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Thank you – you just saved a life! Blood donors recognised this World Blood...

Today is World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) and the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is giving a big shout out to all its generous blood donors via a new campaign.

Urgent call for increased cochlear implant funding

The current funding structure for cochlear implants condemns most adults to a future life without hearing, say advocates who are calling for funding to be increased.

Fund Botox for migraine patients, say specialists

Health experts are calling on district health board bosses to cover Botox treatment for people suffering from chronic migraines.

Free dental care brings smiles to Wairoa

A dental volunteer team makes a big difference to a community where many residents struggle to afford dental treatment, reports Ruby Harfield.

Mums matter: Postnatal trauma haunts years later

Ellen Chisholm is a mother who suffered a traumatic birth and was pressured to leave hospital less than three hours after giving birth and drive an hour north.

Doctors and nurses lost to the Black Flu of 1918

New Zealand’s worst public health disaster – the Black Flu of 1918 – not only claimed an estimated 9000 lives but also the lives of 37 nurses and 14 doctors who cared for them. Health Central shares some of their stories.

Visiting HIV activist on loving and living without fear

The founder of a US movement on removing the stigma of sex for people with undetectable HIV levels talks to Rebekah Fraser about learning to live and love again.

Musing on my mastectomy

Lalitha Bhamidipati has been diagnosed with stage II breast cancer twice in the last ten years. She shares her journey in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As told to Soumya Bhamidipati.

Build more drug rehab facilities not prisons

Counselling student Bessina Pehi-Tamatea knows well the self-destruction of addiction. The recent Excellence in Peer Support Award winner shares her story with Jaylan Boyle and her belief that the Government should be building more residential drug rehab facilities not prisons.

After-hours doctors’ fees for children skyrocket at two Auckland clinics after DHBs cut funding

Parents who received free after-hours medical care for their children are now having to pay up to $61 at two Auckland clinics following funding cuts from district health boards.

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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