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International maternity expert praises NZ care

New Zealand has a "stunning" maternity care system according to a visiting international expert in childbirth and midwifery.

New child cancer specialist for Auckland

Paediatric oncologist, Dr Andrew Wood has returned to the University of Auckland to research the genetic mistakes driving childhood leukaemias.

Study on causes of rheumatic fever underway

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever - one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses - starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week.

Paint yourself blue for prostate cancer

With more than 3000 Kiwi men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, the PlaceMakers Blue Streak is yet again zipping around the length and breadth of the country to raise awareness of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Blue September appeal.

Experts to discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in NZ

A national symposium ‘FASD in New Zealand: A Time to Act’ will be held on Friday 5 September at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki campus.

Review of MDHB Mental Health Services makes recommendations

An independent external review of MidCentral District Health Board’s mental health service following the apparent self-inflicted deaths of two inpatients earlier this year, has made 44 recommendations for improvements to the service.

Deaf Aotearoa 'thrilled' at funding announcement

Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs - a programme that involves sign language facilitators working with families of newly iden

Ryall's promise welcome - Arthritis NZ

Arthritis New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Sandra Kirby, welcomed Hon. Tony Ryall’s ‘promise’ yesterday that a re-elected National government will invest $36m over the next three years in a plan to help New Zealanders live free from bone, muscle and joint pain.

Now's the time for cervical screening

Cervical Screening Awareness Month is coming up in September and MidCentral DHB is encouraging women who are due, or overdue, to book a smear test now.

Minister approves patient information system for the SI

The South Island Alliance, a collaboration of the five South Island DHBs, is one-step closer to realising its vision for a more efficient and sustainable South Island health and disability system, as one of its core IT programmes has been signed off by the Minister of Health.