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New frailty guides to empower nurses and reduce variation for patients

As Aotearoa’s aged population increases, the recognition and treatment of frailty has become crucial to all health care environments. Ngā aratohu maimoa hauwarea | Frailty care guides, published today by the Health Quality & Safety...

Aged care sector welcomes work visa reforms

Aged care providers are relieved to hear the Government’s plans to ease many of the stringent immigration settings which currently make it difficult to employ migrant workers who make up a large chunk of...

New programme to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions for elderly

Preventing stressful, and often unnecessary, hospital admissions for older Australians living in aged care facilities is the aim of a new $1.9 million program funded by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. The Early...

The bond between resident and caregiver

As Glenys Brown guides Linda Cussen out to the garden area of Bupa Parkhaven Care Home in Mangere East, you can tell there is an endearing level of trust between caregiver and resident. Linda...

Reduction of worker hours at Southland facilities challenged

The NZNO is challenging proposed staffing changes at two facilities run by Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS), saying they will reduce standards of patient care and put extra strain on nursing and care staff, and...

Alzheimers NZ and Ryman working towards dementia-friendly New Zealand

Bronwyn Donald’s mother has dementia.  She also suffers hugely from the stigma that is associated with the condition, with former friends not talking to her and people avoiding her. Bronwyn says her mother’s dementia means...

Shifting deck chairs on the Titanic: aged care sector reacts to proposed new funding...

The way rest homes are currently funded could be set to change after the much-anticipated release of the Aged Residential Care Funding Model Review. The review is suggesting a move away from the current...

People’s Choice Awards recognise rest homes and retirement villages for fourth year

"Mum loved being at Cheviot and it made it much easier for us knowing she was happy.” That was one of many reviews that helped Cheviot Rest Home, a 14-bed facility 75-minutes’ drive from...

Expediting cataract surgery could help reduce the risk of falls

New research shows that older people with cataracts are at increased risk of falling, and therefore expediting cataract surgery could help reduce the risk of falls. In a study published in the New Zealand Medical...

Making rural New Zealand age-friendly

A study led by Professor Stephen Neville at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) looks at the impact of physical and social environments on a group of oldest-old people, aged 85 years and over, and...
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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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