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July 2015

New Zealand experts agree on ambitious targets to help 50,000 Kiwis with Hepatitis C

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 2:06PM

Yesterday, on World Hepatitis Day, a broad range of clinicians, nurses, healthcare workers, service providers, and patient advocacy groups agreed on a Consensus Statement which includes targets to reduce the impact of Hepatitis C in New Zealand
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Home is where the heart is

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 1:22PM

A mother is grateful for the help she received to keep her family warm and well over winter after one of her sons was diagnosed with rheumatic fever
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Otago/Southland residents most generous regions in nationwide cancer fundraiser

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 1:17PM

Otago and Southland residents have proved they are an encouraging and compassionate bunch by donating nearly $22,000 to back their buddies taking on the Dry July Challenge
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Elizabeth Arden to open a new flagship beauty boutique in NZ

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 1:14PM

Elizabeth Arden, one of the most recognised names in beauty, is proud to announce the upcoming opening of its new boutique retail store situated at 62 Queen Street, Auckland
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Clinicians asked to showcase IT ideas

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 1:11PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is encouraging clinicians to submit their innovative ideas to improve health services
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WDHB's family-centred care model applauded

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 1:08PM

Whanganui District Health Board’s (WDHB) family–centred care model has been applauded by board members who attended last week’s Central Region combined boards’ symposium in the Wairarapa
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Cartright Collective hosts Cancer Screening Forum

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 11:02AM

The Cartwright Collective· is hosting a one-day forum, “The Future of Cancer Screening in New Zealand: Balancing the Benefits and Risks,” on Friday, 7 August 2015, in Auckland
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Adult Vaccinations: WHO Cares…. does New Zealand?

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 9:51AM

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions known
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Finally, the Government admits the TPPA will push up medicine costs

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 9:23AM

“Finally, we get an admission from the Government that medicine costs will rise under the secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)
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Women’s Refuge and The Warehouse raise funds for youth development programme

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 9:15AM

Lens cloths sold over the counters at The Warehouse will help to make a huge contribution to the Women’s Refuge this year
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Alzheimers Auckland helps those supporting people with dementia through Remember Me

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 9:11AM

For anyone working with or supporting people with dementia, Alzheimers Auckland’s third annual Symposium, Remember Me, sponsored by HHL Group, is an event not to be missed
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Breastfeeding Celebrated Nationwide at The Big Latch On

Tuesday 28 July 2015, 1:46PM

From en-masse marae sit-ins and mum ‘n bub coffee groups in city malls, to a mammillary gathering on a pig farm and a maternal meeting at a cheese factory, Big Latch On events celebrate the all-important role breast feeding plays in babies’ lives, and on 31 July and 1 August there will be one at a venue near you
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Life expectancy increasing in all New Zealand regions

Tuesday 28 July 2015, 11:40AM

Life expectancy at birth has increased in all regions since 2005–07, with Hawke's Bay increasing the most, Statistics New Zealand said today.
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More young adults taking out health insurance

Tuesday 28 July 2015, 9:39AM

More New Zealanders aged 25-35 are taking out health insurance policies, according to statistics released today by the Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ)
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New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

Tuesday 28 July 2015, 8:49AM

The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy has just been released with open access and gives insight to some current physiotherapy research
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Improved access to up-to-date cancer info

Monday 27 July 2015, 3:23PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new national cancer information strategy will benefit patients, clinicians and researchers
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Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs’ health needs assessment released

Monday 27 July 2015, 3:11PM

A recently released health needs assessment report confirms that the population living across the combined Whanganui/MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) region requires higher levels of healthcare than populations in most parts of New Zealand
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Inspection of Waikato DHB’s mental health service

Monday 27 July 2015, 2:40PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there will be an inspection of Waikato DHB’s mental health services
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New online mental health medication resource a first for New Zealand

Monday 27 July 2015, 10:32AM

A new online tool has been launched to give people in the Waitemata district clear and consistent information on all medications used in the treatment of mental health and addictions
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Flu arrives on West Coast

Monday 27 July 2015, 10:29AM

Health officials are urging West Coasters to get their flu vaccination after a recent sharp rise in cases of influenza-like illness
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Minister seeks assurance following arrest

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:51AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says he is seeking assurance following the arrest of a person who has been employed until recently as a psychiatrist at Waikato DHB and is suspected to have carried out identity fraud
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DHB investigates potential identity fraud

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:41AM

The Waikato DHB is in the process of contacting the approximately 25 patients who may have been directly affected by a former staff member who appeared in court today in Hamilton on a fraud charge
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1 in 3 Victims of Family Violence Are Male – Research

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:34AM

Family First NZ says that research in association with the Department of Internal Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand and the Canterbury Men’s Centre has found that 38% of recent victims of family violence in the Canterbury region have been male and that male victims are not gaining support.
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Nepal Earthquake: Three Months on - Red Cross Continues to Address Unmet Needs

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:31AM

On 25 April 2015, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal were changed by the worst earthquake the country has experienced since 1934
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WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity consultation in Auckland

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:28AM

In 2014 Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO established a Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
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Volunteers' fears safely relieved by Health and Safety amendments

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:25AM

Volunteering New Zealand is pleased that many volunteers’ fears that their roles and responsibilities would be increasingly complicated by the Health and Safety Reform Bill will today be relieved following the release of the revised report from the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee
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Canterbury health alliance wins Prime Minister’s Award

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:22AM

The Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) has proudly accepted the Prime Minister’s Award for Public Sector Excellence at the 2015 Deloitte Fujitsu Public Sector Excellence Awards
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Opening of Starship’s New Operating Rooms And Surgical Facilities

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:20AM

Starship patient Maia Haves today cut the ribbon to officially open the completed $9 million upgrade of operating rooms and surgical facilities at Starship Children’s Hospital
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Plunket seeks feedback on plans to improve services for Asian families

Monday 27 July 2015, 9:17AM

Plunket is launching its draft ‘Asian People’s Strategy’ today, inviting feedback from the Asian community on its plans to ensure its services are relevant and accessible to the growing number of Asian families in New Zealand
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Natural Health Products - DRAFT Permitted Ingredients List

Friday 24 July 2015, 1:39PM

The Ministry of Health is continuing to develop the list of ingredients that will be permitted under the Natural Health Products bill
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New discharge lounge puts patient experience first

Friday 24 July 2015, 1:25PM

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) has today opened a new purpose-built patient discharge lounge on the ground floor of North Shore Hospital
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Massive concrete pours start this weekend at the Acute Services building, Christchurch Hospital

Friday 24 July 2015, 11:49AM

Christchurch Hospital’s new Acute Services Building site is being prepped for the first of eight massive concrete foundation pours
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Better spinal injury outcomes goal of new policy

Friday 24 July 2015, 8:59AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have confirmed that from next month people who suffer spinal cord injuries will be taken straight to a specialist hospital if feasible, to maximise their long-term health and rehabilitation outcomes
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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Treatment Market Value Will Reach $39 Billion by 2021, says GBI Research

Friday 24 July 2015, 8:55AM

The global market for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) therapeutics will rise in value from $23.5 billion in 2014 to an estimated $39 billion by 2021, driven primarily by rising disease prevalence and the continued uptake of recently approved and emerging branded treatments, according to business intelligence provider GBI Research
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Plans for new Grey health facilities progressing

Friday 24 July 2015, 8:49AM

Plans for the new Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre are now well into the “Developed Design” phase and at this stage it is anticipated that the first sod will be turned in late October
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Otago study finds young people lack knowledge to help lift organ donation

Friday 24 July 2015, 8:44AM

New University of Otago research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that the young “organ donors of the future” lack the knowledge that could help lift New Zealand’s rates of organ donation
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A systematic approach to health literacy is key to improving care for Maori children with asthma

Friday 24 July 2015, 8:40AM

The He Maramatanga Huango (Understanding Asthma) research report was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and the Asthma Foundation from the University of Otago
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Official Cash Rate reduced to 3.0 percent

Thursday 23 July 2015, 1:30PM

The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.0 percent.
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Tool to help GPs diagnose & manage TIA/Strokes

Thursday 23 July 2015, 1:27PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an electronic decision support tool will help GPs improve the diagnosis and management of patients who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
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Report finds serious barriers to justice for those challenging ACC decisions

Thursday 23 July 2015, 11:52AM

A team of researchers working with the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, and in partnership with the support group Acclaim Otago, has found serious barriers to access to justice for people challenging Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) decisions through the court system
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