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Study Finds New Clues In Eye Cancer

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 9:07 am | QIMR Berghofer

About five per cent of melanomas in the eye are caused by exposure to sunlight, while the majority are not, a new study by QIMR Berghofer and Queensland Ocular Oncology Service has found. The findings indicate this cancer – uveal melanoma – is made ... More >>

NZ Urgently Needs Immediate Digital Health Tech Investment

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 8:06 am | Make Lemonade

There must be no further delays from the Minister of Health in releasing the findings and recommendations of a comprehensive report of the health and disability system review panel, a leading New Zealand digital health expert says. NZ Health IT (NZHIT) ... More >>

Help Celebrate World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day On 19 May

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:06 am | NZ Society of Gastroentorology

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects over 20,000 New Zealanders. Most are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45 years but can also be diagnosed in childhood. IBD includes two diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These are chronic conditions ... More >>

World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day: The Quest To Make New Zealand More 'Patient-Friendly'

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 6:50 am | Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand

Around the world over fifty countries recognise the 19th of May as World IBD Day. IBD (or Inflammatory Bowel Disease) refers to two diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For New Zealand these diseases carry particular significance. ... More >>

Recognition And Management Of Deterioration In A Rest Home Patient

Monday, 18 May 2020, 4:00 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to appropriately manage a woman’s care when her condition ... More >>

Artemisia Annua Extract To Become Prescription-only Medicine

Monday, 18 May 2020, 3:56 pm | Ministry of Health

Artemisia annua extract is being classified as a prescription medicine from today, following a recommendation from the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC). The new classification means it will no longer be able to be sold in pharmacies or online. ... More >>

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:34 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

June 2020 is bowel cancer awareness month – and it’s also our annual Move your Butt fundraiser. This campaign encourages all New Zealanders to get off their butts and challenge themselves to move more. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve decided ... More >>

Finger-wagging At Senior Doctors Unhelpful

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:25 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is concerned some senior geriatricians are being used as scapegoats over a decision to transfer a group of Covid-19 positive rest home residents to Waitakere Hospital. Seven nurses at the hospital ended up ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:01 pm | Ministry of Health

There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,499, of which 1,149 are confirmed cases of COVID-19. We have 1,433 people reported as having recovered ... More >>

Lack Of Support For Vulnerable Mothers Continues

Monday, 18 May 2020, 1:32 pm | Mothers Matter

Mothers Matter is a collaboration of science experts, clinical experts, respected social well-being advocates. It is committed to the legal and moral rights of pregnancy, birthing, post-natal care of women, babies, and whanau. Mothers Matter is incredulous ... More >>

Orion Health Supports COVID-19 Decision-making With A National Algorithm Management Solution

Monday, 18 May 2020, 12:44 pm | Orion Health

Orion Health has today announced it will deliver a free national solution to support scenario modelling, risk prediction, forecasting and planning throughout New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. Accelerated to market through the Ministry of Business, Innovation ... More >>

GP Uptake In E-ordering A Positive Outcome From Lockdown

Monday, 18 May 2020, 9:24 am | Medlab South

Electronic ordering of lab tests has been available around the country for some time now, but the uptake from GPs has been relatively low in some regions. With COVID-19 forcing the country into lockdown, and for many GPs - taking them online, e-ordering ... More >>

How To Respond To A Spike In COVID-19

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 5:08 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says it’s likely that there will be a rise in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, so while there is no need to return to national lockdown, protection of vulnerable people is necessary “Internationally lockdowns have not prevented ... More >>

1 New Confirmed Case Of COVID-19

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 12:44 pm | Ministry of Health

Today there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand. The case is linked to the Rosewood cluster as a household contact of an earlier case. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases is 1,499, ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 12:58 pm | Ministry of Health

Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,498, of which 1,148 are confirmed cases of COVID-19. We now have 1,428 people reported as having ... More >>

Budget Makes Progress In Fixing Disability Services Underfunding, More Needed

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 10:21 am | Disability Support Network

Budget 2020 delivers an important catch-up on the long-term underfunding of the disability sector, but there is much more still to do to ensure all disabled New Zealanders and their families get the support they deserve, says New Zealand Disability ... More >>

Heart Attacks, Heart Failure, Stroke: COVID-19’s Dangerous Cardiovascular Complications

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 7:01 am | University of Virginia

COVID-19 can cause serious cardiovascular complications including heart failure, heart attacks and blood clots that can lead to strokes, emergency medicine doctors report in a new scientific paper. They also caution that COVID-19 treatments can ... More >>

Henderson Dental Clinic's Proactive Safety Measures

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:44 pm | McIntosh Dental

One Of The Safest Dental Clinics In Auckland McIntosh Dental on Henderson’s busy Lincoln Road is very familiar with infection control measures. Although the dental clinic already had stringent infection control measures in place, the coronavirus ... More >>

Canterbury DHB Makes Changes To Visiting At Its Hospitals And Health Centres Under Alert Level 2

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:23 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB has made changes to its visitor restrictions under Alert Level 2. The key changes are at Christchurch Hospital where visiting hours have changed. More >>

1 New Case Of COVID-19

Friday, 15 May 2020, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting one new confirmed case of COVID-19. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases is now 1,498, of which 1,148 are confirmed. Today’s confirmed case is linked to the Marist cluster in Auckland and was identified ... More >>

Health Research Funding Falls: 2020 Budget

Friday, 15 May 2020, 12:52 pm | New Zealanders for Health Research

The 2020 Budget once again fails to recognise the role of health research in keeping New Zealanders healthy and out of hospital says advocacy organisation New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR). “Last year the government invested just 0.81% of health ... More >>

Doctors Say New Health Funding Must Prioritise Equity

Friday, 15 May 2020, 12:48 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) welcomes the Government’s announcement of a funding package for the Aotearoa NZ health system, noting that applying an equity and Te Tiriti-centred lens to decision-making would support equitable ... More >>

Budget 2020: Medical Device Sector Welcomes $3.92 Billion Investment In Healthcare Sector

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 5:03 pm | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

The Medical Technology Association of New Zealand , the national industry body representing medical technology companies in NZ, welcomes the Government’s $3.92 billion investment in the healthcare sector announced in today’s Budget. “COVID-19 has put the NZ ... More >>

Budget 2020 Presents Opportunities And Concerns

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:32 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes today’s Budget, while feeling some concern that mental health is at a crossroads. "Today’s budget could mean two things for mental health," MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says. “One: ... More >>

PANUI - Waitangi Outreach Covid19 Testing & Flu Immunisations Monday 18 May

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 3:21 pm | Ngati Hine Health Trust

We have another Outreach Covid19 Testing & Flu Immunisations coming up in Waitangi When: Monday 18th May from 10am-2pm Where @ Te Tiriti Beach House, 36 Te Kemara Ave, Waitangi (see map included) More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

For the third consecutive day, we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,497, of which 1,147 are confirmed. We now have 1,411 people reported as having recovered ... More >>

Covid-19 Mental Health Survey Shows Participants Are ‘stressed But Resilient’

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 10:25 am | University of Waikato

Psychologists at the University of Waikato have released preliminary results of their survey looking into New Zealanders’ mental health during the Covid-19 crisis, and the findings show Kiwis are feeling stressed but resilient. The online survey, ... More >>

Salvation Army Concerned Over Lack Of Cultural And Spiritual Consideration In Covid-19 Response Bill

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:11 am | The Salvation Army New Zealand

The Salvation Army is concerned that cultural and spiritual wellbeing are not being considered alongside physical wellbeing, in the Health Response Bill before Parliament. “This Bill worries us deeply. There is no allowance or trust for religious gatherings, More >>

Addiction Practitioners Give Government Initiatives The Thumbs Up

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:07 am | DAPAANZ

Addiction practitioners say fresh government initiatives that support health and disability workers like themselves during COVID-19 are timely and very welcome. “Unfortunately, the economic impact and downstream effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of many ... More >>

Bay Of Plenty DHB Updates Visitor Policy Under Alert Level 2

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:42 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board recognises the important role of visitors in the healing process. With this in mind, we have updated our visitor policy under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, while continuing to protect patients and staff from any potential ... More >>

Horowhenua Community Wellbeing Committee Urges Residents To Get Tested For COVID-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:34 pm | Horowhenua District Council

The Horowhenua District Council Community Wellbeing Committee is urging residents to get tested for COVID-19. The Committee, which includes community and government organisations and agencies who work within Horowhenua, held a meeting via audio-visual ... More >>

Serious Lessons From Waitakere Hospital COVID-19 Report

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:20 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says it welcomes the incident review report released today by Waitematā District Health Board (DHB) into COVID-19 Staff infections at Waitakere Hospital April. Seven nurses contracted the virus at the ... More >>

Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund Giving Away Up To $200,000 Worth Of COVID-19 Grants By May 28

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 5:11 pm | Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is excited to launch the Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund , which has been created to help charitable organisations and community groups help tāngata whaiora (or those of us who live with mental health and addictions ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 1:50 pm | Ministry of Health

Again today, we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19. This encouraging news means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,497, of which 1,147 are confirmed. We now have 1,402 people reported as having recovered ... More >>

Christchurch Researchers Asking Parents What Information They Need About COVID And Children’s Health

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 11:24 am | University of Otago

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers and paediatricians are launching an urgent study to understand what information parents need to understand and feel reassured about COVID-19 and its potential impact on children. The study comes as parents prepare ... More >>

Dentists Reassure About Safety In Level 2; Advises Public To Contact For Appointments

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 10:56 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is reassuring patients that they are safe to book dental treatment under level 2 restrictions from tomorrow, but advises people to phone ahead, instead of simply turning up at clinics. Triaging questions need ... More >>

COVID-19: UVA Discovery Spurs Clinical Trial Of Antidepressant To Fight Virus

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 7:23 am | University of Virginia

An antidepressant medication is being tested as a potential treatment for COVID-19 after University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers determined it may prevent dangerous overreactions by the immune system. Researchers at the Washington University ... More >>

NZNO Pays Tribute To Nurses Who Have Died Internationally

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 3:49 pm | NZNO

On the International Day of the Nurse, NZNO is paying tribute to the 301 nurses from 32 countries who have died from their frontline work fighting COVID-19. This is the latest tally from Global Nurses United (GNU), but GNU Co-ordinator Ken Zinn ... More >>

International Nurses Day 2020 Is All About Celebrating Nurses

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 3:05 pm | Ministry of Health

Now more than ever, there's compelling evidence that ensuring we have a strong nursing workforce leads to better health outcomes for individuals, families, whânau, communities and countries. Every day, thousands of nurses have been going to work to fight COVID-19, ... More >>

Keeping Your Home Healthy In Lockdown And Beyond

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:50 pm | Branz

Covid-19 means most people are spending a lot more time at home. For those who live in cold, damp and mouldy properties it can also mean increased risk to health and wellbeing. But spending more time at home is also an opportunity to learn how to ... More >>

Pharmacists Call For Extra Funding For Vulnerable Populations

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:30 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for all pharmacists, welcomes the Government’s announcement of $3.9 billion in extra funding for District Health boards in Budget 2020. The Pharmaceutical Society is calling for District Health ... More >>

No New Cases Of COVID-19

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:03 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19. This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases remains at 1,497, of which 1,147 are confirmed. We now have 1,398 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, an ... More >>

Bowen Hospital’s new operating theatre meets demand

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 12:55 pm | Acurity Health Group

A new specialised operating theatre at Bowen Hospital is now operational and will support the Wellington community to meet the backlog of cases as Covid-19 Alert restrictions levels are lowered. More >>

HealthCare NZ Is Working With The Ministry Of Health To Deliver A New Wellbeing Service

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 11:39 am | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ is proud to be supporting frontline healthcare workers as part of the Ministry of Health’s psychosocial response by providing access to psychological health and wellbeing support. General Manager Mental Health & Wellbeing, ... More >>

Targeted Action Can Prevent Suicide Increases

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 9:54 am | RANZCP

A forecasted surge in suicide rates due to the impacts of COVID-19, its associated restrictions and their secondary social, economic and personal consequences is not inevitable according to the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College ... More >>

Oceania Healthcare Invites Kiwis To Take A Walk In Nurses’ Shoes This International Nurses Day

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 9:34 am | Oceania Healthcare

Leading aged care provider, Oceania Healthcare will be marking International Nurses Day with the launch of a unique initiative – In Their Shoes – a celebration of the dedicated and clinically skilled nurses who work at the forefront of New Zealand’s ... More >>

The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 9:31 am | Nathan Gray

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More >>

Supporting People Living With Brain Tumours

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 8:43 am | Brain Tumour Support New Zealand

A group committed to supporting people living with brain tumours and their families has launched Brain Tumour Support NZ. All the founders have either been diagnosed with a brain tumour themselves or have a partner or close friend diagnosed with a ... More >>

Telemedicine Tools Developed For Ebola Improving COVID-19 Care

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 7:35 am | University of Virginia

Telemedicine tools developed at UVA Health to battle Ebola have huge potential in the fight against COVID-19, UVA experts report in a new scientific paper. The tools, they say, allow doctors to provide personal, high-quality care while conserving vital ... More >>

Nurses Unite To Demand Universal Public Health

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 7:13 am | Citizen News Service

To mark International Nurses' Day on May 12, millions of nurses around the world are calling on governments to commit to universal public health. "As we rebuild from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, we must transform the way societies ... More >>

A Message To Our Nurses In 2020

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 6:58 am | Wintec

Leaupepe Peta Karalus has a relentless passion for healthcare and urges nurses to aim high with their education. Nurses globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand are at the forefront of care this year as we celebrate the International year of the Nurse. ... More >>

3 New Cases Of COVID-19

Monday, 11 May 2020, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two cases are linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home in Auckland. The individuals are both nurses at Waitakere Hospital. Both had been asymptomatic throughout a stand-down ... More >>

Free Videos Aim To Get NZ Healthy Again

Monday, 11 May 2020, 7:55 am | Frolic PR

Eastern Bay woman Susan Birch has dedicated herself to improving the health of New Zealanders, by providing education and support around obesity and other health conditions. The Health Detective consultancy founder and owner is creating a series of free videos ... More >>

Government Buying A Yes Vote In Cannabis Debate?

Monday, 11 May 2020, 7:13 am | Say Nope to Dope

Family First NZ says that if the NZ Drug Foundation is receiving further significant funding from the Government, on top of what they already receive, they should not be the lead organisation promoting a Yes vote in the cannabis referendum. “This ... More >>

What You Need To Know About Covid-19 Testing Under Level 2

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 4:42 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says widespread serology testing for antibodies is necessary if New Zealand goes to Level 2 The Covid19 Plan B group has provided the public with vital information on how immunity is gained from exposure to Covid19, ... More >>

Pharmac Funding Announcement: “Don’t Back Away From Cancer Drug Plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation Begs

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 4:38 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

“Don’t use COVID-19 as an excuse to back away from your commitment to cancer patients,” Breast Cancer Foundation NZ begged the Government, in response to today’s announcement of an additional $160m over four years for Pharmac to secure the supply ... More >>

Skylight Granted Essential Health Service Status In The Covid-19 Crisis

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 4:21 pm | Skylight

Skylight is pleased to announce it has been granted Essential Health Services status by the Ministry of Health. This is for its trauma, loss and grief support for Tamariki, Rangatahi and Whānau delivered through its tele-health and support e-pack service. ... More >>

2 New Cases Of COVID-19

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 1:02 pm | Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting two new confirmed cases of COVID-19. One case is linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home in Auckland. The individual is not a healthcare worker - they are a household contact of an earlier case linked to St ... More >>

College Of Midwives Gives Shout Out Across Aotearoa To New Mums Mother’s Day Tomorrow (Sunday)

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 4:45 pm | New Zealand College of Midwives

“New mums and the midwives caring for them have been amazing throughout the pandemic and should be congratulated.” says Alison Eddy, Chief Executive of the College of Midwives. With around * 7231 babies born during Alert Level 4 and 3 in New Zealand, ... More >>

Doctors Opine Birthing Pools As A Safe Social-Distancing Option For Labours During The Pandemic

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 4:25 pm | IIMHCO

UK’s Oxford Brookes University has published academic opinion that concludes labouring in water is one of the safest ways to give birth during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The University’s own Dr Ethel Burns (senior Midwifery Lecturer) and Dr ... More >>




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