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PHARMAC confirms their new way of contracting for medicines  

PHARMAC is standardising the way medicines are contracted, providing better support to healthcare professionals when they are prescribing medicines for their patients. “I am pleased to confirm that the Principal Supply Status approach will be implemented...

New tech sees teens with diabetes improve glucose monitoring, but not control

A world-first Otago study has revealed flash glucose monitors help youth with type 1 diabetes better monitor their blood sugar levels; however, it does not improve glucose control. A team of researchers co-led by Associate...

Nurses and midwives invited to return to practice in supportive new initiative

Nurses and midwives who have left the workforce are being invited to return through a supportive Return to Practice Programme at MidCentral District Health Board. A drop-in session to discuss the new Return to Practice...

Study identifies exercise as key to halting progress from diabetes to heart disease

An international study led by the University of Otago has revealed how exercise can reduce the chance of diabetes leading on to heart disease. The research has identified that exercise triggers the release of small...

Lung cancer screening a step closer to reality following combined study

Newly released study results present a strong case for lung cancer screening in New Zealand – particularly for Māori whose mortality rates are between three and four times higher than other ethnic groups. Around 450...

PHARMAC acknowledges the work of pharmacists

As millions of pharmacists celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Pharmacists Day today, PHARMAC Chief Executive Sarah Fitt acknowledges the extraordinary work done by New Zealand pharmacists and pharmacy staff this year. “It feels appropriate...

Smokers increasingly using e-cigarettes to quit, survey shows

People who smoke are increasingly using e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found. The researchers found that between 2016 and 2018 the level of...

Te reo platform set to better support Māori mental health

Clearhead, a Kiwi digital mental health company, has today launched its translated te reo Māori website and chatbot offering in partnership with nib New Zealand (nib) and nib foundation, designed to help reduce the...

Research to inform national cervical screening programme

Researchers from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have been awarded more than $1 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to develop the evidence-base for an effective national HPV screening...

Petition calls for ‘crisis level’ adult cochlear implant funding

A petition calling on the Government to adopt a sustainable funding model that reflects demand for cochlear implants has been launched by the Pindrop Foundation, NCIP and SCIP. The petition currently has 3289 signatures...
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