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Seasonal flu vaccine doses top one million

Over one million New Zealanders have had a flu vaccination this year - and more are expected to with the free seasonal flu vaccination scheme for eligible people open until the end of the month.

Big reduction in MidCentral waiting times for surgery

Health Minister Tony Ryall today congratulated MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) staff for achieving major reductions in waiting times for elective surgery.

Resource helps organisations keep child abuse at bay

Leading child advocate organisation, Child Matters, today launched a publication that it hopes will be used by every organisation in New Zealand that has staff coming into contact with children.

Stress, burnout in wake of quakes - study

While the Christchurch earthquakes have eased, stress and burnout are emerging and increasing in the city’s workplaces, a leading University of Canterbury researcher says.

New retirement survey 'underestimates health costs'

Southern Cross Healthcare Group CEO Ian McPherson said the New Zealand Retirement Expenditure Guidelines, released today by Westpac/Massey University, paint a vastly unrealistic picture of the true cost of Kiwi’s healthcare in retirement.

Nurses play vital role on the West Coast - DHB

The West Coast DHB is well aware of the vital role nurses play in delivering quality health care to the people living on the Coast.

Australia gets gold in the fight against tobacco - Harawira

"Australia didn’t do too well at the Olympics, but they get a Gold Medal for beating the tobacco giants in the plain-packaging debate" said MANA leader Hone Harawira.

It's 'High Teal' time for gynaecological cancer

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) is hosting its first-ever ‘High Teal’ events in Auckland and Christchurch to mark this key month.

Farmers urged to think pink

Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor has come out in support of a rural breast cancer fundraiser following ‘revelations’ that older farmers were loath to be associated with the colour pink.

Court decision on Aust plain packaging 'bodes well for NZ'

"The Australian federal government secured a huge win over big tobacco companies today when the High Court ruled that the Labour Government’s world-first plain packaging laws are constitutionally valid. The Cancer Society couldn’t be more pleased.