Trastuzumab Biosimilar And Widens Access To Other Types Of Cancer

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 1:48 pm | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac is transitioning to a trastuzumab biosimilar, Herzuma, from the currently funded brand, Herceptin, as a result of a competitive procurement process. The treatment is currently funded for people with metastatic ... More >>

Homegrown Juice Company’s Ginger Kombucha Recalled Due To Possible Presence Of Glass Pieces

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Food Safety

New Zealand Food Safety is supporting The Homegrown Juice Co in a recall of a specific batch of its Raw Kombucha Sparkling Ginger due to the possible presence of foreign matter. “Due to an issue with bottling equipment, there may be some glass pieces ... More >>

Support For Increased Regulation Of Vaping Products From Public Health Experts

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 12:26 pm | Aukati Tupeka Aotearoa

The Aukati Tupeka Aotearoa (ATA), a national network of public health experts, endorses the Labour Party’s proposal to introduce more effective regulation of vaping products if re-elected to Government. Measures outlined in the policy factsheet include: Capping ... More >>

RANZCOG Statement On Pause On Using Surgical Mesh

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 6:42 am | RANZCOG

RANZCOG notes today’s recommendation by the Director- General of Health of a time-limited pause on the use of surgical mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence, in all but exceptional circumstances and under high vigilance. The College has advised its members ... More >>

Director-General Of Health Recommends Time-limited Pause On The Use Of Surgical Mesh For Stress Urinary Incontinence

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 6:09 am | Ministry of Health

Director-General of Health recommends time-limited pause on the use of female pelvic surgical mesh products to treat stress urinary incontinence The Director-General of Health, Dr Diana Sarfati, has supported, effective 23 August 2023, a time-limited ... More >>

Stronger Youth Vaping Measures Welcomed

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 11:09 am | Health Coalition Aotearoa

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) welcomes Labour’s stronger proposed measures to address the serious problem of vaping among our tamariki and rangatahi. Labour’s policy announced today included capping all vape stores to 600 nation-wide, a requirement ... More >>

The Government Sees Through The Vape Haze

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 10:44 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand has been calling for tougher regulations to tackle our youth vaping epidemic since 2018. Letitia Harding, Chief Executive says, "it is great to hear that Labour recognises this is a major problem in ... More >>

Unlocking the Best Ways to Lose Weight: A Guide Worth Reading

Monday, 21 August 2023, 7:19 pm | Hugh Grant

People frequently discuss their weight loss aspirations, and it's paramount to distinguish between fads and facts. Many methods are circulating in the vast sea of information. The real challenge is discerning the most productive ways. So, in the spirit of enlightenment, More >>

CT Scan Results Missed On Discharge Summary C21HDC00619

Monday, 21 August 2023, 5:52 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A report by Deputy Commissioner Carolyn Cooper has found a GP breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code). A woman in her 60s presented to ED at a public hospital following an injury. After an x-ray and ... More >>

Senior Doctors To Take Unprecedented Strike Action

Monday, 21 August 2023, 5:47 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Senior doctors and dentists employed by Te Whatu Ora have voted resoundingly in favour of nationwide strikes for the first time in New Zealand, following the breakdown of their pay negotiations. The strike action comes as negotiations between Te Whatu ... More >>

Foundation Disappointed By National Health Announcement – Nothing Mentioned About NZ's Prostate Cancer Record

Monday, 21 August 2023, 5:43 pm | Prostate Cancer Foundation

“It’s great to see policies that advocate for more resources being put into cancer treatment. We absolutely applaud and support policy like this that can make a difference to people’s lives. These treatments can be a lifeline for those who ... More >>

Will NZ’s Next Government Face Up To Future Catastrophic Risks?

Monday, 21 August 2023, 9:56 am | Public Health Communication Centre

Political parties tend to be short-sighted in their policies when it comes to global catastrophic risks such as future pandemics, nuclear war, out of control artificial intelligence and climate change according to the results of a new survey. The Public ... More >>

Healthy School Lunches Alleviate Hunger, Poverty, Mana: Study

Friday, 18 August 2023, 4:45 pm | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The latest research into the impact of the Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Aotearoa’s free school lunch programme - provides more important evidence of wide benefits including a reduction in food insecurity for students and whānau. University of Auckland research fellow ... More >>

Tackling New Zealand’s Falling Breastfeeding Rates To Improve Kiwi Kids’ Health And Development

Friday, 18 August 2023, 10:34 am | Heart and Hands

Heart and Hands , founded by an experienced Midwife and mother, is revolutionising the support system for women and their families during the crucial Fourth Trimester period. With a vision to tackle New Zealand’s suboptimal breastfeeding rates this ... More >>

Aukati Tupeka Aotearoa Supports Calls To Reduce Vape Product Availability

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 11:15 am | Aukati Tupeka Aotearoa

The Aukati Tupeka Aotearoa (ATA), a national network of public health experts, endorses Vape-Free Kids NZ’s petition calling on Parliament to develop policies that will protect tamariki from the harms of vaping. The petition was presented to Dr Tracey ... More >>

Magnesium Research Set To Inform Preterm Care

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 7:03 am | University of Auckland

Giving magnesium to mothers just before early birth, at 30 to 34 weeks, may help babies’ brains develop, but more research is needed. Care for mothers and preterm babies is set to be improved by new research on giving magnesium sulphate just before ... More >>

HealthNow Doubles Down On Mission To Make Healthcare More Accessible To More Kiwis

Wednesday, 16 August 2023, 2:13 pm | HealthNow

With a line of sight of 100,000 users, HealthNow has made a strategic decision to increase its focus on the company’s Employer Aid and Health Saver products as New Zealanders continue to battle cost of living challenges. <img src="" ... More >>

End Of Covid Restrictions Doesn’t End Disabled People’s Right To Health

Wednesday, 16 August 2023, 6:37 am | Human Rights Commission

The last of the Covid protections may have lifted, but disabled people still have the right to health and the right to support, says Kaihautū Tika Hauātanga Disability Rights Commissioner Prudence Walker. “The restrictions may have gone but the impact ... More >>

COVID-19 Restrictions Have Changed

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 9:11 pm | Age Concern Wellington Region

Yesterday, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced changes to New Zealand's COVID-19 health settings. From today, the last remaining mandatory COVID-19 public health requirements for a 7-day isolation period for people testing positive for COVID-19, ... More >>

Aotearoa Covid Action Condemns Government’s Surrender To Covid

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 9:08 pm | Aotearoa Covid Action

The government’s disturbing decision yesterday to end our last remaining protections against Covid means more Kiwis will get sick, and more Kiwis will end up with long term illness from Covid. Our economy will be damaged. What can we do? Aotearoa Covid ... More >>

COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted Too Soon, Says Rare Disorders NZ

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 3:25 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

Rare Disorders NZ is extremely frustrated that the Government is scrapping all remaining COVID-19 restrictions while Pharmac is still in the process of deciding whether to widen the access criteria for COVID-19 antivirals. Currently the access criteria ... More >>

How GST Off Fruit And Veges Could Affect Your Menstrual Health

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 1:17 pm | The Period Place

Since its inception, The Period Place has been advocating for big changes to be made to address systemic menstrual health inequity in Aotearoa while also treating the symptoms of period poverty, including donating of over 1.7 million period products ... More >>

Pharmac Indicates Interest To Fund More Oestradiol Treatments To Relieve Supply Issue

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 6:30 am | PHARMAC

Te Pātaka Whaioranga - Pharmac is planning to issue a competitive process for supply of oestradiol transdermal products in New Zealand. “Today we have issued a Future Procurement Opportunity for oestradiol transdermal products,” says Pharmac’s ... More >>

All COVID-19 Requirements Removed

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 6:17 am | Minister of Health

14 August 2023 7-days mandatory isolation, wearing of face masks for visitors to health care facilities removed Effective from 12:01am Tuesday 15 August The Government is removing the remaining COVID-19 public health requirements, effective from 12:01am ... More >>

A Good Win For Dr Goodwin: NZ Doctor’s Appeal Of Covid Misinformation Suspension Won

Monday, 14 August 2023, 6:50 pm | NZDSOS

The decision from Judge Kevin Kelly of the Wellington District Court, released last week, has seen Dr Alison Goodwin's January 2022 suspension by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) reversed. The case, filed on 9 Feb 2022, was heard 16 months ... More >>

Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens Welcomes Plan To Reduce Cost Of Fruit And Vegetables

Monday, 14 August 2023, 3:18 pm | Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens

Pacific people will benefit from the removal of GST from fruit and vegetables according to Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens, an organisation that provides services to many Pacific families in Porirua and elsewhere in New Zealand. Whānau Manaaki’s community ... More >>

Error In Colostomy Surgery Breaches The Code

Monday, 14 August 2023, 2:01 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner has found a consultant general surgeon breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code). The breach concerns the care of a man with a spinal fracture who was partially tetraplegic ... More >>

Canterbury DHB And A Physician Breached Code For Delaying The Diagnosis Of A Man’s Lung Cancer

Monday, 14 August 2023, 1:58 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) (now Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury) and a physician breached the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumer’s Rights (the Code) for delaying the diagnosis of a man’s lung cancer. The man presented ... More >>

Māori PHO’s Speak Out In Support Of Te Aka Whai Ora

Monday, 14 August 2023, 12:15 pm | Te Kahui Hauora Maori

Māori Primary Health Organisation’s (PHO’s) across Aotearoa are disappointed with the recently released Māori Health Advisory Committee Rapid Assessment, placing their support behind Te Aka Whai Ora as guiding the way forward for Māori health. ... More >>



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