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Southern DHB launch integrated service for COPD patients

A new electronic standardised discharge process for patients admitted to Dunedin hospital with acute Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) means patients have more integrated care between hospital and general practice, rehabilitation and community-based services.

NZ launches world-first recycling initiative for vapes - Vapo and Alt NZ

New Zealand now has the world’s only free nicotine vaping products recycling programme.

Maternity report highlights improvements for rural community services - Waikato DHB

The opening of a refurbished birthing unit at Tokoroa and Waikato’s first Maternity Resource Centre at Te Kuiti were among several initiatives to better support Waikato women and their whānau in rural communities in the past financial year.

Maori leaders tackle blind spot in government’s approach to alcohol harm - Hapai Te Hauora

This week a collective of mana whenua, Māori health providers, advocates and community take their concerns about alcohol harm inequities to a symposium held at Middlemore Hospital.

Algae bloom triggers health warning for Lake Okaro

A health warning has been issued for Lake Okaro, near Rotorua, as routine monitoring results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed a bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae.

A personalised approach to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment - Auckland Uni

Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), University of Auckland, are combining machine learning and state-of-the-art imaging to develop an automated analysis technique that will radically improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Stars plus warnings for healthier food choices

New Zealanders would find it easier to eat better and nurture their own and their families’ health if packaged food and drink had to carry a health star rating, a health warning, or both, University of Auckland experts say.

Hospital initiative gives family place in care team - MidCentral DHB

A new initiative that encourages patients’ whānau and friends to assist in their hospital care is thriving at MidCentral DHB, with seven wards running the programme.

Free Measles clinic to set up in Mangere tomorrow

A free measles vaccination clinic is available to the community, with a particular focus on travellers to and from Samoa and the Pacific in South Auckland.

Manage asthma for a better summer - Asthma Foundation

Longer and warmer days are a welcome change, but with them comes a host of asthma and allergy triggers to watch out for.