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Southern families to benefit from free chicken pox vaccine

Good news for families living in the Southern District: from 1 July children aged 15 months and 11 years of age will be able to access the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination free of charge.

Maori glossary helps bridge gap in understanding of health issues

Te Reo Hāpai - The Language of Enrichment, is a new Māori glossary that not only provides translations for existing words, it has also created many new words in te reo Māori - for use in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors.

More participants needed for the Women, Bread and Iodine Study

Worldwide iodine deficiency remains one of the most common nutrient deficiencies and New Zealand naturally has low levels of iodine in the soil which results in low levels of iodine in the food supply.

Free chickenpox immunisation for kids

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman welcomes the introduction of free chickenpox vaccination for 15 month olds, beginning on 1 July.

Lumpday promotion urges weekly self-checks for breast cancer

Kiwis are being encouraged to ‘Make Every Wednesday #Lumpday’ in a new initiative from Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ).

The social media campaign features the message ‘Early detection saves lives’ and asks ‘How regularly do you self-check?’

HELL sponsorship 'saves' Tourette's Association of New Zealand

HELL signs 12-month sponsorship agreement that TANZ founder says "saved us from having to close our doors".

TANZ to continue lobbying Ministry of Health to have Tourette’s recognised as a disability.

Study finds brisk walks lower office workers' blood lipids

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, University of Otago researchers have found in a first-of-its-kind s

Steps taken to remove sugary drinks from schools

"Water is our drink of choice. Drink sachets, fizzy drinks and caffeine-based drinks are not welcome here." That’s the call from Allandale School Principal, Drew Manning, one of many local principals taking steps to remove sugary drinks from their school.

Far North imoko health service honoured with award

One of New Zealand’s leading public health volunteer charity organisations, imoko, has been honoured for its services to the community.

Developing social work supervision in Singapore

Associate Professor Kieran O’Donoghue, Head of Massey University’s School of Social Work, is heading to Singapore next week to deliver a keynote address to more than 250 social work supervisors at the Social Work Supervision: Innovative ways to chart the bare essentials seminar.

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