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‘Urgent action is needed’: A third of severe illnesses in pregnant women were potentially...

About a third of pregnant women admitted to intensive care units and high dependency units in New Zealand had potentially preventable severe illnesses.

Is rural domestic violence even worse than we thought?

Women who live rurally are more likely to experience domestic violence, says Rural Women New Zealand, but the true number may be even higher.

Self-testing cervical cancer screening could save Māori women’s lives

A new study shows that self-testing for cervical cancer prevention could have a positive impact on Māori women.

Cancer warning as delays hit gynaecology services: ‘Lives put at risk’

Women are waiting up to half a year for procedures to help rule out cancer - and a GP fears lives are at risk.

Mums matter: Postnatal trauma haunts years later

Ellen Chisholm is a mother who suffered a traumatic birth and was pressured to leave hospital less than three hours after giving birth and drive an hour north.

Hidden pills, forced pregnancy and denied abortions

The country’s first ever report on women facing reproductive coercion from abusive partners is a “must read” for everyone who works in health, says Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond.

Views on vulvas: cosmetic genital surgery in NZ

Female cosmetic genital surgery has been a growing field since the mid-to-late nineties. Dr Hera Cook discusses this emerging practice, particularly in relation to the history of women’s attitudes towards their genitals. By Soumya Bhamidipati.

Māori health trust founder honoured

Christine Brears’ commitment to improving the health of kohanga reo kids in the 1980s – leading to the founding of an early Māori health trust – was honoured recently. by Rebekah Fraser.

Hopes New Zealand will follow Ireland’s lead on abortion law reform

There are hopes that New Zealand will follow Ireland's lead in changing the law around abortion soon.

Taboos and inadequate toilets focus of Menstrual Hygiene Day

Removing the taboos surrounding menstruation and ensuring hygiene issues don’t stop girls attending school are the aim of Menstrual Hygiene Day.

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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