Archive for the 'Health' Category

Council bans smoking in all communal areas of its housing complexes

News from WCC
To celebrate World Smokefree Day – this Sunday 31 May – and in response to tenant requests, Wellington City Council’s City Housing unit has declared all communal areas in its housing complexes smokefree. Read more »

Wellingtonians getting 3% faster care at hospital emergency department

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
Nearly 500 more people were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours of presenting to Wellington Hospital’s emergency department between January and March this year, an increase of three percent from the previous three months. Read more »

Debbie Chin chosen as health board’s new chief executive

News from CCDHB
Debbie Chin has been appointed as chief executive of the Capital & District Health Board. Read more »

26,000 nurses reject pay proposal from district health boards

News from NZNO
Nurses, midwives and health care assistants working in the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) around the country have voted overwhelmingly not to accept the DHBs’ proposed multi-employer collective agreement. Read more »

Legal issues identified to support Lecretia Seales’ wish for ‘aid in dying’

Press Release – University of Otago
There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer well known for advocacy for such patients. Read more »

Ruby’s tea towel, with cake recipe, raises $50,000 for Starship

Press Release – Starship
A tea towel designed by Wellington student Ruby Seeto has raised $50,232 to help upgrade the operating theatres and surgical facilities at Starship. Read more »

New Wellington company to develop potential treatment for treating cancer

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
An immunotherapy technology for treating cancer and other diseases, jointly developed by Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has been patented and will be the initial focus of a newly-formed company. Read more »

New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – US expert

Press Release – University of Otago
New Zealand should be one of the safest places in the world to give birth with maternity statistics that are as good as or better than most other countries, says Professor Stacie Geller, an international maternal morbidity and mortality expert. Read more »

Anti-euthanasia campaigner to speak in Wellington

Press Release – Euthanasia Free NZ
Dr Kevin Yuill, author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case against Legalization and anti-euthanasia campaigner from the UK, is visiting Wellington next week to give a public lecture. Read more »

Breast Cancer Foundation announce first Wellington medical advisor

Press Release – NZ Breast Cancer Foundation
Radiologist Dr Madeleine Wall has become the first Wellington-based member of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s medical advisory committee, a role that includes advising the NZBCF on clinical matters, reviewing proposed grants and programmes, and assisting with preparation of evidence-based educational materials. Read more »

Family violence and its victims – conference at Parliament

News from NZ Government
A two-day conference which began at Parliament in Wellington today will look at how restorative justice can be used to better support victims of family violence. Read more »

Wellington doctor proposes more data on deaths after operations

News from Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
The collection of data regarding deaths during and after surgery can be used to influence surgical safety, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s 84th Annual Scientific Conference have been told by a Wellington doctor. Read more »

Survey identifies best (A grade) and worst (D grade) places for swimming

News from Wellington Regional Council
Otaki River, Breaker and Princess Bays and Waingawa, Waiohine and Tauherenikau rivers were the top spots for swimming during the long hot summer. Read more »

Dr Ian McPherson to be interim chief executive for two health boards

News from Hutt and Wairarapa DHBs
Dr Ian McPherson will take up the role of Interim Chief Executive for Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs, starting next week. Dr McPherson will continue in the role for the time that it takes each Board to recruit their Chief Executive. Read more »

Rape Crisis launches street appeal

Press Release – Wellington Rape Crisis
Wellington Rape Crisis will hold its annual street appeal throughout Wellington on Thursday 7 May and Saturday 9 May. Read more »

Women’s high tea at Wellesley Hotel for Heart Foundation

Press Release – National Heart Foundation
New Zealand women are being encouraged to take charge of their heart health this month as the Heart Foundation runs its annual Go Red for Women campaign. Read more »

Lower Hutt doctor discovers: NZers at significant risk of getting shingles

Press Release – Trio Communications
A recently-published study by Lower Hutt GP Dr Stewart Reid has shown that New Zealanders are at higher risk of getting herpes zoster (shingles) in their lifetime than was previously thought. Read more »

Firefighters running through Wellington on relay to Sky Tower

Press Release – South2Sky
In May, firefighters from the Bay Of Plenty and Canterbury will be running through Wellington and the Hutt Valley to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). Local runners and supporters are invited to help run a leg of the relay. Read more »

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