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St John Launches Online Mental Health First Aid Course

8th June 2020

With the mental health of New Zealanders top of mind as the country grapples with the impact of COVID-19, help to address the matter is now more accessible. St John has launched an online version of its popular Mental Health First Aid course. Until …

IHC Celebrates Life Members’ Decades Of Service In Queen’s Birthday Honours

2nd June 2020

IHC New Zealand is delighted to see the well-deserved recognition of Maureen Wood (MNZM) and Neil Taylor (QSM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. “Both Maureen and Neil have made an extraordinary contribution over nearly a century between …

CHECKIN-19 Launches Support For MoH’s New Personal COVID Tracing App

25th May 2020

CHECKIN-19, an app designed by Southland-based technology company Digital Stock, has launched unofficial support for the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) new ‘NZ COVID Tracer’ mobile application. MoH launched the app on Wednesday, allowing individuals

Budget 2020: Medical Device Sector Welcomes $3.92 Billion Investment In Healthcare Sector

18th May 2020

The Medical Technology Association of New Zealand, the national industry body representing medical technology companies in NZ, welcomes the Government’s $3.92 billion investment in the healthcare sector announced in today’s Budget.

Relief For Kiwi Patients With Mobile Surgical Bus Back In Operation

4th May 2020

The wheels on the nation’s iconic mobile surgical bus will be going round and round once more from Monday morning, ensuring regional New Zealanders in dire need of elective treatment get the operations they need – operations deferred for the …

COVID-19 Should Be Classified As An Occupational Disease

28th April 2020

The ITUC and its Global Unions partners are calling for COVID-19 to be classified as an occupational disease, to ensure stronger workplace protections and access to compensation as well as to medical care. The call is being made today, on the International …

Gumboot Friday Falls Victim To Impacts Of Covid-19

20th April 2020

Gumboot Friday, the day when New Zealand rallies together to support each other, suffered a major blow when fundraising events were forced to cancel. “With many Kiwis facing an uncertain financial future, we were unable to press for donations

Workers Network Releases Covid-19 Demands For All Health Workers

14th April 2020

Health Sector Workers Network (HSWN) is a group of rank-and-file workers dedicated to self-activity and solidarity across the health sector and wider working class. They have released a list of six demands as a starting point to improving working …

Active+ Offers Virtual Physio For Injured Kiwis During Lockdown

6th April 2020

Active+, a 100% Kiwi owned physiotherapy and rehabilitation network, is offering virtual physio clinics for New Zealanders suffering from aches and pains during lockdown. ACC has predicted that homebased injuries will go up over the coming weeks as Kiwis …

Amazing Switch To NZ Virtual Healthcare During Covid-19 Work Lockdown

30th March 2020

Into the second week of coronavirus lockdown, New Zealand’s primary care doctors, nurses and staff are putting in an amazing effort to switch to phone and online health consultations in such a very short timeframe, a leading New Zealand IT health expert says.

Will Coronavirus (Covid-19) Weaken In Springtime In The Northern Hemisphere?

9th March 2020

A group of consultants at Azabu Insights Inc., a strategic consulting company in Azabu Juban Tokyo, have been analyzing data to understand the correlation between air temperature and spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). We wondered if the coronavirus …

March Is Nutrition Month

2nd March 2020

There are so many high profile vegans these days, it seems everyone from Arnold Swarzenegger, Harrison Ford and Bill Clinton are eschewing meat and dairy in favour of plant-based alternatives. Our most high profile vegan, Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General, …

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

24th February 2020

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 …

Media Update COVID-19

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.

Novel Coronavirus – Update 9 February 2020

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……

Breast Cancer Foundation calls for time off for mammograms

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, …

New Zealand officials give update on deadly virus outbreak

28th January 2020

Health officials are giving an update on New Zealand’s response to the new coronavirus.

Smoke a timely reminder to check inhalers

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.

Dangers of dust from Australian fires for NZ Public Health

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?

Manage asthma for a better summer

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.

Safe Sleep Day aims to reduce SUDI rates

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.

Sniffer Dog to be trialled in Bowel Cancer detection study

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.

Petitions Presented: A United Stand for Medicines

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.

More Work Needed to Reduce Harmful Drinking

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 …

Pregnant Women blamed over nutrition – regardless of context

12th November 2019

Pregnancy Malnutrition in Aotearoa continues to be treated as a Self-Responsibility Behaviour-Deficit … regardless of Context

10,000 Kiwis diagnosed with Parkinson’s must get more active

4th November 2019

Exercise NZ says many of the 10,000 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s need to get more active.

New Zealand is leading the world in stroke prevention

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

Underuse of Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment a Concern

21st October 2019

Many cancer patients in Australia and New Zealand continue to miss out on radiation therapy in their treatment.

Smoking is Becoming A Dying Habit in Aotearoa

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.

Say what? What are children in New Zealand eating?

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 …

NZ’s first CAR T-cell cancer therapy clinical trial underway

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.

Stillbirths significantly reduced over last 10 years

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

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.

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