News bulletin 21 June 2017

on 21 June

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No. 353 21 June 2017  


Report Finds "Unacceptable Discrepancies" in Death Rates
The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC) has identified what it says are unacceptable discrepancies in the mortality rates for New Zealand’s most deprived populations.
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Must Do Better: New Zealand's Disappointing Report Card Results
That's the sobering finding of UNICEF's Innocenti Report Card for 2016, a global survey measuring how well New Zealand cares for its children, compared with 41 other OECD/EU nations.
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 'This can never happen again': Health minister furious at $38m Budget blunder
Cash-strapped District Health Boards are being made to hand back some of their funding, after a Ministry of Health blunder saw some given too much money in the Budget.
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Study hopes to lead to better health results for tamariki
A new study involving University of Waikato and Waikato Hospital staff will evaluate if an organised holistic approach improves health and wellbeing outcomes for MÄori children admitted to hospital.
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Research grants focus on Maori and Pacific health
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith have welcomed this year’s annual funding round of Health Research Council grants with a number focusing on Maori and Pacific health.
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Victims of racism to have health tracked in $800k study
The impact of racism on the health of New Zealanders will go under the microscope thanks to an $800,000 research grant to Wellington researchers.
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The cause of the billion dollar price tag for NZ's next big health epidemic: Leaky buildings and hidden mould
Dean Derwin is adamant his respiratory condition has been caused by his leaky home as experts warn that despite major changes to the building sector, leaky homes are still being built.
He is one of a growing number of people with health problems that appear to be linked back to mouldy, damp homes built to shoddy standards.
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Concussion's hidden toll
The first thought that entered Karen Langvad-Forster's bleeding head was "I hope no-one saw that".The second was to wonder if she'd popped her ear-drum, so great was the force when her head thwacked the edge of the terracotta flower pot as she fell.
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New Zealand rugby players to participate in international concussion study
Super Rugby players suffering head knocks next season will contribute to an international study investigating concussion recovery.
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Survey exposes teens risk of suicide
A survey of over 8000 New Zealand high school students has found young people exposed to suicide attempts of others are at an increased risk of taking their own lives, and young people living in poverty are at the highest risk.
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What it's like working in the mental health system
As mental health issues comes more and more into the spotlight, three support workers within the industry in Taranaki say they love their jobs.
Diane Riddick is a mental health support worker for Pathways Health in South Taranaki. She is based at the respite home in Hawera for people in the mental health system who need a break.
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15-month-old boy given wrong vaccine by registered nurse
Two registered nurses were found to have breached a 15-month-old boy's rights after he was accidentally given the wrong vaccine.
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Kids under 11 offered free chickenpox vaccine, but older Kiwis miss out
Free chickenpox vaccines for children and babies will be offered from next month, but there are no plans to extend the jabs to the rest of the population.
The free vaccine will become part of the immunisation schedule for 15-month-olds on July 1.
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Pediatric nurses miss care due to poor work environments
More than half of the nurses surveyed, including neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care and general pediatrics unit nurses, stated having missed at least one care activity.
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Nurses need to learn how to influence policy, says new ICN president
Nurses must collaborate more with other professions and have a broader understanding of their countries’ political systems, says new ICN president.
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Nurse Starting No One Dies Alone Program Here
A Washington woman is hoping to bring a program to Franklin County that will ensure that no one will be left on their deathbed alone.
Becky Joseph, a faith community registered nurse, is working to bring No One Dies Alone to hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care and homes.
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This article is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access. 

Casey, M., O'Connor, L., Nicholson, E., Smith, R., O'Brien, D., O'Leary, D., Fealy, G. M., Mcnamara, M. S., Stokes, D. and Egan, C. (), The perceptions of key stakeholders of the roles of specialist and advanced nursing and midwifery practitioners. J Adv Nurs. (June 2017)
To explore the perceptions of key stakeholders of the roles of specialist and advanced nursing and midwifery practitioners.
Background : There is evidence that the contribution of these roles to patient care is poorly understood.


Delivering Better Public Services: A Good Start to Life
Result Action Plan for Result 2: Healthy mums and babies and Result 3: Keeping kids healthyThe Better Public Services programme includes 10 challenging targets to drive cross-agency working and innovative and productive approaches to address complex problems. ....This publication sets out the Government’s plans for achieving Better Public Service Results 2 and 3. The overall aim is to ensure that every child in New Zealand gets a good start to life.
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Children and Young People Living Well and Staying Well: New Zealand Childhood Obesity Programme Baseline Report 2016/17
This report was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Sport New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Health Promotion Agency. The report builds on the work that these organisations did in 2016 to develop an intervention logic model for reducing childhood obesity, which includes a set of 15 performance indicators that we will use to monitor the New Zealand Childhood Obesity Programme over the next five years.

The report includes a description of each of the indicators and presents a baseline view of their performance. It also provides a brief overview of the New Zealand Childhood Obesity Programme and an update on the programme’s first year of implementation (2015/16).

This report will form the basis of future monitoring reports on the New Zealand Childhood Obesity Programme. The first monitoring report will be published in 2018 and will provide information on the second year of implementation (2016/17) and updated performance against the reducing childhood obesity indicators.
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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 20 June 2017

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