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06-Jun-2017


Successful FAST stroke campaign returns

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 02:01 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the successful national campaign highlighting the signs of a stroke and the need to act quickly is being repeated. The FAST campaign focuses on the key signs of a stroke and emphasises the swift action needed if you’re concerned. “Each year in New Zealand about 9,000 people have a stroke. Early identification and treatment is crucial to reduce the likelihood of brain damage and lasting harm,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Government to ease restrictions on Cannabidiol

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:05 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says New Zealand is to remove restrictions around cannabidiol (CBD), in line with international developments. CBD is a substance found in cannabis that has potential therapeutic value. It has little or no psychoactive properties, yet it is currently a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. “At present CBD products for therapeutic use are only available if approval is given by the Ministry of Health. ...

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Progress on Bowel Cancer screening rollout

Posted: 31 May 2017 07:53 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says final preparations are underway for the National Bowel Screening Programme to begin in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. “Every year more than 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 1,200 die from it, so it is important that the programme is now being rolled out,” says Dr Coleman. “Eligible residents, aged 60 to 74, living in those DHB areas will be invited to take part in the National Bowel Screening Programme. Other DHBs will join in stages over the next three years. ...

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More diversity in our health workforce

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:35 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme designed to increase the number of health professionals working in communities and roles that have traditionally been difficult to staff is supporting the diversity of the health workforce. “The Voluntary Bonding Scheme supports new graduates to work in specialty roles or communities that find it hard to attract health professionals. ...

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Over 240 nurses supported to take vital roles

Posted: 30 May 2017 04:13 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that has attracted over 240 nursing graduates to register to work in specialties and communities that are traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference. “It’s important people can access the appropriate services that they need, and having sufficient staff in the roles and areas where they are needed is a critical part of this,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Celebrating World Smokefree Day

Posted: 30 May 2017 01:46 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to help their friends and family quit smoking this World Smokefree Day. “More than 5000 New Zealanders die of smoking-related illnesses each year. Nearly 1500 of those people die between the ages of 35 and 69, losing on average 23 years of life,” Ms Wagner says. “Support and encouragement from loved ones can make the world of difference because smoking not only harms the health of the smoker but also the people around them. ...

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