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DHBs’ lack of action forces Birthing Centres to close

Birthing Centre in Lower Hutt and Māngere is being forced to close over the busy Christmas period because local District Health Boards have refused to engage over delivering the maternity care to which mothers are entitled.

Physical activity to reduce the risk of Heart Disease

In New Zealand cardiovascular/heart disease including stroke and blood vessel disease is still the leading cause of death, accounting for 30% of deaths annually.

More focus needed on people’s wellbeing to reduce risk of mental illness

People with low levels of wellbeing are eight times more likely to develop a mental illness according to experts presenting at the 7th Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference (AMHOIC) starting in Auckland today.

One person in every 500 New Zealanders has Parkinson's

Parkinson’s New Zealand is raising funds for the 10,000 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That’s 1 in every 500 Kiwis. Parkinson’s New Zealand is encouraging people to give to families living with Parkinson’s this Awareness Week, 1-7 November.

Public lecture: Improving New Zealand's primary health care

Professor Nicolette Sheridan, of Ngāpuhi descent, will describe ways of organising general practice that are associated with good outcomes for patients, particularly for Māori and Pacific peoples, in what will be the final public lecture in Massey University’s Health by Design series.

Stroke patient receives lifesaving treatment in record breaking time

Last month, Stratford woman, Gay Burnnand arrived in an ambulance at Taranaki Base Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) following a stroke and received life-saving treatment in record breaking time.

Shift towards long-acting contraceptives linked to declining abortion rate

A shift towards the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives, particularly by young women, is associated with declining abortion rates in New Zealand, new research has found.

Patients with rare disorders encouraged to leave New Zealand

Tama has a degenerative disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). There is a treatment called Spinraza that is revolutionary and is designed to stop the disease in its tracks. The drug is funded in over fifty countries but not in New Zealand.

New Zealand leading the world in stroke prevention - AUT

This year’s World Stroke Day campaign, #DontBeTheOne, encourages everyone, no matter what their age, to assess their individual risk of stroke using the free Stroke Riskometer mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Boil water notice lifted for Luggate

The boil water notice has now been lifted for the Luggate township water supply, near Wānaka.

QLDC Three Waters Contract Manager Andrew Strahan advised that this follows three consecutive negative sample tests for E. Coli.