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Director-General of Health appointed

The Deputy State Services Commissioner has today announced the appointment of Dr Ashley Bloomfield as Director-General of Health and Chief Executive, Ministry of Health.

Green Cross Health appoints new CEO, Community Health Division

Green Cross Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Van Wyk as CEO of the Community Health Division.

Thank you Sir Peter: Prostate Cancer Foundation

After many years of reminding blokes to ‘get checked’ and raising awareness of the number one cancer in Kiwi men, Sir Peter Leitch is stepping down as Patron of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

US$18 Million financing for Auckland Uni developed cancer therapy

Rain Therapeutics Inc., a privately-held, clinical stage biotechnology company focused on biomarker-driven, small molecule therapeutics for patients with cancer, today announced the closing of a tranched Series A financing of US$18.4 million (NZ$ 26.7million).

Research finds pelvic pain an issue for women nearing mid-life

Many women nearing mid-life suffer some form of pelvic pain like period pain, or pain with sex however, pregnancy and childbirth appears to offer some protection, latest findings from the University of Otago's Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study reveal.

Research initiative brings hope for NZ kids battling cancer

An innovative child cancer clinical trial launches today which aims to use a state-of-the-art genetic test to improve outcomes and quality of life for New Zealand children with difficult-to-treat and relapsed forms of cancer.

Escaping the ward with virtual reality - Canterbury DHB

Teri Jackson was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (a cancer of the blood and bone marrow) just before her year 12 exams.

"I was pretty much hospitalised from October until half way through February and I only got a few days outside," she says.

Exercise to stay young: 4-5 days a week to slow down heart's ageing

Participating in exercise 4-5 days per week is necessary to keep your heart young, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. These findings could be an important step to develop exercise strategies to slow down such ageing.

Telehealth a clot-busting game-changer for Kiwi stroke patients

The chance of patients avoiding permanent brain damage or disability from stroke looks set to dramatically improve, thanks to the success of a New Zealand hospital telehealth pilot now being progressively rolled out nationwide.

Let's track the flu so we can help you

The Ministry of Health's Director of Public Health welcomes the introduction of a new way to track influenza online in New Zealand.