Opinion: John Collyns – 2018 a highly successful year for retirement village sector

Retirement Villages Association Executive Director John Collyns reflects on what the past year has delivered for the retirement villages industry.

New Zealand’s first Virtual Village

A new ‘Village Without Walls’ initiative in Auckland is allowing older people in the community to support each other, and create connection and purpose – without having to move into a retirement village.

Aged care providers welcome proposed changes to work visas

The aged care sector, which relies heavily on migrant workers, is pleased to see proposed changes to temporary work visas on the table.

Justice Minister confirms recreational cannabis referendum at 2020 election

Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that the referendum on recreational cannabis use will be at the 2020 election and will be binding.

New medicines bill out for consultation after a decade-plus in the making

A long heralded replacement of the 1981 Medicines Act has been announced – the proposed bill excludes natural health products, adds tissue products, continues with direct-to-consumer advertising, brings in heftier penalties and a new regulatory body. Fiona Cassie reports.

“So good we moved in” – From village managers to residents

Meet three couples who became village residents after managing retirement villages.

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.

The dangers of not getting enough sleep

A sleep expert says 30 per cent of people get less than six hours of sleep per night and that is having a huge impact on our health and productivity. 

Lakes DHB makes changes after 11 deaths among adverse events in a year

Eleven people died in the Lakes District Health Board area in 2017/2018 as a result of shortfalls and system errors, prompting the DHB to make a range of improvements.

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.
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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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