17th February 2020
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 coronavirus.
10th February 2020
The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with partner agencies in response to novel coronavirus. While there continue to be no suspected or confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New Zealand, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield……
3rd February 2020
On World Cancer Day (February 4), Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is calling on Kiwi employers to support female workers’ health by giving them time off for mammograms. BCFNZ chair Justine Smyth has emailed 100 notable organisations and leading employers, …
28th January 2020
Health officials are giving an update on New Zealand’s response to the new coronavirus.
13th January 2020
Smoke from Australian bush fires could have effects on asthma, COPD, and other respiratory conditions if it reaches low air levels, says Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.
6th January 2020
This ‘new decade of 2020 was mired by the arrival of dust particles from Australian fires that were carried by air borne deposition into our own NZ air shed, so what are the risks to NZ Public health now?
16th December 2019
Longer and warmer days are a welcome change, but with them comes a host of asthma and allergy triggers to watch out for.
9th December 2019
Today is National Safe Sleep Day – Te Rā Mokopuna Ora, a day aimed at raising awareness about Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). One key aspect of this is ensuring babies are sleeping in a safe sleep space, to avoid instances of SUDI through unintentional suffocation. Te Rā Mokopuna Ora has the vision of reducing the rates in which these deaths occur in our New Zealand families/whānau.
2nd December 2019
Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust CEO Georgina Mason says a New Zealand cancer screening trial, using specifically trained dogs to identify bowel cancer in urine, could help to save lives through early detection.
25th November 2019
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.
18th November 2019
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 …
12th November 2019
Pregnancy Malnutrition in Aotearoa continues to be treated as a Self-Responsibility Behaviour-Deficit … regardless of Context
4th November 2019
Exercise NZ says many of the 10,000 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s need to get more active.
29th October 2019
This year’s World Stroke Day campaign, #DontBeTheOne , encourages everyone, no matter what their age, to assess their individual risk of stroke using the free Stroke Riskometer mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin at Auckland University
21st October 2019
Many cancer patients in Australia and New Zealand continue to miss out on radiation therapy in their treatment.
14th October 2019
Hāpai Te Hauora is quietly celebrating the release of Census 2018 figures which shows a drop in the proportion of regular smokers aged 15 years and over decreasing to 13.2 per cent, compared to the 2013 Census figures of 15.1 per cent.
7th October 2019
Just what New Zealand children are eating isn’t clear and new research aims to find out. Dr Helen Eyles, Senior Research Fellow at The National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, has been awarded a Heart Foundation Senior Fellowship …
30th September 2019
New Zealand’s first clinical trial of CAR T-cell therapy, a revolutionary new approach to fighting cancer, is getting underway after receiving final regulatory approval.
23rd September 2019
The rate of stillbirths is reducing for Māori and NZ European mothers, a report by the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) has found
16th September 2019
From 2020 all intern pharmacists will be trained as vaccinators as a regular part of their pharmacist intern training programme.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 >>
29th July 2019
On Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd of 2019, somewhere near you, parents will be gathering…..
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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’.
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.
4th June 2019
A fifth case of measles has been confirmed in Northland, resulting in more people being placed into isolation.
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.
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.
13th May 2019
The Ministry of Health is reminding travellers to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go overseas.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
25th February 2019
The 48 hour junior doctors’ strike runs from 8am tomorrow, Tuesday 26 February until 8am on Thursday 28 February.
18th February 2019
One of the country’s main drug testing laboratories says robust regulations are needed to cover locally produced medicinal cannabis.
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.
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
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.