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New Zealand’s surgical safety culture continues to improve

A third national survey of district health board (DHB) surgical staff shows that in most instances people work together as a well-coordinated team. The survey was undertaken by the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Safe...

Survey shows distributed clinical leadership still lacking

“District Health Boards are failing to foster a culture of distributed clinical leadership, despite its demonstrated benefits to the sector,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS’ latest...

Relationships between DHBs and Schools of Nursing

Around the country there is plenty of evidence that relationships between District Health Boards (DHBs) and local schools of nursing are thriving, resulting in benefits for students, graduates, healthcare providers and - ultimately -...

Missed specialist appointments costing millions annually

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union recently released a report on figures from district health boards (DHBs) for the 2016-2017 year showing that missed specialist appointments cost taxpayers $29 million. The report listed several solutions for...

Underfunded hearing aid scheme highlights health sector inequality

The Ministry of Health’s Hearing Aid Funding Scheme (HAFS) is meant to supply fully funded hearing aids for people with long-term hearing loss, hearing loss combined with another communication disability or low income. However, Mr...

Waikato DHB survey indicative of national crisis

ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says a survey of departmental heads at Waikato District Health Board reveals the DHB needs another 48.6 full-time equivalent (27.6%) specialists – but at the time of the survey...

DHB psychologists vote to strike later this month, to refuse overtime work for five...

Psychologists working across the nation's 17 district health boards have voted to refuse working overtime for five weeks as part of strike action. Members voted in favour of the first nationwide strike for psychologists in...

The Government has approved a $14.6m laboratory expansion for Middlemore Hospital

Health Minister David Clark has approved Counties Manukau DHB's self-funded $14.6 million dialysis and cardiac laboratory expansion at Middlemore Hospital. The new facilities at the hospital would make a real difference to the lives of...

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...

DHB funding falls short by $300 million – Expert

Excessive wait times and extreme pressures on emergency services will continue as the Government's budget for District Health Boards falls short by $300 million.

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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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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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