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November 2015

Further consultation on the table for wording of clause 6.9 Code of Ethics 2011

Thursday 26 November 2015, 4:57PM

Over the past months, the Pharmacy Council has consulted widely about the proposed supplementary wording for clause 6.9 in the Pharmacy Code of Ethics 2011 which relates to complementary and alternative medicines, Pharmacy Council of New Zealand chair Andrew Bary says
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Auckland CBD home to newest ‘high-brow’ pharmacy

Thursday 26 November 2015, 3:30PM

City-goers can now pick up their prescription, shop a curated selection of beauty and health brands and get their eyebrows shaped in one quick visit to the latest high-end pharmacy to open in downtown Auckland
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Brain research conference being held in Auckland

Thursday 26 November 2015, 12:49PM

Leading brain researchers have gathered in Auckland for the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference which is being held in New Zealand for the first time
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Public warned on dangers of synthetic cannabinoids

Thursday 26 November 2015, 12:47PM

Waitemata DHB is warning the public of synthetic cannabinoids’ dangerous effects and the risks that people take by using these drugs
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Guideline for reducing antibiotic prescribing in self-limiting respiratory tract infections

Thursday 26 November 2015, 11:42AM

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says a new guideline will help to support General Practitioners in adopting delayed or no antibiotic prescribing strategies for patients with self-limiting respiratory tract infections
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Tool to help early detection and management of Chronic Kidney Disease

Thursday 26 November 2015, 11:39AM

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says an electronic decision support tool will help General Practitioners improve the detection and management of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
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“Fear of missing out” linked to alcohol harm in students

Thursday 26 November 2015, 11:33AM

University students who have a greater “fear of missing out” (FoMO) are much more likely to experience negative consequences from drinking alcohol, new University of Otago psychology research suggests
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ED and Women’s Refuge team up to take on domestic violence

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 3:04PM

Wellington Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) now has 24/7 support for victims of domestic violence, thanks to a new partnership with Wellington Women’s Refuge
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Minister launches Healthy Families Rotorua

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 11:29AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched Healthy Families Rotorua at Rotorua Primary School
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NZ Skeptics announce Bent Spoon award

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 10:51AM

The Pharmacy Council has been awarded the 2015 Bent Spoon Award from the NZ Skeptics for proposing a change to their Code of Ethics that would allow the sale of healthcare products that have not been shown to work
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Medical community unites to support ending violence against women

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 10:17AM

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is one of 22 medical colleges and peak health bodies in Australia and New Zealand who have released a joint statement in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign
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Southern DHB Staff Show Support For White Ribbon Day

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 2:59PM

This Wednesday (25 November) is White Ribbon Day and the Southern District Health Board’s Violence Intervention Programme team is already on the job with a series of initiatives to show support for Violence Free Families
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Largest ever study of alcohol harm in EDs reveals huge toll

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 2:51PM

Research conducted by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has found that, at peak times, one in eight presentations to emergency departments (EDs) is alcohol related
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New Zealand’s Health Care Home gains international interest

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 2:46PM

The New Zealand Health Care Home and its harnessing of data to improve long term health outcomes gained international attention at a recent conference in Sydney
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ANZCOR calls for comment on resuscitation guidelines

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 2:43PM

The Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR) invites comments on revised and new guidelines that are currently in draft form
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Southern Cross Cracks Down on Suspicious Claims

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 12:52PM

Southern Cross Health Society is cracking down on suspicious claiming and poor billing practices with the introduction and promotion of a new 0800 number – 0800 420 055
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Rangiora Health Hub officially opened

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 12:21PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today officially opened the Rangiora Health Hub which provides high quality maternity services and flexi beds for patients with a range of needs in North Canterbury
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WDHB acknowledges mixed results for 2015/16 Quarter One national health targets

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 11:26AM

Following a busy winter, it’s to the credit of Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff that they met the Ministry of Health’s 95 percent target for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments, says WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson
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Tunstall Healthcare expands services in New Zealand

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 11:02AM

Global provider of telehealth and connected care services, Tunstall Healthcare, has recently expanded its New Zealand operation
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NZ leading the way on heart and diabetes checks

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 10:11AM

New Zealand’s health sector should pat itself on the back for reaching a major milestone in the fight to reduce our country’s high rates of cardiovascular disease, says the Heart Foundation
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Heart & diabetes checks health target met

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 9:22AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show the more heart and diabetes checks target was met for the first time
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Green Cross Health shows support for Auckland Pharmacy Students

Monday 23 November 2015, 3:53PM

Green Cross Health was today very proud to support the Auckland Pharmacy Student Association‘s (APSA) completion brunch, held at the Crew Club in Auckland
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Orion Health takes on Director of Strategy & Partnerships, New Zealand

Monday 23 November 2015, 3:50PM

NZX listed company Orion Health has announced the employment of globally renowned partnership and healthcare expert Kate Reid, as its Director of Strategy and Partnerships, New Zealand
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Auditor-General’s report published: Delivering scheduled services to patients – Progress in responding to the Auditor-General’s recommendation

Monday 23 November 2015, 3:45PM

In 2011, we published a report that looked at the progress that the Ministry of Health and district health boards (DHBs) had made towards achieving the objectives of a strategy released in 2000 to reduce waiting times for public hospital elective services
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Beards Beat Bowel Cancer through the month of December

Monday 23 November 2015, 3:42PM

Decembeard™, Bowel Cancer New Zealand’s hairiest fundraising campaign, is back for 2015
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Stroke prevention strategy needs overhaul

Monday 23 November 2015, 3:40PM

The case for government intervention and a regulatory approach to reduce the incidence of stroke in New Zealand is urgent, says the Stroke Foundation
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Trafford Care Coordination Centre, built on Orion Health technology, set to go live

Monday 23 November 2015, 11:35AM

In July this year, Orion Health signed a contract with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) that will support the groundbreaking Trafford Care Co-ordination Centre (TCCC) on behalf of NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
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Dickens classic used in the battle with dementia

Friday 20 November 2015, 4:00PM

A dementia specialist, a linguist and Ryman Healthcare have teamed up together to produce a book they hope will help revive the joy of reading for people with dementia
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Auckland Medical Research Foundation marks 60th Anniversary

Friday 20 November 2015, 3:33PM

In 1955 an extraordinary group of 77 foundation members each donated 50 pounds to a capital fund for Auckland led medical research
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Guild supports striking hospital pharmacists

Friday 20 November 2015, 12:04PM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) is supportive of hospital pharmacists in Auckland who took strike action this week in protest of unfair work demands and pay rates
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Groups provide input for Primary and Community Health Plan

Thursday 19 November 2015, 12:51PM

The regions health sector leaders are agreed on a collaborative approach to developing a Primary and Community Health Plan for Nelson Marlborough
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Study identifies new risk factors for stroke

Thursday 19 November 2015, 11:51AM

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified new risk factors for secondary stroke in patients who have suffered a ‘mini-stroke’ or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
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WDHB male staff members to show support for White Ribbon Day

Thursday 19 November 2015, 11:45AM

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) male staff members have committed to take time out from their jobs on Tuesday 24 November to help publicise this year’s White Ribbon Day
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PSA postgraduate pharmacy qualifications in leadership and management now offered to New Zealand pharmacists

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 5:03PM

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) along with the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) are excited to annouce a joint collaboration for exclusive access for New Zealand pharmacists to formal postgraduate education in leadership and management, tailored especially for pharmacy
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Chocolate and chewing gum: anaesthetists lead the way in patient comfort

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 3:55PM

A chocolate-flavoured sedative for children and the use of chewing gum to stop nausea after an anaesthetic are two novel research projects that have just received funding by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
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Natural Health Store Misleads Consumers Over Homeopathy

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 10:56AM

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads for homeopathy from New Zealand natural health store “HealthPost” were misleading
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New watch saves diabetics’ time

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 10:48AM

An innovative monitoring system for diabetes sufferers designed by a Victoria University of Wellington student was one of the top 20 international entries in the prestigious James Dyson Award
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COPD to become third leading cause of death by 2030

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 10:32AM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is set to become the third leading cause of death worldwide in the next 15 years, and New Zealand currently has the second highest hospitalisation rate for the disease in the OECD
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Patients receive faster care, closer to home through new joint DHB/PHO funding initiative

Tuesday 17 November 2015, 2:38PM

Women needing medical help to investigate and relieve some menstrual problems and pelvic organ prolapse can now receive faster care, closer to home through a local GP practice
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Programme results in more staff/patient time

Tuesday 17 November 2015, 11:05AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says health staff are spending more time with patients as a result of an innovative quality improvement programme
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