Taranaki DHB’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jonathan Jarman, has a health warning for people heading to their favourite swimming spots over the warmer summer months.
He says “Unfortunately hotter weather can also mean that certain freshwater algae (called cyanobacteria or blue-green algae) grow very quickly and bloom creating potential health risks both to people and animals.
GPs and emergency departments nationwide have been asked to boost their vigilance for people seeking medical help with possible symptoms of meningococcal disease.
Health Minister David Clark says he’s pleased the sustained investment in children’s oral health begun under the last Labour Government is paying off.
The people who work at Taranaki DHB are usually busy taking care of others. However their own health and wellbeing is just as important and the DHB is encouraging staff to embrace this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) theme and ‘let nature in to help strengthen their wellbeing - Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga’.
Taranaki DHB confirmed this morning that in May 2018, the structural seismic performance of the DHB’s priority buildings at its Taranaki Base Hospital campus were reviewed by three expert engineering firms. The draft reports, completed from July, are currently under peer review.
Health Minister Dr David Clark says it’s encouraging to see an increasing focus on those who have come through the other side of mental health challenges as we grapple with high suicide numbers.
Taranaki DHB’s regional screening unit has launched a new awareness campaign for its free B4 School Checks (B4SC) service, which aims to improve timeliness of parents’ accessing the check for their children.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has praised the work around New Zealand in improving the prevention, early detection and support for those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa encourages you to have your say on a refreshed strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm.
A public health warning has currently been issued covering the area whole Taranaki Coastline as this area has been affected by a Marine Biotoxin Bloom.
Health Minister Dr David Clark says the independent review of the National Bowel Screening Programme should give the public confidence in the safety and value of the programme
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark say they are delighted nurses have voted to accept the latest offer from District Health Boards.
Two confirmed cases of Meningococcal Disease in New Plymouth have prompted a reminder from Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jonathan Jarman for our community to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of the disease.
Police are currently investigating an incident that occurred in the hospital carpark near Tukapa Street last night, where a man received an injury to his leg in an altercation with a group of men.
Taranaki’s rural communities are being warned to be on alert for illness caused by bacteria carried in the intestines of cattle and other animals which can cause severe gastroenteritis in young children.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit (PHU) will work closely with the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) over the next few months to improve the health of the community, starting with more drinking water fountains in public areas.
The McBroom Estate allocates funding for health and disability benefits for the Waverley and Patea communities. Read more to see the successful applicants.
Five thousand mental health and addiction support workers will receive a pay increase next month with Health Minister Dr David Clark signing an agreement this morning which gives them the same pay rates as care and support workers.
The Health Minister Dr David Clark says a new report taking the pulse of the nation highlights several positives but underlines the seriousness of the challenges the Government is addressing.
District Health Boards say they are returning to normal services following the 24-hour strike by NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants that ended at 7:00 this morning.
Acting Prime Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, says the Government is naturally very disappointed nurses plan to strike on Thursday, having rejected the recommendation of their union to accept the District Health Boards’ latest pay offer.
Health Minister Dr David Clark is pleased that more New Zealanders than ever before have protected themselves from influenza this year.
The Government is amending the Health Act to allow for significant improvements to the safety of drinking-water in New Zealand, the Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced.
District Health Boards have given NZNO a revised offer for its members to consider over the coming week.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister Dr David Clark are pleased the District Health Boards have made a revised offer to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation that has seen the strike notice lifted for July 5.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the country’s District Health Boards today agreed a revised offer that will be taken to NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants next week.
On Wednesday District Health Boards received notice of a second strike by New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members.
A Taranaki council has won a landmark legal fight to add fluoride to the water supply in two towns, and the Supreme Court decision has been praised by New Zealand's dentists.
Taranaki DHB has begun implementing contingency plans to ensure the safety of staff and patients, following the notice to strike by Nursing, Midwifery, and Healthcare Assistant NZNO members for 24 hours from 07:00am on 5 July until 7am Friday 6 July 2018.
Māori women and their whanau will now have better access to antenatal classes based on kaupapa Maori practices and principles, thanks to a new birth education programme launched at Taranaki DHB this week.
The Ministry of Health's Director of Public Health welcomes the introduction of a new way to track influenza online in New Zealand.
Budget 2018 lays the foundations for stronger, more sustainably funded District Health Boards (DHBs) that can deliver the services New Zealanders expect and deserve, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.
Following an extremely bad influenza season in the Northern Hemisphere, Taranaki DHB is warning its staff and the wider community to be prepared for winter by getting immunised against the flu.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has rolled up his sleeve today for his influenza vaccination as part of the annual campaign that kicked off last week.
Society is failing the health and wellbeing of our children, according to Taranaki-based Paediatrician Dr Yvonne Anderson who is involved in a one-day forum called ‘Taranaki: where healthy children can flourish.’
The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives are working together with urgency on a maternity programme designed to address current pressure on the midwifery-led service.
The McBroom Estate allocates funding annually for health and disability needs in the Waverley and Patea communities. The estate is administered by the Taranaki District Health Board Trust Funds Committee.
A confirmed case of Meningococcal Disease in New Plymouth has prompted a reminder from Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Greg Simmons for our community to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of the disease.
Taranaki DHB is urging the community to get their census completed so that the Government is well informed when making funding and policy decisions that directly impact on the Taranaki population.
New Plymouth is still under a boil water notice and the health of our community remains everyone’s highest priority, says Jonathan Jarman, Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health.
Taranaki District Health Board invites you and fellow community members to attend a Community Engagement forum with Chief Executive, Rosemary Clements, to learn about the DHB's plans and discuss improvement ideas.
Taranaki DHB's Public Health Unit provides the following advice about how to protect your health during the current water shortages.
Taranaki DHB has put measures in place to ensure its business as usual at the hospital even though there is a boil water notice in place until further notice.
As children head back to the classroom this term Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is praising the efforts of another six local retail stores who have chosen not to sell sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) to children on their way to school.
The University of Auckland and Taranaki DHB, along with local leaders and health professionals will welcome 18 year five medical students to Hawera Hospital on Monday, to launch the University’s regional-rural medical programme in Taranaki.
Taranaki DHB is delighted to announce free Wi-Fi is now available at both Taranaki Base and Hawera Hospitals thanks to the generosity of PrimoWireless, the Taranaki owned and operated internet service provider company.
With Christmas fast approaching, Waitara resident Makiterangi Matthews (Te Atiawa) has recently brought her whānau together to discuss her Christmas gift; an advanced care plan (ACP).
The Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) has released the ‘Learning from Adverse Events’ report for 2016/2017 today which puts consumers at the centre when reporting, reviewing and learning from adverse events.
White Ribbon Day messages will be loud and clear at Taranaki DHB this week, showing support for the international movement to end men’s violence towards women.
Dr Jonathan Albrett, Taranaki DHB Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Specialist has received the prestigious Australasian Clinical Educator of the Year (2017) award.
Very sadly around 44 babies are lost every year in New Zealand as a result of SUDI. To help promote safe sleep messages and prevent SUDI, national Safe Sleep Day is being held on Friday 1 December.
A recent tobacco Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) carried out in Inglewood, Stratford and New Plymouth showed most retailers in these areas were operating in compliance with the Smoke Free Environment Act and did not sell tobacco products or herbal smoking products to minors.
Taranaki DHB is urging people to make their homes safer and protect the environment by taking their unwanted and expired medicines to ANY Taranaki pharmacy for FREE, environmentally-friendly disposal.
The DHB is undertaking a Request For Proposals (RFP) process to identify a single provider to deliver integrated community and hospital laboratory services across the Taranaki region.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit has revamped one of the most popular health resources used in the community. The Snack Facts and Timonga Kai brochures, which are guides for families on healthy lunchbox snacks and drinks, have been given a new lease of life after being re-produced in both English and Te Reo Māori.
Taranaki DHB is kicking off a 12-day series of resilience and wellbeing tips for parents and caregivers of young people via social media.
A public health warning has been issued for shellfish collected across much of the Taranaki coastline.
A range of free and low cost support services for whānau planning a pregnancy, expecting a child, or with young children will be on show at the Taranaki DHB’s Taranaki Maternity Services Roadshow in Stratford next week.
Taranaki patients needing Vascular and Urology services can now receive specialty healthcare faster, closer to home and with continuity of medical staff, thanks to the recruitment of Mr Murray Cox, vascular surgeon, and Mr James ‘Jimmy’ Johnston, urologist.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a nationwide stroke awareness campaign has seen more New Zealanders reporting suspected strokes.
The Government will establish a new School of Rural Medicine within the next three years to produce more doctors for our rural communities, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says.
Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2016-2017 - Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter health targets of 2016-2017 have been released by the Ministry of Health.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a programme designed to improve recovery after hip and knee surgery is helping patients get home faster.
Taranaki Hospitals (Taranaki DHB) have come second in a survey that ranks graduating doctors’ most preferred hospitals to work in.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched a new national Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) prevention programme.
Taranaki DHB is currently experiencing unprecedented patient volumes and this has been occurring for several weeks.
With winter illnesses and sports injuries adding to the workload at Taranaki DHB’s Emergency Department (ED), an awareness campaign called ‘Should you be at ED?’ has been launched.
The McBroom Estate allocates funding for health and disability benefits for the Waverley and Patea communities. The Estate is administered by the Taranaki District Health Board Trust Funds Committee. See inside for the list of successful applicants for 2017.
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman has launched a national strategy which aims to lift the rate of deceased organ donations and therefore increase the number of people who can receive a transplant.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says from today a new free 24/7 four digit phone and text number will make it easier for people to connect with mental health and addictions professionals.
Taranaki’s Bell Block community are working together to reduce school children’s consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, through supporting a Taranaki District Health Board initiative called ‘Tap into Water’ which promotes the implementation of water only guidelines in schools and community facilities.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has marked the 20th anniversary of the Green Prescription initiative, which has seen around 400,000 medication-free healthy lifestyle prescriptions given out.
Health Minister and Sport & Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of ‘How We Eat’, a report that assesses evidence on eating behaviours and their influence on diet and body size.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have committed another joint funding boost to rural mental health.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is taking steps to dramatically reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).
Becky Jenkins, GM Planning, Funding and Population Health at Taranaki DHB, and qualified Doctor and current Medical Officer of Health at Taranaki DHB, Dr Jonathan Jarman share their views on immunisation.
Budget 2017 has committed $12 million over four years to fund the infrastructure needed to fluoridate more drinking water, say Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the successful national campaign highlighting the signs of a stroke and the need to act quickly is being repeated.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says final preparations are underway for the National Bowel Screening Programme to begin in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.
Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has released the ‘Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives’.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of the 2017 edition of the Immunisation Handbook, which informs health professionals of the safest and most effective use of vaccines.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that attracts new doctors to roles in rural and remote locations that have been traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme designed to increase the number of health professionals working in communities and roles that have traditionally been difficult to staff is making a real difference.
Budget 2017 will invest $38.5 million of new operating funding over four years to further support the staged implementation of the national bowel screening programme, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $205.4 million over four years to maintain and improve disability support services, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner say.
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $224 million over four years in mental health services including $124 million in new innovative approaches, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say.
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health taking the total health investment to a record $16.77 billion in 2017/18, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show increased performance around the country, particularly on the raising healthy kids target.
Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2016-2017 - Third Quarter
The third quarter health targets of 2016-2017 have been released by the Ministry of Health.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is warning parents of rural pre-schoolers about a nasty toxin producing bacteria that spreads easily and can have life threatening consequences, especially for young children living on and around farms who are most at risk.
Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the return of an awareness campaign which encourages families to make small changes to help tackle childhood obesity.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are taking care of patients in Taranaki DHB.
The Taranaki DHB Pathology and Laboratory project has progressed rapidly over the last couple of weeks.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest data shows that funding for home support services in the Taranaki region is up 39 per cent.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes a new guide advising GPs on how they provide access to children and young person’s health information via patient portals.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says today’s signing of the care and support workers’ $2 billion pay equity settlement in an important milestone.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this year’s theme for the annual immunisation week is ‘ensuring teenagers and older children are immunised.’
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett have welcomed steps to enhance New Zealand’s ability to respond to the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
An Immunisation Clinic will be popping up in the Maori Women’s Welfare League rooms (31 McLean St) in Waitara on Wednesday 3 May from 9am to celebrate Immunisation Week which is from 1-7 May.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback into the draft Service Specification for Pathology and Laboratory Services in the Taranaki region. Feedback closed on Monday 3 April 2017 at 5pm and has now been collated.
Taranaki public health nurses and general practices are busy this month protecting a new group of young New Zealanders against HPV-related cancers, with changes to the National Immunisation Schedule now providing free HPV immunisation for everyone aged 9–26, including boys and young men for the first time.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.
It's no secret WOMAD is a family-friendly festival, and this year it has retained that title by teaming up with the Taranaki District Health Board again to offer the Parent Hub at this year’s festival.
The Taranaki Health Foundation will launch a new community campaign this week called ‘The Open Minds Project,’ which aims to raise funds for enhancements to Taranaki’s Mental Health Inpatient Unit currently being renovated.
A group of Bell Block residents are being encouraged to start a conversation about planning for their future and end of life care, thanks to a new Advance Care Planning (ACP) campaign launched by Taranaki DHB.