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Charity Seeks To Tackle Nz’s Noise Induced Hearing Loss Problem Through Education

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 8:57 am | Hearing New Zealand

Hearing New Zealand and its 23 Branches throughout New Zealand have today announced their focus for Hearing Awareness Week which runs from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th March. Hearing Awareness Week is an extension of World Hearing Day which is held ... More >>

Model Of Care For Mental Health And Addiction

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 12:02 pm | Hauora Tairawhiti

The model of care for all funded Mental Health and Addictions Services in Tairāwhiti will be based on a broad base of community knowledge, thanks to the huge response to hui (meetings) held late last year. More than 300 people and organisations shared ... More >>

Stroke: Categorising People Into Low, Moderate Or High Risk Should Be ‘abandoned’

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 11:37 am | AUT University

Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Valery Feigin, says clinicians often seek thresholds to trigger public health interventions. However, this concept is at odds with the fact that risk is a continuum, something ... More >>

15% Of Kiwis Are Now Mostly Or Always Meat-free

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 8:43 am | NZ Vegetarian Society

The NZ Vegetarian Society is welcoming news that more Kiwis are ditching meat in favour of plant-based diets. According to Colmar Brunton's ‘Better Futures: 2020’ report, 15% of New Zealanders aged 18 and over are now always or mostly meat free. ... More >>

Management Of End-of-life Care

Monday, 24 February 2020, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding Heritage Lifecare Limited and one of its staff in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures relating to the palliative ... More >>

Terminally Ill Woman Dispensed Incorrect Amount Of Pain Medication

Monday, 24 February 2020, 2:08 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding a pharmacist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for making a number of errors, on different occasions, when dispensing ... More >>

Government Agencies Launch Rapid Research Response To COVID-19 Threat

Monday, 24 February 2020, 1:38 pm | Health Research Council

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Ministry of Health have announced a rapid research response to combat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, and ensure New Zealand is further prepared should the outbreak reach our ... More >>

Proposed Vaping Regulations Address Most Concerns - ARFNZ

Monday, 24 February 2020, 12:30 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The proposed Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill is a positive step forward but has room for improvement, says Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Chief Executive Letitia Harding. Much of what ARFNZ wanted to see from ... More >>

Demand For Plasma Increasing: Donor Numbers Need To Double By 2022

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:44 am | New Zealand Blood Service

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has today released new figures that reveal another 8,000 plasma donors are needed to meet New Zealand’s growing demand. Plasma demand is increasing by more than 12 per cent year on year; the need for plasma donations ... More >>

Bowel Screening Programme Proving Valuable

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:37 am | MidCentral District Health Board

The National Bowel Screening Programme, which launched in November 2019, has seen 3,576 people in the MidCentral District receive invites to participate, with 1418 having returned their kit for testing. Seventy six people have returned a positive ... More >>

Women Asked To ‘give Their Cervix Some Screen Time’ In New Campaign

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:02 am | Ministry of Health

Young New Zealand women are being encouraged to look after their cervix in a powerful new media campaign designed to encourage regular cervical screening from 25 years of age. The “Give your cervix some screen time” campaign launches nationwide ... More >>

Fundapen™ Initiative Extended To All Kiwis In Need Of Life-saving Epipen® Auto-injectors

Monday, 24 February 2020, 7:44 am | Allergy New Zealand

The FundaPen™ campaign, which last year saw hundreds of free EpiPens® given to children in need, has been extended for a limited time to any New Zealander at risk of anaphylaxis. While funded stocks last, Allergy New Zealand and Pub Charity are ... More >>

Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Eating Your Five A Day

Friday, 21 February 2020, 12:03 pm | Mark Ross

Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables to stay healthy? If your diet is like most New Zealanders, the answer is probably ‘no’. Even though fruits and vegetables are rich in the nutrients that our bodies need, just over half of New Zealanders ... More >>

NZers Need To Work Together In Preparation For Likely Coronavirus Pandemic, Otago Expert Says.

Friday, 21 February 2020, 10:33 am | University of Otago

The likelihood of New Zealand remaining coronavirus-free is low and the country should be preparing for a pandemic, a University of Otago, Christchurch infectious diseases specialist warns. Currently there are no cases of coronavirus disease (now ... More >>

KiwiHarvest Charity Marks 10 Million Meals Delivered To Hungry Kiwis With The Opening Of New HQ

Friday, 21 February 2020, 8:16 am | KiwiHarvest

Food rescue charity KiwiHarvest has marked the milestone of putting 10 million meals on the plates of hungry Kiwis with the official opening its new national headquarters in Auckland. KiwiHarvest works with food businesses including supermarkets, wholesalers ... More >>

Holista Partners GICC LLC to Co-Develop Nasal Sanitising Balm For Global Markets

Friday, 21 February 2020, 8:09 am | ACN Newswire

Holista CollTech (ASX:HCT) ("Holista") announced today it will co-develop and produce in Malaysia the world's first nasal sanitising balm using Path-Away(R), a plant-based alcohol-free active ingredient that has proven successful in killing ... More >>

New Zealanders Onboard Diamond Princess Have Arrived In Whangaparāoa

Friday, 21 February 2020, 8:00 am | New Zealand Government

The six New Zealanders originally onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have now arrived at Whangaparāoa Reception Centre. The Ministry’s Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay has welcomed the six New Zealanders and acknowledges what ... More >>

HealthCare NZ Will Review All Feedback To Proposed Changes

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 1:31 pm | Healthcare NZ

Chief Executive Vanessa Dudley In January, HealthCare NZ released for consultation a change proposal designed to keep our organisation viable and strong into the future. A consultation process held with staff across the country has ensured the opportunity ... More >>

Landmark NZ Study Suggests Increased Death Risk From Common Intensive Care Drug

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:29 am | Medical Research Institute

A New Zealand-led trial, the largest ever undertaken in critically ill patients, shows that one of the world’s most commonly prescribed medicines is potentially risking the lives of thousands of the sickest patients in hospitals across the globe ... More >>

New Research Shows That Yoga Is About Far More Than Pretty Poses Say Nz Rehab Experts, Active+

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:14 am | Salt and Pepper PR

Studies released ahead of World Yoga Day this month (22 February) have revealed what yoga enthusiasts have always believed – it provides multiple tangible health benefits. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University have found evidence that yoga ... More >>

APEC Healthy Women Prize Accepting Applications

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 2:07 am | APEC

The 2020 APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize is now accepting applications for outstanding research work that strives to improve women’s health, economic well-being, and chart more inclusive growth. Launched last year, the prize encourages ... More >>

COVID-19 Update: Final Two Whangaparāoa Results Negative

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 5:45 pm | Ministry of Health

Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health: At the media standup this afternoon the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said two guests were still at Whangaparāoa Reception Centre while they awaited the result of a test. That test ... More >>

Typical Lifespan A Decade Longer Than In Late 1940s

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:06 am | Statistics New Zealand

The median lifespan of people who passed away in 2019 was about 13 years longer than for those who died 70 years ago, Stats NZ said today. “Even in the past 20 years, the median lifespans for both men and women have increased by a couple of ... More >>

Fertility Clinics’ ‘success Rates’ Like Apples And Pears

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 8:21 am | University of Auckland

Couples seeking help having a baby cannot meaningfully compare advertised ‘success rates’ between fertility clinics in New Zealand and Australia, a new study shows. Up to one in five couples experience infertility and some will seek help from fertility ... More >>

Charity hospital generously gifted building and land

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 2:17 pm | Southland Charity Hospital

An ‘unbelievably generous’ donation from ILT will ensure more people will be able to live happy and healthy lives alongside their families. More >>

Nz Documentary Director Responds To Worksafe's Under-reporting Of Workplace Deaths

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 5:22 am | The Public Good

Tony Sutorius, award-winning director of the documentary HELEN KELLY - TOGETHER , is dismayed that WorkSafe has finally admitted that for years it has under-reported workplace deaths in New Zealand*. Sutorius' film, which is now on general release ... More >>

Informed Consent And Care For Dementia Patient

Monday, 17 February 2020, 3:41 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding MidCentral DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care of an elderly woman with dementia. The woman’s daughter, ... More >>

Failures In Care For Elderly Rest Home Residents

Monday, 17 February 2020, 3:36 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released two reports which found Radius Residential Care Limited in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) for failures relating to the care provided ... More >>

Hepatitis C Testing Coming To Urenui Rodeo And Americana

Monday, 17 February 2020, 12:38 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

  If you can’t get people to the clinic, take the clinic to the people. In an effort to eradicate the hepatitis C virus from our community Taranaki DHB is doing just that and holding hepatitis C pop-up clinics at the Urenui Rodeo and Americana. ... More >>

We’re Specialists” And There’s No Quick Fix For GP Shortage

Monday, 17 February 2020, 9:07 am | The Royal New Zealand College of GPs

There aren’t any quick fixes to the GP shortages hurting New Zealand’s most vulnerable communities because for successive years the role of GP as highly skilled specialist hasn’t been championed, despite the best efforts of the College. That’s ... More >>

NZ Eye Tech Company Sets Up Branch On Borneo To Help People

Monday, 17 February 2020, 8:42 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand eye care technology company oDocs Eye Care, which has just invented a new eye camera, has set up a branch in Borneo, to help improve the eyesight of rural Malaysians on the land of Sarawak. Chief executive Dr Hong Sheng Chiong says ... More >>

Orientation Week Drug Testing Will Give False Hope & Dangerous Message

Monday, 17 February 2020, 8:32 am | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ says that lobbying to allow drug use and drug testing at university orientation weeks is flawed and dangerous, and is primarily being used by drug-friendly groups as a wedge to normalise drug use. “Pill testing also does not - and cannot ... More >>

Media Update COVID-19, February 15

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 8:20 pm | Ministry of Health

There continues to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This afternoon, the Government announced that temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 ... More >>

Snoring Is In Your Genes

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 11:12 am | QIMR Berghofer

A new study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has identified 173 genes linked to snoring and confirmed overweight, middle-aged men who smoke are the most likely to have the sleep condition. The study findings have been published in the ... More >>

As WHO Forum Ends, Updated Figures From China Reveal New Virus Has Infected Over 60,000 Worldwide

Friday, 14 February 2020, 9:27 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

"This outbreak is a test of solidarity - political, financial, and scientific," said WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus. "We need to come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders." More >>

Autism New Zealand Autism Resource Centre

Friday, 14 February 2020, 8:32 am | Autism NZ

Australasia’s first Autism Resource Centre is set to open its doors formally on the 20th of February. The centre is the first of its kind and boasts several services in which the autistic community in Wellington can utilise. This building was specifically ... More >>

Dr Curtis Walker Re-elected Chairperson Of The Medical Council Of New Zealand

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 3:56 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

At the Council’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday 11 February, Dr Curtis Walker (Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou) was re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand for another 12 months. Dr Walker was first appointed to Council in ... More >>

Join Us This Rare Disease Day To Help Those With A Rare Disorder

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 3:19 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

A nationwide campaign to raise awareness and money for the 300,000 New Zealanders living with a rare disorder was launched last month by Rare Disorders NZ. Nicola's youngest son James was taken from his family at just five years old by a condition ... More >>

GP Shortage In Northland Symptom Of Growing Crisis In General Practice

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 2:17 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association calls on the Government to deliver what it promised in the last election. “The shortage of GPs in Northland is unacceptable and to have to resort to a petition when promises were made three years ago highlights the ... More >>

Loss Of Orthopaedic Surgeons Will Exacerbate Estimated 33% Shortage Of Senior Doctors

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 1:19 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The loss of two long-standing orthopaedic surgeons at Wairarapa DHB will exacerbate an already serious staffing shortage at Wairarapa DHB, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. ASMS has just released the results of a staffing survey carried ... More >>

Using Bone's Natural Electricity To Promote Regeneration

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 8:56 am | ACN Newswire

Some materials show promise promoting bone regeneration by enhancing its natural electrical properties, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. Triboelectric nanogenerators (left) and piezoelectric materials ... More >>

Childhood Brain Tumor Discovery May Unlock New Treatments For Many Cancers

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 8:25 am | University of Virginia

A surprising discovery about a rare form of childhood brain cancer suggests a new treatment approach for that cancer and, potentially, many others. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the supposedly ... More >>

DHBs Need To Employ GPs Directly To Ease Shortages

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 4:11 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a chronic shortage of family doctors in Northland is no surprise. RNZ is reporting that the shortage means patients are waiting up to two weeks to see a GP, while Whangarei Hospital is sending about ... More >>

Could An App Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1:26 pm | University of Auckland

  We all know that less is more when it comes to salt, but who has the time to check the sodium in every food item they buy? A smartphone app called SaltSwitch, being trialled at the University of Auckland, does just that: scan a barcode and ... More >>

Health Digital Identity Work Progresses

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1:14 pm |

A Ministry of Health working group has developed a draft Health and disability sector – Person digital identification framework. The Ministry's health digital identity technical working group has spent the past 18 months creating the framework and will ... More >>

New Dialysis Unit Will Provide Treatment Closer To Homes

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 12:15 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

12 February 2020 Hutt Valley and Wairarapa patients will soon be able to receive their dialysis treatment closer to home, with the establishment of a new satellite dialysis unit next to Hutt Hospital. Recently approved by both the Capital & ... More >>

Race To End Plastic At Round The Bays 2020

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 9:12 am | WCC

Traditionally, plastic bottles of water are handed out at the finish line – but this year, more sustainable options will be on hand at the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event. Thanks to funding support from Wellington City Council, Sport ... More >>

Oranga Tamariki Report - Normalise Adolescent Sex & Teen Parenting

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 2:32 am | Family First

A disturbing report on teen parenting recently released by Oranga Tamariki has called for adults to “ normalise adolescent sex, contraception, and parenting ”. The report also says that “ moralistic worldviews and beliefs around unmarried teenage ... More >>

New study to help those directly affected by Mosque attacks

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 7:11 pm | Health Research Council

A new study is about to get underway to help understand the psychological and physical effects of the March 15 Mosque attacks in Christchurch last year and to link those directly affected with additional support, if needed. Following the tragedy on March ... More >>

Rare Disease Day Feb 29th

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Amyloidosis Patient Association

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year and the main objective of this important day is to raise awareness amongst the community and members of government about rare diseases and the impact on patients' lives. The increase of ... More >>

Evidence Mounts Of The Need For Urgent Funding Of Providers

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 7:47 am | Disability Support Network

The looming closure of the Laura Fergusson Trust homes appears to be another symptom of the chronic underfunding of providers, the New Zealand Disability Support Network said today. “This just adds to the mounting evidence of a system in crisis,” ... More >>

“Strong Water Rules Now”: Campaigners Remind PM Of Clean River Promises Outside Parliament Today

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 6:59 am | Choose Clean Water

Freshwater campaigners will be outside parliament today with large banners reminding the Prime Minister of her party’s 2017 pre-election promises to clean up the country’s rivers. The group from Choose Clean Water, a student-established campaign to strengthen ... More >>

Clinical Support Team For Wuhan Evacuees Have Gone Above And Beyond

Monday, 10 February 2020, 7:19 pm | Geneva Healthcare

When the Ministry of Health called for assistance from health providers and staffing agencies, the team at Geneva Healthcare and Staffing were the ones who responded and urgently put together a package of on the ground support. Geneva was able to ... More >>

Pharmacists to play key role in immunising against measles

Monday, 10 February 2020, 2:51 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand welcomes the Government’s announcement today that a measles catch-up campaign is being launched on 1 April 2020 to strengthen New Zealand’s immunisation levels. More >>

Failure to conduct adequate medical assessment

Monday, 10 February 2020, 2:12 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a doctor at an urgent care clinic in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to conduct an adequate medical assessment ... More >>

Inappropriate discharge and lack of respect for dignity

Monday, 10 February 2020, 2:09 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Canterbury District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided to a man with alcoholic ... More >>

Inappropriate discharge and lack of respect for dignity

Monday, 10 February 2020, 2:09 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Canterbury District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided to a man with alcoholic ... More >>

Management of IV device & communication on discharge

Monday, 10 February 2020, 1:59 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Auckland District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for the care provided to a young woman. More >>

Mike King sends a message of hope to New Zealand

Monday, 10 February 2020, 10:39 am | Key to Life

From Bluff to Cape Reinga, Mike King sends a message of hope to New Zealand More >>

Registrations top 1000 for family doctor conference

Monday, 10 February 2020, 10:19 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

More than 1000 GPs, nurses, and health professionals have now registered to come to Auckland in April for the Asia-Pacific regional conference on family medicine. More delegates are expected to register in the coming weeks. The WONCA (world organisation ... More >>




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