News

09 Sep 2016

Health experts say a better method is needed to decide which foods and drinks can be marketed to children and which are too unhealthy.

02 Aug 2016

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is urging people to make their views known on the Health of Older People (HOP) Strategy which is now released for consultation.

12 May 2016

Right now many thousands of Kiwi kids are missing out on what they need to thrive. The latest Child Poverty Monitor statistics show 148,000 Kiwi kids are missing out on what they need to grow up healthy.

10 May 2016

A fund for Māori housing has been given a $12.6 million boost in a pre-Budget announcement.

29 Apr 2016

Food retailers near schools may need to consider ways to reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy foods before and after school. That’s the conclusion from the first nationwide spatial analysis of retail food environments around schools in New Zealand.

12 Apr 2016

DHBs rather than local authorities will decide on which community water supplies are fluoridated under proposed changes announced today by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

17 Mar 2016

Britain will introduce a sugar levy on soft drinks in two years' time to tackle a growing obesity crisis, Chancellor George Osborne said in a surprise announcement on Wednesday, delighting health campaigners and angering drink makers.

05 Feb 2016

Most early childhood education services strive to encourage healthy eating among children, but need stronger and more detailed nutrition policies to support change in everyday staff and parent behaviours.

04 Feb 2016

Officials in Texas have reported the first case of Zika contracted in the US mainland, and said that the virus was sexually transmitted. If confirmed, the case would be only the second documented example of the virus being passed between humans through sexual contact.

04 Feb 2016

The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) has presented its final report to WHO Director General. WHO has estimated 41 million children under the age of five are overweight. Six main recommendations are described in the report aiming at governments to reverse the trend of under 5 year old becoming overweight and obese.

14 Jan 2016

British anthropologist Dr Anne Fox last year released an international, alcohol industry-sponsored study which blamed New Zealand's macho culture, rather than alcohol, for violent crime. Now, Auckland University students have published a retort, saying the study is, in a word, wrong.

26 Nov 2015

Last week Scott Metcalfe FNZCPHM, on behalf of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, had an editorial published in the New Zealand Medical Journal; ‘Fast, fair climate action crucial for health and equity’. The College would now like to urge you to join one of the People’s Climate Marches this weekend.

20 Nov 2015

Health groups have come out today in an editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal, highlighting serious health disparities as a result of climate change. They state that urgent action, based on a fair approach to reducing global climate emissions, is essential for health and equity.

09 Nov 2015

Anti-obesity campaigners believe the Labour Party has missed an opportunity to make a real dent in sugar consumption by failing to back a sugar tax on fizzy drinks.

06 Oct 2015

New Zealanders will not face increased medicine costs as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Australian officials took an ANZAC approach to patent protections on biologics over the last three days and dug their heels in on the issue on behalf of Australians and Kiwis. This single-handedly stalled the TPPA deal while also giving Trade Minister Tim Groser more time to strike a better deal over dairy.

17 Aug 2015

A third of patients with bowel cancer in this country don't find out they have the disease until they reach a hospital emergency department.

08 Jul 2015

Yesterday's Government announcement of New Zealand’s post-2020 climate target is a shocking failure to act to reduce health damaging greenhouse gas emissions, says OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.

07 Jul 2015

New Zealand will commit to a new, more ambitious climate change target, Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser announced today.

06 Jul 2015

The flu season is under way and the public has been warned – it could be a nasty one.

02 Jun 2015

A number of free trade and investment agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are currently being negotiated. A group of UN experts* have issued the following statement to express concern about the secret nature of drawing up and negotiating many of these agreements and the potential adverse impact of these agreements on human right

06 May 2015

Two-thirds of Auckland adults and a third of children are overweight or obese and almost half of the city’s residents are not physically active enough to be healthy.Those are just two statistics which clinical director of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Julia Peters, is hoping to turn around via a major collaborative plan for the country’s biggest city, entitled Healthy Auckland Together.

13 Mar 2015

Recent confirmed measles cases in Auckland and Christchurch serve as a timely reminder to make sure you and your children are fully immunised against the contagious disease, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Caroline McElnay says.

12 Mar 2015

Britain's parliament has approved legislation to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $US29 billion tobacco industry.

09 Mar 2015

“It’s disappointing – but predictable – that one of this country’s foremost dental experts has been attacked for speaking out about a major health problem facing New Zealanders, the over-consumption of sugar,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

09 Mar 2015

The type and quality of urban transport networks within an urban area have a large impact on quality of life for residents. For regions such as Wellington, looking to support future sustainable development of the region and a transformation to a low-carbon economy, a critical element is planning to support public transport, walking and cycling networks.

05 Feb 2015

New Zealanders who live close to parks or green spaces are less likely to be overweight or suffer from obesity, a University of Canterbury research project has found.

04 Feb 2015

APEC, the world’s leading economic growth engine and most natural disaster prone region, is on the lookout for a young scientist whose collaborative research in the Asia-Pacific stands to revolutionize efforts to protect lives, livelihoods and the future of the global economy against the increasing threat posed by climate change.

30 Jan 2015

Starting this Sunday, New Zealanders from around the country are taking part in FebFast, an annual fundraising campaign that challenges participants to experience the month of February without alcohol.

21 Jan 2015

The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England recently released a report on the poor state of children’s oral health in England. They called for widespread introduction of water fluoridation in order to reduce the huge numbers of children having teeth extracted.

20 Jan 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers, lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It focuses on how to reach the internationally agreed overarching target of a 25 per cent reduction of premature mortality from these four major non-communicable diseases by 2025.

19 Dec 2014

Whether you are staying home or travelling out of town, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking Aucklanders to take steps to reduce the risks that can arise over summer.

14 Dec 2014

What's cycling worth? Europe's cycling economy is larger than the economy of Denmark and employs more people than mining and quarrying combined, according to a recent study.

11 Dec 2014

The Annual Update of Key Results 2013/14: New Zealand Health Survey provides up-to-date and retrospective information on key health issues facing New Zealand adults and children. This information is vital to being able to effectively monitor trends and identify changing patterns of disease.

21 Nov 2014

A public health specialist says Māori are over-represented in the number of people who die in low rental accommodation.

18 Nov 2014

While Maori health issues make grim reading in Hawke's Bay, Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says there needs to be a different approach to helping turn it around.

17 Nov 2014

As Antibiotic Awareness Week 2014 is held across Australia from 17-23 November, NPS MedicineWise is asking all Australians to imagine a world without antibiotics and join the fight against antibiotic resistance.

07 Nov 2014

Members of the Smokefree Coalition are backing calls by health professionals to Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser, calling for a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement before New Zealand signs the dotted line.

03 Nov 2014

Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.

25 Oct 2014

Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders. They say leaked information suggests international big business, such as the tobacco or alcohol industries, could sue the New Zealand government if it puts health-based policies in place that might threaten their profits.

09 Oct 2014

Former Massey University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Durie will this week receive three new awards in recognition of his contribution to indigenous and public health.

26 Sep 2014

A ban on fizzy drinks in Northland hospitals has won the support of staff and the public, the Northland District Health Board says.

24 Sep 2014

The Tick for Kids* coalition is welcoming early indications from the Prime Minister that the Government will take continued action on child poverty as it begins its next three year term. Tick for Kids partners will work with the new Government to support this action and the positive outcomes it will bring to children in New Zealand.

11 Aug 2014

New Zealand medical students are calling on the country’s political leaders to tackle unhealthy homes in New Zealand by implementing a warrant of fitness for private rental housing.

04 Aug 2014

OraTaiao is excited to be sponsoring a new award [link] entitled 'Leadership in Environmental Sustainability by a Health Sector Organisation' - following the lead of the UK NHS (and other health systems) that recognise the key role that the health sector has to play in carbon reduction and sustainability.

21 Jul 2014

Routinely collected health data on pregnant women could be used in a better way to identify ‘at risk’ children earlier and more effectively, according to a new report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study released today.

13 Jul 2014

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the establishment of a National Māori Housing Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to co-ordinate strategic Māori housing policy across government.

09 Jul 2014

More than 30 organisations supporting the Tick for Kids campaign leading up to the General Election on 20 September are disappointed to see the latest Household Incomes Report and Economic Survey showing there are still far too many children living in poverty, leading to many going without the basic good and services they need.

02 Jul 2014

A measles outbreak in Hawke's Bay has health officials urging people under the age of 45 to check their vaccination status.

30 Jun 2014

Christchurch four year-olds have on average 95 percent more decay in their baby teeth than children from Wellington of the same age, a University of Canterbury health sciences postgraduate researcher has found.

24 Jun 2014

The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya on Monday, as more than 150 high-level delegations began a week-long examination of the intersection between global economic progress and the environment.

17 Jun 2014

New Zealand children could be growing up as a generation who learn from watching TV or DVDs rather than being read to, the most up-to-date study of the youngsters and their families shows.

16 Jun 2014

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine endorses the Tick for Kids campaign “It takes a child to raise a country”, that is being launched tomorrow, aimed at raising awareness of children’s health and wellbeing. The NZCPHM considers healthy children to be a fundamental prerequisite for a healthy and prosperous New Zealand.

09 Jun 2014

In a major policy briefing released today, the New Zealand Medical Association recommends a suite of measures to be considered as part of an approach to tackling New Zealand’s obesity epidemic.

09 Jun 2014

The NZ College of Public Health Medicine is backing the New Zealand Medical Association’s call for more urgent and coordinated action on the country’s obesity time bomb, claiming it will soon be a bigger problem than smoking.

05 Jun 2014

Thirty-seven New Zealand leaders from health, education and the churches have put their names to a Call for Action on Alcohol statement to the incoming government of 2014.

04 Jun 2014

The New Zealand College of Midwives has successfully called for urgent climate action, with a ground-breaking position statement on climate change accepted today by the International Confederation of Midwives meeting in Prague.

26 May 2014

A report on the state of Pasifika people says they are being left behind in New Zealand's economic recovery.

09 May 2014

Southern Cross Healthcare Group and Massey University are facilitating an invitation-only Think Tank today - where 50 experts in their respective fields will gather in Auckland to propose and discuss pragmatic solutions to New Zealand’s growing and unsustainable level of healthcare spending.

29 Apr 2014

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine is urging the government to act on all the Health Select Committee's recommendations to improve health outcomes and prevent child abuse for children under three years old.

16 Apr 2014

An advisory committee for ethical issues in healthcare supports the National Advance Care Planning Cooperative’s national awareness day, Conversations that Count.

14 Apr 2014

The United Nations has released a new and damning report on global warming, reaffirming that the world must drastically slash its use of fossil fuels and switch to predominantly clean energy by 2050, or face catastrophic climate change.

26 Mar 2014

A visiting health professor and a world leader on research into school children’s physical fitness will give a public lecture about making children healthier at the University of Canterbury (UC) next week.

07 Mar 2014

Local Authorities in the Wellington region have resolved to take a remit to the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) national conference proposing to make health authorities, rather than local councils, responsible for deciding whether fluoride is put into local water supplies.

04 Mar 2014

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, the Public Health Association and the Health Promotion Forum are pleased to present the 1st New Zealand Population Health Congress. We are now inviting abstracts and encourage you to take this opportunity to present and discuss your work and your contribution to improving population health.

19 Feb 2014

Auckland health officials are worried a separate strain of measles not linked to cases from overseas may be starting to spread but stress those who have had two MMR vaccines are still protected.

17 Feb 2014

Health advocates are drawing battle lines against "Big Food", claiming drastic intervention is needed to stave off a diabetes crisis in New Zealand.

12 Feb 2014

Last night Turia, Associate Minister of Health, introduced the Smokefree Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill into Parliament, and it passed its first vote by 118 votes to one.

04 Feb 2014

Community water fluoridation meets a public health need in our communities and addresses health inequalities. It is no surprise that it is acknowledged by the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th Century.

15 Jan 2014

Passengers who travelled on a flight to Auckland from Singapore may have been exposed to measles.

13 Jan 2014

You are invited to read and make submissions on the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

18 Dec 2013

With summer holidays around the corner, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is urging Auckland residents to take steps to reduce the risks that come with the warmer months.

16 Dec 2013

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has announced funding for four research projects that aim to develop a better understanding of the most effective approaches to reduce the incidence and impact of rheumatic fever in New Zealand, with the projects due to be completed in late 2016.

09 Dec 2013

Today’s release of the first annual monitor of child poverty puts a spotlight on the thousands of Kiwi kids who aren’t getting the start to life they deserve.

03 Dec 2013

Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago, Wellington, has been awarded the prestigious Liley Medal from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) for his outstanding contribution to the health and medical sciences in the field of public health.

27 Nov 2013

The Government is planning a $1.25 million public awareness campaign with Alzheimers New Zealand to try and draw elderly people in for early diagnosis of dementia.

30 Oct 2013

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has decided to publish his own annual stocktake of child poverty after the Government spurned his call to publish official measures and targets.

27 Oct 2013

A report says the gay community experiences disproportionately high levels of suicide, depression and other health problems, but is neglected by funders and policy-makers.

03 Oct 2013

MidCentral District Health Board and the Manawatu Turbos will be helping raise awareness of diabetes during half time at Friday’s (4th) home game at FMG Stadium.

30 Sep 2013

Te Aō Marama hit the streets of Whakatane, Hastings and Hamilton this September to tell residents about the benefits of fluoride. Loaded with free T-shirts and DHB pamphlets the team put up a unified front in the battle for fluoride. Te Aō Marama is the NZ Māori Dental Association.

11 Sep 2013

The NZCPHM Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop are going ahead with the Cultural Competence Workshop starting slightly later than planned. Please let College staff know if your flight has been delayed (and your new ETA) by texting 021472918.

29 Aug 2013

Dunedin company BLIS Technologies Ltd have partnered with the Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Alliance, Kawerau Rheumatic Fever Prevention Program. The company has donated 200 bottles of its BLIS K12 Throat Guard Daily probiotics to aid children.

14 Aug 2013

The Hamilton City Council’s leaflet to ratepayers about its decision to ban fluoride in their town water supply gives oral health information that is wrong, unscientific and misleading to Hamilton people, leading NZ dental authorities say.

13 Aug 2013

The Public Health Association of Australia along with the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, the Catholic Health Australia, the Mental Health Council of Australia and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launched a campaign calling on all political parties to outline their plans to address the growing failure of Medicare that is seeing Australia develop a two-tier health system.