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July 2015

BLIS Technologies and Stratum Nutrition Announce Health Canada Approvals for BLIS K12 Probiotic

Friday 31 July 2015, 4:54PM

BLIS Technologies and Stratum Nutrition announce new regulatory approvals from Health Canada for use of BLIS K12 probiotic in supplement products
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Guild interested to learn more about TPPA details

Friday 31 July 2015, 4:28PM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) is keen to learn more about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will impact New Zealand’s health sector if it is accepted by the Government
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More than 1.2m flu vaccine doses distributed

Friday 31 July 2015, 2:28PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has reached its target of immunising 1.2 million New Zealanders with the influenza vaccine this year
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Pharmaco signs regional deal with ConfiTEX to market hi-tech absorbent incontinence underwear

Friday 31 July 2015, 1:52PM

An Australasian marketing deal has been signed between Pharmaco Ltd and ConfiTEX, the creators of the world’s first fashionable absorbent underwear for women and men with incontinence
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Technology in place for efficient medication management

Friday 31 July 2015, 9:32AM

Whether TPP happens or not the current debate about the cost of drugs has highlighted the need for efficient management of medications in New Zealand
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$846,000 for more nurse practitioner trainees

Thursday 30 July 2015, 3:16PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is committing $846,000 to support an additional 20 nurse practitioner trainees in 2016
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Majority of our packaged foods unhealthy

Thursday 30 July 2015, 2:25PM

The majority of packaged food available in New Zealand supermarkets is ultra-processed and so is also the unhealthiest food available
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Pertussis reports from Central Otago

Thursday 30 July 2015, 12:02PM

This week, Public Health South has been notified of at least five cases of people with pertussis in Wanaka and Hawea
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Kiwi coffee lovers prefer an instant fix

Thursday 30 July 2015, 11:54AM

Hold onto your flat white! Despite being a country renowned for our coffee culture a new survey shows the preferred drink is instant
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Hung over Kiwis still show up for work

Thursday 30 July 2015, 11:51AM

New Zealanders are more likely to show up for work hung over than take a day off to nurse their sore heads
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Mobile surgical services contract extended

Thursday 30 July 2015, 11:03AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the renewal of the mobile surgical services contract will help ensure rural patients continue to receive the care they need
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Southern DHB Tautoko Te Wiki o Te Reo (Southern DHB get behind Māori Language Week)

Thursday 30 July 2015, 11:00AM

Southern DHB is getting behind Māori Language week - Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (27 July to 2 August) again this year, with a host of celebrations and events planned to help staff improve their understanding and enjoyment of Māori language and culture
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TPPA implications for PHARMAC raise serious concerns for people with MS

Thursday 30 July 2015, 10:58AM

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) is extremely concerned by the potential implications of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for people with multiple sclerosis
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Marama Pala, noted Māori AIDS advocate, elected ICASO’s board chair

Thursday 30 July 2015, 10:48AM

The International Council of Aids Service Organizations is pleased to announce that Marama Pala has been elected chair of its board of directors
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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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