Resident doctors’ strike to go ahead after mediation fails

Next week's strike is set to take place after junior doctors and DHBs failed to reach agreement after two days of mediated bargaining.

Junior doctors’ union express concern about Auckland vacancies

The Resident Doctors’ Association is expressing concern about doctor vacancies at four northern DHBs as the union continues to try and settle a new deal with the 20 DHBs before the current deal expires early in 2018.

Midwives escalating strike action likely in New Year

The midwives’ union has been joined by the junior doctors and an allied health union in expressing frustration at ministerial interference in pay talks leading to more industrial action.

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.


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.


Extra Health Support For Busy People

People spinning multiple plates often need additional support over and above good nutrition and exercise. Here’s how addressing things at the sub-cellular level can help.