Ageing population will see strokes increase by 40% in next decade

Despite improvements in stroke prevention the number of strokes in New Zealand will increase by 40 per cent over the next 10 years predicts a University of Otago neurologist. By Sara Carbery.

Mental health support workers to get back-paid pay equity settlement

As nurses and District Health Boards go into mediation the Government has confirmed that up to 5000 mental health and addiction support workers will get a pay equity boost backdated to July last year.

Researchers to work with supermarkets to trial healthier food shopping approaches

Nearly $5 million is being invested in a research programme looking at practical strategies – including influencing supermarket shopping habits – to help Kiwis eat more healthily.


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: Michael Geraghty – a mega MECA ‘rant’

NP Michael Geraghty shares a senior nurse’s view on the year-long MECA talks culminating in the historic vote underway.



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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