Archive for the 'Health' Category

Duplicity, spin and politics in Wellington’s public hospital laboratory crisis

Extract from paper to Australian Medical Association
by Ian Powell, Executive Director, NZ Assn of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs at the bottom of the North Island are involved in a huge controversy over a determined effort to have their hospital laboratories run by a private company (Healthscope), despite strong clinical advice not to go down this path. Read more »

Wellington breast-density software sells to medical institute in India

Press Release – Volpara Solutions
Wellington breast density software Volpara Solutions has made its first sale into India as the technology continues its rapid global expansion, now in 31 countries and with revenues doubling year on year. Read more »

Faster care by paramedics for Wairarapa patients with heart attacks

Press Release – Wairarapa DHB
Wairarapa patients are benefiting from faster specialist cardiac treatment, thanks to a new agreement between Wairarapa and Capital & Coast DHBs and the Wellington Free Ambulance. Read more »

Wellington’s City Menzshed aims for extra hours, with new grant

Press Release – Medibank
Wellington’s City Menzshed is looking to expand, thanks to a Medibank Community Fund grant. The Wellington organisation that cares for the city’s older and often isolated men hopes to be able to expand its operating hours, thanks to a $13,500 Medibank Community Fund grant. Read more »

Wellington research shows burgeoning cost of treating cancer in NZ

Press Release – University of Otago
The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research in Wellington. Read more »

Sale of psychoactive products to be reviewed by council after 12 months

Press Release – Sarah Free
This morning city councillors unanimously passed a recommendation moved by Councillor Free, seconded by Councillor Sparrow, which will see the Wellington City Council’s Local Approved Products Policy subject to review twelve months after the first products go on sale. Read more »

Health Board wants community advisors to help improve its services

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Capital & Coast DHB (CCDHB) is calling for applications for a new 10-member council to give people who use its health services an active role in their development. Read more »

Scientist wants to know where and when we get into the water

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
People who enjoy the Wellington region’s harbours, coasts and rivers are being invited to participate in an online survey on recreational water quality. Read more »

Pacific women invited to ‘go pink for Pinikilicious’ in Porirua this Saturday

Press Release – Pinkilicious

Pink is the colour this weekend and the Pinikilicious Organising Committee are calling all Pacific women of all ages in Porirua and other communities nearby to wear pink and be a part of the 3rd annual celebration of the Pinikilicious event, a campaign that encourages church communities to make the health and wellbeing of Pasifika women and girls one of their priorities. Read more »

Palmerston North gets new twin-engine $3.6m rescue helicopter

Press Release – Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter operation has just taken delivery of a purpose-built, twin engine BK117 helicopter, replacing the single-engine AS350FX2 that has served the region for 23 years. Read more »

Chips get the chop: no deep frying at new Taita community centre

Press Release – Hutt City Council
When the new Taita Sport & Community Centre opens later this year no deep fryers will be allowed. Read more »

A ‘fit note,’ not a ‘sick note:’ Wednesday lecture on key to good health

Press Release – Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Replacing the traditional ‘sick note’ with a ‘fit note’ is the way forward for ensuring a healthy and productive workplace in New Zealand, according to UK Government Expert Adviser on Health and Work, Professor Dame Carol Black. Read more »

Doctors want new DG of Health to deal with local DHBs’ “significant failings”

News Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists welcomes the appointment of Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health. Read more »

Chai Chuah to be new Director-General of Health, for five years

News Release – State Services Commission
State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Mr Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health. Read more »

Ben, 15, seeking crowdfunding for his hospital Wellband idea

News release from Benjamin Bell, Wellbands Inventor
What do you do when you have an idea and it just won’t go away? If you are 15-year-old Wellington student Ben Bell, you launch a crowdfunding campaign. Ben thought of his idea back in 2011, and has spent four years rethinking healthcare, and how a hospital wristbands can enter the smart technology era. Read more »

Children’s Hospital given equipment to enhance care of most fragile babies

Press Release – Neonatal Trust
Our most vulnerable babies may get a better start to life and have fewer long-term health problems due to the kindness of the Neonatal Trust New Zealand and ICAP New Zealand. The Trust has gifted Wellington Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a specialised piece of equipment that will be used to help monitor baby health and for collecting data for neonatal research. Read more »

Massey’s smokefree campaign brings results from Wellington students

Press Release – Massey University
Massey University’s ‘It’s My Life’ smokefree campaign proves that young people are most responsive to messages created by their peers, says project leader Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley. Read more »

“Bungling bureaucratic decisionmaking” at DHBs, say senior doctors

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
“The decision to appoint separate chief executives for the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa district health boards is under the circumstances probably a pragmatic response to bungling top-down bureaucratic decision-making by the top leadership of the two DHBs,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Read more »

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