Radio New Zealand Communications
Thursday, 19 July 2001 - for Immediate Release - 1 page
Louise Wallace Fronts New Health Show
National Radio is introducing a new health programme fronted by television personality Louise Wallace. “Health Matters”
on Sunday afternoons, targets both the general public and health professionals. The first programme plays this Sunday
(22 July) at 2.30pm.
“Everyone has a health issue at some stage of their lives,” says Radio New Zealand’s Programme Development Manager,
“Health in its various manifestations of good and bad seems to be universally interesting at both personal and
professional levels,” she says.“Health Matters aims to be inclusive of all those interests. Presenter Louise Wallace and
resident medical consultant Dr Richard Fisher will be joined by a panel of health professionals from a variety of
“Health matters will focus on developments in new techniques and treatments and scientific research taking place
throughout New Zealand. Because radio is an immediate medium this will enable medical information to be made public
pretty quickly,” says Alley.
For each item in the programme, a fact-sheet will be available to listeners who request further information. Many
programmes contain items which explain the symptoms of an illness or disease, and how medication or other treatment
works to eradicate or control the disorder.
Alley says it is important to note Health Matters will not be offering a diagnostic service, rather it will provide
information about how medical science currently deals with a given condition, or it will examine the implications of new
“Generally, the series will be based upon orthodox, scientific medicine, although there will be an occasional item
covering concerns and treatments from traditional or cultural health professionals.”
Health Matters on National Radio 2.30pm Sundays
Elizabeth Alley Programme Development Manager. Phone (04) 474-1797