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Paediatric Society Congratulates Minister

06/05/2011

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand congratulates Social Welfare Minister Paula Bennett on the appointment of Dr Russell Wills as the new Children’s Commissioner. Dr Wills, a practicing paediatrician from the Hawke’s Bay will take over the role in July. Dr Wills will continue his clinical work on...

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Folate:Text of email sent to John Key 20 July 2009

20/07/2009

Dear Prime Minister   The Paediatric Society of New Zealand is deeply concerned about the proposal to defer implementation of the mandatory fortification of bread with folate. The evidence that folate supplements will reduce the number of cases of neural tube defects is strong and not challenged...

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Media Release 15 July 2009 - PSNZ/RACP NZ Paediatric and Child Health Division

15/07/2009

Mandatory Bread Fortification with Folate The Paediatric Society of New Zealand and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, New Zealand  Paediatric & Child Health Division strongly support the mandatory fortification of bread with folate. Folate is essential for human health and...

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

15/04/2009

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

01/12/2008

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

22/10/2008

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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Governmental "joined up thinking" is vital to tackle pandemic of respiratory illness affecting NZ children and adults

22/10/2008

The central tenet of Te Ha Ora (The Asthma Foundation's National Respiratory Strategy) is that effective intervention to tackle the huge burden of respiratory diseases in New Zealand mandates collaborative action across several Ministerial portfolios and associated agencies, and not just via better...

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

01/10/2008

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

01/08/2008

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

01/08/2008

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

01/08/2008

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

01/11/2006

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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