Respiratory illness-related cases raise concern at Christchurch Hospital, changes made to visits

Respiratory illness-related cases raise concern at Christchurch Hospital, changes made to visits

After increasing viral respiratory cases in the community — Canterbury District Health Board has made new visiting changes for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals, Monday. The changes were effective immediately due to increased demand for hospital-based services after a rise in cases. A number of patients have been showing significant respiratory...

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Increasing numbers of Children getting Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Wellington Region

Increasing numbers of Children getting Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Wellington Region

The lower Wellington region is experiencing a surge of children and adults getting Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and respiratory-type illnesses. Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs’ in specific has seen a large influx of cases. Around thirty children of all different ages are currently at Wellington Regional Hospital. Four...

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Abrupt Medicines Act amendments to come into order

Abrupt Medicines Act amendments to come into order

The New Zealand Government has been made aware of a High Court debate about provisional consent for the Covid-19 Vaccine roll-out and is making a technical change to modernise the law. Under Section 23 of the Medicines Act, the Minister of Health can grant provisional approval for Medsafe-approved medicines, which...

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Warehouse Group to provide free Period Products in Bathrooms to Staff

Warehouse Group to provide free Period Products in Bathrooms to Staff

An announcement made by The Warehouse Group on Thursday says they will supply staff with free period products across all of its stores. The rollout of period products will include all offices and distribution centres nationwide, including at stores such as Torpedo 7 and Noel Leeming. Making the move will...

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Port Unions demand stronger Penalties for Negligent Employers

Port Unions demand stronger Penalties for Negligent Employers

Port Unions released a statement to thisquality to demand improvements to health and safety in ports around the country. The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have both said that port workers are ‘not coming home’ after being killed and hurt due to...

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Government announces major Healthcare Reforms

Government announces major Healthcare Reforms

The Government this morning announced a major change to move all DHBs into one national organisation, called Health New Zealand. A new Māori Health Authority will be introduced with certain powers under legislation to commission health services and monitor the state of Māori health outcomes. It can develop new policy...

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Ministry of Health focuses on eliminating inequities in health system

Ministry of Health focuses on eliminating inequities in health system

The Ministry of Health teamed up with the World Health Organisation for World Health Day yesterday as it puts focus on calls to eliminate health inequities. April 7 was the day used to create worldwide awareness around priority areas that concern the World Health Organisation. Building a fairer, healthier world...

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Māori And Pasifika Midwifery Workforce to get $6m funding boost

Māori And Pasifika Midwifery Workforce to get $6m funding boost

A joint launch project between midwifery education providers and the Ministry of Health will start a new chapter to address inequalities. Over the next four years, $6m pledged by the Ministry will be allocated to increase recruitment and retention of Māori and Pasifika undergraduate midwifery students. 9.83% of New Zealand’s...

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Carterton boil Water Advisory extended ‘until further notice’

Carterton boil Water Advisory extended ‘until further notice’

Carterton District Council has extended its boil water advisory ‘until further notice’ following an announcement made on March 12, urging residents to boil their water after low-levels of E.coli bacteria contamination were found in two bores. The next public update is expected before 6 pm on March 15. All businesses...

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E.coli found in Carterton Water Bores, boil notice issued

E.coli found in Carterton Water Bores, boil notice issued

Carterton District Council issued a notice urging residents to boil their water after low-levels of E.coli bacteria contamination was found in two of the bores. The notice was issued and effective from 3 pm Friday, March 12 to 3 pm March 13. “This allows time to flush the pipes and...

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