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Successful weekend for West Coast medical families

A weekend for West Coast health professionals focusing on inter-disciplinary learning proved extremely successful, according to organisers and participants.

Taranaki DHB trials tool to reduce medication errors

Taranaki District Health Board is trialling a new electronic tool to help reduce medication errors.

NZ 17th best for children's health care

NZ 17th best for children's health care

A major new index by Save the Children has ranked the best and worst countries for a child to fall sick in - with Chad and Somalia at the bottom and Switzerland and Finland at the top.

Government will streamline clinical trial applications

The Government has today released its response to the Health Select Committee's Inquiry into improving New Zealand's environment to support innovation through clinical trials.

Record numbers for elective surgery

A record 145,414 patients received elective surgery in the year ended July 2011 says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Elective surgery operations include hip and other joint operations, cataracts and grommets amongst other important life improving surgeries.

Midland DHBs promote free kids oral health

Dental therapists and oral health educators across the Midland district health boards area will promote healthy smiles for World Oral Health Day on Monday 12 September 2011.

Auckland measles outbreak now into fourth month

Auckland measles outbreak now into fourth month

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service can confirm:

119 confirmed cases of measles in the Auckland region as of this morning

10 contacts are in quarantine

Nine cases have required hospitalisation during this outbreak

NZers blood pressure still too high says Stroke Foundation

Almost half of New Zealanders tested on Blood Pressure Awareness Day showed high blood pressure readings, revealed the Stroke Foundation today. The figures show there has been no improvement in blood pressure health since the last awareness day in September 2009.

Frustrated geriatrician leaves NZ

Addressing Age Concern New Zealand, geriatrician and stroke specialist Dr Gerry McGonigal expressed his frustration at the way elderly care and stroke services are arranged and delivered in many New Zealand hospitals.

New primary birthing unit opens in Thames

New primary birthing unit opens in Thames

The new state-of-the-art Thames Birthing Unit will allow women in the Thames, Coromandel and Hauraki regions to receive excellent maternity care in a welcoming, holistic new facility.