Teddy bears will help Hawke’s Bay children understand surgery

Only a select few are allowed into the theatre during surgery. But at Royston Hospital teddy bears are on that list.

Opinion: Ian Powell – ‘Mammoth’ DHBs not the answer

Ian Powell argues that the major health system review currently underway should not be creating “mammoth” DHBs but instead encouraging clinically-led networking between community health and hospitals – locally, regionally and nationally.

New DHB pay offer due next week – no new strike ballot

Nurses have greeted the news of a revised DHBs’ offer due next week with a mixed response ­– including fears of losing momentum after last week’s historic nationwide strike.

DHBs coping well with nurses’ strike

District Health Boards say contingency plans at the country’s hospitals are working well for the nationwide nurses’ strike.

DHB’s accused of underspending

Some District Health Boards are being accused of underspending on mental health in order to improve their bottom lines.

DHBs: Urgent need for sugary drinks tax

DHBs want a tax on sugary drinks - warning the obesity epidemic could result in Kiwi kids living shorter lives than their parents.

Nurses’ strike decision announced today

Whether or not Thursday's nursing strike goes ahead will be announced this morning, but District Health Boards says they have robust contingency plans in place just in case.

Whangaroa Health Trust in crisis

The Whangaroa Health Services Trust is in crisis following the resignation of its chief executive, chairwoman and many of its clinical staff.

Health board elections a waste of money – Health Minister disagrees

Taxpayers will have to fork out millions of dollars for the elections.

Darrin Hackett redundant after Waikato DHB hears damning SmartHealth review

The man in charge of SmartHealth, the $26 million virtual health flop, has been made redundant from Waikato District Health Board.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.


Sponsored: Volunteers tackle diabetes in Papua New Guinea

Working with local health providers, Volunteer Service Abroad is tackling diabetes in Papua New Guinea.