Researchers call on Govt to support heart health

Data from a cohort study of 500,000 New Zealanders have allowed more precise calculations of an individual's cardiovascular risk and researchers now say the Ministry of Health should support a national risk generator that...

Achieving health equity needs actions, not just rhetoric

A newly-released Ministry of Health publication is making sure equity is at the front and centre of all newly-commissioned work in the health sector. To coincide with the publication, Achieving Equity in Health Outcomes: Summary of...

Report calls for action on inequities in New Zealand’s health system

A window on the quality of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health care 2019 - a view on Māori health equity, published by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, highlights a number of areas where change...

Lessons learned from health policy changes aimed at reducing inequities

In the early 2000's, the New Zealand government made some changes to health policy in an effort to iron out some of the inequities of our health system. Universal subsidies for general practice services...

Budget 2019: $12m for rheumatic fever

The Government's putting $12 million into combating rheumatic fever.

Special cafes and approved retail outlets proposed for legal cannabis market

People will vote on a proposal for a legal cannabis market in 2020 with tightly controlled rules

The end of prosecutions for drug use and possession?

Several submitters told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession.

Health select committee votes against inquiry into Pharmac funding model

Labour and New Zealand First MPs have voted against a select committee inquiry into Pharmac despite desperate pleas from women with advanced breast cancer.

Politics MPs question ‘postcode pricing’ of breast cancer drugs

Women with advanced breast cancer appear to be the victims of "global postcode pricing" of treatments, National says.

Ninety per cent of submissions on euthanasia bill say no to assisted dying

More than 90 per cent of Kiwis who made submissions on the euthanasia bill want the proposed law change scrapped.


More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.


Extra Health Support For Busy People

People spinning multiple plates often need additional support over and above good nutrition and exercise. Here’s how addressing things at the sub-cellular level can help.