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Health orgs join forces to keep vulnerable people isolating with COVID safe

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board staff redeploying during COVID times to areas of highest need come in all forms, and the positive impacts are far reaching.

8,700 more Pacific peoples need treatment to prevent gout each year - Pharmac

Pharmac has released the Pacific peoples health - Gout data insights report today. The report shows that, while the prevalence of gout in Pacific peoples continues to climb, access to preventive gout medicine remains inequitable.

COVID-19 boosters approved for 16 to 17 year olds - MidCentral DHB

The Government has announced that rangatahi (young people) aged 16 to 17 years-old can now get their booster of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

ProCare announces appointment of Tangata Whenua representative to its Health Limited Board

Leading healthcare provider ProCare is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah (Hera) Kinred (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei) as the Tangata Whenua representative on the ProCare Health Limited Board. Her appointment was effective from 1 April 2022.

Disability providers need funding to match nurses pay boost

The significant pay increases set to be awarded to nurses and care assistants working for DHBs will need to be matched with government funding for support workers and nurses working for disability providers.

Tone deaf DHBs pay peanuts for staff wellbeing - ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says DHBs are taking a lazy approach to staff wellbeing by making token payments and providing cheap snacks.

Wellington’s Capital and Coast DHB has put $10 into staff accounts as a wellbeing payment.

Medicinal cannabis collaboration boosts export ambitions - NZMCC

New Zealand’s potential to develop a high-grade medicinal cannabis export sector has been given a significant boost by the funding of a major programme to study and improve medicinal cannabis genetic breeding and organic production.

Why only wai? Let's give schools healthy food alongside drinks - HCA

The Government’s proposal for all primary schools to be sugary beverage free is seen as a baby step by health experts, with Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) nutritionists saying the proposal needs to apply to all schools, and include healthy food.

World Health Day: Doctors for a healthier planet - NZMA

"Health is the largest emitter of carbon emissions in the public sector, and the health reforms will be the biggest test thus far of the Government’s pledge to decarbonise the public sector," New Zealand Medical Association Chair, Dr Alistair Humphrey said.

Students shivering inside cold, damp homes, study finds

Tertiary students are more than twice as likely as the general population to be living in damp and mouldy homes, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.