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May 2015

Reducing pain and increasing prevention great investment!

Friday 22 May 2015, 3:31PM

Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby is delighted to see an additional $12 million has been allocated to increasing elective surgery and $11m towards reducing pain and increasing prevention in yesterday’s Budget. She is now looking forward to seeing the details
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NZORD - the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Friday 22 May 2015, 3:30PM

Yesterday, founder and Executive Director, John Forman, announced that he is stepping down from his current position with The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders. NZORD is a not-for-profit that exists to inform and support rare disease families, improve their journey through the health and disability system and promote research into rare diseases
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A time to act: implementation solutions

Friday 22 May 2015, 10:20AM

The PHO Alliance is today presenting the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jonathan Coleman, with a copy of its latest publication A time to act: Implementation solutions
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Palliative care funds and services must filter to rural areas

Friday 22 May 2015, 9:27AM

“Elective surgery, more bowel cancer screening and additional palliative care funding are the health highlights in today’s Budget and are all commendable initiatives, but we need to ensure that funds and services filter through to rural communities,” says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton Kelly.
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Government fails - again - to invest in health workforce

Thursday 21 May 2015, 5:54PM

“The Government has failed, yet again, to use its Budget to invest in the health workforce which is the prime source of maintaining and improving the quality of patient care. This leaves hospital specialists to wonder what services might be compromised or even have to go,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)
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Stepping up for kids with special needs

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:43PM

The Government is investing an extra $62.9 million of operating funding over the next four years to better assist children with special education needs to learn and achieve, Education Minister Hekia Parata says
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Budget prevents Doctors from graduating

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:39PM

The release of Budget 2015 confirms the fears of medical students with future hopes of joining the medical workforce in New Zealand. They won't have the opportunity to finish their degrees. A Medical degree in New Zealand requires 6 years of study, making it the longest undergraduate degree in the country. Each year 30% of the class is selected by the universities from a pool of applicants with a previous degree
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$12.4m to extend bowel cancer screening pilot

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:37PM

Budget 2015 invests $12.4 million to extend the Waitemata District Health Board’s bowel cancer screening pilot to December 2017, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says
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$76.1m more for palliative care and hospices

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:36PM

An extra $76.1 million will be invested over four years to provide more hospice and palliative care services for New Zealanders, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says
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Further $113m boost for tertiary education, skills

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:32PM

Budget 2015 will provide a further $112.3 million of operating funding over four years and $1 million of capital funding to invest in knowledge and skills to grow New Zealand’s economy, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says
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Govt support for Canterbury rebuild now $16.5b

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:31PM

An additional $107.8 million operating funding over the next four years is provided in Budget 2015 for the Canterbury rebuild, cementing the Government’s commitment to the recovery effort
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National’s Budget ignores elephant in the room

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:28PM

The Budget’s focus is too short-term and ignores intergenerational issues, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
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Health investment increases to a record $15.9b

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:19PM

New Zealand’s health budget will reach a record $15.9 billion in the coming year, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says
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Workers are missing out

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:17PM

Workers are not prioritised in the seventh National Government Budget
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Budget 2015: At a Glance

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:15PM

Budget 2015 delivers careful management of public spending, hand in hand with investment in public services.
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Books in good shape as surplus nears

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:14PM

The Crown’s books are in good shape and on track to surplus as the Government maintains its careful and responsible management of public spending, Finance Minister Bill English says
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New broadband tax more wasteful spending

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:11PM

An extra $150 million is being pumped into a $300 million government rural broadband scheme despite officials admitting today they have no idea how many have people have been connected, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today
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Supporting children in hardship focus of Budget

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:09PM

The National-led Government’s seventh Budget continues to support New Zealanders while responsibly managing the growing economy and the Government’s finances, Prime Minister John Key says
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Minister of Finance Bill English Budget speech introduction

Thursday 21 May 2015, 2:06PM

Minister of Finance Bill English delivers the Budget 2015 speech introduction
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New company to advance potential treatment for cancer

Thursday 21 May 2015, 1:11PM

An immunotherapy technology for treating cancer and other diseases, jointly developed by Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has been patented and will be the initial focus of a newly-formed company
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Alcohol and breast cancer

Thursday 21 May 2015, 1:10PM

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer, accounting for more than 600 deaths every year and is the most common cancer in women
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New group targets child and adolescent diabetes care in the South Island

Thursday 21 May 2015, 1:05PM

A new working group has been established which brings together a team of professionals from the South Island health sector with a focus on child and adolescent diabetes care
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New research explores nature of wellbeing

Thursday 21 May 2015, 11:24AM

The natural environment is essential to our wellbeing, yet its role in this regard is often underappreciated, says Lincoln University researcher Dr Lin Roberts
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SimplHealth launches white paper on aged care

Thursday 21 May 2015, 11:22AM

A white paper released today by New Zealand health IT specialist, SimplHealth, calls for urgent changes to aged care and aged disability care to address the issue of providing the best healthcare for a growing elderly population
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Bay of Plenty paediatrician awarded top honour

Thursday 21 May 2015, 11:19AM

A Bay of Plenty paediatrician says his receipt of a prestigious Australasian award for services to rural medicine is a reflection of teamwork rather than individual accomplishment
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Coeliac disease testing arrives at Unichem and Life

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 9:13AM

Green Cross Health is now making it possible for people to get screened for coeliac disease quickly and conveniently at their local Unichem or Life pharmacy
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BOP eye doctor: dietry doctor key to saving sight for thousands of New Zealanders

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 9:08AM

Making simple dietary changes and stopping smoking could help to save thousands of New Zealanders’ sight every year, according to a leading Bay of Plenty ophthalmologist
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Public health doctors call for change to alcohol policies

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 2:58PM

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) hopes the government will respond to New Zealanders’ concerns about the social impact of alcohol abuse
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Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 2:17PM

Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs.
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Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 2:14PM

People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research
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New NZMA Chair confirmed

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 2:12PM

Dr Stephen Child, a Canadian-trained general physician with a respiratory interest, has today been confirmed as the new Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. Dr Child replaces Napier-based GP Dr Mark Peterson, who has completed his two-year tenure as Chair
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Vote Health’s operational funding needs a $549 million boost just to maintain services

Monday 18 May 2015, 4:17PM

Vote Health’s operational funding will need to increase by $549 million in this year’s Budget just to maintain the current levels of service. This is one of the key findings of a pre-Budget analysis of government health expenditure prepared by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and released today
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Pharmacy goes live with regional electronic system

Monday 18 May 2015, 1:14PM

After five years of scoping, planning and delivery Waikato Hospital Pharmacy joined the Midland Regional ePharmacy solution in early May
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5,500 more doctors and nurses in our hospitals

Monday 18 May 2015, 1:12PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country
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Updated strategy for older people under way

Thursday 14 May 2015, 9:52AM

An updated Health of Older People Strategy will be completed by the end of the year, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says
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New Zealand Ministry of Health selects IBM Cloud

Thursday 14 May 2015, 9:49AM

IBM contracted to deliver highly secure cloud solutions for government in New Zealand
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State-of-the-art drug testing laboratory to open in Auckland

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 2:44PM

Driven by the growing demand for drugs of abuse testing solutions in Australasia, two world leading drug testing agencies have joined forces to open a state-of-the-art laboratory in New Zealand
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5 million people live with it worldwide, do you know what it is?

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 2:41PM

To mark this year’s World IBD Day, on May 19, New Zealand and more than 40 countries across the globe are coming together to take part in a video campaign as a unified effort to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
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Two measles cases confirmed in Hamilton

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 2:40PM

Waikato District Health Board’s public health unit has been notified of two cases of measles in the same family
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Men’s Health Week 8-14 June 2015 – Save the date!

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 2:05PM

Men’s Health Week is underway again this year to encourage New Zealand men to get proactive about improving their health and well-being
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