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Hutt midwives concerned by lack of staff and equipment

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Report from RNZ by Hamish Cardwell
Midwives in the Hutt Valley are at breaking point. They laid bare their concerns at an emotionally raw public meeting last night over what they see as chronic staffing and equipment shortages. Read more »

City Council bans breast-feeding in its swimming pools

Report from RNZ
Breastfeeding has officially been banned in city council pools in Wellington after a mother was told to step out of a pool at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre because she was breastfeeding her son. Read more »

Protestors at Parliament to oppose End of Life Choice legislation

RNZ photo

Report from RNZ
A group of about a dozen MPs from Labour and National today addressed a last-minute protest at Parliament, on the day that Parliamentarians have their final vote on the End of Life Choice Bill. Read more »

Whitireia supports move to regulate paramedics

Press Release – Whitireia
Whitireia strongly believes that paramedics must be recognised as registered health professionals in their own right. We welcome the announcement by the Government last week to register paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003), alongside other health professionals like nurses and doctors. Read more »

Responding to the climate emergency

by Paul Bruce
How do we move to a collaborative environment where we can really respond to the climate emergency? The keystone legislation for our response, the Zero Carbon Act, has been delayed by bipartisan politics. One possible answer is a Citizens Assembly as carried out in Ireland. Read more »

Wellington event to focus on global health in the era of climate change

Press Release – University of Otago, Wellington
The University of Otago, Wellington, is hosting the Otago Global Health Institute’s annual conference on Wednesday and Thursday. This year’s conference has a focus on Pacific research, including the threat that climate change poses to global health. Read more »

Bowel screening programme launching at MidCentral DHB

Press Release – MidCentral District Health Board
After more than a year of planning, MidCentral DHB is days away from launching the National Bowel Screening Programme in the region. Read more »

Ryman demolishing two heritage buildings on Karori campus, retaining three others

News from Ryman Healthcare
Ryman’s plans to re-use the Karori campus buildings have been altered for safety. Read more »

Ventilation was missing link, after heat pumps and insulation

Report from Lassoo Media
Upu Ioapo-Penatia has seen first-hand the damage an unhealthy home can cause. Over winter, her two-year-old daughter Savarhn was repeatedly sick with respiratory health issues believed to be caused by their cold, damp home in Porirua. Savarhn developed a viral pneumonia and was later admitted to the ICU at Wellington Hospital. Read more »

Memorial Awards will recognise achievements of people with Down syndrome

Press Release – Wellington Down Syndrome Association
The Wellington Down Syndrome Association (WDSA) wishes to advise of the upcoming annual Frances Clarke Memorial Awards to recognise and encourage the special achievements of people born with Down syndrome in the greater Wellington region. Read more »

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