New acts removing some “doctor-only” roles come into effect today

From today nurse practitioners and some other health practitioners are able to carry out a number of roles formerly restricted to only doctors.

Hotter summers now on Ministry of Health planning agenda

A nationwide Heat Health plan is to be developed by the Ministry of Health as it plans for hotter summers due to global warming, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said today.

Grey Power urges MPs to support Green’s medicinal cannabis bill

Grey Power is urging MPs to support the Green MP Chloe Swarbrick's bill on medicinal cannabis, which is set to have its first reading on Wednesday and potentially pave the way for greater access.

Clark “upfront”: not everyone’s salary expectations will be met

Health Central talks to Health Minister David Clark about health worker salary expectations, the mental health inquiry and setting new health targets

Novel responsibilities for associate health minister

Health Central talks to Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter about the health benefits of getting people out of cars, sexual health, disability support and climate change.

Scope of Govt mental health inquiry revealed

The government has cast a broad net for its inquiry into the nation's mental health service and wants answers by October.

New bill to give police random drug-check powers

A Bill that would strengthen police powers to tackle drug driving has been lodged.

Sugar tax could have “unintended consequences”

Thinktank policy analyst suggests we should wait and see if sugar taxes introduced overseas have an impact on obesity and health outcomes before rushing to introduce a sugar tax in New Zealand.

Helen Clark pushes for drug laws to focus on treatment, not punishment

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says people who use drugs are unfairly painted as criminals, and instead wants an evidence-based system based on treatment, social services and safe spaces.

Predator-free campaign will benefit human health

The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says public health researcher Dr Mary...


Advertising Standards Authority upholds complaint against Santa

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Complaints Board has agreed that Santa should not be used in advertising that promotes Coca Cola to children and young people.