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Salvation Army to trial free GP clinic in West Auckland

The Salvation Army is to trial a free GP clinic in West Auckland because it says there's an immediate demand for it. It is holding the clinic once a week over July at the army's...

Obese patients stuck in Middlemore Hospital

Four severely overweight patients have been stuck at Middlemore Hospital for months because there is nowhere suitable for them to be discharged to. The Counties Manukau District Health Board said the patients no longer required...

‘Miracle drug’ Keytruda approved for use earlier in melanoma treatment

A cancer treatment described as a "miracle drug" by many patients has been approved for use in melanoma patients before their cancer spreads and becomes advanced. Until now, Keytruda had only been approved for use...

Respiratory ‘WOF’ improves Māori and Pacific children’s asthma management

Hawke’s Bay Māori and Pacific children have a much higher rate of hospital admissions for respiratory disease (7.3 and 10.4 per 1000 respectively) compared with New Zealand European children (4.5 per 1000). Unichem Russell St...

Whanganui and Rangitikei water supply under microscope in Ministry of Health water quality report

A report looking into the country's drinking water quality shows both Whanganui and Rangitikei district councils failed to comply with standards and aspects of the Health Act - mainly around reporting. The Ministry of Health...

Measles outbreak continues: 28 new cases in a week

The measles outbreak is showing no signs of easing with another 28 cases notified around New Zealand in a week - and analysis indicates the outbreaks were caused by eight people. In Auckland alone, another...

NZNO wins international membership award

The Award recognises NZNO’s membership inclusiveness and diversity, with the Gold level reserved for a national nursing association that (at 31 March) had at least 75 per cent of its country’s nurses as members....

Medsafe consults on plans to include allergens on labelling

'May contain traces of nuts.' You see these words regularly on food packaging, and something similar could soon be on your medicine. Medsafe has opened a public consultation on plans to introduce new labelling requirements for...

Ministry of Health unveils action plan to tackle syphilis after babies’ deaths

Health officials plan to tackle an outbreak of syphilis that has led to the death of six Kiwi babies by running more "awareness" and education campaigns. With reported syphilis cases surging more than 500 per...

Euthanasia bill passes second reading

A bill legalising voluntary euthanasia passed its second vote in Parliament last night by 70 votes to 50. While the vote appears decisive, with a majority of 20 votes, it will require a shift of...
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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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