Northland has highest rate of cancer deaths in the country

More staff have been put on the ground in Northland in an attempt to curb the highest cancer mortality rate of any region in New Zealand.

Clinician attitude important in helping people manage chronic pain

Clinicians listening and acknowledging a patient’s chronic pain can help them self-manage the pain, while feeling disbelieved can hinder them, found a recent Kiwi research review.

Whānau fun ride and hīkoi to honour ‘Smear your Mea’ legacy

The legacy left behind by Rotorua's Talei Morrison will be honoured on the anniversary of her cervical cancer diagnosis, reports the Rotorua Post.

Whanganui MS sufferer books trip to Russia in search of radical treatment

Whanganui multiple sclerosis sufferer Briar Novis is just two months away from the trip she hopes will give her back her life.

MS patient tells of stress of meeting Pharmac criteria

When Auckland man Brendan Rochford stopped being able to walk 500m unaided, he lost his access to the life-enhancing MS drug Tysabri.

Remove cancer ‘label’ for low-risk conditions, argue researchers

Using the ‘c-word’ for some low risk conditions prompts patients to seek surgery for tumours that are very unlikely to harm them, says an analysis published today in the BMJ.

Bowel screening workforce ‘fragile’ – urgent need to train more, says review

DHBs are already struggling to meet colonoscopy targets and workforce issues are impacting on the rollout of the National Bowel Screening Programme, says the independent review released today.

Nurse care ‘equal or even better’ than GPs for some conditions, finds review

For chronic conditions nurses “probably achieve equal or better health outcomes” for patients then doctors, a major international research review has concluded.

Support swells for woman in desperate need of double organ transplant

Hundreds of Kiwis are backing young woman's petition to make organ donation mandatory in New Zealand as she desperately waits for a call telling her there is a match for the organs she needs.

Primary health good ideas sought for 2019 Challenge

Primary health providers with good ideas for making a difference to patient care are invited to apply to be part of Whakakotahi 2018 – the latest round of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s primary care improvement challenge.
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