The College of Public Health Medicine has existed in its current form for the past ten years. But the roots of the College stretch back to the formation of the New Zealand College of Community Medicine in the 1970s. This publication documents the history of the College in its different guises over the past 40 years. With the ten-year celebration of the current College, this seemed an appropriate time to document this history.
NZCPHM submitted feedback to the Ministry for the Environment on the Zero Carbon Bill.
The NZCPHM provided feedback to the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) as part of the Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages public consultation.
Health Minister Dr. David Clark announced NZCPHM Fellow Dr. Ashley Bloomfield as the new Director-General of Health for five year term, effective 11 June 2018.
This year’s World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs is now published.
A 4-year-old girl who had all of her rotting baby teeth removed is one tens of thousands of Kiwi kids with poor dental health, a new report has found.
A large-scale prospective cohort study, assembled by a number of NZCPHM Fellows and published in The Lancet May 2018 issue, examined cardiovascular disease risk prediction equations and their relevancy in present-day primary care settings in New Zealand.
Scotland introduced minimum unit pricing on alcohol on Tuesday as it tries to improve public health by raising the cost of cheap, strong drinks favored by young people and binge-drinkers.
More effort must be made to lift immunisation rates for Maori and Pacific peoples, and other population groups, says the NZ College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM).
A range of sectors came together today, with the goal of working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand.
Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced the members of a climate change committee and asked them to look at how to reduce agricultural emissions.
A toolkit providing Maori-centred activities is now being used by more than 200 mental health clinicians across New Zealand working with Māori affected by mental health and addiction issues.
The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis
Kiwi adolescents are frequently exposed to marketing of unhealthy food choices online, according to a University of Auckland study.
The Medical Council today released the New Zealand Medical Workforce in 2015 Survey.
A new report has laid out the way forward for our children.
How committed are food companies to health?
Otago researchers call for more in fight against tobacco
Study suggests targeted smoking cessation interventions needed among Māori healthcare
Leading NZers urge Ardern to end oil exploration in powerful open letter
Commissioner’s report shows scale of mental health challenge
Four-fold increase in stomach bugs in Jan
Cyclone Gita raises fears over dengue fever in Tonga
Scabies may play role in later developing rheumatic fever, new research shows
Salvation Army report: Poorest left behind in economic boom
Healthcare sector committed to reducing carbon footprint
Taking action to reduce child poverty
Christchurch's drinking water to be chlorinated for up to a year
Mental health inquiry: How will it work?
Nationwide bowel screening roll-out extended
Living on the Edge: Climate change's influence on human health
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Mumps outbreak continues to spread
Pioneering NZ study to aid war on rheumatic fever
New Zealand Health Survey results published using new interactive tool
Havelock North - Stage two inquiry released
Government must set targets to reduce child poverty that set an expectation of equity
New Ministerial Advisory Group for Health Established
Healthy Homes a milestone for New Zealand
New transport reports show benefits of cycling and shared mobility
Children's advocacy community united in calling for a stong and enduring response to reducing poverty
Annual health survey’s key results published
Resistance to antibiotics is a looming health crisis, says College of Public Health Medicine
Briefing for the Incoming Minister: A Prescription for Health and Equity for All
Announcement of new General Manager
Major international report describes climate change as a looming public health emergency
Kiwis Who Cycle & Walk Are More Physically Active
Healthy climate is an essential prescription for New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing
Concerns raised over nitrates' effects on babies
WHO to establish high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases
NZ children are surrounded by junk food ads
Measles and rubella officially eliminated in New Zealand
Invest in health and reap the benefits - NZMA
The New Zealand Population Health Congress, scheduled to take place from 18-20 April 2018 in Auckland, has been postponed.
Health professionals welcome MAS’s move to divest from fossil fuels
New Programme Analyses Record Gastro Outbreak
Pharmac plans to fund shingles vaccine
2017 NZCPHM ASM: Programme is now available to view online
Authorities confirm Dunedin mumps outbreak
Stats show Quitline helping Māori more
Action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance
Nominations for the new NZCPHM Council have reopened
Smokefree 2025: make it harder to get tobacco and it will be snuffed out, report says
Household safety: child study highlights areas for improvement
Bowel-cancer screening cost-effective but does not reduce health inequalities
Whooping cough spike could lead to epidemic
Roll-out of national bowel screening begins
Surveys show exposure to smoking in cars among Year 10 children is not decreasing: time for the Government to act
Scholarships available for Māori trainee interns and RMO for 2017 NZCPHM ASM
Supporting world class health research in NZ
Our Climate Declaration Launch
Landlords neglect govt insulation offer
$12 million to fluoridate more drinking water
2018 NZCPHM Training Programme Applications now open
Most 'unhealthy' food ads on TV targeted at children, researchers say
NZ joins global response to antimicrobial resistance
Budget 2017: Health gets nearly $4bn over four years
Sustainability core to the health of people
Big Change Starts Small – tackling obesity
Rates of obesity in Auckland examined
Government rejects call to ban smoking in cars
Rental houses damper, more poorly maintained: BRANZ
Work underway to address antimicrobial resistance
Using social media to help fight flu
Update: Auckland typhoid outbreak
Auckland typhoid outbreak: 10 people in hospital
Nicotine e-cigarettes to become legal
Respiratory conditions to blame for one in 10 overnight hospitalisations
Evidence supports nationwide roll-out of home safety measures
Sugar purge: DHBs ditch the sugar
Health benefits of insulation massive - study
Gender equality makes everyone healthier: WHO
ASA releases new comprehensive Children and Young People’s Advertising Code
WHO says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 'priority pathogens'
Food marketing review ignores advice from 77 experts
Smoke inhalation health warning for Christchurch residents
Mumps outbreak concern after case numbers rise
Extreme weather puts 'huge stress' on water infrastructure
HPV immunisation now free for boys & girls
Should NZ lift the legal age for buying tobacco to 21?
Gastro outbreak learning opportunity for medical community
Food industry tactics shape public food policies
Alcohol brands should stop sponsoring sport - researchers
The decile 1 school that quit sugar and improved its pupils' teeth
Cluster of whooping cough breaks out in Wellington
Gas heater link to child illness
Smoking rates falling: Will we reach the Smokefree 2025 target?
New legislation on notification and management of infectious diseases
Child Poverty Monitor 2016: poor progress
Dentists demand sugar tax, teaspoon labelling on bottles
Doctors urged to rethink 'over-treatment' of patients
Congratulations to the new Director of Public Health
Queenstown Lakes District Council: Chlorinating water supplies
Study sheds light on diet of children with weight issues
Equally Well wins top prize at the 4th World Congress on Integrated Care
Bowel cancer screening fast-tracked
Open letter demands climate action from NZ govt
Maori health leader speaks about climate change at COP22
What's the risk of disease in Kaikoura?
Public health officials arrive in Kaikoura
Huge impact from infectious diseases
$875,000 to combat rheumatic fever in Auckland
Paris Agreement not enough, UN warns
Smoking off the menu in Christchurch cafe trial
Young people being recruited to lead new rheumatic fever campaign
Havelock North water inquiry gets underway in Hastings
Work continues to reduce childhood obesity
Growing Up in NZ: Government decision seems senseless
Supermarkets vow to cut salt, sugar and fat in house brands
Concens about harmful impact of climate change on children
UN urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks
UN report demands action on NZ child poverty
Healthy Families NZ having a positive impact
NZ ratifies Paris climate change agreement
First–time episodes of rheumatic fever in Northland drop
NZ air among world's cleanest, safest - report
Govt warned against delay to bowel cancer screening
Resistance to antibiotics is a looming health crisis, says College of Public Health Medicine
Antibiotic resistance – the most significant global health issue of 21st century
Antimicrobial resistance a threat to world health
Study finds obese Kiwi kids at risk of diabetes, heart disease
Cervical screening age to be raised
Health experts say a better method is needed to decide which foods and drinks can be marketed to children and which are too unhealthy.
Standardised Packaging Bill passed
Risk to farm children from sick calves, Taranaki medical student confirms
NZ’s childhood obesity needs ‘addressing urgently’
Experts say politics is getting in the way of solving a serious national health crisis
Hastings to supply Havelock North's water
Immunisation curbs measles outbreak
Support for Hawke’s Bay public health workers
Newtown School has warned parents there has been a case of scarlet fever at the school.
The campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North is one of the biggest single instances of waterborne disease in New Zealand history - but it's not yet the worst.
The hunt for the source of Havelock North's toxic water outbreak is continuing, as Prime Minister John Key refused to rule out the possibility of the people responsible losing their jobs.
Blenheim air pollution limits broken four times, night pollution three times the limit
Radical new law needed to ensure the Smokefree 2025 goal
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.
Over 100,000 people set to benefit from PHARMAC vaccines decisions
NZ-based mosquito could transmit Zika - researchers
Five-year study finds Northland has twice national rate of vax refusal for babies
Obesity study puts kids under lens
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced a new $1 million one-off fund aimed at increasing awareness and reducing rheumatic fever in high-risk Māori communities.
Removal of point-of-sale tobacco displays working
Alcohol is unnecessarily causing cancer in New Zealand
Warm housing key to health
Christchurch Mayor's proposal for mental health applauded
Otago Research Attracts Substantial Funding
South Aucklanders have double diabetes risk
Health experts are calling for an end to sponsorship deals between sports people and junk food giants.
Introducing free vaccinations to protect boys against human papillomavirus will save lives, say doctors.
Plan for full rollout of bowel cancer screening programme.
An outbreak of measles in Waikato may take two or three weeks to get under control, a health expert says.
PHARMAC is pleased to announce the approval of an agreement with Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd for the listing of bedaquiline (Sirturo) and siltuximab (Sylvant)
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.
A fund for Māori housing has been given a $12.6 million boost in a pre-Budget announcement.
Boosting health outcomes in Northland – a New Zealand success story…
Report highlights positive results from investment in health of young Māori.
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.
A World Health Organisation report reveals antibiotic resistance is "no longer something that might happen - it is happening right now, across the world, and is putting at risk the ability to treat common infections", as from garden mishaps.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched New Zealand’s new Health Strategy at a Health Symposium in Wellington.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects
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.
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.
Most elements of life in New Zealand are getting better despite worsening inequality, a Salvation Army report shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Action must be taken to address the factors contributing to an unhealthy Māori population, the NZ College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) urges Government.
This year’s Child Poverty Monitor highlights a worsening public health issue that will cost the country dearly over the long-term, says the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.
Learning from things that go wrong in health care is a focus of this year's adverse events report.
Professor John D Potter appointed as Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Health
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.
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.
The University of Otago has recently launched a Public Health Research website which captures University of Otago research groups across New Zealand.
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.
University of Otago has promoted two public health academics to professors.
The Ministry of Health is consulting on the draft update of the New Zealand Health Strategy from 27 October.
A new study shows children with several rotten teeth are nearly twice as likely to get rheumatic fever.
Papua New Guinea drought has already claimed two dozen lives and looming El Niño weather pattern could be as severe as in 1997-98, when 23,000 people died
Sixteen of NZ’s most prestigious health professional organisations are today calling for action on climate change and health, pressing for New Zealand to take urgent action on this critical health issue.
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.
The Medical Council today called on doctors to work in partnership with Māori and address the issues of inequity they face in the health system.
Water New Zealand is again calling on the government to make fluoridation of public water compulsory. The call comes with the release of a new Australian study, confirming the benefits of fluoride in drinking water.
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.
Countries should introduce an adaptive approach to climate change mitigation to avoid procrastinating about long-term carbon reduction policies, a New Zealand researcher has suggested.
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.
New Zealand will commit to a new, more ambitious climate change target, Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser announced today.
A specialist in environmental health has joined calls for a warrant of fitness for social housing.
The flu season is under way and the public has been warned – it could be a nasty one.
The College is currently calling for abstracts for the NZCPHM Annual Scientific Meeting. The theme of this year's ASM is 'Health Promotion in Public Health Medicine Practice'.
Climate change could undo 50 years of progress or be a golden opportunity for better health - It’s make-or-break time for government
The first New Zealand conference on the association between alcohol use and cancer is being held at Te Papa, Wellington on Wednesday (17th June).
All countries should be prepared for unanticipated possibility of outbreak
The Annex on Transparency and Procedural Fairness for Pharmaceutical products and Medical Devicesfrom the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations was posted on Wikileaks today.
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
Te ORA and Te Oranga concerned that Māori will not be able to afford student fees to become medical doctors
The government may be asking for public input on New Zealand’s planned action to address climate change in the lead-up to global negotiations this year in Paris, but health is left out of the equation, health groups say.
Applications to the NZCPHM Training Programme open on Monday, 1 June 2015 and close at the end of the month.
The link between alcohol and breast cancer may be closer than perceived.
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) hopes the government will respond to New Zealanders’ concerns about the social impact of alcohol abuse.
An updated Health of Older People Strategy will be completed by the end of the year, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.
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.
Te ORA applauds Minister of Health, Johnathon Coleman’s stance that NZ will not follow the Australian ‘no jab, no pay’ policy.
Bill controls claims which can be made about non-prescription items such as vitamins.
A report on the status of human rights in New Zealand says serious fault lines are developing and that the country’s reputation as a global leader is at risk.
Smoking among New Zealand 14- and 15-year-olds has dipped below 3 per cent for the first time, as health officials push for new legislation to help teens kick the habit.
Disabled children are more likely to live in poverty than other children, increasing the barriers they face to participation and inclusion in society, says Child Poverty Action Group.
New Zealand health experts are at the forefront of a new international effort to make the world tobacco-free by 2040.
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.
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.
At today’s hearings on Wellington’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2015, Dr Russell Tregonning, Executive Board member of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, called for an urgent health check of the Wellington region’s latest Land Transport Plan.
“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).
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.
Beehive urged to hurry final vote by MPs following success of measure in Australia.
A lack of physical exercise is one of the most significant causes of death in New Zealand, and a national action plan is needed to increase Kiwis’ everyday levels of activity.
Opening Address of the Public Health Response to Climate Change – Mitigation, Adaptation and Action, University of Otago, Wellington
New Zealand and Australian health advocates are leading an international call for public release and wide discussion of the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
New Zealanders appear to be getting the message that we can have too much of a good thing – sort of.
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.
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.
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.
A leading New Zealand dermatologist says skin cancers are a time bomb for New Zealand’s ageing population.
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.
Smoking has been singled out as a major factor in cot deaths by a new report.
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.
Rheumatic fever rates are on the up despite $65 million being spent on prevention, new figures reveal.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Coleman is to dove-tail his health and sports portfolios to try to create a healthier, fitter and slimmer New Zealand.
Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga welcomes a health report which shows more smokers have quit and fewer people have started smoking.
Improving housing to improve health wins top New Zealand science prize
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine has welcomed a report which shows there has been a small reduction in the number of children living in poverty, but says much work still needs to be done.
Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
New Zealand can make huge gains for health, now and in the future, by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A public health specialist says Māori are over-represented in the number of people who die in low rental accommodation.
China FTA includes rights for investors to sue governments over changes in domestic law but full text remains secret
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.
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.
Obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading risk to health in New Zealand within two years, the Health Ministry says.
Ministry officials were informed yesterday evening (11 November) by Taranaki District Health Board of a confirmed case of measles.
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.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a series of Ebola readiness briefings for key health sector staff in major metropolitan centres gets underway in Christchurch today.
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.
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.
Many houses currently on sale on Trade Me wouldn't meet the standards that state houses are forced to meet, says a building expert.
Aussies are trialling a Kiwi scheme of asking every patient they see whether they smoke or not in an effort to help smokers give up the habit.
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.
The thee organisations co-hosting the first ever NZ Population Health Congress, which concludes today in Auckland, have declared their commitment to work more closely together to address key issues in population health.
A ban on fizzy drinks in Northland hospitals has won the support of staff and the public, the Northland District Health Board says.
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.
Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation, according to a study carried out in Newtown.
Ten New Zealand health organisations have released a joint ‘Call to Action on Climate Change and Health’ today.
Child Poverty Action Groups says New Zealand could do much more to ensure sure all children grow up in warm, dry, secure homes.
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) is urging the new Government to develop a national cross-sector child poverty strategy.
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.
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.
An expert taskforce should be established to find solutions to the economic issues in healthcare affecting older New Zealanders, a retirement policy researcher says.
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.
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.
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.
Kiribati will meet with fellow atoll nations next week to to develop a united stance in the face of climate change.
A measles outbreak in Hawke's Bay has health officials urging people under the age of 45 to check their vaccination status.
Nation finalises purchase of land on Vanua Levu, 2,000km away, but it may be just the first of many seeking refuge
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.
The Government has confirmed it is introducing a new star labelling system to rank foods on how healthy they are.
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.
Aucklanders have had their say on the sale and supply of alcohol in their region – and they strongly support more restrictions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand doctors have welcomed recent political efforts on climate change, and are calling for real action by all political parties for what is a leading health challenge.
Closing date for abstract submissions: 29 May 2014
A report on the state of Pasifika people says they are being left behind in New Zealand's economic recovery.
An OECD report has rated New Zealand houses among the most expensive in the world.
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.
New Zealand is promising to come to the aid of Kiribati as it grapples with dire overcrowding and serious health issues.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of polio is an international public health emergency.
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.
The introduction of free rotavirus vaccinations is being marked at the start of Immunisation Week.
People are being urged to ensure their children are up to date with their immunisations.
An advisory committee for ethical issues in healthcare supports the National Advance Care Planning Cooperative’s national awareness day, Conversations that Count.
The New Zealand Government's investment in HPV vaccination for girls is a "good value-for-money" way to protect health, a just-published study by the University of Otago Wellington (UOW) shows.
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.
Climate change impacts on human health were the focus of an Auckland academic’s contribution to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
A major report into climate change is a wake-up call New Zealand must heed, one of its main authors says.
The Hamilton City Council has voted overwhelmingly in favour of restarting fluoridating its water supply.
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.
With dengue fever outbreaks across the Pacific, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is advising anyone travelling to the region to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
PHA Media release: The PHA welcomes Health Minister Hon Tony Ryall’s, announcement of the first step in the roll out of the Government’s new healthy eating and anti-obesity initiative – Healthy Families NZ.
New Zealand public health doctors are warning there will be severe health impacts from Climate Change and are calling for urgent action from all levels of society.
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.
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.
Statisticians have discovered thousands more NZ children and the elderly living in poverty than have been reported previously.
Health Minister Tony Ryall will retire from politics at the next election to take up employment in the private sector.
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.
Health advocates are drawing battle lines against "Big Food", claiming drastic intervention is needed to stave off a diabetes crisis in New Zealand.
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.
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.
Low-income families can keep their families warm and healthy this winter by taking up a FREE programme to insulate their homes.
Passengers who travelled on a flight to Auckland from Singapore may have been exposed to measles.
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.
NZCPHM Office closure dates: 18 December 2013 - 6 January 2014
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.
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.
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.
Quitline is launching a campaign aimed at reducing the number of New Zealand children who are exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb.
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.
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.
Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced research has been commissioned to assess New Zealand consumer understanding and the impact of nutrition labelling on food.
A research report released today by the Ministry of Health shows that Maori women experience inequalities in access to maternity care and report lower levels of satisfaction with maternity services than most other women from other ethnic groups.
A vaccine for the gastric infection rotavirus and protection from varicella for the most vulnerable people are among proposed changes to the national immunisation schedule that PHARMAC is seeking feedback on.
Unless Pacific communities are consulted on health policy, Pacific health will continue to deteriorate, a Victoria University of Wellington academic warns.
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.
In August this year, the NZCPHM's recommended regulated minimum standards for all New Zealand houses. The Healthy Housing Guarantee Bill does this for those living in rental properties and is consequently supported by the NZCPHM.
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.
TYPHOID AND OTHER ENTERIC DISEASES ALERT – advice for people planning to travel to Samoa
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday weekend.
Doctors say the decision to grant resource consent for a new coal mine in the North Waikato shows how the law in New Zealand is failing to protect human health from the negative effects of climate change.
Public health doctors in New Zealand are calling for newly elected Mayors and councils to develop a sustainable transport environment where active travel and public transport are prioritised and represent realistic and safe alternatives to travelling by car.
The first of six hepatitis A vaccination clinics for children aged over 12 months and under five years will take place tomorrow in Ashburton.
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.
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine today sent out a call for action to members in the relevant regions (Hamilton, Whakatane, and Hastings) and their peers to vote in the upcoming community water fluoridation referenda.
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.
Residents of New Zealand can now access health advice for free with the new Healthline Symptom Checker mobile app.
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine endorses the new Community Water Fluoridation website (www.fluoridefacts.govt.nz)
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.
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine is holding its two day annual conference in Christchurch on the 12th and 13th of September.
Bay of Plenty iwi Ngati Whakaue has signed a deal to insulate more than 250 of its whanau members' homes.
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.
Northland residents with high health risks will have warmer, healthier homes as a result of a new Government insulation project offering ceiling and underfloor insulation.
A Massey University researcher has received funding to assess cardiac rehabilitation services to better tailor the programmes for patients, particularly Maori.
'Sensible stoners' are the target of a new advertising campaign which aims to reduce the number of crashes on our roads.
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.
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.
A programme to eradicate a third world disease has kicked off in south Auckland today.
A new report from the Ministry of Health, “Health Loss in New Zealand” calculates the estimated Burden of Disease — an estimate of how much healthy life is lost due to premature death, illness or impairment — in New Zealand.