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Saturday February 24, 2018
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:07

A look at work limitations four years after mild traumatic brain injury A look at work limitations four years after mild traumatic brain injury

A new study from researchers at the Auckland University of Technology’s National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience has discovered a dramatic link between people who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as concussion, and their employment status four years later.

The study examined 245 adults that had been working prior to experiencing a mild TBI. Even allowing for the fact that changing jobs, and even careers, is more frequent today than it has been in the past, the research has found that people who had suffered mild TBI were more likely to have exited the workforce for reasons other than retirement or study in the four years post injury.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:53

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams and Peter Williams Trauuma becomes catalyst for new care model

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams and her husband Peter were parents of 8 month old twin girls when Peter suffered a traumatic brain injury after a boxing match and become a tetraplegic at 27.

The battle to get Peter home with the family and well cared for was the catalyst for Charmeyne’s home-based rehab organisation – Whatever It Takes.

The super-heavyweight final of the 2002 National Amateur Championships in Timaru was only Peter’s third bout in about five years, Charmeyne says.

Monday, 12 February 2018 17:01

Bacteria was found in water in a number of blood-temperature regulating machines. Kiwi open-heart surgery patients at small risk of infection

Thousands of Kiwis who had open-heart surgery face a small, but serious risk of infection, due to a potentially contaminated device used in their procedure.

About 5900 patients who received artificial valves since 2013 at five major public hospitals have been sent letters from the Ministry of Health, via district health boards, telling them a device used in their surgery may have been contaminated with a germ.

One suspected case has already been identified and treated in New Zealand, the letter said, as officials confirm the machine is still in use.

Friday, 22 December 2017 16:51

Accepted treatment injury claims following heart bypass surgery have increased over the last five years," the report says Injury claims following heart bypass surgery has increased

The number of accepted injury claims due to infection from patients who have had bypass surgery is increasing, a report says. 

On December 21 the Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) and ACC released a report on national cardiac surgery from April to June this year. 

The report discussed the surgical site infection intervention programme (SSIP), an HQSC project aimed to reduce harm caused to patients by surgical site infections (SSIs).

Saturday, 10 February 2018 07:58

HRC welcomes Court of Appeal decision overturning care ruling HRC welcomes Court of Appeal decision overturning care ruling

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn the Ministry of Health’s ruling about how much a mother received for caring for her son full-time.

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that the decision recognises the hardships that families have faced over the years caring for disabled adult family members who have chosen to be cared for by another member of the family.

"Dedicated family members have had to go through protracted, complex and stressful court proceedings to access fair and equitable compensation for their work," says Ms Tesoriero.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:19

Human Rights Commission chief financial officer Kyle Stutter faced disciplinary action for sexually harassing a young intern. Human Rights Commission finance boss sexually harasses young intern, keeps job

A young American woman cut short her internship at the Human Rights Commission after she was groped by the organisation's chief financial officer at a work party.

The commission investigated a sexual harassment complaint against Kyle Stutter, which resulted in disciplinary action. However, three months on, he remains employed there as chief financial officer.

The intern says she trusted the commission to look after her; instead, she felt the complaints process and the attempts to gag her became all about "protecting the organisation".

Friday, 15 December 2017 11:44

Guidelines say risk modelling from public data should be transparent and open to scrutiny. ACC needs independent oversight - Labour

The Labour Party says ACC needs independent oversight after it was revealed the insurer was using a secret risk model to profile and target clients.

It also says the corporation should have consulted the Privacy Commissioner about the use of public data.

However, the ACC minister says it is not a privacy issue and it would be "irresponsible" not to use past client experiences to inform its future decisions.

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