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Defending women's rights to postnatal care

Birthing Centre is celebrating the crucial role of midwives in the community as defenders of women’s rights - the theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife on 5 May.

CEO Chloe Wright says this year’s theme is indicative of the importance of the profession.

Measles in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes - Update 8

Since yesterday’s report, there have been no additional cases of measles confirmed in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts. The total number of confirmed measles cases since the start of April remains at seventeen.

Fingerprint of sleep habits as warning sign for heart disease

Chronic short sleep is associated with increased risk of clogged arteries, heart disease, and thus increased morbidity and mortality.

Now is the time to get influenza vaccination - MidCentral DHB

MidCentral residents are being encouraged to get their influenza vaccinations as the district has seen a higher number of influenza A cases than would normally be expected at this time of the year.

Taumarunui nurse with a thirst for learning - Waikato DHB

The combination of nursing and learning has been too strong a pull to resist for Taumarunui’s Helene Draper.

Scientists urge caution in creating new class of medicine to cater for cannabis

Following the Government’s move to increase access to medicinal cannabis, two University of Otago scientists are cautioning that in any future changes cannabis products should be held to the same standards as other medicines.

Facilitation best chance of settling RMO dispute - DHBs

As the five-day strike by Resident Medical Officers draws to an end, DHBs say facilitation by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) is the best chance for settling the dispute.

Algal bloom warning lifted for Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued for Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa.

Midwives defend women's rights

Midwives throughout New Zealand are inviting mothers, families and colleagues to acknowledge and celebrate the far-reaching importance of their profession in women’s lives on Sunday, 5 May, International Day of the Midwife.