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Call for pharmacists to get ahead of medicinal cannabis surge

New Zealand’s over 3,500 practising pharmacists need to urgently familiarise themselves with medicinal cannabis. Patient enquiries and demand are set to surge when Kiwi-made products come onto the market later this year, says one...

Pharmac commits to being more transparent

For the first time, Pharmac is sharing its priority lists for all funding applications for medicines it has assessed but not yet funded. Pharmac’s Chief Executive Sarah Fitt explains, “Until now, we have not shared...

Immunologists receive over $2m for multiple sclerosis and flu vaccine projects

Two Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington immunologists are among the successful recipients of funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand announced yesterday. Professor Anne La Flamme and Dr Lisa Connor from Te Kura Mātauranaga Koiora—School...

PHARMAC seeks views on declining funding applications

PHARMAC is considering declining 97 inactive medicine funding applications. Previously inactive applications have remained on PHARMAC’s books, despite being unlikely to be approved for funding. This has caused confusion as to if they will be...

Governor-General to open new high-tech facilities at St George’s Hospital

Surgeons operating at St George’s Hospital in Christchurch are using advanced imaging technology which lights up their patient’s anatomy with fluorescent dye, isolating very small tumours and cancer cells that can’t be seen with...

More use of advanced practitioners needed to ease primary health care pressures, says researcher

A Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington researcher is calling for more funding and better use of advanced practitioners to reduce pressures on Aotearoa New Zealand’s primary health care system. Dr Tara Officer, a postdoctoral...

Acupuncture added to national guidelines for treatment of patients with chronic primary pain

New Zealand's largest professional body for acupuncturists has welcomed the UKs National Institute for Clinical Excellence's (NICE) decision to include acupuncture in its new guidelines for treatment of patients with chronic primary pain. Kate Roberts,...

Digital patient notes switch for private healthcare network

Southern Cross Healthcare has completed the rollout of an electronic clinical notes solution across its hospital network, moving the organisation one step closer to its goal of having a paperless patient record by the...

Honest answers, clear communication valued by pregnant patients

Clear, honest communication and a good rapport with doctors are key factors in the high levels of satisfaction reported by patients with high-risk pregnancies following consultation with specialist obstetricians, researchers at the University of...

Red Cross appeals for Kiwis to help us get ready for disasters

We know emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. Our communities are often hit hard by the consequences – people are impacted, perhaps homes, schools or workplaces are damaged, access and transportation disrupted,...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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