Health News Releases Health News Releases First team begins work under province’s new Family Medicine model A group of four doctors in Oromocto has become the first team to work under a new Family Medicine New Brunswick model which is intended to provide patients with enhanced access to family physicians. Tue, 16 January 2018 11:44:00 AST Contracts for Extra-Mural Program services released The Department of Health has released two contracts related to the provision of Extra-Mural Program services. Mon, 08 January 2018 14:18:00 AST Change your life for the better by making 2018 the year you quit smoking Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. Fri, 29 December 2017 10:29:00 AST Pledge the gift of life this holiday season New Brunswickers are encouraged to register as an organ and tissue donor this holiday season and pledge the gift of life. Thu, 21 December 2017 15:13:00 AST Stress management during the holidays It is important to remember that, for many, the holidays can increase stress levels, affect mood and be challenging. This is especially true for those suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues. Thu, 21 December 2017 11:20:00 AST Numbers that can help during the holidays The provincial government has a range of supports for people who need help during the holidays, and throughout the year. Thu, 21 December 2017 10:58:00 AST Alternatives to emergency rooms this holiday season The provincial government reminds New Brunswickers of the alternatives to emergency room visits as the holiday season approaches. Thu, 21 December 2017 10:45:00 AST Food safety for the holiday season New Brunswickers are reminded to take a few, simple precautions when preparing meals during the holiday season to avoid food poisoning. Wed, 20 December 2017 11:06:00 AST Reach out to someone who may be alone during holidays The holiday season is a joyous time for many people, but it can be difficult for others, especially seniors. Mon, 18 December 2017 08:46:00 AST Agreement signed with federal government to improve health-care services New Brunswick is the first province to sign an agreement that increases federal funding for home and community care, as well as services for mental health and addictions. Fri, 15 December 2017 09:04:00 AST Additional resources added to address opioid misuse Additional resources are being added to the provincial government’s response to opioid misuse and overdose in New Brunswick. Fri, 01 December 2017 10:49:00 AST Naloxone kits to be available in New Brunswick The provincial government is introducing a naloxone kit program. Wed, 29 November 2017 12:29:00 AST Warning about deadly street drug: carfentanil The acting chief medical officer of Health is warning the public about the deadly drug carfentanil. Fri, 24 November 2017 10:17:00 AST Improved access to physicians in Greater Moncton region and province A total of 93 new physicians have been hired in the Moncton region since September 2014. Thu, 23 November 2017 15:15:00 AST Improved access to physicians in Fredericton region A total of 74 new doctors have been hired in the Fredericton region since September 2014. Wed, 22 November 2017 12:13:00 AST Investment in pediatric and obstetrical services at Edmundston Regional Hospital The provincial government is investing about $2 million to create a mother and child care unit at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. Sun, 19 November 2017 13:51:00 AST Legislative framework concerning cannabis introduced The provincial government’s legislative framework for recreational-use cannabis was introduced today in anticipation of the federal government legalizing such use by July 2018. Thu, 09 November 2017 11:34:00 AST Government to provide eye exams, corrective glasses for four-year-olds The provincial government will expand its Healthy Smiles, Clear Vision program to provide free eye exams and corrective glasses for all four-year-olds who are not covered by a public or private health insurance program. Wed, 08 November 2017 13:21:00 AST Legislation concerning cannabis control and drug-impaired driving Legislation to be introduced this week aims to help protect New Brunswickers, particularly youth, from harm associated with cannabis use. Tue, 07 November 2017 10:53:00 AST Legislation to be introduced on cannabis research and education Legislation will be introduced to establish a fund to support research and the development, implementation and delivery of education and awareness programs for harm reduction and the responsible use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Fri, 03 November 2017 11:07:00 AST Legal age for recreational cannabis announced The provincial government announced today the legal age for the purchase, possession and consumption of cannabis will be 19. Wed, 01 November 2017 12:27:00 AST Retail model for recreational cannabis announced The provincial government announced today that NB Liquor will operate recreational cannabis retail operations in New Brunswick, through a subsidiary. Wed, 25 October 2017 09:13:00 AST Update / Air quality advisory An air quality advisory issued by public health officials remains in place for the Oromocto area. Tue, 24 October 2017 12:20:00 AST Air quality advisory issued for Fredericton region Smoke from a fire near Canadian Forces Base Gagetown could affect air quality in the surrounding areas. Mon, 23 October 2017 11:46:00 AST Province launches seasonal flu vaccination The publicly funded seasonal flu vaccine is now available in the province. Mon, 16 October 2017 11:58:00 AST Midwives now accepting clients in Fredericton The first registered midwives introduced into the province’s health-care system have started accepting clients in the Fredericton region. Fri, 13 October 2017 13:17:00 AST Collaborative agreement to reduce MRI wait times in Moncton Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network have entered into an agreement that will improve access to MRI services in the Greater Moncton region. Wed, 11 October 2017 10:49:00 AST REVISED / Community information sessions on primary health care New Brunswickers are encouraged to participate in upcoming community information sessions regarding primary health care. Tue, 10 October 2017 08:47:00 AST Medicare now available for international students Medicare coverage is now available for international students studying full-time in New Brunswick. Fri, 06 October 2017 10:05:00 AST Regulatory amendments proposed for Prescription Drug Payment Act The provincial government is proposing changes to regulations that would allow beneficiaries of the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program to be reimbursed for prescriptions filled out of the province. Thu, 05 October 2017 13:38:00 AST Investment in mental health support in schools The Integrated Service Delivery model for providing mental health, addiction, intervention and social services to children and youth has been expanded to all public schools in the province. Tue, 26 September 2017 12:18:00 AST New risk areas of established or emerging blacklegged tick populations have been identified The provincial and federal governments have partnered to conduct enhanced field surveillance and tick collection over a two-year period. Fri, 22 September 2017 10:22:00 AST Improved access to physicians in Saint John region A total of 52 new physicians have been hired in the Saint John region since September 2014. Wed, 20 September 2017 11:56:00 AST Improved access to physicians in northern New Brunswick A total of 43 new physicians have been hired in the Restigouche and Acadie-Bathurst zones of the Vitalité Health Network since September 2014. Mon, 18 September 2017 13:30:00 AST Saint John provincial court to reinstitute mental health docket this fall A mental health docket will be reintroduced to the provincial court in Saint John in early November, four years after the last case of the former mental health court program was heard. Mon, 18 September 2017 12:55:00 AST Peer support for people with addiction and mental health issues Peer support workers are using their own life experience to help Flexible Assertive Community Treatment teams support people with serious mental health issues. Sun, 17 September 2017 09:41:00 AST Peace officers and inspectors now able to issue tickets for smoking in public places New regulations are now in effect that will strengthen enforcement of the Smoke-free Places Act. Fri, 15 September 2017 14:50:00 AST New Brunswick companies will supply cannabis for recreational market The provincial government has secured suppliers of cannabis for the recreational-use market in anticipation of the federal government legalizing such use by July 2018. A Crown corporation has been established to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis. Fri, 15 September 2017 13:51:00 AST Aging strategy recommendations accepted The government has accepted the recommendations contained in a strategy developed earlier this year by the Council on Aging and will implement 77 action items. Tue, 12 September 2017 09:53:00 AST Integration of primary health-care resources The provincial government is integrating the services of Ambulance New Brunswick, the Extra-Mural Program and Tele-Care 811 to help manage primary health-care needs. Fri, 01 September 2017 13:38:00 AST Restructuring to allow enhanced alignment of government expertise The provincial government is implementing organizational changes to the structure of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Thu, 31 August 2017 13:46:00 AST Rotavirus vaccine now available The publicly funded Rotavirus vaccine is now available for infants born in 2017 who are less than 15 weeks old. Wed, 16 August 2017 11:22:00 AST Blue-green algae found in Nashwaak Lake A blue-green algae advisory is being issued for Nashwaak Lake. Tue, 25 July 2017 15:41:00 AST Work underway to respond to opioid misuse and overdoses An interdepartmental task group continues to work with its partners to respond to opioid misuse and overdoses in New Brunswick. Wed, 12 July 2017 13:18:00 AST Mifegymiso now available free of charge The provincial program to provide universal access to Mifegymiso is now operational and available to New Brunswickers. Fri, 07 July 2017 11:02:00 AST Regulatory amendments proposed to strengthen enforcement of the Smoke Free Places Act The provincial government is proposing amendments to General Regulation 91-50 under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act to strengthen the enforcement of the Smoke Free Places Act. Thu, 06 July 2017 13:31:00 AST Public advised of potential health risks of blue-green algae New Brunswickers are advised to be aware of the potential health risks posed by some algal blooms in lakes and other bodies of water. Tue, 04 July 2017 14:24:00 AST Rabies control measures to be conducted in communities in western New Brunswick The provincial government will begin rabies control measures this month in Fredericton, Saint John and other communities in western New Brunswick. Tue, 04 July 2017 10:09:00 AST Medical practitioner payments disclosure For the first time, the provincial government has disclosed payments made to medical practitioners. Mon, 26 June 2017 10:29:00 AST Province and New Brunswick Medical Society ratify new four-year agreement The provincial government and the New Brunswick Medical Society have signed a new four-year physician services master agreement which is intended to enhance access to primary health care in the province. Thu, 22 June 2017 15:18:00 AST Tue, 16 January 2018 11:44:00 AST