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Media Statement - Paediatric Society backs Space to Breathe Campaign - 15 April 2009


The Paediatric Society is backing the Space to Breathe campaign, which is launched by PHARMAC in Taranaki today. Society spokesman Dr Phillip Pattemore says, as doctors working in the child health area, they have long been aware of the health problems asthma can cause for young children and their...

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Patrick Kelly - One of the NZ Herald's New Zealanders of the Year


We all congratulate Patrick Kelly on being named one of the New Zealanders of the year by the New Zealand Herald. The link to the page on the website is below. The Paediatric Society thanks Patrick for his tireless work on the prevention of child abuse, and hopes that the current publicity will...

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Improving Outcomes for New Zealand Children & Young People


Press Release from Paediatric Society of New Zealand - 22 October 2008 Improving Outcomes for New Zealand Children & Young People The Paediatric Society of New Zealand is holding its Annual Scientific Meeting at Waitangi from 28031 October.  The theme of the meeting is Improving Outcomes for...

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NZ Paediatricians Urge Government to Give Child Car Restrain Law a 'Boost'


The Paediatric Society of New Zealand today passed a unanimous resolution urging government to amend the 10 year-old child restraint law, identifying it as inadequate out of date and unsafe. The resolution was passed by the Doctors a their Annual Scientific Meeting at Waitangi this week. "The...

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Update on Tobacco Companies Providing Incentives to Retailers


The Ministry of Health is currently looking at the issue of tobacco companies providing incentives to retailers to sell and display tobacco. This has come about following a Health Select Committee hearing in July, where the New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores (NZACS) reported that...

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Children's Commissioner's Child Poverty Report Welcomed by Child Health Professionals


The Report on Child Poverty released today by the Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro is welcomed by those working to improve the health of New Zealand children. The report, commissioned by the Children's Commissioner and Barnardos, highlights the currently high rates of poverty faced by New ...

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Taking the Pulse of NZ Child and Youth Health


In a first for New Zealand, information from many sectors and non-government organisations has been combined to produce a set of child and youth indicators and reports which highlight factors influencing health, and indicating opportunities for early intervention. The two reports, 'Monitoring...

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Another Victory for Immunisation


Today the Paediatric Society of New Zealand celebrated the passion and vision of one of its members, Professor Diana Lennon, whose work has lead to a major reduction in the toll wrought by meningococcal disease in New Zealand. Northland Paediatrician Dr Roger Tuck said, "Since the vaccination...

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Oral Submission to the Health Committee on the Inquiry into Obesity and Type Two Diabetes.


Today Professor Barry Taylor and Dr Nikki Blair presented an oral submission to the health committee on behalf of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. The Paediatric Society is a multi disciplinary organisation of over 400 health professionals. They believe all children have the right to ...

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Bill to Repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act (1961)


Today Dr Dawn Elder presented an oral submission on the Bill to repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act (1961) on behalf of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. (Click here to view the oral submission) The Paediatric Society of New Zealand has over 400 members, the majority of them Paediatricians...

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Meningococcal B Immunisation Programme


Phase Three Trials Were Not in the Best Interests of Children and Young People. Since 1991 5600 cases of meningococcal disease have occurred in New Zealand.  The majority of these people have been cared for by members of our Society who sadly know too well what a terrifying brain and body ...

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Call for Zero Tolerance of Child Abuse


With the third highest rate of child abuse in the western world, Plunket and the Paediatric Society is today calling for a halt to abuse, on the eve of the World Day for the Prevention of Child AbuseĀ¹ (subs: 19 November). On average, one child in New Zealand is killed each month by their ...

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