Health News

Pay rise for care workers next week

News from NZ Government
Care and support workers across Wellington will receive a pay rise from next week as a result of the $2 billion pay equity settlement. Read more »

Hospital Board reports two-thirds of its staff feel positive

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Over two thirds of Capital & Coast District Health Board staff feel positively engaged according to their recent engagement survey. Read more »

Staying well this winter

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
With the chilly season settling in, and ambulance callouts increasing, health and emergency services are urging people to wrap up and take good care of themselves. Read more »

Buick Street water fountain reopens, with UV unit

Press Release – Wellington Water
The Buick Street public fountain will be open again from late morning on Monday. The fountain was closed in mid-April due to water from the Waiwhetu Aquifer testing positive for E.coli for the third time in five months as well as having an increasing level of bacterial activity. Read more »

Students start petition to improve Mental Health awareness

Press Release – Wellington Girls’ College
Hundreds of New Zealanders suffer from Mental Health disorders without realizing. In a recent 2016 survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, only 3.2% of New Zealanders suffering from Mental Health Disorders felt they had access to good support and information. Read more »

Wellington Hospital’s 450 volunteers win government award

News from NZ Government
The Wellington Hospitals Volunteer Service is the overall winner of the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. Read more »

Bowel screening starts next month in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa

Press Release – Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has welcomed the endorsement of New Zealand’s soon-to-be-implemented National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) by a world expert. Read more »

Symposium in Wellington for Music Therapy Week

Press Release – Great Things
Music Therapy New Zealand is shining a light on the life-changing impact of music therapy during our second annual Music Therapy Week, running from 1-9 July. As well as celebrating the work of our therapists around the country, we invite people to consider music therapy as a career. Read more »

Lamingtons to raise money for Alzheimers New Zealand

Press Release – Countdown Supermarket
Kiwis are expected to eat more than 380,000 lamingtons over the next four weeks to raise money for Alzheimers New Zealand. From Monday 26 June until Sunday 23 July, 20 cents from each six pack of lamingtons purchased from Countdown will be donated to the charity. Read more »

Spectrum starting respite support in Porirua and Hutt Valley

Press Release – IHC
Two respite bases in the Wellington region are to be run by Spectrum Care, which is to take over these two services from IDEA Services. Read more »

No more measles cases reported, 58 people checked

Press Release – Regional Public Health – Wellington
No new cases of measles have been identified since Regional Public Health was notified on Thursday of an adult with measles in the Wellington region. We have not been able to identify where the person got measles from, the person had not been overseas nor been in contact with anyone with measles. Read more »

Investigations continuing into bacteria found in water supply

Press Release – Wellington Water

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Waterloo bores total coliforms graph

Investigations into possible causes and consequences of the bacteria in aquifer water supplied to Lower Hutt and Wellington are under way. Read more »

Identifying gaps in the care of Māori cancer patients

Press Release – 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? Read more »

“Highly infectious” case of measles confirmed in Wellington

News from Hutt Valley DHB
Regional Public Health (RPH), Wellington has been notified of a confirmed case of measles and is asking people who may have been in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. The infected person visited several public places before they were diagnosed. Read more »

$27m extra for Capital and Coast DHB – a funding record

News from NZ Government
New funding for Capital & Coast DHB in the Budget increases the DHB’s total allocation to a record level. Read more »

Wellington charity gets $800,000 to fight substance addiction

Press Release – Consultancy Advocacy and Research Trust Inc. CART
The Ministry of Health has awarded a grant of $800,000 to the Wellington based registered charity Consultancy, Advocacy and Research Trust, Inc. (CART). Read more »

Urgency? Seven months to fix pollution problems in Owhiro Stream

It’s going to take another seven months before pollution in the Owhiro Stream is brought under control. Read more »

Hospital kitchen scores 100%

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Wellington Regional Hospital kitchen staff are full of beans after scoring 100 percent in their latest food safety audit. Read more »

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