Nursing homes regularly don’t have enough nurses, says union

Guidelines around the number of nurses in rest homes are potentially not being met around the country.

The Pay Equity methodology explained

MAX ROBINS, Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Aged Care Association and Chief Executive of CHT Healthcare Trust says the pay equity funding formula used to fund the residential aged care sector is "far more complex than a simple statement that there are winners and losers and therefore the methodology is unfair". Here, he outlines the funding methodology.

Veteran nurse wrongly sacked, awarded $31k by ERA

A veteran nurse has been found to have been unjustifiably dismissed from a Dunedin rest home and awarded over $31,000.

New interRAI standards a step in the right direction

The release of new National Standards for interRAI will help reduce duplication and help assessors to correctly use the assessment note fields.

New falls prevention programme launched in Hawke’s Bay

Falls are the most common and costly cause of injury in older people, accounting for about 40 per cent of ACC claims for people aged between 65 and 69, and about 60 per cent of claims for those aged over 85.

New online publication tackles dementia head on

A new online publication looks at the different types of dementia and its causes, as well as risk factors, diagnosis and living with dementia.

Revealed: NZ aged care sector’s $34m pay equity funding surplus

While some New Zealand rest homes are on the brink of closure owing to a shortfall in pay equity settlement funding, it has come to light that others will be overfunded to the tune of $34 million. JUDE BARBACK investigates how the pay equity settlement has affected the residential aged care sector.

InterRAI data reveals concerns over dementia care at home

InterRAI home care assessments reveal some insights into the level of support required by people living at home with dementia.

Aged care inquiry: the 13 recommendations dissected

The findings of the inquiry into New Zealand’s aged care sector by Labour, the Greens and Grey Power have been published. JUDE BARBACK dissects the report’s 13 recommendations.

Politicians show lack of understanding of challenges facing residential aged care sector

A political panel at the NZACA conference did little to quell providers' concerns about pay equity and immigration issues.


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.

Sick at heart