News bulletin 22 June 2016

on 22 June

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No. 305 22 June 2016



National news

Tuia Te Ao Marama: Māori Nursing History Online
The first Oral History website of Māori nurses who practiced in mental health services between 1950 to 1990 was launched at Whatu Kaimarie, Māori Health Services in Auckland. The website is a resource that will ensure the history, knowledge and experiences of Māori Nurses is preserved for future generations. 

$890,000 funding to investigate nursing fatigue
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is thrilled to be part of a 3-year research project that aims to find ways of managing fatigue in hospital-based nurses.

Canterbury health scheme frees up 2500 hospital beds
At just 44 kilograms, Christchurch woman Sandy Mortimer is physically frail but her greatest battle is getting enough air in to her lungs.
The 69-year-old is one of about 20,000 Cantabrians living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Ethical issues

Nova Scotia College of Registered Nurses issues assisted-dying guidelines
Guidelines outline that nurses can be involved as long as they are under the directives of a doctor

Health funding and research

Maori health programme for pregnant women gets $4.7m grant
A programme to help young, pregnant Maori woman has been given a $4.7 million grant from the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand in its latest funding round.

The fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs gets a $1.2 million boost
The fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs has gained a $1.2 million boost with funding granted to a three-year Wellington-based project to discover new and improved antibiotics.

$4.4m for Massey health research
Five Massey University College of Health research projects have been awarded more than $4 million in funding from the Health Research Council to tackle issues including screening for cervical cancer, cancer survival rates in Māori, improving smoking cessation rates and managing nurses' fatigue.

Mental health

Inquest changes to reduce impact on families
A law change allows the media to be more open reporting suicide, but a ban remains on publishing details that might encourage copy cat deaths.
Justice Minister Amy Adams said legislation passed by Parliament on Thursday reformed the coronial system to make it more efficient and reduce the impact of coronial investigations on families of people who have died

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants council to spend $1m on mental health
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants the city council to spend $1 million helping the Government provide mental health support to Cantabrians. 

Rural mental health services get $600k boost
Last year it put $500,000 into supporting mental well-being in rural communities, with workshops on mental health issues and a boost in the number of volunteers working with rural support trusts.


Lack of childhood obesity programmes as the weight continues to rise
Rising rates of childhood obesity now put New Zealand among the fattest in the developed world but our worst-performing regions are still doing nothing to address the crisis.

South Island DHBs join forces to tackle childhood obesity
The five South Island district health boards (DHBs) have agreed on a regional approach to address childhood obesity and meet the new Ministry of Health target, which comes into effect on 1 July.


NZ antibiotic use up sharply, raising resistance concerns
New Zealand antibiotic consumption is among the highest in the developed world and has risen sharply, amid growing concerns about increased resistance by bacteria to the medication.

Pharmac proposing HPV vaccine for boys
Boys could be included in free vaccines against human papillomavirus​ (HPV) in January 2017.
At present, if boys want to be immunised with the anti-cancer drug it comes at a cost of $450, whereas for eligible girls it's free.

Public health

Public health researchers fighting back against lobbyists
Public health researchers worldwide have long been under attack from lobbyists for the tobacco, alcohol and junk food industries. Now some are fighting back. Adam Dudding reports.

Social health

Updated advice for health workers confronted with family violence
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new six-step process will help guide health professionals confronted with suspected family violence cases.

Housing crucial for health of Māori
Housing is a crucial factor in the well-being of young mothers and their children, an expert in Māori women's health says.


Commissioner invests in Primary Health Care for South
More clinical pharmacists, and greater access to "telehealth" were two significant investments in a safer, more patient-centred health system approved by Commissioner Kathy Grant, discussed at today’s Southern District Health Board Commissioner team meeting.

Bringing stroke specialists to bedsides – via video
Nelson Marlborough Health is one of three district health boards to pilot a tele-stroke service that will give doctors 24/7 access to a neurologist based at Wellington Regional Hospital.

Tobacco, drugs and alcohol

Methamphetamine residues not the big health worry people fear: scientist Nick Kim
Tenants and home buyers have nothing to fear from much higher levels of residual methamphetamine in a property, a New Zealand scientist has claimed.

International news

Nursing trends show a profession in transition
The health care industry is changing rapidly, and nurses, the largest group of health care professionals in the nation, are at the forefront of these changes.
Despite the difficult economic conditions of recent years, nursing as a profession has thrived — particularly when compared to other professions.

Shortage of school nurses contributing to mental health crisis, experts say
A sharp drop in the number of school nurses is contributing to the mental health crisis currently troubling school across Britain, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. 

Articles of interest

Introducing Twitter as an assessed component of the undergraduate nursing curriculum: case study
To ask: (i) is it feasible to include Twitter as an assessed element of the first-year nursing curriculum; (ii) how should it be introduced and assessed; and (iii) do students think it worthwhile and learn anything from its use?

Addressing the Mind–Body Connection in Nursing
Is there more to a patient’s story than just the physical symptoms that you see?
At its core, nursing provides a holistic approach to care, addressing patients’ psychological as well as physical concerns to deliver comprehensive care and improve outcomes.
Read more here

Working with difference: Thematic concepts of Japanese nurses working in New Zealand
The purpose of this study was to compare the differences experienced by Japanese nurses working in New Zealand from an organizational and personal perspective, using a qualitative approach. Interview data was analyzed using a thematic method to abstract increasing levels of themes until one main theme explained the data: finding a voice. This core theme demonstrated that Japanese nurses had to learn toaccommodate difference while learning to speak up. Moreover, this needed to occur through a number of cultural filters. The principal conclusion was that migrant nurses face multiple personal and organizational challenges when working in a new environment. Finding a voice is the method in which nurses learn to communicate and work within new healthcare settings. Nurses use a number of filters to manage the transition. The host country needs to recognize these differences and accommodate them through orientation modules.

From the Ministry of Health

Family Violence Assessment and Intervention Guideline: Child abuse and intimate partner violence
Family violence is a population health issue that occurs globally, and is not limited to any one gender, religious, cultural or income group.
Violence and abuse in families can have damaging cumulative physical and mental health effects that can last for many years after the abuse has ended.
Health care providers are in an ideal position to assist victims of interpersonal violence and abuse as health providers come into contact with the majority of the population for routine health care, pregnancy, illness or injury or by bringing children to health care providers. Victims of abuse seek care from health care providers far more often for a range of health problems than do individuals who have not experienced abuse. Health care providers are therefore well placed to engage in early identification, support and referral of victims of abuse.

This Family Violence Assessment and Intervention Guideline is a practical tool to help health providers make safe and effective interventions to assist victims of interpersonal violence and abuse. It has been written as a generic health professional guideline, setting out principles of intervention that will apply to a number of health professions and a number of clinical settings. 

The guideline presents a six step model for identifying and responding to family violence within health care settings. Given the co-occurrence of partner abuse and child abuse, the guidelines also outlines an integrated response to addressing both of these issues. The guidelines have been endorsed by a number of health professional and family violence intervention organisations. 

The guidelines are intended for use in conjunction with health professional training offered through the Ministry of Health Violence Intervention Programme.

Resources online

The Journal of Primary Health Care (JPHC) is the peer-reviewed, open access research journal of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
The JPHC provides its New Zealand and international audience of general practitioners, practice nurses, community pharmacists and other primary health care practitioners with independent, peer-reviewed, research-based knowledge to apply in their practices. More
June issues is available in full text here

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 21 June 2016

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