Treasury officials suggested dropping national bowel screening programme funding as saving option

Treasury officials suggested halting the expansion of the national bowel screening programme as an option to keep Health Minister David Clark's Budget 2018 wish-list within the $750 million to $770 million range, newly released documents show.

Hope pinned on Mental Health Inquiry after sad rise in suicide statistics

The latest suicide statistics are the highest in a decade with calls being made for the Mental Health Inquiry to quickly deliver some solutions to reduce the tragic losses.

Health professionals urged to share challenges with Health Review

Health Minister David Clark called on health professionals to ensure Heather Simpson’s Health Review team hears “early” and “often” about the challenges they face.

Pathologists warn of risk of dismantling national forensic pathology service

Murders may no longer be detected after the national forensic pathology service is dismantled on October 1, pathologists say. By Simon Collins.

Opinion: Mary O’Hagan – more needed on mental health menu than medication

Former mental health commissioner and PeerZone director Mary O’Hagan believes that ‘Big Community’ not ‘Big Psychiatry’ is the way to address the mental health service crisis. Last month she presented her Wellbeing Manifesto to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

‘Failed’ census – a preventable ‘public health policy disaster’

It’s estimated that fewer than 80% of Kiwis completed the 2018 Census in some areas. The lack of data could impact on healthcare for a generation – particularly Māori, say public health leaders and researchers. Jody Hopkinson talks to those who sounded a distress call prior to the census and are now left picking up the pieces of what some are describing as a preventable public policy ‘disaster’.

MPs recommend that gender changes to birth certificates be made easier for applicants

People will be able to change genders on their birth certificate by way of a statutory declaration, instead of needing confirmation by a judge, under a bill reported back to Parliament.

NZ slips to world’s worst skin cancer rate

A lack of investment in the sun safe message is behind New Zealand’s skin cancer rates now being higher than Australia and the world’s worst, says the Cancer Society. By Jody Hopkinson

New survey seeks much needed data on Māori health workforce

For the first time in a decade, a nationwide survey of Māori working in the health sector is underway. By Rebekah Fraser.

New primary health voice to meet with Health Review chair

The new Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand is yet to be launched but has already been approached by the Health & Disability Review’s leader, says the Federation’s inaugural chair.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Why more and more younger people...

Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) talks about why she is seeing an epidemic of younger and younger people with fatigue and an inability to cope with life.


Sponsored: Volunteers tackle diabetes in Papua New Guinea

Working with local health providers, Volunteer Service Abroad is tackling diabetes in Papua New Guinea.