June 20th is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day (20th June) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their […]

World Smokefree May: We’re backing you

World Smokefree May will lead up to the celebration of World Smokefree Day (31st May).  The theme for 2022 is We’re backing you – focussing on the team effort to support whānau to quit and stay Smokefree. The theme is matched with a three word whakatauki: “Taituara, taiwhare, taieke” – with backing, even the tallest […]

Pink Shirt Day: Speak up and stop bullying

Join the Pink Shirt Day movement on Friday 20th May 2022 to stop bullying. Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying – Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora! Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying campaign that celebrates diversity and creates environments where all people can feel safe, valued and respected. Each year workplaces, schools, […]

Gear up against Legionnaires’ disease

Cases of Legionnaires’ disease typically increase from September to November during gardening season. Community and Public Health is urging gardeners to ‘gear up’ to protect themselves against Legionnaires’ disease . The Legionella bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease mainly live in water, soil and potting mix, and hot water cylinders. You need to be aware of […]

Give your cervix some screen time

Young New Zealand women are being encouraged to look after their cervix in a powerful media campaign designed to encourage regular cervical screening from 25 years of age. The ‘Give your cervix some screen time’ campaign aims to help anyone with a cervix feel informed, empowered and motivated to protect their body and future health […]

World Environment Day: Remember there is only one Earth

In the universe are billions of galaxies, In our galaxy are billions of planets, But there is #OnlyOneEarth. Let’s take care of it. Earth faces a triple planetary emergency: the climate is heating up too quickly for people and nature to adapt; habitat loss and other pressures mean an estimated 1 million species are threatened […]

Listen to young people during Youth Week

Youth Week is a nationwide festival organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and success of local young people. It is a time to recognise the: amazing and valuable contributions of young people to their communities in New Zealand; and youth workers, youth service providers and others working with and for young […]

National Bowel Screening Programme comes to Canterbury

The National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) will officially go-live in the Canterbury DHB region from Thursday 29th October 2020. Free bowel screening kits aimed at saving lives will be sent to the homes of Canterbury people aged 60 to 74 from mid-November. People receiving the kits are being asked to ‘Start a movement that might […]

Canterbury Resilience Hub: A one stop shop for health and wellbeing support

The Canterbury DHB has launched the Canterbury Resilience Hub website – a central point for health and wellbeing advice and practical support services information. The Canterbury Resilience Hub website was established following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on 15th March 2019. “Many people were deeply affected by these events. Canterbury DHB recognised the […]

New All Right? campaign reminds us we are all in this together

A new All Right? campaign reminds Cantabrians that in tough times we can go through a range of emotions, and we all work through them in our own way and at our own pace. All Right? mental health strategist Ciaran Fox says tough times affect each of us differently. “It’s all right to feel upset, […]

Check for health warnings before going near waterways

Recreational water users are being reminded to avoid contact with some Canterbury and South Canterbury waterways. “Many of these waterways have been in bloom for some time now and will continue to be so with the warm weather we have been experiencing” says Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey. Find out about current potentially […]

Know the signs of stroke: Think FAST

Around 24 New Zealanders have a stroke each day – about six of those are aged under 65. A stroke will strike suddenly. Damage will move through the brain fast. But you can help if you know the signs to look for, and think and act fast. FACE – Is their face drooping on one […]

Health risks of nitrates in drinking water

Nitrate (NO3) is a compound that is formed when nitrogen combines with oxygen. Sometimes high amounts of nitrate get into drinking water. Typical sources of nitrate include: fertilisers, animal wastes, particularly in areas of intensified farming, unreticulated sewage disposal systems, and industrial and food processing waste. Nitrate is highly soluble in water, making it readily transported through […]

Some emergency kits a recipe for disaster

It could be the little box that saves your life, which is why authorities are warning Kiwis to be wary of pre-made emergency survival kits after our consumer watchdog found some lacking. Consumer NZ released a report on 28th April 2017 saying that some pre-made survival kits on the market they tested were more of […]

Smokefree Social Housing Toolkit: a guide for creating smokefree policies

Community and Public Health (as a member of Smokefree Canterbury) has developed a Toolkit to assist social housing providers to implement smokefree policies in social housing settings. Improving population health has increasingly become a shared goal across many sectors including social housing. A smokefree social housing policy can result in win-wins for tenants, housing providers, […]

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