News Bulletin 22 June 2011

on 22 June

From NZ media this week 

A-passion-for-serving-the-needyAmanda Harneiss has spent most of her 30 years giving service to others in New Zealand and Australia, and now with a new qualification, the nurse practitioner is planning on returning to South Canterbury. Mrs Harneiss' very proud father spoke exclusively to the South Canterbury Herald about his daughter's selflessness and achievements.

From the days where respect meant a junior nurse stepping aside the second her superior walked into the room, to the stark business-like bustle of a modern-day ED – Evelyn Downing has seen it all in her half century of nursing.

High level of violence in the workplace - study
More than half of 96 organisations surveyed have experienced workplace violence, a Massey University study shows

NZACA Welcomes New guidelines for meds management in aged care
A new set of guidelines to help residential aged care providers manage medicines as safely as possible was launched by the Government today.

NZ dementia numbers hit more than 40,000
There are currently more than 40,000 people in New Zealand with some form of dementia, according to latest statistics.

Aged care and other workforce reviews step up
Much more focus and funding needs to go into preventative and rehabilitation care, says an aged-care workforce review.

Allergy treatment concerns prompt nurses into action
The risk of unbacked treatments worsening rather than alleviating allergies has helped prompt allergy nurse specialists to release best practice recommendations.

Pharmac needs healthy backing in the drug companies' gunfight
 OPINION: Public interest should come before drug industry profit, write Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons.

Overwhelmed Christchurch residents are seeking help for anxiety, depression and alcohol issues, health providers say.
Legal 'cannabis' puts teens in hospital emergency rooms
Young people are ending up in hospital after smoking synthetic cannabis.

Doctor wants PM to experience ED mayhem
A senior doctor has challenged the Prime Minister to spend a Saturday night in Auckland City Hospital's emergency department…

More than ticking boxes
A new online tool gives primary health nurses more confidence and more time to bring best practice into the diabetes consultation, says its nurse developer Lynn Randall.

Inaugural Korean Mental Wellness Workshop
The Mental Health Foundation’s Kai Xin Xing Dong (KXXD) programme is proud to support the first Korean community Mental Wellness Workshop on Saturday, 18 June

New Zealand Telehealth Forum Established
The New Zealand Telehealth Forum has been established to promote the use of telehealth as a powerful enabler of change in healthcare delivery and is timed to maximise the benefits of the Government’s broadband programme.

Assaults on mental health workers not acceptable, says PSA
The PSA, the union for public sector workers, is concerned that not enough action is being taken by the Auckland District Health Board to prevent attacks on mental health workers.

Netsoft has developed an application that lets caregivers update patient records using tablets and smartphones.

Health professionals say Pharmac must stay in its present form
Multi-national drug companies must not be able to jeopardise Pharmac’s great work say a raft of health professional groups, including the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, the College of Midwives, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealand Association of Optometrists.

New Trans-Tasman medical regulator announced
Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart Julia Gillard have announced a new Trans-Tasman agency regulating medicines and medical interventions.

A Kiwi campaign to keep cholesterol in check and prevent heart disease among Maori and Pacific Island men is being touted in Australia for its success.

From international media sources 

Forum calls for review of 'unacceptable' CPD variation
Current provision of post-registration training for nurses is “unacceptable” and must be the subject of a national review, the government’s Future Forum has recommended.

Prizes for doctors who support nurse research criticised
Government proposals to hand prizes to doctors who support nurse-led research have been slammed by a prominent nurse researcher.

Review of future HCA regulation should be priority, says forum
A new body due to be set up to oversee the education of health professionals should undertake an urgent review of healthcare assistant regulation, the government’s Future Forum has recommended.

A&E and mental health nurses most likely to smoke
Nurses who work in accident and emergency or mental health settings are more likely to smoke than other nurses, according to an Australian study.

Indy-based organization helps prepare young nurses
Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honors society based in Indianapolis, collaborates with the New York-based John A. Hartford Foundation to run the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy, which aims to boost the number of nurse leaders in geriatric care. Since 2008, the academy has paired nurses with mentors to hone their skills in areas such as fall prevention and communication during patient transfers.

Nursing Program welcomes international visitors
Seminole State College of Florida will co-host the 10th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Center Conference in Orlando June 15-18 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista. More than 800 participants from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand will participate, and many will have the opportunity to tour the nursing simulation lab at Seminole State’s Altamonte Springs Campus

Nurses essential to ACO implementation
The key to implementing accountable care organizations (ACOs) could already live in your institution--the registered nurse, according to an America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) article.

Embrace Social Networking, Nurses Told
June 17 - Social networking is a powerful tool that should be embraced as a way of helping people improve their knowledge of health and to break down barriers, experts say today.

Public health 

Seventeen people have been confirmed as having measles in Auckland, the second large outbreak in the city this year.

Higher cancer death rates in some parts of NZ
Cancer death rates were higher in Northland, the central North Island and Otago than the rest of New Zealand in 2008, data published by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Board today showed.

Articles of interest

Public health system responsiveness to refugee groups in New Zealand: activation from the bottom up
Mortensen, A. (2011, June). Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 37.
The study shows that, for refugee groups, the health sector has developed responses to local needs and demands in highly specific health care settings that are often poorly resourced. Of interest in the study are the interactions between the health practitioners and provider organisations advocating for better services for refugee groups, and the institutional responses to the issues raised by health providers.

Reports online

The psychosocial consequences of the Canterbury earthquakes
(2011, May). Wellington: Office of the Prime Ministers Science Advisory Group.
 There is a need for ongoing human and organizational resources, perhaps even those of a conflict resolution team, as well as a long-term commitment to ongoing psychosocial support.

Online resources

Health privacy toolkitThe toolkit is aimed at GPs, privacy officers and health educators. It brings together new guidance material with material we've already produced, and puts it all together in one convenient place.Health information privacy is about making sure patients and staff know what's being done with their health information, and why. Collecting, using and disclosing health information to provide care should never be a problem. But when you do get questions about privacy, the information in this kit will help to give you the answers you need.

Youth health: enhancing the skills of primary care practitioners in caring for all young New Zealanders: a resource manual
(2011). Christchurch: The Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development Trust.
This manual was originally developed in Australia, but has been adapted to the New Zealand context, and provides a rich resource for primary care practitioners wishing to up skill, with practical suggestions on dealing with development to learning about the influence of cultural identity, sexuality, and relationships with parents. For copies of this resource contact or check out

Onine publications and reports

Assistant practitioner scoping project (PDF 198.4 KB)
The scoping project reviews up-to-date information relating to the development of assistant practitioners (APs) and maps the current UK wide support workforce. Analysing areas including the numbers of APs in the NHS and independent sectors and the demographics of this workforce; whilst also exploring the career pathways into, and beyond, the role of the AP.

Using social media in healthcare
The use of social media to improve healthcare quality is the focus of a guide by two Ontario healthy policy think tanks, The Change Foundation and The Health Strategy Innovation Cell. The first of the two-part guide focuses on current practice in the healthcare sector through a scan of the social media environment and field studies of two teaching institutions, Providence Healthcare and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The second part will be released in late June 2011 and will focus on these two field partners, and their experience in adopting social media into their organizational practice. ……
See "Using Social Media to Improve Healthcare Quality – A Guide to Current Practice and Future Promise" June 2011 at
For video testimonials by project partners and participants see


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