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may 2017

Failure in mental health exposed again

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 04:14PM

Media release from the Labour Party: The Office of the Auditor General has slammed the care of mental health inpatients after discharge in yet more evidence that our mental health system is in crisis
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Auditor-general’s report, Mental health

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 03:30PM

Media release from the Office of the Auditor-General: The report 'Mental health: Effectiveness of the planning to discharge people from hospital' was presented to the House of Representatives today
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Inpatients failed by mental health system

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 03:09PM

Media release from the Green Party: A new report is damning about the care received by people from our mental health system, and the Minister of Health needs to take responsibility
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Voluntary Bonding Scheme part of the rural workforce challenge

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 01:43PM

Media release from Rural General Practice Network: The Voluntary Bonding Scheme is making a valuable contribution to solving rural workforce shortages but is only part of the ongoing response to GP and nurse shortages in rural areas,
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Identifying gaps in the care of Maori cancer patients

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 12:59PM

Media release from Massey University: Primary care is pivotal in cancer prevention, detection and access to treatment and supportive care, but what about reducing inequalities between Māori and non-Maori patients?
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Supporting families to raise healthy kids

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 12:57PM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has released the ‘Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives’
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Over 240 nurses supported to take vital roles

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 11:13AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that has attracted over 240 nursing graduates to register to work in specialties and communities that are traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference
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Canterbury GP teams providing care around the clock 

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 10:39AM

Media release from Canterbury DHB: With winter on our doorstep, Canterbury DHB is encouraging people to make their GP team their first call whenever they need health advice
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Public Health South offering Health in All Policies workshops 

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 10:18AM

Media release from Southern DHB: Local government decisions can significantly impact people’s health but these implications are not always considered – particularly in the early stages of planning
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Immunisation handbook supports health staff

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 10:16AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of the 2017 edition of the Immunisation Handbook, which informs health professionals of the safest and most effective use of vaccines
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More doctors attracted to hard-to-staff areas

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 10:14AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that attracts new doctors to roles in rural and remote locations that have been traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference
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Breakdown of 2017 mental health spending doesn’t bode well for NZ

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 04:12PM

Media release from Maternal Care Action Group: This year’s Budget announcement has been packaged in such a way as to mislead the public that gaps in Mental Health will be addressed
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Smokefree people in smokefree places 

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 02:14PM

Media release from Canterbury DHB: Canterbury District Health Board is partnering with new stop smoking service Te Hā – Waitaha to encourage people to become smokefree on World Smokefree Day, 31 May
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New provider for Wellington respite centres

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 02:12PM

Media release from IHC: Two respite bases in the Wellington region are to be run by Spectrum Care, which is set to take over these two services from IDEA Services
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Inaugural Tariana Turia Award for tobacco control

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 02:10PM

Media release from Hapai Te Hauora: Hāpai Te Hauora announce inaugural Tariana Turia Award for tobacco control open for nominations
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Health running on empty

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 02:02PM

Media release from the Labour Party: Get ready for more cuts to health at a local level, affecting all New Zealanders, after a Budget that failed to deliver even enough for health services to stand still, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark
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New HIV diagnoses continue to rise in New Zealand 

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 02:01PM

Media release from New Zealand AIDS Foundation: 2016 sees the highest number of HIV diagnoses ever recorded
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Chlamydia more common in New Zealand than thought

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10:11AM

Media release from University of Otago: One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study
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Te ORA supports national immunisation programme

Monday 29 May 2017, 04:21PM

Media release from Te Ora: Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) supports the national immunisation programme, and supports a systematic and determined approach to achieve the national health target of 95% immunisation
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RACP calls for health equity in all government policies

Monday 29 May 2017, 02:18PM

Media release from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians: RACP is supportive of increases to the Accommodation Supplement announced by the New Zealand Government in its 2017 Budget, but warned that issues of housing quality and availability need urgent attention to improve rates of poverty-related hospitalisations and health outcomes.
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