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Health and safety taskforce given more time

The taskforce established to make recommendations on how to improve New Zealand’s workplace health and safety performance will now report to government by 30 April 2013.

Warning signs to be installed at Te Henui Stream

Signs will be installed at Te Henui Stream’s mouth next week to warn against collecting shellfish or swimming.

Monitoring by Taranaki Regional Council has found the bacteria count in the stream’s water exceeds bathing water quality standards.

Midwives conference begins

Midwives conference begins

The 2012 NZ College of Midwives Biennial Conference starts today in Wellington. Keynote speaker is Nester Moyo.

Selwyn gastro outbreak being investigated

Selwyn gastro outbreak being investigated

The Canterbury District Health Board is investigating whether an outbreak of gastroenteritis at Darfield and Hororata was from contaminated water supplies.

Big improvement in HPV immunisation rates

Good communication with schools, careful co-ordination with rural GP visits, and collaboration with the Cervical Screening Programme has resulted in much-improved immunisation rates on the Coast for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Quality improvement Waikato DHB's highest priority

Waikato District Health Board has released its second Annual Quality Report.

Whilst not yet a national requirement, it is the second report of its kind published by the DHB.

Kiwis with eye disease to benefit from new diagnostic tool

Kiwis with eye disease to benefit from new diagnostic tool

Thirteen of New Zealand's leading eye surgeons have written a diagnostic manual to help General Practitioners (GPs) recognise and treat their patient's eye problems.

Campaign to highlight 'adverse consequences of plain packaging'

Campaign to highlight 'adverse consequences of plain packaging'

British American Tobacco New Zealand (BATNZ) is today launching a major campaign to highlight the adverse consequences of the Government’s plain packaging proposal.

Major works to get underway at Christchurch Hospital

The next stage in an extensive schedule of major quake repairs and rebuild projects for Canterbury Health System has begun.

Leighs Construction was recently awarded the contract for major construction works, which will help restore capacity at Christchurch Hospital.

Samoa health exercise a huge success

Approximately 2,700 Samoans have benefited from a range of healthcare services delivered by the NZ Defence Force as part of Exercise Tropic Twilight, a three-week humanitarian aid and disaster relief exercise.