World Health Day 2021: Building a fairer healthier world

The World Health Organisation (WHO) invites you join a campaign to build a fairer healthier world this World Health Day (7th April 2021). Our world is an unequal one COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. This is entirely due to […]

World Oral Health Day: Healthy mouth, healthy body

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20th March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote awareness of oral health issues and the importance of oral hygiene for everyone old and young. Having a healthy mouth is important for overall health and wellbeing. Healthy […]

Walk2Work Day

Walk2Work Day (10th March 2021) is New Zealand’s day to celebrate walking. You can walk almost anywhere, at any time, in any weather for free. You could walk to catch a bus or ferry for your health, and the health of our planet. Research reported in the British Medical Journal showed that walking and catching […]

Care around the clock wherever you are over summer

Remember that you can still get FREE health advice whenever you need it – wherever your holidays take you around New Zealand this summer. You can call your own general practice team 24/7 for care around the clock if too much festive cheer leaves you feeling worse for wear. Be sure to load your general […]

Make summer unstoppable

This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. It’s important we look after ourselves and our whānau over the festive season and summer holidays. As New Zealanders we cherish our annual summer holidays. We all want an uninterrupted summer — uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19. We cannot control the weather, but […]

Keep cool and hydrated to beat the heat

Cantabrians are being urged to watch the weather forecast closely this summer so they can put the right plans in place to stay cool and hydrated. The La Niña weather system often brings higher than average temperatures and heatwave conditions can occur. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink says these higher temperatures can […]

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 a quarter 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 […]

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 […]

Gardeners urged to protect themselves against Legionnaires’ disease

Spring is the perfect time to be out in the garden. It’s also the perfect time for enthusiastic gardeners to risk unwittingly releasing Legionnaires’ disease from the depths of their potting mix and compost. Gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost – with 23 cases of the disease already confirmed […]

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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