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Elderly Kiwis dying in cold homes

Cold homes in temperate countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Portugal and Italy are causing more deaths in winter than colder climates.   A recent Australian study of presentations to emergency departments in Victoria for hypothermia...

What can New Zealand learn from Australia’s aged care inquiry?

The aged care inquiry has made a big impact on Australia and New Zealand will be keeping a close eye on its findings. Since its establishment the inquiry has conducted hearings, released reports and received...

Vaccinating vulnerable will save lives during flu season

Influenza is one of New Zealand’s most infectious diseases affecting about 20 per cent of the population each year. This year, however, due to a high demand in vaccination, some GPs and pharmacies around the...

Opinion: Nursing education – when theory doesn’t meet practice

Having worked for a number of years and completed all the available training as a caregiver in the broad intellectual disability field, I wanted to understand more anatomy and physiology, which I identified as...

Precautions in place after gastro outbreak at Auckland retirement village

An Auckland retirement village accused of enforcing a "lockdown" following an outbreak of gastro has denied the claims, saying it would "never lock anyone in". Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa has been dealing with...

Opinion: Eleanor Bodger – Why the end of cheque services might be worth worrying...

Recently Kiwibank announced that their cheque service will cease on February 28, 2020. There has been little discussion about this and there’s likely to be a landslide effect. Where one bank goes; others will...

Opinion: Monina Hernandez – Fast-tracking recruitment of IQNs into the aged care sector

Last month, the internationally qualified nurses’ (IQN) community welcomed the inclusion of aged care registered nurse into the Long Term Skill Shortage List  (LTSSL) by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The LTSSL...

End of Life Choice Bill: will it lead to more elder abuse?

Ian McIntosh, the Co-General Editor of Elder Law in New Zealand, has published an article arguing that the Bill fails to adequately protect victims of the pervasive and notoriously difficult-to-detect problem of elder abuse, who might be...

Australia launches national retirement village accreditation scheme

Across the ditch, Australia is launching the Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme (ARVAS) this month, forming one national accreditation scheme for retirement villages, which will provide village residents and their families with assurance about...

Rest home cost pressures recognised in aged care price negotiations

Residential aged care facilities will receive a funding increase of 3.2%, the highest increase since 2009 across all four care categories, rest home, dementia, hospital and psychogeriatric.   However, the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)...
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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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