Opinion: Mary O’Hagan – more needed on mental health menu than medication

Former mental health commissioner and PeerZone director Mary O’Hagan believes that ‘Big Community’ not ‘Big Psychiatry’ is the way to address the mental health service crisis. Last month she presented her Wellbeing Manifesto to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

‘Failed’ census – a preventable ‘public health policy disaster’

It’s estimated that fewer than 80% of Kiwis completed the 2018 Census in some areas. The lack of data could impact on healthcare for a generation – particularly Māori, say public health leaders and researchers. Jody Hopkinson talks to those who sounded a distress call prior to the census and are now left picking up the pieces of what some are describing as a preventable public policy ‘disaster’.

MPs recommend that gender changes to birth certificates be made easier for applicants

People will be able to change genders on their birth certificate by way of a statutory declaration, instead of needing confirmation by a judge, under a bill reported back to Parliament.

NZ slips to world’s worst skin cancer rate

A lack of investment in the sun safe message is behind New Zealand’s skin cancer rates now being higher than Australia and the world’s worst, says the Cancer Society. By Jody Hopkinson

New survey seeks much needed data on Māori health workforce

For the first time in a decade, a nationwide survey of Māori working in the health sector is underway. By Rebekah Fraser.

New primary health voice to meet with Health Review chair

The new Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand is yet to be launched but has already been approached by the Health & Disability Review’s leader, says the Federation’s inaugural chair.

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.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.


Sponsored: Volunteers tackle diabetes in Papua New Guinea

Working with local health providers, Volunteer Service Abroad is tackling diabetes in Papua New Guinea.