Politics MPs question ‘postcode pricing’ of breast cancer drugs

Women with advanced breast cancer appear to be the victims of "global postcode pricing" of treatments, National says.

Q&A: ‘Medical manslaughter’ a growing worry

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences discuss "medical manslaughter" – when doctors are charged over the deaths of patients.

Making the next period sustainable

Companies want to provide schools with resources to help educate students about using sustainable menstrual products.

Advocates say Health Ministry quietly reducing funding for disabled after ruling out big cuts

By: Isaac Davison Support for the disabled is being quietly cut person by person after the Ministry of Health backed down on sector-wide funding changes, advocates say. Multiple providers across New Zealand said they had noticed a...

New Zealand’s high poison deaths a concern, expert says

Experts are calling for tighter restrictions on some mental health drugs following new figures that reveal an alarming number of people have died after taking them.

Big tobacco’s call for tax break for tobacco stick ‘unhelpful’ PR stunt

New Zealand should not be targetted as a ‘guinea pig’ for ‘heat not burn’ tobacco products, says tobacco control advocate Mihi Blair in response to Philip Morris’ call for a Kiwi tax break for its tobacco stick.

Anti-vaxxers face backlash as measles cases surge in US and Europe

Scientists are concerned measles could return even though it was 'eliminated' in the U.S. 20 years ago.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils new standards for all NZ rental homes

New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.

Risk of infection is low after using inadequately-sterilised surgical equipment

An investigation has been launched after the Hawke's Bay District Health Board reported inadequately-sterilised surgical equipment was potentially used on 55 patients.

Lack of integration between DHB’s mental health care services

The Mental Health Commissioner has criticised a DHB's co-ordination of the care provided to a woman with mental health and addiction issues.


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.


“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...