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june 2017

Historic equal pay settlement takes effect but questions remain

Friday 30 June 2017, 05:06PM

Media release from the PSA: At midnight, the historic pay equity settlement for 55,000 care and support workers will take effect, but questions around door-closing legislation and funding remain and must be addressed by the Government, says the PSA.
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Medical students support Sarah Thomson’s legal challenge on climate change

Friday 30 June 2017, 02:10PM

Media release from NZMSA: The New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA) supports OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council’s recent press release, and law student, Sarah Thomson’s challenge to the Minister for Climate Change issues
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Pay rise for 55,000 care & support workers 

Friday 30 June 2017, 11:32AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a pay rise is on the way for 55,000 of the health sector’s lowest paid workers
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Cancer patients, children, and people with HIV amongst those to benefit from PHARMAC decisions

Friday 30 June 2017, 11:13AM

Media release from 16 June from Pharmac: PHARMAC has announced the funding of five new treatments and wider use of over 30 existing treatments, which are set to benefit many New Zealanders from 1 July 2017
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NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) announces new chief executive

Friday 30 June 2017, 11:06AM

Media release from NZORD: NZORD's Chairperson Chris Higgins is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Collette Bromhead to the role of Chief Executive
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Superu report: Incomes and housing crucial to community stability

Friday 30 June 2017, 10:02AM

Media release from Child Poverty Action Group: The findings of the latest Superu Families and Whānau status report, provide clear evidence that addressing one issue at a time will not significantly improve the situation for many children who are living with the effects of income poverty, says Child Poverty Action Group
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Single phone number to access support services

Friday 30 June 2017, 08:59AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says from today a new free 24/7 four digit phone and text number will make it easier for people to connect with mental health and addictions professionals
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Strategy to lift deceased organ donation rates

Friday 30 June 2017, 08:53AM

Media release from minister of health Jonathan Coleman: Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman has launched a national strategy which aims to lift the rate of deceased organ donations and therefore increase the number of people who can receive a transplant
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Patients urged to dispose of unwanted medicines safely

Thursday 29 June 2017, 03:25PM

Media release from Waitemata DHB: People with expired or unwanted medicines at home are urged to dispose of them through the Dispose of Unwanted Medicine Properly (DUMP) initiative
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Men of different ethnicities needed for Wellington weight loss study

Thursday 29 June 2017, 02:58PM

Media release from the University of Otago: Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) are seeking 20 men from different ethnic backgrounds for a study to find out how well people of different body shapes and different ethnicities respond to a weight loss diet
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US food poisoning lawyer at Food Integrity Conference

Thursday 29 June 2017, 11:40AM

Media release from Food Integrity Conference: As New Zealand chefs, food experts, and MPI debate what constitutes a cooked beef burger, leading US food safety litigator Bill Marler, who made his name prosecuting the burger company responsible for a major E. coli outbreak, is today’s keynote speaker at the Food Integrity Conference
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Advancing the endgame for the tobacco pandemic

Thursday 29 June 2017, 10:39AM

Media release from Hapai Te Hauora: Advancing the endgame for the tobacco pandemic: Hāpai Te Hauora backs new research to achieve Smokefree 2025
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Funding for heart and gut research at Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Thursday 29 June 2017, 09:42AM

Media release from Auckland Bioengineering Institute: Research into heart and gut disease at Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has received a significant boost with recent funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council (HRC)
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Pathways to Achieve Smokefree NZ – new research

Thursday 29 June 2017, 09:38AM

Media release from University of Otago: New modelling research has shown the major ways for reducing smoking on the path to New Zealand’s smokefree goal by 2025
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CCDHB announces results of staff engagement survey

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 03:27PM

Media release from Capital & Coast DHB: Over two thirds of Capital & Coast District Health Board staff feel positively engaged according to their recent engagement survey
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Pay rise on the way for 1,480 Auckland DHB care and support workers

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 03:23PM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Dr Coleman says care and support workers across Auckland will receive a pay rise as a result of the $2 billion pay equity settlement from next week
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Assessing the health needs of Whanau in West Auckland

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 09:18AM

Media release from Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust: A report on the health needs of West Auckland has revealed Whānau Centre delivers services to a young, high needs population who are frequent users of hospital emergency departments and mental health services
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Free chickenpox immunisation for kids

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 09:17AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman welcomes the introduction of free chickenpox vaccination for 15 month olds, beginning on 1 July
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Thousands set to benefit from PHARMAC funded chickenpox vaccine

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 09:16AM

Media release from Pharmac: Thousands of children a year are set to avoid chickenpox infection, with flow-on benefits to families and the wider health system, after the varicella vaccine which prevents chickenpox is funded from 1 July 2017
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Moving your mood with music

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 01:51PM

Media release from Massey University: With the second Music Therapy Awareness Week coming up (1-9 July), it is a good time to remind ourselves of the health benefits of music and how its everyday use can help move your mood
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