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28-Jun-2017


New dementia guidelines for GPs and nurses

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 04:53 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging primary healthcare professionals to use recently published guidelines to help identify early signs of dementia. The eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs and Practice Nurses is designed to build primary care confidence, competence and consistency in assessing, diagnosing and managing mild cognitive impairment and dementia. ...

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Free chickenpox immunisation for kids

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 02:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman welcomes the introduction of free chickenpox vaccination for 15 month olds, beginning on 1 July. “The introduction of the free chickenpox vaccine for 15 month olds will have a significant impact on reducing the harm caused by this common disease,” says Dr Coleman. “Chickenpox is a common childhood disease that is usually mild, but can lead to complications including scarring, skin infections, pneumonia, eye damage, swelling of the brain and kidney problems.  ...

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General practice increasingly popular with young doctors

Posted: 22 Jun 2017 03:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an increase in interest in general practice amongst medical students is a promising trend. “It’s important that health facilities around the country are well equipped to provide New Zealanders with the treatment that they need, when and where they need it,” says Dr Coleman. “To ensure this happens we need to continue with the current planned programme to gradually increase the number of doctors coming through the pipeline into general practice. ...

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Celebrating 20 years of pill-free prescriptions

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 08:55 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has marked the 20th anniversary of the Green Prescription initiative, which has seen around 400,000 medication-free healthy lifestyle prescriptions given out. “The Government is committed to supporting New Zealanders to live healthier more active lives away from hospitals,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Scholarships for aspiring Pacific health professionals

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 09:22 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is congratulating 25 tertiary students awarded Pacific Health Scholarships during a special ceremony in Porirua today. The Ministry of Health-funded scholarships aim to strengthen the Pacific health and disability workforce by providing financial assistance to Pacific students committed to improving the health of their communities. “Boosting the Pacific health workforce will help address the diverse needs of Pacific communities and promote better Pacific health outcomes,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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Finding new ways to support people with long-term pain conditions

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is praising an innovative programme in the Far North which aims to better support people with long-term musculoskeletal conditions. “The Government invested $6 million in Budget 2015 to create community based early intervention multi-disciplinary teams designed to better support patients with musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis,” says Dr Coleman. “We have 17 of these Mobility Action Teams across the country which are all trialling innovative community led approaches. ...

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Scholarships for aspiring Pacific health professionals

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 09:22 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is congratulating 25 tertiary students awarded Pacific Health Scholarships during a special ceremony in Porirua today. The Ministry of Health-funded scholarships aim to strengthen the Pacific health and disability workforce by providing financial assistance to Pacific students committed to improving the health of their communities. “Boosting the Pacific health workforce will help address the diverse needs of Pacific communities and promote better Pacific health outcomes,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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Finding new ways to support people with long-term pain conditions

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is praising an innovative programme in the Far North which aims to better support people with long-term musculoskeletal conditions. “The Government invested $6 million in Budget 2015 to create community based early intervention multi-disciplinary teams designed to better support patients with musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis,” says Dr Coleman. “We have 17 of these Mobility Action Teams across the country which are all trialling innovative community led approaches. ...

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