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Suicide Prevention Study

Published July 29th 2010, Posted in Northland Suicide Prevention Study

Invitation to Multi-level Intervention for Suicide Prevention Study ( MISP)
Nau Mai Haere Mai

Northland DHB is one of eight DHBs participating in this research project on community/primary care based interventions to prevent suicide and deliberate self-harm. The project is funded by the Ministry of Health and is being undertaken by the University of Otago, Wellington. We warmly invite you to join us to hear more about this study.

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Charity seeking deserving children for free bike

Published July 27th 2010, Posted in Northland

Variety – The Children’s Charity is currently calling for nominations of deserving children to be recipients of bikes on its 2010 Bikes for Kids tour, in which it will distribute 450 bikes in the North and South Islands.

“This year we are visiting Waitakere as part of our tour and encourage teachers, parents, caregivers, friends and grandparents to nominate a child aged between seven and nine to receive a brand new bike and helmet from Variety,” said Lorraine Taylor, CEO of Variety – The Children’s Charity, which has distributed over $11.7 million to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children since its inception in 1989.

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Battle of the Bridges Tournament

Published July 27th 2010, Posted in Northland

Kayela BensemanThe inaugural tournament of the Battle of the Bridges took place last weekend at the Alan Brewster Centre in Papatoetoe.

This tournament replaced the “Focus Cup” Tournament as Focus 2000, Iris and Creative Abilities all contributed evenly to the event.

It was the largest tournament I had been to in recent years with 54 players and it was great to see so many new players having fun and participating in Boccia.  This was a Pairs Tournament and all grades of Boccia were mixed.  Each pair was also given a handicapped score to help even out the playing field.

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Deep brain stimulation and Parkinson’s

Published July 22nd 2010, Posted in Northland

Brian's team from left to right are: Lorraine McDonald (Movement Nurse), Brian, Mr. McAuley ( Neurologist), Barry Snow (Neurologist)Excert from article ‘Profile of Brian Hewlett’

A year ago Dr Snow asked how I would feel about being put forward for Deep Brain Stimulation ?!!

Following assessments in Auckland I was more than happy to agree with having this operation . I had a constant tremor , dyskinesia , had lost a lot of weight; down to 63 kg and was losing my balance frequently , causing many falls and naturally some injuries which was a concern for my family .  One of these falls ( off a ladder ) resulted in having a left hip replacement in February this year and the Deep Brain Stimulation in April !

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Improved access to hydrotherapy pool

Published July 15th 2010, Posted in Northland

Tiaho Trust would like to invite you to come along and help celebrate the installation of the new hoist and hydraulic changing table recently installed at the Whangarei Aquatic Centre hydrotherapy pool.

This event is also an opportunity to show our appreciation to the sponsors who helped fund this initiative.

WHEN: Tuesday 20th July @ 10.30 am
WHERE: Whangarei Aquatic Centre Foyer


Please RSVP to Tiaho Trust 430 3406 for catering purposes

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Northland Brain Train available on DVD

Published July 15th 2010, Posted in Northland Northland Brain Train available on DVD

In March this year, Northlanders had the chance to discover the wonders of the human brain and learn about the latest neuroscience research as the Northland Brain Train made its way across the region.

The event included lectures by leading neuroscientists on the latest brain research, seminars on brain health and medical care from community support groups, and information displays with advice on support and services.

This was a collaborative initiative by The Neurological Foundation, Tiaho Trust and The Northland Disability Information Advisory Services Collective.

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Norman finds support at Parkinson’s Northland

Published July 12th 2010, Posted in Northland Norman finds support at Parkinson’s Northland

A story from Norman Wallace, a member of Parkinson’s Northland.

Back in 1986, during a trip back to the Old Country, I fell up a flight of steps in Shaftesbury Avenue for no apparent reason. I felt a real fool!

After that, at about six to nine months intervals I had various unexplained falls, not serious but nevertheless worrying. 

By the time I was 80 years in 2006, I had become “wobbly” and found I couldn’t write legibly anymore. I took this to be old age creeping up on me. However, a trip to the doctor for a routine diabetic check, told me that I now had Parkinson’s Disease as well, and that the falls were almost certainly an early indication of the condition.

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Advocacy Support Training Course

Published July 09th 2010, Posted in Northland Advocacy Support Training Course

Parent to Parent are delivering an Advocacy Support Training Course on the 11 & 12 September on the North Shore. 

If you know of some families or professionals who would be interested please let them know about this opportunity.  Support towards travel and accommodation costs is available for parents who are travelling from Northland.

Parent to Parent New Zealand’s Advocacy Support Course is for parents, family/whanau members, and those who work in the disability sector.  Learning advocacy support skills enhances self advocacy as well as providing important skills for helping others. 

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The Future of Health - workshop panui

Published July 08th 2010, Posted in Northland

Ngā mihi kia koutou

I am writing to let you know about a series of Community Health hui that are being run by the National Health IT Board around the country, in partnership with TUANZ. 

The National Health IT Board was formed following a Ministerial Review into the health sector. One of its primary goals is that by 2014 all New Zealanders will have a core set of personal information electronically available to them, and their treatment providers, regardless of where in the country they access health services. 

Central to achieving this goal is to ensure understanding amongst the community so that potential issues are canvassed at the start of the process.

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Multi-sensory environment now available

Published July 06th 2010, Posted in Northland

Multisensory environments provide people with opportunities for relaxation, exploration, autonomy and control.

Leisure and recreation are recognised as one of the basic human needs. They are primary to development and social enhancement.

The essence of multisensory rooms is to create a feeling of safety, novelty and stimulation which is under the users control, and at their own pace.

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