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More support after suicide for NZ communities

Skylight is pleased to announce that their Waves programme, which supports those bereaved by suicide, is now going to be more widely available throughout New Zealand, thanks to new funding from the Ministry of Health.

Maori diagnosed with stomach cancer 'less likely to survive'

New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori.

Researcher explores end-of-life care for Maori

Attitudes to death and dying have a cultural dimension, so how well does end-of-life and palliative care encompass Māori culture, spiritual beliefs and traditions?

'Operative care needed' for NZ homes

Medical students can normally be found tucked away in a library, but today they ventured onto the streets to perform an ‘operation’ on a ‘sick’ house, taking their call for improved housing standards to unfamiliar territories.

New programme aims to get children off feeding tubes

A groundbreaking pilot programme has just been launched at Starship Children’s Hospital, which aims to help hundreds of children get off feeding tubes, and learn to eat and drink again.

Five years of Waikato 'Productive Wards' celebrated

Patients in Waikato District Health Board’s Older Persons and Rehabilitation service are reaping the practical benefits of the DHB’s five-year commitment to the internationally acclaimed Productive Wards programme.

ACC funding boost for ambulance services

Associate ACC Minister Craig Foss today announced a $9.2 million boost to emergency ambulance services which will improve service response times, increase the number of frontline paramedics and provide better tailored patient care.

Obesity affects breast cancer treatment

Obesity may affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

GPs use mobile technology to support smoking cessation

General Practice (GP) clinics around the country are using an innovative practice-patient messaging system to help identify the smoking status of patients, provide brief advice and offer smoking cessation support (Smoking ABC).

Glimmers of light amidst the darkness of suicide in NZ - Dunne

Latest provisional figures from the Chief Coroner for the year ending 30 June 2014, show an encouraging decline in the number of deaths by suicide among young people aged between 15 and 24 years with 110 suicides compared with 144 last year.