Health News

All pharmacists to be trained vaccinators in future

16th September 2019

From 2020 all intern pharmacists will be trained as vaccinators as a regular part of their pharmacist intern training programme.

Let’s Talk Cancer Hui

9th September 2019

Northland DHB is hosting a Hui in Rawene on Tuesday 10 September with the aim to build bridges and engage with the community around cancer care and what a patient’s journey currently looks like in Northland

PHARMAC says more medicines on the way

2nd September 2019

PHARMAC says more medicines on the way PHARMAC has reached a deal with pharmaceutical companies for three new medicines to treat ovarian cancer, breast cancer and leukaemia. “The $60 million boost means we can make real inroads into funding medicines on …

Kiwis encouraged to explore their way to wellbeing

26th August 2019

With one month to go and over 4,000 Kiwis signed up to participate in Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), the campaign is already its biggest ever in Aotearoa. MHAW is 23-29 September and New Zealand workplaces, communities, schools and kura are …

Northland Babies Sleep Safely Thanks to Lions Club

19th August 2019

The Mangakahia Lions Club have kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations by donating funds to Health Fund PLUS to purchase lifesaving equipment for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Whangarei Hospital.

New Zealand Ranks Last in OECD for Medicines Access Again

12th August 2019

The 2019 IQVIA ‘International Comparisons of Modern Medicines’ (ICoMM) Report, which compares the public funding of modern medicines in 20 OECD countries, paints a bleak picture for New Zealanders who desperately need access to medicines. Despite

Thousands of Kiwis Living with Asthma at Risk

5th August 2019

Thousands of Kiwi adults living with common respiratory diseases such as asthma risk potentially life-threatening complications from whooping cough this winter. More >>

Celebrating 15 years of ‘Latching On’

29th July 2019

On Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd of 2019, somewhere near you, parents will be gathering…..

World Brain Day: NZ at leading edge of migraine research

22nd July 2019

This year’s World Brain Day today is dedicated to one of the most complex of all neurological disorders that affects millions of people worldwide: migraine.

Public Safety Notice: Copycat Medical IDs pose serious risk

15th July 2019

MedicAlert® Foundation is becoming increasingly concerned about a number of copycat unsupported medical IDs being advertised as Medical Alert Medical IDs. Copycat medical IDs pose a serious risk to both patients and first responders in the event of a medical …

Michael J Fox Foundation gives $221,000 to NZ

8th July 2019

Michael J Fox Foundation gives $221,000 to NZ hunt for new Parkinson’s drugs A $221,000 grant from The Michael J Fox Foundation will allow a team of researchers at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research to ramp up their hunt …

Rural proofing government’s mental health boost

1st July 2019

Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) congratulates Government on its commitment of $1.9 billion to mental health in its recent wellbeing budget.

Polio Survivors support vaccinations for children

24th June 2019

olio NZ urges parents to ensure their children take part in New Zealand’s vaccination programme to get vaccinated against Poliomyelitis and other devastating viruses such as Measles which is experiencing outbreaks around New Zealand and the world due to

Continence NZ urges Kiwis to have a ‘wee chat’

17th June 2019

Incontinence isn’t the usual topic of conversation, but this week Continence NZ is encouraging Kiwis to get together and have a ‘wee chat’.

Breast Cancer Foundation to fund scalp cooling for patients

10th June 2019

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) has announced funding for up to 10 scalp cooling systems worth $500,000 in public hospitals around New Zealand.

Fifth case of measles in Northland

4th June 2019

A fifth case of measles has been confirmed in Northland, resulting in more people being placed into isolation.

New Event Aims to Add Fun into Stopping Smoking

27th May 2019

New Event Aims to Add Fun into Stopping Smoking for Māori Women Ready Steady Wahine launched in Auckland Recent statistics indicate that only 62% of young Māori women are smokefree, and remain the highest smoking population group in New Zealand.

Heart Kids applauds announcement of $12m funding boost

20th May 2019

The money, announced by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa yesterday (Saturday 18th May), will go towards supporting programmes that will reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever among Maori and Pacific people and better management of the illness.

Get immunised against measles if you’re going overseas

13th May 2019

The Ministry of Health is reminding travellers to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go overseas.

Schools get involved for World Asthma Day tomorrow

6th May 2019

Over 130 schools throughout New Zealand have signed up to celebrate World Asthma Day tomorrow May 7, to educate children and teachers on the triggers and management of asthma.

Implantable medical devices – the way of the future?

29th April 2019

Medicine is moving away from drugs to implantable medical devices to treat chronic diseases, an international meeting of specialist pain medicine physicians has heard. Pain specialist Dr Nick Christelis, from Victoria, Australia, has told a pain medicine conference in Kuala Lumpur that there is a shift from the biochemical era (medications) to the bioelectrical era … Continue reading >

Growing acceptance for alternatives to cigarettes

23rd April 2019

A majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand are supportive of alternatives to cigarettes if regulated for use in tobacco harm reduction.

Two in five Auckland and Northland kids have teeth cavities

15th April 2019

A new University of Auckland study shows two in five (41 percent) children living in Auckland and Northland have one or more decayed, missing or filled tooth when they start school.

World Allergy Week

8th April 2019

Ahead of World Allergy Week kicking off on April 7, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ places a timely reminder on the benefits of maintaining a healthy home for those who live with asthma and allergies.

Lessons for NZ Farmers in Cancer Link to Herbicides

1st April 2019

New Zealand farmers should end the practice of spraying crops with herbicides prior to planting and harvest after a widely used herbicide has again been linked to cancer.

UNICEF NZ warns a global rise in measles cases is a threat

4th March 2019

Following recent measles outbreak in North Canterbury, UNICEF NZ announced today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels.

Care around the clock to continue throughout strike

25th February 2019

The 48 hour junior doctors’ strike runs from 8am tomorrow, Tuesday 26 February until 8am on Thursday 28 February.

ESR calls for robust regulations over medicinal cannabis

18th February 2019

One of the country’s main drug testing laboratories says robust regulations are needed to cover locally produced medicinal cannabis.

Parents Urged to Take Action with Men W Clinics

11th February 2019

With just three weeks left of the Northland outbreak Men W campaign clinics in secondary schools are being established to ensure all eligible 13 to under 20 year olds have the chance to be vaccinated.

Measles outbreak in the Waikato

21st January 2019

Waikato DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Richard Hoskins is urging people to catch up on measles immunisations and to take appropriate action if they think they might have measles. The Medical Officer of Health has been notified of six cases of measles in the last week, some of them dating back to late December. … Continue reading >

Bite and sting searches spike

14th January 2019

Kiwis appear to be curious about summer misfortunes, with the Ministry of Health’s website seeing a spike in the number of people searching for information on jellyfish stings, wasp and bee stings, spider and insect bites this holiday season.

Junior doctors’ strike will affect some surgery and clinics

9th January 2019

Planned junior doctors’ strike will affect some surgery and outpatient clinics planned for next Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of January

Enlafax – Monitoring to Continue

17th December 2018

Two separate Ministerial Expert Advisory Groups have concluded that a rise in adverse reaction reporting to a commonly prescribed antidepressant is not caused by medicine safety or quality concerns.

Pacific course looks to address alarming statistics

10th December 2018

Pacific people need to focus more on improving nutrition, if they are to reverse the alarming life expectancy statistics which is seeing them dying younger and having higher rates of chronic diseases than all other New Zealanders.

Symptoms of Heavy Digital Device Use on the Rise among Gen X

3rd December 2018

Lack of awareness and vanity are the two main reasons Kiwis don’t seek treatment for an age-related vision condition, with Generation X being the worst offenders according to experts.

Community Vaccination Programme Announced

26th November 2018

Today the Prime Minister and Minister of Health announced a community meningococcal W vaccination programme to combat the community outbreak in Northland.

14th annual Exercise NZ awards in Auckland this week

19th November 2018

The country’s fitness experts and exercise facilities who help half a million Kiwis get physically active and healthier will be vying for the Exercise NZ annual awards in Auckland on Saturday night.

Inspiration to Live Well, Eat Well

12th November 2018

A new recipe book with a fresh take on healthy, tasty meals will make life much easier for the quarter of a million New Zealanders living with diabetes.

NZ AI can predict retinal and eye diseases

5th November 2018

The Dunedin-based research was part of an initiative to tackle growing aging population and degenerative eye diseases.

Research For Life awards $57,500 to Medical Researchers

29th October 2018

Research For Life funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers who, through their work, will advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.

Tragic suspected meningococcal disease death

23rd October 2018

Auckland Regional Public Health Service went to Motutapu to provide protective antibiotics and assess the risk to others, however only a few people were considered to be “close contacts” and at risk of infection.

Northland scholarships announced

15th October 2018

Four Northland DHB staff will benefit from a scholarship that encourages staff to further their education. The scholarship was made possible by an anonymous $50,000 donation.

Time to reflect on 1918 influenza pandemic

8th October 2018

No other event has claimed so many New Zealand lives in such a short time. More than half as many New Zealanders died from influenza in three months as died while serving during the four years of the First World War

Dyslexia Awareness Week 1-7 October 2018

1st October 2018

Aidan Milner is one of the lucky ones. He has severe dyslexia and dyscalculia – massive struggles with reading, writing and maths. Yet he has managed to graduate with a Masters Degree in Geology and now works as an engineering geologist – a feat he never dreamed possible as a kid.

Link between time spent in nature and positive mental health

24th September 2018

Of the Kiwis surveyed following last year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, 95% said that spending time in nature during the week made them feel good and 75% said they intended to spend more regular time in nature.

Meat Free Week – Little changes can make a big difference

17th September 2018

Going meat free for one week is a great opportunity to start thinking about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much meat can have on your bowel health.

Working together to prevent suicide

10th September 2018

Southern DHB and WellSouth, primary health network, are supporting the message of hope that marks World Suicide Prevention Day 2018, this Monday 10 September.

New Study Looks Set to Reduce Harm for Older Patients

4th September 2018

Published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, the study has shown that using lesser amounts of transfused blood in older patients undergoing cardiac surgery is not only just as safe, but actually safer than using more liberal amounts.

NZDA President calls out school dental service

23rd August 2018

“I believe the Community Oral Health Service – is failing our kids – failing the children of New Zealand,” said Dr O’Connor.

Kiwis share their dementia experience in documentary

13th August 2018

Before Helen Doyle’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, she knew something was wrong. She just didn’t know what. Her experience, and many like hers, has been given new precedence in a documentary produced by Alzheimer’s Disease International and ITN Productions.

Life-skills programme for kids dubbed “Huge Success”

6th August 2018

A two-year pilot programme teaching kids key life skills has been deemed a “huge success”, capturing 85% of Gisborne’s primary school population.

Research aims to find ‘sweet spot’ for pertussis vaccination

30th July 2018

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine given to infants at six weeks of age will be tested for its effectiveness in babies whose mums were vaccinated during pregnancy.

A New Era in New Zealand’s Mental Health Treatment

23rd July 2018

Today details of the Green Parties free youth counselling policy, for those aged 18 – 25, was announced. The pilot funding has been outlined and requests for tender are now invited.

Work in funding medicines for rare disorders progressing

16th July 2018

PHARMAC is progressing work aimed at improving funded access to medicines for rare disorders. “Ultimately, we hope this work will improve access to funded medicines for people with rare disorders.”

Young people most aware of drinking during pregnancy

9th July 2018

Young people in New Zealand are leading the way where it comes to attitudes and awareness around the risks of drinking during pregnancy.

NZNO Strike Notice Withdrawn

2nd July 2018

NZNO and representatives for the country’s 20 DHBs reached an agreement this afternoon on a revised offer, which the nurses’ union is expected to take to its members on Monday.

Setting NZ’s health research priorities

25th June 2018

Some of New Zealand’s leading health researchers, innovators, advisors and health delivery experts have been brought together to help establish New Zealand’s first set of national health research priorities.

Funding boost helps NZ researchers

18th June 2018

As part of its annual funding round, the government body has just awarded $55.56 million to 49 projects with the potential to vastly improve the health of New Zealanders.

NZBS Announces Updates to Popular Donor App

11th June 2018

First launched in 2016, the NZ Blood Service Donor App was created to enhance the donor experience by placing the power to save lives directly in the palm of the donor’s hand. The NZ Blood Service Donor App is free and available for download now.

Have a heart – give generously to Heart Kids

5th June 2018

HEART KIDS APPEAL WEEK JUNE 4TH- JUNE 10TH “Every year, more than 600 major heart surgeries are performed on children or babies, sometimes in their first few hours of life.”

Seasonal Produce Provides Affordable Winter Wellness

28th May 2018

Niki Bezzant says eating seasonally is not only economical, but ensures we are getting the right vitamins and minerals in our diet. “Getting lots of fruit and vegetables in winter is especially important to keep up our intake of vitamins and minerals to boost immunity.”

Study: waiting a minute can save premature babies’ lives

21st May 2018

A major international study that involved 312 babies from Aotearoa New Zealand has led to life-saving changes in the care of premature babies around the world.

‘Take Life Back’: new call to action

14th May 2018

‘Take Life Back’ is based on the proposition that the biggest threat to our health and wellbeing is in fact modern life. As human beings we are busier, more conflicted, more distracted and more compromised than ever before.

Fight Cervical Cancer

11th May 2018

Smear Your Mea’s mission is to raise awareness of cervical cancer and encourage women to have a smear test. #smearyourmea has been an extremely successful outreach campaign and is community funded and supported.

Ground-Breaking Innovation for Starship

7th May 2018

Design + Tech Studio, RUSH, has been working behind the scenes at Starship children’s hospital to create a fun and engaging Emergency Department assessment and waiting area.

Deaths preventable if reach of asthma medicines increased

1st May 2018

Around the world an estimated 1,000 people a day die of asthma related conditions, with some 340 million affected by this common chronic disease.

Protect yourself from influenza this winter

23rd April 2018

MidCentral District Health Board encourages everyone to take action and get their influenza immunisation to protect themselves, their families and friends, before flu season strikes in winter.

Raw fruit and vegetables have better mental health outcomes

16th April 2018

Seeking the feel good factor? Go natural. That is the simple message from University of Otago researchers who have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.

Stop smoking services called upon to support vaping

9th April 2018

Government funded stop smoking services will keep losing customers if they refuse to help people who want to try vaping, new research has found. The services are in a bind however because the legality of selling nicotine vaping products in New Zealand remains in doubt.

Live Stronger for Longer theme of April Falls campaign

3rd April 2018

The annual campaign raises awareness of the harm caused by falls, and what can be done to prevent them. April Falls month is promoted each year by a growing number of health care providers around the country, including district health boards, aged residential care providers, and community care providers.

How committed are food companies to health?

26th March 2018

A new study ranking the nutrition commitments of 25 of New Zealand’s largest food companies has found large variations with some companies leading the way, but many are not doing nearly enough to reduce the biggest cause of ill health in New Zealand, unhealthy diets.

Vitamin D could provide psoriasis relief

19th March 2018

New research suggests increasing vitamin D intake could reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammatory skin condition psoriasis.

Traumatic brain injury an increasingly “hidden” threat

12th March 2018

“Thirteen per cent of New Zealanders will sustain a brain injury at least once in their lifetime, and it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. It’s time we shine a light on this hidden disability and the effects it can have on society. Early intervention is critical.”

Toolkit to help parents with mental health issues

5th March 2018

A New Zealand first-of-its-kind resource toolkit for community-based services to help parents struggling with mental health problems or addictions was launched in Palmerston North yesterday.

Supporting foot health with new roles in podiatry

26th February 2018

Waitemata and Auckland DHBs are investing in podiatry by creating new positions to work with primary care to ensure earlier interventions and better outcomes for patients with foot issues and diabetes-related foot disease.

Christchurch researcher easing the pain of gout

19th February 2018

A Christchurch rheumatologist has won New Zealand’s top prize for research into how increasing dosages of gout medicines can dramatically improve patients’ lives.

Innovative procedure trial at hospital

5th February 2018

The self oesophageal dilatation procedure is offered to all laryngectomy patients who want to try it at home.

Nurture young people’s mental health earlier

30th January 2018

Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorder start before the age of 14. Psychological health needs to be nurtured in young people from an early age. This involves all the people who are significant in children’s lives such as parents, whānau, schools, and others in the community.

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Southern NZ women

22nd January 2018

Otago reveals concerning prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Southern New Zealand women.

Predator Free 2050 has major benefits for human health

15th January 2018

In New Zealand rats carry infections such as salmonella, toxoplasma, giardia, campylobacter and several others that can be spread to humans, through contact with the animals or their waste or through contaminated food and water.

Researchers find decline in obesity in NZ 4-year-olds

8th January 2018

New Zealand’s four-year-olds are resisting the tide towards rising obesity, according to research funded by A Better Start, one of the country’s national science challenges.

Nelson Marlborough Health – After Hours Health Options

18th December 2017

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is urging people to choose the most appropriate healthcare option over the holiday season.
The ‘123, where should I be?’ promotional campaign aims to remind people to stop and think about the best healthcare option for their need.

Enjoy Christmas, but keep up the regular work-out activities

11th December 2017

For already active people the challenge can be maintaining the routine; the frequency can drop, but it’s important to keep up regular work outs

Consumer NZ Sunscreen Test “Misleading And Dangerous”

4th December 2017

A Consumer NZ test of kiwi sunscreen brands is misleading and dangerous, warns a Vitamin D researcher and author, because it ignores an elephant in the room – there’s growing evidence sunscreens don’t actually protect kiwis from melanoma at all.

E-cigarettes to reduce traditional smoking– no good evidence

27th November 2017

“As far as we’re aware, there is no good evidence demonstrating that using e-cigarettes will reduce the incidence of smoking normal tobacco cigarettes. However, we recognise that for some individuals who struggle to give up using current smoking cessation aids, the use of e-cigarettes may be beneficial”

#DearGrief –What would you say to grief?

20th November 2017

Grief brings with it difficult and challenging emotions, including sadness, anger, loneliness, confusion, and guilt. #DearGrief is about sharing what you would like to say to grief and the different ways we deal with grief.

Culturally Based Programmes Needed to Reduce Asthma

13th November 2017

New Zealand has the fourth highest hospital admission rates for asthma of all OECD countries with the proportion of Pasifika and Māori children admitted twice as high as European children.

First New Zealand study of pathological hoarding

6th November 2017

An estimated 35,000 New Zealanders have clinically severe hoarding behaviour, and a further 56,000 people are likely to have sub-clinical hoarding behaviours that could later develop into a diagnosable condition.

First New Zealand Online Alcohol & Drug Study Underway

30th October 2017

The research team will use a range of innovative approaches, as well as conducting a national online survey to get a better understanding of what drugs are out there, and to identify gaps in health services.

Hay fever? How to prepare your home this pollen season

26th October 2017

Limiting your exposure to pollen, particularly in your home, can really help. The majority of people affected by seasonal hay fever are allergic to dust mites, pollen or moulds.

New tent hospital boosts NZ’s disaster response

16th October 2017

We congratulate the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team on its achievements and thank them for their commitment to this quality assurance process and their future assistance to those in need after disasters and emergencies

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

9th October 2017

On World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October), the MHF is holding a national MHAW Lockout. From 12–1pm, Kiwis will down tools and head outside for picnics, walks, beach clean-ups and social sport games.

Record numbers for Mental Health Awareness Week

2nd October 2017

The Mental Health Foundation says it’s been blown away by the support and enthusiasm for Mental Health Awareness Week around New Zealand.

NZNO Award – Services to Nursing and Midwifery 2017

25th September 2017

This year there are two recipients of the NZNO Services to Nursing and Midwifery Award. A warm congratulations to Pepe Sinclair and Dr Helen Snell.

Rarotongan communities to receive free dental care

18th September 2017

The programme will also involve teaching children about the importance of oral hygiene from a young age, as well as discussion around the implications of high plaque levels and a high sugar diet.

Predictive tool to help manage NZ’s melanoma crisis

11th September 2017

Professor Whiteman leads a team that has developed a melanoma risk prediction tool for Australian GPs that uses just eight precisely weighted primary factors to predict a person’s risk of developing a melanoma over the next three years

MHF calls for unified action to prevent suicide

29th August 2017

The MHF is determined that as a country New Zealand must start to address the drivers of poor mental health and suicide.

Kiwis Amongst the Highest Consumers of Fruit and Vegetables

21st August 2017

The latest consumer data also indicated the positive impact of social media in spreading the 5+ A Day message.

Support for Mental Health & Addiction Matters to All of Us

14th August 2017

At some stage in their lives, all New Zealanders are affected by mental health and addictions issues, either in their own lives or in the life of someone they know.

NZ Finally Increasing Best Weapon Against Drink Driving

7th August 2017

Alcohol interlocks becoming a mandatory sentence is one of the most significant blows against drink driving in New Zealand’s history, says the Automobile Association.

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