Archive for the 'Health' Category

Smokefree Wellington policies have high support but low awareness

Press Release – University of Otago
Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers. A project by the University of Otago, Wellington, used the capital city as a case study to explore the issues and options for progressing smokefree outdoor policies in urban public spaces. Read more »

High emergency patient numbers causing longer waits at Wellington Hospital

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
People may wait longer to be seen at Wellington Regional Hospital emergency department because of high patient numbers. Read more »

Symposium to discuss over-reliance on medical tests and treatments

Press Release – Health Quality and Safety Commission
Health professionals from around the country will gather in Wellington on Thursday to consider how to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments. Read more »

Shoe donations helping mental health

Press Release – Sport Wellington
A Shoe Clinic donation is helping young people experiencing psychosis to exercise and build confidence to aid their recovery. Read more »

Wellington Rape Crisis launches appeal

Press Release – Wellington Rape Crisis
Wellington Rape Crisis’ annual appeal is happening this week, with street collectors raising money on 30th March and sponsor events running through the week. Read more »

Porirua’s after-hours GP clinic to stay open

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
People in Porirua and Kapiti will continue to have access to quality after-hours healthcare close to home. Read more »

Life saving: ambulances launch new policy for patients with severe injuries

Press Release – St John
Transporting patients with severe injuries directly to the most appropriate hospital whenever it is feasible and safe to do so is the objective behind a Major Trauma policy launched today by St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and the National Major Trauma Clinical Network. Read more »

Keynote speakers named for national rural health conference in Wellington

Press Release – New Zealand Rural General Practice Network
Dr Peter Moodie, Dr Robyn Toomath, Dr Eric Crampton, mental health campaigner Matt Shirtcliff, former All Black Norm Hewitt, and clean water campaigner Marnie Prickett are among the keynote speakers at this year’s National Rural Health Conference in Wellington. Read more »

Wellington region needs more govt finance for freshwater management: Laidlaw

News from Wellington Regional Council
An OECD report on New Zealand’s environmental performance reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair. Read more »

Pedal for Plunket ending in Wellington, after raising $354,000

Press Release – New Zealand Plunket Society
Plunket volunteers and Warehouse staff are nearing the end of a nationwide cycle to raise money for Plunket’s community services. Two parallel relays in the South and North Island will finish tomorrow, with events in Wellington and Invercargill. Read more »

Exercise, the ticket for elderly independence

Press Release – Make Lemonade
The golden years can be the most enjoyable years of people’s lives and New Zealand exercise experts say regular exercise is a golden ticket for those who strive for elderly independence. Read more »

Five-year Wellington research project targetting breast cancer vaccine

News from VUW
A vaccine for breast cancer is on the horizon, thanks to a new partnership between Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ). Read more »

The indomitable Aro Valley cyclist

Alastair Smith at the end of the St James Cycleway.

by Sarah Bennett
In the mid-1970s a group of young New Zealanders were discussing plans for their big OE. One said he would go to Europe, buy an E-Type Jaguar, and tour the Continent in style. But another, Alastair Smith, had just read the Limits to Growth report produced by the political think-tank Club of Rome, in which dire predictions were made about the environmental impact of motoring. This was, of course, long before such effects were widely acknowledged and any moves were made to cut carbon emissions. Read more »

$2500 mobility gift for cancer patients at Wellington Hospital

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board

Associate charge nurse manager Connie Rodrigues gives Tony Smith a demonstration of the ‘stedy-Eddy’

The generosity of Raumati man Tony Smith and his football mates is helping keep Wellington cancer patients mobile. Read more »

Untreated sewage discharged from Moa Point – for two hours

Press Release – Wellington Water
There was a discharge of untreated wastewater from the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant last night, due to equipment failure. The discharge occurred at the short outfall pipe near the Dog Pound. Read more »

Plans for new rest home and retirement apartments in Berhampore

Press Release – Presbyterian Support
Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, is to transform its Kilmarnock Heights Home site in Berhampore. Read more »

VUW establishes Faculty of Health

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington has established a Faculty of Health. Read more »

15,000 signatures on petition seeking moratorium on exporting water

Photo: Liana Pantaleo

News from NZ Water Forum
A 15,000 strong petition that calls on the government to place a moratorium on freshwater exports was presented to parliament today. Read more »

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