News bulletin 29 June 2016

on 29 June

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 306 29 June 2016

National news

WDHB nurse part of winning volunteer team helping children with Crohn's Disease
Waikato DHB Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) clinical nurse specialist Sarah Cook was amongst a national medical team, who jointly won the ‘Health care provider service volunteer team’ for their work with Camp Purple Live, at the 2016 Minister of Health (MOH) Volunteers Awards on 13 June 2016, Wellington.
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Empowering Pasifika youth
Young Pasifika people living in the United States experience similar social and health inequities to Pasifika people living in New Zealand, says a Massey University researcher.
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Kiwis Count – positive ratings from patients 
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says latest results from the Kiwis Count survey show New Zealanders continue to experience high levels of patient satisfaction with the health sector.
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New partnership formed to improve health of New Zealanders 
A new partnership comprising the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has been formed to invest in research that will improve understanding, treatment and prevention of long term conditions.  
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Online access to medical research for Waikato health workers
All health workers in the Waikato now have free online access to the latest medical research thanks to a new service from Waikato District Health Board.
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Hospital's teaching role 'must be kept'
Dunedin Hospital's role as a teaching hospital must be preserved in the $300 million hospital redevelopment, University of Otago medicine department head Prof Rob Walker says.
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Applications close Friday 1st July for $3000 Rural Women New Zealand and Access Scholarship
Applications close this week for $3000 education scholarship for health professionals with an interest in the rural sector.
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Cancer issues

Women worst off for breast cancer from drink
Around 20 New Zealand women die each year from breast cancer linked to consuming no more than two alcoholic drinks a day on average, a University of Otago study has found.
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Child and maternal health

NCHIP will help make sure no child falls between the cracks
The health of children in the Taranaki region will be better off with the launch of the National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) and Child and Youth Coordination Service (CaY-C) this week.
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NZ child mortality rates higher than for many wealthy countries 
The rate at which children under five years old die in New Zealand is higher than for most high-income countries.
The data is included in Unicef's annual flagship report The State of the World's Children 2016, published on Tuesday.
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Heart disease

New steps to tackle worsening Asian heart health 
The Heart Foundation is taking action to help address the declining heart health of Asians living in New Zealand, as indicated by concerning statistics.
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Health funding and research

$7.9m for long-term health conditions research
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the opening of applications for a new $7.9 million research fund to help improve the management of long-term health conditions.
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Mental health

Ombudsman recommends changes at Nelson Marlborough DHB mental health unit
Giving patients in seclusion daily access to fresh air at a mental health unit for Marlborough and Nelson is among recommendations following a spot check by the Ombudsman. 
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Pharmac aims to fund melanoma drug Keytruda
Pharmac is planning to fund a second expensive drug for advanced melanoma that could be available as soon as September.
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Patient rations heart medication as supply issues bite
A shortage in a commonly prescribed heart medication is causing some patients to take the wrong dosage, a pharmacy support group says.
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Social health

School Report: What's hard about growing up in New Zealand?
Teenage life is more complicated than many of us might imagine. Katie Kenny and Glenn McConnell report as part of the School Report series.
Adolescence isn't a life stage many would choose to repeat.
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Tobacco, drugs and alcohol

WERO a success among mental health patients and staff
WERO was designed to appeal to the competitive nature of smoking Maori, and after a successful pilot in Te Taitokerau and Hawke's Bay, was funded through the innovation fund for national competitions. Teams of 10 could register their waka and with a local WERO kaitataki and kaihautu, competed against other waka to stay auahi kore. At four weeks, eight weeks and 12 weeks, teams were smokelysed and the team with the most people smokefree won prizes for their chosen organisation.
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Govt plans to remove branding despite threats
Thinly veiled threats of legal action will not deter the government from its plans to take the branding off cigarette packets, the Associate Health Minister says
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Smokefree lobbyists face chop
New Zealand's biggest anti-smoking lobby groups face likely closure after a Government decision to slash funding for anti-smoking advocacy.
The Smokefree Coalition will close next month, Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) faces closure unless it can find new funding sources, and Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa and Pacific anti-smoking agency Tala Pasifika have all lost their funding from this week
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International news

The other NHS crisis: the overworked nurses who are leaving in despair
The junior doctors’ dispute may be nearly over, but another crisis is brewing in the nursing profession, where staff shortages, a lack of recruitment and funding cuts have left many feeling they cannot carry on in the job they love
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Nurses make house calls at click of mouse
SINGAPORE • A bedridden loved one cannot cough up phlegm and has difficulty breathing. A diabetic with wounds needs his soaked bandages changed.
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Nurses on strike: The impact on patient care and safety
​A series of nurse strikes at major U.S. health systems ended Monday, some before they had even begun, though the potential for thousands of nurses to be off the job raised concerns about the impact of such strikes on patient care and patient safety.
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Vic nurses exposed to 'alarming' violence
A union survey, recognised by a international nursing journal, has found 80 per cent of Victorian mental health workers have been exposed to violence.
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Innovative approach for critical care nurse training
A group of critical care nurses in Hull have trialled new training on the safe transfer of severely ill patients involving the use of lifelike mannequins.
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VIDEO: Presidential address emphasizes ‘tremendous power’ of heart failure nurses
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In this video, Marilyn Prasun, RN, PhD, CCNS, CNL, FAHA, CHFN, of Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois and the University of Illinois at Chicago, provides an overview of the presidential address she delivered at the AAHFN Annual Meeting.
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Articles of interest

Professional behaviours and factors contributing to nursing professionalism among nurse managers
To examine the perception of professional behaviours and factors contributing to nursing professionalism among nurse managers.
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The Vital Connection Between Camaraderie and Leadership
Camaraderie is the spirit of trust and friendship. More than a nice-to-have among co-workers, camaraderie is actually a crucial indicator of successful leadership. Leadership is a social process to engage teams of colleagues to meet challenges and then overcome them. In my career-long study of leadership, I’ve found that the best organizations engage associates who serve on diverse multidisciplinary teams through camaraderie.
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Exploring nursing staffs communication in stressful and non-stressful situations
To explore the factors that characterise the work environment, focusing on communication among nurses in stressful and non-stressful situations.
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From the Ministry of Health

Demographic Report on Clients Allocated the Ministry of Health’s Disability Support Services as at September 2014
Disability Support Services fund supports for approximately 32,000 people with disabilities, as well as equipment for approximately 80,000 people.
This publication presents aggregated demographic information about the people with disabilities who have been allocated Ministry of Health funded disability supports (excluding equipment). The report presents demographics relating to specific service types including home and community support, carer support, supported living, respite, community residential and day programmes. 
The report also presents the demographic information by specific disability types including physical, intellectual, autism spectrum disorder, neurological and sensory disabilities and includes some comparisons with the Ministry’s disability demographic report published in 2013.
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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 28 June 2016

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