Health News

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 »

Obstetric providers need greater support – university research

Press Release – University of Otago – Wellington
A new study shows most New Zealand obstetric providers need more support when providing a revolutionary genetic prenatal screening test because of its complexity and because it is not publicly funded. Read more »

NZ falling short of Smokefree goal

Press Release – University of Otago – Wellington
Smokefree 2025 will be Smokefree 2065 unless urgent government action is taken. Read more »

Healthcare and medical job advertisements increase by 23 per cent in Wellington

Press Release – SEEK
Healthcare and Medical professionals are in demand, with job ads on Seek growing 9 per cent from April to June when compared to the same period last year. In Wellington, this advertising has increased by 23 per cent. Read more »

Centre for Translational Physiology launched in Wellington

Press Release – University of Otago
A unique centre that will forge new links between health researchers and clinicians, working on solutions for complex diseases such as diabetes, obesity and stroke, is being launched at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) this week. Read more »

VUW scientist researching breast cancer with grant of $100,000

News from VUW
“Every bit helps to fight this horrible disease,” says a Victoria University of Wellington scientist who is developing a potential new treatment for advanced breast cancer. Read more »

Local hospitals provide dignity and respect for 268 very large patients

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Innovation and sensitivity are the cornerstones of the approach to treating very large – ‘bariatric’ – patients at local hospitals. A bariatric care approach helps staff provide respectful and safe care for very large patients. Read more »

Wellington’s first private cancer treatment centre opens at Bowen Hospital

Press Release – Acurity Health Group
Cancer patients will be able to be treated privately in Wellington with the opening of the new Bowen Icon Cancer Centre at Acurity’s Bowen Hospital by Prime Minister Bill English. Read more »

They’ve studied our roofs – zinc may make our rainwater healthier

Press Release – Massey University
A new study of Wellington roof catchment rainwater has found that zinc in galvanised steel roofs can kill some bugs. But households concerned about the safety of emergency roof catchment rainwater in the event of an earthquake still need to disinfect it before drinking it. Read more »

3000 children in energising project to keep obesity at bay

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Thousands of greater Wellington primary school kids are getting their blood pumping, and learning about healthy eating, to avoid obesity. Read more »

Summit aims to get us walking again

Press Release – Living Streets
Pedestrian advocacy group Living Streets Aotorea is aiming to push walking up the national agenda with the inaugural NZ Walking Summit. The event, which will take place this week in Wellington, aims to inspire Kiwis to get walking and help make New Zealand a leading global destination for urban walkers. Read more »

Who’s listening to the nurses?

by Lindsay Shelton
Nurses at Wellington Hospital are alarmed, upset, shocked and disappointed by the resignation of chief executive Debbie Chin. Is anyone paying attention to their concerns? Read more »

Wellington Hospital’s chief executive Debbie Chin leaving at end of year

News from CCDHB
Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) Chief Executive Debbie Chin today announced her intention to stand down at the end of 2017. Read more »

Nurses shocked and alarmed by departure of Debbie Chin, “a great leader”

News from NZNO
The NZ Nurses Organisation is alarmed to hear today of the resignation of Debbie Chin, Chief Executive of Capital and Coast DHB. Many members and staff are personally upset to see how the ongoing underfunding of the DHB has caused a highly capable leader to leave the top post. Read more »

Doctors praise Debbie Chin’s work at Wellington Hospital

News from NZRDA
The New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) congratulates Debbie Chin for her work at Capital and Coast DHB. Earlier today, Debbie Chin announced her resignation from CCDHB, to take effect later this year. Read more »

Bowel cancer screening – 12 years late

Comment from Philip Shouler
I can imagine with this weeks’ announcement of the first 2 DHBs in NZ to start bowel cancer screening that those responsible will be beating their chests with pride and self importance. Read more »

Celebrity lunches and talks about loss and grief

Press Release – Skylight
Grief and loss – it touches all of us at some stage but how equipped are we to deal with it when it comes? Read more »

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