Don’t let measles ruin your holiday

The Christmas and New Year holidays are fast approaching. You may have an overseas trip planned and be counting down to the day you jet off to an exotic location. However measles is currently spreading in popular holiday destinations so there is cause for extra vigilance when travelling overseas this summer. Canterbury Medical Officer of […]

National Safe Sleep Day

National Safe Sleep Day (Te Rā Mokopuna) on 6th December 2019 aims to empower our communities and organisations across Aotearoa to promote safe sleeping practices for our tamariki mokopuna. SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) is a term which refers to the unexpected death of an infant through unintentional suffocation and previously unidentified illnesses in […]

Help make a difference on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day on 1st December is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, showing their support for people living with HIV and also to commemorate people who have died. It is also an opportunity to help raise awareness of HIV and funds that go towards supporting people living with […]

Five Ways to Wellbeing during the holiday season

Are you expecting this Christmas to be stressful, either for you or someone you know? More than half of all New Zealanders feel added financial and social stresses during the festive season. The pressure is on some of us to create a magical day for our tamariki and whānau. The Kirihimete period can increase loneliness […]

Change to cervical screening start age

The Ministry of Health announced that the age women begin having cervical smear tests will change from 20 to 25 from November 2019. There are several good reasons why women are now being encouraged to wait until 25 to start cervical screening: Cervical cancer in women under 25 years of age is rare. There is […]

Meningococcal disease is not like measles: It’s hard to catch

Community and Public Health has been fielding calls from concerned parents following publicity about the death of a Christchurch dance teacher from meningococcal disease. Canterbury DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton said meningococcal bacteria are hard to catch – unlike measles which is highly contagious. The meninococcal bacteria pass from one person to […]

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 […]

Fight the Bite: New campaign to fight mosquito-borne diseases

Fight the bite – day and night. That’s the message the Ministry of Health is promoting to raise more awareness of the diseases mosquitoes in some countries can carry. The new social media and online campaign has been prompted by recent outbreaks of dengue in parts of the Pacific and an increased number of dengue cases recorded […]

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 […]

Sparklers: Helping tamariki live brighter

Canterbury’s had more than its fair share of challenges. The impact has also been felt strongly for many young Cantabrians who have lived through the quakes. The Canterbury DHB’s School-Based Mental Health Team (SBMHT) and the Health Promoting Schools staff from Community and Public Health were often being asked for tools to help schools support the […]

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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