Hospital adopts green initiative to stop drugs going down the sink

A nurse-led initiative is stopping liquid morphine and similar drugs at a Wellington Hospital from being flushed into New Zealand’s waterways.

Mobile surgical bus moving with the times

New Zealand's unique mobile surgical bus service is looking to incorporate new technologies.

Kiwi breastfeeding app had more than 12K downloads

A free smartphone app for new mums seeking user-friendly breastfeeding advice developed in the Midland region has exceeded expectations.

Inspirational ‘who’s who’ list of Māori health leaders

Māori have identified a ‘who’s who’ of successful Māori health leaders – including Sir Mason Durie, Mike King, Willie Jackson and Dr Hinemoa Elder – to help motivate the next generation of leaders.

Nationwide cellphone disaster alert to be tested this month

A new emergency alert system which sends alerts to cellphones around New Zealand is being rolled out across the country.

New simulator for tricky neonatal surgery to be trialled

New Zealand surgeons are developing a tiny, life-like simulator so they can train to do a tricky piece of keyhole surgery on newborns.

Newly-funded research targets mental health needs of Māori youth

A study will explore if an e-screening tool can increase the rate of mental health assessments in youth, and make it easier to disclose sensitive information.

Waikato Hospital uses childbirth simulator to train for high-risk deliveries

Life-threatening and complicated childbirths can now be trained for on a life-like human simulator, only the second of its kind in New Zealand, at Waikato Hospital.

New technology to alert people about emergencies

A new way to let people know about an emergency is coming to a phone near you.

Nursing tool proposal wins Clinicians Challenge

An IT proposal to help lessen the workload of practice nurses having to calculate ‘catch-up’ immunisations for migrant and refugee children has won a Clinician’s Challenge award.
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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.

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