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Administration & Policy

Pleasing Growth for Movember Campaign

Movember 2011 is turning out to be one of New Zealand’s biggest campaigns yet, with a massive surge in Mo Bros and Sistas registering over the last week, breaking the 10,000 barrier and storming past last year’s total.

  • 08 Nov 2011

PHO Alliance announces new chairman

Mike Ward is the new PHO Alliance chairman following the retirement of Hamish Kynoch who held the role since the organisation became an Incorporated Society in 2006.

  • 08 Nov 2011

First Votes In 2011 General Election To Be Cast Wednesday

The first votes in the 2011 General Election and Referendum on New Zealand’s Voting System will be cast from tomorrow (Wednesday 9 November) by voters who can’t get to a polling place in their electorate on Election Day.

  • 08 Nov 2011

Disasters highlight planning need for psychosocial response

A New Zealand mental health nurse who witnessed the aftermath of 9/11 and trained nurses following the 2005 Boxing Day tsunami and recent Canterbury earthquakes will return to the United States of America next year, to conduct groundbreaking research into the health sector’s preparedness for the psychosocial effects of major disasters and ability to maintain long-term competency after such events. One of six recipients of Fulbright New Zealand Senior Scholar Awards for 2012, Frances Hughes from Porirua will spend five months based at Rutgers University College of Nursing in Picastaway, New Jersey examining growing international evidence on the topic. She hopes to learn lessons from American responses to 9/11 and major natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

  • 07 Nov 2011

Abano Healthcare Group 2011 Annual Meeting Summary

Continued revenue and earnings growth of over 20% per year will help Abano achieve its vision of being a leading investor in the New Zealand, Australia and South East Asian healthcare markets by 2015, said chair Alison Paterson, at the Abano Healthcare Group annual meeting held today in Auckland.

  • 07 Nov 2011

Māori women presenting with symptoms for male whānau

New research out shows Māori women are presenting with proxy symptoms to GPs to get medications for male whānau members. The research is published in a special health issue of AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples launched this week.

  • 07 Nov 2011

Ministers Announce New Disability Innovation Fund

The Minister for Social Development and Employment, Paula Bennett and the Minister for Disability Issues, Tariana Turia, today announced the new Disability Innovation Fund making $500,000 available for innovative ways of getting disabled people into work or retaining them in work.

  • 07 Nov 2011

Pacific Edge obtains European patent

Dunedin-based biomedical company Pacific Edge has added to its intellectual property suite with a highly sought-after European patent awarded for its gastric cancer detection technology.

  • 07 Nov 2011

Senior UN Relief Official Views Flood Disaster In Nicaragua

With an estimated 1.2 million people in Central America affected by severe floods, the United Nations is mobilizing resources to provide life-saving assistance to those in need, as a senior UN relief official visiting Nicaragua today described the situation in the country as a “real disaster.”

  • 07 Nov 2011

Pacific Nations Commend SPC's Work On Diseases

A number of Pacific nations have commended the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) on its work on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) while calling for continued regional support for national efforts.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Role of the doctor consensus statement released

A consensus statement on the role of the doctor in New Zealand, published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal, highlights the key skills and personal attributes required by doctors to ensure patient care is not compromised in a health sector undergoing significant change.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Major review of children's safety standards needed

A staggering 33 percent of nursery products Consumer NZ has tested in the past five years have had faults Consumer considers to be serious. It is now calling for a major review of safety standards for children's products.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Northland:Health warning following sewage spill into harbour

The Northland Medical Officer of Health Jonathan Jarman has advised that people should not gather and eat shellfish from Whangarei Harbour, upstream of a line between One Tree Point and Manganese Point, for the next 28 days.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Grant boosts geographic/ethnic cancer inequities studies

Auckland and Waikato medical research teams have secured $1.9 million to unravel geographic and ethnic differences in cancer outcomes.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Otago appoints Senior Lecturer in Neurosurgery

Mr Reuben Johnson has been appointed as a senior lecturer in neurosurgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine and consultant neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital, the University of Otago announced today.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Systemic failure played part in med student's death

A coroner's report for medical student Zachary Gravatt, who died of meningococcal disease at Auckland Hospital in 2009, has concluded that doctors did not diagnose the disease 'in a timely fashion' due to systemic failures.

  • 04 Nov 2011

Hamilton doctor found guilty of misconduct

A Hamilton doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct after he misdiagnosed a patient who later died from bowel cancer.

Quitline Releases New Publication to Help Smokers Quit

Quitline’s new quit-smoking bible will help smokers beat their addiction in five steps.

  • 03 Nov 2011

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Lake Forsyth/ Te Wairewa

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning this week after toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) were found in Lake Forsyth/ Te Wairewa.

  • 03 Nov 2011

Important changes to accessing to personal medical records

A new way of managing personal medical records is being introduced on the West Coast, and residents are encouraged to actively ‘opt-in’ to the system.

  • 03 Nov 2011