Archive for the 'Health' Category

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 »

Pollution in sea at Eastbourne: warning to stay out of the water

News from Hutt City Council
Hutt City residents are advised to stay clear of the water at Rona Bay in Eastbourne, owing to water quality issues. Read more »

Lecretia’s choice – Wellington lawyer’s petition on her right to die

Press release from Lucretia Seales
A 41-year-old Wellington lawyer dying of an inoperable brain tumour is taking the unprecedented step of petitioning the High Court to uphold her right to die at the time of her choosing. Read more »

Hearing impairment no barrier to saving lives for paramedic

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance

Hearing impairment doesn’t stop Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic Bronwyn Dunlop saving lives. Read more »

Change of policy: Wairarapa and Hutt DHBs reverting to separate CEOs

Joint Press Release
Wairarapa and Hutt Valley District Health Boards will appoint separate chief executives to help address the unique health challenges of their regions. Read more »

More help for male victims of family violence

Press Release – Ministry of Men’s Affairs
Support for male victims of family violence in New Zealand is to improve following training of local agencies by Greg Millan from the Men’s Health Forum NSW Inc and the Australian 1-in-3 Programme. Counsellors, therapists and psychologists from around the country met in Wellington today to focus on how they can better assist male victims. Read more »

New integrated apps improving patient care in Wellington ambulances

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
A new, high tech system is helping paramedics improve patient care in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Read more »

Seminars by U.S. therapist, author, songwriter

Press Release – Social Service Providers Aotearoa
Wellington-based Social Service Providers Aotearoa and Wesley Community Action are working together to host psychologist, author, trainer, singer-songwriter Dr. John Murphy from Arkansas to lead a series of seminars, co-facilitated by Wesley’s Manager of Practice and Development, Robyn Pope. Read more »

No ban on legal highs, but council restricts where they will be sold

News from WCC
Wellington City Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee today agreed to limit the areas where psychoactive substances can be sold in Wellington – when they come back onto the market. Read more »

Uputaua Suniula: at the front line of health care in Porirua

Uputaua Suniula standing in front of Porirua Union & Community Health Service

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
Becoming a nurse has been a life changing decision for Uputaua Suniula, as she battles not only to help patients, but also to prevent health problems from developing in the first place. Read more »

Baby Show coming to TSB Arena

Press Release – North Port Events
Calling all parents and parents-to-be. The Baby Show is coming to Wellington from 22-24 May at the TSB Arena, and bringing a showcase of everything you need for pregnancy, the early days with your baby, and beyond. Read more »

Chief executive of two health boards leaving next month; “task completed”

Press Release – Wairarapa DHB
The Chief Executive of Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs Graham Dyer has announced he will be stepping down from both roles at the end of April. Read more »

Wellington hardest hit by shortage of gynaecological oncologists

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
Wellington has been identified as hardest hit by a shortage of skilled gynaecological oncologists, with the service provided there described as particularly fragile. Read more »

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