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. Youth Week (9th to 17th May 2020) recognises the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand. The week also recognises the youth workers, youth service providers and others working with […]

Cantabrians asked to be patient while flu vaccine is distributed

The Canterbury District Health Board is asking Cantabrians to be patient while the health system works to resolve delays with the distribution of the flu vaccine across the region. Stock has been held up in the supply chain – affecting DHBs around the country. This means a significant number of General Practice teams and pharmacies […]

World Health Day 2020: Support nurses and midwives

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. So the focus this World Health Day (7th April 2020) is on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing health care around the world, and call for a strengthening of the nursing and midwifery workforce. Nurses and midwives provide a broad […]

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 […]

Women asked to ‘give their cervix some screen time’

Young New Zealand women are being encouraged to look after their cervix in a powerful new media campaign designed to encourage regular cervical screening from 25 years of age. The ‘Give your cervix some screen time’ campaign launches nationwide from Monday 24th February 2020 and seeks to help women (and anyone with a cervix) feel […]

Walk2Work Day: 11th March 2020

Walk2Work Day is New Zealand’s day to celebrate walking. You can walk almost anywhere, at any time, in any weather for free. If it’s that bit too far just walk to catch a bus or ferry for your health, and the health of our planet. A walk is part of every bus and ferry ride. Research […]

March is Hearing Awareness Month

Hearing Awareness Month is all about putting a spotlight on hearing health and raising awareness for the experiences of 880,000+ New Zealanders who are deaf or hard of hearing. A big focus for the month is making listening safe – especially for Kiwi kids who are at risk of losing their hearing due to listening […]

Cantabrians’ wellbeing continues to improve

Canterbury’s latest wellbeing indicators show that most people continue to rate their quality of life highly. A major update to the Canterbury Wellbeing Index was released today by Canterbury District Health Board. The Index uses data from many different local and national agencies, as well the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey, to bring together information about wellbeing in […]

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 […]

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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