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Iflove Health Care and Medical Care Review: Your Health You Decide

Iflove Health Care and Medical Care Review: Your Health, You Decide

1 Food allergy sufferers miss out on services
Allergy New Zealand

A lack of data on food allergies means that many food allergy sufferers are missing out on hospital services, according to a new study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal*.

2 Hospitals Prepare For Junior Doctors’ Strike
District Health Boards

The doctors have given notice of a 48 hour strike on the Tuesday and Wednesday before ANZAC Day (0700 on Tues 22 April – 0700 Thurs 24 April) which would reduce hospitals to emergency services only and force the deferment of all non urgent surgery and …

3 Change critical to cope with GP crisis
Harbour health

The CEO of Harbour Health, Susan Turner, says unless there’s a major change in the way we recruit and retain GPs in New Zealand we won’t have enough to cope in the next decade.

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4 Communication vital part of patient safety
Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Communication skills are fundamental components of general practice training courses within New Zealand, says the College of GPs.

5 Condition update for firefighters – 1500hrs 7/4/08
Waikato District Health Board

Alvan Walker, 35, stable in a ward David Beanland, 36, ICU Still intubated, awake, serious but stable Adrian Brown, 51, Stable in a ward Dennis Wells, 51, Stable in a ward Brian Halford, 37, Stable in a ward The next update will be at 9am Tuesday …

6 Spotless’ inaction may lead to rolling strikes
Service And Food Workers Union

The Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota today delivered notices to Spotless Services for rolling 55 minute strikes of 800 public hospital cleaners, service workers and orderlies, starting from one minute past midnight on the 22nd April.

7 Informed Consent Vital in ECT
Mental Health Commission

The Mental Health Commission says that informed patient consent should be the norm when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is being considered as a treatment.

8 Tamahere Explosion Condition Updates
Waikato District Health Board

Two of the firefighters admitted to hospital yesterday following the explosion and then blaze in Tamahere are in a critical condition.

9 Audio Released of Press Conference on Waikato Fire
Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board has released a recording from Saturday night’s press conference at Waikato Hospital involving Owen Kinsella, fire region manager/commander and Hayley McConnell, incident controller and Waikato Hospital group manager.

10 A New Alternative for many New Zealanders
Medistim NZ

An exciting new alternative or adjunct to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and/or anti-depressants has just been introduced into New Zealand to aid those who suffer from severe stress, anxiety or insomnia.

11 Condition update for firefighters – 1100hrs 7/4/08
Waikato District Health Board

Alvan Walker, 35, stable in a ward David Beanland, 36, ICU Still intubated, awake, stable Adrian Brown, 51, ICU Stable, going to Ward Dennis Wells, 51, HDU Stable going to ward Brian Halford, 37, Wd 7 Stable in a ward

12 Expectant Teenage Mothers Continue Smoking
Lindsay Mitchell

New research published in The Medical Journal of Australia shows that forty three percent of Australia’s teenage mothers smoke during pregnancy compared to eighteen percent of all mothers.

13 Emergency Department Response Praised
Waikato District Health Board

Some media reports in the last 18 hours suggested Waikato Hospital’s emergency department struggled to cope with the mass casualty involving eight firefighters from the Tamahere blast.

14 Salmonella mbandaka outbreak
Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is working with local and national authorities to determine the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella mbandaka, a strain rarely seen in New Zealand.

15 Medsafe Blocks Safe Meds, Recommends Suicidal Meds
Health Freedom

Medsafe recommends New Zealanders keep taking Merck’s best-selling Singulair allergy and asthma drug (Saturday’s Herald) even though the FDA announced it was reviewing a growing number of reports involving suicidal behaviour and suicide in patients …

16 Birth, Breastfeeding and Beyond Conferences

A series of one day conferences in May 26 –June 4 2008 in Australia and New Zealand with Michel Odent, James McKenna, Alison Barrett & Carol Bartle

17 A Second Opinion Just A Heart Beat Away
Southland District Health Board

A new echocardiography technology link between Southland Hospital and Dunedin Hospital means a second opinion on a cardiac ultrasound is now just moments away.

18 Judge orders review of Herceptin decision

Roche Products (New Zealand) Limited welcomes Justice Gendall’s directive to set aside PHARMAC’s decision not to fund 52 weeks of Herceptin® for the treatment of early HER2 positive breast cancer. Svend Petersen, managing director of Roche, …

19 Former Plunket president receives top honour
New Zealand Plunket Society

Kaye Crowther, former National President of Plunket, has been honoured as a recipient of the Queens Service Order (QSO) for services to children and the community.

20 ‘Told you so’ re PHARMAC Herceptin decision
Researched Medicines Industry Association

“The Herceptin decision reinforces views that clinical assessments regarding new medicines for subsidy should be separated from the commercial decisions about the potential price to be paid,” the chairman of the Researched Medicines Industry …

21 Disability Action shares top international award
CCS Disability Action

CCS Disability Action is celebrating with its partners Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) and People First a US$50,000 grant they have received as part of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award.

22 Slip Slop Slap Sum Tops $85,000
Cancer Society

The inaugural Dulux SLIP SLOP SLAP campaign held this summer with the Cancer Society of New Zealand raised $85,863 towards promoting awareness and SunSmart behaviour of skin cancer in outdoor workers.

23 Leading Meal Replacment Program Now Available
Celebrity Slim

While statistics show that the growing worldwide obesity problem is reaching epidemic proportions leading health and weight loss brand, Celebrity Slim and Radius Pharmacy are taking the battle against the bulge into their own hands with the New Zealand …

24 Efforts To Avert Junior Doctors’ Strike Fail
DHB Spokesperson

The Lead Negotiator for the country’s 21 DHBs, Dr Nigel Murray – Interim CEO of Southland District Health Board, says despite extending the talks for a day they’ve been unable to persuade the junior doctors to lift the action.

25 Resource materials on reporting suicide available
Ministry of Education

The Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development wish to bring to media attention resource materials on reporting suicide available on the Ministry of Health website.

26 Binge Drinking – It’s Everyone’s Problem
The Alcohol Advisory Council

A new series of television advertisements aiming to get New Zealanders to recognise how their own behaviours may contribute to New Zealand’s binge drinking culture hit the airways last night.

27 Plunket congratulates Well Child graduates
New Zealand Plunket Society

A year of intensive studying has culminated in the graduation today of New Zealand’s newest Plunket Nurses and Well Child / Tamariki Ora Nurses and Health workers.

28 Dual Role for Population Health Service Manager
Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health Service group manager Barbara Garbutt will manage the Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service in an acting capacity from Monday.

29 New Zealand diabetes Congress ‘enormous’ success
International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific

Around 2,000 delegates attended the International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Congress in Wellington, New Zealand, from 30 March to 2 April. This makes the Congress one of the biggest conferences ever held in New Zealand. Including sponsors’ registrations, …

30 Herceptin Court judgement reassuring

Today’s High Court judgement on Herceptin gives New Zealanders significant reassurances about PHARMAC’s processes and decision making, says PHARMAC’s acting chief executive Matthew Brougham.

Iflove Health Care and Medical Care Review: Your Health, You Decide, Editing by David Lee

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