Health News

One year after Havelock North water crisis, communities call for action

Press Release – Forest And Bird
On the one year anniversary of the Havelock North water crisis, twilight vigils for fresh water were held in city centres around the country tonight. Read more »

Quitline is good value-for-money – new Wellington study

Press Release – University of Otago – Wellington
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money. Read more »

Wellington introducing minimum standards for rental housing – but it’ll be voluntary

Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, and Mayor Justin Lester. Photo: University of Otago, Wellington

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington. Read more »

Pollen’s not pollution – it’s Spring

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Reports are coming into the Council of signs of yellow powder or paint residue lining streams and puddles and coating people’s cars, all of which are deposits of pollen and signs that Spring is in the air. Read more »

Candlelit Vigil for Water

Press Release – Forest And Bird
One year since the Havelock North water crisis, four communities will hold a candlelit ‘Vigil for Water’ this Sunday at twilight. Read more »

Surf lifesaver delivers petition asking for operation to stop her going deaf

News from YesWeCareNZ
A 22-year-old surf life-saver going deaf today delivered a 26,643-strong petition to Parliament, calling on Bill English to give her a publically-funded cochlear implant before she goes completely deaf. Read more »

Porirua project receives $2m freshwater grant

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A wetland project designed to improve the quality of water flowing into Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and help address flooding has been given a $2 million boost by the Government. Read more »

Hutt community reps create mental health plan

Press Release – Ginny Anderson
Fed up with government inaction on mental health issues, Hutt community representatives have taken matters into their own hands and created a plan of their own. Read more »

Launch of new online tool to focus on Māori men’s health

Press Release – Mana Tane Ora o Aotearoa
Mana Tāne Ora o Aotearoa, the National Māori Men’s Health Coalition, will launch the Tāne Ora Health Indicator tool in Wellington tonight. Read more »

Bigger and better intensive care for Wellington Hospital – from 18 to 24 beds

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
One of the country’s busiest intensive care units will be expanded to enable nearly 100 additional complex surgeries per year. Read more »

“No quick fix:” Lower Hutt’s drinking water to be permanently chlorinated

Press Release – Wellington Regional Council
Greater Wellington Regional Council has approved the permanent chlorination of Lower Hutt’s drinking water. The Council voted in favour of a recommendation from Wellington Water, which has completed an investigation into the contamination of water supplied from the Waiwhetu Aquifer. Read more »

Wellington research on childhood respiratory illnesses and primary care

Press Release – University of Otago
A study using ‘big data’ has found that childhood respiratory illnesses, especially during the first two years of life, have a big impact on New Zealand primary care general practice (GP) workloads. Read more »

Hospital provides new home for Menzshed

Press Release – City Menzshed Wellington
Thomas the Tank Engine has brought two groups together in what is clearly a win/win partnership. Read more »

Rethinking men’s mental health

Press Release – Ancestral Health Society
Five members of the Ancestral Health Society of NZ (AHSNZ) including a nutritionist, sociologist, men’s group presenter, psychologist, and naturopath, are giving talks on men’s mental health at the Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington on Saturday, 19 August. (1-4pm). Read more »

Peter St George-Hyslop wins Ryman Prize

Press Release – Ryman Healthcare
A world-renown researcher has won the 2017 Ryman Prize in recognition of his more than 30 years of ground-breaking contribution to research into Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more »

Less than expected: sewage emptied into Owhiro Bay from leaking wastewater main

News from WCC
Work to repair the leaking wastewater main at Owhiro Bay began around 1am on Friday morning. The pipe was reconnected by Friday afternoon, and the discharge to coast stopped at about 2.30pm. By Saturday the water was clear, and preliminary results show water quality quickly returning to normal. Read more »

Enliven wins Careerforce Training Excellence award

Press Release – Enliven
Enliven has won a top industry training award for its commitment to staff training. Read more »

Under-funding leaves 81% of Wellington hospital nurses feeling unsafe, unsupported

News from NZNO
Only 19% of nurses and midwives feel safe or supported at the Capital and Coast District Health Board, according to the recently run CCDHB staff engagement survey. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation say this is a direct result of a decade of underfunding causing financial deficits. Read more »

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