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Being Well

February 28, 2016

He aha te mea nui o te ao What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata It is the people, it is the people, it is the people   The above whakataukī is a perfect way to introduce the people of Mauri Ora on the Kelburn Campus. The […]

February 21, 2016

  Illness: Living in close quarters in halls can expose you to contagious diseases and viruses that cause coughs, colds, and flu to spread. Rarer, but more severe infections such as meningococcal, are prevalent where many people live together—so crowded flats and halls are again a risk factor. Relationships and sex: If you’re starting a […]

June 1, 2015

I love arriving at work, walking down the stairs of the Student Union Building, and seeing a wee queue of people waiting to donate blood. This selfless act takes only a few minutes, but can save up to three lives. New Zealand needs 3,000 donations each week to meet the needs of the health service—that’s […]

May 17, 2015

Sex should be fun. For both of you. But it should also be safe. At Student Health, I have been impressed by how thoughtful patients are when it comes to the issue of safe sex—regularly coming to the clinic and requesting a check-up, even when they have no symptoms. Studies show that young people are […]

April 27, 2015

Why do I need to protect myself against flu? Influenza is a serious infection. It affects one in five of us each year. Around 400 deaths each year in New Zealand are thought to result from flu. Anyone can get flu, including young, fit, healthy people. You can protect yourself by following these steps: Getting […]

March 29, 2015

I have been aware of my ankle recently. Since Christmas I set myself the challenge of running 100 runs in 100 days. It’s going really well but my ankle is occasionally irritable. My ankle is stiff because I didn’t rehabilitate it thoroughly when I was younger. I played a lot of sport through university and […]

March 23, 2015

“I am constantly tired and wonder if I could be lacking in iron. If I am, what can I do about it and how can I prevent it happening again?”—Alana Yes, Alana—it is absolutely possible that a deficiency in iron is the cause of your tiredness, although obviously there could be lots of other causes […]

March 15, 2015

How often do we say hi to the person sitting next to us? So goes the wording on the brightly green coloured posters and handouts that you will no doubt have noticed all over the place during the past two weeks. These posters are part of a year-long social marketing campaign that the University and […]

March 8, 2015

Acne “I am 22 years old. Ever since I was 15, my skin has been bad. I get regular breakouts on my face and back. I thought this would settle as I got older, but it hasn’t. Is there anything I can do that will help?” Chloe. Thanks for the question, Chloe. The short answer […]