New Zealand needs extra 1000 psychologists, estimates taskforce

The call for increased access to ‘talk therapies’ and more psychologists made in the Mental Health Inquiry report is applauded by the College of Clinical Psychologists – but a taskforce estimates the country already needs nearly 1000 more psychologists.

Historic number of Māori health professionals graduating

The largest cohort of Māori health professionals to ever graduate from Otago will be honoured on Friday before receiving their degrees on Saturday.

“Significant investment” in mental health workforce needed now, says Inquiry report

No quick-fix solutions to the mental health workforce crisis are offered in the Mental Health Inquiry report. Health Central looks at the Inquiry workforce findings and the sector’s response.

Strike highlights lack of public funding for adult dental care

The iwi employer of GPs planning to strike in support of dentist colleagues says the dispute also brings to the fore the lack of public funding for adult dental care.

Wellington GPs vote to strike in what is believed to be a first

GPs working for iwi health provider Ora Toa have voted to take rolling one hour strike action leading up to a full day Christmas Eve strike in support of dentist colleagues.

Junior docs back senior doctors call for own safe staffing accord

The senior doctors’ call for the Health Minister to back a safe staffing accord for public hospital doctors – like the one already signed for nurses and midwives – is being backed by their junior doctor colleagues.

Midwives’ union cancels Bay of Plenty strikes after ERA ruling

A midwives' union has cancelled eight strikes at two Bay of Plenty hospitals following an Employment Relations Authority ruling.

Young female medical specialists feel pressure to be tough, finds study

Women specialists in their 30s are still being judged against outdated notions of dedication and toughness that is putting them at risk of burnout, according to Kiwi research.

New chief nurse “humbled and excited”

The country’s new chief nursing officer Margareth Broodkoorn says she is humbled and excited at her appointment and at being able to bring the strengths of her bicultural Māori and Dutch heritage to the role.

First ever Chief Allied Health Officer excited at joining new-look Ministry

The allied health sector is delighted at the appointment of Martin Chadwick as the Ministry of Health’s first Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.
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