Articles for category: Health

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The heat is on for Canterbury! – Health NZ

Cantabrians are being urged to keep cool and hydrated during what looks set to be a stretch of scorching temperatures hitting the region this week. Hot weather is forecast for Wednesday 20 December with temperatures predicted to get to a maximum of 30 degrees, with the heat set to reach 31 degrees on Thursday 21 ...

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‘Check the water for algal blooms before using lakes and rivers’

During the warmer months, there can be potentially toxic blue-green algae present in our lakes and rivers. There is reduced capacity to monitor for algal blooms over the Christmas and New Year period, so it’s important to know the signs of algal bloom to reduce your chances of becoming unwell. “Algal blooms can develop rapidly ...

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Mini-Budget must prioritise health investment – NZNO

New Zealand Nurses Organisation Toputanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) says the cost of ignoring the health crisis will be detrimental to the long-term future of the country if the new government fails to significantly invest in the sector immediately. NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said the “mini-Budget” presented by new Minister of Finance Nicola Willis ...

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Intellectually disabled Kiwis neglected by Government for another 20 years – IHC

New Zealanders have long life expectancies, but new research from IHC shows that intellectually disabled New Zealanders die up to 20 years earlier than the rest of the population. The report, From Data to Dignity: Health and Wellbeing Indictors for New Zealanders with Intellectual Disability, reveals people with intellectual disabilities are experiencing poor outcomes in ...

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Doctors most trusted for COVID-19 advice – University of Otago

When it comes to advice about COVID-19, New Zealanders trust their doctors and healthcare providers the most. A new University of Otago study, published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal, investigates which sources of COVID-19 advice are the most trusted by people living in New Zealand and Australia. More than 800 participants in the Dunedin ...

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‘Covid-19 contact tracing lessons could be applied to STIs’

A centralised contact tracing system for sexually transmitted infections, suitably adapted from that used for COVID-19, could improve outcomes for STIs, experts believe. Public Health registrar Dr Catriona Murray interviewed a dozen professionals with expertise in contact tracing for STIs, as part her Master’s of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her findings ...

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‘Public health vandalism: new Government scraps world-leading smokefree legislation’

EDITORIAL Public health vandalism: new Government scraps world-leading smokefree legislation  Richard Edwards, Chris Bullen, Janet Hoek, Collin Tukuitonga, Andrew Waa, Natalie Walker  Summary One of the new Government’s first actions was to announce its intention to repeal New Zealand’s world-leading smokefree legislation. This has created enormous controversy and opposition. The Government’s actions suggest it attaches ...