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Govt’s smokefree plan overlooks vaping alternative

The Government’s discussion document on ‘Proposals For A Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan’ alarmingly reveals there’s little intention to elevate vaping as a much safer and cheaper alternative to smoking, says a leading tobacco...

Researchers welcome Smokefree 2025 Action Plan

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which carries out research to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, have welcomed and endorsed the action plan for achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025...

Easing of COVID restrictions may increase child asthma over winter: Expert

Health experts are advising parents to have a management plan in place for their children’s asthma as COVID restrictions lessen, leaving them more vulnerable to respiratory illness this winter. The call comes as New Zealand’s...

NZ smokefree action plan must elevate vaping as a safe switch

A leading vaping advocate has joined mounting pressure on the Government to take all the necessary steps available to achieve the country’s decade-old smokefree ambition. This comes as Associate Health Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall prepares...

Ara to farewell chief executive

Ara Institute of Canterbury’s chief executive Tony Gray has resigned to take up the role of chief executive of Nelson Tasman Hospice. Board Chair Dr Thérèse Arseneau says the Board is grateful for the contributions...

Stepping up for people with dementia

Dementia Auckland has made the difficult decision to cancel its Steps for Dementia 5km fundraiser walk on Sunday 14 March due to the latest Level 3 lockdown. This means the organisation has now been unable...

71 Massey professors hit out over controversial science shake-up

More than 70 Massey professors have made a rare and direct appeal to the university's chancellor over a controversial science shake-up that could cost dozens of jobs. The move - which came shortly before the...

NZ Blood make changes to donor criteria for male to male sex, and sex...

The blood deferral period for men who have had sex with other men has been reduced from 12 months to just three months today. Sex workers and those who have lived in a country with...

Christchurch Hospital A&E experiencing ‘extremely high’ demand

There has been a surge in demand at Christchurch Hospital's emergency department. The ED has seen around 30 more people flocking to the hospital each day in the past few weeks - 380 people were...

New figures show drug checking services have reduced harm – but more could be...

New figures released by KnowYourStuffNZ show that drug checking this summer resulted in the vast majority of people who attended drug checking choosing not to take the harmful cathinone eutylone, where it turned out they had unwittingly purchased it.

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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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