Health Minister says no extra money available for nurses’ deal

Health Minister Dr David Clark has responded to DHB nurses rejecting the pay offer by saying Government has “gone as far as we can” in terms of extra money for a nurses’ pay settlement.

Mental Health Inquiry receives more than 5000 submissions

More than 5000 submissions have been received by the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry which formally closed submissions earlier this month.

HIV diagnoses lowest in four years

Significantly fewer New Zealanders were diagnosed with HIV last year than the previous year but new diagnoses are still much higher than at the turn of the century.


Death, dying and icecream – facing my fear of death

As part of Health Central’s series on death and dying, FIONA CASSIE reflects on her own mixed experiences.

Opinion: Andy Espersen – Mental Health Act failing people with chronic schizophrenia

Andy Espersen – a retired psychiatric nurse – recently made a submission to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry team arguing that history shows that the Mental Health Act is failing people with chronic schizophrenia, the old residential hospital system had its strengths, and more mental health inpatient beds are needed.



8 per cent of youth have social issues

About 8 per cent of New Zealand children have social, emotional and/or behavioural problems, and another 7 per cent are on the borderline of having issues, Ministry of Health statistics say.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


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