Tobacco tax, smokefree target on the table in review

Nothing is being ruled in or out in a review of tobacco taxes, including reducing excise and pushing out the Smokefree 2025 target, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.

Tax tobacco, tax unhealthy foods, Winston Peters says

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has unhealthy food in his sights, saying "consumption Nazis" should apply taxes to those to cut obesity.

Time for dental therapy professions to strike out alone, says former health minister

Dental therapists could help provide affordable oral health care to older Kiwis but first they need their own regulatory body, says former health minister Dame Annette King.

Consultation on how best to label sugary foods and drinks

Views on how best to improve sugar labels on food and drinks to guide consumers are being sought by a Trans-Tasman regulation forum.

High need Auckland patients to pay less for after-hours care

Aucklanders seeking urgent after-hours care could be paying less.

Health Minister David Clark admits safe drinking water may be costly

Early estimates of the cost of improving the safety of the country's drinking water supplies are "a bit frightening", Health Minister David Clark has admitted.

All suggestions welcome for new positive ageing strategy

Plans are underway to implement a new positive ageing strategy.

NZ beverage industry to consider sugar reduction target

A move to reduce the amount of sugar across Australia's beverage industry is being welcomed by health and obesity experts and will be considered in New Zealand.

Health target measures to continue but won’t be published

Health Minister David Clark says district health boards' performance will continue to be measured but the results are no longer being published.

Meeting dates set around country for euthanasia bill hearings

The Justice Select Committee is hitting the road next month to visit 15 centres and hear some of the 35,000 submitters to the End of Life Choice Bill in person.


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.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...