There’s support out there – Times have changed
Mediaworks Hawke’s Bay Operations Manager Justin Rae was diagnosed with asthma when he was just 4-years-old. He woke one night, struggling to breathe . Blue in the face he roused his parents who rushed him to the after hours clinic, but were told it would be faster to drive him through to the hospital than wait for an ambulance. It was the fastest trip ...
Exercise makes breathing easier – Please GIVE this Balloon Day
At first glance Dave Davis (83) and Lisa Deeprose (10) may not appear to have much in common but both have a respiratory condition and they are both committed to making exercise a key part of the management of their asthma and COPD respectively. Every week they participate in sessions that build fitness and capacity for their breathing and both have received an exercise subsidy from Breathe Hawke’s Bay to encourage them to do so.
Many hands make LIGHT work
As we launch into planning for another Balloon Day we reflect on the contributions that volunteers make to our organisation. Being collectors, preparing our newsletters and delivering, representing BHB at events, medical advisors,, board members, additional administrators and so forth; all help make a difference in the lives of those that we are here to support - people in Hawke’s Bay with respiratory conditions . Your time and skills are greatly appreciated.
Smokefree messaging to youth key to keeping HB smoking rates low
By Julie Shaw
Member of the Hawke’s Bay Smokefree Coalition
I have been part of the Hawke’s Bay Smokefree Coalition since I started with Breathe Hawke’s Bay, nearly eight years ago. Over this time the coalition has gained in strength and membership.
Digital breaths: The benefits of Bioengineering
By Debbie Scott
BHB Respiratory Nurse Educator
This was the topic the presentation given in June, by Professor Merryn Tawhai, Deputy Director of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, speaking at EIT as part of the 2018 New Zealand Research Series hosted by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Getting to know Samuel leads to best support
Breathe Hawke’s Bay (BHB), have walked alongside Samuel Diamond (8), and his Mum Leigh for the last five years. Samuel’s asthma was confirmed when he was very young and each year our respiratory nurses have visited him to review and assess his condition management.
Breathe Hawke’s Bay Centre Report
Meri Kirihimete – Merry Christmas I can’t believe we are at the end of another year. So much has happened in our organisation along with a few changes. Midway through the year we said goodbye to Chris and welcomed Amber into our team. We recently saw the departure of Toni and have welcomed Sharyn to the BHB team as our permanent administrator. Even though ...
Exercise key to COPD management: Massey’s story
A smoker for almost 30 years, Matua Massey Te Ruki’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosis came in 2007 almost 10 years after he had quit. He used the inhalers prescribed to him and learned to recognise the times of year and situations he would feel short of breath. Smokers and ex-smokers are particularly prone to breathing conditions that fall under the COPD umbrella.
BHB spread World Asthma Day message
Every day at BHB feels like World Asthma Day, but to acknowledge the global day in May we invited Astrid from Hawke’s Bay Today to learn more about asthma statistics nationally and in our region, triggers for those with the disease and how our services support those with asthma to live the life they want to.
Prepare a Healthy Home for Winter
By Chris Davidson
BHB Respiratory Nurse Educator
A Healthy Home is one that is warm and dry. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that living areas should be between 18-21C and bedrooms no less than 16C with a relative humidity around 50-60%. There are four elements to achieving a healthy home; Ventilation, heating, controlling moisture and controlling heat loss.
Volunteering keeps the community wheels going round: Sandra Welsh
After more than 20 years in administration in the horticultural industry Sandra Welsh left to pursue other interests. This move left her with some additional time up her sleeve and she decided that putting that time into a community cause, could be the ticket.
Smoking and COPD – The link
Smoking, including passive exposure (second-hand smoke), is the main cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with up to 85% of tobacco smokers developing COPD. Statistics show that tobacco smoke is implicated in most COPD cases, meaning COPD is largely preventable by not smoking.
BHB brings experts together for Mini Expo
Key speaker, Professor Lutz Beckert-Head of Department of Department of Medicine of the University of Otago and Respiratory Physician at Canterbury DHB, not only presented during the expo but also delivered a professional development session to our team and our invited guest, the Clinical Nurse Specialists from the DHB.
Carol Cooper Taylor
Ex Hawke’s Bay resident and Asthma Achievers Award Winner 2014, Carol Cooper Taylor (CCT) was diagnosed with COPD in 2006. Finding it hard to cope with working full-time Carol described life then as “pretty miserable”, it had become work, eat and sleep with no energy for anything else.