News bulletin 8 January 2014

on 8 January


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No. 184, Wednesday 8 January 2014


From NZ media this week

Better testing for New Zealand’s biggest killer
Health Minister Tony Ryall says revised clinical guidelines released today will make it easier for New Zealanders to find out if they are at risk of developing heart disease or diabetes.

Scheme eases load on hospital
A social worker and two physiotherapists working on a pilot project have slotted right into Nelson Hospital's emergency department.

Health data access delayed
The health service may not achieve the Government's goal of letting everyone access their health information online by the end of next year, experts say.

Holidaymakers dump grannies
Hospital chief tells of frail elderly relatives abandoned so families can have 'stress-free holidays' and predicts problem will become worse as our population ages

Confidence in health system slips
More than half of New Zealand adults believe surgical waiting lists will only get longer, a new survey shows.

Outlook brighter for health service
It's been a year of ups and downs for QE Health.
A year ago, its intensive rehabilitation service faced possible closure, threatening 30 jobs. Although that was avoided, in March, the residential wards closed - ending 60 years' in-patient care at the historic hospital

Big increase in risky back ops
The number of patients who received state-funded spinal fusion surgery doubled in the decade to 2011.

Reading records raises red flags
Almost 80 Canterbury clinicians raised red flags for potentially prying on patient medical records in the two months after the birth of the country's first online health database.

General practice teams improving Kiwis health - Ryall
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of general practice teams, more New Zealanders are getting checks for diabetes and heart disease, more babies are being immunised, and more people are getting help to quit smoking.

Public health

Children 'need urgent obesity prevention support'
New Zealand’s lack of commitment to childhood obesity prevention programmes and policies is clearly failing this generation of children, according to a University of Auckland obesity expert.

Fat figures have quadrupled since 80s - report
The number of obese and overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled to almost a billion between 1980 and 2008, a think-tank report says.

Race to stop us eating our way to early death
This week, science reporter Jamie Morton talks to some of our best scientists about the cutting-edge research they are leading. Today: Tackling the bulge to improve New Zealand's nutrition.

Obesity study targets kindies
Research on role of early childhood centres in health New Zealand a first

'Shocking' obesity rate among kids
New Zealand's lack of commitment to childhood obesity prevention programmes and policies is failing a generation of children, an obesity expert says.

Measles patients isolated
Familes across the North Island have been warned of a measles outbreak after at least 10 people contracted the disease following a hip-hop event in Sydney.

100 assessed for risk of measles
Vulnerable people warned to stay in isolation as 11th case of highly communicable disease is confirmed

New health warning: Cut your sugar intake by half
Adults could be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diets under new guidelines from the World Health Organisation.

Call to tally boozy mishaps
Collating data on drink-related admissions would clarify `huge' problem, doctor says

Tripled tobacco taxes could prevent 200 million premature deaths
Tripling tobacco taxes across the world could cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths by the end of this century, researchers claim.

$300 'carrot' to quit smoking
Women smokers are being offered vouchers for up to $300 if they quit while pregnant, because of the damage a mother's tobacco use can do to an unborn baby.

Tobacco prices jump after NY tax hike
A 10 per cent tax hike on tobacco introduced today will help more Kiwis escape a "creeping death", anti-smoking advocates say.

Social health

Call to focus election on child poverty
Children's Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, wants motorists, the well-off and the elderly to take less from taxpayers so that more public funding can go into tackling child povert

Young hit by poor health education
Low levels of national health literacy have landed New Zealand with one of the highest rates of childhood skin infections in the Western world.

Hidden cost of waiting lists 'huge'
Kiwis awaiting surgery and in too much pain to work are burning through their sick leave and annual leave entitlements and lumping an "enormous" social cost on the economy.

International media

3 Favorite Nursing Trends of 2013
Some nursing leadership trends emerged quietly this year, but are nonetheless provocative for how they force us to think about nursing and how they force nurses to think about themselves as caregivers and healthcare leaders

E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way
RALEIGH, N.C. — As darkness fell on a Friday evening over downtown Raleigh, N.C., Michael Lyons, a paramedic supervisor for Wake County Emergency Medical Services, slowly approached the tall, lanky man who was swaying back and forth in a gentle rhythm

Mental health nurses to be posted in police stations
£25m pilot scheme to ensure people get the treatment they need and cut reoffending will initially run in 10 areas

From the Ministry of  Health

Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2013

This report summarises the major achievements in the priority areas of the New Zealand public health service in 2013. Achievements are grouped according to medium-term priorities set by the Government. These priorities are consistent with the broad goals of the New Zealand Health Strategy and the National Strategy for Quality Improvement. The priorities are:

health targets

Better Public Services

Whânau Ora

clinical integration

investing for our future

financial management and sustainability

ensuring quality and safety.

This report fulfils the Minister of Health’s responsibilities, set out in the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (the Act), to report annually on the progress in implementing the:
New Zealand Health Strategy (section 8 of the Act)
National Strategy for Quality Improvement (section 9 of the Act).

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 January 2014 

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