Disability law labelled “shame on society” a step closer to repeal

A disability law described as a "shame on society" looks likely to be quashed, with a high-level Government committee to consider its repeal today.

New chair-elect named at launch of Primary Health Federation

Rotorua mayor and midwife Steve Chadwick was announced as chair-elect at last night’s formal parliamentary launch of the new Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand.

Overhaul ACC to cover illness not just injuries, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer

ACC should be overhauled to meet the original vision of a single system for people incapacitated by both illness and accidents, says former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

Schools need national health food policy, researchers say

Schools around the country should operate under a national health food policy to combat diet-related diseases, Otago researchers say.

Treasury officials suggested dropping national bowel screening programme funding as saving option

Treasury officials suggested halting the expansion of the national bowel screening programme as an option to keep Health Minister David Clark's Budget 2018 wish-list within the $750 million to $770 million range, newly released documents show.

Hope pinned on Mental Health Inquiry after sad rise in suicide statistics

The latest suicide statistics are the highest in a decade with calls being made for the Mental Health Inquiry to quickly deliver some solutions to reduce the tragic losses.

Health professionals urged to share challenges with Health Review

Health Minister David Clark called on health professionals to ensure Heather Simpson’s Health Review team hears “early” and “often” about the challenges they face.

Pathologists warn of risk of dismantling national forensic pathology service

Murders may no longer be detected after the national forensic pathology service is dismantled on October 1, pathologists say. By Simon Collins.

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’.
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