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Tracking The True Spread Of Covid – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 5:58 pm | Science Media Centre

Scientists have had to adapt to track trends in the Omicron outbreak, as infections soar across Aotearoa. Now that the Health Ministry cautions against relying on the daily Covid case count to estimate virus spread, what can alternative data tell us? ... More >>

120 New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed In South Canterbury

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 3:54 pm | South Canterbury DHB

There are 120 new COVID-19 cases reported in South Canterbury today: Today’s cases by Territorial Local Authorities (TLA) · Timaru District - 98 · Waimate District - 10 · Mackenzie District - 3 · Unknown – 9 (normal place of residence has not ... More >>

New Waiata Released To Encourage Children And Their Families To Get Vaccinated

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 3:42 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

A new waiata has been released to encourage all our whānau to get vaccinated, including their tamariki. Dr Seán MacPherson, Consultant Haematologist at Canterbury DHB was approached by a colleague who floated an idea about writing a song to encourage families ... More >>

ProCare Announces New Nurse Representative To Its Health (PHO) Limited Board

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 3:34 pm | ProCare Health

Leading healthcare provider ProCare has today announced the appointment of Ann Davis as a new Director to the ProCare Health (PHO) Limited Board. Ann’s appointment is effective immediately and she will take on the role of Nurse Representative. Ann ... More >>

Stroke Awareness 2022: Mahia Te Mahi -Take Action!

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 11:56 am | Stroke Central New Zealand

March is Stroke Awareness Month and Stroke Central New Zealand is taking their stroke awareness efforts Online this year. Lee Pownall (Stroke Central, CEO) explains that “This is the third year Stroke Awareness Month has been affected by Covid and our ... More >>

New Charity-funded Breast Cancer Nurse Making A Difference In Canterbury

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 10:27 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

A new nurse, funded by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ), is playing a huge role in helping women in Canterbury to recover from a breast cancer diagnosis. <img src="" ... More >>

Inequitable Burden Of COVID-19 Changed Māori Drinking, Smoking, And Gambling Habits During Lockdown

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 7:01 am | Hapai Te Hauora

08 March National Māori Public Health Agency, Hāpai Te Hauora are concerned with multiple findings in the ‘ Impact of Covid-19 August 2021 ’ survey released by Te Hiringa Hauora and NielsenIQ today. It canvassed the participants’ use of alcohol, ... More >>

Alcohol Dependence Significantly Increases Suicide Risk – Otago Study

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 6:54 am | University of Otago

There are calls for changes to New Zealand’s national suicide prevention strategy in light of new research linking harmful drinking to a heightened risk of suicide. The University of Otago, Christchurch study, published in the Australian and New ... More >>

Waikato District Health Board: COVID-19 Public Advisory – 8 March 2022

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 8:20 pm | Waikato District Health Board

From today we will be reporting case numbers by TLA (Territorial Local Authority– the local council areas). We appreciate that there was a level of interest in case reporting by town/city, however this format is not well matched to the current shape ... More >>

Roadside Drug Testing A Win For Safety

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 6:22 pm | la Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand

Today’s passing in Parliament of the Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill is a win for road safety, says Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand chief executive Nick Leggett. "We have supported this law since 2019 when it was first proposed ... More >>

Pharmac Proposes Widened Access To The Flu Vaccine For Māori And Pacific Peoples For 2022 Season

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 11:22 am | PHARMAC

Pharmac is consulting on a proposal to widen access to the funded influenza vaccine to include Māori and Pacific peoples aged between 55 and 64 years of age for the 2022 influenza season. Read the consultation on widening access “We anticipate ... More >>

Make Fabulous Feijoas An Essential Part Of Your 5+ A Day

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 9:11 am | Five plus a day

Every year as we get set to farewell another summer, the tropical flavours of the feijoa/whitoa signal the start of cooler months and remind us of childhoods spent foraging under the neighbours’ trees for these delicious Autumn fruit. A well-loved ... More >>

Time For Action On Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder In Aotearoa

Monday, 7 March 2022, 7:37 pm | Alcohol Action NZ

Alcohol Action NZ welcomes Paula Penfold’s powerful documentary on FASD entitled “ Disordered ” that was released today, and encourages everyone to watch it. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the result of brain damage suffered before birth ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay Hospital Mobilises Dedicated COVID Ward As Cases Rise

Monday, 7 March 2022, 2:37 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

A dedicated COVID-19 ward is today being mobilised at Hawke’s Bay Hospital to safely manage a growing number of inpatients with the virus. Chief Operating Officer Chris Ash said reconfigurations within its gastroenterology building, Ruakopito, ... More >>

New Zealand Blood Services Reduces COVID-19 Deferral Period

Monday, 7 March 2022, 10:34 am | New Zealand Blood Service

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has reduced the deferral period for blood and plasma donors who have had COVID-19, are considered a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case or travelled overseas from a COVID-19 risk area. The changes, which have been ... More >>

Disordered: How We’re Failing Kiwis With FASD

Monday, 7 March 2022, 7:35 am | Stuff Circuit

Maureen drank “a couple of bottles of vodka a day” while pregnant with Thomas. It gave him brain damage. His disability meant he made poor decisions and as a result, spent most of his adulthood in jail. Thomas is one of an estimated 3,000 New Zealand ... More >>

"Significant Moment”: Living Wage Arrives In Hospital Industry

Monday, 7 March 2022, 6:21 am | Living Wage

One of New Zealand’s largest private hospitals has become the first hospital to be a Living Wage accredited employer. Waikato’s Braemar Hospital will now pay all its staff, including those in laundry, cleaning, sterile supply and kitchen services, ... More >>

Canterbury DHB Confirms First Cases Of COVID-19 On Chatham Islands

Sunday, 6 March 2022, 7:41 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

Canterbury DHB’s COVID-19 Emergency Coordination Centre Controller, Dr Helen Skinner confirmed this afternoon that two Chatham Island residents have tested positive for COVID-19. They are isolating and being supported on the Island. “We encourage anyone ... More >>

Game-changing Research In Sight For Fight Against Glaucoma

Sunday, 6 March 2022, 7:39 pm | Glaucoma New Zealand

A ground-breaking study that’s currently underway in New Zealand is a potential gamechanger for the early detection of glaucoma. This study is one of many research projects, supported by Glaucoma NZ, that are being undertaken by New Zealand researchers ... More >>

New RAT Collection Site To Open In Canterbury Tomorrow

Sunday, 6 March 2022, 3:04 pm | Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards

A sixth community Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) pick up point opens tomorrow at 11am at the Christchurch Arena. Entry for RATs pick up is only from the Whiteleigh Avenue entrance to the Arena. From Tuesday the new Christchurch Arena site will be open ... More >>

52 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In South Canterbury

Sunday, 6 March 2022, 2:31 pm | South Canterbury District Health Board

There are 52 new COVID-19 cases reported in South Canterbury today: Today’s cases by Territorial Local Authorities (TLA) · Timaru District - 39 · Waimate District - 3 · Mackenzie District - 2 · Unknown – 8 (normal place of residence has not ... More >>

COVID-19: Pharmacists Urge Kiwis With Asthma To Use Preventative Medication Daily

Sunday, 6 March 2022, 6:27 am | Zoom Health

Pharmacists are urging thousands of Kiwis living with asthma to use preventative medication for the chronic disease every day - prior to exposure to COVID. The call comes following analysis of discussions with hundreds of COVID positive patients ... More >>

57 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In South Canterbury

Saturday, 5 March 2022, 2:19 pm | South Canterbury District Health Board

There are 57 new COVID-19 cases reported in South Canterbury today: Today’s cases by Territorial Local Authorities (TLA) · Timaru District - 48 · Waimate District - 3 · Mackenzie District - 4 · Unknown – 2 (normal place of residence has not ... More >>

Over One Billion Obese People Globally, Health Crisis Must Be Reversed - WHO

Saturday, 5 March 2022, 6:38 am | UN News

On World Obesity Day, marked on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to do more to reverse what is a preventable health crisis. According to recent data , more than one billion people worldwide are obese , including 650 million ... More >>

UN Health Agency Updates Guidelines On COVID-19 Therapeutics

Friday, 4 March 2022, 5:24 pm | UN News

The World Health Organization (WHO), for the first time, included an oral antiviral drug in its COVID-19 treatment guidance. The updated “living guidelines” on related therapeutics now include conditional recommendations on the medication, molnupiravir, ... More >>

Vaccination Pop-ups For The Whole Whānau This Weekend

Friday, 4 March 2022, 5:22 pm | NRHCC

Aucklanders are being encouraged to head down to multiple pop-up events happening tomorrow (Saturday) to get their booster dose if they’re due, and to bring along their tamariki aged 5 to 11. To date, more than 811,000 people have had their booster ... More >>

Parents Stopping Smoking Delivers Lowered Smoking Rates For Generations To Come

Friday, 4 March 2022, 2:09 pm | Centre of Research Excellence

Educating people about the health risks of smoking causes large and ongoing reductions in population smoking rates a new modelling study suggests. US scientist Dr Carl V Phillips and Dr Marewa Glover of a New Zealand based research Centre modelled the ... More >>

Pharmac Updates Access Criteria For Remdesivir

Friday, 4 March 2022, 1:56 pm | PHARMAC

Pharmac has heard from our expert advisors and clinicians treating people with COVID-19 that we need to make further changes to the temporary access criteria for remdesivir. “On Monday 28 February Pharmac temporarily widened access criteria to remdesivir ... More >>

Cancer Society Warns On World Obesity Day To Put Our Children’s Health Before Food Industry Profits

Friday, 4 March 2022, 11:22 am | Cancer Society

Today is World Obesity Day. With this year’s theme Everyone Needs to Act , the Cancer Society urges the Government to urgently look at junk food marketing legislation in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are many benefits to keeping a healthy diet and weight. ... More >>

GPs Ask Patients For Patience As They Tackle Omicron

Friday, 4 March 2022, 10:13 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

With daily COVID cases numbers continuing to rise, general practitioners are asking for patience and understanding from the public as they continue to work at the forefront of community medicine. The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Medical ... More >>

Writing Is On The Wall: Pictorial Health Warnings Reduce Tobacco Use

Friday, 4 March 2022, 7:16 am | CNS

More evidence from scientific research is pouring in to show that graphic pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products are very effective in preventing children and youngsters from starting to consume tobacco, and in encouraging existing tobacco ... More >>

PSA Allied Health Worker's Strike Will Not Go Ahead

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 7:14 pm | PSA

The Employment Court has released its interim decision upholding the DHBs' injunction against the strike action planned by allied health workers. Strike action will no longer take place on Friday 4 March. Facilitated negotiations will take place between ... More >>

Tomorrow’s Industrial Action Called Off – Services Starting To Be Reinstated At Canterbury And West Coast DHBs

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 6:23 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

An Employment Court ruling has called a stop to tomorrow’s planned strike by Allied, Public Health, Scientific and Technical staff who are covered by the PSA (Public Services Association) union. All health services across Canterbury and the West Coast ... More >>

Injunction Stops Hospital Strike

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 6:20 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards have welcomed the Employment Court’s ruling to stop tomorrow’s planned strike by Allied Health workers that would have impacted a range of hospital, community and outpatient services. DHB spokesperson Keriana Brooking says Omicron ... More >>

The Blame Game Doesn’t Achieve Anything Constructive, Says Terry Taylor, President Of The NZIMLS

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 11:08 am | NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Science

The recent press on the overestimation of COVID-PCR forecast numbers that laboratories could perform has deflected from the very human issues that our laboratory staff are currently experiencing. As the NZIMLS have said, predictive numbers mean nothing ... More >>

Great News That Teen Smoking Is Dropping - But We Still Need To Address The Vapes

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 9:16 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) welcomes the release of the ASH Year 10 Snapshot Survey, and the finding that daily smoking among Year 10 students now stands at just 1.3%, down from 2% two years ago. "This is good news, and ... More >>

Act On Hearing Loss For A Happier Life – New Research For World Hearing Day Love Your Ears

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 9:00 am | Audika Group

A new global survey reveals the importance of diagnosing and managing hearing loss if we want happier and healthier lives. Research of 24,000 people from 14 countries by high street hearing specialist, Audika, and international research group, YouGov, ... More >>

Free Rapid Antigen Tests Now Available For Home Testing

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 8:03 am | Ministry of Health

If you are symptomatic or a household contact, you can now order rapid antigen tests (RATs) through the newly launched RAT requester site . “It’s one of a range of ways we are make testing more readily available for those who need it,” says Jo ... More >>

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 7:00 am | Brain Injury NZ

Thursday 03 March 2022 -- Brain Injury Awareness Month is about shedding light on what is often an invisible injury. Every 15 minutes a New Zealander sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and almost all New Zealanders know somebody who has been affected. ... More >>

Ketogenic Diet Shows Major Benefits For MS

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 6:55 am | UVA Health

Multiple Sclerosis Patients See Reduced Disability, Improved Quality of Life CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 2, 2022 – Patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) who adopted a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet saw significant improvements ... More >>

NZNO Supports Allied Health Workers

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 6:01 pm | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says it supports allied health workers who are PSA members taking industrial action to pursue a fair outcome, after all other avenues have been exhausted despite protracted bargaining. Health workers never ... More >>

Virtual Goggles A Welcome Distraction For Children In Hospital

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 5:53 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

From left: Play Therapist Debbie McDougal, Senior Constable Bruce Gordon, New World Te Puke owner John Gray and Ward 4A Clinical Nurse Manager Lynnece Dowle-Back with the new pair of virtual goggles kindly donated to the Tauranga Hospital Childrens ... More >>

Me Tū Kotahi Tātou: Stronger Together Communities For Public Health

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 3:06 pm | Aotearoa Stronger Together

Aotearoa Stronger Together is inviting communities to come together at 2pm this Saturday to show their support for a collective response to COVID that cares for everyone, particularly those most at risk. At least eight events have been organised ... More >>

Kiwi Voices Light Up The Streets As Voices Of Hope Mental Health Awareness Campaign Launches Nationwide

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 11:51 am | Voices of Hope

Mental Health awareness charity Voices of Hope has launched its most recent campaign ‘Yours Sincerely’ in order to support Kiwis suffering from mental health issues. The campaign launches alongside LUMO Digital Outdoor and Canva as its inaugural ‘Billboards ... More >>

Who Doesn’t Have It?

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 11:30 am | STIEF

The 4th of March marks International HPV Awareness Day. This year’s international campaign theme is #onelessworry. The Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV, is one of the world’s most widespread viral infections, usually resulting from direct skin-to-skin ... More >>

New Zealand Blood Service Prepares For Impact Of Omicron

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 11:19 am | New Zealand Blood Service

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) says it is preparing for the impact of Omicron to be felt in its Donor Centres and Mobile Drives across Aotearoa. The Service is calling on people in good health to book an appointment to donate this month to help ... More >>

DHBs Heavy Handed Legal Action Is A Step In The Wrong Direction

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 8:15 pm | PSA

The PSA will be vigorously opposing the DHBs’ attempts to stop strike action by 10,000 allied, scientific and technical health workers, planned for Friday. PSA organiser Will Matthews says, "We have been consistently clear that we are not trying ... More >>

DHBs Seek Injunction To Stop Hospital Strike Untitled Release

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 7:30 pm | District Health Boards

District Health Boards have asked the Employment Court to stop a planned strike by Allied Health workers this Friday, ahead of facilitation scheduled next week. The nation-wide action by 10,000 PSA members could see a range of hospital, community ... More >>

New COVID-19 Testing Centre To Open In Rangiora From 9am Thursday 03 March

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 7:28 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

To help meet high public demand for testing, an additional drive-through COVID-19 testing site will be set up at Waimakariri Hockey Turf , at 291 Coldstream Road, Rangiora. The Waimakariri Community Collection Site will operate between 9am and ... More >>

Story? Hearing New Zealand World Hearing Day Fun

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 7:22 pm | Hearing New Zealand

Stick with us Hearing New Zealand had been asked by a lot of people of all ages about ways they could identify themselves to others so that they could have their communications needs met more simply. An easy way to do this and start the conversation ... More >>

Survey Proves Non-smoking Youth Are Not Taking Up Vaping

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 5:27 pm | CAPHRA

Smoking among New Zealand’s young teenagers has fallen to its lowest levels in over 20 years, while very few non-smoking students take up vaping, according to a significant survey of secondary school students. “Vaping rates might be up, but ... More >>

37 New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed In South Canterbury

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 3:06 pm | South Canterbury District Health Board

There are 37 new COVID-19 cases reported in South Canterbury today: · 37 positive PCR and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Today’s cases by Territorial Local Authorities (TLA) · Timaru District - 31 · Mackenzie District - 1 · Waimate District - 3 · ... More >>

Neighbourhoods Play A Role In Health Of Kiwi Adults, Study Shows

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 1:15 pm | University of Canterbury

The neighbourhood we live in can influence our health, wellbeing and even whether we vape or smoke, according to new Canterbury research. A nationwide study led by University of Canterbury Public Health Senior Lecturer Dr Matt Hobbs shows that living ... More >>

Z Zurich Foundation Supports A ‘Mitey’ Good Approach To Tackle Youth Mental Health

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 12:33 pm | Z Zurich Foundation

A collaboration between Z Zurich Foundation, Zurich New Zealand and the Sir John Kirwan Foundation The Z Zurich Foundation has pledged a two-year grant to improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary and intermediate students through a school ... More >>

Plotting To Help Our Kids

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 11:26 am | TTPA

Labours Whangarei M.P. Emily Henderson caught plotting with Pat Newman Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association President, to get more government funding for Mana Ake…… a health initiative badly needed for the children of the North. Emily said, “One ... More >>

Te Pūtahitanga O Te Waipounamu Opens Fund To Support Māori Response To Omicron

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 10:48 am | Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is today launching a new fund that will empower whānau across the South Island to design their own solutions to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. Applications for Te Pūtea Whakatere are open today, supported by ... More >>

Practice Plus Virtual Telehealth Service Launches….

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 10:45 am | Practice Plus

Tū Ora Compass Health and Pinnacle Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) are delighted to have established a new telehealth after-hours service as a trusted partner for network GP practices and patients. Launched early February, in co-design with practice ... More >>

Tala Pasifika Want Smokefree Lives For Young Pacific Students After ASH Survey Report

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 9:57 am | Tala Pasifika

Tala Pasifika - Pacific Action for Change welcomes the newly released ASH Year 10 Survey which has seen a major decrease in the number of teenagers smoking cigarettes except for Pacific students. Lealailepule Edward Cowley - Tala Pasifika Director ... More >>

Kiwis Encouraged To Take On An Endo Challenge This Endometriosis Awareness Month

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 9:47 am | Endometriosis New Zealand

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) is calling on Kiwis to take part in an Endo Challenge to raise awareness of the disease and support the estimated 200 million people affected globally. Endometriosis is a chronic ... More >>

Flu Vaccine Price Increase

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 9:45 am | PHARMAC

Pharmac has confirmed that the purchase price of the annual influenza vaccine will increase by $2 a dose, the first increase since 2008. “The influenza vaccine has been supplied at $9 a dose for the last 14 years,” says Pharmac’s Director of ... More >>



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