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Alcohol&Me gets reimagined by YoungShand

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:28 pm | Lion New Zealand

With over 47% of Kiwis looking to make changes to their drinking habits as a result of stricter drinking laws and growing interest in overall health and wellness, Lion New Zealand has provided a refreshed interactive digital solution via YoungShand. More >>

HiNZ 2019 Conference even bigger and better

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11:32 am | HiNZ

The largest ever HiNZ Conference has proven to also be the best to date, with a record-breaking number of delegates, a diverse range of speakers and the first experiential village. More >>

Pharmacists call for more support for Mental Health

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 2:15 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

The "precarious state of New Zealand's public health services" has been laid bare in a new Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) report, Hospitals on the Edge . More >>

Dr Dariusz Leszczynski’s visit to New Zealand

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:58 am | Sue Grey

Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Division of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, at the University of Helsinki, Finland, is visiting New Zealand this month. More >>

Meeting in Christchurch produces poor outcome

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 8:36 am | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says the recent meeting in Christchurch of government ministers from Australia and New Zealand agreeing to keep the Health Star Ratings system voluntary is bad news for oral health. Health Star Ratings currently ... More >>

Start-up breaks barriers to straight teeth

Monday, 25 November 2019, 4:08 pm | Smilii

An innovative Kiwi start-up is putting teeth-straightening treatment within reach for more New Zealanders. More >>

Failure to manage an elderly man’s risk of falling

Monday, 25 November 2019, 2:08 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding Auckland District Health Board (DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to adequately assess and manage ... More >>

NZ scientist behind first FDA-approved child myopia therapy

Monday, 25 November 2019, 1:33 pm | University of Auckland

An optometry researcher from the University of Auckland is behind the first-ever Food and Drug Administration-(FDA) approved treatment to slow the progression of short-sight in children. More >>

Formula-fed babies in fluoridated towns suffer 7 IQ loss

Monday, 25 November 2019, 11:49 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

In the first 3 years of life children lose 4.4 IQ points for every 0.5 mg fluoride added to their drinking water if they are formula-fed rather than breast-fed. This is the finding of a particularly well-conducted study from Canada just published ... More >>

Leaders still not covering all the bases

Monday, 25 November 2019, 10:56 am | Deloitte

Auckland, 25 November 2019 — A new report suggests that while Kiwi bosses are genuinely committed to the mental health and wellbeing of their workers, the help they are providing may be missing the mark. More >>

133 months left to make U=U a reality for HIV victims

Saturday, 23 November 2019, 12:01 pm | Citizen News Service

193 countries committed to deliver on the promises enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is to end AIDS by 2030. Target to end AIDS by 2030 is also enlisted in India's National Health Policy (NHP 2017). "Only ... More >>

HealthCare NZ congratulates 2019 Attitude Awards winners

Saturday, 23 November 2019, 11:56 am | Healthcare NZ

HealthCare NZ congratulates all of the winners and finalists at the 2019 Attitude Awards, which was held this evening in Auckland. Chief Executive Vanessa Dudley says HealthCare NZ is proud to continue its involvement with the awards, which show that ... More >>

Recent Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal decision

Friday, 22 November 2019, 4:36 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council of New Zealand chair, Dr Curtis Walker, said today that imposing closely monitored strict conditions on the practice of the doctor who was found to have performed unjustified clinical examinations on a number of woman patient’s ... More >>

Another confirmed case of measles in MidCentral

Friday, 22 November 2019, 3:08 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

People living in the MidCentral DHB region who have children aged between 15 months and five years, or who are planning travel to the Pacific Islands over the upcoming holiday break are advised to ensure that they are immunised against measles. In addition, ... More >>

Super bug incidence on the rise in NZ

Friday, 22 November 2019, 1:42 pm | ESR

This week is the World Health Organisation’s Antibiotic Resistance Awareness Week, and it’s a good opportunity to think about the impact of ‘super bugs’ on the health of New Zealand communities. More >>

Legionnaires’ disease on the rise

Friday, 22 November 2019, 11:16 am | Nelson Marlborough Health

Gardeners are being warned to protect themselves against Legionnaire’s disease after three cases in just eight days were confirmed in the Tasman region, and after an associated death in Dunedin last month. More >>

Thomasin Mckenzie to present award at Attitude Awards

Friday, 22 November 2019, 8:44 am | Attitude Awards

The Attitude Awards, which celebrate the achievements of Kiwis living with disabilities, will feature a stellar line-up of local talent at its flagship event at Auckland’s SkyCity tonight, including JOJO RABBIT star Thomasin McKenzie , comedian Tom Sainsbury ... More >>

Fight for groundbreaking treatment goes to Parliament today

Friday, 22 November 2019, 8:29 am | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

It’s been hailed as a wonder drug with the potential to change dozens of lives. But Kalydeco, a breakthrough treatment for a strand of cystic fibrosis called G551D, sits languishing on PHARMAC’s funding list amongst 100+ other medications not available ... More >>

Northland Maori Commissioning Collective emerges

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 3:48 pm | Ngati Hine Health Trust

Ngati Hine Health Trust held its Stakeholder Meeting with a full house at Tau Henare Marae in Pipiwai earlier this week. The meeting followed on from the trust’s AGM, giving an opportunity to connect with communities in the north and make some key ... More >>

Petitions Presented: A United Stand for Medicines

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 2:06 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Today at Parliament at 12.30 pm, eight petitions are being presented for medicines to be funded for a number of diseases to Members of Parliament from ACT, National, Labour and NZ First. Representatives of the political parties will speak, as well ... More >>

Quality Account: Improvements and achievements celebrated

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 1:44 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

Mahi Tahi (Better Together), The Red to Green system, and The Blokes Book are among the initiatives celebrated in the 2018/2019 Quality Account document. More >>

Evacuation of Lakes District Hospital

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 1:27 pm | Southern District Health Board

The Queenstown Fire Service is investigating a burning smell and fire alarm activation at Lakes District Hospital. More >>

Learning from adverse events report

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 1:13 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Each year, health care adverse events are reported to the Commission by district health boards (DHBs) and other health care providers. The Commission works with these providers to encourage an open culture of reporting, to learn from what happened, ... More >>

How much sunshine causes melanoma? It’s in your genes

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 11:27 am | QIMR Berghofer

QIMR Berghofer researchers have shown that 22 different genes help to determine how much sun exposure a person needs to receive before developing melanoma. More >>

Kiwis' Walk to Celebrate Freedom from Addiction

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:23 am | DAPAANZ

Kiwis in recovery from addiction are proudly taking to the streets in New Zealand's first ever Addiction Recovery Walk. More >>

AI Healthcare Assistant wins Health Informatics award

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 4:52 pm | Sysmex

Third year Bachelor of Health Sciences degree student, Monica Judge, is this year’s winner of the Sysmex Award for Health Informatics. Her winning business case recommended the use of AI to surmount the obstacles faced by the deaf community in seeking healthcare. ... More >>

Migraine Treatment Being Phased Out

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 11:23 am | Ministry of Health

A migraine treatment used for the past 50 years will no longer be approved for use in New Zealand from May next year in line with other countries such as Australia and many countries in Europe. More >>

Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 10:25 am | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of passengers with measles on a flight from Samoa to Auckland last week. More >>

Dispelling dementia myths

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 9:59 am | Public Trust

By 2050, the number of New Zealanders with dementia will be able to fill Wellington’s Westpac Stadium five times. More >>

Minds for Minds helping create positive outcomes

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:16 am | Minds For Minds

Minds for Minds autism researchers are hosting a public forum to provide professionals and caregivers with the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of those involved in the advances in autism research. More >>

Potential Lamotrigine Drug Switch Deaths

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 4:39 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa are deeply saddened by the loss of four lives that are potentially related to Pharmac switching 10,000 epilepsy patients from the drugs Lamictal and Arrow-Venlafaxine to Logem for a savings of $30 million dollars. Also of concern ... More >>

Funding announced for new mental health facility

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 1:01 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral DHB welcomes Government funding of $30m to upgrade the Adult Inpatient Acute Mental Health facility at Palmerston North Hospital. More >>

Precision Driven Health partners with MoleMap

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 10:33 am | Precision Driven Health

Precision Driven Health (PDH), New Zealand's leading health data research initiative, has today announced it is working with MoleMap on its use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the early detection of skin cancer. More >>

Research with adults unable to provide informed consent

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 10:06 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report proposing changes to rules for when health and disability research can occur that involves adults who are unable to provide informed consent. More >>

Helping Kiwis Catch Their Breath this World COPD Day

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:43 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

To mark World COPD day tomorrow (20 November), Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) announces their plans to introduce New Zealand’s first COPD Guidelines early next year. More >>

Significant Rise in Meningococcal Disease Cases

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 8:37 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

Parents of infants, early childhood educators and doctors need to be more vigilant in identifying the early stages of meningococcal disease according to health experts. More >>

Let your voice count to make a difference

Monday, 18 November 2019, 2:28 pm | Rare Disorders NZ

Would you like to play a part in highlighting the barriers within the current health system for people living with rare disorders? Complete this survey and share your experiences. More >>

HDC: care provided to pregnant women and their babies

Monday, 18 November 2019, 2:23 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner today released two reports which found Waikato DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code) for failures relating to maternity services provided to two families. More >>

Government urged to fix disability sector funding crisis

Monday, 18 November 2019, 2:07 pm | Disability Support Network

Annual funding shortfall of $574 million revealed · An estimated 15,000 additional disabled people missing out on services · Services continuing to be rationed as funding crisis worsens More >>

Antimicrobial resistance a significant global challenge

Monday, 18 November 2019, 10:55 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

Veterinarians and animal owners can help New Zealand play its part in meeting the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of the biggest global threats to human and animal health. More >>

Antibiotic Amnesty: Together we can keep antibiotics working

Monday, 18 November 2019, 10:03 am | Pharmaceutical Society

This year for World Antibiotic Awareness Week an ‘Antibiotic Amnesty’ will be promoted in participating pharmacies from 18 November through until the end of the year, with the support of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand and the Ministry ... More >>

More Work Needed to Reduce Harmful Drinking

Friday, 15 November 2019, 3:28 pm | Alcohol Beverages Council

NZ Alcohol Beverages Council (NZABC) says the majority of New Zealanders drink responsibly and generally Kiwis and young people are drinking less, but there is more work to be done to reduce harmful drinking, in response to the recent results of the National ... More >>

Western Bay oral health challege winners

Friday, 15 November 2019, 3:05 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Beaming, healthy smiles are the future for an early childhood centre (ECC) in the Western Bay after it triumphed in an annual oral health challenge. More >>

Evidence Based Eating (NZ) defends plant heathy diets

Friday, 15 November 2019, 2:06 pm | Evidence Based Eating NZ

Evidence Based Eating (EBE NZ) would like to reassure the New Zealand public that, contrary to claims in the latest issue of North and South magazine, a plant-based diet is perfectly safe for human nourishment and thriving. More >>

Ministry continuing surgical mesh work

Friday, 15 November 2019, 12:55 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has now heard more than 600 stories from those who have been affected by surgical mesh, through an innovative restorative justice process. More >>

Otago University partners with Pacific Health Plus

Friday, 15 November 2019, 12:32 pm | Pacific Health Plus

Over the next ten weeks four medical and health students from Otago University will work at Pacific Health Plus, a primary healthcare service, in Cannons Creek, Porirua, on a research project to better understand patients, their families and the community. More >>

Taranaki DHB proposes rural model of care for South Taranaki

Friday, 15 November 2019, 10:38 am | Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki DHB chief executive Rosemary Clements attended this week's South Taranaki Community Health Forum & Taranaki Ki Te Tonga, to give an update on the progress of planning following the public forum held in August. More >>

TB prevention is no longer a choice, but essential to end TB

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9:13 am | Citizen News Service

"TB prevention is no longer a choice but an essential intervention to end TB... TB is one of the few infections that we ignore and do not treat till it manifests as late stage disease that has already [been] transmitted to several others. The ... More >>

Meningitis Foundation calls for PHARMAC to protect everyone

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:38 am | Meningitis Foundation

Following PHARMAC’s announcement stating the meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be available free from next month for young people in close proximity living situations, Pete Rowlands, Director of the Meningitis Foundation says, “This is only one small ... More >>

Dentists continue to ignore fluoride’s effect on the brain

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:23 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

It is hard to believe that the NZ Dental Association is still calling for the Fluoridation (Health Amendment) Bill, a.k.a the Mandatory Fluoridation Bill, to be passed despite a bombshell study ( Green et al ) published in one of the world’s top medical journals ... More >>

Rural GP network welcomes commitment to rural health

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:21 am | Rural General Practice Network

The New Zealand General Practice Network today welcomed a commitment to addressing a rural health workforce crisis in the National Party’s Education Discussion document. More >>

New drinking stats show extra cause for concern

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 7:37 pm | Alcohol Healthwatch

Alcohol Healthwatch warns that data released from New Zealand’s largest annual health survey show that our drinking culture is continuing to move in the wrong direction. More New Zealanders are drinking and more are drinking heavily and frequently. More >>

Launch of new self-management support website

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:06 pm | Health Navigator and Health Literacy NZ

A much-needed New Zealand website providing healthcare professionals with information and resources about self-management support (SMS) is now live. More >>

Adding folic acid to flour supported by health advocate

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:41 am | New Zealanders for Health Research

Health research advocacy organisation New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) has come out in support of a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposal to add folic acid to flour to reduce the number of babies born with spina bifida and other neural ... More >>

Overdue bowel screening finally hits halfway mark

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:29 am | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Bowel Cancer New Zealand is pleased to see the bowel screening programme finally rolled out to half of New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards. However, the charity is critical of how long it has taken, and how long it will continue to take for the ... More >>

PHARMAC widening access to the meningococcal ACWY vaccine

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:38 am | PHARMAC

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be available free from next month for young people in close living situations. More >>

New framework for e-mental health services

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:33 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has announced a new framework to better support New Zealand’s rapidly expanding e-mental health services. More >>

Personality important in farmer anxiety

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:42 pm | Lincoln University

New Lincoln University research shows analysing a farmer’s personal characteristics is important when dealing with their anxiety. More >>

Knowing your pulse could save your life

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:21 am | The Heart Foundation

While still in his thirties, dad-of-three and former Flava Breakfast host Sela Alo, was diagnosed with a heart condition and now he’s encouraging people to get a free pulse check as part of the Heart Foundation’s atrial fibrillation awareness week. ... More >>

Māori Women 3 Times More Likely to Die of Cervical Cancer

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:33 am | Te Kohao Health

The death rates of Māori women to cancer is a national disgrace – Māori.are three times likely to die than non-Māori. More >>




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