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New Northern Region Shared Services Organisation Proposed

New Northern Region Shared Services Organisation Proposed

One of the Government's key responses to the Ministerial Review Group report is a drive to achieve greater efficiency in non-clinical support services. Health Benefits Limited (HBL) was established to lead these initiatives nationally.

Innovative Medicines "Improve Quality Of Life"

Innovative Medicines "Improve Quality Of Life"

Greater access to innovative medicines could improve the quality of life for thousands of New Zealanders with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Not Just Refugees At Risk Of Excess Lead In Blood

Not Just Refugees At Risk Of Excess Lead In Blood

Potential lead poisoning which may result in screening of refugee children from parts of south Asia may also affect other immigrants from those areas as well, says a senior health official.

Medical Council Didn't Tell Board That Doctor Was Off Register

Medical Council Didn't Tell Board That Doctor Was Off Register

 The Medical Council expected District Health Board (DHB) bosses to regularly check its website to determine whether the doctors they employed held a practising certificate, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal was told today.

Maori And Pacific Women Have Highest HPV Vaccine Uptake

Maori And Pacific Women Have Highest HPV Vaccine Uptake

Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - Young Maori and Pacific Island women have the highest rates of up take of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

HPV viruses can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts.

Midwife Censured For Practising Without Certificate

Midwife Censured For Practising Without Certificate

Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - A midwife has been censured and fined for professional misconduct for practising without a certificate.

Surgeon Missed Woman's Cancerous Tumour, Tribunal Told

Surgeon Missed Woman's Cancerous Tumour, Tribunal Told

Invercargill, September 27, NZPA - An Invercargill woman who was told by her urologist she had strained a muscle and should take panadol was diagnosed with kidney stones and a cancerous tumour on her left kidney just days later, a Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal was told today.

Medsafe Looking Into Avandia Safety

Medsafe Looking Into Avandia Safety

New Zealand medical authorities will investigate the New Zealand use of a diabetes drug, Avandia, alleged to be implicated in 100,000 cases of heart failure.

Concern About Vitamin D In Children Prompts Survey

Concern About Vitamin D In Children Prompts Survey

Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - Many New Zealanders may be blocking out the health benefits of sunshine and becoming vitamin D deficient, researchers say.

Solutions Given To Parents To Curb Kids' Drinking

Solutions Given To Parents To Curb Kids' Drinking

Wellington, Sept 26 NZPA - Parents have been given six strategies to help reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm in their children, in research being published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.