Urgent action needed to address increasing asthma hospital admissions

Urgent action is needed to address childhood asthma, health care professionals say, as a new report shows Rotorua has the second highest rate of child hospital admissions for the condition.

Submissions for End of Life Choice bill extended due to interest

A deadline for an assisted dying law change has been pushed back again because of a record level of interest.

Hospitals change birthing practice for prem babies after ground-breaking study

Hospitals are delaying cutting premature babies' umbilical cords by a minute after a study found it improved their chance of survival by 30 per cent.

Bowel cancer screening error discovered after calls from public

Officials realised more than 9500 people were missed from potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening only after members of the public rang in to ask where their invitation was.

Midwife: ‘That was the final straw, I can’t do it anymore’

Midwives across the country say they are "devastated" with yesterday's Budget announcement and are calling it quits.

New Zealand on the lookout for nurses

New Zealand needs nurses and midwives to fill shortages and meet the needs of a growing, older population. OET can help international nurses and midwives meet the needs of the healthcare industry.

Vote Health: How close will Budget 2018 come to closing $2.7 billion ‘gap’?

The health sector awaits Thursday’s Budget with high expectations but with union economists’ calculating an extra $2.7 Billion is needed to ‘restore’ health services – excluding major pay increases – it is likely that some will be disappointed.

Trade deals should put health first, argue Kiwi researchers

In a timely article University of Otago public health researchers have proposed a framework for a radical reshaping of trade deal negotiations which puts health first before business interests.

Psychiatrists outraged at SkyCity conference venue

An international mental health conference has outraged New Zealand psychiatrists due to a "bad taste" venue choice, with some boycotting the annual get-together with colleagues from across the Tasman and beyond.

Budget 2018: Will the Government make a dent its $8 billion health promises?

Labour's pre-election promise to pump $8 billion into health over the next four years has given the sector high hopes ahead of the Budget.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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