News bulletin 15 July

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No. 260 15 July 2015

From NZ media this week

Violence against hospital staff on the rise
Numbers of hospital staff being physically abused by patients are on the rise.

Maori health figures improve but still behind non-Maori
A new programme to track the health of Taranaki residents is being used to tackle the inequality of well being that exists between Maori and non-Maori

Heart Foundation launches its largest campaign
Many people with symptoms of a heart attack are not seeking medical help for days, the Heart Foundation says.
The foundation is launching its largest awareness campaign so far today to challenge a "she'll be right attitude" to the symptoms of a heart attack.
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Change of medical cannabis law after death of Nelson teen is 'matter of time'
The death of a Nelson teenager whose family advocated for the use of medical cannabis has sparked a national debate and will lead to a change in the law, say advocates.

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

New Toolkit Helps Public Have Their Say on Community Alcohol Licensing
A toolkit enabling the public to submit objections to alcohol licence applications has been created by the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction (TAHR) group. This is the only resource of its kind in the country.


Anti-obesity drive targets Christchurch southern suburbs
A new obesity project will target people living in Christchurch's southern suburbs.
The Spreydon-Heathcote ward was one of 10 communities chosen for the government's $40 million Healthy Families New Zealand initiative,announced last year.

Public health

2015 flu season 'needs national standards'
With the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) announcing that New Zealand has entered the flu season the shocking fact remains that there are no national standards in the commercial cleaning sector that could help minimise the impact on the public said the country’s leading cleaning company.

Work underway to improve cervical screening
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a review of the National Cervical Screening Programme shows it is successfully reducing cervical cancer rates, and work is underway to further strengthen the programme.

Tax on foods could prevent 2400 NZ deaths a year - study
More than 2000 New Zealand deaths a year could be prevented through taxes on fat and salt, and subsidies on fruit and vegetables, new research has found.

Social health

Family in damp home welcome new insulation rules
A cold, damp and mould-infested home is endangering the lives of an entire Invercargill family, says a woman who lives there.
Zoey McGrannachan said wet, mouldy conditions in their three-bedroom Glengarry rental had harmed the family's health.


New Telehealthcare pilot for older people promotes health and independence at home
Aged care services provider and retirement village operator, The Selwyn Foundation, has launched an innovative Telehealthcare pilot which uses simple touch-screen technology to help older people monitor their health and receive timely healthcare support and advice from the comfort of their own home.

From International media this week

One nurse to every four patients will be required during the day under new laws
THE Palaszczuk Government, in a bid to improve patient safety, is planning new laws that will prescribe the number of nurses required in Queensland hospitals

Emergency waiting times blamed for rise in violent assaults in NSW hospitals
VIOLENT assaults in hospitals have increased by nearly 25 per cent in the past five years, with one person each day being attacked by a patient.

From the Ministry of Health

Report of the Parliamentary Review Committee regarding the New Zealand Cervical Screening Programme: 2015
The second Parliamentary Review Committee for the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) was undertaken in the first half of 2015.
The NCSP is independently reviewed every three years. The review is legislated under Part 4A, Section 1120, of the Health Act 1956.

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 14 July 2015

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