Orewa Medical Centre Care Chemist, north of Auckland, has become the latest store to join Care Chemist, New Zealand’s fastest growing community pharmacy group.

The pharmacy is a new business which has been set up alongside the relocated Orewa Medical Centre. It will open its doors in early September.

Antony Wentworth, owner of Orewa Medical Centre Care Chemist explains: ‘I didn’t think twice about bringing Orewa Medical Centre Care Chemist into the fold. Being part of the Care Chemist group allows us to receive valuable assistance with our systems, staff training and marketing. I also like the emphasis Care Chemist places on looking after and advising the customer and acting as a local healthcare coach. It’s what the profession should be all about.

’m really looking forward to opening Orewa Medical Centre Care Chemist to the public,’ adds Antony. ‘It’s a really good site and will provide a much needed service to people in the area and those attending the medical centre.’
Care Chemist spokesperson, Anthony Yee, says: ‘We are thrilled that Antony has decided to add another pharmacy to the network. Antony and his team bring an enormous amount of expertise and experience to the group. We’re looking forward to supporting him with his new business endeavour and helping him provide the local community with a superior professional healthcare service.’

Orewa Medical Centre Care Chemist can be found at 8D Tamariki Avenue, Orewa.

For more information on Care Chemist, visit www.carechemist.co.nz


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Care Chemist has launched a nationwide campaign to highlight the danger of accidentally taking too much pain medication, as well as providing education on how the risk can be minimised. The health drive comes after two children in New Zealand required liver transplants earlier this year after being given an incorrect dosage of paracetamol.
To support the initiative, Care Chemist will be providing all customers with a free Pain Control Wheel to help them remember when to take their next dose of over the counter pain medication.

‘We know that accidental overdose of painkillers is a serious problem,’ explains Care Chemist spokesperson, Antony Wentworth. ‘The National Poisons Centre lists paracetamol as the most common substance in the poisoning of children under five, accounting for about 65 per cent of its calls. In the past five years the centre has been alerted to 1814 children under seven accidentally taking paracetamol, 389 of them needing medical help.

‘There were also 617 notifications of children accidentally taking ibuprofen, with 97 requiring medical help, and 731 notifications of children accidentally taking aspirin, of whom 122 needed medical help. These figures clearly indicate that people are not using painkillers correctly.

‘Different medications have varying requirements and it can be hard to remember which medication needs to be taken at which time, let alone when you are in pain and wanting some relief from your discomfort,’ adds Antony. ‘However, it is very important to learn how much of which medication you need to take, at which time. Following the directions can mean the difference between feeling better and suffering serious side effects.’

The Pain Control Wheel is a simple tool. The outer wheel shows time of day and the inner wheel shows the different types of over the counter medication. The person using the wheel simply rotates the inner wheel so that their first dose of medication (either paracetamol based or ibuprofen based) is aligned with the time of their first dose. The wheel will then show the correct time to take their next dose.

The wheel will also help people understand how to combine ibuprofen and paracetamol based products, safely and effectively, when they require stronger pain relief. Correct dosage and the correct interval between doses are essential when combining these medications. The wheel shows when to take the next dose of pain relief regardless of which type of pain medication was taken first.

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (NZSMI), the industry body representing non-prescription consumer healthcare products, has warned that parents and caregivers need to ensure that overuse is not a factor, especially in very young children, and advises them to talk to a GP or pharmacist if no improvement is seen within 24 hours.

Pain Control Wheels will be available in participating Care Chemists from 23rd August until 12th September. On top of that, Care Chemists will be on hand to discuss any issues and possible solutions with their customers.

For more information on Care Chemist, visit www.carechemist.co.nz


172 teams have already signed up for the 2010-11 season with SUB Football Network, the summertime brand of soccer, even though the season doesn't start until late October. Last summer, 312 teams played every week in Auckland alone.

SUB Football, which was developed in New Zealand in 1998, is designed to appeal to groups of friends or corporate teams who want to play a low impact summer sport. The game has minimal body contact because players are not allowed to use force when taking or attempting to keep the ball. It is played on a pitch which measures 60 x 40 metres and games are 40 minutes duration with an unlimited number of substitutes.

'The fact that so many groups have already registered is a clear indication that the game is attracting more and more fans,' says SUB Football creator, Bill Davies. 'It is attracting a lot of social and business teams in particular. I think this is partly because, while the game is a great deal of fun, the risk of injury and aggression is limited. Not everyone wants to be left battered and bruised after kicking a ball around!

'SUB Football also attracts mixed teams which appeals to groups of men and women that either want to play against each other or on the same team,' adds Bill. 'It is much more inclusive than a lot of comparable sports out there. The graded competition means that an absolute beginner can still enjoy the game. As long as you are over 15 years of age and are in relatively good shape, you're a candidate for SUB Football.'

SUB Football now has midweek competitions running in Auckland and Melbourne, with plans to expand the sport throughout the rest of New Zealand. Players get three points for scoring a goal while hitting one of the try boards located on both sides of the goal is worth one point. The season runs until early March with a mid-season break between mid December and mid January.

You can follow SUB Football on Facebook for all the latest news and information.


The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association is warning people to take extra care this ski season, especially if they are unfit or do not regularly hit the slopes. According to the NZCA, skiers are most likely to injure themselves after 3pm on the third day of a skiing holiday . This is due to the fact that after a few days of skiing using unaccustomed muscles, skiers become confident but are physically tired, and their capability isn’t necessarily matched to their confidence.

It is often assumed that a ski injury is most likely to happen on the first day,’ explains Dr. Hayden Thomas, spokesman for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. ‘However, there is a much higher risk of hurting yourself a few days into skiing as muscle fatigue actually reaches its peak 48 hours after you start your holiday. Falls, knee ligament sprains and damage to upper limbs are all common injuries that can be caused or exacerbated by tired muscles.’

Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to lessen the chance of injury.

‘Obviously, it is recommended that you increase your fitness before you go on holiday, especially if you have a sedentary job or lifestyle,’ says Dr. Thomas. ‘Exercising through squats, sit ups and cycling is a good way to shape up the right muscles. Once you’re on the slopes, it is important to warm up before you start anything strenuous. Start off gently, rather than heading straight for the black runs and round the day off with a stretch. Also, be careful not to overexert yourself as it will ruin the whole experience. Moderate the length of skiing time and listen to your body. Pain is a warning sign, don’t ignore it.’

Prevention is always better than cure,’ adds Dr. Thomas. ‘Just one joint or muscle out of line can be a disaster when travelling down a slope on two skis. If you take a few simple precautions before your winter break, you will stay safe and reduce the risk of accident and injury, enabling you to enjoy the remainder of the New Zealand ski season.’


Eastern suburbs real estate specialists Terry and Diana King have decided to donate a significant part of their business income to local schools. From now until the end of the year they will give away $5,000 from every sale to the sellers’ nominated favourite school.

Terry King, a past president of the Kings School Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors explains: `Education is such a key aspect of life in the Eastern suburbs and so it seems the right way of giving something back to the community in which we live and work. I know first hand how donations can be the life blood to retain basic facilities for many of our schools in these less than favourable economic times.’

For more information on The Kings of Real Estate offer, visit their website at this link.


Care Chemist, New Zealand’s fastest growing community pharmacy group, is advising New Zealand women on how to pay more attention to their wellbeing as studies continue to confirm they are more likely to suffer from the ill effects of conditions such as high blood pressure and obesity.

To help women get back on track health wise, Care Chemist is offering all ages a free simple health check from 23-27 August. Blood pressure, BMI and waist measurement will all be measured and customers will be provided with their own Care Chemist wallet card to help keep track of their vital statistics.

Stroke is New Zealand’s second largest single cause of death. According to the New Zealand Stroke Foundation , annually about 8000 New Zealanders have a stroke, and one third of these are caused by high blood pressure. The majority of stroke deaths continue to be female (62.6%) and this proportion increases post-menopause.

‘The modern New Zealand woman is often time poor, juggling both a family and a career,’ explains Care Chemist spokesperson, Tania Adams. ‘This means she often forgets her own health needs or treats them as low priority.

‘Raised levels of stress, a poor diet and not enough exercise are all common amongst the 21st century woman, leaving her open to a whole range of health issues. It is so important that women pay as much attention to their own wellbeing as they do to their family and other commitments,’ adds Tania. ‘Keeping a healthy weight, taking regular exercise, stopping smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol that is consumed and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can all contribute towards a longer, healthier life. Women should also not be afraid or feel guilty about taking time to visit their GP or pharmacist if they have a health concern. It is better to be safe than sorry.’

After menopause a woman's risk of heart disease (including high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke) increases. The risk of developing osteoporosis (bone thinning) also grows.
Care Chemist pharmacists will be giving out a free brochure instore, to help women understand menopause and the time leading up to it (called Perimenopause). The “What is Perimenopause” brochure features a straightforward questionnaire for women who are not sure whether they are going through menopause or not. It also includes tips on different types of treatment that can help ease symptoms such as hot flushes.

Pre-booking is necessary for the free blood pressure, waist and BMI health check. This can be done by phoning any participating Care Chemist.


New Zealand firm, Haigh Lyon Lawyers, has helped an all female crew set a new Guinness World Record by becoming the first women to row non-stop around Britain. The Auckland based business was selected as the primary sponsor of the team, named the ‘Haigh Lyon SeaGals,’ after purchasing the winning ticket in an international lottery. The women spent over seven weeks in their 7.3m boat, ‘Go Commando’, and completed their 3,234km journey at Tower Bridge, London on Friday, 23rd July.

'We heard about the world record attempt a few months ago and decided to lend a hand,’ explains Haigh Lyon partner, Don Harrison. ‘As New Zealanders, we could relate to the determined can-do attitude that the girls showed and were keen to get behind their once in a lifetime journey. We were amazed to learn that we had the winning raffle ticket and became their Gold Sponsor. Behind the scenes we also became part of the SeaGals support team, giving them legal advice whenever they needed it. We are very proud to have played a part in such a monumental achievement.’

Belinda Kirk, Royal Navy nurse Laura Thomasson, Beverley Ashton, and former US Marine Angela Madsen were participating in a race called the Virgin GB Row 2010. They were competing against a male team who had to pull out after two weeks due to anchor problems.

Skipper Ms Kirk said it had been ‘hard to keep going’ but they were ‘proud’ of their achievement.

Ms Madsen said it had been a ‘huge test of physical and mental endurance’, while Ms Thomasson said she would spend the two-hour rowing shifts ‘dreaming of a long hot shower, crispy clean cotton sheets on a soft bed and a feast of fresh food’.

The race around Great Britain is sponsored by Virgin. Sir Richard said he was ‘over the moon’ that such ‘brave women’ had won.

The ‘SeaGals’ raised £100,000 ($214,000) for forces charity Help for Heroes.


It’s great when clients report back on the effect of our PR on the bottom line. This is what one satisfied customer has just told us.

“With your product focused PR push we grew sales one product category by 30.8% compared with no growth at all in the rest of our sector in this category. In another product category we grew sales by 23.6% compared with only 2.2% growth by our competitors. Another initiative produced a 51 per cent boost to our entire specialist products range.

Overall we have shown an impressive growth of 16% compared with the overall channel ‘s growth of 8% in the same period.

Our franchisees are growing their businesses through PR generated initiatives and promotional campaigns. These campaigns are designed to raise our operators’ profile in their community and remind customers that their local outlet place to visit.

We sometimes just can’t believe the results from these campaigns. They help you stand out in the community, you will sell more of whatever is being promoted, it brings new customers in and gives your regular clients up to date information which they appreciate.”