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'PHARMAC seeking views on new type 2 diabetes medicines'

PHARMAC is looking at funding two new oral medicines with substantial health benefits for the 50,000 New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes.

The medicines are empagliflozin (brand name Jardiance), empagliflozin with metformin (brand name Jardiamet), and dulaglutide (brand name Trulicity).

'Global message to prevent harm from drinking during pregnancy'

Today marks World FASD Awareness Day; a day to take a pause and reflect on how we are supporting alcohol-free pregnancies and those affected by FASD in Aotearoa New Zealand.

'New study offers answer to dramatically reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes'

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, a major cause of severe health issues, including Type 2 diabetes.

Distressing content on TikTok - Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is today issuing a public advisory that footage that appears to show a man dying by suicide is being shared on the social media platform TikTok and viewers of this video may be extremely distressed.

"It's Ok to Korero" and make a daily difference when it comes to suicide prevention - Tukaki

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, who has also been a long-standing advocate of suicide prevention, has said this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10/9/2020) is an opportunity for the nation to push back against stigma for those who are doing it "tough

Volunteer for Blind Week and support Kiwis living beyond vision loss - Blind Low Vision

Blind Low Vision NZ, formerly Blind Foundation, is seeking volunteers to support this year’s Blind Week street collection on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October.

6 new cases of Covid-19 - Ministry of Health

There are six new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

Two are imported cases detected in MIQ facilities. One is a man in his 20s who arrived from the Philippines on September 3 and was at a managed isolation facility when he tested positive on day 3 of his stay.

Investigation of reduced vision caused by 'floater' - Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Kevin Allan today released a report finding an optometrist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to adequately investigate the cause of a "floater" in a woman’s eye.

Checking procedures during laser eye surgery - Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner released a report today finding an ophthalmologist and ophthalmology clinic in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to have checking procedures in place during laser eye surgery.

New partnership sets 'gold standard' for maternity care in NZ - Mothers Matter

A ceremonial handover of the Te Papaioea Birthing Centre in Palmerston North this week will cement a new partnership heralded as the "gold standard" of maternity and postnatal care for all New Zealand.