23 December 2013

news item Health Top Tips For A Safe Summer

A Kiwi summer is all about sunshine, swimming, barbecues, and spending time with family and friends. With those things however, come some hazards.

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20 December 2013

news item Hospital halls filled with the sound of Christmas

On Thursday 19 December the Chaplaincy Service with help from community members, staff and the Ars Nova Choir filled the hospital with Christmas cheer as they performed carols for staff, patients and visitors.

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19 December 2013

news item Howard Wright beds roll into Taranaki Base Hospital

The Howard Wright team is delighted to support the Taranaki Health Foundation with new beds for Project Maunga.

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17 December 2013

news item Get to your Doctor before Christmas

Taranaki DHB Emergency Department doctors are determined to keep their emergency departments for real emergencies over the Christmas/New Year period.

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12 December 2013

news item Taranaki students receive Taranaki DHB scholarships

Taranaki District Health Board is helping young students achieve their dream of working in the health sector.

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10 December 2013

news item Taranaki DHB to promote Open for better care

Taranaki District Health Board (DHB) is hosting a booth today to raise awareness of the new national patient safety campaign Open for better care.

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4 December 2013

news item Celebrating safe sleep day in Taranaki

Taranaki DHB and Tui ora are joining to celebrate the first nationwide 'Safe Sleep Day' to support the prevention of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and cot death.

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4 December 2013

news item Hawera Hospital corrective Action Plan update

In 2011, some issues were raised regarding the clinical safely of some clinical medical services at Hawera Hospital.

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2 December 2013

news item Inglewood Lions – Maize Maze donations to brighten Children’s Ward

The Inglewood Lions have recently donated over $14,000 from the proceeds of their annual summer “Maize Maze” to the Taranaki Health Foundation for art for Taranaki Base Hospital’s TSB Ward 2B Children and Young People’s ward.

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29 November 2013

news item In response to a report released stating Taranaki DHBs Emergency Departments are one of worst in country for triage 4’s and 5’s (non urgent) presentations

Taranaki DHB Clinical Services Manager Gillian Campbell said these figures took into account Hawera and Taranaki Base Hospital figures and the volume of non urgent patients attending both emergency departments is recognised as an increasing problem.

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28 November 2013

news item Chapel Services to be broadcast to patient beds

Live chapel service is to be broadcast to patient beds at Taranaki Base Hospital from this week, said Hospital Chaplain Murray Elliot.

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27 November 2013

news item Relaunch of ‘Snack Facts’ – Bite-Sized Bits About Snacks

Since 2001, Snack Facts has been one of the most popular pamphlets in the Taranaki Public Health Unit Resources Room with around 18,000 copies distributed.

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26 November 2013

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2013-2014 - First Quarter

The first quarter health targets of 2013-2014 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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26 November 2013

news itemTaranaki DHB Request for Proposal (RFP): Providers to deliver Primary Maternity Facility Services for the Stratford District

Taranaki DHB is seeking proposals from suitable Providers to deliver Primary Maternity Facility Services for the Stratford District.

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25 November 2013

news itemTe Rewa Rewa bridge replica benefits Taranaki Health Foundation

A replica of the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, showcased during the 2013 New Zealand Motor Caravan Association rally in New Plymouth over Easter weekend, has been sold to a private owner, and the proceeds will be given to the Taranaki Health Foundation.

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19 November 2013

news itemSerious Adverse Events Report 2012/13

The Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand today released a report from all DHBs on their Serious & Sentinel Events.

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19 November 2013

news item White Ribbon Riders visit Manaia Primary School

Taranaki DHB Health Promoter Sara Knowles said having the White Ribbon Riders visit small local schools is sending an important message to communities large and small.

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25 October 2013

news item Taranaki residents still need to be wary of influenza

Taranaki residents still need to be wary of influenza, advises Taranaki DHB Chief Medical Advisor Dr Greg Simmons.

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17 October 2013

news item Midland DHBs join together with map of medicine

The roll out of a tool by five District Health Boards in the Midland region will allow clinicians across all sectors of health to work more closely together.

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16 October 2013

news item Fluoride wins in some communities

Taranaki DHB Dental Clinical Director Hospital Dental Service, Dave Antunovic was delighted with the results of the referendums held during the weekend.

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10 October 2013

news item Taranaki DHB reviews newborn hearing screening results

A recent review of an aspect of Taranaki District Health Board’s (Taranaki DHB) Newborn Hearing Screening Programme has identified 60 babies and infants who may not have been screened fully for possible hearing loss between April 2009 and May 2010.

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9 October 2013

news item Midland Mental Health and Addictions Network makes strong inroads on service and workforce development

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is “connect”, and the themes of connect and connectedness are strongly evident in the work of the Midland Mental Health and Addictions Network.

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8 October 2013

news item Community Meeting for potential Taranaki Midwifery Students

Applications are open for the course which will begin in March 2014. Women who are interested in the possibility of training as a midwife through the AUT Taranaki satellite are invited to come to a meeting to find out more.

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25 September 2013

news item Hawera tobacco retailers get top marks

“A tobacco Control Purchase Operation was recently carried out in South Taranaki with mixed results,” says Health Promoter Carly Twaddle.

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25 September 2013

news item Maternity wards open as gastroenteritis is managed

All maternity wards are now open after gastroenteritis suffered by staff and patients meant limited visiting and movement for mothers and their family was instigated.

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24 September 2013

news item New Taranaki Aged Care Innovation Features in Ministry of Health Showcase

Taranaki District Health Board’s partnership with the aged care sector in helping older people to return home after a serious fall or injury is just one of a number of innovative approaches to aged care that has been captured in a series of stories and videos produced by the Ministry of Health.

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24 September 2013

news item New Live Youth Health Show : ‘The Parauri Panel’

Taranaki DHB Public Health Taiohi Tu Youth programme and Te Korimako o Taranaki are banding together in attempt to get young people to talk and think about their health.

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23 September 2013

news item Shellfish warning lifted Mohakatino - Motunui in Taranaki

The Taranaki District Health Board today lifted a public health warning against collecting or consuming shellfish from Mohakatino down to Motunui.

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16 September 2013

news item Gastroenteritis in maternity ward

Taranaki DHB has limited non essential visiting to the maternity ward at Taranaki Base Hospital because of an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

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9 September 2013

news item Patients pleased with cancer nurse coordinators

Health Minister Tony Ryall says cancer nurse coordinators are making a real difference to the lives of cancer patients trying to navigate their way through complex tests and treatments.

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5 September 2013

news item Public Health Warning Mohakatino - Motunui in Taranaki

The Taranaki District Health Board today issue a public health warning advising people not to collect or consume shellfish from Mohakatino down to Motunui.

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27 August 2013

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2012-2013 - Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter health targets of 2012-2013 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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27 August 2013

news item Health Minister thanks health professionals

Health Minister Tony Ryall today congratulated health professionals around the country for the progress being made with the national health targets.

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26 August 2013

news item DHB Election Facts and Stats

“A total of 381 people have put their names forward for places on the 20 District Health Boards in the upcoming elections; ten more than in 2010,” says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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14 August 2013

news item Taranaki families offered safer sleeping spaces for their pepi

The pepi-pod portable safe sleep programme has come to Taranaki to provide safe sleep spaces for babies and educate families on safe sleeping, smokefree homes and breastfeeding.

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12 August 2013

news item Health Minister congratulates Taranaki ED

“Taranaki DHB is to be congratulated for its consistent performance caring for patients in emergency departments says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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12 August 2013

news item Taranaki Mama Pepe Hauora Service

A new service to support mothers and their whanau to improve nutrition and increase physical activity will shortly begin in Taranaki.

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8 August 2013

news item First patient welcomed to new theatre suite

The first patient to use one of six new state-of-the-art operating theatres at Taranaki Base Hospital was welcomed for surgery today.

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8 August 2013

news item Lactation Consultant Scholarships - Applications Now Open

Taranaki District Health Board is offering up to three lactation consultant scholarships up to $7,000 each for individuals to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

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7 August 2013

news item Wanted: Locals to help run health organisations

Health Minister Tony Ryall is encouraging local people to put their names forward for this year’s district health board (DHB) elections and help run organisations bigger than Sky TV and Auckland International Airport.

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7 August 2013

news item Wanted: Locals to help run health organisations

Health Minister Tony Ryall is encouraging local people to put their names forward for this year’s district health board (DHB) elections and help run organisations bigger than Sky TV and Auckland International Airport.

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5 August 2013

news itemFirst patient moves in to new hospital wards today

Patients and staff from the children’s ward enjoyed a ‘mid winter Christmas’ celebration as the first patients were moved into the new TSB Ward 2B Children and Young People today.

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2 August 2013

news itemHave your say on alcohol law reform

People who are concerned about alcohol and the harm it is doing in our communities will have the opportunity to attend community lectures on local alcohol policies by Professor Doug Sellman.

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2 August 2013

news itemPatients and Staff on the move...

Patients and staff will begin the great migration to the new building next week with staff all ready and excited.

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1 August 2013

news itemConsistent approach to Community Palliative Care for Taranaki

Community palliative care patients in Stratford, Opunake and Patea areas will receive home based care by Hospice Taranaki specialist nurses from 1 October 2013.

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1 August 2013

news item Taranaki Kaumatua to add blessing to new hospital

Esteemed Kaumatua from all over Taranaki will add their blessing to the new hospital at a dawn ceremony tomorrow Friday, 2 August before patients move in.

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1 August 2013

news item Green feet lead the way to healthy eating

This month Opunake 4 Square 45 and the Taranaki District Health Board, are once again urging customers to follow the green feet towards healthier options.

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31 July 2013

news item Support vital for breastfeeding mothers

World Breastfeeding Week’s (WBW) 2013 theme, 'BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: CLOSE TO MOTHERS', highlights how important the support of friends, family, health professionals, and even the wider community, are when it comes to breastfeeding.

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25 July 2013

news item Less than a week left to get free flu protection

Taranaki residents eligible for free influenza immunisation have less than a week left to be vaccinated before the Government-subsidised campaign ends for this year on July 31.

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18 July 2013

news item Psychoactive Substances Act now law

Dairies and many other retailers are barred from selling psychoactive substances from today, as a new law comes into force.

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17 July 2013

news item Stainton enjoys rich tapestry

A tapestry donated to Ward 4 by patient Wally Briggs still holds pride of place in the ward he spent nine weeks in recovering from an accident 28 years ago.

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16 July 2013

news item Cryptosporidiosis cases in Taranaki

There have been 24 cases of cryptosporidiosis notified since the start of year compared with no cases for the same time period last year, said Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jonathan Jarman.

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15 July 2013

news item Mobile unit offers breast checks

A potential lifesaver for many Taranaki women is now just a short trip away.
BreastScreen Aotearoa is offering free breast scans for women between 45 and 69 years of age, who have not had a mammogram for two years, at its mobile unit which is currently based in Waitara's Warre St before it moves on to Stratford.

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12 July 2013

news item Taranaki retail outlets tighten up on tobacco sales

A recent Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) carried out by Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit had pleasing results regarding selling cigarettes to people under 18 years said Health Promoter Carly Twaddle.

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9 July 2013

news item Whanau Pakari celebrates its graduates

Taranaki families are celebrating as they graduate from Whanau Pakari a programme designed to encourage healthy lifestyles.

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3 July 2013

news item Last chance for free flu immunisation

Taranaki DHB residents eligible for free influenza immunisation have less than a month left to be vaccinated before the Government-subsidised campaign ends for this year on July 31.

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20 June 2013

news item Chairs provide extra support and comfort for emergency patients

Patients visiting the Emergency Department at Taranaki Base Hospital have been made a little more comfortable with the arrival of two Lazy-boy chairs, kindly donated by Todd Energy.

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19 June 2013

news item Taranaki DHB sees and treats its patients quicker than the rest of the country

Taranaki is the first DHB to reach the goal of no patients waiting over five months for either a First Specialist Assessment or treatment.

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18 June 2013

news item Enhanced transport service for Coastal Taranaki

Help is now here for Coastal people unable to get to essential commitments such as social service, medical or hospital appointments.

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17 June 2013

news item Recognising and celebrating health volunteers

As part of National Volunteer Week, Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the outstanding achievement award recipients for the first annual Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

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6 June 2013

news item Community proud of beautiful new hospital

The Taranaki community flocked to Taranaki Base Hospital to get a sneak preview of the sparkling new hospital during the Public Open Day on Saturday.

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6 June 2013

news item Public Open Day gives Taranaki people a sneak preview

Taranaki DHB invites everyone to come along to see the Taranaki Base Hospital redevelopment (Project Maunga) on Saturday June 8th before staff and patients move in.

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30 May 2013

news item Staff orientation in new hospital using latest technology

This week staff are being oriented to the new hospital with some sessions on how to use the electronic ceiling hoists that are fitted in each ward.

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28 May 2013

news item 1.2 million Kiwis protected against the flu

The government has already reached its target of immunising 1.2 million New Zealanders with the flu vaccine this year, more than two months earlier than anticipated, says Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew.

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28 May 2013

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2012-2013 - Third Quarter

The third quarter health targets of 2012-2013 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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28 May 2013

news item Food and groceries weigh in against tobacco on World Smokefree Day

Quitting smoking saves you money and for so many Taranaki families, staying ahead of the bills and keeping food on the table is a real challenge. For those one in five New Zealanders that smoke the pressure can be even greater.

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20 May 2013

news item First step for staff in moving into redevelopment at Taranaki Base Hospital

“Today we have been handed the keys for level one which includes theatre, endoscopy, sterile services and day surgery, Level 2 - the Children’s Ward and the Orthopaedic Surgical Ward on level 3.”

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3 May 2013

news item Maternity services in South Taranaki

Women in South Taranaki will continue to receive the same high quality maternity service at Hawera Hospital.

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3 May 2013

news item World Hand Hygiene Day: Clean hands save lives

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May is an important reminder of the vital role hand hygiene plays in preventing harm to patients.

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29 April 2013

news item Voluntary Bonding open for new graduates and GP trainees

Registration of Interest for the Scheme’s fifth intake (2013) is open for doctors, nurses, midwives, radiation therapists and medical physicists until 24 May.

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26 April 2013

news item More than a million Kiwis immunised against the flu

Protecting your child and your community by getting your child immunised on time every time is the theme for Immunisation Week, 22-28 April.

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22 April 2013

news item Immunisation week timely reminder protect our community

Protecting your child and your community by getting your child immunised on time every time is the theme for Immunisation Week, 22-28 April.

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18 April 2013

news item Mellowpuff Trust gives back to children’s ward

Mellowpuff Charitable Trust's latest donation to the Children's Ward.

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18 April 2013

news item Immunisation leader comes to Taranaki

Dr Nikki Turner, Director of The Immunisation Advisory Centre, ,University of Auckland will be in Taranaki on Thursday, 18 April to talk with local health professionals on the importance of immunisation.

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15 April 2013

news item Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention programme anniversary

To celebrate this occasion the Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention programme presented a gift of a teddy bear kindly sponsored by Budget Rentals to the first baby born on our anniversary, 1 April.

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12 April 2013

news itemProject Maunga receives TSB Community Trust's largest ever grant

"The TSB Community Trust makes its largest grant ever in the year the Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary. “It is marvellous to think that through this generous gift the children and whole community will benefit for generations to come,” said Chief Executive Tony Foulkes.

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12 April 2013

news item April Falls - It's no joke

Preventing falls in hospital is everyone’s business. That’s the message of this year’s April Falls promotion which is underway at Taranaki DHB.

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10 April 2013

news item Hospital kitchen claims

Health Minister Tony Ryall says it is incorrect to say that 50 hospital kitchens will be closed, as is being claimed.

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9 April 2013

news itemBurns course teaches critical skills for treating severe burns

The Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) offers a highly regarded course for health professionals that teaches critical skills for the early treatment of severe burns. Richard Wong She, who helps write and teach the course, filled us in on the difficulty of burns, and the recent course held in Taranaki.

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5 April 2013

news item Taranaki Palliative Care Plan

Taranaki DHB is pleased to present our Taranaki Palliative Care Plan 2013-16 which will guide the delivery of palliative care across our region over the next three years. This plan has been developed in partnership with local stakeholders who support us in the delivery of quality palliative care services to our community.

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4 April 2013

news item Taranaki DHB Request for Proposal (RFP): Mental Health and Addictions Crisis and Planned Respite Servcies for Adult and Youth

Taranaki District Health Board (DHB) is seeking a suitably qualified providers of Mental Health and Addictions Services to establish Crisis and Planned Respite Services for Adult and Youth in Taranaki.

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4 April 2013

news item Rest Homes are no fools when it comes to April FALLS Day

Falls are a particular issue for older people living in aged residential care. A fall will often result in serious injury, reduced mobility and a loss of confidence and independence. ACC, DHBs and Primary Health Organisations are supporting a programme aimed at reducing falls in residential facilities by ensuring Vitamin D supplements are available to residents.

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20 March 2013

news item Free flu vaccine for young children with respiratory illness

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced children under the age of five with significant respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, will be able to get the influenza vaccine free from 1 April.

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19 March 2013

news item  Emergency Management of Severe Burns Course in Taranaki

A course aimed at all health professionals who may find themselves caring for an acute burn victim was recently held at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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18 March 2013

news item  Play is good medicine!

Taranaki Base Hospital has a dedicated Hospital Play Specialist who helps our children and young people adjust to their stay in hospital.

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14 March 2013

news item  DHBs at forefront of family violence initiatives

Health professionals are taking a lead role in identifying and helping those vulnerable to abuse, with all 20 DHBs having set up Violence Intervention Programmes (VIPs), Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew announced today.

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12 March 2013

news item  Campaign to protect Kiwis against flu starts

Health Minister Tony Ryall rolled up his sleeves at Karori Medical Centre in Wellington today to receive his annual influenza vaccination and launch the 2013 influenza immunisation campaign.

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12 March 2013

news item  International Dietitians’ Day

Everyday dietitians around New Zealand apply their specialised food and nutrition knowledge to improve the health of New Zealanders.

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1 March 2013

news item  Hawera Community Dental Clinic officially opens Monday

The new Hawera Community Oral Health Service officially opens on Monday, taking their first patient that afternoon.

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27 February 2013

news item  Health targets deliver more operations

Health Minister Tony Ryall congratulated health professionals for providing New Zealanders with over 78,000 elective operations and exceeding the government’s national health target.

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27 February 2013

news item  Information on Whooping Cough

In 2011 there were 30 reported cases of whooping cough in Taranaki and in 2012 there was 131 cases reported.

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26 February 2013

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2012-2013 - Second Quarter

The second quarter health targets of 2012-2013 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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18 February 2013

news item  Better care for Taranaki cancer patients

Taranaki cancer patients and their families will have better support thanks to the appointment of a dedicated cancer nurse who will coordinate and streamline patient care.

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20 February 2013

news item  Sexual health clinic is on the move in New Plymouth

The Taranaki DHB Sexual Health Clinic is moving to 188 Powderham Street, New Plymouth on Friday February 22nd.

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7 February 2013

news item  Whanau Fun Day at Pungarehu Pools

A whanau day out is the opening event for the ‘Nga Kete Hauora’ event series to be held at the Pungarehu pools on Sunday the 10th of February.

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31 January 2013

news item  Green Feet Leading the Way to Healthy Food

Choosing healthy family meal ideas has just become easier at the 4Square45 in Opunake, with the beginning of the “Green Feet” campaign.

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31 January 2013

news item Four Taranaki Retail Outlets Fail Compliance Test

Four Taranaki retailers are facing possible fines after selling cigarettes to a person under 18 years of age.

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24 January 2013

news item Family Violence Intervention Programme Training 2013

Due to demand and interest the Taranaki DHB FVIP Training will now be open to non-DHB staff at a cost of $250.00 per person.

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10 January 2013

news item Shellfish warning lifted Mohakatino - Motunui in Taranaki

The Taranaki District Health Board today lifted a public health warning against collecting or consuming shellfish from Mohakatino down to Motunui.

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