Taranaki Police and the Ministry of Health are again warning people of a particularly dangerous ‘batch’ of synthetic cannabinoids (also known as synthetics or synnies) in the region.
It’s estimated over 1,000 people in Taranaki are living with Hepatitis C (hep C) however, due to symptoms often not appearing for many years, half of them may be unaware they have it.
Taranaki DHB is raising awareness for this year’s World Hepatitis Day by offering free hep C testing to Find, Test, Treat and Cure these people.
Taranaki DHB is extending its visitor restrictions at Taranaki Base and Hāwera hospitals until the end of the week, due to ongoing demand for patient care continuing at critical levels.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit (PHU) are working in collaboration with Port Taranaki to provide COVID-19 testing for crew members on a fishing vessel who are reportedly unwell with flu-like symptoms.
The pressure of winter ills and chills has pushed demand for patient care to critical levels at Taranaki Base and Hāwera hospitals.
The first weekend clinic will be held in New Plymouth this Saturday and Sunday (July 10 and 11), as the region’s programme begins to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.
Retired and overseas-trained health professionals and the wider health workforce can now join New Zealand’s expanding vaccinator workforce, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today.
Taranaki DHB is leading the way with a new programme of work aimed at early detection and treatment of sepsis.
Sepsis (mate whakatāoke) is ‘blood poisoning’ or ‘toto pirau’ – sometimes called septicaemia. It’s a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.
The Government has released the second set of official three-year child poverty targets, as required by the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018.
Despite an increase in COVID-19 testing in the region Taranaki DHB has confirmed there are no positive cases detected in the community so far.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health.
Taranaki Base Hospital will undergo several changes next week to access and car parking as part of the Project Maunga Stage Two hospital redevelopment.
From Monday 14 June the main hospital building entrance and main reception areas will be relocated to the old main entrance beside Cardiology. The full New East Wing Building construction zone will also be established, creating some major changes to the main public car park.
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the Taranaki Pasifika population is being welcomed by the community.
The Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination programme has been working closely with the Taranaki Vaimoana Pasifika Charitable Trust to keep the local community informed and to understand their needs.
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 eight hours from 11:00am on Wednesday 9 June until 7:00pm Wednesday 9 June 2021.
Two local retailers failed an undercover tobacco-controlled purchase operation (CPO) in New Plymouth recently after selling cigarettes to a person aged under 18 years.
Getting the right information is an important part of the process for whānau, hapū and iwi to be ready for the COVID-19 vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare said.
In a programme unique to Taranaki 20 Automated External Defibrillators have been delivered around the maunga, bringing the total donated to 128.
The Taranaki COVID-19 vaccination programme has reached another milestone with the first residents of an aged care facility receiving their first immunisation dose this week.
A significant COVID-19 workforce milestone has been reached, with the 5000th vaccinator completing specialised training to administer the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.
This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand.
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.
It’s now time for people in Taranaki aged 65+ to get their free influenza immunisation and protect themselves and their family/whānau from flu.
Today’s announcement by the Government signals its shift in how the health and disability system will operate in the future in terms of policy decisions, funding and commissioning, and the delivery of services at a national and wider regional level.
- All DHBs will be replaced by one national organisation, Health New Zealand
- A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy
- New Public Health Agency will be created
- Strengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise Government
An indigenous-led response during a pandemic can provide a high level of protection for vulnerable groups like Maori, a study has shown.
As part of the ongoing enabling works for Project Maunga Stage Two, the Lorna Street entrance to Base Hospital will be closed until further notice.
A crew member on a ship berthed in Taranaki is under investigation after a weak positive followed by a negative test result was returned from one of the crew as part of COVID-19 testing prior to a crew change.
New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
This plan outlines key initiatives that will be undertaken to ensure the COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Programme addresses its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supports Māori health and equity.
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare, says creating new ways of procuring services for Māori mental wellbeing will make a significant difference to Māori over time.
Proposed changes to the Fluoridation Bill further ensures we are taking a safe, effective and affordable approach to improving children’s oral heath, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today.
We have a plan and a schedule to provide a free vaccine to everyone in New Zealand.
The plan follows yesterday's announcement, confirming everyone in New Zealand, who wants the vaccine, will receive both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Ministry of Health is working with Pfizer on a delivery schedule to ensure a smooth rollout as the vaccination programme ramps up.
In the first week of the COVID-19 immunisation roll-out in Taranaki 120 people have been vaccinated including border workers and health care workers.
The Government has guaranteed that every New Zealander will have access to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, after securing an additional 8.5 million doses, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is advising people to be aware of health warnings in place for several local beaches heading into Taranaki Anniversary Weekend.
Taranaki border workers will be some of the first people to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination this week when the country’s biggest immunisation programme starts in New Plymouth.
Hāwera Hospital may be small but it is taking giant steps in the search for an electronic medicines prescribing and administration (eMedicine) system for Te Manawa Taki (TMT, formerly Midland) region district health boards.
Taranaki DHB’s new general practice operating out of Hāwera Hospital will help meet the primary healthcare needs of the South Taranaki community.
Taranaki is back in Alert Level 1, and Auckland has moved to Level 2. This will be reviewed next week.
As Taranaki drops to Alert Level 1 there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases for the region.
Taranaki DHB held its inaugural Employee Health Excellence Awards on Saturday night to recognise outstanding initiatives which will make a difference to the experience and health outcomes of Taranaki patients, their whānau and the wider community.
Taranaki DHB’s Incident Management Team is in response mode as a result of the latest COVID-19 cases identified in Auckland.
A list of Taranaki locations of interest that were visited by two positive cases from the Auckland region over Waitangi weekend has sparked an influx of people accessing testing in New Plymouth, Hawera, Waitara and Opunake.
In response to recent COVID-19 cases identified in the community, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 for three days from 11.59 pm 14 February until midnight Wednesday 17 February. The rest of New Zealand, including Taranaki, will move to Level 2 for the same period. This will be reviewed on a 24 hour basis.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has today confirmed there are three new community cases detected in the Auckland region.
Last weekend two of the cases travelled to New Plymouth where they visited a number of tourist locations. At this time the cases may have been developing symptoms, but would have been unaware of this. Both cases were considered to be infectious during their visit to the region.
For the first time, the Government will provide targeted nationwide funding to services that provide mental health support to Rainbow young people Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
New Zealand’s first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is set to arrive in New Zealand next week subject to transportation plans and quality temperature control, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
This report provides an overview of cancer and cancer care in New Zealand. It outlines the trends in cancer incidence, survival and mortality and presents information on how New Zealand is performing with regards to key aspects of the cancer care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. It identifies where emerging and persistent issues and inequities exist along the cancer pathway.
The Learning from Adverse Events Report summarises serious adverse events reported to the Health Quality and Safety Commission for the 2019/20 year.
We welcome your important feedback – and the feedback of your stakeholders – on draft regulations under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 as part of our consultation that begins today, 26 January 2021.
Working together to deliver quality services to the people of Taranaki takes an important step forward with the signing of a partnership agreement between Tui Ora and the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB).
As Taranaki’s hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) prepare for the busy festive season, the public are being encouraged to plan their holiday healthcare to reduce their chances of getting unwell and needing medical treatment over the Christmas/New Year period.
Contact tracing in New Zealand will get a substantial boost from 10 December with the addition of Bluetooth tracing to the NZ COVID Tracer app, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today.
The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little says.
An initial agreement has been reached between the Public Service Association and the country’s 20 District Health Boards in the bargaining for Clerical and Administration Pay Equity.
In light of the cancellation of the Taranaki Careers Expo 2020, the Recruitment Team at Taranaki District Health Board (DHB) took matters into their own hands and held healthcare careers expo at both Taranaki Base and Hāwera hospitals recently.
New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today.
The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020, passed in August 2020 and comes into effect today.
News today from Pfizer and BioNTech that they have had promising results from COVID-19 clinical trials of a vaccine is encouraging, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said.
Taranaki DHB will have COVID-19 testing available throughout the long weekend, aimed specifically for people with symptoms and those wanting reassurance of their health if they’ve recently travelled out of the region.
The close and casual contacts identified as being at risk of having contact with a positive COVID-19 case who worked at Port Taranaki last week have all returned negative test results.
Prompt testing of people who were considered close and casual contacts of a positive COVID-19 case from Auckland have so far seen negative results.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit (PHU) is supporting a national health response associated with a positive COVID-19 case identified in Auckland who spent time in New Plymouth last week.
The death of a mokopuna (grandchild) to sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) has prompted Taranaki weavers and their whānau to lend their expertise and support to Taranaki Tau te moe, Taranaki DHB’s newly named Safe Sleep programme.
Taranaki DHB has launched a new COVID-19 testing campaign to target visitors coming into the region and local residents planning to travel.
As the region moves to Alert Level 2 today Taranaki DHB is reassuring the community it’s “business as usual” in terms of hospital health services.
More kaumātua have been vaccinated this year than ever before as the result of a push to get more Māori immunised against influenza, Associate Ministers of Health, Julie Anne Genter and Peeni Henare announced today.
The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million to fully fund and develop the National Immunisation Solution, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced at Mangere College today.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as cold or flu symptoms, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor to find out if you need a test.
The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years.
Taranaki DHB has appointed Leighs Construction to provide Early Contractor Involvement services for Project Maunga Stage Two and the Seismic Risk Management Plan (SRMP) at Base Hospital.
The Seat at the Table is a District Health Board governance programme to mentor younger people interested in health board governance, in particular Māori, Pacific and disabled people.
When Lynne Shannholtzer went to see a specialist for ongoing fatigue, she never thought a random test at a Hepatitis Awareness Week pop-up clinic in the hospital foyer last year would solve her health issues.
Maternity service providers, women and their babies will receive more support after a $242 million maternity package announced today by Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter.
New kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction services are being sought, Associate Minister of Health, Peeni Henare has announced today.
The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says.
The Government is stepping up New Zealand’s COVID-19 testing system at the border as more New Zealanders arrive from overseas, Health Minister Dr David Clark says.
Health Minister Dr David Clark says he has required the Director General of Health to suspend compassionate exemptions from managed isolation, in order to ensure the system is working as intended.
The Government is committing to a long-term programme of reform to build a stronger New Zealand Health and Disability System that delivers for all.
The demand for COVID-19 testing has slowed down in Taranaki, but is still available seven days a week for people with symptoms of the virus.
Visiting rules at Taranaki Base and Hāwera hospitals have returned to normal following the nation’s move to Alert Level One earlier this week.
Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa.
The Government today announced $37 million for a COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The strategy aims to secure a vaccine – safe, effective and in sufficient quantities – at the earliest possible time.
The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand.
Attracting general practitioners to work in small rural areas has been challenging at times, which has led people to delay seeking medical care. Ross Nolly caught up with one Taranaki rural GP who says there are a lot of benefits to working in small communities.
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.
Budget 2020 delivers the biggest ever increase in funding for District Health Boards, as well as additional funding to deliver approximately 153,000 more surgeries and procedures, radiology scans and specialist appointments to help clear the COVID-19 backlog.
ADON Claudia Matthews recently chatted with retired nurse Pam King (née Maclean), and reflected on some of what’s changed between the current COVID-19 pandemic and the last Polio outbreak in 1955.
Taranaki Base and Hāwera hospitals are settling into Alert Level 3 mode. Under Level 3, both hospitals remain open for emergency care, whether or not that care relates to COVID-19. Outpatient services will also continue to see as many patients as possible using alternatives to the usual face-to-face settings, such as Zoom and phone consultations.
As New Zealanders unite to stop the spread of COVID-19, Taranaki DHB is appealing to all residents to also unite against the influenza virus.
ACC is helping bring an exercise programme for over 65s who are house-bound to TV screens around New Zealand as part of a new collaboration with TVNZ and partners across the health sector.
Taranaki’s total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 16 this long weekend with the most recent person being confirmed as a probable case.
More than three weeks after the last reported case of COVID-19 in Taranaki, a new person with the virus has emerged following testing in New Plymouth on Friday.
Taranaki DHB is planning and preparing for the region’s move to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April.
Community testing for COVID-19 is ramping up around Taranaki with a number of ways people can get tested.
Don’t neglect potentially serious health conditions because of concerns around COVID-19.
Taranaki DHB (TDHB), along with all other DHBs around the country, is committed to testing for COVID-19, and encourages people to be tested around the region.
More than 80 of Taranaki DHB’s doctors have put their hands up for a one-day BASIC for COVID training course so they are prepared, if needed to help fight COVID-19 in Base Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Taranaki DHB’s medical officer of health, Dr Jonathan Jarman, is praising the community for their united vigilance in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has announced one more person with confirmed COVID-19 in Taranaki in the last 24 hours, taking to total number of cases to 14 as of 1pm, 1 April 2020.
The Ministry of Health has announced a further two people with confirmed COVID-19 are living in Taranaki.
A further four people with confirmed COVID-19 have been identified in Taranaki since Friday, including the first person to be hospitalised at Taranaki Base Hospital.
In line with the Government directive to implement COVID-19 alert level 4 protocol, all Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) facilities have implemented a temporary no-visitors policy.
Two new people with confirmed COVID-19 have been identified in South Taranaki today, taking the total to seven confirmed cases and one probable for the region.
Taranaki’s Public Health Unit has confirmed a 23 year old female is the latest case to test positive for the virus following recent overseas travel.
Taranaki has another two people with confirmed COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed people to four for the region.
In response to today’s announcement by the Prime Minister regarding COVID-19, Taranaki DHB chief operating officer Gillian Campbell has announced significant temporary changes to the DHB’s visitor policy.
Taranaki DHB is encouraging people to protect friends and whānau who are in hospital by not visiting if they are at all unwell.
The New Zealand Government is advising New Zealanders not to travel overseas due to COVID-19, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.
The Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, announced at 1.00pm today the first two people in Taranaki with confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
This year’s flu vaccine campaign will be the biggest ever with 400,000 more vaccines available in 2020, compared with last year.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed a fourth positive test to COVID-19 in New Zealand.
Minister for Women and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has welcomed new best-practice guidance for the treatment of endometriosis in New Zealand.
On 2 March 2020 Taranaki DHB released the 2018-19 Learning from Adverse Events Report. This report summarises serious adverse events reported to the Health Quality and Safety Commission for the 2018/19 year.
Please complete and return your child’s immunisation consent form. That’s the message from Taranaki DHB’s Public Health nurses who will be visiting Year 7 and 8 schools throughout the region this month giving children consent forms for FREE Boostrix and human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisations.
If you can’t get people to the clinic, take the clinic to the people. In an effort to eradicate the hepatitis C virus from our community Taranaki DHB is doing just that and holding hepatitis C pop-up clinics at the Urenui Rodeo and Americarna.
The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says.
Hundreds of thousands of young adults will be offered measles vaccinations in a new campaign to strengthen New Zealand’s immunisation system, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said at its launch in Auckland today.
Twenty seven local students have been given a boost to achieve their aspirations of working in the health sector by receiving a scholarship from Taranaki DHB.
World Cancer Day tomorrow is a perfect time to take stock of our progress so far in delivering improved cancer prevention and care for New Zealanders, Health Minister Dr David Clark says
Newly elected and appointed members to Taranaki District Health Board (DHB) were officially welcomed with a mihi whakatau today at Taranaki Base Hospital followed by their first hui.
As Taranaki’s hospital Emergency Departments prepare for the busy festive season, the public are being encouraged to plan their holiday healthcare to reduce their chances of getting unwell and needing medical treatment at Christmas time.
Ground-breaking research in Taranaki engaging the community to address weight issues in children and teens has attracted further international visitors, this time from Harvard.
Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs.
Some of Taranaki’s smallest patients are to benefit from a sizeable donation that is enabling the purchase of new high-tech equipment for Taranaki Base Hospital.
Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands or people have more treatment options
Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced the establishment of the new National Emergency Management Agency from 1 December 2019.
An enhanced rural model of care has been proposed for the South Taranaki community which aims to improve health outcomes by enabling people to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
Taranaki children are witnessing family violence at an alarming rate. From July 2018 – June 2019, Taranaki Police attended 4,598 family harm incidents; 74 percent of these incidents were locations were children were also present.
The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children.
Taranaki DHB chief executive Rosemary Clements attended this week's South Taranaki Community Health Forum & Taranaki Ki Te Tonga, to give an update on the progress of planning following the public forum held in August.
The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year.
PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says.
Taranaki’s Public Health Unit is warning about the risk of further cases of chickenpox following a number of cases over the long weekend.
District Health Boards are asking the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to help break the impasse in bargaining with APEX Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) which has seen multiple strikes disrupting patient services.
Last month, Stratford woman, Gay Burnnand arrived in an ambulance at Taranaki Base Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) following a stroke and received life-saving treatment in record breaking time.
The Government will create a standalone Crown entity to regulate drinking water in New Zealand.
Four years ago Taranaki DHB’s Base Hospital ED had just two Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) fellows. Now it employs 15 fellows making Taranaki DHB the second largest employer of fellows nationwide after Auckland.
Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.
Taranaki DHB Chair, Pauline Lockett welcomes the Ministers announcement that $300m of Wellbeing budget funding has been prioritised to build a new acute hospital building on its Taranaki Base Hospital campus.
Taranaki’s Public Health Unit (PHU) is warning the community to remain vigilant about the measles virus following a seventh case being confirmed this week.
Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important.
Confirmation that PHARMAC will fund two new cancer drugs is further evidence of the good progress the Government is making to improve the treatment of New Zealand’s leading cause of death, Health Minister David Clark says.
The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.
The Ministry of Health has been working closely with Tū Ora Compass Health Primary Health Organisation (PHO) following confirmation of illegal cyber access to its computer system.
Confirmation of another two cases of measles in Taranaki is highlighting just how easily the virus can spread amongst those who are not vaccinated. The two latest cases (# 5 and #6) are family members of case #4 (reported last week).
Taranaki DHB is strongly urging people to check their immunisation status following a confirmation of another case of measles in Taranaki.
Taranaki DHB is strongly urging people to check their immunisation status following a confirmation of another case of measles in Taranaki.
The Taranaki Public Health Unit has confirmed another case of measles in Taranaki.
The 2019 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is officially underway, with the aim of raising more than $1 million to help make a significant difference to thousands of sick Kiwi kids and their families.
Resident Medical Officers who are members of the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association have accepted a new pay settlement agreed by their union and District Health Boards.
Taranaki DHB reassures the people of South Taranaki that Hawera Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) is NOT closing to the public.
The Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield has today published a warning to consumers about two products, Go lean Detox and Go Detox, which have been marketed for weight loss.
The Ministry of Health and PHARMAC are pleased to see New Zealanders with hepatitis C and health professionals across the country moving quickly to access the life-saving new treatment Maviret.
Taranaki DHB is raising awareness for this year’s World Hepatitis Day by offering free Hepatitis C (hep C) testing for patients, visitors and staff on Thursday 25 July. Community hepatitis C clinician for HealthShare, Nadja Gottfert, says a free pop-up clinic will be available for hep C screening and testing from 9.30am to 3.00pm in the main entrance of Base Hospital.
Transformation of mental health and addiction services for people with mild to moderate need takes an important step forward today, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. The Ministry of Health is today holding the first of five workshops with mental health and addiction leaders and those with lived experience to discuss plans for new frontline services announced in the Wellbeing Budget.
The flu season is proving particularly nasty this winter and Taranaki DHB is encouraging pregnant women and other vulnerable groups to get their free influenza (flu) vaccination this winter. Weekly drop-in sessions are held at Taranaki Base Hospital’s Antenatal Clinic on a Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm, where pregnant mothers can receive their free flu vaccination.
Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit is urging people to check their immunisation status after being notified of a confirmed case of measles in Taranaki. The person travelled on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to New Plymouth, and has also visited Megabounce Trampoline Arena in New Plymouth in the days following.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced that 55,000 more doses of influenza vaccine will be arriving in New Zealand next week, and will be available to the public from the week of July 15.
Please avoid our Emergency Departments (ED) with non-urgent health issues over the school holidays. That’s the plea from ED Clinical Nurse Manager, Therese Manning, who says Taranaki Base and Hawera Hospital ED’s are busy enough with acute medical conditions to attend to.
Hauora Maori Training Fund is a workforce development fund for the health and disability workforce. A priority for this funding is the non-regulated health and disability workforce.
More than 200 cases of measles have now been confirmed in New Zealand since the start of this year and the Ministry of Health is reminding people that immunisation is the best way to protect our most vulnerable.
The Government’s plan to prohibit smoking in cars with children is a step closer with the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill due to be introduced to Parliament this week.
A new website (vapingfacts.health.nz) is being launched today by Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa to provide New Zealanders with a source of clear and credible information about vaping as a way to stop smoking.
A Stratford retailer has failed a recent tobacco controlled purchase operation (CPO) carried out by Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit by selling cigarettes to a minor.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister Dr David Clark have announced extra support for road ambulance services to help them plan for a secure long-term future so they can continue providing life-saving care to Kiwis.
More than one million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have now been distributed and The Ministry of Health is encouraging even more New Zealanders to get vaccinated.
It's International Nurses Day tomorrow and the Ministry of Health's Chief Nursing Office is celebrating New Zealand’s largest ever nursing workforce.
Mum of two, Aleisha Tancred, knows the importance of getting immunised during pregnancy. That’s why she’s accessing Taranaki DHB’s free vaccination drop-in clinic at Base Hospital’s maternity unit during her third pregnancy.
Taranaki DHB says five days of upcoming rolling junior doctor strikes will place significant strain on hospital resource and is urging people to take charge of their health now, or face lengthy delays for non-urgent care.
Health Minister David Clark has congratulated the midwives’ unions, DHBs, and the Ministry of Health for agreeing a joint accord to help ensure safe and sustainable staffing levels in our public hospitals.
The service that allows people using New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) to phone others by using an interpreter will soon be available at weekends, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Disability Issues Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today.
Health Minister David Clark is pleased to mark World Health Day today as new figures show cheaper doctors visits are available to nearly all the New Zealanders the policy was intended to reach.
New research showing a record low in smoking among New Zealand students and a decrease in the uptake of vaping was announced today by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa in a speech to the Vaping Policy Forum at Parliament.
Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter is pleased thousands of women will have better access to free or very low cost contraception.
Taranaki DHB is urging the community to protect themselves and get immunised against Influenza after a severe spike in the number of cases coming through the doors of Taranaki’s Emergency Department.
Health Minister Dr David Clark is one of more than a million New Zealanders who will get vaccinated against influenza this year. The annual campaign begins this week.
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.
Final reports by expert engineers about the earthquake prone status of buildings at Taranaki Base Hospital support the Taranaki District Health Board’s plan to move forward with Phase 2 of Project Maunga – the hospital’s new east wing building.
Just as hospital staff are dealing with the traumatic events in Christchurch last week, many others in the Taranaki community will be too.
It is with great sadness we pay our respects to Doctor Amjad Hamid, a Senior Medical Officer and Rural Hospital Consultant at Hawera Hospital, Taranaki. Dr Hamid was at the mosque at the time of the shooting and is now missing and presumed dead.
There have been no cases of measles reported in Taranaki as of Thursday 14 March, 2019, Taranaki District Health Board Chief Medical Advisor Dr Greg Simmons says.
The Ministry of Health is reiterating its message to New Zealanders to keep safe from influenza-like illnesses, in light of an increase in reported cases around the country.
Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Disability Issues Minister Carmel Sepuloni have started a public consultation on proposals to modernise telecommunications services for people who are deaf, deafblind or have hearing or speech impairments.
Over the next few weeks Taranaki parents will be asked to give consent for their children to receive free Boostrix and HPV vaccinations through their child’s school or GP.
Health Minister Dr David Clark is asking New Zealanders to listen up to a national campaign encouraging people to get tested for hepatitis C so that those who have the disease can be cured.
The Government has today announced it will prohibit smoking in cars carrying children under 18 years of age.
New Hep C cure with 99% success rate available today.
Hospitals are coping well with the Resident Doctors’ Association 48-hour strike, which ends at 7am tomorrow.
District Health Boards are open to resuming talks with the Resident Doctors’ Association to find a solution to the current roster dispute with trainee doctors.
Hospitals are coping well with the Resident Doctors’ Association 48-hour strike, which ends at 7am tomorrow, while District Health Boards remain open to negotiating a settlement, DHBs’ spokesman Dr Peter Bramley says.
With the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association 48 hour strike action starting tomorrow at 7am, Taranaki District Health Board is reminding people they can help take the pressure off emergency services by saving ED for emergencies and seeking non-urgent medical assistance from other health care services.
District Health Boards are disappointed the Resident Doctors’ Association has decided to proceed with strike action on 15 and 16 January after mediation failed today.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced changes at Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), saying strengthening the health workforce is an ongoing priority.
As Taranaki DHB’s hospital Emergency Departments prepare for a busy festive season, the public is being reminded to save ED for emergencies and seek non-urgent medical assistance from other health care services.
The Government is responding to increased drug-related deaths by cracking down on the suppliers of synthetic drugs while making it easier for those with addiction problems to get treatment, Health Minister Dr David Clark and Police Minister Stuart Nash have announced.
Health Minister Dr David Clark says thousands of New Zealanders will potentially benefit from the Government’s medicinal cannabis legislation.
The Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) has released the ‘Learning from Adverse Events’ report for 2017/2018 which puts consumers at the centre when reporting, reviewing and learning from adverse events.
Minister of Health David Clark says the Ministry of Health has made good progress ensuring New Zealanders can rely on the safety of their drinking water in the 12 months since the final Havelock North Inquiry report.
Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we handle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says making the cost of visiting the doctor much cheaper for almost 600,000 Kiwis will mean more people will be able to get the care they need, when they need it.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has today formally received the report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, saying it will help shape New Zealand’s response to mental health for years to come.
As Northland prepares for a targeted vaccination programme to control an outbreak of MenW meningococcal disease, Taranaki DHB’s medical officer of health says the Taranaki region is not high risk for this strain at the moment.
22 November 2018
District Health Boards are hoping striking midwives will join them in facilitation or return to mediation to find a way through the current impasse in the pay dispute.
Midwives covered by MERAS (Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service) are striking for two hours, twice a day until 5 December looking for more money in their agreement compared to that accepted by other midwives.
16 November 2018
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.
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.