Archive for the 'Health' Category

Poison warning: two rivers unsafe for swimming because of toxic algae

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Toxic algae warnings have been put in place on parts of the Hutt and Ruamāhanga Rivers. Read more »

92 pharmacies now accepting used needles from local patients

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Patients can now dispose of used needles more conveniently and safely, thanks to a new disposal scheme funded by the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards. Read more »

Photography workshops at Thistle Hall

Press Release – Thistle Hall Gallery
The Snapshot Sessions: re-framing the self
In association with Body Positive Wellington
Thistle Hall Gallery 16-22 February
Curated by Steve McVey
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30% increase in December calls for victim support

Press Release – Victim Support
During December when the country was in holiday mode, Victim Support staff and volunteers were responding to a massive 30.9% increase in calls to support victims. Last December it received 4641 calls compared to 6074 this year. Read more »

Surgeons support rejection of late closing – concern about alcohol harm

Press Release – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority’s rejection of the Wellington City Council’s proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until 5am. Read more »

Sports helping young Wellingtonians with psychosis get back on track

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Weekly sport sessions are helping young Wellingtonians who access mental health support to connect with each other and reduce their risk of preventable illness. Read more »

Seven heart attacks, but Petone man is competing in the Coast to Coast

Press Release – Speight’s Coast to Coast
Wellington man Menno van der Laan knows he lucky to be here, let alone be on the start line of next month’s Speight’s Coast to Coast one day event. Read more »

Free Ambulance volunteer helps to expand capital’s food rescue

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance is now partnering with Kaibosh food rescue and Wellington Hospital’s Wishbone café to plug a gap in the Capital’s food rescue chain. Read more »

How did we miss these 8 great ideas?

How did we miss these eight great ideas for Wellington? They were advanced last year by Erentz, in a constructive rant on the indispensable eyeofthefish website. Read more »

Wellington medical breakthrough gets international attention

News from Malaghan Institute
One of the world’s largest dedicated science websites – IFL Science – featured the Malaghan Institute-led discovery last weekend: “World First: Scientists Observe DNA Shuttling Between Cells, Triggering Tumor Growth”. The cellular biology breakthrough demonstrated mitochondrial DNA movement between cells, and could open up new research fields where scientists attempt to replace faulty, disease-causing mitochondrial DNA with custom synthetic DNA. Read more »

Wellington Hospital a “big loser,” in new funding round, says Annette King

Wellington’s Capital and Coast District Health Board has been named as one of nine health boards that will not be receiving enough government funding to break even in the next financial year. The claim is made in a statement today from Annette King. Read more »

Woman with early dementia missing from home in Brooklyn

News from NZ Police Police
Police are looking for a woman who is missing from a home in Brooklyn. They have concerns for her safety due to the early onset of dementia. Read more »

Ready to talk: Quitline expecting a surge in calls on New Year’s Day

Press Release – Quitline
While most New Zealanders will be taking a well-deserved break on New Year’s Day, Quitline’s Wellington office expects to be a hive of activity as staff support smokers to beat their addiction. Read more »

Wellington osteopath offers advice on comfort during long flights

News from Actrix Media
Are you planning a long-haul flight this summer? Do you get back pain from flying? Wellington osteopath Martin Rooke has some tips for looking after your back on long haul flights. These tips will also help prevent the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Read more »

Hospital boards merging laboratory services, promising same service quality

Press Release – Joint Press Release
The Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards have voted to have an integrated hospital and community laboratory service across the Greater Wellington region. Read more »

Wellington professor returns from launch of global urban health programme

Press Release – University of Otago, Wellington
New Zealand researchers are adding their expertise in housing and health to a newly launched global consortium of science and health organisations known as the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme. Read more »

Maori groups support doctors opposing health merger plans

Press Release – Hutt Valley Maori Health Service Development group
The Hutt Valley Maori Health Service Development group supports the call from the doctors to stop the merger of health services in the Wellington region. Read more »

Wellington Hospital to breathe easier, and save $300,000 a year

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
A building management system upgrade is to save Capital & Coast District Health Board at least $300,000 on its yearly power bill. Read more »

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