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Porirua counsellor wants early intervention for children at school

Press Release – NZ Counsellors Association
Working with kids earlier around anxiety and stress is crucial, and each community needs to have their own catered approach, urges the NZ Counsellors Association (NZAC). Read more »

Trial of new technology to check pollution of Porirua streams

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council, with lead researchers from NIWA, is trialling a new way of monitoring water quality in Porirua streams. The method is expected to provide a deeper understanding of where contaminants are coming from and gauge how bad water quality can get during a rain event. Read more »

Capital remembering 757 deaths in 1918 influenza pandemic

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 50 million people internationally, around 9000 nationwide, and 757 in Wellington – the majority of the latter were buried in Karori Cemetery. Read more »

Workshops on alternatives to self-harm

Press Release – Grow Ltd
Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH) is an approach that has been demonstrated to lead to a reduction of self-harm risk for people with emotional dysregulation. It can increase confidence in clients to maintain more effective coping strategies, as well as progressing to other therapies as needed. Read more »

Volpara reaches milestone in tech-driven breast cancer fight

Press Release – Microsoft New Zealand
Some of the greatest advances in the fight against breast cancer are happening not in the lab but in a Kiwi software company. Wellington-based Volpara® Solutions™ is helping save lives around the globe with its revolutionary AI technologies that are optimising breast screening to catch breast cancers earlier and reduce costs. Read more »

Police to chase donuts in support of blood cancer patients

Press Release – Leukemia and Blood Foundation
Wellington police have shown support for blood cancer patients by entering a team called the Donut Chasers in the Stadium Climb Wellington event on Friday. Read more »

Full suite of Cxbladder tests adopted by DHB

Press Release – Pacific Edge
Cancer diagnostics company, Pacific Edge (NZX: PEB), has entered into an agreement with one of New Zealand’s largest public healthcare providers, Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), to provide its suite of Cxbladder cancer diagnostic tests for the detection, management and monitoring of bladder cancer patients. Read more »

Ceremony to start construction of new $50m children’s hospital

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Donor Mark Dunajtschik being presented with a gift

News from CCDHB
A ceremony was held today for the customary laying of a mauri stone to signal the beginning of construction of the new children’s hospital at Wellington Regional Hospital. It was attended by DHB staff and Board members, Mark Dunajtschik – who has donated $50 million to the project and is building the new facility – Minister of Health Dr David Clark and kaumātua from Te Atiawa ki Pōneke, Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Taranaki Iwi, and Ngāti Toa. Read more »

Concern about lack of suicide counselling in Otaki and Porirua

Repoert from RNZ
A mental health expert is calling health authorities’ response woeful as Porirua and Ōtaki grapple with a spate of sudden deaths. Read more »

New resource supports teaching students about mental health

Press Release – NZ Council for Educational Research
Those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing will welcome a new resource from NZCER Press. Read more »

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