Health News

Nurses alarmed at plan to employ non-professionals for mental health nursing

Press Release – NZ Nurses Organisation
NZNO is alarmed to hear Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) are considering whether the shortage of mental health nurses may be solved by employing non-professionals. Read more »

Scott Court is now Hutt City’s first smokefree town centre

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Scott Court in Stokes Valley has become the Hutt Valley’s first smokefree town centre. Hutt City Council officially designated the space smokefree at a Council meeting on 10 October. Read more »

The last trolley bus, and some ridiculous claims

by Brent Efford
Despite green opposition, much public indignation and even hints of a legal challenge which came to naught, the official end of Wellington’s electric bus service is set down for 31 October. Read more »

Bad timing – nothing but diesels for the next eight months

The Regional Council has got its timing askew. It’s ending the trolley bus service eight months before any new buses arrive. During those eight months, Wellington will have nothing except diesel buses. And some of the replacements are old unwanted dungers from Auckland. Read more »

From the hospital to the SPCA – helping creatures great and small

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Hospital surgical supplies are playing a big role in helping Wellington’s smallest – and furriest – patients get the treatment they need and find a good home. Read more »

Anaesthetists’ campaign advising older patients about anaesthesia issues

Press Release – The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists
With people aged 65 and over now making up 30 per cent of New Zealand hospital admissions, a new information campaign is advising patients that ageing can make them more sensitive to anaesthetic drugs, more likely to develop complications and infections, and they can take longer to recover from operations. Read more »

Five years of VUW research gives reasons for students’ self-injury

News from VUW
A five-year Victoria University of Wellington research project into self-injury has revealed just under a third of secondary school students aged between 13 and 18 deliberately hurt themselves. Read more »

Police Association conference to focus on mental health of its members

News from NZ Police Association
The focus of the New Zealand Police Association’s 82nd annual conference in Wellington this week is the mental health of its 11,000 serving members, under the theme of ‘Resilience Matters’. Read more »

Nurses share grief after death of Wellington centenarian

Press Release – NZNO
Several representatives of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation were this morning at the tangi beginning at the Pipitea marae in Thorndon to welcome Vera Morgan back on to to the marae after her death. Read more »

Governor-General honours members of Down syndrome community

Press Release – Wellington Down Syndrome Association
The Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy today hosted the annual Frances Clarke Memorial Awards, celebrating the achievements of young people with Down syndrome, at Government House, Wellington. Read more »

Melon Health wins international mental health award

Press Release – McBeth Communications
Melon Health has won an international award for its digital mental health programmes. Read more »

Yoga studio announces partnership with Youthline

Press Release – Power Living
In the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week, Wellington’s Power Living Yoga Studio has announced their newest endeavour to change lives by supporting Wellington’s Youthline. This charity was established to help young people of New Zealand by giving them a place for support and to help them thrive and now with the community’s help, Power Living wants to keep this organization going. Read more »

Community health care system extends to 21 medical centres

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
Hundreds of thousands of people are on track to receive enhanced services and improved access options at GP practices and medical centres across greater Wellington. Read more »

Measles and rubella officially eliminated

Press Release – Ministry of Health
New Zealand has won international praise for successfully eliminating endemic measles and rubella for the first time. Read more »

Acute abdominal pain – hospital reports twice as many patients as ten years ago

Press Release – Otago University, Wellington
Surgical admissions for people with abdominal pain to Wellington Hospital’s department of general surgery have nearly doubled over the past decade, a University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) study has found. Read more »

Margaret Sparrow and Grant Berghan named as Public Health Champs

Press Release – Public Health Association
Each year the Public Health Association (PHA) honours individuals or groups for their outstanding contribution to public health action by naming them Public Health Champion for the year. This year two Public Health Champions have been chosen: Dame Margaret Sparrow and Grant Berghan. Read more »

Kathrine Clarke named Maori Public Health Champion

Press Release – Public Health Association
Maori public health ‘stalwart’ Kathrine Clarke has been named the 2017 Maori Public Health Champion, Tu Rangatira mo te Ora. The annual award, given by the Public Health Association (PHA), recognises outstanding achievement and leadership in Maori public health. Read more »

Sad about the trolley buses?

The top half of today’s strange advertisement from MetLink

by Lindsay Shelton
The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending our money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. Read more »

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