Auckland DHB maternity ward out of action due to staffing shortages

One of Auckland City Hospital's five maternity wards is closed temporarily due staffing shortages.

More than 1000 midwives vote to strike

More than 1100 DHB-employed midwives have voted overwhelmingly to reject the DHBs' pay offer and go on strike.

Women of health: first surgeon

Jean Sandel, the first New Zealand woman to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons often operated standing on a wooden box so her tall male assistants didn’t have to stoop.

Anaesthetic tech strikes continue

Hawke’s Bay anaesthetic technicians are striking again today, Southland are following tomorrow and Northland techs are planning a 48 hour strike over ongoing pay and staffing level disputes with their DHBs.

Staff burnout on agenda for first Kiwi doctor to lead peak emergency medicine body

His recent tour of the States’ emergency health services was a lesson in ‘how not to do it’ says Dr John Bonning - the first Kiwi head of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. But New Zealand still has room for improvement. By Rebekah Fraser.

Māori, Pacific straight-to-interview policy likely to be copied: expert

All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.

‘Gumboot expert’ – from city slicker to country clinician

The country has a critical shortage of rural podiatrists but one former Wellingtonian now proudly boasts she is New Zealand’s ‘podiatry gumboot expert’.

Around 9000 allied health staff receive DHB pay offer

Allied health staff belonging to the PSA will decide later this month whether to accept what their union is calling a significant offer from the 20 DHBs.

APEX anaesthetic techs strike and PSA techs go to vote

Northland DHB anaesthetic technicians walked off the job today for 24 hours to highlight a growing workforce crisis which both unions representing DHB techs say is serious.

Anaesthetic technicians and lab workers issue strike notices

The winter of discontent looks likely to be extending into the spring with more health workers up and down the country issuing strike notices over short staffing and pay concerns.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.


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