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New South Auckland birthing centre will help with ‘dire shortage’ of postnatal beds

Expectant mothers in South Auckland will now have more choice of where to give birth and one midwife says it will help alleviate a "dire shortage" of postnatal beds in the area.

Speaking out for Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome

In honour of September's annual FACS awareness month, Ki, a youth ambassador for Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome New Zealand (FACS NZ), is speaking out about the often unknown syndrome.

Do not rush out for B3 supplements “just yet”

Pregnant women are being advised against rushing out for Vitamin B3 supplements, just yet.

New campaign to boost mammograms and smears

A new website and Facebook campaign has been launched to encourage women to have regular smear tests and mammograms.

Trial of third level of nurse prescribing underway

Nearly 70 primary health and family planning nurses from Invercargill to Whangarei are trialling a third level of nurse prescribing. The new limited level of prescribing rights – to be known as registered nurse prescribing in community health – is aimed at nurses currently using standing orders and is a step below the registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teamswhich got underway in September last year.

We need to talk more about vulvas

A “very, very distressing” cancer that nobody talks about. This is how Christchurch gynaecological oncologist Bryony Simcock opened her address on vulval cancer to last year’s NZNO Women’s Health section conference.

Gynecological cancers: silent no longer

More than 1,000 New Zealand women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers every year and around 400 die of them. FIONA CASSIE reports to seek awareness of this female-only group of cancers.

Sexuality: keeping it ‘normal’

Sexuality is central to being human but is not always a topic we are ready to discuss indepth over a cup of coffee or raise with our patients. Nursing Review asked Mary Hodson, a therapist specialising in emotional and sexual intimacy, to share some thoughts on maintaining your sexual wellbeing.

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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