Unannounced inspection discovers issues remain rife at St Kilda Care Home, Cambridge

More issues have been uncovered at a Waikato rest home, despite last year being fined for failing to provide proper care to a 92-year-old woman.

Hamilton rest home staff failed to deliver ‘best practice’ emergency care: Coroner

Hamilton rest-home staff have been rebuked for failing to deliver "best practice" emergency care to an unconscious woman.

Senior Auckland nurse reprimanded over millions taken by someone else on her watch

A senior nurse has been reprimanded for failing to inquire into the misappropriation of millions of dollars from an Auckland rest home. The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal said, following a hearing on charges against Sara...

All suggestions welcome for new positive ageing strategy

Plans are underway to implement a new positive ageing strategy.

Live well, stay well, get well… die well?

With the baby boomer generation ageing fast, it is projected that number of deaths in New Zealand’s will jump 50 per cent within two decades. Is our stretched, ‘death-denying’ health system ready for the steep upswing in demand for palliative and end-of-life care? Not yet, finds FIONA CASSIE.

Are rest homes becoming de facto hospices?

More New Zealanders than ever are dying in our rest homes, bringing demand for end-of-life care to an all-time high with no signs of slowing. But rest homes say that unless demand and expectations are accompanied by appropriate funding, the current situation is unsustainable. By JUDE BARBACK.

When will older people’s oral health be a priority?

New research about the poor state of older New Zealanders’ oral health raises questions about whether we are really taking this important health issue seriously. By Jude Barback.

“Napoleon in a mental hospital”: Generations project aims to reduce social isolation among older...

The release of a report compiled by the social innovation project ‘Generations’, aims to find solutions to an issue that looms large for an ever-expanding demographic – the social isolation and feeling of invisibility experienced by so many older New Zealanders.

Palliative care specialists slam End of Life Choice Bill

Leading palliative care specialists say the focus should be on strengthening end of life care rather than introducing euthanasia legislation.

Poor care incident casts further questions over aged care sector

Another incident of failed rest home care fuels calls for a consumer watchdog for the residential aged care sector – but rest home providers urge that the sector should not be judged by isolated incidents.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...