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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dad with MS makes remarkable recovery from risky treatment ( - National) MS sufferer Nick Perkins tells of his "phenomenal recovery" after stem cell treatment in Singapore earlier this year.

Hawke's Bay paratyphoid cases grow as tangi link revealed (The New Zealand Herald) The number people infected with paratyphoid fever continues to rise, with 10 cases now confirmed by the Hawke's Bay District Health Board. The first three hospitalisations for the typhoid-like illness were two weeks ago.

2018 start for revamp of 'substandard' resort hospital (Otago Daily Times) Work on an extension and revamp of Queenstown's "substandard'' Lakes District Hospital will start next year. While details remain sparse, Southern District Health Board deputy commissioner Richard Thomson confirmed the price-tag was ``definitely north of $5million''.

Health service at a crossroads (The New Zealand Herald) New Zealand community pharmacies under threat from international players eyeing the local market - and impending de-regulation - are at a crossroads, industry experts believe.

Whanganui hospital stoush erupts after referral error (The New Zealand Herald) A stoush has erupted between an injured woman and Whanganui District Health Board, with both sides claiming the other has made errors and misleading or incorrect statements.

Model of machine behind Timaru Hospital fire previously caused fire at aged care facility (The Timaru Herald) A 35-year-old machine that caught fire at Timaru Hospital in June had not been replaced after a machine of the same model started an earlier fire at the Talbot Park aged care facility.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hospitals to gauge people’s snackisfaction (Newsie) Capital & Coast DHB will survey staff, patients and visitors to find out how happy they are with the retail cafés operating on hospital grounds.

Residents, MP call for a 24-hour medical facility in Papamoa  (The New Zealand Herald) Papamoa residents are calling for a 24-hour medical facility to be built in the area, and they have the support of their local MP.

Prostate wait time warning last year  (Otago Daily Times) Southern District Health Board bosses were warned last year prostate cancer wait times were "not pretty" and could become public.

Family of severely disabled boy campaign to access medicinal cannabis  (The New Zealand Herald) At one point, Jakeb Adams was having up to 500 seizures a day. The 14-year-old has epilepsy, autism and the mental age of an 18-month-old. His mum Melany Adams is desperate to give her son medicinal cannabis.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Modelling our hearts (University of Auckland) Recent television advertisements graphically illustrate what someone might look like when they are having a heart attack. Now University of Auckland researchers can show us what a live beating heart looks like when it’s having a heart attack.

Otago Uni research finds steroids in supplements  (Otago Daily Times) steriods_getty.jpg At least six sports supplements on sale in New Zealand and Australia contain anabolic steroids not declared on their labels, University of Otago research has found.

October is breast cancer awareness month  (Waikato Business News) Breast cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand women. There are over 3000 women (and 20-30 men) diagnosed in New Zealand each year.

New Hillcrest Medical Centre (Waikato Business News) Hillcrest Medical Centre has moved into our new premises. The new building combines the medical centre’s three previous sites into one. It has a purpose built minor surgery operating theatre and a large training space for GP registrars and graduate and trainee nurses.

Waikato DHB's building upgrade hit by budget blowout  ( - National) A major refit of Hamilton's former Farmers Building has been marred by cost overruns. Waikato DHB is currently refurbishing the large office block on the corner of Alexandra and Collingwood streets.

First robot-assisted knee surgery has patient working and walking two weeks later  (The New Zealand Herald) The country's first robot-assisted partial knee replacement surgery was performed successfully last month. Drainlayer Adam Squire was the first to have the ground-breaking operation at North Shore Hospital on August 15.

Vensa Health a finalist in NZ Health IT Innovation Awards  (Business Scoop) Vensa Health, a leading New Zealand health software company, has been named as a finalist in the 2nd annual New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) Innovation Awards.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Stroke support in Gisborne (The Gisborne Herald) For second year, an awareness campaign has resulted in St John being called to more people suspected to be having a stroke.

Man dies day after being sent home from hospital  (Newsie) A 62-year-old man died at home in his bed 17-and-a-half hours after being sent home from a hospital emergency department.

Physio shortages mean changes to services  (Newsie) A national shortage of DHB-based physiotherapists is leading the West Coast DHB to implement temporary changes to services for patients.

Pre-menstrual syndrome in women 'not normal' - Kiwi nutritionist (Newshub) The director of one of New Zealand's largest natural health clinics has revealed research that suggests pre-menstrual syndrome, that happens right before a women's period, is not normal.

Kiwi scientists to make Star Trek gadget a reality  (The New Zealand Herald) A handheld gadget used to scan for diseases in the sci-fi series Star Trek could soon become reality, with a new Kiwi study targeting our high rates of skin cancer.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Thousands wait in vain  (Otago Daily Times) More than 3100 patients of Southern District Health Board are overdue for an eye follow-up appointment as the board continues to deal with a crisis in its ophthalmology service.

Dunedin will get its hospital: Woodhouse (Otago Daily Times) National list MP Michael Woodhouse is staking his career on Dunedin getting a new hospital if his party retains power after coalition talks with New Zealand First.

Celo, Vensa and Orion Health named NZHIT award finalists  ( Cutting-edge, lifechanging e-health companies Celo, Vensa and Orion Health have been named finalists in the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) annual innovation awards.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Coleman accused of 'snubbing' sugary drink tax plan  (The New Zealand Herald) Obesity researchers have accused Health Minister Jonathan Coleman of "snubbing" a 10,000-strong petition calling for a sugary drink tax - and their suggestions to make one work.

Vital releases Annual Report  (NZX Markets) Vital Healthcare Property Trust has today provided the NZX with a copy of the Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017.

First study of inflammatory bowel disease rates in Kiwi kids  (NZ Doctor) Rates of debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease among South Island children are up to three times higher than their North Island counterparts, the first New Zealand prevalence study has found.

New study shows general practices at health training capacity (NZ Doctor) A comprehensive survey in the lower North Island and South Island has revealed that general practices, although crucial for teaching our future health professionals, are at training capacity.

Pregnant women are not getting enough Omega-3  (Scoop) The first ever study on the intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnant women in New Zealand, has found only 30 per cent are getting the recommended daily amount.

BabyStart Boxes Gifted As Parenting Course Completed  (Auckland Scoop) On September 20, ten young mums and whānau celebrated at Te Ora Hou as they completed a seven week Noho Rangimarie/Living in Harmony course teaching them everything they need to know about pregnancy.

Silent protest targets hospital staffing  (Otago Daily Times) A rally outside Dunedin Hospital this morning was necessarily a silent protest: the picketers were all cardboard cut-outs.

NZNO 2017 Award for Nursing and Midwifery  ( This year there are two recipients of the NZNO Services to Nursing and Midwifery Award. Dr Helen Snell and Pepe Sinclair.

Oamaru mumps cases contained  (Otago Daily Times) A small cluster of mumps cases in Oamaru appears to be contained. Public Health South said there had been seven confirmed cases of mumps in Oamaru.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wellington's brightest off to prestigious university thanks to scholarship win  ( - National) Nearly a million dollars in scholarship money is set to change the lives of three Wellington-based students.

Be A STAR & Walk for Breast Cancer  (Auckland Scoop) Pink Star Walkers are getting ready to line the streets pink for breast cancer at the 2017 Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Pink Star Walks in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Otago study finds solving obesity epidemic can start at home  ( Fighting the wave of adolescent obesity in New Zealand could be as simple as establishing family rules and routine.

NZ’s third leading cause of death on the back burner  (Scoop) Ministry of Health targets are reviewed annually to ensure they align with health priorities, however New Zealand’s third leading cause of death still has no defined national health target with dedicated funding behind it.

Contractor dumped from Christchurch Hospital building says it will 'finish' his business ( - Business Day) A man behind a firm contracted to work on Christchurch Hospital's new acute services building says his business is "finished" after the contract was cancelled with two days' notice.

Population growth presents 'once in a lifetime opportunity' (The New Zealand Herald) Districts under the banner of Horizons Regional Council are experiencing a population boom, with the highest numbers reported in more than 25 years. The area, which includes Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua, Rangitikei and Whanganui, is now home to 236,900 people.

Ashburton shooting contributes to $7m increase in Waikato DHB office refurbishment (The New Zealand Herald) Significant security upgrades to avoid another Ashburton shooting have contributed to costs doubling for a district health board office block renovation.

FAST campaign increases stroke awareness  ( Minister Jonathan Coleman says a nationwide stroke awareness campaign has seen more New Zealanders reporting suspected strokes.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Convicted ADHB fraudster sentenced to community work  (Radio New Zealand) A former DHB manager who stole money and billed for security at his daughter's birthday party has been sentenced to community service and a curfew.

3.6 million Kiwis benefit from Pharmac’s model  ( Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows that Pharmac is delivering more subsidised medicines, benefiting around 3.6 million Kiwis.

National and international experts to gather in Tauranga for psychiatry conference  (NZ Doctor) Media release from RANZCP - Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference.

DHB deficits under wraps   (The Timaru Herald) The Ministry of Health has received District Health Board financial results for the last two months but is refusing to release them before the election.

Breaking news: Rest homes overfunded by $34m while others face closure (Aged Care and Retirement Insite) A leaked Ministry of Health document reveals that the majority of New Zealand rest homes are likely to be overfunded for their pay equity costs by a total of more than $34 million per year.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Waitemata DHB denies woman abortion  (NZ Doctor) The Wireless has revealed an Auckland woman says a North Shore hospital counsellor prevented her from accessing abortion by refusing to allow her to see certifying consultants. The woman was 18 weeks pregnant.

Celebrating World Dietitian Day at Waikato DHB   ( These days the word "diet" is often associated with fads and fashions. Anyone can be an instant nutrition expert, thanks to Google and websites full of pseudo-science.

New Zealand's cancer death gender gap ( - Business Day) The number of men dying from cancer has always surpassed that of women by a steady margin. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in New Zealand and is likely to play a role in this gap.

Thousands face long wait for eye clinic appointments (MSN NZ) More than 9000 patients are still waiting one and a half times longer than intended for follow-up eye appointments nationwide. The figure was obtained by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists under the Official Information Act.

Havelock North gastro outbreak prompts in-depth HRC study  (Hawke's Bay Today - NZ Herald) A new in-depth analysis of last year's Havelock North gastro outbreak has received government funding, with the aim of helping health officials, local authorities and communities be better prepared for any such outbreaks in the future.

Norovirus outbreak suspected at Whakatane Hospital   (The New Zealand Herald) A suspected norovirus outbreak has hit Whakatane's Acute Care Unit. The Bay of Plenty District Health Board says infection control measures are in place, including the restriction of access to the unit by both visitors and staff.

Hospital rebuild will be a tricky proposition   (Otago Daily Times) David Clark has spent a lot of time attacking National over Dunedin Hospital. With his chance of being health minister boosted by Jacinda Ardern’s leadership, he may soon have to defend it, reports Eileen Goodwin.

Researchers find the key to loss of smell with Parkinson’s disease   ( University of Auckland research has found an anatomical link for the loss of the sense of smell in Parkinson’s disease.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Jonathan Coleman: Hospitals in good shape (Newstalk ZB) The Health Minister is adamant the country's hospitals are in good heart. That's despite anecdotal evidence to the contrary.

Chart: Fatal flu  (The Timaru Herald) There are far fewer New Zealanders dying of influenza and pneumonia than three decades ago, although the number of fatalities has begun to rise in recent years.

Perfect storm threatens aged-care sector  (Otago Daily Times) By 2026, New Zealand will need an extra 10,000 caregivers to help care for the 20,000 additional residents expected to be living in aged-care facilities around New Zealand.

'Fake psychiatrist' to be sentenced  (MSN NZ) The man who faked his psychiatry qualifications to work at Waikato Hospital more than two years ago is about to be sentenced.

Free eye tests for 1000+ Northland kids  (The New Zealand Herald) The eyes are one of the most important tools for learning. And at least 130 Northland children will have sharper tools after free eye testing found they needed glasses.

Splicing and dicing  (Otago Daily Times) Gene editing has the potential to reshape us and our world forever. Bruce Munro talks to Otago-trained bioethicist Josephine Johnston about the role New Zealand could have in deciding how best to play God.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Dick Rd ‘gas leak’ scare becomes range of medical conditions  (Otago Daily Times) Emergency services rushed to a house on Otago Peninsula yesterday after a range of medical events was initially reported as relating to a gas leak, police say.

Helping small businesses manage health and safety risks – one shop at a time  (MSC NewsWire) WorkSafe has just launched two new businesses to its highly-successful ‘Around the Block’ tool – a free online tool which has been developed to help small and medium sized Kiwi businesses manage workplace health and safety risks. 

Purpose built facility for cancer treatment  ( Plans for a purpose-built facility for people who need chemotherapy and other day stay treatments have been finalised.

Death suspects still at DHB  (The Timaru Herald) Three nurses who are suspects in a police homicide inquiry are still employed by Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Better trauma care could save lives in the South  (Otago Daily Times) Up to six lives could be saved every year in Otago and Southland through planned changes to trauma care, Dunedin intensive care specialist Mike Hunter says.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Southland Maori unite to fight suicide  ( - National) More than 600 Kiwis took their own lives in the 2016-17 year, up from 579 the previous year, with Māori over-represented in the suicide statistics.

The urgent care centre for non-urgent cases  ( - National) A solution to Blenheim's backed-up emergency department, a result of the town's ongoing doctor drought, is really quite simple - a less serious emergency department next door.

Baby dies after caesarean delay  (MSN NZ) Questions are being raised about how Waikato Hospital is being managed after it was revealed a baby died due a lack of available delivery suites.

Northland mumps cases highest in years  (The New Zealand Herald) Ten cases of mumps have been reported in Northland this winter as an outbreak of the illness sweeps communities in Auckland and further afield.

Mental health support needed for rural communities - The Country - The Country News (The New Zealand Herald) More targeted funding is needed to support rural communities with mental health challenges.

Long shifts allowed, no harm to patients, investigation reveals  (The New Zealand Herald) An investigation into a Whanganui surgeon's 16-hour long shift says no patients were placed at risk and does not recommend extended shifts be stopped from happening in the future.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Taumarunui ED under huge pressure  ( - National) In the past year the emergency department has treated almost 5500 people - the equivalent of the town's entire population.

Sepsis – have you heard of this common killer?  ( Waikato District Health Board – ReleaseSepsis – have you heard of this common killer?

Woman with new face hospitalised with suspected kidney failure  ( - National) The woman whose face was reconstructed in major surgery nearly a month ago has been hospitalised with suspected kidney failure, her husband says.

Kiwis' cholesterol levels set to benefit from new food innovation  ( A new innovation to a breakfast food first introduced almost 90 years ago will see the country’s most popular cereal brand introduce a new product containing plant sterols which are clinically proven to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol by up to nine per cent in four weeks.

Patea Clicks: Finding GPs down the wire and more from New Zealand Doctor  (NZ Doctor) Everybody knows Patea for its Maori club and the song “Poi E”; more recently it became famous for taking on new health technology.

Wellington hosts palliative care nursing scholar  (NZ Doctor) Kat Groenewald has become the latest nurse to receive a prestigious scholarship to develop her specialist palliative care skills.

Research backs Whānau Ora benefits ( New research from Lincoln University and Ihi Research shows every dollar invested in Whānau Ora (WO) initiatives could return $7 to the national economy, as well as societal benefits.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

'Kia ora, Dunedin Hospital'  (Otago Daily Times) Dunedin Hospital has taken a leaf out of Shortland Street's book and people ringing the hospital this week can expect to be greeted with the words ``Kia ora, Dunedin Hospital''.

New contract for Maori health provider a boost  (Otago Daily Times) A new contract for Central Otago health provider Uruuruwhenua Health (UH) will help improve Maori health outcomes and complement existing projects, those at the coalface say.

Pacific community hit hardest by Auckland mumps outbreak  ( - National) Auckland's largest mumps outbreak in years is affecting the Pacific Island community worst. 

Taranaki DHB statement on HDC finding  (NZ Doctor) “Taranaki DHB and Fulford Radiology Services regret these events that occurred in 2013 and 2015.

Foreign nationals rack up $3m debt at DHB  ( - National) The Southern District Health Board is using debt collectors to recover money owed by foreign nationals.

Unique retirement village set to open its doors in Rotorua  ( - Business Day) More freedom and a sense of normality is what family and residents of the new dementia and aged care village in Ngongotaha are looking forward to when doors open in a few days time.

Good vibrations reduce muscle aches  ( New research from Massey University’s College of Health shows wearable vibration technology can reduce muscle aches and pain after strenuous exercise, benefiting those suffering from tired and sore bodies.

Predictive tool to help manage New Zealand’s melanoma crisis  (NZ Doctor) A melanoma expert says a tool for general practitioners that uses just eight primary factors to predict people’s risk of developing a melanoma could identify 80 percent of melanomas and reduce deaths from the disease.

Friday, 9 September 2017

Youth clinic forced to turn hundreds away  (MSN NZ) A Wellington one-stop youth health clinic has had to turn about 800 people away because a lack of funding means it cannot take any new clients.

New health research unit to be based in Kaitaia  (NZ Doctor) A unique health research partnership was announced today between the Moko Foundation, a Kaitaia-based organisation led by Dr Lance O’Sullivan, and the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, one of New Zealand’s national centres of research excellence.

Vote 2017: The Big Issues - watch a rundown of the parties' health policies  (The New Zealand Herald) There's no easy answer when it comes to figuring out how best to cater for the health needs of a rapidly growing and ageing population. Our health system will always have room for improvement and every three years the country's politicians all weigh in with their opinions.

Growth charts for NZ children to undergo mobile makeover (Scoop) Precision Driven Health, Cure Kids and A Better Start combine to tackle childhood obesity A novel interactive growth chart for babies and young children is being developed in a bid to help tackle childhood obesity in New Zealand.

Analysis of Health Promoting Schools shows clear educational benefits  ( Independent analysis has found that the Health Promoting Schools service is having a hugely positive impact on student outcomes.

Generous grants available for health charities  (Auckland Scoop) Registered charities helping to improve the health and well-being of Aucklanders can apply for grants of $20,000 or more from the ProCare Charitable Foundation, open from today.

GP shortage predicted as doctors retire - The Country - The Country News  (The New Zealand Herald) New Zealand's GP shortage is set to worsen as almost half the doctors intend to retire in the next 10 years, a new study shows.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Call to cut DHBs by half  (Otago Daily Times) New Zealand has too many district health boards and they should be cut by half to free up desperately needed health dollars, says one board member.

Hospitals 'not keeping up'  (The Timaru Herald) As Palmerston North Hospital Hospital battles capacity issues, including an overflowing emergency department, reporter Georgia Forrester asks candidates whether its facilities are up to scratch.

Philip Morris to go to trial over 'Heets'  (Newstalk ZB) American cigarette maker Philip Morris will face a trial in March over importing and selling an allegedly illegal tobacco product in New Zealand.

Canterbury DHB welcomes news of new mental health facilities  ( Canterbury DHB Board chair Dr John Wood is delighted that the Indicative Business Case for new mental health facilities has been approved. "This gives us the green light to move forward to the next stage, which is preparing a Detailed Business Case.

Waikato DHB regains obstetrics, gynaecology accreditation  ( - National) Waikato Hospital has overhauled the workload of junior doctors in orthopaedics following concerns it could lose its training accreditation.

New fatigue fighting tool offers MS patients hope  ( new app is now available to help those with multiple sclerosis (MS) cope with fatigue.

Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and Brain Health (Scoop) A Free Public Lecture Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and Brain Health When: Tuesday, September 12 7pm Where: AMRF Auditorium, Ground Floor, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences ,The University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Mental health initiatives put together (Scoop) A calendar of mental health and suicide prevention trainings, workshops and programmes is being published to mark this weekend’s World Suicide Prevention Day (Sunday 10 September).

Colds, sprains, fill emergency department  (NZ City) Taumarunui Hospital's emergency department has treated as many people as the town's population, due to people coming in with colds, sore throats and sprains.

Patient portal registrations more than double  ( Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of people signing up for a patient portal at their general practice has more than doubled over the last year.

Newly approved anti-cancer drug highlights New Zealand research excellence  ( The recent approval in Japan of an anti-cancer drug discovered in Wellington has put the global spotlight on New Zealand research and our scientists

Wanaka doctors report elective surgery waiting list distress  ( - National) Wanaka doctors say a rebuild of Dunedin Public Hospital is "overdue" and "exciting news" but they continue to hold concerns for Central Otago patients unable to access medical care and elective procedures.

Calls for 'complex' abortion laws to be overhauled: 'It's bizarre that abortion is still under the Crimes Act' (TVNZ) The chief executive of Family Planning thinks it's "bizarre" that abortion is still under the Crimes Act in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Study will tackle long term illness treatment  (Waatea News) Maori and Pasifika with long-term health conditions such as diabetes and respiratory conditions could benefit for new research projects funded through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.

Squeeze on Wellington's top-rated office stock  ( - Business Day) The New Zealand Medical Association's building at 26 The Terrace was completely rebuilt after the November shake-up. ..some much-needed Grade A office space in the capital.

Claim doctors not consulted on plan  (Otago Daily Times) The plan in place to reshape care at Oamaru Hospital is flawed from its lack of input by doctors, senior doctors' union executive director Ian Powell says.

Christchurch group give up mobility to support World Spinal Cord Injury Day (Newstalk ZB) It's World Spinal Cord Injury Day today and a group of Christchurch workers are giving up full mobility to experience life in someone else's seat.

Right to consider funding model  (Otago Daily Times) What does a PPP for Dunedin hospital mean? Infrastructure New Zealand chief executive Stephen Selwood explains. That a PPP (public-private partnership) is to be considered for the new Dunedin hospital is no surprise.

New unit to relieve pressure on ED opens  (Otago Daily Times) Some Dunedin Hospital emergency department patients will be diverted to a new unit if they do not require urgent ED treatment.

New care model ‘not good enough’ (Otago Daily Times) The new model of care for the Waitaki district is flawed, writes Peter Rodwell. If an organisation is hoping to develop and install a new business model or in this instance a "new model of care" there are four important precursors.

Friday, 1 September 2017

HealthCare NZ to acquire Geneva Healthcare (Scoop) The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for HealthCare of New Zealand Holdings Limited (HealthCare NZ) to acquire 100% of the shares in Geneva Healthcare Limited and its related companies.

Pilot to reduce methamphetamine harm launched in Whangarei  (The New Zealand Herald) Making Northland methamphetamine free is the aim of a new pilot programme between police and the Northland District Health Board.

Out-of-date jabs  (Mountain Scene) Human error is being blamed for patients getting expired vaccinations at Queenstown Medical Centre earlier this month.

Critical facility exists to give peace a chance  (Otago Daily Times) Let’s talk, study — and work — for peace, writes Jeremy Simons.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Domestic violence drives surge in demand for social workers at Christchurch Hospital emergency department  ( - National) Demand for after-hours social workers at Christchurch Hospital's emergency department (ED) has nearly doubled in the last year, a new report shows.

Competition for rural medical school  (NZ Farmers Weekly) The country’s two medical schools will face competition for the right to host the Government’s proposed new School of Rural Medicine.

Waikato midwives deserting the service  (Newstalk ZB) A shortage of Waikato midwives is reaching breaking point for the region. Many have had enough and are leaving in their droves.

Free specialist clinic combats health urgency criteria  (Radio New Zealand) The public health system is over-stretched and some people need help to get answers to serious problems more quickly, a Whakatāne surgeon says.

'The pain is gone, I can sleep'  (The Timaru Herald) Without the Canterbury Charity Hospital and its volunteer surgeons disabled woman Genevieve Turner says she would be in constant pain and house bound.

Asbestos cost $5.5m  (Otago Daily Times) The cost of dealing with asbestos has reached almost $5.5million at Dunedin Hospital as an internal report reveals it took at least 10 days to change a light fitting.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Rival bids by varsities  (Otago Daily Times) Universities will compete to train an extra 60 doctors each year in a new School of Rural Medicine. The contested process to set up the new school was announced yesterday by the Government in response to the University of Waikato’s push to establish its own medical school.

Paul Hutchison: Next PM should pick up child health plan agreed by all parties  (The New Zealand Herald) Dr Paul Hutchison, a former National MP, was chair of the health select committee.

Suicide rate remains "stubbornly high"  (The New Zealand Herald) Northland's suicide figures are at their highest level ever - following a national trend the chief coroner has called "stubbornly high".

Announcement sidesteps parochial issue  (Otago Daily Times) A tricky election issue involving parochial sensitivities has been deftly handled by kicking the can down the road.

SDHB breached patient's rights  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern District Health Board and a psychiatrist breached the patients’ code of rights in their care of a woman who died, the Mental Health Commissioner has found.

Monday, 28 August 2017

International praise for Canterbury DHB contrasts with heavy-handed message here  (NZ Doctor) “It’s ironic that Canterbury’s public health system is being praised internationally for its vision and performance even as it faces ongoing attacks in New Zealand,” says Ian Powell.


Doctors still make top dollar  (The Timaru Herald) Becoming a doctor is one of the most lucrative career changes you can make. According to the latest figures from Seek, general practitioners remain the top earners in New Zealand. And GPs in Canterbury are earning more than anyone, with an average salary of almost $142,000 in the year to July.

Northland DHB seeking approval to build a primary care facility in Kawakawa   (NZ Doctor) At this month’s meeting the Board approved the proposal to seek approval from the Ministry of Health and Capital Investment Committee to complete the construction of a primary care facility on site at Bay of Islands Hospital, including an outpatient suite if possible.

Southern DHB to launch ‘Hello my name is’ campaign  (Scoop) The simple act of introducing yourself is the inspiration behind the ‘Hello my name is’ campaign, being launched by Southern DHB today, in an effort to better connect with patients.

Many protest health PPP  (Otago Daily Times) A protest against a new health facility in Westport attracted a big turnout on Saturday. Several thousand people turned up at the protest, according to a post on the Buller Experiment Facebook page.

Healthy Questions to ask   (Otago Daily Times) The issue of public health services in the South — including the state of our main hospital in Dunedin — has dominated discussions and headlines of late.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Screening programme will save lives (The Timaru Herald) After much anticipation, the roll-out of the free National Bowel Screening Programme began last month.

Pacific Edge investors have plenty of questions  (Otago Daily Times) Investors in Dunedin cancer diagnostic company Pacific Edge turned up the heat on management yesterday, during its usually conservative annual shareholders meeting.

Nurses against PPP rebuild  (Otago Daily Times) Nurses have joined senior doctors in opposing a privatised rebuild of Dunedin Hospital.

Editorial: Will there be health cuts and will they hurt?  ( - National) EDITORIAL: One hundred million here, another 200 million there. But why talk about millions when you can talk about billions?

Letters: What about SDHB elections?  ( A question for the political candidates in the Southern region. The Minister sacked the Southern District Health Board several years ago and installed a group of Commissioners.

Meet the new PHO faces  (The Timaru Herald) Four new Marlborough Primary Health Organisation board members were selected last month, and they come from varied backgrounds.


12 cases of mumps confirmed  (Otago Daily Times) Public Health South has issued a formal notification about the mumps outbreak. There have been 12 confirmed cases in Dunedin, most of them at the University of Otago, the authority said in a statement yesterday.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Cancer patient plans health watchdog group  (Otago Daily Times) An Otago man who is recovering in Mercy Hospital after urgent cancer surgery plans to set up a health watchdog group.

Dunedin, Dunstan lead in ultra sound wait times  (Otago Daily Times) Some patients requiring acute ultrasounds at Dunedin Hospital are waiting up to eight days to receive them instead of having them on the same day, as recommended by Ministry of Health guidelines, figures released under the Official Information Act show.

‘No health cuts’ even as budgets blow out (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says ‘‘there will be no cuts to services’’ around the country despite sector sources predicting massive deficits for district health boards (DHBs) this financial year.

District health board’s call is the sensible one  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Coming on the eve of next month’s general election, the South Canterbury District Health Board’s (SCDHB) decision to pursue a phased full rebuild of Timaru Hospital seems a wise one.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Police investigating after mattress set alight    (Otago Daily Times) The Dunedin CIB is investigating after a mattress was set alight in a secure mental health ward at Wakari Hospital, resulting in four staff members needing hospital treatment after inhaling the toxic fumes.

David Seymour’s Bill a Threat to the Lives of the Disabled    (Scoop) Media Release Tuesday 22nd August 2017 Our disabled brothers and sisters know that a very real threat associated with the David Seymour Euthanasia bill, is that in allowing doctors to kill the disabled

Services won't be cut at Canterbury DHB - Health Minister  (Radio New Zealand National) The Canterbury District Health Board and the Ministry of Health are at loggerheads over how to reduce the board's ballooning deficit.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Overloaded Christchurch Hospital treating patients in ED corridors due to surge in numbers (The New Zealand Herald) Christchurch Hospital's emergency department is having to treat up to a dozen patients at a time in corridors, due to an unprecedented number of admissions.

Half of all teen mums in New Zealand come from poorest areas, Ministry of Health finds  (The New Zealand Herald) Half of all teen mums in New Zealand come from our most deprived neighbourhoods, raising questions about access to health care and information.

Hospital: excitement and concerns   (Otago Daily Times) There is undoubtedly excitement, satisfaction and relief after the Government's release of its (more than 100-page) indicative business case for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild and announcement of some of the major details.

Canty health cuts feared  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has warned ‘‘significant service cuts of unprecedented scale’’ will be needed if the Government does not approve its planned deficit.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update  (NZ Doctor) The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met on Wednesday 2 August in Wellington. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild also taking responsibility for organising CPLF meetings.

Quitline is good value-for-money – new study  (Scoop) A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money.

Ensuring a safety net of care after a heart attack  ( It takes a village to look after a patient following an acute coronary event.

Dunedin - largest new hospital build in NZ history   (MSC NewsWire) Dunedin will get a new $1 billion plus hospital, in what will be the largest build of its type in New Zealand’s history, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

For our whānau, for our community – building a system of care to reduce gout  ( Health Quality and Safety Commission – Press Release: For our whānau, for our community – building a system of care to reduce gout.

Tackling diabetes in the Hutt Valley  ( Primary Care Hutt Union and Community Health Service (HUCHS) currently has 570 patients with diabetes.

Drugs no longer considered best treatment option for moderate depression, says Auckland GP (TVNZ) Medication to combat mild to moderate depression is increasingly being shown as not the ideal treatment option, an Auckland GP has explained.

How many NZ kids miss out on going to the doctor due to cost?  ( - Business Day) Most of the youngest New Zealand children get to the doctor when they are sick, but that changes as they get older despite free healthcare for children up to the age of 14

Friday, 18 August 2017

Woman lay dead, undiscovered by mental health services (Radio New Zealand) The neighbour of a Whangarei woman who lay dead in her bedsit - possibly for weeks - says authorities need to explain why no-one knew.

Mumps cases spur vaccination offer  (Otago Daily Times) University of Otago students are being offered free vaccinations after mumps cases were confirmed at the university.

Solomon rejects Treasury apology  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Treasury’s effort to mend a broken relationship with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has failed, with a belated apology rejected by the board’s deputy chairman.

DHB code applies muzzle to board  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Elected Midcentral District Health Board members can now be accused of breaching the code of conduct if they speak to media without first informing the DHB’S chairwoman.

Restructure  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) For many in the Marlborough region, very few will be aware that Nelson Marlborough DHB are currently planning to get rid of the maintenance team based at Wairau Hospital all in the name of saving efficiencies.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015: study (Yahoo! New Zealand - News) The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Kids cured of peanut allergy in Australian trial  (MSN NZ) Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of the deadly peanut allergy in children. A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has seen two-thirds of children treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment cured of their allergy.

Bullying culture uncovered in Australasian emergency medical staff survey  (The New Zealand Herald) A third of emergency medical physicians have experienced bullying in the workplace, a new Australasian survey has found.

New programme could save on prison health care ( - National) Hospitals are joining courts in using video link-ups with prisoners. The move could help ease the expense of prison healthcare.

Mumps cases confirmed in Marlborough   ( - National) Three young people in Marlborough have contracted the mumps, with at least one case linked to an outbreak in Auckland. The confirmed cases are the first to hit Marlborough since 2014.

Health info, on the go  (NZ Doctor) Patients are receiving faster, and more-informed, care and advice following the rollout of iPads to 52 health professionals working in the community.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Months-long delays for rape victims' ACC support  (MSN NZ) People who have been raped or sexually assaulted are sometimes having to wait months to access ACC-funded specialist support services.

Urology patients at 'significant' risk, review finds (Otago Daily Times) Urology patients in Dunedin have been at ''significant'' risk while specialists argued with senior management over staffing and refused some work in a bid to force managers to act, an external review released yesterday reveals.

Some services close; others find work arounds  (Otago Daily Times) Dunedin Hospital has opened an emergency operations centre (EOC) in the wake of the water-quality scare in north Dunedin.

Bold proposal to make screening programme reality  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern DHB is already being criticised for excessive delays, particularly when treating cancer patients.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Discovery could avoid preterm births (Otago Daily Times) University of Otago researchers have made a discovery which is ``exciting scientifically'' and eventually could help prevent preterm birth in at-risk pregnant women.

'Desperate need' spurs call for more live kidney donors (The New Zealand Herald) Fresh calls are being made for more kidney donors in the face of a chronic shortage of organs for those on waiting lists for transplants.

Alcohol re-think 'central' to mental health policy, Government told  (The New Zealand Herald) Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser.

More ICU beds to ward off ‘bumps’  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Six extra beds are on the way for Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit, meaning fewer patients will have non-urgent surgeries postponed.

Shake-up of hospital proposed  (Otago Daily Times) Oamaru Hospital could be remodelled, staff roles ``redesigned'' and changes made to the way its emergency department is operated under a new plan for delivering health services in the Waitaki district.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hepatitis: the hunt is now on  (Otago Daily Times) The year 1989 was an eventful one: the Berlin Wall came down, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web, and a deadly disease was reclassified and renamed.

Health board steps in as trust pulls out of $8m Kawakawa project  (The New Zealand Herald) A multi-million-dollar project to upgrade Bay of Islands Hospital and build a new health centre in Kawakawa is in disarray after one of two partners in the project pulled out.

Slackers costing hospitals big bucks  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Patients skipping appointments without cancelling are likely costing Midcentral District Health Board hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Ministry of Health to consider Havelock North water inquiry findings  (The New Zealand Herald) The country's top health official says the Ministry of Health may have to take a stronger approach to ensuring water suppliers provide safe drinking water in New Zealand.

Potential $18m penalty waived  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern District Health Board could have faced a penalty of about $18 million for failing to provide timely services, but it was waived, it emerged yesterday.

30 in 100 patients harmed by medication  (The New Zealand Herald) More than 30 out of every 100 patients admitted to New Zealand hospitals are harmed by medications given to them, a new study has found.

Healthcare struggle for rural residents  (Otago Daily Times) Access to health services for residents in rural areas is one of the key concerns of Rural Women New Zealand board member Margaret Pittaway, of Lowburn.

Euthanasia bill gets legal tick from Attorney-General  (Radio New Zealand) A bill proposing to legalise euthanasia has been given a legal tick by the Attorney-General, who said it would not infringe basic human rights if enacted.

Third med school a “shag on a rock” says professor  ( Third med school a “shag on a rock” says professor Max Abbott, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kids with weight issues at high risk of behavioural problems - study  ( A new, in-depth study of New Zealand children and teenagers seeking help with weight issues has found their emotional health and wellbeing is, on average, markedly worse than that of children without weight issues.

Surgery lack costs SDHB $1million  (Otago Daily Times) Losing $1million for not doing enough surgery did not affect patients at the beleaguered Southern District Health Board, deputy commissioner Richard Thomson says. It just made the deficit bigger by $1million, he said.

Auckland flu: 15% more people than hospital beds  (MSN NZ) An increase in winter flu cases has delayed hundreds of non-urgent surgeries at hospitals in Auckland.

Pressure mounts as health boss stays away  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray has gone on extended leave. Murray was due back at work yesterday but has taken a further two weeks’ leave following allegations of unauthorised spending.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Health research should be a government priority ( Three quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released.

Auckland push against Waikato med school  (NZ City) The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland has called on the government to knock back the bid for a third medical school, to be based in Waikato.

Surgeries postponed as hospitals struggle to cope  (Newstalk ZB) More than 700 Aucklanders had their elective surgeries postponed in four weeks as the city's hospitals struggle to cope with the increase in patients flooding their emergency departments.

Retirement villages help displaced Remuera patients  (The New Zealand Herald) Big retirement businesses are being asked to help around 100 elderly people to find new homes because a Remuera rest home is closing.

Dunedin Hospital waiting lists, rebuild a hot election issue for southern voters  (TVNZ) Health has emerged as a major election issue for many Otago voters waiting for new facilities and surgery dates at Dunedin Hospital.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Incorrect pain relief given to man after surgery resulted in his death   (TVNZ) The incorrect pain relief was given to a man after his knee surgery, ultimately resulting in his death from a gastrointestinal bleed, the Health and Disability Commissioner has found.

'Spend day in our shoes'  (Otago Daily Times) Two Dunedin orthopaedic surgeons have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to demand an apology and to warn him to expect ``more bad news'' if Dunedin Hospital's care crisis continues.

Ministry raises flags over CCDHB  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) "In 2015/16, the Ministry of Health changed this to population-based funding, and our funding reduced by $451,000 per year." Capital & Coast DHB spokesman Nigel Fairley says.

Smoking worth billions to public purse - report  (MSN NZ) Smoking and savings from tobacco-related deaths are a boon for government coffers, according to a British think tank.

Dr Stephen Child: Lets not rush to legalise 'medical' cannabis (The New Zealand Herald) There are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand.

Low blood sugars in newborns linked to later difficulties  ( A newborn condition affecting one in six babies has been linked to impairment in some high-level brain functions that shows up by age 4.5 years.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Pacific Edge gets new client  (Otago Daily Times) A third New Zealand district health board has signed up to use the bladder cancer tests of Dunedin-based Pacific Edge, with its range of non-invasive diagnostics and monitoring services.

$3.5 million extra on loan for more beds  (Otago Daily Times) An extra $3.5million could be loaned to the Observatory Village Trust next week. In 2015, the Waitaki District Council granted the trust a loan of up to $8million to build the recently completed $22million Stage 1 of Observatory Village Lifecare in Oamaru.

Health Ministry staff ‘dumped’ on CDHB  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Canterbury District Health Board deputy chairman Ta Mark Solomon says Health Ministry staff ‘‘dumped’’ on the CDHB’s management from the moment he started.

SCDHB chairman appointed (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Acting South Canterbury District Health Board chairman Ron Luxton will take over the role permanently, it has been announced. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman confirmed Luxton’s appointment in a statement on Thursday.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Euthanasia report 'deeply disappointing'  (Radio New Zealand) The final report on the public's attitudes towards assisted dying is 'deeply disappointing' and more like a cowardly essay, the former MP who instigated the inquiry says.

Health funding apology  (Otago Daily Times) Director-general of Health Chai Chua said he ''fully owns'' the error, and he accepted the recommendations of an independent report.

Drastic curbs on smoking (The Timaru Herald) Smokers might need to travel to the next town to buy a pack of ciggies by 2022, if the Government accepts drastic recommendations made by a group of health experts.

Urology review under way  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern District Health Board's urology service is under review because of ''unacceptably long'' delays in treatment and assessment.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world  (Business Scoop) A leading digital health expert says the New Zealand health sector is still slow to embrace the tech world.NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world.

Life ‘miserable’ as surgery delayed  (Otago Daily Times) Gaynor Bungard has to "starve" herself before she leaves her house because she cannot get the bowel surgery she was promised last year.

2018 Census to include new disability questions ( Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming the decision to include questions on disability in the 2018 Census. "The Census collects important data about who we are as New Zealanders.

New survey results reveal health of kiwi workers, workplaces  (Scoop) New Zealand lost around 6.6 million working days at a cost of $1.51 billion in 2016.

Jonathan Coleman: Patient info shared across the South Island  ( Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the expansion of the electronic health records system HealthOne means that most South Island patient records are now shared on one system.

Opinion: We all have a role to play in improving rural health  (Massey University) The ongoing debate about the establishment of a medical school at Waikato University has shone a much needed spotlight on the state of New Zealand’s rural health services.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Mental health billboards appear in Minister’s electorate overnight (NZ Doctor) Media release from ActionStation Billboards highlighting the fact that most New Zealanders want an inquiry into the public mental health system have sprung up overnight in the Health Minister’s Northcote electorate.

Survey results spur concern  (Otago Daily Times) This week, some research snippets to think about, writes Ian Munro. The first, an August 2016 report from the University of Auckland’s Adolescent Health Research Group.

'Strategies from the fat-fighting front'  (Otago Daily Times) A leading anti-obesity campaigner was ''amazed'' to discover the scale of New Zealand's obesity epidemic.

Dignity and respect for very large patients  (NZ Doctor) Innovation and sensitivity are the cornerstones of the approach to treating very large – ‘bariatric’ – patients at local hospitals.

Suicide not a political football  (Waatea News) Northland Social Worker Arthur Harawira says he hopes suicide isn't made a political issue in spite of the appalling statistics amongst rangatahi in the rohe.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Binge drinking research and postgrad supervision awarded ( Massey University – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Binge drinking research and postgrad supervision awarded.

Dr Lance Lawler joins Research For Life board  ( Dr Lance Lawler, the founder and former chief executive of Pacific Radiology Group, has accepted an invitation to join the Research for Life board.Rise in E-Cigarettes Linked to Rise in Smokers Quitting (Scoop) New research studying United States smokers has shown the recent rise in e-cigarette use in that country is getting more smokers quitting, according to Professor Chris Bullen of the University of Auckland.

Southern DHB encourages testing as part of World Hepatitis Day ( Get tested, get treated - this is the message Southern DHB will be promoting as part of World Hepatitis Day this Friday, 28 July.

NZ Health Ministry to use social media to predict epidemics  (Computerworld New Zealand) Project to look at using ‘unconventional data’ to predict outbreaks

Joint statement  (NZ Doctor) Media release from RNZCGP president Tim Malloy and health minister Jonathan Coleman. GPs from across the country have raised their concerns about issues, in particular workforce numbers and the funding model. These are matters the Government takes seriously.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Urgent response to drug deaths: accurate information is vital (Auckland Scoop) The spike in hospital admissions and reported deaths in Auckland as a result of people taking unknown substances is not being helped by an information vacuum.

Youth suicide prevention starts with building resilience young - PM's chief science advisor  ( - National) Resilience programmes should be introduced into primary schools for children as young as six and seven, as part of plans to reduce New Zealand's high youth suicide rates.

Making Health Services More Accessible to Pacific Families  (Auckland Scoop) A team of researchers, led by Debbie Ryan of Pacific Perspectives, has been awarded a Health Research Council grant of $400,000 over two years.

Sperm counts falling sharply, study finds  (Radio New Zealand) Sperm counts in New Zealand, North America, Europe and Australia have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, according to new research.

Surgery delays: 'I was prepped three times and bumped'   (MSN NZ) A man whose open heart surgery at Dunedin Hospital was delayed three times says he waited a month, and others six weeks, because of the number of traffic accidents the intensive care unit had to deal with.

Employers told to step up mental health efforts   (MSN NZ) Employers are being encouraged to talk more frankly with staff suffering from mental illness. The calls follow a survey which suggested about 600,000 people - about a fifth of all workers - had been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Doctor fears red-tape may force him to leave NZ  (MSN NZ) An American doctor fears immigration red-tape may force him to be kicked out of the country despite the desperate need for GPs in rural New Zealand.

Treatment collapses lung  (The Timaru Herald) A physiotherapist caused a patient's lung to collapse while she was performing acupuncture.

Whanganui bans vaping in public places over health concerns ( - National) Whanganui's mayor is defending his council's move against vaping in public, arguing the practice is a health hazard.

Doctors say a crisis looms due to funding and GP shortage  (MSN NZ) GPs say they're under mounting pressure and it's putting the whole health system at serious risk. Hundreds of doctors have written to the Minister of Health warning of a looming crisis due to funding issues and a GP shortage.

Monday, 24 July 2017

High-profile doctor and local iwi establish virtual medical clinic (TVNZ) Former New Zealander of the year Dr Lance O'Sullivan and a Taranaki iwi have set up a virtual medical clinic after Patea was left without a GP.

Northland MS patients facing long wait for appointments (The New Zealand Herald) Multiple sclerosis patients in Northland are waiting between two and four months to see a specialist, and up to three months for a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI).

Health board criteria unwell?  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Questions raised about the Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) performance make one wonder what criteria are employed to determine the functionality of the Treasury, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Environment and Statistics NZ.

DHB boss’s spending questioned  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray is under scrutiny over alleged unauthorised spending. It’s understood board members were advised of the spending irregularities at a special meeting on Wednesday.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Canterbury GP teams stand with their hospital colleagues  (Scoop) Canterbury General Practice teams stand with their hospital colleagues As chairs of the three Primary Health Organisations representing all Canterbury general practices we fully support our hospital colleagues’ position as outlined by Dr Alistair Humphrey in the Christchurch Press 19 July 2017.

Leading the way on infection control  (Scoop) Wellington Regional Hospital is leading the way in using an anti-staph bundle to help prevent staph infections among cardiac surgery patients.

High-level plan for disability support system shared with sector  ( The high-level design of the new disability support system has been shared with the sector.

Massey senior lecturer to head NZORD  ( Dr Collette Bromhead, senior lecturer in molecular microbiology, has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Organisation of Rare Diseases (NZORD).

Kelly Savage's family campaigns to end restraint in Japan after his death  (The New Zealand Herald) The family of a Kiwi man who died after being tied down for 10 days in a psychiatric hospital are begging the Japanese Government to ban the practice.

Bariatric Surgery Registry Launches in New Zealand (Auckland Scoop) New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Canterbury GP teams stand with their hospital colleagues  (Scoop) Canterbury General Practice teams stand with their hospital colleagues As chairs of the three Primary Health Organisations representing all Canterbury general practices we fully support our hospital colleagues’ position as outlined by Dr Alistair Humphrey in the Christchurch Press 19 July 2017.

Leading the way on infection control  (Scoop) Wellington Regional Hospital is leading the way in using an anti-staph bundle to help prevent staph infections among cardiac surgery patients.

High-level plan for disability support system shared with sector  ( The high-level design of the new disability support system has been shared with the sector.

Massey senior lecturer to head NZORD  ( Dr Collette Bromhead, senior lecturer in molecular microbiology, has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Organisation of Rare Diseases (NZORD).

Kelly Savage's family campaigns to end restraint in Japan after his death  (The New Zealand Herald) The family of a Kiwi man who died after being tied down for 10 days in a psychiatric hospital are begging the Japanese Government to ban the practice.

Bariatric Surgery Registry Launches in New Zealand (Auckland Scoop) New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Labour promises billions to health and ed   (The Timaru Herald) Labour has run its numbers and opened its books, promising multi-billion-dollar injections into health and education.

Bremner review to remain private  (Radio New Zealand) A review into the Waikato District Health Board's care of a man who later killed three people and then himself in October last year has been completed, but won't be made public.

Baby deaths worst in three years  (The Timaru Herald) New Zealand's high rates of infant deaths places it near the bottom of the OECD, with opposition parties blaming inequality and poverty for the country's poor record compared to the rest of the developed world.

Blenheim cryptosporidium outbreak lingers  (NZ Doctor) Cases of cryptosporidiosis continue to be confirmed in Blenheim, with the public health focus now on reminding early childcare centres how to avoid preventing more cases.

Transforming respite care  ( Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is today releasing a strategy to transform the way people who care for a disabled family member are supported.

Call for volunteers for Rotorua's new dementia care village (The New Zealand Herald) The world-leading Whare Aroha Care village is set to open in Rotorua next month and community volunteers are being called on to help support village residents.

Rural NZ deserves better health support  (Rural News Group) With 62,000 New Zealanders living and working rurally, their communities are the backbone of the economy, but they are poorly supported healthwise.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Three Rivers hires new doctors   (The Gisborne Herald) Doctor Roslyn Gathercole, from England, says she feels at home in Gisborne and decided to stay. Dr Gathercole is one of three doctors at Three Rivers Medical.

Nurse gave patient 10 times the correct dosage of medication on day he died  ( - National) A distracted nurse who was unfamiliar with an elderly patient's medication gave him 10 times the prescribed amount just hours before his death.

Why senior doctors are thinking of leaving public hospitals   (Scoop) Feelings of disillusionment, exhaustion and low morale are driving senior doctors to consider leaving New Zealand’s public hospitals much earlier than they would otherwise.

New study shows how acupuncture significantly reduces period pain  (Māori Television) Medical researchers in Australia and New Zealand have shown that acupuncture treatment significantly reduces period pain intensity, duration and symptoms over time, with improvements being sustained up to a year after treatment.

Apology for spine surgery mistake  (The Timaru Herald) An orthopaedic surgeon has been told to apologise after he operated on the wrong part of a patient's spine and didn't tell her. Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill's decision, released on Tuesday, found the surgeon breached the code of patient's rights.

Ultrasound wait list keeps growing  (Otago Daily Times) Wait times for routine ultrasounds at Dunstan Hospital are the longest they have been for almost four years, due to population growth and additional ultrasounds now required for pregnant women.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Huge demand on addiction services leaves teens waiting for treatment  ( - National) Some teenagers in the top of the south with substance abuse problems are having to wait more than three weeks to receive treatment for addictions.

Northland one of few getting enough health funding, unions say  (The New Zealand Herald) A new report on health funding claims Northland gets slightly more than its fair share.

Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs first to roll out national bowel cancer screening  ( - National) The Hutt Valley and Wairarapa are the first two regions to get free screening for bowel cancer, as the initiative starts to be rolled out across the country.

Whooping cough warning (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) The potential for a whooping cough epidemic has health professionals calling for vaccinations.

Papers expose doctors' bullying at Auckland City Hospital (Newstalk ZB) Bullying at Auckland City Hospital included yelling and abuse, and "arrogant" specialists taught trainees how to "say no" to patient admission requests, according to official documents.


There have been 12 confirmed cases in Dunedin, most of them at the University of Otago, the authority said in a statement yesterday.