Medical marijuana should be available for patients: World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation has declared that CBD - the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana - should not be a scheduled drug.

Former PM Helen Clark asks if dental care should be a basic right

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care.

Rural medical school pledge for more GPs disappoints nursing leader

National committing to a new rural medical school to train doctors is being called “extremely disappointing” by the College of Nurses but “very, very good news” by the Rural General Practice Network if the school is multidisciplinary.

Kiwis to vote on changing cannabis laws

A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held by the 2020 election as part of the agreement between the Green and Labour parties.

Supreme Court backs DHB’s smoking ban

A health board's smoke-free policy has been unanimously backed by the Supreme Court after it was challenged by a patient, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Sugar labelled the new tobacco

Sugar has been labelled the "new tobacco" by scientists concerned by just how much of it we are now consuming, reports the New Zealand Herald in the lead-up to today's FIZZ symposium  in Auckland.

Chickenpox joins kiwi child immunisation schedule

Chickenpox, the last of the common vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, is to be added to the free childhood immunisation schedule from 1 July next year. NURSING REVIEW finds out more.

Meeting the Minister: asking the tough questions

INsite editor Jude Barback asks Hon NICKY WAGNER, the new Associate Health Minister with responsibility for health of older people, to address the big issues affecting aged care and home and community support services including funding, sustainability, equal pay and palliative care.

High level of interest in Healthy Ageing Strategy

Around 2000 people took part in discussions around the Healthy Ageing Strategy and a summary of more than 200 submissions has been released on the Ministry of Health's website.

Nurse’s plea for domestic violence leave law change

A nurse has spoken about losing her job after suffering violence and rape at the hands of her partner - urging Parliament to back domestic violence leave, reports Nicholas Jones of the New Zealand Herald.
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