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october 2014

Strike action pending at Tairawhiti DHB as sonographer workforce crisis deepens

Friday 31 October 2014, 04:59PM

Media release from APEX: The waiting list for non-urgent scans is now 4 months and steadily growing. In addition, a Consultant Radiologist has to regularly cover on call duties, alongside a trainee sonographer, due to the sonographer shortage, incurring increased costs.
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Promise to Northland fulfilled and celebrated

Friday 31 October 2014, 04:03PM

Media release from Northland DHB: Raising three million in three years to build a local cancer treatment unit sounded nigh on impossible when first suggested but Northland has done it and the public are invited to celebrate this Saturday at its open day
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Minister welcomes new Rehabilitation Fellowship

Friday 31 October 2014, 03:56PM

Media release from the Health Minister: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the establishment of a new research health fellowship at Waikato DHB which will look at rehabilitation.
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Gender-based pay decision highlights under-paid workforce

Friday 31 October 2014, 01:52PM

Media release from Disability Support Network: Court of Appeal gender-based pay decision highlights under-paid workforce
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Governor General presents awards to children

Friday 31 October 2014, 01:49PM

Media release from Wellington Down Syndrome Association: To celebrate the achievements of young people with Down Syndrome, the Governor General of New Zealand, Lt Gen TheRt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae, will be hosting the annual Frances Clarke Memorial Awards at Government House, Wellington at 10am on Tuesday 4th November
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Jonathan Coleman: Speech to NZ Emergency Departments Conference, Taupo

Friday 31 October 2014, 01:42PM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Thank you for inviting me to speak with you at this conference
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Improving access to mental health care

Friday 31 October 2014, 01:33PM

Media release from Canterbury DHB: Canterbury Specialist Mental Health Services (SMHS) is streamlining its systems to ensure people get faster access to urgent or crisis mental health care
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Exercise wisdom tooth boosts oral health in Far North

Friday 31 October 2014, 12:18PM

Media release from Northland DHB: They came and, like knights in shining armour, boosted the oral health of almost 750 high-need Far North residents, before leaving again two weeks later
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Inaugural Stoptober delivers smoke free life for thousands

Friday 31 October 2014, 09:48AM

Media release from Stoptober: Twice as many females commit to stop smoking and over half of quitters are aged 25-44
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Duty-free tobacco reduces this weekend

Friday 31 October 2014, 09:46AM

Media release from New Zealand Customs Service: Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says on Saturday 1 November, the duty-free limit for bringing tobacco into New Zealand will reduce from 200 to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products
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Understanding caregiver wages in aged residential care

Friday 31 October 2014, 09:43AM

Media release from Aged Care Association: A number of inaccurate statements have been made in the media about aged residential care following the findings of the Court of Appeal in favour of the Service and Food Workers Union and aged care worker Kristine Bartlett
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New medicine funded to combat multi-resistant infections

Friday 31 October 2014, 08:57AM

Media release from Pharmac: New Zealand hospitals are about to strengthen their defences against multi-resistant bacterial infections with the funding of a new antibiotic
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NZCCP endorses the Ministry of Health’s National Depression Initiative

Friday 31 October 2014, 08:55AM

Media release from NZ College of Clinical Psychologists: The NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) endorses the Ministry of Health’s National Depression Initiative’s (NDI) emphasis on destigmatisation and the promotion of evidence based treatments for depression
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Royal Society of New Zealand fellows elected

Thursday 30 October 2014, 04:35PM

Excerpt from Royal Society email newsletter – 30 October: Twelve top New Zealand researchers and scholars in basic and applied science and the humanities were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand at the Annual General Meeting of the Society’s Academy in Wellington yesterday
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Educating children not the best solution to alcohol-related harm

Thursday 30 October 2014, 03:45PM

Media release from Alcohol Healthwatch: Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol
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Sod-turned for first national youth forensic facility

Thursday 30 October 2014, 03:35PM

Media release from Capital & Coast DHB: Capital & Coast welcomed the beginning of works on a new $15 million national youth forensic facility this morning, as Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman turned the first sod.
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Stop Smoking initiative: Quit Bus launches

Thursday 30 October 2014, 03:21PM

Media release from Waitemata PHO: Waitemata PHO has a creative and effective new way to help people stop smoking: the Waka Auahi Kore Quit Bus is a mobile service with trained advisors providing support, information, resources and encouragement.
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More resources needed so patient safety can come first

Thursday 30 October 2014, 02:16PM

Media release from NZNO: Nurses believe many serious and adverse events are a symptom of an under resourced health sector and stressed and overworked staff
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Only one in four Kiwi men happy and healthy

Thursday 30 October 2014, 01:50PM

Media release from The Movember Foundation: Only One in Four Kiwi Men Happy And Healthy
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Médecins Sans Frontières sounds alarm on practices and policies dangerously out of step with what’s needed to contain the global drug-resistant TB crisis

Thursday 30 October 2014, 01:33PM

Media release from Medecins Sans Frontieres: Outmoded policies and practices and critical gaps in care for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are fuelling a worldwide public health crisis, said Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in a new report, ‘Out of Step’, released today at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health
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