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July 2014

HPV vaccination for school boys not yet cost-effective – study

Monday 14 July 2014, 11:16AM

HPV vaccination of New Zealand school boys is not yet a value-for-money option, according to a study just published by the University of Otago, Wellington
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Long-serving staff give DHB sense of belonging

Monday 14 July 2014, 11:05AM

Outgoing Waikato District Health Board chief executive Craig Climo always made it a priority to attend staff service recognition award ceremonies wherever they were so it was fitting, as he enters his last week in the job, that a full house greeted him in Hamilton on Friday (11 July)
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DHBs and Health Benefits launch National Procurement Service

Monday 14 July 2014, 8:43AM

Health Benefits Limited (HBL) and its shared service partner healthAlliance, have launched the National Procurement Service, an initiative with the potential to save District Health Boards (DHBs) around $90 million over the next two years
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Statement of preliminary issues published for CDC Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Wholesalers merger

Friday 11 July 2014, 11:40AM

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to a joint application from CDC Pharmaceuticals Limited and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) Limited (PWL Central) seeking clearance to merge their respective wholesaling pharmaceutical businesses
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Interpreting good health

Friday 11 July 2014, 11:16AM

Helping Pacific patients and their families overcome language barriers and gain at least a grasp of their respective medical condition is vital to improve general health and wellbeing according to interpreters Vaelua Faauma Lamb and Ikamafana Tameifuna
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Students develop a personal robot to improve quality of life

Friday 11 July 2014, 11:10AM

A group of University of Canterbury students are developing a personal robot with the aim of bringing robotics to people to improve quality of life
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University supports Hamilton Science Excellence Awards

Friday 11 July 2014, 8:54AM

The University of Waikato is again supporting the KuDos – Hamilton Science Excellence Awards – as a gold partner of the event
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Aroha from Hope

Thursday 10 July 2014, 4:33PM

Nearly three years after losing one of her twin daughters at 24-weeks gestation, Tarchia is able to share her empathy with other grieving parents in SCBU through her Aroha from Hope Journals
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Health sector opportunities for students

Thursday 10 July 2014, 4:31PM

The West Coast District Health Board is reaffirming its commitment to the next generation of health tertiary students with the 2014 West Coast Health Scholarship and Studentship Awards
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Value of clinical engagement highlighted

Thursday 10 July 2014, 3:27PM

“The progress being made at MidCentral District Health Board to improve patient safety highlights the benefits of clinical engagement,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)
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Youthline launches its new online space

Thursday 10 July 2014, 1:56PM

Youth development organisation Youthline is broadening the way it interacts with young people on July 11 with the launch of its online community
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More than 3,300 visits to free sore throat clinics

Thursday 10 July 2014, 1:52PM

More than 3,300 children most at risk of developing rheumatic fever have had their sore throat checked recently at a free drop-in clinic, as part of the government’s $67 million rheumatic fever prevention programme
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Minister Paula Bennett launches innovative project helping young people find Common Ground with parents, family and friends

Thursday 10 July 2014, 10:27AM

On Thursday 10 July, Minister for Social Development, Hon Paula Bennett, will launch Common Ground – a place of support - at the Mental Health Foundation’s Auckland offices
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Maternity web pages born

Wednesday 09 July 2014, 4:21PM

After several months of gestation, health professionals and educators up and down the coast would like to announce the birth of the West Coast maternity services web pages
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Child Health Information Programme: no child left behind

Wednesday 09 July 2014, 11:46AM

A new Midlands Health Network regional programme to prevent children getting lost in the health system and missing out on important health services has been welcomed by Health Minister Tony Ryall
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Measles Update

Wednesday 09 July 2014, 11:44AM

Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health service has to date (8 July 2014) been notified of 101 confirmed measles cases, of these 53 are laboratory confirmed, the rest are close contacts of a confirmed case with a clinically compatible illness
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New Zealand men step up during Men’s Health Week

Wednesday 09 July 2014, 9:57AM

More than 30,000 New Zealand men filled out an online “What’s Your Score” Men’s Health Week survey – a three-fold increase on last year. In addition Green Cross Health offered more than double the number of free blood pressure checks at pharmacies while thousands more took advantage of free health checks throughout the month of June
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Pilot programme targets child health

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 3:13PM

A new programme to prevent children missing out on important health services has been welcomed by Health Minister Tony Ryall
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Neurological Foundation announces July 2014 grant recipients

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 2:52PM

The Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce that funding of close to $1 million for neurological research, a Repatriation Fellowship and travel grants has been approved in its July 2014 grant round, the first of two rounds held each year
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Closure of Christchurch agency helping abuse victims

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 2:11PM

The New Zealand Association of Counsellors has strong concerns about recent changes to government funding criteria which has prompted the closure of a Christchurch sexual violence support service
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Patients pleased with levels of care

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 2:09PM

A three year $900,000 study into prostate cancer care shows most men and their families are pleased with the care they received
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School-based health service providing better access to care

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 1:00PM

The recent expansion of the School-Based Health Service (SBHS) to decile three secondary schools is further reducing barriers that prevent students from accessing healthcare services
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Canterbury has its first Diabetes Nurse Specialist qualified to prescribe (1)

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 10:30AM

With 20 years’ experience under her belt, Diabetes Nurse Specialist Lupesiliva ‘Lupe’ Tu’ulua is now able to prescribe for her patients
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Football fans – how to stay injury free

Monday 07 July 2014, 3:49PM

Football fever is sweeping New Zealand and physiotherapists have some advice for fans who want to take up the sport and avoid injuries
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Kiwis snub brands and companies on social media

Monday 07 July 2014, 3:33PM

At a time when marketers are investing more than ever in social media campaigns, Kiwis’ engagement with brands and companies on social media appears to be on the slide
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Innovation partnership to unlock the potential of e-health

Monday 07 July 2014, 3:31PM

Patients in the Waitemata district will ultimately benefit from improved health outcomes under an agreement to develop new e-health initiatives between Waitemata DHB and New Zealand-owned global health software company Orion Health
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Try your hand at ACC’s “injury face-off” quiz!

Monday 07 July 2014, 3:29PM

Which are involved in more injuries - high heels or gumboots? Pillow fights or arm wrestling? Cats or dogs?
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Busy hospitals fear flu influx

Monday 07 July 2014, 11:08AM

Busy hospitals say a rise in serious influenza cases is the last thing they need this winter
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SMI says conversations with clinicians about complementary medicine use are essential

Monday 07 July 2014, 10:19AM

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) said that consumers should always discuss their use of complementary medicines with their clinician
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Ryman Healthcare to build boutique village in Wellington

Friday 04 July 2014, 10:11AM

Ryman Healthcare has bought a significant site in Newtown which will be developed into a boutique retirement village for the wider South Wellington community
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Traumatic brain injury in older adults

Friday 04 July 2014, 10:08AM

A University of Canterbury research project is seeking to find out the impact of traumatic brain injury on adults aged 50 to 65
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June climate summary - warmest June on record

Friday 04 July 2014, 10:06AM

NIWA is today officially announcing that New Zealanders have just experienced the warmest June since records began in 1909
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Launch of the National Stop Smoking Practitioner Qualification and National Training Service

Friday 04 July 2014, 9:45AM

Associate health minister Tariana Turia gives a speech on quit smoking services
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New leadership team for Southern Cross

Friday 04 July 2014, 9:43AM

A new leadership team has been appointed at Southern Cross
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Network applauds change to controlled drugs prescribing

Friday 04 July 2014, 9:41AM

Change to legislation which enables nurse practitioners to become authorised prescribers removes another barrier to delivering better quality health care to patients, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network deputy chair and Temuka nurse practitioner Sharon Hansen
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Candidates sought for a study to improve lung treatment

Friday 04 July 2014, 9:38AM

Clinicians at the Auckland District Health Board’s Department of Respiratory Medicine are recruiting participants in a study to improve lung treatment for elderly patients and build a computer model of an ageing lung
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Record number of new GP trainees

Thursday 03 July 2014, 2:56PM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the government is investing an extra $3.8 million to further increase the number of GP and primary care doctor training places
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SMI recommends OTC NSAIDs be taken for short term pain relief

Thursday 03 July 2014, 10:09AM

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) today recommended that over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) be taken at the recommended dose for short term pain relief
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New look child health book launched

Tuesday 01 July 2014, 2:55PM

Health Minister Tony Ryall met with mums at a Plunket group in Wellington to launch the new Well Child Tamariki Ora health book – the first major revision to the book in over quarter of a century
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Rotavirus vaccine free from today

Tuesday 01 July 2014, 2:53PM

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming the introduction of free rotavirus vaccination from today
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