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january 2014

Sand, sunscreen and flip flops - their role in summer injuries

Friday 31 January 2014, 02:08PM

Media release from Accident Compensation Corporation: Rusty nails piercing jandals, allergic reactions to sunscreen, sand in the eyes, slips on spilled ice creams, collapsing deck chairs, burns from the barbie, and pulled muscles from playing backyard cricket.
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Mal Law begins his big, hairy, audacious adventure for Mental Health

Friday 31 January 2014, 02:05PM

Media release from The Mental Health Foundation: The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) was honoured today to host the launch of the Partner’s Life High Five-0 Challenge for Mental Health.
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Laos blind to benefit from kiwi ophthalmologist’s expertise

Friday 31 January 2014, 02:00PM

Media release from Auckland Eye: An Auckland Eye ophthalmologist has lent his experience to Laos eye surgeons in a bid to address the population’s escalating number of preventative eye diseases.
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Sunbed operators still fail safety requirements

Friday 31 January 2014, 11:03AM

Media release from Consumer NZ: Two-thirds of sunbed operators in Consumer NZ's latest mystery shop of the industry failed to meet safety requirements
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ACC appoints GM injury prevention

Friday 31 January 2014, 10:21AM

Media release from the Accident Compensation Corporation: ACC chief executive Scott Pickering has announced the appointment of Megan McKenna as General Manager Injury Prevention
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Exercise should be part of the treatment for depression

Friday 31 January 2014, 10:16AM

Media release from Sports Medicine Australia: Health professionals should prescribe exercise as part of the treatment regime for patients suffering from depression, an Australian researcher says
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Update from nzdoctor.co.nz

Thursday 30 January 2014, 04:34PM

Media release from New Zealand Doctor: The 29 January issue of New Zealand Doctor is out now.
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Full maternity services resume at St George’s Hospital

Thursday 30 January 2014, 04:26PM

Media release from St George Hospital: In another milestone for the city, Canterbury women can once again give birth at St George’s Hospital from February 3.
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DHB Finances Healthy

Thursday 30 January 2014, 03:18PM

Media release from Nelson Marlborough DHB: Half-way through the financial year the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) is $3m ahead of budget and on track to make a surplus for the first time in three years.
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Progress on Rangiora Health Hub set to accelerate

Thursday 30 January 2014, 01:41PM

Media release from Canterbury DHB: Carolyn Gullery, Canterbury DHB General Manager Planning and Funding, says the appointments are a welcome step towards progressing this important project
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Digital switchover for breast screening completed

Thursday 30 January 2014, 11:08AM

Media release from associate health minister Jo Goodhew: associate health minister Jo Goodhew has today announced that the country’s free breast screening programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa, is now fully digital
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Elective funding ‘band-aid’ gives wrong message

Thursday 30 January 2014, 10:17AM

Media release from Health Funds Association of New Zealand: Public funding for another 1800 elective surgeries is a sticking plaster approach that misses the big picture and gives New Zealanders the wrong message on future health funding, says the Health Funds Association (HFANZ)
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Govt 'embarrassed into injecting cash into elective surgery'

Thursday 30 January 2014, 09:07AM

Media release from Labour health spokesperson Annette King: The Government has been embarrassed into injecting more cash into elective surgery following criticism from doctors and clinicians about increasing unmet need in the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says
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DHB finances healthy

Thursday 30 January 2014, 08:59AM

Media release from Nelson Marlborough DHB: Half-way through the financial year the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) is $3m ahead of budget and on track to make a surplus for the first time in three years
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Prime minister John Key's statement to Parliament: health

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 04:39PM

Prime minister John Key's comments on health in his statement to Parliament on 28 January 2014
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Whanganui Rising to the Challenge stakeholders invited to attend community meetings

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 02:51PM

Media release from Whanganui DHB: Everyone who lives with, or supports, those with mental illness is urged to attend one of a series of meetings taking place in February to update community groups and interested members of the public on the development of the Whanganui Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Framework.
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$10 million more for elective surgery

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 01:44PM

Media release from health minister Tony Ryall: Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the government is investing an extra $10 million to provide more New Zealanders with elective surgery over the next five months
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New Zealand’s wait for scarce shingles vaccine over

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 11:12AM

Media release from MSD: After a prolonged wait New Zealand has secured a continuous supply of the world’s first and only vaccine against the painful and debilitating shingles infection, which affects up to 1 in 3 people during their lives
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Flu immunisation focus on pregnancy

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 11:08AM

Media release from the National Influenza Specialist Group: Protecting pregnant women and their babies will be a special focus of this year’s seasonal influenza immunisation programme, advises the National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG)
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Better cancer care for New Zealanders

Tuesday 28 January 2014, 05:22PM

Media release by Minister of Health Tony Ryall: Cancer patients can look forward to higher quality care thanks to new national standards which have been developed by cancer experts, including surgeons, oncologists and nurses, for ten common tumour types in New Zealand
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