June 20th is World Refugee Day

Support refugees across the globe to be protected and included in health care, education and sport this year on World Refugee Day (20th June) . Together we heal, learn and shine. The shared experience of COVID-19 has showed us that we only succeed if we stand together. We have all had to do our part […]

Treat all flood water as contaminated in Canterbury

A number of drinking water supplies have been placed under boil water or conserve water notices as flood waters have continued to rise in many areas throughout Canterbury. It’s important to follow this advice to protect your health. Keep up to date with the latest alerts through your local District Council – Like your local […]

Sweat with Pride

Sweat every day this June to get active and raise money to support our Rainbow communities. Fight discrimination with perspiration. Choose your challenge as this year how long you sweat for is up to you. 21, 42 or even 60 minutes – the choice is yours! You’ll get your very own Perspirational Trainer with a […]

Revive damaged ecosystems on World Environment Day

World Environment Day 2021 (5th June) calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems. We all depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival – from forests to peatlands to coasts. Ecosystems are defined as the interaction between living organisms – plants, animals, people – with their surroundings. This includes nature, but also human-made systems […]

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 […]

Be a Guardian of the Future: Get a free measles immunisation

People aged between 15 and 30 who haven’t had their MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine are urged to get a free immunisation now – even if they’re not sure. More than 2,000 Kiwis got sick from measles in 2019 and more than 700 needed hospital treatment. “The measles outbreak in 2019 and the current COVID-19 […]

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 […]

Fight the Bite: Campaign to fight mosquito-borne diseases

Bugs like mosquitoes, ticks and tsetse flies in other countries can give you diseases when they bite. So fight the bite – day and night. New Zealand’s mosquitos don’t spread dengue or other viral diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and Zika. There have been previous outbreaks of dengue in parts of the Pacific and […]

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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