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Minister announces new DHB appointments

Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced new appointments to two District Health Boards.

  • 03 Apr 2014

NZ ranked #1 for social progress

A Washington-based think-tank has found that New Zealand is the most socially advanced country in the world. The Social Progress Imperative, whose advisory board is led by Harvard economist Professor Michael Porter, has put New Zealand first out of 130 countries based on 54 indicators of social progress.

  • 03 Apr 2014

Code Blue, an app to help teenagers experiencing depression

Wellington start up Social Code, have come up with a simple concept aimed at helping teenagers with depression. The inspiration came when two mothers using Social Code’s Goalpost app to quit smoking, asked if there was something similar to the panic button, for their teenagers struggling with depression. That provided enough encouragement for Social Code to look into a solution.

  • 03 Apr 2014

Medical awareness to reduce button battery injury risk

The Battery Controlled partnership was launched in New Zealand today to help raise awareness among parents and medical first responders, such as paramedics, practice nurses, GPs, A&M and hospital emergency department staff, on a little known issue that has serious and even fatal consequences to small children—the ingestion or insertion of powerful button batteries or coin-sized lithium batteries.

  • 03 Apr 2014

College takes stake in Best Practice Advocacy Centrenz

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has become a shareholder in medical education provider Best Practice Advocacy Centrenz (bpacnz).

  • 03 Apr 2014

Tauranga Hospital Implements International Care Programme

Tauranga Hospital nurses are spending thousands more hours on direct patient care after becoming New Zealand’s first hospital to fully implement an internationally-acclaimed productivity and care improvement programme.

  • 01 Apr 2014

Major new breast cancer studies to be funded by Pink Ribbon

Further to today’s news release from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), announcing three significant new breast cancer research projects, the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation can confirm that its Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign, running in May this year, will contribute to these studies, as well as making possible further major studies and clinical trials.

  • 31 Mar 2014

Skin cancer: Genetic mutations 'warn of risk'

Scientists say they have taken a step forward in understanding why some people are at greater risk of skin cancer because of their family history. A newly identified gene mutation causes some cases of melanoma, a type of skin cancer, says a UK team.

  • 30 Mar 2014

Study backs nonsurgical way to fix heart valves

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.

  • 30 Mar 2014

Regular Consumption Of Diet Drinks Linked To Heart Problems In Older Women

You might think you're doing yourself a favor, opting for the diet version of your favorite soda or fruit drink. But sip a little too much and you could be setting yourself up for heart troubles later in life, researchers are saying.

  • 29 Mar 2014

Technology to improve heart disease treatment

Cardiac doctors and nurses now have two new online tools designed to help improve the treatment of heart disease, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
 
“Cardiovascular disease accounts for 40 per cent of deaths annually, making it the leading cause of death in New Zealand,” says Mr Ryall.
 
“Two new online cardiac registries will lead to better patient care – one for cardiologists, specialists and nurses to capture all cardiac interventions, and another for cardiac surgery.

  • 28 Mar 2014

Plain packaging for tobacco products is one step closer

Submissions on the Smokefree Environments (plain packaging) Amendment Bill closed today, Friday 28th March. Cancer Society Auckland congratulate the government for progressing the adoption of plain packaging legislation in New Zealand, however they urge government to take action.

  • 28 Mar 2014

Studies reveal infectious disease inequality continues in NZ

Thursday, 27 March (Adelaide): A study presented at this year’s Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) meeting in Adelaide, Australia, shows that infectious disease inequality in New Zealand’s population is continuing, while rates of streptococcal and staphylococcal disease are well above the level seen in other developed countries.

  • 27 Mar 2014

New IT system improves patient healthcare

Health Minister Tony Ryall says a new IT system is making it easier for health care services to access patient data quickly, preventing errors and improving patient care. “Everyone who uses New Zealand’s health services has a unique number to help identify them, which is stored in the using the National Health Index,” says Mr Ryall.

  • 26 Mar 2014

Staff shortages, financial constraints bite public hospitals

“Staff shortages and financial constraints are clearly starting to bite at some public hospitals,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), today.

  • 26 Mar 2014

UC research finding ways to reduce NZ critical illness costs

Healthcare costs are growing faster than society’s ability to afford them but University of Canterbury (UC) research is finding ways to reduce this economic burden through model-based therapies for critical illness.

  • 25 Mar 2014

Views of NZ self-medication body at odds with safety

Views of New Zealand self-medication body at odds with safety concerns of some members

AFT Pharmaceuticals (AFT) has identified a major error with the formulation of over 1300 cold and flu products used around the world.

  • 25 Mar 2014

Waipareira Launches Innovative Quit Smoking Programme

Waipareira will launch a new initiative to help whānau stamp out smoking.

Te Pae O Te Haa – the breath of life – will be launched at Whanau Centre on Friday as part of the Waipareira Health programme.

  • 25 Mar 2014

A Better Start for Older People Reduces Hospital Stays

Research released this month shows that Waikato District Health Board's Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation Team (START) programme reduces the length of stay in hospital and the risk of readmission following discharge.

  • 25 Mar 2014

ProCare Appoints New Clinical Director

New Zealand’s largest PHO, ProCare, announced today the appointment of Dr Allan Moffitt as its new Clinical Director. Dr Moffitt will lead the organisation’s Clinical Directorate from 1 July.

  • 24 Mar 2014