Archive for the 'Health' Category

Applied theatre helps women in drug treatment unit at Arohata Prison

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa
“Theatre engages the heart and the mind. It’s a hyperlink to change,” said Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, at the graduation of six women from the intensive, therapeutic programme in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Prison in Wellington. Read more »

$16,000 will help start leadership courses for young women

Press Release – SOUL
Soul is a recipient of a Ministry of Youth Development grant for youth development opportunities, with the funding set to make a huge difference in setting up programmes for young women in Wellington and Auckland. Read more »

Health Board helping Porirua children to eat right and get active

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Eating right and getting active is the name of the game at Rangikura School in Porirua, which has today become the latest school to enrol in Capital & Coast DHB’s new initiative to combat childhood obesity – Project Energize. Read more »

Picture perfect ultrasound scans – free for mothers and babies

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Women across the lower North Island and upper South Island now have free access to the latest in ultrasound technology, with Wellington Regional Hospital having this week installed two new maternal fetal medicine (MFM) ultrasound scanners. Read more »

Top-down, Wellington-led services failing whānau, says Te Pou Matakana

Press Release – Te Pou Matakana
The largest provider of services to Māori has called CYF’s criticism a wake-up call for all government agencies – engage better with your communities or ‘devolve’ services to those who will. Read more »

Wellington researcher finds Pasifika health issues in USA

Press Release – Massey University
Young Pasifika people living in the United States experience similar social and health inequities to Pasifika people living in New Zealand, says a Massey University researcher. Read more »

Dr Swee Tan backs extension of free HPV vaccination to boys

Press Release – Gillies McIndoe Research Institute
Renowned plastic surgeon and cancer researcher Dr Swee Tan has come out in support of PHARMAC’s proposal to introduce free vaccinations to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) induced throat cancers. Read more »

Wellington’s pink dragons win paddling events in Queensland

Press Release – Can Survive
You may be impressed by the exceptional results of our local pink dragons in Australia over the weekend. As a fitting end to a hugely successful season, the breast cancer survivor Cansurvive Dragonboat Team are proudly bringing home the silverware again. Read more »

Health Board defends mental health services and staff

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Capital & Coast DHB today clarified a number of findings in the Chief Ombudsman’s latest COTA Report, in relation to the treatment of a client currently housed at the Tawhirimatea secure mental health unit in Porirua. Read more »

Dr Roger Blakeley standing for Regional Council and health board

Press Release – Dr Roger Blakeley
Dr Roger Blakeley announced today that he will be standing for election for the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) in the local elections in October. Read more »

Nurse with 20 years’ experience standing for health board

Press Release – Eileen Brown
With more than 20 years of nursing experience, and an extensive background in health policy and health governance, Eileen Brown stands out from the crowd as a front runner for election onto the Capital and Coast District Health Board in the DHB elections in September as the Labour Party candidate. Read more »

Bringing a Wellington neurologist to Nelson bedsides – via video

Press Release – Nelson Marlborough District Health Board
Nelson Marlborough Health is one of three district health boards to pilot a tele-stroke service that will give doctors 24/7 access to a neurologist based at Wellington Regional Hospital. Read more »

$1m finance to extend breakthrough brain tumour research

Press Release – Malaghan Institute
Professor Mike Berridge, Cancer Cell Biology Group leader at the Malaghan Institute in Wellington, has been awarded just over $1 million by the Health Research Council to investigate the transfer of mitochondria between brain cells, taking earlier ground-breaking research into this little understood cellular process into new territory. He will lead a team to explore whether mitochondrial transfer can be exploited to improve outcomes for glioblastoma, a highly malignant brain tumour which currently has few treatment options and poor prognosis. Read more »

$4.4m for five Massey University health research projects

Press Release – Massey University
Five Massey University College of Health research projects have been awarded more than $4 million in funding from the Health Research Council to tackle issues including screening for cervical cancer, cancer survival rates in Māori, improving smoking cessation rates and managing nurses’ fatigue. Read more »

Transplant nurses promoting need for organ donations in Porirua

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Donating an organ after you die is one of the greatest contributions you can make toward transforming – if not saving – another person’s life. Read more »

Battle for vaping continues

Press Release – Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy
Wellington Vapers Community has asked AVCA (Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy), a recently formed vapers advocacy group, to assist them with their issues with Wellington City Council (WCC) and the inclusion of vaping in the SmokeFree bylaws per a vote in April 2016. Read more »

Council wants us to be the world’s first smoke-free capital city

Press Release – Wellington City Council
A Wellington’s action plan to support the Government’s goal for New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025 was launched today by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

How to save money? A simple transport solution for regional councillors

by Russell Tregonning
When oral presentations of submissions to the Regional Council’s annual plan (with a proposal for a 7.9% rates increase) were heard last Wednesday, councillors asked submitters “what do you think we could do to reduce spending to allow your scheme to be funded?” Read more »

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