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Pre-departure tests removed from June 20 - Verrall

Travellers to New Zealand will no longer need a COVID-19 pre-departure test from 11.59pm Monday 20 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today.

Otago research unravels insights into military veterans' health

New Zealand military veterans experience the same level of anxiety and depression as the general population, but have more problems with pain and mobility, new research shows.

Christchurch to host 2024 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Congress

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has chosen Ōtautahi Christchurch for its Annual Scientific Congress to be held in May 2024 at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Pharmac seeks views on access criteria for Covid-19 treatments

Pharmac is seeking feedback on access criteria for two new COVID-19 treatments - tixagevimab with cilgavimab and sotrovimab.

Anti-vaping campaign will only send youth back to smoking - CAPHRA

"By stirring up anti-vaping hysteria, New Zealand’s Asthma and Respiratory Foundation will only send more minors back to smoking and put the country’s decade long Smokefree 2025 ambition in jeopardy," says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduc

Winter is coming, get prepared says Paediatric Society

With winter approaching, the Paediatric Society of New Zealand encourages children and whānau to take up protections against an expected surge in winter viral illnesses.

Auckland biotech firm announces successful development of Johne's assay

Auckland-based biotechnology company Pictor Limited has been developing an accurate, affordable multiplexed diagnostic test for Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) - also known as Johne’s disease - that could save the New Zealand dairy industry upwards of $80 million a year in lost produ

Deficiencies in Southern DHB follow-up care of patient after repeated visits to ED - HDC

The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) has today published the following decision relating to a breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code).

Communication, risk assessment lacking in maternity services provided by DHB - HDC

Deputy Commissioner, Rose Wall, has made multiple recommendations to a District Health Board (DHB) to improve its maternity services following a delayed Caesarean section.

NZCA calls for end to continued mandates for chiropractors

The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) has renewed their call for the government to end COVID-19 mandates for private primary healthcare practices, as the continuing restrictions are unjust and unsubstantiated now that the Omicron variant is at large in the community.