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.
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’.
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.
For the first time in a decade, a nationwide survey of Māori working in the health sector is underway. By Rebekah Fraser.
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.
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.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has unhealthy food in his sights, saying "consumption Nazis" should apply taxes to those to cut obesity.
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.
Views on how best to improve sugar labels on food and drinks to guide consumers are being sought by a Trans-Tasman regulation forum.