News bulletin 8 June 2016

on 8 June


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No. 303 8 June 2016 

National news

Waikato cancer centre nurse named best of year
Waikato Regional Cancer Centre clinical nurse specialist and Wintec postgraduate student Ellyn Proffit has been named Nurse of the Year by the Waikato District Health Board.
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Taranaki DHB 'leads the way' in public health nursing IT
Taranaki DHB are shaking up the way public health nurses work with patients and by the end of June all patient forms and records will be electronically captured, giving nurses more time to spend with patients and less time spent doing paper work.
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Founding parish nurse Elaine Tyrrell receives The Queen's Service Medal
A Nelson nurse who helped spread a revolutionary approach to healing across the world nearly 20 years ago is still dedicating her life to the cause.
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Aged care

Government rules out asset and means testing of elderly health services
Looking at the financial circumstances of elderly people before providing home support has been ruled out by the Government.
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Cancer issues

Treasury's red flag over bowel cancer screening programme
Treasury has lambasted the Government's National Bowel Screening Programme, citing concerns it's been rushed and underfunded before it has even been launched. 
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Health boards lag behind cancer treatment target
A target that aims to speed up cancer treatment times is proving elusive for district health boards. 
None of New Zealand's 20 health boards have met the faster cancer treatment target since the Ministry of Health began reporting against the measure at the end of 2014, although Nelson Marlborough has come close. 
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Mental health

Mental health workers struggling to cope
New figures show big rises in crisis mental health referrals at many of the country's hospitals, and some health workers are describing it as dangerous.
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Suicides come after people slip through cracks - study
Many people who took their own lives did not get the right help or slipped through the cracks of multiple government agencies, the first ever government review of suicide deaths found.
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Christchurch mental health services at 'breaking point'
Mental health issues in Christchurch have reached "breaking point" with numbers doubling in some cases since late last year.
Latest statistics show the Canterbury District Health Board deals with 17 new adult walk-ins every day - adults who have never needed the help of mental health services before.
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Indigenous solutions sought to combat suicide
Suicide rates for Māori are two-and-a-half times more than for non-Maori, but New Zealand's tāngata whenua are not alone, with indigenous populations the world over suffering from high rates.
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Mental Health Foundation concerned about false suicide rate claims
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is extremely concerned about inaccurate claims that New Zealand’s suicide rate could be more than three times the official suicide rate. This claim is categorically false and causes unnecessary alarm and distress to New Zealanders.
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Organ donation

Consultation begins on organ donation
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says consultation starts today on ways to increase New Zealand’s deceased organ donation rates.
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Patient safety

Toxic hospital smoke protection for patients, staff too slow, surgeon says
Surgeons, patients and nurses sick of breathing in poisons and viral particles in surgical smoke will have to wait for any new minimum protections.
And WorkSafe NZ has confirmed it has no specific guidance relating to toxic and stinky electrosurgical smoke plumes.
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Minister launches Pharmacy Action Plan 
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched the Pharmacy Action Plan at the All Seasons Pharmacy in Auckland. 
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Primary health care

Māori organisations leading the charge on health
Māori health workers say they are working with families to change some of the poor health statistics for tāngata whenua.
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West Auckland Māori told to boycott after-hours clinic
An urban Māori authority in west Auckland is urging its whānau to boycott an after-hours clinic and go straight to Waitakere Hospital for treatment.
Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust said whānau with after-hours illnesses should go to the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department.
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We're not free for everyone - hospital
Waitakere Hospital has hit back at an urban Maori authority which urged sick people to avoid expensive after-hours clinics by going straight to the free emergency department.
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Public health

Regional funding lottery sees thousands miss out on treatment for preventable eye disease
Thousands of Kiwis are going blind from a preventable condition but treatments are not receiving appropriate funding, doctors say.
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New telestroke service will ensure stroke sufferers get swift treatment
A six-month telestroke pilot has been launched so Wellington specialists can help doctors via video link in four regional hospitals to care for stroke patients.
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Think FAST! Stroke campaign goes live
A nationwide stroke campaign has begun following a hugely successful trial which doubled the number of people able to recognise the main symptoms of a stroke.
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Tobacco, drugs and alcohol

Where will all the addicts go?
New Zealand lacks the facilities to forcibly detain people who have severe drug and alcohol addictions, health experts say.
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New Zealand Zika numbers balloon
Almost 100 people have been treated for the Zika virus in New Zealand this year.
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International news

Reducing dialysis nurse burnout
Burnout is common among dialysis nurses, and much of this is do to the nature of the specialty. But Francyne Rosenstock outlines some ways managers and clinics can minimize the problem.
“It is difficult for dialysis clinics to retain their staff nurses because they are often undervalued, overworked, and typically not paid as much as their counterparts in other specialties,” Francyne Rosenstock, vice president of Business Development and Marketing for Renal Reserve, wrote in her article “The dilemma of dialysis nurse retention.” Burnout is common among dialysis nurses, and much of this is do to the nature of the specialty. But Rosenstock outlines some ways managers and clinics can minimize the problem.
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What Nurses Want: More Guidance on Spiritual Care
Cleveland Clinic researchers have developed a working definition of spirituality to help establish a framework of spiritual care training and resources for clinicians providing bedside care.
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Articles of interest

The clinical environment – do student nurses belong? A review of Australian literature
This paper aims to identify some of the issues related to the nursing students’ experience of belonging on clinical placements from the current Australian literature. Anecdotal and empirical evidence suggests that nursing students on clinical placements often experience problems that can adversely affect their feeling of belonging in the clinical setting and ultimately their career decisions. As nursing shortages increase, retention of student nurses in their chosen profession is often affected by their clinical experiences, both positively and negatively (HWA, 2012).
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From the Ministry of Health

Pharmacy Action Plan 2016 to 2020
This Action Plan was developed as a way of addressing the need to provide sustainable, high-quality pharmacist services in a complex and evolving environment. It emphasises the importance of taking an integrated, coherent approach so that all are clear on the role they have to play in making its vision of the future into a reality.

There is general agreement that we face complex challenges that make it more difficult to use pharmacists’ skills more effectively. However, there is also confidence that we can work together to address these challenges, using the very real strengths of our system and the experience and skills that everyone brings to their roles.

The Pharmacy Action Plan is divided into four ‘focus areas’ and four ‘tools for change’, each of which contains a number of actions. Consultation feedback agreed that each action should have an organisation or group of stakeholders with lead accountability for it, while also understanding that all would need to play their part for each action to succeed.
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The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at Tuesday 7 June 2016.

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