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Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to...

Pancreatic cancer lowest one-year survival rate in NZ – study

New Zealand is falling behind other comparable countries, including Australia, on cancer survival, according to a new study released today. The Lancet Oncology study looked at survival against seven key cancers in seven high-income countries,...

New programme to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions for elderly

Preventing stressful, and often unnecessary, hospital admissions for older Australians living in aged care facilities is the aim of a new $1.9 million program funded by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. The Early...

The bond between resident and caregiver

As Glenys Brown guides Linda Cussen out to the garden area of Bupa Parkhaven Care Home in Mangere East, you can tell there is an endearing level of trust between caregiver and resident. Linda...

‘Still Me’ campaign to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this September

At just 57 years old, Amrita Francis’ world turned upside down, with an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis that within five years would heavily affect her memory and ability to work. Now at 62 years old, ex-music...

Sponsored: Is medical insourcing the new black?

Every few weeks, another headline alerts us to the fact that District Health Boards are struggling to get on top of their waiting lists as patient demand continues to grow. In the last few months...

Reduction of worker hours at Southland facilities challenged

The NZNO is challenging proposed staffing changes at two facilities run by Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS), saying they will reduce standards of patient care and put extra strain on nursing and care staff, and...

New Zealand’s surgical safety culture continues to improve

A third national survey of district health board (DHB) surgical staff shows that in most instances people work together as a well-coordinated team. The survey was undertaken by the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Safe...

Osteoarthritis – is New Zealand neglecting our ageing population?

It’s not just the elephant in the room - it’s a herd of elephants on the rampage. Osteoarthritis is a severe health issue that is only going to get worse. New Zealand needs to...

Vegetarians may have lower risk of coronary heart disease – but higher risk of...

Vegetarian (including vegan) and pescetarian diets may be linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, or CHD for short, than diets that include meat, suggest the findings of a large UK study...

DR WELLNESS

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.

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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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