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Donations of warm winter essentials allow St John ambulance officers to bring supplies to the scene

Scott Cresswell, St John Marlborough Area Committee Chair, says the initial need was identified by St John ambulance officers who are often in homes dealing with respiratory and winter illness...

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Baker: Masks Matter as Hospitalisations Rise

Dr Nick Baker provides an update on the effects of the highly contagious BA.5 variant in our region and explains the importance of masks.


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Emergency Management urges storm, flood, and landslide preparedness during this very rainy winter

With all the wet weather we have been having in Nelson Marlborough, our local Emergency Management groups say being prepared for the possibility of storms, floods, and slips should be...

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10 Minutes with a Hep C Nurse for World Hepatitis Day

In honour of World Hepatitis Day, we spoke with Nicky Cooper, one of Te Whatu Ora - Nelson Marlborough’s public health nurses working with the Hepatitis C Community Service.


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A Guide to Navigating Mental Health Services in Nelson Marlborough

The mental health system has many layers and it can be challenging to know where to start. There are a variety of services and community groups available to help you. This article will explore options and access points. 


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Let's talk about dementia / Me Kōrero Tātou Mō Te Mate Wareware

Experts working in dementia/mate wareware came together for the Nelson Marlborough Community Health Lecture 2022 held at the Suter Theatre this week to discuss the impact of dementia on individuals, families and whānau and our communities.


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Global measles surge prompts calls for vaccinations - read Dan Hawke's measles story

The World Health Organisation and an UNICEF reported worldwide measles cases increased by 79% in the first two months of 2022, and conditions are ripe for serious outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses.


Read Dan Hawke's measles story.


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New era begins for Iwi-Māori Partnership Board

A pōwhiri was held on Monday 4 July for Te Kāhui Hauora o Te Tauihu, the Iwi-Māori Partnership Board for the Nelson Marlborough District. 

The Board will consist of one iwi appointed representative from: Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa, Rāngitane o Wairau, Ngāti Kuia and Ngāti Toa Rangatira and two independent appointed representatives to represent the Māori community and health profession.

The Board will play a vital role in working closely with Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority and Te Whatu Ora, Health NZ, in the design and delivery of local health services in Te Tauihu which includes the current boundaries of the Nelson Marlborough District. Locality commissioning from assessing the health needs of whānau, identifying priorities and monitoring the services provided are also core functions of the Board.


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Welcome to Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough

As part of the Government’s changes to health services, all District Health Boards are now part of one united entity.

It’s important to note that healthcare won’t change immediately – when people need care, they will still go to the same providers and the same hospital that they do now. 

As well as the interim District Director, Nelson Marlborough, Lexie O’Shea, we will have an interim Regional Director, Te Waipounamu, Peter Bramley, who will support the area. Under these arrangements, delegations for decision making are in many cases the same as for the former chief executives and Boards.


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Dr Elizabeth Wood: Stay connected and informed while managing flu and cold at home

This winter will be challenging for our health and disability system and for all of us: there's likely to be a long tail of COVID-19 cases and with the border...

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