14 episodes

We aim to educate and inform New Zealanders about meningitis and septicaemia and the diseases that cause them - pneumococcal disease and meningococcal disease.

In 2018 there were 120 confirmed cases of invasive meningococcal disease in New Zealand, and 10 people died.

Across the series, recorded in late April 2019, we talk with individuals who have survived meningitis and families who have experienced the heartbreak of losing a loved one to meningitis. We also talk with medical professionals and government representatives about the disease, the 2018 epidemic in Northland, and the available vaccines.

For more information go to www.meningitis.org.nz or follow us on facebook.

Meningitis Foundation New Zealand Podcast Andrea Brady

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We aim to educate and inform New Zealanders about meningitis and septicaemia and the diseases that cause them - pneumococcal disease and meningococcal disease.

In 2018 there were 120 confirmed cases of invasive meningococcal disease in New Zealand, and 10 people died.

Across the series, recorded in late April 2019, we talk with individuals who have survived meningitis and families who have experienced the heartbreak of losing a loved one to meningitis. We also talk with medical professionals and government representatives about the disease, the 2018 epidemic in Northland, and the available vaccines.

For more information go to www.meningitis.org.nz or follow us on facebook.

    Paul Gilberd - Director of the Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand

    Paul Gilberd - Director of the Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand

    Paul Gilberd works with a small team of dedicated volunteers to raise awareness of pneumococcal and meningococcal meningitis, to provide information and education, and to advocate for access to vaccinations for all New Zealanders. The Foundation also manages an active network of families affected by meningitis. Paul talks about the work of the Meningitis Foundation, their support for ongoing research, and their efforts to effect change in our community and healthcare system.

    • 24 min
    Jamie Martin - advocating for the global eradication of meningitis

    Jamie Martin - advocating for the global eradication of meningitis

    Jamie Martin is a meningitis survivor, a multiple amputee, a US paralympian and an absolute inspiration. Against all odds, she survived meningococcal infection and after a long process of recovery and rehabilitation now works to educate families, healthcare practitioners, and governments around the world about meningitis with the aim of eradicating the disease entirely. She advocates for universal access to vaccines, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to be protected from this devastating disease.

    • 22 min
    Dr Niki Stefanogiannis - Deputy Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health

    Dr Niki Stefanogiannis - Deputy Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health

    Responsible for the management of vaccine preventable diseases and communicable diseases in NZ, the Ministry receives regular surveillance reports from ESR regarding the latest statistics for meningococcal disease and monitors trends in the number of cases and the serotypes which affect New Zealanders. Dr Stefanogiannis talks us through the recent increase in the number of Men.W infections and deaths, and the implications for effective management. This includes education, vaccination, and timely medical treatment.

    • 20 min
    Lisa Williams - Director of Operations, PHARMAC

    Lisa Williams - Director of Operations, PHARMAC

    PHARMAC is NZ's government agency which decides which medicines are funded within a fixed budget decided by the Minister of Health. They assess new medicines applications and make decisions about which ones are reimbursed and made available to New Zealanders. They also purchase and distribute funded vaccines to GPs for administration to eligible people. Lisa talks about the process of getting vaccines to high need areas at the time of an outbreak, as well as what is required to get a vaccine funded, so everyone has access.

    • 26 min
    Dr Tony Smith - Adult Intensive Care Specialist, Medical Director at St John

    Dr Tony Smith - Adult Intensive Care Specialist, Medical Director at St John

    Dr Tony Smith has had first hand experience treating patients with meningococcal disease and meningitis in intensive care units at North Shore Hospital and Auckland City Hospital. He has been profoundly influenced by this devastating disease and describes it as one of the most difficult to diagnose and as 'every clinician's worst nightmare'. A truly tragic disease, it can take a healthy normal human being and kill them quickly. Dr Smith talks in detail about the treatment of patients, outcomes, and the development of guidelines for pre-hospital management.

    • 30 min
    Dr Api Talemaitoga - GP and community and pacific health specialist

    Dr Api Talemaitoga - GP and community and pacific health specialist

    Dr Talemaitoga is a GP, currently working between Christchurch and Manukau, Auckland. He has a wealth of experience working with people in New Zealand as well as around the Pacific. He previously held the position of Chief Advisor for Pacific Health and Clinical Director Community Health Service Improvement within the Ministry of Health. In this discussion, we focus on the disproportionately high impact of meningococcal disease on our Maori and Pacific Island communities and the strategies that are necessary to protect our loved ones.

    • 21 min

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