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.
9th January 2019
Planned junior doctors’ strike will affect some surgery and outpatient clinics planned for next Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of January
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5th November 2018
The Dunedin-based research was part of an initiative to tackle growing aging population and degenerative eye diseases.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23rd August 2018
“I believe the Community Oral Health Service – is failing our kids – failing the children of New Zealand,” said Dr O’Connor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19th March 2018
New research suggests increasing vitamin D intake could reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammatory skin condition psoriasis.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
5th February 2018
The self oesophageal dilatation procedure is offered to all laryngectomy patients who want to try it at home.
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.
22nd January 2018
Otago reveals concerning prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Southern New Zealand women.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
21st August 2017
The latest consumer data also indicated the positive impact of social media in spreading the 5+ A Day message.
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.
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.
31st July 2017
An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating tuberculosis is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.
24th July 2017
Too many of the government messages in the early 2000s focused on slogans such as walk to the bus stop when that was never the answer to the looming inactivity, diabetes and obesity issues.
17th July 2017
July 14, 2017, New Zealand follows the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in being the second country worldwide…
11th July 2017
The public health risks associated with sugar are just as serious as smoking and should be treated as a priority by governments, doctors and medical specialists, a key meeting of anaesthetists has been told.
3rd July 2017
Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is concerned not enough young Aucklanders are immunised in the face of an unrelenting mumps outbreak.
30th June 2017
Social fundraising initiatives like Dry July encourage people to think about how they drink.
26th June 2017
It may sometimes make sense for island nations like New Zealand to temporarily close their borders in extreme pandemic situations, a new study by Wellington researchers suggests.
12th June 2017
The health of New Zealand’s rural communities is at an all-time low, a leading mobile health expert says.
7th June 2017
Eating fresh fruit is a natural, easy way to boost wellness during winter, says 5+ A Day.
29th May 2017
A new study released today by Massey University has highlighted the issue of malnutrition in the elderly.
22nd May 2017
New research will look at developing effective treatments for sleep problems that affect the growing number of New Zealand children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
15th May 2017
St John welcomes today’s news that more than $100 million will be included in this year’s budget to provide double crewing of all emergency ambulance responses over the next four years.
8th May 2017
A campaign has been launched to determine if a collection of fungi, unique to New Zealand and the Pacific, could hold the key to discovering new antibiotics.
1st May 2017
Work Safe is promising adults to ‘get you home healthy and safe’, but little is being done for children who walk or cycle to school.
24th April 2017
It’s every parent’s absolute worst nightmare. Suicide. Which is why when I caught up with the news this week of the latest Netflix series doing the rounds with our teenagers, 13 Reasons Why, I had this instant sick feeling wash over me…
18th April 2017
How many times have you told your story over and over again to health professionals? Poor communication between clinicians can turn health care into a bad experience.
3rd April 2017
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be legalised. Until now, vapers had to buy nicotine products from overseas.
27th March 2017
THE COUNTRY’S leading provider of trusted autism information and advice has come out strongly against claims of a link between vaccinations and autism in its latest Altogether Autism journal published today.
21st March 2017
Is a Sugar Tax the Best Solution to Obesity?
Increased use of sugary food and drink plays a big role in New Zealand’s high obesity rate. It also contributes to other health problems, such as type two diabetes and dental issues.
15th March 2017
It affects at least one in ten New Zealand women, can cause severe abdominal pain and fertility problems, and costs the public health system an estimated $1 billion a year.
6th March 2017
New research has found that regular exercise improves communication behaviours among children with autism.
27th February 2017
It’s never easy to put into words the miracle of sound recovered. Yet, I saw it first hand recently when my husband got hearing aids. The most poignant response was from our 11 year old granddaughter who suddenly observed at a family dinner that grandad was laughing and talking with everyone once again.
23rd February 2017
Whether you are setting out on an exercise programme after a long break, or if exercising is completely new, you should feel proud that you are making one of the best decisions to improve your health and wellbeing.
13th February 2017
The Bartercard Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with Heart Kids NZ, the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), right through their life.
7th February 2017
Warding off a mid-afternoon slump at work could be as easy as eating a healthy lunch, according to the results of a recent 5+ A Day survey.
23rd January 2017
Warning of back-to-school spike in asthma. A spike in asthma hospitalisations when children return to school has prompted a warning for parents, caregivers and schools to be prepared.
16th January 2017
Thin, watery and tasteless – that’s what low-alcohol beer used to be. But not anymore. The Go Low Action Group is challenging misconceptions about low-alcohol beer, urging Kiwis who haven’t already, to give it a try this summer.
9th January 2017
New Zealand’s leading exercise industry group ExerciseNZ has today appealed to Kiwis to make increased physical activity their resolution for 2017 but it also warned that keeping resolutions isn’t easy and is offering tips on how to make them stick.
12th December 2016
The Public Health Association of New Zealand is right behind the new Consensus Statement on sugary drinks being launched today at Brooklyn School by the New Zealand Dental Association.
2nd December 2016
Māori will benefit from Pharmac’s decision to fund a new medicine that combats HIV, an advocate for Māori living with the life-threatening disease says.