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New Zealanders over 13 need to be dying to qualify for free visits to the GP. Only adults who have a terminal condition receive free or low cost care in many parts of the country.

Primary healthcare is unaffordable for a lot of people, even for elderly patients with ongoing cancer needs. Unless their local clinic qualifies for the Very Low Cost Access Scheme, they will pay through the nose to see a GP, anywhere between $42 to $60.

What is the Very Low Cost Access Scheme? It is…

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Adam Love shares his feeding tube story

The year is 2011. I’d had the life changing journey of treatment for tongue cancer.

As part of the treatment a tracheostomy or "tracky" was installed in my throat so I could breathe. This was removed after nine months.…

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More on robotic surgery in New Zealand

Kiwis with oral cancers can now have their tumours removed robotically through a new surgical technique. The first trans-oral robotic surgery (TORS) performed in New Zealand was at Southern Cross Hospital North Harbour by surgeons Dr Andrew Cho and Dr Francis Hall last month and gives some oropharyngeal cancer patients a treatment option that’s significantly less invasive than traditional options.
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Note: this is a preliminary investigation based on a talk with my local GP clinic and lots of googling. There may be inaccuracies which you are free to point out. We will find out more when we get the chance to talk to Procare and other PHOs. I think it is an important issue. 

Important info

  • Primary health is at the community GP…
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Network News 23 November 2016

Network News

It was a busy week for posts and activity. A big thank you to Dr David Grayson for inviting Maureen and I to Mayo Clinic's Social Media presentation to staff at Waitemata DHB. It was a interesting and thought provoking presentation. We really need to have the conversation around in New Zealand around health care and social media. If any of you would like to add your thoughts please Tweet with hashtag #hcsmnz. It will be good to hear from…

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Wednesday Weekly - 23 November 2016

Amid all the  treatment articles in the world’s media there are a few  about or by survivors. The piece below by  American Steve Hendrix is one of the best.

This week’s thought doesn’t have any medical application, but consider …: Scottish Tartans are really just gang colors…

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Friendly Friday - 18 November 2016

This week we welcome five new members to our community. Welcome to Laura Lopes from Whangarei, Suzie Lock and her husband, Dave, from New South Wales, Narelle Horton, and partner Shane, from Whakatane, Bridie Murphy from Auckland, and Anne Marie Pope, from Texas, USA. Please take time to welcome them! You can click on their name and leave a comment on their wall.
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Wednesday Weekly - 17 November 2016

Keytruda/nivolumab continues to gain attention as the latest great hope in cancer treatment with studies and reports from the U.K., U.S. and elsewhere. However most of those reports do admittedly seem to talk about improved survival rates in terms of months rather than complete cures. On the brighter side the globally recognised increase in H & N cancers has sparked an upsurge in research projects and new developments are reported regularly.
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Official Health Consumer Tweeter needs help

From: Melissa Cadzow <melissa@cadzow.com.au>
Date: 8 November 2016 at 3:53:00 PM NZDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP: I have 2 new strange titles for the week starting November 14...“official health consumer tweeter” for #MayoInOz and the “citizen journalist” for @WePublicHealth

Hello friends,

I’m writing to the awesome people in my life interested in consumer centred care.

SHORT VERSION:

Melissa is excited that for…

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Friendly Friday - 11 November 2016

Its Friendly Friday and a good chance to introduce ourselves. Our Network has 30 members. 29 are real people and 1 is "Tui Bird" the Network login. "Tui Bird" is manned (wommanned) by Maureen and Diana. We have 10 men and 20 women, counting Tui Bird. We have 14 Aucklanders, 2 Northlanders, 6 South Islanders, and 5 other North Islanders. We have 3 Aussies. (Kia ora mates!). We have 6 Groups for the Cancer Regions of New Zealand. You are welcome to join one and share information and support with…
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Weekly Wednesday - 10 November 2016

Medical professionals are more and more confronted by patients convinced they are suffering from some malady they have researched on the Internet – or demanding a treatment they discovered the same way. While researching a specific ailment is usually beneficial, the professionals almost invariably have better, more thorough and tested sources of information. But ask them questions if your own research throws up an anomaly or idea you think worth pursuing.
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Friendly Friday: Join Us

Here we are, one week after the website going online. You can join us by signing on. See the top right hand corner. While the public can see our news and resources, only members can see our forums and other good stuff. Members can comment in the forums or under our articles. 

Our previous website, really only a blog on Blogger.com, now redirects to this site. We were getting over 4000 hits a month over there so we expect this site to grow gradually. People will find our articles…

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Wednesday Weekly

Anyone looking through the plethora of stories on new drugs, trials, innovative surgeries, vaccines and all could think the world’s medical industries are well on top of the cancer plague. While it’s true progress is being made unfortunately there’s no sign of the end of the war.
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